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Salt Of The Earth

by: Gregory Kirk Jesus said, You are the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13 NIV). "Salt" is a noun describing a chemical substance that acts upon its environment to change it. "Inert" by contrast, is an adjective describing any sluggish substance devoid of active...

For Parents of a Prodigal: Hope through the Pain

by Dr. Mark Shaw Apart from the death of a child, one of the deepest hurts a Christian parent can experience is that of having what is often called a “prodigal child.” In Luke 15:11-13, Jesus tells the story of the prodigal son – the younger one — who exhibits a...

Don’t Just Settle for Sobriety – PART 2

Be Filled with the Holy Spirit by Bill Hines In Part 1 of this blog it is my hope that I made the point that sobriety, either from a substance (alcohol, other drugs) or an activity (i.e., gambling, pornography, cutting) is not the goal of the command, “don’t get...

Don’t Just Settle for Sobriety – Part 1

by Bill Hines In ministry to addicts I have observed a tendency to make a mistake that I made as a young Believer. We think that because someone is no longer addicted to something they are doing well. When this is our attitude we settle for too little and we may end...

Do you need an extraction?

by Shirley Crowder One morning I noticed an ingrown toenail causing a little irritation on my big toe. I was on my feet a good part of that day, and before long the irritation turned to pain. By that evening my toe was throbbing and felt like I had a needle pushing...

The Only Fix That Truly Satisfies

The first 27 years of my life was spent searching for this fix in every nook and cranny the world had to offer, all of these places were outside of Jesus Christ, of course. The last 15 years of my life I have found it absolutely impossible to find it anywhere other...

Life Dominating Sins and Addictions

by: Julie Ganschow Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man's hands. They have mouths, but they cannot speak; They have eyes, but they cannot see; They have ears, but they cannot hear; They have noses, but they cannot smell. They have hands, but they cannot...

Referring an Addict for Detox and Medical Care

by: Mark Shaw Two questions I am often asked are, “When do I refer an addict I am counseling for a medical detox?” and, “What drugs require detox?” Since I am neither a medical doctor nor a medically-trained professional, my answers are straightforward and simple:...

Demandingness

by: Gregory Kirk What an interesting word.  In fact, I am pretty sure I just made it up. However, my definition of demandingness is an “expectation that our demands will be met either by others or God.” We demand that people treat us in the way we believe they should....

Compounding the Trauma of Rape

by: Anne Dryburgh, PhD Suffering is always involved when people come for counseling. Over the years, I have met with women suffering from depression, childhood abuse, marital abuse, and addictions. Perhaps one of the toughest is when a woman tells me that she has been...

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