Don’t be this, church

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  Oh my church, oh my. Don’t be this, church. While attending a church in Louisville, KY, for six years, I came to love how the church desired community and how they gathered (worship) and scattered (small groups meeting in homes). Meeting people where they were in their life journey. Sins and all. Pointing them to a


Rescued from the Darkest Place

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Meet our guest blogger Andrew Chalmers! Andrew works for Teen Challenge. And, Andrew is drug free.  He was rescued from the darkest place.        My story is a story of redemption and a story of great hope restored. It’s a story that demonstrates the overwhelming grace and love that God has for each


Mourning the Loss of a Son: How to Support the Family of an Addict

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But now, with the freshness of losing my son this past year, it seemed appropriate to finish the preliminary version. I have to admit, I always knew the day could come. The possibility of losing my child to a heroin overdose was a constant thought in my mind. I tried not to think about it,


Pastor confesses drug addiction and near loss of family

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This title and video story of a well-respected pastor who became addicted to opiates was posted on the blog site of Denny Burk. Dallas Newspaper reports that Rev. Skip Ryan was pastor of Park Cities Presbyterian Church. What is interesting about this pastor is he was also addicted to opiates: Percocet, hydrocodone, OxyContin—Ryan took them all while


Addiction Journal: The Guarantees of Addiction/Recovery

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Reposted from: Addiction Journal: The Guarantees of Addiction/Recovery The Guarantees of addiction/ recovery October 31, 2012 You are advised by other parents to not enable and to put your child out of your home if they are active in addiction. Their advice is intellectually sound, yet you feel it is unloving and cold. The advice goes


The Addict’s Mom

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The Addict’s Mom For two months now I have been a part of this fabulous resource for mothers of addicts called The Addict’s Mom. The site was developed by a mother of an addict.  The focus is to offer an online support group for moms of addicts. With the intention to be a safe place


An Addict in Our Son’s Bedroom

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An Addict in Our Son’s Bedroom Enabling is a different from helping. This blog link is written by the parents of an addict. They give personal insight into how they set boundaries so as not to enable their son. Hope this helps you in understanding the difference between enabling and helping. Setting boundaries can be


8 Steps to Confronting an Addict: The Nathan Approach

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The snare of addiction is an evil murky pit. Confronting your loved one caught in a web of addiction can be just as miry. Is there a biblical model we can follow to help guide us through the miry waters? 2 Samuel 12 comes to mind when speaking of confronting. In this passage, Nathan, the


Drinking Alcohol with a Baby in her Belly: Christ Removes the Veil

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In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1: 7-8 Redemptive grace is a beautiful thing. When ministering to women drug addicts, God often uses their lives to display His redemptive grace at


Shedding the Enabler Label: Putting on the Label of Christ

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Wearing the Label No one wants to wear the label of an enabler. Seriously.  Who wants to have this label plastered on the front of their chest? An enabler often is convinced he is helping his loved one in addiction, when, in reality,  he is enabling the addict. The two are distinctly different. Understanding the Label


You Are That Man: The Nathan Approach to Confronting an Addict

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Then Nathan said to David, “You are that man! The Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. 2 Samuel 12:7 Be on Your Toes Working around life threatening situations was an every day occurrence for many of my nursing career days. Most