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Resource pages provided by America’s Keswick, a Christian retreat, conference & addiction recovery center in Whiting, NJ.  AmericasKeswick.org

12 Step Recovery:  An Exposition of the Insufficiency of 12 Step Theology

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  – John 14:6

Having been, like many others, a beneficiary of the Twelve Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, and also Christian support groups that employ the twelve step theology, I would like to pursue with you the reality of the harmony, or lack thereof, of this teaching with the inspired Word of God. While it is the opinion of many that the twelve steps are rooted in Scripture and the product of…

Abuse: A Biblical Perspective

Abuse is wrong! Allowing someone to abuse you is wrong! Failure to help an abused person is wrong!…

Acceptance: A Biblical Perspective

Discontentment, anger, frustration, distraction, worry, strife, depression, etc., can all be indicative of a person who has failed to accept God, his circumstances, or other people…

Addiction: A Rule of the Puppet Kings

No one wakes up one morning and says to himself, “Gee, I think I’ll be a crack addict today” or, “I think I’ll be an alcoholic.” But the reality of addiction is that it does take a soul as its prisoner. The writer of Hebrews refers to a “sin that so easily ensnares us.” I believe it is this kind of besetting sin that enslaves us. We want to break free of it with all our strength but…

Anger: A Biblical Perspective

Everyone gets angry at one time or another. Something happens in our life that doesn’t quite go the way we expect…

Depression: Soul Trouble

Many people suffer from what is called depression. It spans a wide spectrum of emotions – from disappointment to desperation, from feeling discouraged to suicidal. Depression will …

Enabling: A Biblical Perspective

Are you an enabler (co-dependent)? Are you always giving – or always giving in? Is this good, bad, right or wrong? First let’s look at the definition of an enabler.

According to the dictionary.com website, an enabler is…

Food: Friend or Foe?

To really gain an understanding of the whole area of overeating, the bst place to go is to the Bible to learn God’s perspective of this very human problem. Before doing that, let’s look at a definition of gluttony. Webster defines gluttony as “excess in eating; extravagant indulgence of the appetite for…

Forgiveness: Breaking Free

Forgiveness, according to Webster’s Dictionary is (a) to cease to feel resentment against an offender, to pardon; (b) to give up resentment or claim for retaliation; (c) to grant relief from payment. It would seem, therefore, that the opposite of forgiveness… unforgiveness, entails, at the very least, feelings of resentment, an unwillingness to pardon, a desire for retaliation…

Grief: The Journey – A Biblical Perspective

The Journey of Grief

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:13

Unlike many experiences in life, grief is one experience that all of us share. Some to a much greater extent than others, but we will all experience grief in our lifetime. Grief is …

Helping our Kids say NO to Drugs: A Biblical Perspective

Today, our world is surrounding our families with so many obstacles, challenges, and decisions. Each day, we are faced with ideas and beliefs that counter what we may believe or what God wants for us and our children. As Christian parents the challenge is great, and the enemy would love to grab our kids’ hearts before…

Idols of the Heart: Roadblocks in the Path of Victory

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the Land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.” – Exodus 20:2-3

There is probably nothing more frustrating than being in our car, intent on reaching a predetermined destination at a prescribed moment of time, when rounding a corner we come face to face with a big orange sign that says “Road Closed” with an arrow pointing to a detour…

Intervention

Someone you love is lost in addiction. It seems you have done everything you know to do. You have even begged, pleaded, rescued and cried a mountain of tears. You are emotional, physically and spiritually exhausted. The effects of addiction go far beyond the family – to friends, the church family, and…

Loneliness: A Biblical Perspective

As we consider loneliness let’s look at the following definition: “Loneliness is a normal response to the perception of being alone, when one desires intimacy.”1 There are three important components – first, loneliness is normal…

Loving Your Prodigal – God’s Way

When I was a child and my parents said that they loved me, I thought I understood. But when I became a parent I realized that a parent’s love for his child far exceeds the ability of that child to fully comprehend. I have come to believe the same is true of our Father’s love. Perhaps when we get to…

Sexual Addiction: Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places

The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity has defined sexual addiction as: “engaging in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual…

Smoking: Christian Liberty or Bondage?

The Bible, in 2 Peter 2:19, says that a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. You have most likely chosen this pamphlet because you or someone you know is struggling with the stronghold of tobacco in his or her life.

The Problem:  All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful…

Suffering: A Tool in God’s Hand

Human suffering is the experiencing or enduring of (what is perceived to be) extended or persistent pain or distress. Suffering may…

Symptoms Leading to Relapse

While we need to maintain the spiritual disciplines that ensure a victorious life in Christ.  There are ways in which others can help us in our freedom from addiction.  Nearly every person that is close to someone who has had a battle with addiction is able to easily recognize changes in attitude and…

The Tongue: A Biblical Perspective

God has given us a wonderful resource, words. Our words can bring the best out in others, or the worst. We can empower other…

Trauma: Abuse. Neglect. Accidents. Tragedies. Abandonment. Disease. Loss. War. A Biblical Perspective

What we call “trauma” today has Greek origins meaning “wound” and is defined as a powerful emotional response to a distressing event, such as: abuse, neglect, accidents, tragedies, abandonment, disease, loss, and war. It is the experience of some event that overwhelms one’s…

Worry, Anxiety, Fear

Anxiety, depression, and chemical abuse are the top three emotional/mental health issues today, respectively.  Worry, anxiety, and fear are prevalent problems facing men, women, and children alike in our American culture…