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Month: November 2022

I’ll Get Sober When I Feel Like It

Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart . . . 1 Peter 1:22 While I was using, enslaved to pills, I got to the point where it wasn’t fun anymore and I wanted to stop. I was miserable and…
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My Natural State

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:14-16 I’ve done a lot of sitting around since my knee…
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Magical Faith

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13 At our house, we recently watched a movie about children gifted with magical powers. As they grew, they developed the ability to do amazing…
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How Do I Know God Even Exists?

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9 Throughout my life, I’ve had a couple of…
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Every Day Thanksgiving

In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. 1 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV) Every morning, when I wake up, I first turn my mind to God in gratitude. This is a behavior I’ve…
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Want to Save a Life?

My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. James 5:19-20 When I worked in the Emergency Room, I was routinely involved in the…
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Is God Punishing Me?

And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. James 5:15-16 It’s not uncommon for us to blame…
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Did Prayer for My Knee Change Anything?

And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. James 5:15 Prior to my surgery last week, I asked for prayer, and I believe that many of you went to God, asking for the operation…
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Addiction’s Empty Promises

But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. James 5:12 Over my 15 years of drug use, I did have a couple of attempts at…
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Why Am I Not Back at the Gym Yet?

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.  James 5:7 Patience is not one of my gifts. It’s postoperative (knee replacement) day number four and I’m still swollen…
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