When Recovery Begins

by: Mike Sanderson.  For many years a friend has refused to take medication to reduce the pain connected to a sore back.  I have observed him hunched over in severe pain and using a cane to help navigate from place to place.  He moved only when necessary and relied on bed-rest and Chiropractic care to correct the problem.  His refrain has often been, “Pain is your friend.”

He would correctly say, too, that pain alerts us that something is wrong and needs to be fixed.  When pain is realized , the wise thing to do is discover the cause and then find the cure, if one is available.  Unfortunately there are times when the remedy doesn’t seem worth it; a foul-tasting concoction, for instance, can seem worse than the original problem.

Addictive behavior and other sin bring pain to our lives and those of loved ones, although the actions bring a measure of pleasure.  This makes it hard to stop and causes avoidance of people who have confronted the actions.  Emotional pain is often felt by all concerned and it can seem worse than physical pain.

The cure for this type of discomfort is much harder than taking medication or staying in bed.  Disclosure of the specifics can lead to embarrassment and so is avoided for as long as possible in some situations.  Returning to the wrongful behavior sometimes seems as the only way to find relief.  This “self-medication” though can bring with it even more shame and guilt and relief is sought once again.  What a vicious and diabolical cycle.

Recovery from addiction or sin will not take place until one has felt as much pain as they can stand.  From a distance, a transformed life (being born-again) can look and sound good, but seems somewhat painful too – fear will keep a person away as well.  Change, then, will be avoided, in large part due to the “self-medication” factor. Again, temporary relief is quite attractive.

Hope is needed to help in the transition.  Those of us who have a measure of success, living a transformed life, can provide that hope.  We need to pass on the message that the perceived pain of change is less than the actual pain of addiction or sin.  When this is discovered and believed, the Recovery process can start.  At that time we can fall at the feet of the Lord and let His healing begin.

One final thought.  There is wisdom in allowing our loved ones to experience the pain of their wrongful behavior.  It is vital that we not shield someone from that pain.  Doing so enables their actions to continue without consequence and this can prolong the time when change begins.  Pain is needed for the admission of the condition and for surrender to the Messiah for the “cure”.  Pain is indeed our friend.

It’s Time to Speak UP!

Stand up and speak up!!

Know the Truth

There is a time for everything‚Äö
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
Ecclesiastes 3:1,7

The freedom of religious expression was chief among America’s founding principles. However, today there is an unprecedented effort to deny this most basic of human rights in almost every area of American life. A Time to Speak is a 60-minute film from the American Family Association highlighting the urgent need for Christians to pray, speak out and vote. It is a clarion call for the Church to break the silence and preserve this freedom for the coming generations.

“Our religious freedoms are under full frontal assault. I’m more convinced than ever that A Time To Speak can educate pastors and church leaders on the dangers of losing religious liberty. It will also equip them with resources to turn the tide in the most important endeavor of my lifetime. If we lose now…

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The New Christian Divide – Cultural Christians Vs Practicing Christians

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June 13, 2014 | Tom Olago

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Are there any clear indications as to how the Church in America is headed? Ed Stetzer believes that based on certain researched trends, the church in America is not dying, but there are still some challenges and changes to be considered. He goes on to describe four “Mission trends” that need to be considered when it comes to the state of the church in America. Continue reading

Derivatives Bubble Over Global Economy

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June 03, 2014 | Tom Olago

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Reports state that according to the Bank for International Settlements, the total notional value of derivatives contracts around the world has ballooned to an astounding 710 trillion dollars ($710,000,000,000,000), with other estimates putting the grand total at well over a quadrillion (a thousand trillion) dollars. Michael Snyder, writing in the DCClothesline.com, states that the global derivatives bubble is now 20 percent bigger than it was just before the last great financial crisis struck in 2008 and concludes that: “A financial crisis far greater than what we experienced in 2008 is coming, and it is going to shock the world.” Continue reading