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The Time has Come!

You may be in a place of chaos today and feeling overwhelmed by the stress of the holidays. You may be in a secret personal chaos of hidden addictions or sins. Whatever your chaos may be, know that God’s love, that was manifested through the gift of His son, can still bring peace into the midst of a world burdened with sin.

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Approval Addiction

Everyone likes approval and it produces a pleasurable response when we receive it. The problem comes when we believe we “have to” receive someone or everyone’s approval. We become consumed and driven to obtain or chase the “high” of approval at any cost.

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Technology, Youth and the Role of the Church

Her experience with the effects of early exposure to pornography came through her husband’s journey of recovery from sexual addiction. She knew her husband’s story and how early exposure to porn had generated an intense craving and altered the way his brain processed information and stress. She was prepared to do what ever it took to protect her son’s mind, body and soul.

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Wedding Feast Gone Bad

A paradox is a statement, proposition, or situation that seems to be absurd or contradictory, but in fact is or may be true. The heading of the article above contains some paradoxical phrases. “Wedding brawl in the city of brotherly love” appears a tad bit absurd or contradictory. The wedding feast is one where love, commitment and dedication are the primary themes and not tasers, batons, chaos and violence. It was not clear what started this brawl but it was apparent that the over usage of alcohol was a primary and contributing factor.

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Bad Call

Jesus had recently raised Lazarus from the dead and the word of this miracle had preceded his entry into Jerusalem. In today’s terminology we might say that his approval ratings were off the chart. Thousands of on lookers gave him a standing ovation and sang his praises. Their expectation was for Jesus to be the one to deliver them from the cruel oppression of the Roman government. At last God had heard their cries and would soon provide justice and fairness for His chosen people. This applause and praise lasted about as long as the approval of the referees.

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Would Jesus Bear Hug Obama or Romney?

Recently, pizza shop owner Scott Van Duzer made international news when he gave President Barack Obama a bear hug. What made this interesting is that Scott is a self reporting Republican. The controversy regarding his over the top type hug did not present itself until the days following his interaction with the commander and chief. His Republican friends and customers did not appreciate his emotional embrace. They believed he had betrayed them and was now supporting their “enemy”. His business has declined since his infamous hug shook the world of politics. …

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Introduction Letter from David Jones – September 2012 Newsletter

As the new Director for Restoration Path, I wanted to take a few moments of your time to introduce myself. I would love to have an opportunity to talk with each and every one of you and would be glad to answer any questions you have about me.

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You Are Not Alone

Andy and Tammy Reid faced the greatest terror that a parent could ever experience. All parents, from the moment the child is conceived, want to protect their children from all harm, injury, and most importantly death. We want to protect them from external and internal forces that could harm them. The Reid family battled with both of these forces regarding their son’s drug addiction. The external temptation of drug usage as a means of coping with and escaping the difficulties of life can be tremendous. The internal lies we tell ourselves keep us walled off from the people close to us and lead us into isolation, despair and self destruction. When the external temptations line up with our internal lies then the ending result can be deadly. Andy and Tammy Reid loved their son and battled with all their strength to save him.

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Tanning Mom, Part 2

Patricia Krentcil was dramatically introduced to the world back in May through the images of her very darken skin that she obtained through extensive use of a tanning booth. For the past month she has reframed from tanning and her images are stunningly different. You could say she looks 100% different. In May the concern was that she had done severe damage to her skin and that there might be dire consequences in the future. You might look at her external appearance now and say, “Wow, the human body really has a way of repairing itself and recovering from repeated abuse.” Through her changed appearance you might come to the conclusion that she has changed her behavior and her obsession with tanning. The truth is the damage to her skin may be deeper than external appearances reveal and her attitude regarding tanning may not have changed at all. Just as her extremely tanned skin did not reveal her heart or inner self, neither does her fairer skin. The same is true with sin. The external appearance or behavior of an individual does not always reveal the real heart of the person.

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Excerpts from: 10 Truths Wives Need to Know

The wife of a sexual addict is often the most misunderstood victim that exists in the church today. Her world is filled with a sense of absolute betrayal. She feels betrayed by the man she committed her life to and often feels betrayed by God. Her world is one of varied emotions. They range from total despair to rage in a matter of moments. Her world is often consumed by guilt, shame and embarrassment. She often blames herself for not seeing “the warning signs” of her husband’s secret sin. Most often she feels alone in her struggle and afraid to share her plight because of how others may respond or how it will affect her children and the family’s reputation in the church.

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