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Peace-Seekers

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Imagine your favorite food. Would it be chocolate, ice cream, bread or pasta? Then imagine that you have an urge for that food times one thousand twenty four, seven.  That’s what it’s like for Mitch and Sara. They are recovering heroin addicts.  If Mitch was your son, or Sara was your granddaughter, where would you turn?  Who would you seek to get help? Would you have $36,000 to pay for a month of treatment in Florida?  A 60 minutes report shared that there were 2 million meth users in our country last year. 210 million opiate prescriptions were filled last [...]

Interview with a Recovering Emotional Vampire

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He sits before me, flowing, shoulder-length hair with a strong athletic build. Wearing a tank top, shorts and flip flops, you know he has to be a surfer. M. has become a friend, a counselee and a disciple. We have had deep discussions about life, his relationships and especially his recovery. Today, he is here to talk about a very personal matter and seek advice about how to work with a “delicate situation” as he calls it. After we talked through his options and I offer a few words of Christ-centered advice, I stopped our talked and asked him this [...]

4 Keys to Confronting an Addict

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Recently, my wife and I stopped in at the Chickahominy House Restaurant in Williamsburg, Va. What a meal! The chili was perfect for a brisk day. And then they brought out the ham biscuits. Thinly sliced, salt-cured ham on a perfectly shaped little biscuit. A little apple butter on it, and I’m instantly transported back to Colonial Williamsburg. For health reasons, I don’t eat much pork at all. For Jewish people, ham was and is completely off limits. So is blood sausage, shrimp and a list of other foods.   So when the Apostle Peter was found sitting at the [...]

4 Ways to GROW This Year

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I don’t know about you, but I love the New Year. All of the prospects of newness spring up - new opportunities, new changes and new starts. Many people make resolutions that lock them into something specific during the new year. Stop smoking. Lose weight. Go to the gym. Speaking of the gym, I went there the other day. Here it is, at the end of the year, I realized that I have pretty much kept my commitment to go and work out systematically. Hard as it is sometimes, over all I have kept my 2012 commitment. Now if we [...]

All You Need Is Love

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True or false: __ “Love conquers all.” __ “All you need is love.” __ “Love heals all wounds.” __ “God is love.”   The false statement is “All you need is love.” I remember when I met the girl who would one day be my bride; we were so in love. My dad asked me how we would pay for rent, school bills and food. “We’re in love and we can live on love, Dad,” was my reply. That statement grew complicated as we married, became pregnant and had to live in the real world.   “All you need is [...]

How To Help Your Child With Bullying You Big Bad Wolf

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Kayla, 13, thought things were going well at her new school, since all the popular girls were being so nice to her. But then she found out that one of them had posted mean rumors about her on a website. Kayla cried herself to sleep that night and started going to the nurse's office complaining of a stomachache to avoid the girls in study hall. Unfortunately, the kind of bullying that Seth and Kayla experienced is widespread. In national surveys, most kids and teens say that bullying happens at school. A bully can turn something like going to the bus [...]

How To Think Like the Devil

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After 17 years of marriage, a man dumped his wife for a younger woman. The downtown apartment was in his name and he wanted to remain there with his new love so he asked the wife to move out and explained that he would buy her another place. The wife agreed to this, but asked that she be given 3 days on her own there to pack up her things. While he was gone the first day, she lovingly put her personal belongings into boxes and crates and suitcases. On the second day she had the movers come and collect [...]

How to Become Homeless in Thirty Days or Less

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Raul had become homeless. A number of financial reversals and squashed dreams found him living in the back woods of Virginia Beach, always watching his back and developing a really nasty attitude about life. The anger and sarcasm oozed out of every pore of his body. It hadn’t always been that way. Early on, his aspirations led him to play baseball and he was a pretty good catcher. He played hard at the game and also played hard at life. After a blown out knee, and the end of his dreams of going pro, he found a job in a [...]

4 Signs He’s in Trouble

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God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12  The other day someone called in a crisis. After sharing some options and resources, I asked how I might pray for them. “Pray that God would give me patience.”  We most often avoid that prayer as if it were a plague. We do not want to be patient. Our culture goes against it and our very nature fights it. For people who struggle with addictions, that sense of impatience is heightened because we [...]

4 Boredom Fighters

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Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,  for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;     great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23  Many believers feel that they’ve reached a certain level of growth and that “this is about as good as it gets.” Age does not create this; it is birthed in a moment of crisis when we come to accept life as it is, just as it is and nothing more. How Boring! Why do some Christians appear to be complacent? There is no luster for life, no joy in the journey. Will has attended Recovery [...]

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