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Overcoming Temptation: We Have the Tools

Temptation isn't talked about a lot anymore in church. In fact, we honestly don't talk about sin a lot. And yet, this is something we need to talk about because it is woven into the very fabric of our lives. We may want to ignore it, but the fact is, we sin. We are sinners and we sin. Just because we don't talk about it, doesn't mean that the problem doesn't exist.

Ten Things Someone Might Need From YouPremium Content

I felt lost, and I desperately wanted God to show up. Instead, people appeared and gradually helped me toward the light. Only later did I realize that was how God shows up.

How can you help someone who needs you?

I've been working on a presentation for folks who are working in difficult areas of ministries. Since I'm a wheelchair user, I'm supposed to offer a seated perspective of things people have done that have been helpful and some that haven't.

Here's my list so far. Hopefully you'll help me with something I've missed.

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The Gospel - Key To ChangePremium Content

by Tim Keller

The Greek term "gospel" (ev-angelion) distinguished the Christian message from that of other religions. An 'ev-angel' was news of a great historical event, such as a victory in war or the ascension of a new king, that changed the listeners' condition and required a response from the listener.So the gospel is news of what God has done to reach us.It is not advice about what we must do to reach God. What is this news? God has entered the world in Jesus Christ to achieve a salvation that we could not achieve for ourselves which now:

1) converts and transforms individuals, forming them into a new humanity, and eventually

2) will renew the whole world and all creation.

This is the 'good news'—the gospel. And it is good news in three important ways.

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1st Things FirstPremium Content

  1. Learn what the 12 Steps are
  2. and work them one step at a time.

  3. Read and Download

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Pornography and the Pulpit Workshop- TranscriptPremium Content

note: Members can discuss this workshop in the Message Boards HERE

Obie-host: Good evening and welcome to the latest workshop hosted by Christians in Recovery. Tonight our guest speaker is Richard Nevard. He is the author of "Pornography and the Pulpit: Understanding the Sins of the Shepherd as a Means of Restoration"

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Need Prayer?Premium Content

If you are in need of prayer CIR has wonderful Prayer Warriors who will pray for your needs:
1. Post to the Prayer Forum in the Message Boards. Please note that only requests for CIR members and their immediate families may be submitted. Other requests should be submitted to specialized prayer ministries.

2. Attend the Prayer and Praise Meetings that are Scheduled.
See: Chat Schedule

    Praise & Prayer Meeting - Everyone is Welcome !
    A personal time for people to bring their hurts and daily
    issues to the back fence and have the freedom to share
    them and be prayed for. Also, a time for other prayer

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Keeping "Professional Distance"Premium Content

Some schools actually instruct therapists not to "insert their own personalities" into the counseling process and discourage them from sharing anything at all about themselves with counselees. Yet. I believe that it is possible to maintain a balance between over-involvement and being so objective that those we work with never see our "human" side.

A. The benefits of "self-revelation" in the counseling process
There are many good reasons to share our own spiritual journeys with those we seek to help, especially if we ourselves have overcome an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

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Alcohol Problems in Intimate Relationships: Identification and InterventionPremium Content

A Guide for Marriage and Family Therapists.

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Ten Helpful Tips for a Successful RecoveryPremium Content

1) Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop this picture. Never think of yourself as failing; never doubt the reality of the mental image. That is most dangerous, for the mind always tries to complete what it pictures. So always picture "success" no matter how badly things seem to be going at the moment.

2) Whenever a negative thought concerning your personal powers come to mind, deliberately voice a positive thought to cancel it out.

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