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Sure, I’m Sober . . .

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not…
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Who Am I?

No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. . . By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil. . .  1 John 3:6-10 There are those times in life when…
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God the Father

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. 1 John 3:1 As a child, I found my parents to be terribly unfair and I chaffed at all their rules. I was envious of my friends who grew up without the…
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Hiding from God

And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 1 John 2:28 In my addiction, I became profoundly ashamed of who I was and what I was doing. My behavior was completely inconsistent with everything I believed. So,…
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Where Do I Live?

Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life. 1 John 2:24-25 My wife and I live together in our little…
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Antichrist

Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. . . This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 1 John 2:18-22 It’s much easier to stay in an addiction than it is to stay in recovery. In my…
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I Want It Right Now

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:16-17 I’ve used this…
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Who or What Do I Love?

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15 In my drug use, I would never have said I was in love with my pills. I didn’t have an emotional attachment to them, and I wouldn’t…
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Those Whom I Just Don’t Like

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. 1 John 2:9-10 I have a confession. I don’t love everyone I meet. I’ve got strong opinions and character traits and when I…
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Is My Faith Even Real?

By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. 1 John 2:5-6 When I was in treatment for my addiction, my life was an absolute mess. I’d believed in God my entire life, but I’d followed my…
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