Category Archives: recovery

Caroling

Thanks to Darrell for putting me on to this. You have to be recovering like me to really get the most out of this one… Seen these guys in your neighbourhood this season? Advertisements

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Follower: a 10th the song that never ends…

For me, getting married meant a series of meetings for pre-marital counselling. It was really valuable time that gave the Elusive and I a great start. We talked about things that “love” wanted us to gloss over and the sessions … Continue reading

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Follower: The Dysfunctional 8th (which is 9)

Good things can go horribly wrong. Sometimes the very thing that’s meant to bring healing actually does harm. That’s why the 8th step comes with this caveat, which is step 9: “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except … Continue reading

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Seriously?

A man walks into a psychiatrist’s office. He has a raw piece of bacon dangling from each ear and a bird’s nest on top of his head. He sits down and says to the Doctor, “I’m here to talk to … Continue reading

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Follower: the 7th step

Someone once said that Jesus has left the door into the Kingdom of God wide open but it’s a very low door, you can only enter on your knees. Humility isn’t a character trait we value much in ourselves but … Continue reading

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Follower: a 6th

It’s an old story/illustration. Trappers, seeking a way to catch some brand of monkeys without harming them, would cut a small hole in a coconut and stick a candy inside as bait. The coconut would be attached to a chain … Continue reading

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Follower: a 5th step

In my life I’ve experienced some holy moments. Someone called them “thin places” where the atmosphere between here and God seems so thin that you’re almost there. I’ve experienced “thin places” in the delivery room with all 3 of my … Continue reading

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Follower: What a 4th step looks like

I’ve been told firsthand by missionaries who work in faraway places that getting people to make “a decision” for Jesus is quite easy. A big platform/crusade type atmosphere will see hundreds and even thousands raise a hand for Jesus. In … Continue reading

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Follower: And Then Came Step Four

We are kings and queens of the superficial. It’s in our DNA. We’re genetically predisposed to keeping things as shallow as possible. Consider our universal greeting and response. “Hi! How are you?” Frankly, we don’t give a damn. The proof … Continue reading

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Follower: taking a third step

I like to be behind the wheel if I’m in a car. When I first decided to follow I made a decision to let someone else have control over my life. A few months at Bible College and I suppressed … Continue reading

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