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Free Online Courses for Recovery

Free online courses to help with various aspects of recovery are offered by Christian organizations:

Freedom from Debt
12 Week, 12 Lesson Course on becoming debt free.

Better Eating Habits
Free 60-Day interactive course that will teach you to enjoy a new found
relationship with the Lord and how to find freedom from bad eating habits.

Freedom from Sexual Addiction & Impurity

Sneaking Pleasure

Proverbs 21:6 NRSV
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue
is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.

Most of us don't see ourselves as getting treasures through lies. Likely we work at not lying and are very convicted when we choose to lie. However, because we are sinners, we sin. And I would propose that there are times that we hide what we do in an effort to get comfort from the suffering we experience. In other words, there are things we would prefer to do in the darkness, alone, without others watching that we might not do so readily in the presence of others (particularly other brothers and sisters in Christ).

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.

Step 7 and Humility

Step 7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Jesus said:
Matthew 18:3-4 KJV
"Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

Without true, honest, heartfelt humility we can not recover; We can not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Bad Habits & Behavior FAQ

The following questions and their answers link to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) web site. This does not imply an endorsement of BGEA and its related ministries by CIR or visa versa.

I moved six months ago to escape from my problems, but it didn't work.

Which is more important -- what we believe about God,
or what kind of life we live?

Family Members and Your Addiction

Are you witnessing a decline in your family's lifestyle and overall happiness? Maybe you are the culprit.

As your tolerance level for your drug of choice or habit increases, more and more of the substance or act is needed to get the desired effect. Though your behavior is now having an obvious negative effect on you and those around you, they rationalize, excuse and minimize the problems just as you do.

Addiction - Basic Information

Many people view drug abuse and addiction as strictly a social problem. Parents, teens, older adults, and other members of the community tend to characterize people who take drugs as morally weak or as having criminal tendencies. They believe that drug abusers and addicts should be able to stop taking drugs if they are willing to change their behavior.

These myths have not only stereotyped those with drug-related problems, but also their families, their communities, and the health care professionals who work with them. Drug abuse and addiction comprise a public health problem that affects many people and has wide- ranging social consequences.

Can a person be saved and smoke cigarettes?

Can a person be saved and smoke cigarettes?

Unsaved people are not called to perfect their lives before they come to the cross; the work in the lives only begins at the cross. When you accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, you are then saved. However, it does not stop there. In making Jesus, Lord of your life, you have surrendered your will and fleshly desires to the Holy Spirit. "When he comes (the Holy Spirit) he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment" (John 16:8).

By surrendering yourself to the Lord, you are saying, "Lord, move in my life and help me to be who you want me to be." You must be willing to see where God wants to grow you and then act accordingly.

What does God think about smoking?

What does God think about smoking?

God considers the human body His sacred Temple. The literal, flesh and blood bodies of people have been considered the Temple of God since the Holy Spirit came to dwell within believers, in Jesus Christ, at Pentecost (Acts, chapter 2).

Even nonbelievers are, potentially, the Temple of God. He is against anything that defiles (or harms) His Temple. He loves His creation called man, and has gone to great lengths--particularly in giving Old Testament Law--to instruct in what should and should not be consumed by the flesh body.

How does a Christian handle temptation?

How does a Christian handle temptation?

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