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Category: Faith in the Struggle

Lying to Hide the Mess

Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:3 While struggling with my last relapse, I still occasionally went to recovery meetings. If asked, I’d lie and say…
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The Lesson of the Conch

But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world. 1 Corinthians 11:32 My older sister lives in the Bahamas, where they have many ways of preparing conch, the sea snail that lives in those large, spiral seashells. I love conch, but years…
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Judging at McDonalds

But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 1 Corinthians 11:31 Every morning, as I left our old house to go to the gym, I hit the stoplight just in front of McDonalds. As I saw the cars going through the drive-through at 5:45AM, I always became a little judgmental. I’m on…
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I Hate Conflict

There must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. 1 Corinthians 11:19 In the recovery or accountability groups I attend, it’s the job of those in the group to uphold certain truths. The group exists to keep each other on the path to recovery and life.…
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Better or Worse Together?

But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. Corinthians 11:17 It’s maddening to see an addict do well in treatment, only to get out and go back to the same old life where he’s surrounded by the same…
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What Marriage is Supposed to Look Like

Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. 1 Corinthians 11:11-12 As I’ve mentioned, we’re moving and have drawn out the process into a week-long event. Over the last…
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Baseball Hats, Tattoos, and Lip Piercings

For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God . . . 1 Corinthians 11:7 When I was a kid, it would have been considered rude for a man to wear a baseball hat in my church. Oddly, women could wear hats – particularly at Easter.…
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Lowered Expectations

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1 I overheard a conversation recently, in which the name of Jesus was brought up in the context of him not approving of a something the person speaking had done. The other individual in the conversation objected, insisting that Jesus just wants us to…
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Road Rage and Rude Gestures

Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved. 1 Corinthians 10:32-33 Last week, my son and I were driving along when a vehicle passed…
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Blogging from the Garage

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 In the midst of graduation weekend, along with a big graduation party, we’re moving to a different home. Usually, I blog every morning from my recliner in the living room, but with the graduation party…
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