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Month: November 2021

God Made Me Do It

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will . . . Ephesians 1:11-12 Whether in jest or not, we’ve all heard the phrase, The devil made me do it. Usually, the saying is understood as an…
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The Burden of Loving the Addicted

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness…
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Disease and Destiny or Choice and Responsibility?

He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will . . . Ephesians 3:4-5 My first addiction counselor told me my addiction was…
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Thankful

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places . . . Ephesians 1:3 I know that I’ve been blessed by God, and I know that I should always be filled with gratitude, but I don’t always feel thankful.…
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We’ve All Got Our Scars

I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. Galatians 6:17 We’ve all got our scars. We’ve all experienced life-trials that have changed us for better and worse. Some of these hardships have been self-inflicted and others have happened through no apparent fault of our own. Either way, we’ve been shaped and molded by these…
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Wokeness and Christian Elitism

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14 Most of us, unless we’re on the extreme far left on the political spectrum, have probably experienced a sense of condescension coming…
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Politics and Faith

It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that…
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Living for the Weekend

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 Insomnia was one of the excuses I used to justify my opioid abuse. I often worked overnights in the ER and when I switched back to days, I struggled to sleep…
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Addict

For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:8 In learning addiction medicine, I’ve participated in several continuing medical education courses, some of which have been online meetings. During one such meeting…
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Magical Thinking

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8 Listening to a medical education lecture…
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