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Month: August 2022

Does this Mean I Sit Back and Do Nothing?

. . . He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior . . . Titus 3:5-6 Step one of the twelve steps…
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Remembering Where I Came From

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us . . . Titus 3:3-5 Like most of us, it’s easy…
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Save Me from Myself

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people . . . to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness…
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Gloating About Being Right

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. Titus 2:7 It’s not uncommon at our house to have little arguments over…
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A Frightening Question

They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work. Titus 1:16 It’s often easy to see the flaws in others even while they remain blind to those same glaring flaws. Particularly with personality disorders such as narcissism, those around the one suffering from…
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When I Swore Loudly at the Gym

For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. Titus 1:7-8 I said a bad word the other day at the gym. Actually, I yelled it. I’ve…
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Final Destination

The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. 2 Timothy 4:18 I grew up in a church of an evangelical tradition, meaning we placed high value on salvation – being born again into a new life. In…
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Skip Day

Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:8 When my kids were in junior high, my wife was gone one day and…
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A Lifetime of Regret

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:6-7 The one addicted to drugs or alcohol usually has a lifetime of regrets. Addictive behavior is toxic…
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I Think I’ll Just Have One

As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5 Nearly eight years ago, I relapsed into drug use and a spiral of dramatic self-destruction. It didn’t start out with me losing my job and going to treatment one day. It started out with just…
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