recovery

The Wages of Sin

It has been said that AA and 12-step recovery programs are the biggest development in western spirituality since the Protestant Reformation. Luther rejected the Pope; 12-steppers rejected religion in all its trappings, including the priesthood. It's truly a priesthood of believers in a Higher Power that goes unlabeled, peer-to-peer ministry, sinner-to-sinner therapy. If you want to talk spirituality with Boomers and X-ers, you'll find common ground with more people quoting the Big Book than quoting scripture.

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Lion of Judah, King of Israel [Hebrews 3:7-14]

I preached this sermon on October 29, 2006, and guess what -- the vision came true! A 53-year-old church still satisfies even charter members with traditional worship, draws young families with contemporary worship and children's church, and builds a new community on a recovery ministry. With 150-200 worshipers on Sunday and 60-90 at Celebrate Recovery, Tropical Sands Christian Church thrives because the old supports the new -- and vice versa! The premise is simple: If you want to settle down in the grasslands of Judah, you have to help the other tribes take the Promised Land!

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