Repentance

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The Folly of Spiritual Deal-Making, Using Sobriety as a ‘Bargaining Chip’

Today marks an anniversary of sorts for me; as of July 23, 2018, I have officially been sober from illegal drugs and alcohol for 21 years. As I enter into Year 22 of this particularly-grueling adventure with Jesus, it seemed like a good idea to pause and recount His faithfulness to me – even as

The Ever-Escalating ‘Body Count’ That Comes with Always Being Right

“You sound awfully sure of yourself.” This simple sentence was offered to me as a rebuke, born out of genuine concern for my well-being…though delivered with no small amount of sarcasm. On that day, those cutting words were exactly what I needed to hear, a slightly-unorthodox “apple of gold in a setting of silver” (Proverbs

We All Need Protection…from Ourselves

Galatians 1:6-12 (ESV) I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or

The Lord’s Inexhaustible Patience: One Real-Life Example

Second Peter 3:8-9 (ESV) But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but

Pursuing Healthy Eating via ‘Heart Surgery’

The latest health-care statistics tell us that seven in ten Americans could stand to lose at least a little weight but, apparently, the majority of that 71% have grown weary of the demoralizing cycle of trying-and-failing, trying again and failing again. According to TIME magazine’s June 5th cover story, we Americans have never been more

Away from God, Toward the Buffet Line

Next month, by God’s grace and inexhaustible mercy, I look forward to celebrating 20 years of sobriety from alcohol and illicit drugs. As that date draws near, it would probably be wise for me to recall that my first day on this 20-year journey was preceded by approximately three years of halting attempts and failures.

For True Change, Consult the Author of ‘All Things New’

Isaiah 43:19 (ESV) Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Revelation 21:5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this

Scandalous, Unthinkable Nearness

Romans 5:7-8 (ESV) For one will scarcely die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. When other people wound me – whether through their words, actions

‘Do you want to be healed?’

John 5:1-9a (ESV) After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids – blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who

“I don’t live there anymore.”

According to some sources, it was British Labour Party politician Andrew Francis Bennett who coined the popular – and thoroughly biblical – assertion that, “The longest journey you will ever take is the 18 inches from your head to your heart.” It’s helpful to me, whenever I encounter a truly vivid and memorable word picture