Month: February 2022

High School Wrestling

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:7-8 When I was a junior in high school, I broke my collar bone while wrestling. I had aspirations of going to state,…
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Meet and Greet

On Saturday, 2/19, New 2 You in Willmar will be hosting a Cabin Fever Book Club Event. I’ll be there with my book, Freedom in the Fight, from 1-3PM. There will be a children’s story time at 10 and 11 AM, with favorites by Dr. Seuss and 40% of all book sales will go to…
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I Want to Be an Action Hero

Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh. Philippians 3:2-3 My wife and I were recently watching an action movie in…
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Faith and Anxiety

I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. Philippians 2:28 I wrote yesterday that as Christians, we occasionally tell others how they should, or should not feel when it comes to hurt and loss. Today’s passage mentions anxiety, which…
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Stop Feeling That Way

Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Philippians 2:27 Someone recently asked my wife about the things other Christians said back when our lives fell apart due to my addiction. There were constructive…
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My Broken Appetite

For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:21 Recently, I listened to a medical education lecture on overeating, in which the speaker talked about the similarities between food and drug addiction. Both apparently trigger a release of the same neurotransmitter (dopamine) in our brain which reinforces pleasurable behavior. In…
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How Do We Spend Our Heartbeats?

And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. Philippians 2:16-17 (NIV) In residency, I worked with a…
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How Does My Life Affect Those Around Me?

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world . . . Philippians 2:14-16 Occasionally when I speak to those struggling with addiction, afterwards someone will come…
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Stupid Stuff We Argue About

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Philippians 2:14-15 I took the dog outside yesterday to throw his toy. It was cold and apparently, we weren’t outside for very long. When we came back in, my wife…
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Recovery Church

Join us at 7PM this Friday night (2/11) at Recovery Church in New London. I’ll be talking on Step 2 – The recognition that we need God if we want to experience the life for which we were made. If you’re unfamiliar with Recovery Church, follow this link to find out more! Recovery Church