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I am a Christian in recovery.

I'm white and Indian grew up in a Mexican house hold in the middle of an African American neighborhood. I was pretty much raised to be a criminal and by the time I was 19 was heavily involved in drug dealing, pimping, burglary and many other criminal activites. 

In 1993 I was saved and through Jesus was able to overcome alcoholism. I stayed sober for 10 years and dove into serving Him. As a result I became a preacher and preached all over the midwest and my sermons were broadcast over the radio weekly. Life was good.

The problem was I became so busy serving Him that I neglected my personal relationship with him. So when trials came I was found wanting and began making small compromises that made it easier to make the next small but slightly bigger compromise until over the course of 3 years I had not only ceased to be a minister I wasn't even involved in the church anymore. Worse than that I had returned to drinking and eventually started using hard drugs as well. So to make a long story short I started out a drug dealer, got saved became a preacher then backslid back to drug dealer again.

I was lost again running from God for years. By the end of all this I had lost everything. My wife, my family, my home and even my freedom. I ended up going to prison 3 times and served 45 months in the Kansas Penn.

Now I am once again clean from drugs and alcohol and have been since December 26th 2013. 

The two things I know most about is theology and the tragedy of addiction. So my hubs are a mixture of Christian messages or theology and hubs about the consequences of drugs and dealing them. A little skitso and at opposite extremes I know. LOL But I write about what I know and both of those things I definitely know.

I hope my hubs are a blessing. If they are you might like my Youtube channel as well. 

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIRJHXjc8BieGALfTEPuylg

 

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  • How to Get People to Help You When You Need It
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    How to Get People to Help You When You Need It

    7 months ago

    They say "God helps those who help themselves." This is true not only for God but for people as well.

  • Is It Okay to be Mad at God?
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    Is It Okay to be Mad at God?

    8 months ago

    I was very mad at God when I was a young Christian. I believed because of what I had been taught that I had a legitimate reason for this. I was deceived.

  • Will God Forgive me? Again?
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    Will God Forgive me? Again?

    2 years ago

    If you knew God in the past but left the church at one point. If you are struggling with the feeling of ultimate betrayal. God loved you and saved you but you turned your back on Him. This is for you.

  • Is God in the Anonymous Programs?
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    Is God in the Anonymous Programs?

    2 years ago

    How I believe that God not only is in the programs but inspired them as a means to the addict with no religious upbringing of finding Him. Some people want Him but don't know how to begin to find Him.

  • We Know You're High
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    We Know You're High

    2 years ago

    A brief story about how the reactions of non addicts to people under the influence in public is uglier to me than the behaviors of the addict

  • How I learned to be grateful
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    How I learned to be grateful

    2 years ago

    I had to lose everything to learn how to appreciate the small things.

  • The God of Endless Chances
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    The God of Endless Chances

    2 years ago

    It doesn't matter who you are or what you've done. Come to Him and reach out your hand. He is willing and able to forgive you, love you and change you.

  • The Heart of a Thug
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    The Heart of a Thug

    3 years ago

    What am I tryin to be, who am I tryin to convince? All that will rise in me, is that REAL that APPLIES to me, make sense? When you’ve been raised to be a criminal, thug life is subliminal Things I...

  • The One, Not really
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    The One, Not really

    3 years ago

    Finally! Finally I knew I had found (what do they call it?) Oh yeah “The One.” The one that would love me the one that would shine bright in my life like a shining sun. But what if they only say all...

  • Recovery: The True Fountain of Youth
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    Recovery: The True Fountain of Youth

    4 years ago

    How old do you think I am? This is a question I love to ask people whenever they ask me how old I am. I love it because unless they’ve been given hints, like knowing how old my kids are or that I have two...

  • Playback
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    Playback

    5 years ago

    A poem about the insanity of returning to addiction

  • I keep smiling
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    I keep smiling

    5 years ago

    No matter what happens I keep a smile on my face If I’m hurting inside I don’t let anyone see a trace I’m so silly, crazy, hilarious and nuts I’ll make you laugh so hard...

  • Holding my head up
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    Holding my head up

    5 years ago

    You wouldn’t believe me if I told you all the things I’ve been through The heartbreaks and betrayal couldn’t all possibly be true The let downs and set-backs, disappointments that keep coming...

  • How to ask God for things you need, and get them
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    How to ask God for things you need, and get them

    5 years ago

    Years ago 1993 I wrote a letter to God listing things I wanted to achieve. Everything on the list were good things that I knew God wanted for me. Some of the things on the list were simple some were complicated. Going...

  • To all you Christian Dope Fiends
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    To all you Christian Dope Fiends

    5 years ago

    I was originally gonna title this “A message to Christians in recovery.” But then I realized I might not get the attention of the people I really feel like God had put on my heart right now. I’m...

  • Highmares
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    Highmares

    5 years ago

    Last night I had a humbling reminder of the true nature of my addiction. I got some bad news and didn’t take it very well at all. But even through that I felt no desire whatsoever to use. I remember just before...

  • Bad day in a good life.
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    Bad day in a good life.

    5 years ago

    You wanna hear about a bad day? I was riding my moped to work today and I had a new jacket on. My MP3 player was in the jacket pocket. I was riding along listening to music when suddenly it felt like someone was trying...

  • Goodbye to my Addiction
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    Goodbye to my Addiction

    5 years ago

    This was an assignment given to me in rehab. The whole class was given this topic to write. "A goodbye letter to your addiction." They gave us about 10 minutes to write it and this is what I came up with. I'm...

  • Dealin Dope  is more Addictive than Dope
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    Dealin Dope is more Addictive than Dope

    5 years ago

    3 reasons why it's harder for a dealer to quit selling dope than it is for an addict to quit doing dope.

  • Why do people use drugs?
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    Why do people use drugs?

    2 years ago

    So many family members of drug addicts need to know why. Why do people use drugs? Why is my baby doing this to herself? Why won't my boy just quit using drugs? I hope this allegory of addiction helps.

  • What Does Recovery Mean to Me?
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    What Does Recovery Mean to Me?

    6 years ago

    While I was in prison I had to go through a drug rehab program called Therapeutic community. I didn’t much like the program but one thing I did like about it was the fact that they were always giving us writing...

  • The Year of Death
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    The Year of Death

    6 years ago

    The year of death suicidal? Not likely The fear of meth homicidal? Yeah, might be.   Unending sadness too deep for you to comprehend Impending blackness, oh please this stuff has got to end   An...

  • We Have The Power!
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    We Have The Power!

    7 years ago

    I believe that we are headed for a great end times revival but before that happens we must be willing to endure a great battle. It’s time for the church to start preparing for “tomorrow” the same way...

  • "Allergic," Just another poem about dope.
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    "Allergic," Just another poem about dope.

    7 years ago

    Have you ever been addicted to something that you’re allergic too? Got you feeling so restricted, you love it, but still it’s hurtin you?   Man I know the feelin this villain he lives inside of...

  • If You Want To See What They Saw in the Book Of Acts...
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    If You Want To See What They Saw in the Book Of Acts...

    7 years ago

    I remember when I first got saved by reading the Bible. Most of you reading this hub don’t know my testimony. I’ll give a little of it here. It was July 1993 and I had been arrested for auto theft, and...

  • "Tongues," Questioned and Answered Pt 3
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    "Tongues," Questioned and Answered Pt 3

    7 years ago

    So far, in part one of this hub I covered the question. 1. “Isn’t tongues always an earthly language only given in order to preach the Gospel to unbelievers?” Then in part two, I covered the next...

  • "Tongues," Questioned and Answered Pt 2
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    "Tongues," Questioned and Answered Pt 2

    7 years ago

    In the first part of this hub I told you I was writing this to two groups. The seekers, to encourage there decision to seek what they believe to be a deeper relationship with Christ, by receiving the infilling of the...

  • "Tongues," Questioned and Answered Pt 1
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    "Tongues," Questioned and Answered Pt 1

    7 years ago

    There are some Christians who have sincere questions about the gift of speaking in tongues. These Christians are usually seeking the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Believing the evidence of such is this gift, they would...

  • Lifestyle of Revival Pt 2
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    Lifestyle of Revival Pt 2

    7 years ago

    God has provided for you everything that you need in this world to be successful and to win the lost. He has provided you boldness, He has provided you wealth and prosperity, and He has even promised to take care of...

  • Lifestyle of Revival Pt 1
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    Lifestyle of Revival Pt 1

    7 years ago

    When I say revival I’m talking about life changing revival. The type of revival you take home with you. I’m talking about being convicted of your sins while at the same time being given the power to repent...

  • The Devil is a Joke! Pt 3
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    The Devil is a Joke! Pt 3

    7 years ago

    Now earlier when I was telling you why we need to beware of the Devil some of you might have started getting weary of the Devil. But now I’m gonna tell you why I titled this hub “The Devil is a Joke!”...

  • The Devil is a Joke! Pt 2
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    The Devil is a Joke! Pt 2

    7 years ago

    In the first part of this series I told you who the devil is. I did that by taking you through the Bible and outlining some high points in his history. Specifically I outlined five things about him with scripture...

  • The Devil is a Joke! Pt 1
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    The Devil is a Joke! Pt 1

    7 years ago

    When I was a boy I watched a movie called the exorcist. I don’t think Christians should watch those types of movies but I wasn’t saved at the time and neither was my family. But anyway it was years ago so I...

  • Preach Jesus and Him Crucified Pt Two
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    Preach Jesus and Him Crucified Pt Two

    7 years ago

    Why everyone needs to be saved. Why everyone deserves to go to Hell. Why there must be a Hell in order for there to be a Heaven. Why God ordered no justice for the murder of Able and how that ties into the gospel. And...

  • Preach Jesus and Him Crucified Pt One
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    Preach Jesus and Him Crucified Pt One

    7 years ago

    Shortly after I got saved, I heard an amazing fact in church. The preacher said “95% of all Christians surveyed have never lead another person to Christ.”

  • The Wretch
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    The Wretch

    7 years ago

    Everyone that I ever really loved, deserted me. So now everyone that I love I desert. Not physically, or even mentally, it's spiritual, spiritually I leave, with destruction I flirt. Neglect, misdeeds, selfish...

  • How to Activate Overcoming Faith
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    How to Activate Overcoming Faith

    7 years ago

           This article is about faith, how to walk in it, how to activate it, and how to use it to do God’s will on the Earth. In other words I’m gonna teach a simple bible...

  • Hypocrites In The Church?
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    Hypocrites In The Church?

    2 years ago

    A Christians perspective of the so called hypocrites in the Church. The Church is at war with the Devil. He attacks Christian with his main weapon which is temptation harder than any other group.

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