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The Heart of the Addict

Here’s a video of Ed Welch on the curriculum, Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Addiction (which is available both as a study guide and as a facilitator’s handbook):

Here’s a description:

Every one of us is a potential addict. In a pressure-filled world, the prospect of instant escape can be exhilarating. No matter the object–drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, or sex, just to name a few–addictions lure us. They extend the promise of pleasure. In the end, they deliver emptiness, death, and destruction. What began as an escape from the hassles of life becomes a form of bondage. Addiction is a voluntary slavery. Change doesn’t come easily. But change is possible!

Crossroads was designed as a group study for those struggling with addiction. These ten steps, presented in author Ed Welch’s trademark direct, no-nonsense style, provide a biblical framework for change. Welch is a wise and loving partner who walks beside readers on their journey to freedom. Along the way, they will learn to recognize the patterns of addiction, to choose wisdom over foolish desires, and to cling to the hope they have in Jesus, who sets captives free. The path away from addiction has been laid by a God who is full of surprises, who faithfully pursues those enslaved even though they have deliberately avoided him.

See also Welch’s larger book, Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel.

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In light of the past three sermons that I have preached at Grace Foothills (and this week’s as well), these thoughts by John Piper are very helpful in our understanding that the prosperity gospel (or as I referenced it as “Christian Moralistic Therapeutic Deism”) is a false gospel that is masquerading in many American churches.

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