“You shall not bow down to [idols] or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.” —- Exodus 20:5 “The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #8"
Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” —— Luke 9:62 Farmers who look back when they plow make crooked rows because they‘re not looking where they are going. Farmers who fix their eyes on a fence post, or other […]Read more "Meditation #7"
This is the beginning of 2017; therefore, it seems appropriate to talk about new beginnings and looking forward: Meditation #6 Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #6"
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #5"
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #4"
For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. 1 John 2: 16 Addiction is a worldly disease. It is a self-centered disease. The addict is focused on their own needs. They do […]Read more "Addiction Meditation #3"
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Romans 7:15 (NIV) How many addicts have told themselves: “This is the last time. I’ll never do this again. I hate doing this.” But they can’t stop. They try but cravings overwhelm […]Read more "Addiction Meditation #2"
All of us have fallen short of the mark. That is what sin is: Falling short of the mark. The english word sin comes from the greek word ‘hamartia’ which means “to miss the mark”. We all miss the mark when the mark we are aiming for is to be like Christ. So addicts and […]Read more "Devotionals for People Struggling With Addiction"
So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of […]Read more "My First Meditation on Addiction"
I read tons of stuff on the internet by well meaning but theologically challenged Christians who make illogical arguments about why God could not have created evil. I hate to tell these people but evil is a real malicious force that prowls the world like a hungry lion seeking to devour anyone it can. God […]Read more "Get Over It. God Created Evil."