Monthly Archives: February 2016

Putting it all Together – UnStuck (Pt. 8)

Date: February 28th, 2016

Scripture: Psalm 51:10-12

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

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Finding Your Boundaries – UnStuck (Pt. 7)

Date: February 21st, 2016

Scripture: Galatians 1:10

10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

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The Death of the Dream – UnStuck (Pt. 6)

Date: February 14th, 2016

Scripture: Jonah 4:1-2

But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. He prayed to theLord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.

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UnStuck – Just One More Drink

I just need one more and then I’m good.

Unfortunately, I’ve seen some of the devastating affects of alcoholism in our family and especially when working with guys in the jail.  One drink too many at the wrong time can ruin a life.UnstuckAlcoholismWeb

Alcoholism is a huge problem in the U.S.  Here are a few quick stats from NCADD.

  • 88,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use
  • Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation
  • Up to 40% of all hospital beds in the United States… are being used to treat health conditions that are related to alcohol consumption
  • Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States: 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems.

Every day people are wrestling with this addiction.  Often the hardest part is being willing to admit you have a problem.  The good news is there a lot of different treatment options available these days and many people have made their way out of this problem.  Hope is available, but you’ll have to take the first step.

Sometimes this addiction is just as damaging on the loved ones of the alcoholic.  Because of their compassion they sometimes get caught enabling the addiction rather than helping the alcoholic move toward healing.  But there is hope for friends and family members of problem drinkers.  Al-Anon groups are available all over the country that help people establish boundaries and give them tools to be the best support they can be during this difficult time.books-sm

1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”

During our series we’ve been giving away copies of the Life Recovery Bible.  These bibles are a great encouragement to anyone who is working through a 12-Step program.  We would encourage you to pick one up if you or a loved one is working through one of these programs.

The hidden costs of alcoholism are not small. It is estimated that alcohol-related expenses cost federal, state, and local governments $223.5 billion. Of that amount, taxpayers are footing the bill for $94.2 billion. —

If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to get professional help.  If you need help finding a counselor, please check out or call 1-800-NEW-LIFE.   Celebrate Recovery or Alcoholics Anonymous might also be a good option.


Come join us for our unStuck series on Sundays and Wednesdays in February as we work at moving forward again.

You Are Loved – UnStuck (Pt. 5)

Date: February 7th, 2016

Scripture: Psalm 103

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

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