Accountability

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The "Musts" of the Big Book

The following are quotes from the book Alcohlics Anonymous (also known as The Big Book).

"Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven't got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us." Big Book, page 164

Friends & Family of Addicts & Dysfunctional People

I write this article at a point in my life when I have a friend who is a recovering alcoholic and a recovering narcotic addict. It is a timely message for me and one that needs to be written and well read by many people.

Are You Willing to Live by Your Word?

Proverbs 20:6
Many proclaim themselves loyal,
but who can find one worthy of trust?

When was the last time you kept a promise even when it brought harm to you or your family? That used to be the standard for Christians. A promise made was a promise kept. Regardless. But now, how many of us are actually good to our word? How many of us can be counted on when things get difficult?

Am I Straying from the Word?

Proverbs 19:27 NRSV
Cease straying, my child, from the words of knowledge,
in order that you may hear instruction.

"For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths" (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NRSV).

Jumping the Hurdle of Addiction

I know that you can jump the hurdle of addiction and live a content filled peaceful life because I did, and I am. In my marriage and life I went through a lot of terrible emotions and marital issues during my bout with alcohol addiction. I have been sober for fourteen-years now, and I have never craved a drink, nor have I ever wanted to have a drink, socially or otherwise.

Taking Step 4

When I was first told about making a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself I was filled with FEAR. And then to admit to God, to myself, and to another human being the exact nature of my wrongs -- YIKES! Where to start??

Instead of starting with me, I think it starts with God and His Word. We need to hear, read and study scripture. By doing this we learn what God wants us to be--what His standards for us are. We must make ourselves available to God through meditation, prayer and by serving Him rather than our own needs, material desires, and lusts.

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