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Month: October 2021

Relapse

Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Galatians 3:3 Whenever people tell me they’ve relapsed into drug use, I ask them to explain how it happened. In the story, they usually tell me how they did well after treatment, changing their lives, and going to…
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Why Do I Need God?

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 In the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, steps…
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Prone to Extremes

We know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. Galatians…
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The Impact of Just One Drink

And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. Galatians 2:13 I’ve been sober for seven years now and I’ve got to admit that occasionally, I think maybe I’ve recovered well enough that I could just have one drink. Alcohol wasn’t my primary…
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Loyal Friend or Enabler?

But when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. Galatians 2:11 In the worst of my addiction, I inappropriately used the power of my license to get my pills. When that fact came to the attention of those with whom I worked, they had a tough choice to…
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Christian Snob

For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. Galatians 2:12 Like any normal kid, I was friends with the other kids in my neighborhood while growing up. A couple of them were a year older than…
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Like a Hooker in Church

But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. Galatians 2:3 Early in recovery, when the news of my addiction was still fresh, I found it hard to go out in public. I knew I needed to go back to church, but church is a hard…
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What’s Your Story?

They only were hearing it said, “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” And they glorified God because of me. Galatians 1:23-24 When my kids were little and I was working in the Emergency Room, every night before bed, they wanted to hear ER stories. It…
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But We’ve Always Done It that Way

I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. Galatians 1:14 I know I’m getting older. The signs are everywhere. Nowhere was it more obvious to me though, when, at a stop sign the other day, I glanced over…
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The Gospel of Covid

For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. Galatians 1:11-12 Growing up, I knew that all true Christians were Republicans.…
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