Healing Streams

Transformers Activate

Transformers Activate!

“Transformers activate!” is a phrase from the toy craze my son went through years ago. Right now, it has me thinking about what  the Lord uses to “activate” us—His “transformers”! Like Hasbro’s toys we, too, have been created to be genuine transformers. Unquestionably, Jesus wants to use us to transform the world around us. For that to happen, however, we will have to learn the way of being continually transformed ourselves. If not, we risk being put back “on the shelf” by the…

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Ignorance Is Not Bliss!

The Lord says that His people are carried into captivity, even destroyed, for lack of knowledge. What we don’t know about this new life in Christ not only can keep us from entering into blessing, it also opens doors for the enemy to prey upon us. In the spiritual life ignorance is not bliss—it quickly becomes bondage! For a remedy Jesus invites us to seek truth. He says that if we will take pains to pursue a true knowledge of…

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The Lord of the Flies

The Lord of the Flies (He’s Been Busy like a Bee)

Wounds from the past often get contaminated by false beliefs about God. This is heart breaking to see, especially when the person was raised in a Christian environment. You would think that knowing God and Jesus would help a person heal, and not be a source of further infection. Yet, I see this all the time at the Mission where I work with people coming off years on the streets chasing their addictions and being throttled by them. Peel back the…

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Substance Abuse Part 2

Is It the Chicken or the Egg? (Chemical Hooks and Substance Abuse Part II)

So, tell us, which is it? Having recently posted on addictions and read the ensuing comments, I am reminded that there is a great divide among good-hearted, well-intentioned people who work in this field. The role of chemical “hooks” with substance abuse is akin to the question: “Which came first the chicken or the egg?” That will stump you! In the case of the medical community the question can be phrased: Does biology control destiny or does the inner life of…

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