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What is Faith?

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion. Hebrews 3:15 I’ve misunderstood faith for much of my life. In my addiction, I believed God could save me from the drugs and so, I asked him to deliver me. I heard others say that if I was struggling with…
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I Get It Because I’ve Been There

For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:18 Working in addiction medicine, I meet a lot of patients with PTSD, often from traumatic events as a child. If I dig into their story, I usually hear about physical or sexual abuse, neglect, and…
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Slave to the Drug

He himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. Hebrews 2:14-15 It’s not like I have a choice. People think I like living this…
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Ignoring the Warnings

For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?  Hebrews 2:2-3 Apparently, there was once a time when hospitals had lounges where physicians could congregate to smoke. Then, as it became clear that…
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Summer Projects and Jumping in the Lake

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. Hebrews 2:1 This summer, my son and I worked on several physically demanding yard projects. We’re fortunate enough to live on the lake though, so after we were done working, we’d jump in to cool off. We’d…
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Where Do I Want My Life to Go?

He has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. Hebrews 1:2-3 I’ve done a…
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Buying Recovery?

If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. Philemon 1:18 Nearly eight years ago, I entered Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge – a Christian addiction treatment facility – for my opioid addiction. My insurance covered some of the treatment cost, but the organization wouldn’t survive only off…
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Why Make Amends?

I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment . . . I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. Philemon 1:10-12 Step nine of Alcoholics Anonymous says that in recovery we must make amends to those whom we’ve harmed in our drug and alcohol use.…
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Letting Go isn’t Easy

Though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment. Philemon 1:8-10 This…
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Production

And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful. Titus 3:14 Physicians are compensated under different models, with some paid hourly while others are on a set salary. Yet others are paid by production. With the production model, when a physician…
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