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Pretending to be a Doctor

Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.” John 9:41 If my kids go their mother with some medical question – such as a rash on a foot – and she doesn’t know the answer, it’s OK for her to…
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The Humility of Growing and Learning

You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us? John 9:34 I understand that I don’t know everything about faith and recovery. Still, I grew up with a Pastor for a father and so, I know the Bible reasonably well. I was trained as a physician and I’ve been in recovery for several…
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Those Who Reject Our Faith and Recovery

One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see. John 9:25  A few years ago, I went through a phase when I read several books by notable atheists. I needed to understand the most common objections to my faith. Those authors posed some great questions for which I didn’t have answers.…
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Bad Reputation

The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” John 9:8 Some of those who’ve known me only in my recovery, find it hard to believe the story of my disaster. All they know is sober me. They weren’t…
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How Quickly Life Changes

We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. John 9:4 I grew up in an evangelical Christian tradition, which placed a high emphasis on making a decision to follow Christ. Over the years, I’ve heard many preachers ask, “What if you died…
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White Trash

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” John 8:1-2 I grew up in a loving, Christian home where I never had to worry about food, shelter, clothing, or security. I had caring, involved…
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Lashing Out

The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” John 8:48 Not everyone was caught by surprise when my addiction came to light. There were a couple of individuals who had figured out what was happening, and in my downward spiral, they sought to warn…
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Selective Hearing

Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God. John 8:47 I once thought that being a Christian insulated me from addiction. I grew up in a Christian home, I believed in God from a young age, and I’ve genuinely…
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The Lies of Addiction

When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 Most of us who’ve been addicted have bought into the lie that the drug is going to improve our lives. When I first started using, I realized I could easily manage my own…
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Spiritual Bastards

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. John 8:44 Growing up, my brother and I fought as brothers will do. After one particularly contentious day, when I was probably five or six, I proclaimed that I didn’t want to live at home with my brother anymore.…
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