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Your Kids Do Listen To You


In today’s society where the use of alcohol and drugs have become a rite of passage for youth ages thirteen and older, it is not uncommon to hear horror stories about teen substance abuse. The peer pressure to join in these activities is greater than ever. At friends’ homes, at parties, and even in the school parking lot, teens consistently compromise their conscience in order to fit in or to be popular. Yet, despite these unfortunate truths, there are still teenagers and young adults today who choose to hold on to their values, to not conform, and to avoid the use of alcohol or drugs. These young people are focused on pursuing their goals of education, athletics, career, etc. I am proud to be one of them.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 10:07:00

The Summer Wind

Lying Grass(From CR Newsletter, August 2009)
As a child nothing thrilled me more than school being out for summer. Conversely nothing brought on more terror than the beginning of the school year. And so, August for me was a mix of the ecstasy of summer and the dread of a new school year just on the horizon. It was the bridge between heaven and hell.

The greatness of summer was the idea of being on vacation. It was the getting away from accountability and school work. Summer meant good times. As an adult I have learned a very valuable lesson about good times and that is that I need to enjoy them but at the same time be careful in them.

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Sunday, August 03, 2014 - 16:18:00

God Rule vs Mob Rule

(This article was first published in the CR Newsletter, May 2009.)

I had never heard of Susan Boyle until a couple of days ago. I heard someone on a radio talk show speak about her spectacular singing performance on the British version of American Idol and decided to have a look. Watching her performance on YouTube sent a chill down my spine.

Before her singing began the crowd mocked her with feigned whistles of desire as this older woman (who they had deemed ugly and not star material based on her looks and common, simple, plain speech) greeted the crowd with her heavy Irish accent. Next were Simon's patronizing and condescending questions followed by the other judges following suit with obvious looks of disapproval at this Hunchback of Notre Dame type figure whose very presence embarrassed them. The entire crowd was against this woman and the disgust on there faces could not be hidden.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 18:13:00

The Parable of the Dumb Dog
1_1348194790_The_Pa.jpgPsalm 73:22 – "When my heart was grieved, and my spirit embittered, I was a brute beast before you."

James 1:22-23 – "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like."

One of the most important, yet misunderstood, aspects of Chemical Recovery is the journal. For an addict, the journal is one of the most difficult, yet rewarding things he or she could ever do for themselves, and for God. Most Chemical Recovery leaders have had the person come in to the meeting, and after hearing everything laid out asks, "why do I need to do a journal? I left all of that stuff behind."

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Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 22:38:10

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