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I’m Not Doing That

Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? 2 Corinthians 1:17 Years ago, I knew an individual who would say that he’d do something, but then simply wouldn’t do it. To those of…
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Pills and God

We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. 2 Corinthians 1:12 (NIV) When I first sought recovery, I was told that I needed to learn a healthy relationship with medications. I was offended. I was a physician. I knew medications better than most. Honest introspection however, revealed that I did…
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A Clean Conscience

Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. 2 Corinthians 1:12 (NIV) I used to enjoy working overnights in the Emergency Department but the consequence of that shift was that I struggled to return to…
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Why Doesn’t God Take This Away?

For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. . . But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 I often write of the part we play in causing our own misery. We all have…
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See One. Do One. Teach One

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5…
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Difficult People

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13 We all have those people in our lives with whom we’d rather just never interact. Maybe they’re manipulative, rude, demanding, or simply annoying. Whatever it is that makes them so, any…
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People I Don’t Like

But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 15:8 Most of us naturally gravitate towards others with whom we have things in common. We make friends most easily with those who are compatible with our own personalities.…
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What’s At the Top of Your List?

On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. 1 Corinthians 16:2 In my addiction, my first thought every morning was always about my pills. Where are they? How can I…
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Never Give Up

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.  1 Corinthians 15:58 I know it’s not unique to addiction but working with the addicted can be particularly frustrating. It’s not uncommon to see individuals do well in treatment…
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There Is Always Hope

When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:54-55 Traveling recently with my family, we experienced a three-hour delay of…
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