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Defined by the Fall or the Recovery?

Acts 13:22 I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will. Growing up in my church, it was not uncommon to hear the story of one who had lived a wild, destructive life only to find faith and then be radically transformed.  I do…
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Attitude

Acts 16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them… I had to work last Sunday.  It was a beautiful July day and as I was going to miss it, I was grumpy.  Three years ago, when life fell apart, I promised that if…
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Too Nice?

Acts 13:10 You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? Several years ago, I sat in a recovery meeting where the treasurer was obviously high.  He admitted he had been using but felt that he…
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Boy in the Bubble

Acts 10:28 God has shown me that I should not call any person common…  God shows no partiality… I was recently looking up a far-off bed and breakfast online, when I came across this odd advertisement.  If you voted for ——-, this place is not for you.  I found it amusing, but it betrayed a…
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Pain of the Past

Acts 9:26 When he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. I have an oddly persistent memory of a sucker I stole when I was five or six years old.  I took it from the…
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How to Change

Acts 9:4. Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? Recently, in jail, I spoke with a man who came to bible study with a bit of a chip on his shoulder.  As he told his life story, he relayed multiple occasions when he had gone to God for help, only to receive nothing.  God, if He…
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Once an Alcoholic, Always an Alcoholic?

Acts 8:18-23  Simon offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also.” But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you… For I see that you are in the bond of iniquity.” I am fascinated, and perhaps obsessed, with how God changes me.  Currently, that obsession is playing out in the battle over…
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Too Sober?

Acts 7:58,60 They cast him out of the city and stoned him… And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep. Occasionally, someone will tell me I am a little too serious in my writing. …
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All About Me

Acts 5:1 Ananias… sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. As a child, I recall the feeling of jealousy I got when others were recognized and I was not.…
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On Alcoholics, Higher Powers and Doorknobs

Acts 4:12 There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. When I first met with the concepts of recovery and Alcoholics Anonymous (or Narcotics Anonymous), some Christians vehemently discouraged me from attending any such meeting.  As you may well…
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