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When I Don’t Shower for Days

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 While on a guy’s trip, I don’t necessarily practice the best hygiene. I’ll jump in the lake every day, so most of the dirt gets worn…
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The Empty Nest

I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you,…
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I’m Strong Enough in My Recovery that I Can Have Just One Drink

Or what fellowship has light with darkness? . . . What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God. 2 Corinthians 6:14-16 I’ve been thinking that maybe I can have just one drink. I hear this not infrequently among those who’ve been in recovery for a…
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Jesus Cheeseballs and God Sprinkles

For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? 2 Corinthians 6:14-15 Last Easter, a friend sent me a photo of the Easter version of some cheese balls which he’d purchased. I found it curious that this company used the death and resurrection of…
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When My Mom Was Worried that I Was a Follower

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14 When I was perhaps four or five, I had a neighborhood friend over one day, and as he was leaving for home, my mother gave me some task that I was…
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I’d Give Anything

You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also. 2 Corinthians 6:12-13 In addition to my addiction medicine practice, I still work a few hours every week in Urgent Care, where I will often meet high school athletes with…
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Screen Time, Dopamine, and Depression

We live . . . as having nothing, yet possessing everything. 2 Corinthians 6:9-10 It’s my nature to live for my own joy. It’s also my nature to try and find that joy in immediate gratification. With immediate gratification however, there is usually a short-term benefit with some price to pay later. With any unhealthy…
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I Was Always Going to Get to It Tomorrow

Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2 A few years ago, we bought and remodeled an older house. When I say we remodeled it, I mean we paid to have someone else do most of the work. There were several finishing touches that we took on…
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Taking Advantage of Kindness

Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 Corinthians 6:1 Though I may not have realized or admitted I was doing it, in my addiction, I became practiced at manipulating others to do my will. I’m a pretty nice guy, so I used my…
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Self-Loathing and Forgiveness

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 Most of us who’ve struggled with drugs or alcohol are familiar with self-loathing. As we’ve sunk deeper into the depths of our addiction, we’ve lost control, surrendering to…
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