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Did God Make Beer and Cigarettes?

Acts 2:23 This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. Is God in control of everything, or do I have free will?  Does God pick me or do I pick him?  Does it have to be one or the other?…
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Slow Learner

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.” My…
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My Way

  John 21:3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. I have met many, who while incarcerated, swear they will never return to their old ways, only to fall back…
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Plagued by Doubt

John 20:25 Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe. Like anyone, I have had those moments in life when I have doubted God’s existence or plan.  I have, in doubt,…
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A Sixth Sense

John 17:16 You are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I once heard a man say that God had told him where to go for a cup of coffee just that morning.  Thus, he had been blessed by an excellent cup of coffee.  I was pretty sure he was…
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Eternal Life Now

John 17:3 This is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. My defect of desiring instant gratification pervades my entire personality, affecting more than just my appetite for drugs or food.  It takes effort for me to delay any pleasure until tomorrow, so when I…
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The Sting of Rejection

John15:18,19 If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you…  You are not of the world… therefore the world hates you. Honestly, I would rather write of my drug addiction.  My drug use is nearly three years past and is easier to talk about than the defects I struggle…
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Gloomy Christian Clones

John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. I remember singing in Sunday school at the age of five, being told by the teacher, Heaven will be just like this.  In heaven, we will get to sing for eternity.  Heaven…
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The Pain of Growth

John 15:1,2 I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. I was tazed once.  It was horrible.  The stupid thing is, I volunteered for it. …
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The Most Important Thing

John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. Depending on which appetite I am afflicted by at the moment, I am often of a singular mind.  I pursue that which…
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