“Broken, My Story of Addiction and Redemption” by William Cope Moyers – Thankful I read the book

Wow is all I can say, I am grateful I listened to “Broken, My Story of Addiction and Redemption” by William Cope Moyers.

I originally read the cover and thought to myself, this book sounds to heavy, but finally, on a drive to an appointment several hours from home, I began to listen and listen. As Williams’story unfolded, I found myself with a very heavy heart. I kept listening and listening, I found myself thinking, “Ok William” I’m ready for the redemption part, the good news, but it kept not coming.

I finally did make it to where William came to the realization that he could not do it on his own, it was October 8, 1994. William is working on his recovery to this day. I found a video posted on youtube from 2010 where he addressed an audience about addictions at the Library of Congress. He talked about how the world doesn’t recognize addiction like other illnesses and an organization named Faces and Voices of Recovery is one of many getting the word out.

I am thankful I listened to the book as I didn’t realize the harm it does to the support of future addicts when those that recover stay quiet about their recovering. Williams makes a strong case that addictions should be treated just like cancer and other illnesses. I will stop now as I’m not giving this book justice, hope you read or listen to it.

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Details about: Broken Soft, My Story of Addiction and Redemption

William Cope Moyers has come a long, long way. In 1994, he lay on the floor of an Atlanta crack house. His father had put together a search party. His worried family waited at home where Moyers had left them when he embarked on yet another binge. From that lowly, drug-hazed night, Moyers went on to become an executive at the Hazelden Foundation and travels far and wide to talk about addiction and treatment.

Broken Softcover Harrowing and wrenching, <I>Broken</I> paints a picture of a man with every advantage who nonetheless found himself spiraling into a dark and life-threatening abyss. But unlike other memoirs of its kind, <I>Broken</I> emerges into the clear light of Moyers' recovery as he dedicates his life to changing the politics of addiction.Broken tells the story of what happened between then and now-from growing up the privileged son of Bill Moyers to his descent into alcoholism and drug addiction, his numerous stabs at getting clean, his many relapses, and how he managed to survive. Harrowing and wrenching, Broken paints a picture of a man with every advantage who nonetheless found himself spiraling into a dark and life-threatening abyss. But unlike other memoirs of its kind, Broken emerges into the clear light of Moyers’ recovery as he dedicates his life to changing the politics of addiction. Beautifully written with a deep underlying spirituality, this is a missive of hope for the scores of Americans struggling with addiction-and an honest and inspiring account that proves the spiritual insight that we are strongest at the broken places.

 

Author: William Cope Moyers,  Author: Katherine Ketcham

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Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr

Several people mentioned the Serenity Prayer to me so posting.

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“The Serenity Prayer is the common name for a prayer authored by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr[1][2] (1892–1971). The best-known form is:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

Niebuhr, who first wrote the prayer for a sermon at Heath Evangelical Union Church in Heath, Massachusetts,[3] used it widely in sermons as early as 1934[1] and first published it in 1951 in a magazine column.[1][4]The prayer spread both through Niebuhr’s sermons and church groups in the 1930s and 1940s and was later adopted and popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs.”

Details on Serenity Prayer from Wikipedia.

 

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Surrender Your Heart to God

Listened to Rick Warren’s devotional this morning. Another great devotional. 

3 choices I need to make everyday to transform my relationship with others

Surrender everyday to Jesus

Remember the way God loves me – (don’t feel loved can’t be loving)

  • I am completely accepted 
  • I am unconditionally loved
  • I am totally forgiven 
  • I am extremely valuable to God

Offer love to others (everyone) the same way God loves us. 
You can’t grow spiritually in isolation by Rick Warren
Job 11:13-20 (CEV)
Surrender Your Heart to God

13 Surrender your heart to God,
    turn to him in prayer,

14 and give up your sins—

    even those you do in secret.

15 Then you won’t be ashamed;

you will be confident

    and fearless.

16 Your troubles will go away

    like water beneath a bridge,

17 and your darkest night

    will be brighter than noon.

18 You will rest safe and secure,

filled with hope

    and emptied of worry.

19 You will sleep without fear

    and be greatly respected.

20 But those who are evil

will go blind and lose their way.

    Their only escape is death!

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Paul’s story is told in Acts 7:58-28:31 & throughout New Testament @TyndaleHouse #LifeApplicationStudyBible #PrHrnr

Just read Acts 9, I am reading through Acts now for the third time using Professor Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System. This is a great story.

Acts 9 start’s with Saul threatening Christians, his goal to have them put in prison or worse. Then on a trip, Jesus talks to him “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me*.” Saul’s blinded by a bright light. Jesus directs him to a certain place and after three days his sight is restored. Saul’s name changes to Paul.

My bible commentary explains that…

“No person, apart from Jesus himself, shaped the history of Christianity like the apostle Paul*” fullsizerender-9

That…

“God did not waste any part of Paul – his background, his training, his citizenship, his mind, or even his weaknesses.*”

The commentary continued with a challenge for me (us)…

“Are you willing to let God do the same for you? You will never know all he can do with you until you allow him to have all that you are!*”

*Tyndale House Life Application Study Bible (NIV)

 

 

 

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Walking with God by John Eldredge

I landed at lunch time, it was the start of my first business trip with a new job. With a quick scan of my email, I learned that one tentative meeting had cancelled and most others hadn’t confirmed-an emptiness filled me. I prayed, then replied to the email of the personal that had cancelled, hoping to reschedule-off I went to my lunch appointment.

During lunch, the canceled meeting became a 7 am breakfast the following morning, the lunch meeting generated a referral to a meeting the following afternoon, a 4 pm meeting confirmed. Thank you Jesus, I prayed, the first 24 hours of my trip secured.

The 7 am breakfast meeting began, I was given “Walking with God” by John Eldredge.

The rest of the trip went well. Tired, but thankful for the progress I had made, I boarded the plane for the flight home with my new book. The person that sat down beside me said, John Eldredge!, he’s a great author, one of my favorite books of his is “Wild at Heart.”  The book identified between us a common thread, we each shared part of our story-I then started to read my new book. I read a few pages and came upon the couple paragraphs below, I asked my new friend to read them.

Praying now for the spouse of my new friend and their journey to walk with God.

Walking with God by John Eldredge, page x,xi

“The good news is you can’t figure out life like that. You can’t possibly master enough principles and disciplines to ensure that your life works out. You weren’t meant to, and God won’t let you. For he knows that if we succeed without him, we will be infinitely further from him. We will come to believe terrible things about the universe-things like I can make it on my own and if only I try harder, I can succeed. That whole approach to life-trying to figure it out, beat the ads, get on top of your game-it is utterly godless. Meaning, entirely without God. He is nowhere in those considerations. That sort of scrambling smacks more of the infamous folks who raised the tower of Babel than it does of those who walked with God in the garden in the cool of the day.

In the end, I’d much rather have God.

You might have heard the old saying “Give someone a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach someone to fish, and you feed him for the rest of his life.” The same holds true for life itself. If you give someone an answer, a rule, a principle, you help him solve one problem. But if you teach him to walk with God, well then, you’ve helped him solve the rest of his life. You’ve helped him tap into an inexhaustible source of guidance, comfort, and protection.

Really now, you you know you had the opportunity to develop a conversational intimacy with the wisest, kindest, most generous and seasoned person in the world, wouldn’t it make sense to spend your time with that person, as opposed to, say, slogging you way through on your own?

Whatever our situation in life–butcher, baker, candlestick maker-our deepest and most pressing need is to learn to walk with God. To hear his voice. To follow him intimately. It is the most essential turn of events that could ever take place in the life of any human being, for it brings us back to the source of life. Everything else we long for can then flow forth from this union.

But how do we get there?”

…buy the book and continue the introduction, page xi

Walking with God, 18 companion videos

 

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Keep on loving one another… Hebrews 13 D38 #PrHrnr

 

Read Hebrews 13 last week on Day 38 of my journey through the bible with Prefessor Horner’s bible reading system. Think Hebrews 13 will be my book of the bible for 2017.

Hebrews 13:1-18 (NIV)

Concluding Exhortations

13 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have,because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;

never will I forsake you.”[a]

So we say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?”[b]

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of li
fe and imitate their faith.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods,which is of no benefit to those who do so. 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.

11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holythrough his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.

18 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. 19 I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.

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Job 31:33-37 Day 31 reading with #ProfessorHorner Bible Reading System

It’s day 31 on my new journey through the bible with Professor Horner’s Bible Reading System and this morning, Job 31 was part of my reading. Verses 33-37 were very helpful and in particular to a conversation I had yesterday with a Christian brother. Feeling thankful to find these verses today.

Job 31:33-37 (NIV)

33 if I have concealed my sin as people do,[a]
    by hiding my guilt in my heart
34 because I so feared the crowd
    and so dreaded the contempt of the clans
    that I kept silent and would not go outside—

35 (“Oh, that I had someone to hear me!
    I sign now my defense—let the Almighty answer me;
    let my accuser put his indictment in writing.
36 Surely I would wear it on my shoulder,
    I would put it on like a crown.
37 I would give him an account of my every step;
    I would present it to him as to a ruler.)—

My Tyndale Life Application Bible commentary sums up these verses nicely.

“Job declared that he did not try to hide his sin as men often do. The fear that our sins will be discovered leads us to patters of deception. We cover up with lies so that we will appear good to others. But we cannot hide from God. Do you try to keep people from seeing the real you? When you acknowledge your sins, you free yourself to receive forgiveness and a new life.”

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The Laborers in the Vineyard – Matthew 20:1-16 Day 20 #ProfessorHorner

Just read a few commentaries on Matthew 20:1-6, a link to one of them is below. Great reminder for me to be content  and not compare what I have been given with others.

The Laborers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16)

Bible Commentary / Produced by TOW Project

Matthew 20:1-16 (NIV)

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

“About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

“‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

“The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend.Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you.15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 20:2 A denarius was the usual daily wage of a day laborer.
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Guidelines for living a blameless life by David

What a wonderful Psalm for me today, day 15 with Professor Grant Horner’s ’10 Lists Bible Reading System’ . In 2013, a friend recommended Professor Horner’s system to me, he did again in 2014 and in 2016 I’m making a go of it again. Please ask me how I am progressing!

 

Psalm 15 (NIV)

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?psalm-15
    Who may live on your holy mountain?

The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.

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Tyndale House Publishers NIV Life Application Study Bible

Professor Grant Horner’s ‘The Ten List Bible Reading System’

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How to: “Praying in God’s Word” by @Don95Merritt

Below are links to a couple blog posts by Don Merritt. I am thankful I stumbled upon them. The first post “Humility Exemplified” followed by a post answering someone’s “how to” question about the first post.

How to: “Praying in God’s Word”

“What I am really talking about here is our development of the spiritual discipline of praying in God’s Word.”

“To do so means that we spend quality time with our Lord in His Word, literally praying His Word and asking Him to fill our beings with the riches it contains. We ask Him to reveal to us it’s meaning and significance in our lives, and allow enough time to hear His reply so that if we were asked what God was saying to us in the passage we’d gone through that day, we could not only answer the question, but we could tell the other person what we were doing about what He said.”

These two blog posts are worth a complete read!

John 13:1-17 This is the beginning of the second section of John’s Gospel; there are no more scenes of Jesus teaching the crowds.  The pattern of chapters 2-12 where there is a miracle or sign foll…

Source: Humility Exemplified

The other day Russ P. asked a question in his comment on my post “Humility Exemplified”, and I thought I’d share it with you today, along with my thoughts on the matter. The post was about Jesus’ w…

Source: Random Ramblings: October 15, 2016

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