fbpx

Category: With Audio

No One Tells Me What to Do

But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man. John 2:24-25 Upon hearing the recommendations of a chemical dependency counselor – go to treatment, work the 12 steps, attend meetings –…
Read more

Why Doesn’t God Make Me Like Broccoli?

Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. John 2:19 While enslaved to drugs, I couldn’t understand why God would allow me to have such a self-destructive appetite. Even in recovery, I’ve often been frustrated by my persistent flaws. Why would God allow me to have an ongoing hunger for unhealthy…
Read more

Church Like a Drug

Making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. John 2:15 Once, long ago and far away, I met a businessman who went to church, it seemed to me, just to network. I…
Read more

The Daily Blog as a Podcast!

Why waste time reading, when someone else can read for you? I’m happy to announce that the daily blog can now be listened to as a podcast. On the website – www.faithinthestruggle.com – under each individual entry, you should see the option to listen to the audio for that entry. Just click and . .…
Read more

Using Faith to Justify Evil

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” John 2:7 One of the online news sources I view daily allows readers to respond to the articles. I’m not sure why I ever scroll down to read them, because usually, they are just vile comments, meant to inflame and agitate. One caught my eye…
Read more

Am I Racist?

Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” John 1:46 As a kid, I had tremendous pride in my school, which meant that I thought the Watchdogs – yes, Watchdogs – were better than everyone else. I just knew that those who lived in the next town over were buffoons. Then, as…
Read more

What Do I Want Out of the Gym – and Life?

Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” John 1:38 I have certain goals at the gym, but I’m not there yet. My problem isn’t that I don’t know what to do. I know I should get up every day and go, but some days, I want to sleep…
Read more

Living with the Addict

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 I sat across from him over a cup of coffee a while back. He was a heroin addict who was facing significant impending consequences due to his addiction. Remorseful, but still not quite yet willing to give up chemicals,…
Read more

Am I Powerless or Do I Have a Choice?

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. John 1:4 Modern medicine sees addiction as a disease and step one of AA teaches that I’m powerless over my disease. I objected to these concepts initially, because I needed to believe that I wasn’t simply a hopeless victim and that I had…
Read more

Do I Hear God Speaking?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 When first compelled to address my chemical dependency problem, I was instructed by some in the church that I didn’t need treatment or AA. All you need is Jesus. I was told that any attempt to…
Read more