Spiritual Warfare

What Causes Addiction?

What Causes Addiction? (It’s Not a Chemical Hook!)

What? Substance abuse isn’t due to a chemical hook? You may have heard this all your life, but it isn’t true. There are four excellent reasons why it’s not and the first three of them are already known to most of us. Somehow, the facts don’t register like they should. Even the men in our yearlong recovery program typically come to us programmed (by culture) to believe that the substance itself was all-powerful. They should know better, they need to…

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How Our Worst Things Become the Best

How Our Worst Things Become the Best (Thanks to God’s Promise of Redemption)

Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead our Father displayed a power which goes beyond forgiving our sins and getting us safely to heaven. I have no desire to diminish these well-known works of the cross—they are stupendous sources of joy impossible to reduce. I do, however, want to draw your attention to an all-too-often overlooked and unclaimed power always available, ever at work…

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The ABCs of Emotional Intelligence

The ABCs of Emotional Intelligence (How to Live Free of Negative Emotions)

Everyone has emotions. The question is: Do they have you? Are you the head, or have you mostly been the tail? Do your emotions feel like a pack of wild dogs that require a lot of effort just keeping them under control, or are they like a herd of reindeer moving as one? If they’re like wild dogs, your first need is for recovery. If they’re like the reindeer, you have already passed into mastery. Learning how to get free…

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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 Lord.But we want to stay in active service, don’t we.To stay in active service, we need …

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