Finding our Identity through Christ

How do we come to understand our sense of worth, know who we are, and how does this matter? Today's society has consistently defined and redefined what it means to be someone. In this message, I explore the idea of identity in Christ by looking at the two questions Christ asks. Focusing on our identity … Continue reading Finding our Identity through Christ

How sacred time will redefine your Christian life!

"A general rule for the good use of time is to accustom oneself to live in a continual dependence on the Spirit of God, receiving from moment to moment whatever it please him to give us, referring to him at once in the doubts which we necessarily run into, turning to him in the weakness … Continue reading How sacred time will redefine your Christian life!

Christ brings peace and purpose

This is a lasting and eternal peace that gives us confidence, wisdom, and empowerment to endure. It is different than the false sense of security and peace that the world may offer us. Instead of chasing after our illusion of happiness - let us chase after the reality and truth that is found in Jesus Christ.

In every season there is purpose

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1, ESV ~ Our purpose in life is the very meaning of our existence. Without knowing this, we often suffer because of our own lack of significance. We become disillusioned that our lives do not matter.  We have no connection … Continue reading In every season there is purpose

When God delays for the greater purpose

Today's reading: Genesis 41-42; Ps. 10:12-18; Prov. 4:7-9; Matthew 14:1-21 God's provision during times of famine Spiritual maturity and growth is established with our trust and faith in God. His grace is sufficient for us in all seasons. As we walk in sincere obedience, faithfully devoted to God, we will experience peace of mind. Today, … Continue reading When God delays for the greater purpose

A pattern of good behavior

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, ~ Titus 2:7, ESV ~ When we were under bondage of our substance use, we exhibited character defects of manipulation. Hiding our substance use from family and friends. Even attempting to walk in the illusion we are hiding our … Continue reading A pattern of good behavior

Nature and Power of Surrender

In the first installment of this series, we explored the Nature and Power of Honesty. In the second installment, we focused on the Nature and Power of Belief and Hope. Today, we will explore the Nature and Power of Surrender. This step confronts, conflicts, and challenges us to sacrifice self. It is the first step where action … Continue reading Nature and Power of Surrender

Fulfilling His Promise

Read and meditate on Genesis 21:1-21  Pray and meditate on patience as we wait on the Lord to fulfill His promises Sarah laughed at the prospect of her ability to bear a child this late in life (see Genesis 17:17 and 18:12). However, at the appointed time, the Lord fulfilled his promise. Despite the ridicule … Continue reading Fulfilling His Promise

Actions reflect our personal beliefs and values

But whoever has doubts is condemned ... For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.  ~ Romans 14:23 ESV ~ Recovery helps us rediscovery our own personal values. These values become our reflection of what we believe. They help us live a true, authentic, and practical life. This is not only demonstrated by our … Continue reading Actions reflect our personal beliefs and values

Who we choose to please

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that … Continue reading Who we choose to please

Having become meek and humble

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth ~ Matthew 5:5 ~ Many people share their stories of brokenness. How their substance use caused significant loss in their relationships with family, co-workers, loss of employment, loss of health, and even loss of one's freedom. They refer to this moment of awakening to spiritual … Continue reading Having become meek and humble

Spiritual Maturity through the Steps

One of the greatest blessings is working with people who suffer addiction. Sitting in counsel with them and discussing presenting issues they are facing. And, coming up with a means to provide support, encouragement and hope for them is a very unique opportunity. An opportunity to see how a life transforms over time to where they become … Continue reading Spiritual Maturity through the Steps

The healing power of recovery

Healing is a matter of time, but sometimes it is a matter of opportunity ~ Hippocrates ~ One's journey through recovery is a powerful healing process that exists among those faithful, courageous, and committed to change. This does not happen overnight. As much as we want to find a quick solution to a deep spiritual … Continue reading The healing power of recovery

The year of cultivation for a new life

The first week of 2018 is almost closing out. How far along in your new year's resolution changes have you fully committed too? It is not too late to make necessary steps toward change. It begins with making an honest commitment to begin moving towards intention, purpose, meaning, and conscious living. Make 2018 all about … Continue reading The year of cultivation for a new life

Work and purpose of recovery

Behold, are ye stripped of pride? I say unto you, if ye are not ye are not prepared to meet God.  ~ Alma 5:28 ~ We are required to strip ourselves from pride. If we do not, we are not able to surrender our life and will over to a higher power. This begins by making … Continue reading Work and purpose of recovery

A sense of peace in recovery

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another ~ Romans 14:19, KJV All of us who come to the gate of recovery also come to face the reality of how destructive our lifestyle, while under the enslavement of our substance use, became. We deal with the … Continue reading A sense of peace in recovery