Month: October 2020

Delicious Evil

But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. Acts 16:19 It’s painful to watch someone travel down a road of evil and self-destruction. Particularly when that someone struggles in a way I don’t understand, I just shake…
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Human Trafficking

As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. Acts 16:16 Generally, I write about my own life struggles, sticking to the things I know – like addiction. If I don’t have any experience…
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The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. Acts 16:14 Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with an alcoholic in treatment who got there by way of intervention. He acknowledged that he would have simply kept on drinking, knowing that it was destroying him, because he was addicted.…
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Shut Up About Your Politics Already

And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. Acts 16:13 People will always tell us about what’s important to them – whether we’re interested or not. We all…
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Live Facebook Event: Addiction and Recovery

Join Pastor Keith (Willmar AG Church) and I this Thursday (10/29) at 6:00PM for this live Facebook event. We’ll be discussing addiction, faith, and recovery as we answer your questions on those topics. Use this link to find the event: https://www.facebook.com/WillmarAG Please join us, watch, and interact!

I Stopped Listening a While Ago

And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. Acts 16:7 Despite Covid-19, we recently risked the airport and flew. Both at the gate and on the airplane, there were multiple routine announcements to which I didn’t really listen. Usually, I’ve…
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How Far Would I Go?

Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. Acts 16:3 An addict once told me that he felt God wanted him to share his faith with some of his addicted friends.…
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Boundaries and Break-Ups

And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Acts 15:39 I was once approached by an individual asking for medical support for his addiction ministry. Knowing that not everyone approaches addiction the same way, and having some strong convictions myself, I inquired as to the nature of this particular ministry.…
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The Loneliness of Being a Know-It-All

Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question. Acts 15:2 Some of the most bitter disagreements I’ve ever had, have been with other Christians. These disputes are occasionally over trivial things, but at other times, I’ve argued over issues…
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The Christian Uniform

But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” Acts 15:1 While addicted to opiate pain pills, to keep everyone else from knowing something was wrong, I had to keep up the facade that nothing was wrong. So,…
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