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105 - 2021-03-01 Tim Brown with Dr. Mark E. Shaw
"It wasn't until God changed my life that I really understood what true godly sorrow was... what the apostle Paul writes about... that causes us to truly repent..." - Tim Brown Tim Brown serves on The Addiction Connection's Board and is ACBC certified. He is a he is a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor (CABC) with The Addiction Connection as well. Tim founded His Steps Ministries in Woodstock, Georgia. His Steps mission reads: "His Steps Ministries is a Christian training and counseling program that reaches out to those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. We believe that substance abuse is due to an incorrect relationship with God, and hope is only offered through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ." Mark and Tim had the privilege to serve together on a missions trip to Egypt a few years ago with Overseas Instruction in Counseling. OIC's mission reads - "Our mission and goal is to support and build up the Christian church around the world through the training of biblical counseling trainers in every part of the globe, including by sharing testimonies of God’s grace." Mark and Tim discuss the recent news of Bruce Springsteen's charges from a November 2020 incident in a national park, and the recent video call court date appearance in which Springsteen appeared. Asbury Park Press’ headline seems most fair: Bruce Springsteen has drunk driving charges dropped, pleads guilty to alcohol consumption. Mark Shaw wrote a summary of the news reports of the incident and how it was reported here. Romans 2:4-5  "Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed." 3:45 Do consequences alone lead people to repentance? The three initial charges: Driving recklessly, Driving under the influence, drinking in a national park where it had been outlawed 6:45 What were the Field sobriety test results? 9:30 What are some signs of lack of repentance? 11:40 What is true godly sorrow? 12:45 What kind of repentance? 13:10 The Fundamentals of Addiction Biblical Counseling training course on which Tim Brown teaches a workshop on godly sorrow and repentance https://www.theaddictionconnection.org/fundamentals-training/ 15:15 How is the government the authority over a Christian, and is it good? 17:09 What about harsh or unfair authority? 1 Peter 2:18 18:05 The various news reports and how they report the story... learning how to discern 21:00 What happened to the term "spirits?" 26:00 Justice and fairness 26:40 What about the Springsteen Jeep commercial which was supposed to air during the Super Bowl?
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March 1, 2021
104 - 2021-2-22 - Dr. Mark E. Shaw "Bad Company"
Dr. Mark E. Shaw "Bad Company" Proverbs 23:19-21 "Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way. 20 Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, 21 for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags." (ESV) 1 Corinthians 15:33 "Do not be deceived; bad company ruins good morals." (ESV) Addiction counseling and for those of you who are still struggling with some kind of addiction, community is an often underutilized source of help. What community have you chosen to be around? 3:30 How strong is the power of belief in determining our choices and desires? 4:40 How powerful is community in shaping our belief system? 5:40 What is the difference between wisdom and knowledge? 7:00 - 10:40 What about following your heart? 10:52 The importance of getting involved in a community who encourages us to be in God's Word and serve other people. The twelve step groups have this one positive aspect of community. "You find that in a local church fellowship because it's based upon the absolute Word of God which we can always trust... no one person is absolutely trustworthy..." Our growing network of churches and counselors and programs who are truly teaching the Bible and offer a true family of God who will not ruin good morals but will push you toward glorifying Christ can be found on The Addiction Connection website. www.theaddictionconnection.org
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February 22, 2021
103 - 2021-2-15 - Misty & CJ McMurry - with Dr. Mark E. Shaw
Misty McMurry has been married to CJ for 12 years and serves as the Manager of The Cellar, a coffee house in Winterset, Iowa. CJ and Misty McMurry both serve The Refuge in Winterset, Iowa, and serve The Addiction Connection as Regional Directors. CJ Mcmurry is a  Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection and serves on TAC’s Board of Directors. He is the Program Director of The Refuge, a residential program listed on The Addiction Connection that serves men struggling with addiction. Find more addiction residential programs at https://www.theaddictionconnection.org/residential-programs/ Dr. Mark E. Shaw is the Founder of The Addiction Connection, and author of The Heart of Addiction and Divine Intervention: Hope and Help for Families of Addicts. Mark Shaw had this conversation with CJ and Misty beginning with Psalm 23. Psalm 23:1-6 (ESV) The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2     He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3     He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness     for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,     I will fear no evil, for you are with me;     your rod and your staff,     they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me     in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil;     my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me     all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord     forever. (ESV)* *Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. May not copy or download more than 500 consecutive verses of the ESV Bible or more than one half of any book of the ESV Bible.* How is this Psalm impactful to Misty's life? What roles do CJ and Misty serve in their local church (Redeemer) in Winterset, Iowa? What are some insights as a married couple in an addictions residential ministry? What is the relationship between Redeemer Church, The Refuge, and The Cellar? 20:30... How are families being impacted while you serve men struggling with addictions? 27:10 What is The Cellar? What are CJ and Misty's plans for Valentine's Day?
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February 15, 2021
102 - 2021-2-8 - Pete Higgs & Jim Quigley - with Mark Shaw
Men's Residential Addiction Programs, Freedom Farm and Renovatus, are listed on The Addiction Connection's website because they both offer the hope of the Gospel for the heart of addiction. Jim Quigley is a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection, and serves on TAC's Board of Directors, all while leading as the Executive Director of Freedom Farm Ministries in Boone, North Carolina. Pete Higgs of Renovatus launched a residential program with a CSA as an integral part of the ministry in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Jim and Pete join Dr. Mark Shaw to discuss blessings and hard work of offering residential hope and help for men struggling with addictive issues. Galatians 6:1-5 "Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load." (NIV) 10:14 What is the origin of the word Renovatus and how did the ministry start? 14:55 How did Renovatus get started farming? 15:30 The journey from a goal of restoration to transformation as the goal of ministering to men. 17:10 Jim speaks to the hard work of ministering biblically to men who are struggling with addictions. Slow is the pace and often few are the resources. 19:05 Jim's introduction to nouthetic counseling model and his journey in the biblical counseling movement 21:45 What is it like on the front lines of genuinely biblical addictions ministry and how is it shepherding souls? 23:25 At Renovatus, in Jefferson City, Tennessee, the vision is "Empowering people to be free from drug and alcohol addiction and restoring them to Christ-centered living." 25:05 Pete talks about how much he learned about himself while his own two sons were with Jim at Freedom Farm Ministries in Boone, North Carolina. Wondering about the farming ministry and what grows on the farm at Renovatus? The 2021 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is currently taking orders. See what they usually have growing at this link https://www.renovatusrc.org/csa 35 mins... How the TAC website was used by God to connect people from a local church near the Renovatus ministry to Pete and how neither of them knew of each other before. 39 mins... 45 mins Pete talks about the glorious and beautiful testimony of a particular man who has been redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ from alcohol and has had a lot of relationships "renovated" and restored. 47 mins... Connecting the fellow workers in biblical addictions ministry to one another, Connecting the hope of the Gospel to the heart of addiction, Connecting addiction counseling to the local church, Connecting resources to those who need them... Connecting people who need residential and non-residential programs to those who offer them.
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February 8, 2021
101 - 2021-2-1 - Pastor Steve Covington - with Dr. Mark E. Shaw
Pastor Steve Covington of Through the Gate Women's Residential Program joins Dr. Mark E. Shaw on The Addiction Connection's first Podcast of the year. Steve is a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection. Are you looking for other recommended programs with a genuinely biblical approach to helping those who struggle with addictions? Visit TAC's website here. https://www.theaddictionconnection.org/residential-programs/ 2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." (ESV) 3:20 How did Through the Gate begin their women's program? 6:23 How did Mark Shaw and Steve meet? 8:50 - 14:30 How are the church and the residential program interconnected? 15:00 Who does Through the Gate serve? Does Through the Gate serve women out of prison, or women who are headed to prison, or on probation? What about the homeless? 17:20 What curriculum does Through the Gate use for the women in the residential program? How much does it cost? How long is the program? 20:10 - 23:20  How do you serve women who are co-dependent? How do you serve women with shame? What kind of teaching do the women receive? 25:30 "This is intense discipleship for 8 months. There's no distraction from a job.. that's kinda the approach we've done and we've stuck with." - Pastor Steve Covington 27:50 "I remember early on, one of my goals was that one day Through the Gate would be ran by graduates of Through the Gate. And I love to tell people that because that's where I'm at now...from my development director, to the house manager, to the office manager, to the staff we have in  the cleaning business that we run that supplies income to our program.. it's all run by now graduates of our program. I love that. It's not required to be here but it's just beautiful to see women who Christ has changed their heart and their life now discipling the next group that come through and that was always my heart and I love it!" 28:45 Where are some of the other graduates now? 29:20 Steve talks about his wife Janet's role. 32:40 Steve talks about why you should be involved with The Addiction Connection. 34:40 "That's why TAC (The Addiction Connection) exists -- is to mobilize the church... The reason I came up with like the "Next Steps: Be TRANSFORMED" curriculum was to give churches a curriculum that they could use for addictions that would be consistent with the message that they preach on Sunday morning... you know, consistent with the Gospel and the Word of God." - Dr. Mark E. Shaw
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February 1, 2021
100 - 2020-12-31 - A New Year's Eve Challenge in Light of Addiction - with Dr. Mark E. Shaw
The Addiction Connection Founder and President, Dr. Mark E. Shaw, D.Min., gives a call to action on this special New Year's Eve FINAL podcast of 2020. Introduction: Salvation, sanctification, put off, put on dynamic in addiction. What is the importance of community in addiction? Grace Fellowship Church is a great example of one local church who helps those who struggle with addiction to plug into community. 4:00 What do social injustice and lockdowns have to do with addictive issues? 5:30 Proverbs 31:1-9 7:00 What do verses 6-7 refer to? 8:55 Mark's biblically-based call to leadership, especially in the addictions field, and applications of verses 4-5 about drinking "wine and strong drink" (applying this to beer, wine, champagne, so-called "spirits," alcohol in all its forms) 16:40 How was the message of the Messiah first shared by a human? What is the sanctifying restriction? Luke 1:12-17 23:55 A wicked, tragic end (in an earthly point of view) to a mighty and powerful life takes place during a drunken fest in the Bible. 25:15 What is the opportunity before the Body of Christ in this time of fear, unrest, and issues of the heart motives? 27:45 One family's alcohol-free idea to flip the New Year Holiday celebrating without alcohol
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December 31, 2020
#99 - 2020-12-30 - MAT - Medication Assisted Treatment - with Dr. Mark E. Shaw
Author, biblical counselor, and The Addiction Connection Founder and President, Dr. Mark E. Shaw, D.Min., devotes this entire episode to discussing the pro's and con's of MAT - Medication Assisted Treatment. Consistent with the addiction treatment worldview - the theory of addiction as a disease - MAT is the logical treatment. 2:40 The tragic 2018 statistics about addiction overdoses and deaths. 3:30 Proverbs 23:19-21 5:15 Comparing the addiction epidemic deaths to overdose to the Vietnam Conflict numbers 6:00 Methadone and Suboxone 10:21 What are some of the positives of methadone maintenance programs? 19:00 Commited to sobriety - how can we tell? 21:45 How is behavior modified for addicts? 23:45 What is Dr. Mark E. Shaw's opinion of MAT - medication assisted treatment? How does Proverbs 23:29-21 apply to this subject of medication assisted treatment? What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
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December 30, 2020
#98- 2020-12-28 - Advent: Meditations For Addicts with Shirley Crowder #7
His Glorious Return Shirley Crowder, author at Through the Lens of Scripture, and Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection, joins the podcast for another episode in the Advent series. Shirley Crowder was born in a mission guest house under the shade of a mango tree in Nigeria, West Africa, where her parents served as missionaries. She is passionate about disciple-making, which is conducted in and through a myriad of ministry opportunities that include biblical counseling, teaching Bible studies, writing, and music. Shirley also currently serves as Vice-President of The Addiction Connection. Dr. Mark E. Shaw and Shirley discuss their new Advent book: Advent Meditations for Addicts, just released in 2020. Find it on Amazon here.
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December 28, 2020
#97- 2020-12-24 - Advent: Meditations For Addicts with Shirley Crowder #6
Christ Has Come Shirley Crowder, author at Through the Lens of Scripture, and Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection, joins the podcast for another episode in the Advent series. Shirley Crowder was born in a mission guest house under the shade of a mango tree in Nigeria, West Africa, where her parents served as missionaries. She is passionate about disciple-making, which is conducted in and through a myriad of ministry opportunities that include biblical counseling, teaching Bible studies, writing, and music. Shirley also currently serves as Vice-President of The Addiction Connection. Dr. Mark E. Shaw and Shirley discuss their new Advent book: Advent Meditations for Addicts, just released in 2020. Find it on Amazon here.
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December 24, 2020
#96 - 2020-12-21 - Advent: Meditations For Addicts with Shirley Crowder #5
God's Boundless Love Shirley Crowder, author at Through the Lens of Scripture, and Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection, joins the podcast for another episode in the Advent series. Shirley Crowder was born in a mission guest house under the shade of a mango tree in Nigeria, West Africa, where her parents served as missionaries. She is passionate about disciple-making, which is conducted in and through a myriad of ministry opportunities that include biblical counseling, teaching Bible studies, writing, and music. Shirley also currently serves as Vice-President of The Addiction Connection. Dr. Mark E. Shaw and Shirley discuss their new Advent book: Advent Meditations for Addicts, just released in 2020. Find it on Amazon here.
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December 21, 2020
#95 - 2020-12-16 Jim Quigley and Dr. Mark E. Shaw discuss the Physical Components of Addiction
Jim Quigley joins author, biblical counselor, and The Addiction Connection Founder and President, Dr. Mark E. Shaw, D.Min. in the studio today to discuss the physical components of addiction from a biblical counseling point of view. Jim is the Executive Director of Freedom Farm Ministries in Boone, NC, and serves as a board member of The Addiction Connection. He is also a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection. Find other like minded ministries on The Addiction Connection website here. Proverbs 25:28 "A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls." Jim shares his experience after an oral surgery. 9:15 What the secular approach teaches about Biological components and spiritual aspects. 10:30 Proverbs 25:28 discussion applied to the trap in the physical part of addiction 12:40 How biblical counselors have the potential to deny (or underplay) the physical components. Don't miss out on the opportunity to be compassionate about the physical components of going through a withdrawal. 14:45 What is the general length of time for people to feel clear headed after a long time addiction? 17:55 Medication Assisted Treatment is the number one therapy and is a completely physical treatment (methadone, suboxone)
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December 16, 2020
#93 - 2020-12-09 - CJ McMurry and Dr. Mark E. Shaw on Measure 110 in Oregon
CJ McMurry is back on the podcast on location in the studio because he is in town for The 4th Annual TAC (The Addiction Connection) Summit. CJ is a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection and also serves on the Board of The Addiction Connection, while he also is Program Director for The Refuge Winterset Iowa. Find more biblical programs at The Addiction Connection website here. 3:15 Thoughts on the news that Oregon voters elected to decriminalize all drugs. Measure 110 in Oregon regarding possession of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and more drugs says that drug possession will not be punishable with jail time. 1 Corinthians 10:23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor." 6:20 - CJ gives the background teaching of this chapter of this letter to the Corinthians from Paul. 9:30 - What about the harm for the Homeless population? 11:00 - What should biblical counselors think about this news? 11:46 - What are the two choices this law gives those who are caught with small amounts of street drugs? 13:00 - Sales and distribution of drugs and the law 13:25 - CJ McMurry's personal experience and his thoughts on incarceration for drug usage and dealing. 16:05 - How do we as blood bought believers in Christ respond to this legalization? 17:25 - "A Landmark declaration to stop criminalizing drug use..." said Cassandra Frederick, Drug Policy Alliance Executive Director. Find genuinely biblical addictions programs for men and for women at The Addiction Connection website here. https://www.theaddictionconnection.org/residential-programs/ https://www.theaddictionconnection.org/non-residential-programs/
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December 9, 2020
#92 - 2020-12-07 - Advent: Meditations For Addicts with Shirley Crowder #3
Peace of God Shirley Crowder, author at Through the Lens of Scripture, and Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection, joins the podcast for another episode in the Advent series. Shirley Crowder was born in a mission guest house under the shade of a mango tree in Nigeria, West Africa, where her parents served as missionaries. She is passionate about disciple-making, which is conducted in and through a myriad of ministry opportunities that include biblical counseling, teaching Bible studies, writing, and music. Shirley also currently serves as Vice-President of The Addiction Connection. Dr. Mark E. Shaw and Shirley discuss their new Advent book: Advent Meditations for Addicts, just released in 2020. Find it on Amazon here. Confidence that the Sovereign God is in control. You can walk through whatever is going on around you, knowing that God is with you. God is a mighty warrior who brings peace. He Himself is peace according to Ephesians 2. Each chapter has a day that focuses on a hymn and another one that focuses on a Christmas carol and then tells a little about the writer. The blood of Christ and the violence of the cross tore down the hostility between God Himself and mankind which reconciled us to God in Christ Jesus. Eph 2:13-18.  
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December 7, 2020
#91 - 2020-12-04 - Myths of Addiction: Wrap Up with Dr. Mark E. Shaw
Dr. Mark E. Shaw wraps up the series on the myths of addiction as noted in Dr. Lance M. Dodes' book: The Heart of Addiction: A New Approach to Understanding and Managing Alcoholism and Other Addictive Behaviors (Harper Collins 2002) Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Colossians 2:8 "See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ." A biblical recap of the myths from the pages of Dr. Dodes book. the purpose of examining these myths is to take them a little bit further by thinking through biblical constructs and the truths of God's Word as the rationale for why these truths are true and why we at TAC agree with Dr. Dodes that these are myths. 3:40 Myth 1 If the drug is not the problem.... what is? Myth 2  What is rock bottom? That's very subjective, so what is the solution? And blame to the person encouraging them to go lower? 6:28 Myth 3 Self-destructive-- so what does that look like in addiction? People believe the lie that the thing they are doing (drug or behavior) is actually helping them accomplish something. Do they hate themselves? Do they love themselves? 7:40 Myth 4 What is meant by surrender? Learning to manage their self-will is what Dr. Dodes says is actually true. Christians call releasing control surrendering to Christ. Not managing your life in a better way. Not turning to yourself. It's asking the Holy Spirit to live within you and ask to transform you day by day.  9:33 Myth 5 Should you count your days of sobriety? Dr. Dodes says it's crazy to think that someone who has a "slip" as he calls it after 90 days is actually making progress. Biblically, we are trying to help the person struggling see the heart motive for how and why you are counting days. 10:41 Myth 6  God's word is the message and we are the messengers. 2 Cor 1:3ff Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 12:15 Myth 7 Mark quotes from Dr. Dodes book regarding the research! The Bible characterizes this as a sin issue. Not a supersized brain chemistry problem. Simply not true. It's a desire problem in the heart of man that God can change! 13:51 Myth 8  Where is the hope? 15:00 Myth 9 In an addictive choice of pleasure, how much planning goes on? 15:28 Myth 10 16:49 Go back and listen to the previous podcasts on these myths of addiction at anchor.fm/theaddictionconnection *All of the myths discussed in the podcast are from The Heart of Addiction: A New Approach to Understanding and Managing Alcoholism and Other Addictive Behaviors, by Dr. Lance M. Dodes (Harper Collins, 2002). TAC has a digital audio course that is very affordable. Email us at info@theaddictionconnection.org so that you can get a coupon for getting these lessons in detail taught to you as an audio course. Find out more at www.theaddictionconnection.org https://www.theaddictionconnection.org/self-help-philosophies-a-biblical-evaluation/
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December 4, 2020
#90 - 2020-12-02 - Myths of Addiction: #9 of 10 with Ben Funkhouser
Ben Funkhouser, Executive Director of The Refuge in Winterset, Iowa, and he is a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection. Ben and Mark finish the series discussing the myths of addiction as noted in Dr. Lance Dodes book The Heart of Addiction: A New Approach to Understanding and Managing Alcoholism and Other Addictive Behaviors (Harper Collins, 2002) How we agree with Dr. Dodes' myths: Myth #9  Are people with addictions impulsive? Romans 14:11-12 "for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” 12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God." How do habits really help us? Responsibility before God is the truth that transforms someone from feeling helpless, as if there's nothing I can do to change this, so I just have to deal with it. That's hopeless. What seems compulsive is really God's creative power in how He created us to develop habits.  6:45 - The world's lack of hope in their description of the problem of addiction Jay Adams (Godliness Through Discipline) taught the ways habits affect and help our lives as a gift from God. Replacement is a key concept. And he also described the four characteristics of habits as: automatic, unconscious, skillful, and comfortable. 11:35 - Ephesians 4:20-24 13:00 - Episodes of addictive choices have a lot of planning and effort involved even if the actions seem to happen quickly and easily. It's a planned lifestyle and the path becomes so "well-worn" that it's easy to go there. 14:50 - Matthew 5 calls us to be radical -- to cut off the paths of sin so we can replace these addictive habits. 16:12 -  A biblical Proverb says, "The way of a transgressor is hard." It does lead to destruction in our lives here, and then eternal destruction without Christ. (Proverbs 13:15) 18:30 - Ben describes the rationale for the seven month men's program for addiction at The Refuge. The length of their program allows the residents there ample time to learn new biblical habits of living in a way that it becomes the new pattern of life. Find hope and help for addiction at www.theaddictionconnection.org https://www.theaddictionconnection.org/addiction-help/ Find resources for help from a genuinely biblical perspective at https://www.theaddictionconnection.org/published-resources/ Find Ben Funkhouser at refugewinterset.com
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December 2, 2020
#89 - 2020-11-30 - Advent: Meditations For Addicts with Shirley Crowder #2
Hope in God Shirley Crowder, author at Through the Lens of Scripture, and Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection, joins the podcast for another episode in the Advent series. Shirley Crowder was born in a mission guest house under the shade of a mango tree in Nigeria, West Africa, where her parents served as missionaries. She is passionate about disciple-making, which is conducted in and through a myriad of ministry opportunities that include biblical counseling, teaching Bible studies, writing, and music. Shirley also currently serves as Vice-President of The Addiction Connection. Dr. Mark E. Shaw and Shirley discuss their new Advent book: Advent Meditations for Addicts, just released in 2020. Find it on Amazon here. How is Old Testament Prophecy and New Testament fulfillment? 3:17 - How would the prophecy that God gave to His people have given hope to Old Testament believers? 5:55 - The New Testament fulfillment is the next section of the weekly meditations. 10:05 - The God of hope 10:20 - Psalm 34:18 tells us that if we are crushed in spirit we can have the nearness of God and hope in Him. 11:45 - There is hope for the addicted. You can be forgiven through Jesus Christ and celebrate this Advent season with us! 12:56 - Remember Hope 14:19 - The chapters end with a hymn of response on each Day 5. 16:18 - Remembering Who God is helps us see that we really can trust Him.
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November 30, 2020
#88 - 2020-11-27 - Myths of Addiction: #8 & #10 of 10 with Pastor Andy Bittle
Pastor Andy Bittle from Iowa is today's guest. He's the counseling pastor at Living Waters Fellowship in DesMoines. Find him at LWFDesmoines.com Mark introduces Andy and then they discuss the 8th and 10th myths of addiction as noted in Dr. Lance M. Dodes' book The Heart of Addiction: A New Approach to Understanding and Managing Alcoholism and Other Addictive Behaviors (Harper Collins, 2002) Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." Myth #8 says, "People with addictions have an addictive personality." We agree and we add the following to make it biblical. We are sinners at our core: our mind, our will, our flesh -- all areas of our lives -- have all been affected by sin. It's not something outside us exerting its influence on us. - Pastor Andy Bittle Not "self-nurture" as the world's counsel says, but turn ourselves toward Jesus. Myth #10 says, "Denial is a failure to recognize reality." We agree, and we add the Christian rationale and wisdom to view it through a biblical framework. God works in the lives of individuals ALL THE TIME. So the idea that denial is part of the "disease" of addiction is not true.  "Physically speaking, dependency is a true concept. But the idea that I don't have any power to choose anything else is not true." - Mark Shaw Ezekiel 36:26 "a new heart and a new spirit" is what God promises to us. The Bible offers hope! The Addiction Connection created a course entitled The Bible vs Self-Help Philosophies (audio course) available online at www.theaddictionconnection.org  https://theaddictionconnection.thinkific.com/courses/the-bible-vs-self-help-philosophies
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November 27, 2020
#87 - 2020-11-25 - Advent: Meditations For Addicts with Shirley Crowder #1
Shirley Crowder, author at Through the Lens of Scripture, and Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection, joins the podcast for an Advent series. Shirley Crowder was born in a mission guest house under the shade of a mango tree in Nigeria, West Africa, where her parents served as missionaries. She is passionate about disciple-making, which is conducted in and through a myriad of ministry opportunities that include biblical counseling, teaching Bible studies, writing, and music. Shirley also currently serves as Vice-President of The Addiction Connection. Dr. Mark E. Shaw and Shirley discuss their new Advent book: Advent Meditations for Addicts, just released in 2020. Find it on Amazon here.  3:30 - What is Advent? 6:00 - How can we directing our thoughts toward advent and what it means? -- What can block you from experiencing Christ in your life? 8:45 - How is the book organized and how do readers begin the reading sections? 10:05 - What do the candles represent, specifically? 14:30 - How are the daily meditations (Day 1 - Day 5) organized in each chapter/week? 16:28 - Why does each chapter start with the Old Testament prophecy and the Biblical fulfillment?
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November 25, 2020
#86 - 2020-11-23 - Myths of Addiction: #6 & #7 of 10 with Lou Samaritano
Lou Samaritano and Mark continue the series discussing Dr. Lance Dodes' myths of addiction that he writes about in his book The Heart of Addiction: A New Approach to Understanding and Managing Alcoholism and Other Addictive Behaviors... (Harper Collins, 2002). Find Lou at abiblicalcounselor.com where he counsels in Sayville, Long Island, NY close to all the major thoroughfares there. He also counsels online via video conferencing software. Myth #6 You should be treated by someone who also has an addiction. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 says "...so that we may be able to comfort those..." "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 6 If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. 7 Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort." (ESV) Explaining the difference between being a sinner, being affected by sin, and sin having dominion over me. All Scripture is useful... so that the man of God can be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3:16-17) It really is the Spirit of God and the Word of God. Anyone can help an addict. Testimonies of what has happened to us are important but not what transforms the heart. God transforms hearts. God's great and precious promises are given to us. It's His power, His word, His enabling us to escape the corruption of our own heart. Sex addiction, hatred, anger, it doesn't matter what it is, the core of the heart needs to be justified and sanctified. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11  "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." The Bible gives us hope that we CAN be set free. It happens from the Lord who is the Spirit, not my testimony as a counselor, that changes hearts. We have the ability to point them to the One who can set them free. Myth #7 "Addiction is basically a problem of brain chemistry." Dr. Dodes calls out this myth and we agree. Mark went to a training about 25 years ago where he began to witness the transitioning of the terminology and yet maintained the same exact treatment philosophies. The way we were brought up does have an affect on us but it is not binding on us. We still have a choice. Sins have been taken out of the sin category and put them all in the sickness category. Lou mentions David Tyler and Kurt Grady's book, Deceptive Diagnosis: When Sin is Called Sickness (2006, Focus) There is hope. If you are set free by Jesus Christ, you are not an alcoholic, you are a child of God. "As you minimize sin, then being saved is not that big of a deal. I just had this chemical problem in my brain, but other than that I was a pretty good person." - Lou Samaritano Three crosses are in The Addiction Connection logo, and that is purposeful -- Mark explains.
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November 23, 2020
#85 - 2020-11-20 - Myths of Addiction: #4 & #5 of 10 with Jim Quigley
Jim Quigley joins Dr. Mark Shaw to discuss the myths of addiction that Dr. Lance Dodes talks about in his book The Heart of Addiction. Mark and Jim debunk the myths of addiction from a biblical perspective, taking it a step further. Proverbs 3:5-8 What is meant by the world when they use the term, "Surrender?" vs. what Christianity says about our inability to surrender. 8:20 - False humility apart from Christ and what repentance really means 9:47 - What the secular system thinks about will power and a higher power 11:43 - The illusion that the self-help system has helped millions of people but Dr. Dodes says otherwise, and so do we.  13:30-14:30 Jim summarizes what the world self help system promotes 17:28 - 19:58 Surrender vs Submission and being transformed by God's power from God's Holy Spirit and God's Word 20:23 - Dying to self and still failing to acknowledge the source of the power 22:35 - Myth #5 You should count your days of sobriety.  24:00 - Does the chip system do more harm than good? Going back to zero every time you mess up 26:30 - 30:25 - Pursuing sobriety for the glory of God and knowing the bedrock truth that you are in Christ and don't need a reset 31:00 - Acknowledging God as you make and achieve goals of sobriety 31:45 - Vine and branches idea from Jim Quigley - fruit that remains coming from repentance 35:25 - Salvation cannot be lost because God gave it in the first place             - When you have a system based on our own record the Gospel is not being communicated
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November 20, 2020
#84 - 2020-11-18 - Myths of Addiction #3 with CJ McMurry
In this podcast series, we're looking at Lance Dodes' 10 Myths of Addiction, which we agree that they are myths, but we're looking at them through the lens of God's Word instead of man's word. Today, we're joined by CJ McMurry a TAC Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor from The Refuge, a residential program for men in Winterset, Iowa as we discuss Myth #3. Find more people who help and the programs they run at www.theaddictionconnection.org 2:23  - 2 TImothy 3:2-5 3:00 - Myth #3 "If you have an addiction, you are self-destructive"          - The description of our problem from God's point of view; apart from Christ this is our bent 5:40 - Jeremiah 2:13 tells us about our two evils - forsaken the fountain of living waters and hewn out broken cisterns that hold no water          - We always want to seek our own way rather than submit to the Lord's plan 7:30 - Addictive choices do lead to destruction but reality is that your motivation is that you love what you THINK it does for you 8:26 - "Having an addiction" vs. desires within me 11:32 - The Biblical approach says 'lovers of self'  which is feeding the flesh and self-loving (not self-destructive) according to 2 Timothy 13:40 - Augustine of Hippo said, "My heart is restless until it finds its rest in Thee" 16:15 - What about self-esteem? Matthew 22:37-40 tells us that Jesus knows we don't have a problem loving ourselves. We just need to love others as much as we already love ourselves. 18:45 - Book we recommend by Nicolas Ellen, entitled, Self-Esteem, Self-Image, Self-love: How to Trade the Trinity of Self Worship for the Triangle of Self-evaluation  20:37 - Having an addiction. vs. Having a sinful heart problem 22:50 - Quote from Puritan, Thomas Watson: "Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet." 24:40 - Jeremiah 2:13 Turning our back on God and looking for other ways to fill our hearts will only sicken, poison, and destroy us. 25:27 - What's going on at the mens' residential program of The Refuge in Winterset, Iowa, Snd Saylorville GCR (Gospel Centered Recovery) Find more resources we recommend at www.theaddictionconnection.org/published-resources/
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November 18, 2020
#83 - 2020-11-16 - Myths of Addiction: #1 & #2 of 10 with Pastor Wes Pinkley
10 Myths of Addiction Series on TAC Podcast Pastor Wes Pinkley joins us as we discuss Myths #1 and #2 of Lance Dodes' book "The Heart of Addiction" - but we examine these myths (which we agree with) but take them further by looking at the myths through a biblical perspective. Applications are made to pleasurable food items, marital sexual, relations, temptations of video gaming, pornography, heroin, opioids, surgical anesthesia. 3:50 - Lance Dodes' view of Myths of Addiction 4:45 - Myth #1 "You are addicted to things that are addictive".  7:30 - Summary of Dodes' entire book 17:15 - Myth #2 "You have to hit bottom before you can get well" 26:00 - Using Biblical words 34:56 - Discussion of the unclean and clean commands in the Bible and your faith causing another brother to stumble based on Romans 14:13ff 37:30 - Building our house upon the Rock, the truths of Scripture, and applications to marriage 41:40 The joy of abiding in Christ and being saved by grace. 44:30 Encouragement for obtaining The Addiction Connection Commissioning process. Find out more at www.theaddictionconnection.org/commissioning/
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November 16, 2020
#82 - 2020-11-14 - Myths of Addiction: Introduction and Overview
Introduction to the 10 Myths of Addiction Series
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November 14, 2020
#81 - 2020-11-10 - Kirby Johnson's Story
Twice-guest in the studio, Kirby Johnson, joins Mark Shaw on today’s podcast! On episode #56, Kirby tells us a little bit of his story. But on this episode, Kirby expounds even more about how God has worked through his life. Kirby was an addict and now is a redeemed follower of Jesus. The Lord used a biblical residential program in Washington as the main area of growth in his life—not just allowing him to “recover” but to be transformed from the inside out. Today, he is a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with TAC. He also serves in a variety of ways in his church, in small groups for those caught in addiction, and counsels others regularly. Counseling is his biggest passion – he desires to share with others the same hope that he has found in Christ! Kirby’s life verse is 2 Corinthians 5:21 which says: For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
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November 10, 2020
#80 - 2020-11-07 The Importance of Relationships in Addiction with Jim Quigley, Freedom Farm Ministries
A regular on The Addiction Connection Podcast, our friend Jim Quigley joins us from Freedom Farm Ministries in Boone, NC to talk about a book that he requires the men at his addiction residential program to read. In fact, we think it’s a book that everyone should read. Fictional novel, Bo’s Café, by John Lynch, Bill Thrall, and Bruce McNicol explores our need for mentoring, discipling, and relationships with those around us. 
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November 7, 2020
#79 - 2020-11-03 Ronny Shaw
My dad, Ronny Shaw, joins us on today’s podcast. If you’ve ever contacted The Addiction Connection by phone, you’ve most likely spoken with Ronny. As an evangelist, his life verse is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” 0:57 Ronny’s favorite Bible verse 1:25 Life story 4:45 Saved at 25 11:15 Counseling stories (& juicy ones about Mark) 15:45 TAC is a family-run ministry 16:45 We who are saved are one family in Christ. Want to join the family? Repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ today.
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November 3, 2020
#78 - 2020-10-31 Steve Ham – Hope, Reconciliation, and Temptation
Gal 3:3 “Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” 1:30 What is real hope? 3:00 Temporal hope vs eternal hope 4:40 Power of hope in the union with Christ 7:00 If you’re in Jesus, you already HAVE this 7:30 Identity 8:20 The work of hope in transformation 13:30 Addicted to Jesus instead of selfish desires 14:00 Reconciliation 15:45 Practical ways to resist temptation. Submit to God. See Him as more glorious. Then, you can resist temptation. 22:15 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”
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October 31, 2020
#77 - 2020-10-29 Dr. Cindy Jones and Dr. Shaw discuss celebrity who struggled with addiction
Dr. Cindy Jones, a CABC with The Addiction Connection, serves with Healing Hearts Ministry and joins us on today’s podcast. Healing Hearts is the umbrella from which various ministries flow from, such as women's conferences bible studies, speaking engagements, and more. Their flagship ministry outreach is Free Indeed Restoration Ministry for men, women, and teens. It's a recovery ministry of sorts, but ultimately their focus is upon helping others be transformed and set free by the power of God. In this podcast episode series, we discuss celebrities who struggled with addiction.  2:28 Philippians 1:6 says “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” 2:45 Whitney Houston’s faith 4:30 Idols of the heart 7:00 Hopelessness in the thick of addiction 8:00 Acronym for H.O.P.E. (Hold On, Pain Ends) 8:30 God’s Word sets us free 9:20 The word “process” isn’t a word we like to hear. 10:00 Is “recovery” in the Bible? 12:00 Crying out to God for help and laying down our pride 15:00 Certainty of hope 17:30 What would you say to someone who is looking for love in all the wrong places? 18:30 Loneliness 20:50 Connect with Cindy at www.healinghearts4jesus.org. Starting back up soon, you can also find more about Free Indeed Restoration Ministry.
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October 29, 2020
#76 - 2020-10-26 Advent: Meditations for Addicts - Available Now!
Shirley Crowder, Vice President of The Addiction Connection, joins us on the podcast for a very special announcement! The Addiction Connection is excited to publish Advent: Meditations for Addicts by Shirley Crowder and Mark E. Shaw. Learn more about this resource and behind-the-scenes of how and why we created this resource especially for transforming-addicts, but also for any Christ-follower. 5:30 About the book 8:30 What the candles represent 10:30 Start reading 5 weeks before Christmas 13:18 Shirley’s last advent season with her mom 17:35 Our prayer for those who read this book 18:27 Available on Amazon Kindle and in print 19:00 What this book helps us focus on during the Christmas season 22:30 Adjectives to describe God’s love 28:09 The first of many books that will be published by TAC 30:10 Grab your copy today!
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October 26, 2020
#75 – 2020-10-23 Music from the 90s & Addiction
Jim Quigley, a CABC with The Addiction Connection and Executive Director of Freedom Farm Ministries, joins us as we discuss celebrities who struggled with addiction. Jim talks about various musicians from the 80s. Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. 6:45 – Music becoming our identity. Musicians speaking into our lives. 7:31 Discussion of various bands James 1:14 - But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 20:00 Living for Christ 23:00 “The Gospel itself doesn’t change but it continues to bring new life to people” -Jim Quigley
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October 23, 2020
#74 - 2020-10-20 Micky Mantle: a Celebrity Who Struggled with Addiction
Louis Samaritano, a CABC with The Addiction Connection, joins us on this special podcast series discussing celebrities who struggled with addiction. Louis discusses Micky Mantle, who was a professional baseball player for the New York Yankees. 2:00 Hebrews 2:14 "Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery." 8:23 What were Micky’s addictive behaviors? 11:00 Redemption - Bobby shares the Gospel with Micky. 15:35 Sow the seed. Don’t give up. Share the Gospel. Reach out with compassion and love. 16:20 Nothing on earth can fill the void we have. Only Jesus can. 17:30 Lou’s website is www.abiblicalcounselor.com, be sure to check it out.
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October 20, 2020
#73 - 2020-10-17 Suicide
The Glorious Sons have a song called "SOS--Sawed off Shotgun" and Mark addresses the hopelessness of the lyrics of this song. Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." (ESV) 6:00 Where is the hope in this world of suffering? 7:00 What does biblical counseling offer those saying they are contemplating suicide? 10:04 What is the Hope that the Gospel offers? Proverbs 15:13 "A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed." Ecclesiastes 4:1-3 "Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. 2 And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. 3 But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun." 16:45 What does the orange, three-cross LOGO of The Addiction Connection really mean? 18:27  Resources available to those who feel hopeless www.theaddictionconnection.org https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/  or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
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October 17, 2020
#72 - 2020-10-13 TAC Annual Summit 2020 Dr. Mark Shaw
Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (ESV) Mark quotes from Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers a book by Dane C. Ortlund. What is the meaning of the "Rest and Rejuvenation" theme at the TAC Summit? What resources will be at the TAC Summit? What is the Prayer Room at the TAC Summit? What if you need some counsel, help, or encouragement at the TAC Summit? November 12-14, 2020
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October 13, 2020
#71 - 2020-10-10 CJ McMurry and Dr. Mark E. Shaw discuss the 2020 TAC Summit
Psalm 133:1-3 "Behold, how good and pleasant it is     when brothers dwell in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil on the head,     running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron,     running down on the collar of his robes! 3 It is like the dew of Hermon,     which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,     life forevermore." (ESV) CJ McMurry is the Program Director on staff at The Refuge in Winterset, Iowa, and he is is a CABC, Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection. The Refuge is one of the Residential Addictions Ministries listed on The Addiction Connection's website with a genuinely biblical approach to caring for those with what the world calls the "diseases" or "illnesses" of "Substance Use Disorders" and "Alcohol Use Disorders." 8:15 Mark asks CJ what makes the 2020 annual TAC Addiction Connection Summit different from many other conferences. 11:00 Mark mentions Terry McCutcheon with Hope for Glasgow another resource from the TAC network non-residential resource page. 13:50 How are the Summit breakout discussion groups divided? 17:50 Mark and CJ talk about the speakers coming to the 2020 TAC Summit Brad Bigney, Howard Eyrich, Bill Hines, and Jim Berg 24:39 Will the spouses of those in addiction ministry feel connected at The Summit?
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October 10, 2020
#70 - 2020-10-06 - "Florida Shuffle" in the news with Dr. Mark E. Shaw
Dr. Mark E. Shaw discusses the "Florida Shuffle." Proverbs 22:1-2 "A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,  and favor is better than silver or gold. The rich and the poor meet together;  Lord is the Maker of them all." 1:22 What is the recent news about Florida's drug treatment situation for those diagnosed with Substance Use Disorder? 5:01 What does the ACA (Affordable Care Act) have to do with current trends in treatment  for those labeled with Substance Use Disorder? 6:00 What about relapse? 8:40 What are the priorities of the providers of addictions biblical counseling listed on The Addiction Connection website?  10:52 How can you find out about best practices in biblical addictions ministries? (Come to our annual Summit event!)
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October 6, 2020
#69 - 2020-10-03 Holy Spirit and the Word of God by Dr. Mark E. Shaw
What is the Partnership Between the Holy Spirit and the Word of God? If you are an addictions biblical counselor, find out what encouragement Mark has for you today from the Word of God. 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 The 2020 ACBC annual digital (Virtual) conference is happening soon. Sign up to have access to all the plenary sessions and the workshops. 4:18 ACBC has started an Addictions Specialization. Find out more here. 6:30 Who is the only ONE who can comprehend the thoughts of God? (verses 11-12) 7:30 How can we understand what God wants us to understand? 7:55 How do the words we use make a difference? 8:59 Is God's Help equal to self-help? 9:20 What are Spiritual words? 10:15 Philippians 2:12-13 "Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (ESV)  So what is God's good pleasure? 12:17 Hebrews 4:12-13 "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account." 13:49 How and why does God pierce you? 15:06 What happens when your weapon that you are using is NOT the sword of the Spirit?
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October 3, 2020
#68 - 2020-09-29 Holy Spirit and Addiction Counseling by Dr. Mark E. Shaw
1:56 October 5-6, 2020 is the annual ACBC conference (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors) where Mark will give a workshop on this topic. "The Practical Outworking of the Holy Spirit in Addiction Counseling" 3:10 God's Spirit indwells a believer. John 14:16-17 5:10 What does it mean to "quench" the Holy Spirit? 5:27 Galatians 5:16-26 7:47 Key Doctrines of the Bible from John MacArthur's study bible 11:00 How God's Holy Spirit is here alive and doing the work through you
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September 29, 2020
#67 - 2020-09-26 - Defining Addiction during National Recovery Month by Dr. Mark E. Shaw
Dr. Mark E. Shaw continues the series during National Recovery Month, which he has renamed National Transformation Month for Christians. Luke 6:45 "The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." (ESV) 1:01 Is the word addiction actually in the Bible? 1:11 Benjamin Rush 2:18  Sin, drunkenness, idolatry, witchcraft, pharmakia 2:43 The Center on Addiction answers the question, "What is an Addiction?" 5:02 A complex chronic medical fatal disease that eliminates the entire Body of Christ? 11:48 People with addiction or people who get stuck in their enslaving desires? 13:05 How you define the problem will determine how you deal with it 13:44 MAT or Medication Assisted Treatment-- what does the addiction world think of this treatment for those with addiction? Suboxone, methadone, etc 15:29 What do believers in the Lord Jesus Christ have that the world doesn't have? 16:27 What is the Biblical definition of addiction? Ephesians 5:18 and Luke 6:45 17:40 What does Jesus mean by "good person" in Luke 6:45? 18:15 Mark Shaw's redefining of the world's definition of addiction as of 2020 19:56 Physical enslaving component of addiction 20:37 Worship disorder or substance use disorder? Isaiah 44:9-20 22:40 What about sin? Is this hard and cruel to say it this way? 25:10 How will you take this message of truth to the world around you?
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September 26, 2020
#66 - 2020-09-22 - Dr. Louis Samaritano and Dr. Mark E. Shaw on National Recovery Month
Discussion with Lou Samaritano, who holds a Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling, Certification with ACBC, and also holds the credential of Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor (CABC) with The Addiction Connection. Dr. Mark E. Shaw and Dr. Samaritano discuss ministry to hurting souls, especially those who struggle with sins associated wtih addiction (aka "Substance Use Disorder" or "Alcohol Use Disorder"). Opening: Galatians 2:20 3:40 Why do we need other people in applying scripture to our lives? 6:00 Lou's website is abiblicalcounselor.com where his ministry offers "loving help for hurting people through God's truth" in Sayville and the Long Island, New York area. 7:30 Speaking the truth in love and hearing it for ourselves (as biblical counselors) at the same time 8:08-17:20 Lou's personal spiritual journey 17:30 The Addiction Connection's goal of promoting and highlighting other like minded ministries who offer genuinely biblical help to hurting souls struggling with addiction, (a.k.a. substance use disorders, alcohol use disorders, opioid use disorders.) 19:55 September is National Recovery Month for unbelievers but as Christians we have National Transformation Month 21:38 Seeking for satisfaction, comfort, & happiness. How the Lord came to give us life more abundantly. How everyone is a worshipper according to Romans 1, and 1 John 5:21. 22:43 What was TAC's commissioning process like for Lou? 24:04 The Addiction Connection's 4th Annual Summit 2020 with the theme of "Rest and Rejuvenaton" is in November. Find out more at theaddictionconnection.org 26:03 The secular world has led the way in addiction lately, but we have a message beyond sobriety, and it's about transformation.
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September 22, 2020
#65 - 2020-09-19 - Mike Petri and Dr. Mark E. Shaw on Law Enforcement and Addiction-Part 2
Podcast 65 Part 2 of a discussion between Biblical Counselor for Grace Fellowhsip Church, and Law Enforcement Officer Mike Petri and Dr. Mark E. Shaw of The Addiction Connection. Relationship beween law enforcement and addiction (aka Alcohol Use Disorders and Substance Use Disorders) issues is the topic of their discussion. Learn about Mike's role as a Police Chaplain as well. Introduction: Reading of Romans 13 2:22 Unwillingness to come under authority - spiritual and earthly 3:39 Law enforcement interacting with someone under the influence and the idea of sobering centers and jail 5:07 Frustration level of veteran officers and the different thinking of new officers 6:48 What is "for your good" regarding law enforcement in your life? 8:05 Similarities to biblical counseling and God's patience with us and our sin and our need for grace, mercy, and justice 8:56 How can we pray for our local law enforcement officers? 13:57 How we fulfill our role, our identity, and what we do for employment interact. 15:21 Mike's role as a Police Chaplain not just for the civilians but also for the police officers 17:57 What does Romans 13 say about perfect authority? 18:53 How can we as citizens interact with police officers? 19:52 Romans 13:5 "for the sake of conscience" 20:39 What is the hope of the Gospel for the heart of addiction?
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September 19, 2020
#64 - 2020-09-15 - Mike Petri and Dr. Mark E. Shaw on National Recovery Month
Podcast 64  Biblical Counselor and Law Enforcement Officer Mike Petri and Dr. Mark E. Shaw of The Addiction Connection discuss addiction during National Recovery Month (or National Transformation Month for Christians) September 2020. Opening with Romans 12:2 1:32 Truth and renewing the mind and sharing perspective and hope with others 3:05 Philippians 4:8 and feeding yourself God's truth on a daily basis. 4:20 What does the Christian have that the unbeliever cannot access? 5:07 Mark and Mike discuss a specific transformation story that Mike witnessed 7:52 Radical Amputation (Matthew 5) discussion. What about the overdose epidemic for those struggling with addiction aka (Substance Use Disorder) (Alcohol Use Disorder)? 10:00 What about unwilling, unrepentant persons? 10:36 How to fulfill the command for Disciple-making among men in your community 12:59 How to disagree in love after building relational trust
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September 15, 2020
#63 - 2020-09-12 - National Recovery Month with Dr. Mark E. Shaw
National Recovery Month (September 2020) has arrived again.  People who struggle with "addiction" or "Substance Use Disorder" or "Alcohol Use Disorder" get nothing more than pity and stigmatization from the world system who assigns them an illness. Dr. Mark E. Shaw explains how God wants more and can grant true freedom in Christ. [1:00] Recovery is a good word- to reclaim your old self. [1:49] What the Bible says (2 Cor 3:12ff) about true freedom [3:09] Why is transformation better than recovery? [3:41] How can I be transformed? [5:56] How the world's view of addicts is short sighted. [7:34] National Recovery Month - be a better version of you. [7:53] National Transformation Month - be transformed from a caterpiller to a butterfly. [8:39] Why pity for addicts isn't desirable. [9:46] Next Steps: Be TRANSFORMED - a new disciple-making program for those who struggle with addiction [10:43] What is true freedom?
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September 12, 2020
#62 - 2020-09-10 - Dr. Mark E. Shaw and Dean Greenwood
Dr. Mark E. Shaw and Dean Greenwood discuss the nature of the love of God and how to love people through biblical counseling. 1 John 4:7-8 2:00 Love is a gift God gives. 2 Corinthians 13 is an exclamation point to Paul's writing on spiritual gifts. 3:01 God the Father identifies Himself as love. 3:40 The key to proclaiming the Gospel. Our actions can be even more powerful than our words can express. 4:25  How does Dean serve the people of the local church at Grace Fellowship Church? 5:55 Letting the Holy Spirit use us. 7:30 Love increases the counselee's receptiveness to the correction offered by a biblical counselor. 8:20 Running to an addictive pursuit is a common way people react after being hurt in some way. 8:56 How addicts are hurting and how to help people deal with their hurt. 10:25 Teaching counselees about addiction. God gives us everything we need for life and godliness The way out of temptation. 11:40 The thorn in the flesh and an admission of weakness 13:34 Some distinctives of nicotine addiction. 16:20 Addiction as idolatry. Do we worship God or go get our peace, strength, encouragement from a drug? 17:55 How to help people who are failing to see God's grace and love in their own lives.
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September 10, 2020
#61 - 2020-09-03 - Understanding Temptation: The War Within Your Heart by Dr. Mark E. Shaw
Dr. Mark E. Shaw describes the content of the booklet he authored, Understanding Temptation: The War Within Your Heart available at Focus Publishing here. 1:13 --This teaching is NOT just aimed at addiction counseling sessions, but any counseling because it covers the three basic ways we are ALL tempted to sin found in 1 John 2:15-17 "Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever." (NASB) 2:12  These three temptations are all also found in Gen 3:6, Matt 4, Luke 4 2:36 How are you tempted? 3:00-3:23 With a recent relapse of someone... what were you believeing about God? What were you doubting about God? Why wasn't God enough? 4:07 Addiction is an unbelief issue, doubting God and believing themselves. 4:20 We really think we're good, and we really think we're "god." That's our sin nature. 5:01 The word "lust" simply means a "strong desire." 5:19 Tempation to do anything you want to do without limits. To have what we want without limits. To be whatever we want to be without limits. Receiving praise of other people. 7:08 People who struggle with this pride of life tend to be people pleasers, they really want people to see them in the best possible way. 8:01 All three temptations are in all of our hearts. Anyone can benefit from this teaching. 8:35 Speical Offer: Now through Sept 25, we are offering this booklet to you if you send in a donation to The Addiction Connection of any amout while supplies last. (Continental U.S.A only) 9:20 If you'd like quantity discounts, Focus Publishing www.focuspublishing.com 1-800-91-FOCUS in Bemidji, Minnesota will currently give bulk discounts when you order this resource. 10:15 Diagnose your own heart first using this teaching, and then use this booklet to help other people. Connected to Christ, you can pursue pleasure within his boundaries and His limits. He wants you to possess things. He wants you to do things with excellence and success and have a positive reputation for His glory and not your own. 11:25 All three temptations /desires are redeemed when you glorify God with them, through and in connection with Jesus Christ.
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September 3, 2020
#60 - 2020-08-29 - Dr. Mark Shaw & Wife Mary Shaw about "Next Steps: Be TRANSFORMED"
1st Corinthians 10:31 says "Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do do all to the glory of God." Dr. Shaw announces the completion of his " Magnum Opus." A video and digital program for addiction, entitled Next Steps: Be TRANSFORMED. He begins by giving glory to God and thanking the team of people from TAC and the location and leadership of Grace Fellowship Church. A curriculum consists of 12 units using the acronym  Be TRANSFORMED. The first lesson is identity and teaches man's way and God's way. Who are you? Who's your creator? Addiction-- what is it? Why is this important? The stages of transformation. You can't transform your own heart. This program is useless if the Holy Spirit doesn't transform the heart. And the glory will be to God no matter who uses this program. T is for truth in love. Ephesians 4 15-16 says, "Rather, speaking the truth and love we are to grow up in every into way  him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped when each part is working properly makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love." The importance of biblical truth and we can't all pick our own truth. God's truth is the truth we need to embrace. John 1:14 Jesus was 100% Grace and 100% truth. R is for repentance. Addiction requires repentance because it's viewed as our desires being sinful ones that miss the mark. Turn away from sin to Jesus Christ.  There are be transformed truths at the end of each unit. A is for assurance of pardon.  Bad news that the heart desires are sinful but the good news you can be forgiven! How does God forgive you? How does God forgive other people? How to be like Christ? How do you forgive? Granting forgiveness to others. Ephesians 2:8-10.  "For it is by Grace you have been saved through faith and this is not your own doing, not a result of works so, no one may boast. For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." Unit 5 N is for newness of life. Continuing to grow daily and needing repentance in our lives and all the resources God has given us.  Unit 6 is s for sanctification. The work of the Holy Spirit working in the hearts of those doing the program (the participants.) unit 7 is f fruit-producing. This is about godliness talking about pride and humility and Temptation.  Unit 8 ...  is O...others focused. Unit 9 R is responsibility  M is for maturity. Which is cultivating a heart of gratitude. E is for exemplifying Christ being humble being submissive. D is for disciple making, be a disciple and be a disciple maker and being purposeful to help other people. This program is an expansion launching out from the resources Understanding Temptation: The War Within Your Heart. Relapse: Biblical Prevention Strategies workbook. The Heart of Addiction. Cross Talking:  A Daily Gospel for Transforming Addicts. Find the Next Steps: Be TRANSFORMED program to purchase it at www.theaddictionconnection.org This program gives you 66 lessons over a little over a year if you take four or five breaks with the pace of 1 lesson per week. If you are an addict, you don't have to do it alone. Grab a friend or find a couple of people to go through it with. They don't have to be addicts.  Join us in November for The Addiction Connection Summit. Find out more at www.theaddictionconnection.org
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August 29, 2020
#59 - 2020-08-09 - Unbelief: Dr. Mark E. Shaw
People think that a drug addict is an unbeliever. "If you use drugs you must be an unbeliever.." Not true. Letting a seed of doubt... Faith as a mustard seed is NOT about miracles or receiving blessings because of your faith. That mustard seed of faith is about forgiveness in that context of scripture. But this little bit of doubt in our hearts is evil, wicked, and wrong. As a believer, this unbelief leads us to fall away from God instead of experiencing a living vibrant relationship with God. We can all be so easily distracted by social media, by lies, and we can take our eyes off the message of hope that we get from the Gospel. People are looking for drugs (all kinds) to fix what ails them. Trusting ourselves. That's the heart of unbelief. Prov 3:5 tells us to NOT trust ourselves. Even when the circumstances are hard. Be not wise in your own eyes. We lean on our own understanding and in those moments doubt God. Not falling away totally because of perseverance of the saints which I believe in. But overdosing and dying from a sinful choice based in unbelief and doubt can lead to death of the body. But because of their faith in Jesus, their return to their sin didn't nullify their salvation. There are people I know in heaven right now even though they overdosed and died. The bigger message is more than clean and sober. It's about making Jesus Lord and Savior so they don't go back to their old ways of their flesh. Unbelief is a key problem in the heart of the addicted. Operating as if they are "god,"  they trust in their own solutions. With all the fear around the corona virus there were times in the befginigb of this times when people everywhere thought this virus would kill everyone. But there are people I know who were and are still trusting in God and going into the hospitals and other essential service settings for their employment. Their boldness in Christ exudes a trust in God. We need exhortation and community every day. So I don't just need church on Sunday. I need to be talking to Christians every day. 90 meetings in 90 days. That's actually awesome instruction from the self help movement. I wish it were 90 church meetings 90 one on one meetings We need someone every day! It can be lonely and you can be deceived by your own sin in your own heart and become hardened in your heart. Find somebody to exhort you. That's the number one danger of isolating and living in your own world during this time.. We can become hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Unbelief...doubting God and trusting self as if you are king or "god." You need somebody outside of you to point that out. We have three different types at Grace Fellowship Church: care groups, community groups and the larger group of big worship. God loves you and wants good for you. He knows that you are weak. I want my kids to know that they are weak. You need Christ. Don't try to do it in your own strength. Don't think you've gotta be superman and do this without help. "Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin." (ESV, from biblegateway.com) Hebrews 3:12-13
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August 9, 2020
#58 - 2020-08-02 - Dr. Mark E. Shaw teaches on Ketamine Infusion Clinics
Ketamine infusion protocol clinics are now an exploding fad even though these clinics are not FDA approved for this purpose of what they are calling psychiatric care and therapy for depression or suicidal ideation. This drug is legally approved for sedation for surgeries etc but not this purpose.  Discovered in 1926 and utilized more in the 60s as an anesthetic, Ketamine was used to tranquilize horses as well. Ketamine infusion protocols for people at outpatient clinics are what is alarming. It's an "Off-Label" use of ketamine for suicidal ideations and for other situations in people who are finding that their medicines they have tried are not working for their depression. People pay upwards of $300 to sit in a comfortable chair, and get an IV started to receive the anesthesia drug ketamine infused into their veins over a period of about 25 minutes and then go home. This is the therapeutic intervention that is being tried now for depression. The sad thing is that people are reporting that they have out of body experiences, feel at peace, and feel a connectedness to others during their time there. The motivation to help people with depression is something to be commended but I'm concerned that this is not the answer, Dr. Shaw explains.  I think we need to quit looking for answers from drugs. Dr. Shaw mentions Jonathan Isaac, the Orlando Magic basketball player who recently shared the Gospel very well and very accurately in a news conference. We have the hope of the Gospel. Jesus Christ shed his blood on the cross for our sins. Those who place their trust in him for salvation are saved eternally. Dr. Shaw says he's saddened by the increasing search for hope from drugs.
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August 2, 2020
#57 - 2020-07-28 - Dr. Mark Shaw: Caring for Other People
#57 - 2020-07-28 - Dr. Mark Shaw talks about the group of individuals and ministries that comprise The Addiction Connection. Reading 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8, Mark explains the theme for previous Summits at The Addiction Connection -- TAC's annual gathering every Fall. Verses 9-12 paints a broad picture that Dr. Shaw applies to those who are helping the addicted and their families. The CABC's (Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselors) who are sacrificing, working hard, serving in their local churches and their own ministries. They are persevering saints.  Verse 13 talks about the Word of God being at work inside a believer's heart. Mark mentions the movie Selfie Dad a movie about an average marginal Christian who was not really doing much with his walk with Christ and how the Word of God was exalted as something to be feasting upon... reading, studying, memorizing and focusing upon the Bible. When the Holy Spirit does this work in your heart, people become dear to you, not problems you have to fix or cases that you have to counsel but you see them as people who are in need of your help.  Loving those who are living for themselves is a powerful message that is only perfectly done by God. God is the picture of loving the unlovely hearts. The counselors we have our TAC website emulate God in this way. We say amazing people and we mean it. Because we have people on our TAC website who have adopted children even one who was left at their ministry by someone who they had helped. These people are helping the addicted and their families in ways that are mind-blowing. We have residential programs. We have non-residential programs that meet weekly. Several counselors that are listed who are genuine, faithful to God as they honor God and serve the hurting addicted and their loved ones. The common thread is that you will find people who are traned and ready to share not only the Gospel but those who are ready to lay down their very lives for the addicted.  "I couldn't be more honored to be a part of this group." [Dr. Mark E. Shaw] The Gospel Coalition will feature Dr. Mark Shaw on its Q&A podcast tomorrow, July 29, 2020.
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July 28, 2020
#56 - 2020-07-18 - Kirby Johnson & Shaw
Special guest in the studio, Kirby Johnson, joins Mark Shaw on today’s podcast! Kirby was an addict and now is a redeemed follower of Jesus. The Lord did amazing things in his life, using a biblical residential program in Washington as the main area of growth in his life—not just allowing him to “recover” but to be transformed from the inside out. Today, he is working toward becoming a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with TAC and is almost done with this relational disciple-making process. He also serves in a variety of ways in his church, in small groups for those caught in addiction, and counsels others regularly. Counseling is his biggest passion – he desires to share with others the same hope that he has found in Christ! Kirby’s life verse is 2 Cor 5:21 which says: For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
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July 18, 2020
#55 - 2020-07-14 - Shaw & Tim Brown
Dr. Mark Shaw talks with Tim Brown, founder of His Steps Ministries. Tim also serves on the TAC Board of Directors and is a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor. As a counselor, teacher, and disciple-maker, Tim is a faithful servant of Jesus Christ who has a heart for those struggling with addiction. In this podcast, Mark and Tim begin the discussion with reading Psalm 91 and posing the question:  In whom do you find your shelter and refuge? You might think the answer is easy: Jesus, of course! But do we always make him our refuge? Do we daily seek to make Him our #1? Tim talks about how our flesh oftentimes gets in the way of making Christ the center of our lives. It's amazing: a thousand times we fail Him, yet He remains faithful to us. What love!  Words of Wisdom Everything in our lives starts with thinking, which affects how we feel, and then drives our actions. We can have 2 reactions to situations in our lives: worry or worship. We must focus on the root of our actions: our thoughts.  What are you thinking about others? What do you think about God? What are your thoughts about situations around you? Your answers to these questions will dictate how you respond to everything going on in your life. Fill your mind with God’s Word, and He will change the way you feel and act. It's a Crazy Time... In a world of chaos, a pandemic, racism, violence, and increasing sin—we as Christians can rest assured that God is with us and He is in control. We can rest in the shelter of the Most High. Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 46:10 be still and know that I am God God allows suffering in our lives to bring us ultimately closer to Him and to serve Him better in this life, as we eagerly await the life eternal. Get Involved! We encourage you to get involved in addiction ministry. Get some training. The addicted need you to point them to Jesus. Find out how to get equipped here. 
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July 14, 2020
#54 - 2020-07-11 - Proverbs 20:1
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise - Prov. 20:1.  Dr. Mark Shaw opens with this verse in today's podcast. He discusses how the desire for any kind of selfish pleasure-seeking leads to despair, unhappiness, and unwise living.  As Christians, we are not to partner with evil and darkness. Instead, we are to walk as children of light.  Eph 5:18-19 says, And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. A life that is spirit-filled brings glory to God and is a blessing to those around you. Be that person!
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July 11, 2020
#53 - 2020-07-07 - Ben Roethlisberger & Addiction
#53 - 2020-07-07 - Ben Roethlisberger & Addiction Football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger, is the topic for today's podcast. As a Christian, Ben is very open about his addictive past: both to alcohol and pornography.  Dr. Mark Shaw agrees with Ben that addiction is not a disease, but a sin issue of the heart, which the Bible calls idolatry.  In a quote via ESPN, Ben states that, "it's not always easy. People don't realize all the time that us athletes, we're human. We sin like everybody else. I am no different. We make mistakes. We get addicted to things. We sin. We're human. I think sometimes we get put on this pedestal where we can't make mistakes. I've fallen as short as anybody. I've been addicted to alcohol. I've been addicted to pornography, which makes me then not the best husband, not the best father, not the best Christian I can be" (USA Today).  Yet, God has been faithful in Ben's life. Let's continue to pray for Ben as he seeks to honor God in every aspect of his life - including football.
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July 7, 2020
#52 - 2020-07-04 - Dependence Upon God
#52 - 2020-07-04 - Dependence Upon God As we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th in the USA, we should also remember our need for complete dependence upon God. Why? Because as followers of Christ, we cannot forget that we need God - every day, every hour, every minute. Proverbs 3:5-8 states, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart,  and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones." Fearing the Lord includes dependence upon Him. An addict's decisions at times are independent from God, pursuing idols of the heart. We need to help addicts understand the fear of the Lord - turning AWAY from sin TO Christ. In doing so, the addict can find hope and healing.  Additionally, too often we, as independent-minded Americans (and humans!), tend to pursue our own ways while neglecting to spend time with God and being plugged in to the Body of Christ. Hebrews 10:23-25 tells us, "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."
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July 4, 2020
#51 - 2020-06-30 - Jim Quigley
Jim leads Freedom Farm Ministries in Boone, NC and is a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor (CABC) who also serves as a board member with The Addiction Connection. www.theaddictionconnection.org/leadership/ Dr. Shaw and Jim's discussion opens with Proverbs 14:12— “There is a way that seems right to a man but its end is the way to death.” Jim informs listeners that the publication of The Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin in 1861 dramatically affected the Protestant church. It rocked the Christian church because it challenged large portions of the Bible by something that “sounds” really good. Soul care actually began to then be torn from and separated from local churches and became something Christians were scared about because of “science.” Daniel Berger drdanielberger.com writes about the history of this decline of pastors coming alongside people to help them with their problems in his many books. It just sounds right that I have a chemical imbalance, mental illness, and I have a disease, but it’s so destructive to lives and people getting set free. Proverbs 13:20 is the next verse they discuss. “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” (ESV) Sounds much like changing the people, places and things. This one is referring to people. Going into bars so you can save all your buddies from the bars might not be a good idea. Proverbs 27:5-6 “Better is open rebuke than hidden love. 6Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.” Rebuke does not mean you have to be mean. Truth can be given in a loving and gracious way. Sharing truth in an ugly way is bad but also not sharing truth because you are afraid of offending them is wrong as well. “Wound and friend are in the same sentence. If you are wounding someone, [first] make sure they know that you are their friend.”—Jim Quigley. Gentleness is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Say the hard thing out of love (the truth in love) and have the boldness to speak into their lives. Your friends who really care about you will say things that might hurt you but it’s meant in love. This proverb helps to speak to both the sender and the receiver. All the proverbs are chocked full of truth. So wise to utilize the book for counseling others. Find the ministry where Jim serves as Executive Director at www.Freedomfarmmistries.org
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June 30, 2020
#50 - 2020-06-27 - Family Help for Addiction: A Care Group Study
Dr. Mark E. Shaw announces the brand new video series available at The Addiction Connection entitled Family Help for Addiction: A Care Group Study. This study is catered to the family member who has a son or daughter, a husband or wife, or any loved one in the family who struggles with addiction. We typically focus on helping the addict seek treatment. The Addiction Connection website has a map https://www.theaddictionconnection.org/people/ that helps you find people and programs; this network is expanding every day. We have over 50 commissioned addictions biblical counselors and also several programs https://www.theaddictionconnection.org/residential-programs/ that serve the addicted with a genuinely biblical approach. But, sometimes we forget about those who have been affected the most—the friends and family of the addicted person. Mostly the addict won’t come to the church for help. Dealing with the withdrawal and the physical part of the struggle causes them to seek elsewhere, and rightly so many times. But the church is uniquely stationed to offer the help and hope for the family members and friends of the addicted. After working on their own heart work—  which is hard work— then they can help their loved one as well. The study is based on the book Divine Intervention: Hope and Help for Families of Addicts, and the small booklet, Understanding Temptation: The War Within Your Heart. Both are available at www.focuspublishing.com Mark describes how the Family Help for Addiction Care Group Study consists of 12 video lessons plus handouts that have Discussion Questions at the end, based on 2 Timothy 3:16. The discussion times are designed for small breakout groups so that each individual can talk about these things which are so painful in their lives. We want them to address these things, their own motives, their own hurt. Mark says that this tension between truth and grace… how do I interact with my loved one.. how do I reflect Jesus as I’m watching my child make self-destructive decisions… are some of the most difficult parts of living with an addicted loved one in your midst. The loved one is on a pathway that is debauchery, which is on the path of destruction/death. For parents, this is so tough. We’ve provided 12 video lessons, (online access only) 12 handouts, and 12 powerpoints in case you want to teach them yourself. We encourage you to take this material and use it the best way you can in your local church or ministry. There is a leader’s guide to help you as well as a video to introduce how to implement the Care Group Study. You could use it as a weekly study, a retreat, a home group study or however you deem best. We believe this Care Group Study addresses something that is not being well addressed by the church world by and large. At the end of the day your child has a heart and a will, and has to make a choice to follow Christ or not on his or her own. Lots of success with this material has been seen even though it’s hard hitting at times. The goal is to prick the heart to see that family members cannot change their loved one’s heart but they can grow and change. God is still on the throne. You can receive the care you need from the Body of Christ in your suffering. Register to receive this brand new video course on www.theaddictionconnection.org
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June 27, 2020
#49 - 2020-06-23 - CJ McMurry & Jim Quigley
#49 - 2020-06-23 - Shaw, with CJ McMurry & Jim Quigley
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June 23, 2020
#48 - 2020-06-20 - Shaw & Oliver Underwood
Dr. Mark E. Shaw welcomes special guest Oliver Underwood, who is a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor (CABC) and serves as an Advisory Team Member with The Addiction Connection.  Mark opens with reading Isaiah 6:5-8. Oliver shares a little about himself and how he started reading Proverbs regularly. He refers to Matthew 24:12: “the love of many will grow cold” and Hebrews 2:1 “lest we drift away.” In Revelation 2, the church at Ephesus is said to have “left your first love” (or you have left the love that you had at first). These warnings are to churches who are drifting into apathy, complacency, quitting, and growing cold. Oliver calls all of God’s people to wake up, to link arm in arm, and to truly be the hands and feet of Christ and be a light in a dark world. To put the light on a lampstand so all can see. 1) We need to be careful and quit farming people who struggle with addictions out to secular treatment centers. 2) Logistics and building structures should not be the emphasis that they are. Focus on those things can blind us to the real work of the Body of Christ. Oliver challenges us: “Let’s get back to brokenness to when we were blind and our eyes were opened, when we were lost and now we went from hopelessness to Hope in Christ.” Mark exhorts us: “How often we try to cover our humanity and show ourselves as people who never make mistakes and as superheroes. We don’t want others to see us as weak, needy, dependent, or flawed. The brokenness (the humanity that we try to cover up) is something that drives the addicted heart. Just one more. It’s never enough.   The heart of Isaiah in response to being in the presence of the Most Holy God. 1) All the details of what Isaiah is in awe of the presence of the Most Holy God. We as the church must be in awe of who God is. We must be captured by the Creator who made us. It should be something that captures our thoughts throughout the day…. Whether we’re looking at our bank accounts or our friendships, we should stay in awe at how God is relating to us. It’s an awe and a reverent heart toward who He really is. 2) We compare ourselves to each other instead of comparing ourselves to God. We tend to find someone 'a little less than me.' Jesus came for those “who are sick.” He came to the heavy laden who need rest. Were supposed to be honest with ourselves and that we need Jesus and that apart from Him we can do nothing. Speaking to any unbelievers out there, Oliver explains: “He’s [Jesus is] not waiting for you to pick yourself up by your bootstraps…He will make you who he wants you to be.” In the 4th step of the Twelve Steps… moral inventory can only be done looking at God’s holiness. The right conclusion is: “I’m dead meat!” That’s Isaiah’s response: “woe is me… I deserve to die. I’m doomed. I’m lost. I‘ve seen God!” And Isaiah gets to a place of despair. That is what leads us to say, “God will you save me?” Not the fake me, not the polished me, but here I am, broken… You can use me. We gain when we look to Jesus to be our hope, here I am-- send me, use me. Getting people equipped to do ministry even though they don’t have seminary degrees is one of the main heartbeats of The Addiction Connection.  We invite you to get involved.  Get equipped today to help addicts! Check out our Fundamentals of Addiction Biblical Counseling Training. 
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June 20, 2020
#47 - 2020-06-16 - Shaw & Steve Ham
Dr. Mark E. Shaw welcomes special guest Pastor Steve Ham of Hyde Park Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Pastor Ham discusses the implications and applications of Ecclesiastes to everyday life. His church can be found at hpbaptist.org Steve says the wisdom of Ecclesiastes is not a comfortable wisdom but it can help us in teaching counselees to formulate a biblical worldview as opposed to the philosophies, the psychologies, and the psychiatries of this world. Rather than being “solutions” oriented in counseling, studying Ecclesiastes can help us see the realities of living life under the sun, why people often feel hopeless, and why we need to look beyond the sun. People are crying out that ‘Philosophies of man are not working for me, please give me the revelations from beyond the sun.’ God’s revelation is what we need! The book of Ecclesiastes pushes us to search for the answers in the rest of the Scriptures. Depression, pain, suffering, and even addiction can all be addressed using chapter 2 of Ecclesiastes for example. He was given all wisdom under the sun. In verse 18 we find, “In much wisdom is much vexation,” and “he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.” “So the more we try to assess this world from under the sun, the more our sorrow just increases, the more the pain gets, and the more we see how really dissatisfying it is and doesn’t really solve our problems and just increases sorrow. Haven’t we seen that in spiraling depression? And people as a result of that –the more I want to numb my mind, because I see no hope in it.” – Pastor Steve Ham We see the list of things that he tried 'under the sun'. Laughter Wine (substances) Buildings and gardens, livestock, Sex And yet it was not satisfying. He also tried affirmation from other people and tried whatever my eyes desired… So he is saying that in all those things, pleasure was its own reward-- there’s nothing more-- and that leaves me empty. This applies to addiction but it’s about self, idolatry and the pleasure of this world all being just a breath. "We’re not telling people to not go to college or pursue education; but we're saying don’t pursue wisdom under the sun to solve your problems of this world. It’s all about Hope- where are we placing our Hope." -Mark Shaw The hope, the wisdom, the help is in looking beyond the hope of this world to Jesus who says I am the way, the truth and the life. -Steve Ham
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June 16, 2020
#46 - 2020-06-13 - Hiding Our Humanity
Dr. Mark E. Shaw teaches about how we all try to “Hide our Humanity.” He says “We work so hard to cover our humanity and pretend we’ve got it all together, conceal our transgressions, look like we’re perfect, look like we’ve arrived, and that we’re the answer and we’re the hope, and counselors do this just as much as anybody. But really we’ve gotta confess that we’re broken… I’m turning away from my own sin and turning to God.” We glorify God in how we ask for forgiveness for how we’ve failed. Reading from Genesis chapter 3, Dr. Shaw teaches about Adam and Eve’s attempt to cover their sin. Instead of running to God Adam and Eve saw Him differently than before. They sewed fig leaves together to make loincloths. The Bible says that the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God.. Then the Lord God calls to the man. Even in their explanations of what happened to God they are blame-shifting… both of them shifting the focus but the key words are the last three words – “and I ate.” So they did take responsibility for what they had done. The Rich Young Ruler from Mark chapter 10— Do we forsake what we love, and what we have done …? Or do we try to hide it? Social media is our attempt to try and promote ourselves as the ‘little g’ god –that we’re perfect and we’re in control… another one of our attempts to cover our humanity. But we are weak, needy, and dependent creatures… I heard Paul David Tripp say that. Jesus is asking him ‘make yourself dependent on Me.’ And the man is disheartened which means he wanted to quit. He turns and walks away from the Messiah. Why is that? The Bible gives us the insight—he had great possessions. How are you trying to cover your humanity? The main thing we are all missing is that we are all frail. In the current pandemic, it’s clear that this is universal loss –for everyone. People are hurting and becoming more aware of their frailties. People are clinging to the things of this life though. Broken, fragile, people. That’s who we are. We don’t need to believe the lie that it has to get better. It could actually get worse. I’ve got to find my satisfaction and my contentment in one place. And that’s in Jesus Christ. Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
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June 13, 2020
#45 - 2020-06-09 - Shaw & Brandon Bower
Dr. Mark Shaw introduces Brandon Bower from The Lighthouse, which is a men's transitional housing program whose leadership believes in the hope of the Gospel for the heart of addiction. The Lighthouse and other Christ-centered ministries whom The Addiction Connection recommends are listed on TAC’s website. The Lighthouse is not a detox center but a transitional program to get the men back to living life in a sober way that is God-honoring. Employment is required because man was created to work and to have a relationship with God. In addition to employment, four (4) weekly activities are required in the program: 1) Biblical manhood which is teaching them what it is like to be a godly man.. teaching them a biblical perspective on everything from manhood to parenting, relationships, sex, pornography, drugs etc. 2) Life Skills Group – on lots of topics like anger management, self-worth vs self-esteem. 3) Mentorship Program- where local community church men are giving back to the guys by meeting with them once a week and checking in with texts or calls. 4) Church on Sunday. Find out more about The Lighthouse at biblicalliferecoverycenter.com Brandon briefly describes his upbringing being raised a Pastor’s kid, being outwardly compliant but went off to bible college, got some freedom, and rebelled. He describes an encounter with a police officer, then to the judge, then to a counselor. He became determined to be a biblical counselor because he wanted to get rich. (The counselor who counseled Brandon loved Jesus and drove a Mercedes). But Brandon never wanted to work with addicts or be a pastor. Brandon gives the background of The Lighthouse's six year history with 2 houses, 16 beds, and says that since January 2020 they’ve turned away 97 people who were seeking help. So their board has approved the purchase of a new building that will serve an additional 12 people. “We’re looking for the next person who wants change. If someone wants change desperately, we’re the place for them. There’s a lot of places around – even here in Ft. Wayne—who will give you a bed to get out of jail. That’s not who we are. We’re about helping people change.” -Brandon Bower The ministry is in the midst of a Capital Campaign with $300,000 needed to finish paying off the new building and renovate it. Giving to The Lighthouse is available online at biblicalliferecoverycenter.com
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June 9, 2020
#44 - 2020-06-06 - Shaw & Pinkley
#44 - 2020-06-06 - Shaw & Pinkley
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June 6, 2020
#43 - 2020-06-02 - One Day At A Time, In Light of Eternity - Shaw & Lakemacher
Dr. Mark E. Shaw has Special Guest Justin Lakemacher back on the program. Justin is a Christ-follower, and biblical counselor, who serves as the Program Director of The Redemption House. He also is a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection. Find him at redemtionhouse.net Justin describes four benefits of helping addicts think through an eternal mindset to help them live better 'one day at a time' now. He asks: "What would it be like if we lived one day at a time because we thought more about eternity? The Bible simultaneously calls us to live off of our daily bread --Matthew 6:11 (give us our daily bread) but at the same time it calls us to set our hope on the grace that will be brought to us at the return of Christ. So I don’t think living one day at a time is at odds with living with an eternal mindset. I think Scripture calls us to do both" Justin says. How do you instill hope in someone for the day? I've talked with guys who say [such things as]: "My future looks so miserable I’ve been addicted for 50 years I’m never going to be able to make it." [It's] looking to the future without the lens of the Gospel … they’re not looking far enough ahead .. because in heaven – the main joy about heaven is that were going to be with God. We’re going to see Him face to face. What does that really mean? When we are fully united with God there will be no sin in heaven! In the new heavens and the new earth…there won’t be any detox, there won’t be any Narcan needed. No one’s gong to overdose in the middle of the street. Every tear (In Revelation 21:4-5, Jesus says that he "will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”  And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (ESV) So, there will be no more tears…Every tear cried in addiction --the sin and the suffering that comes with addiction --will be wiped away. -Justin Lakemacher Titus 2:11-13 says: "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ." (ESV)
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June 2, 2020
#42 - 2020-06-01 - Critique of The 12 Steps - Wrap Up by Dr. Mark E Shaw
#42 - 2020-06-01 - Critique of The 12 Steps - Wrap Up by Dr. Mark E Shaw
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June 1, 2020
#41 - 2020-05-31 - Critique of The 12 Steps - Step 12 - Tim Brown
#41 - 2020-05-31 - Critique of The 12 Steps - Step 12 - Tim Brown
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May 31, 2020
#40 - 2020-05-30 - Critique of The 12 Steps - Step 11 - Fred Bucci
A Critique of the Twelve Steps: Step 11 Special Guest: Fred Bucci from Mayfield Heights, OH. Fred and his wife Lauri worship and serve at Cornerstone Community Church – you can find them at cornerstonemayfield.org Fred and Lauri are both  Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselors with The Addiction Connection. Dr. Mark E. Shaw continues the podcast series by asking Fred about Step 11 of The Twelve Steps. Those can be found at https://aa.org/pages/en_US/read-the-big-book-and-twelve-steps-and-twelve-traditions Their discussion centers around how the Bible speaks into the lives of God’s people who have been addicted and are addicted, and how the Twelve Steps sometimes contradict what God says in His Word. Many people use this self-help movement to stay sober; but the problem is when the self-help movement sets itself up as a spiritual solution that often falls short in exalting the One True God of Scripture. I really want people to understand the truths of scripture and where the Twelve Steps fall short of that. - Dr. Mark E. Shaw Colossians 2:8  See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. How does this step fall short, how does it maybe mislead, but how does it direct people away from Christ? Dr. Shaw asks. We understand that Twelve Steps can help people to get sober, although there is some concern about the teachings that is promotes. Step 11  Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. Fred says: If you don’t know Jesus then you can’t have conscious contact with God. 1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”(ESV) There’s no way to know God unless you meet the Mediator—the one who comes between you and God--Jesus Christ – He’s the bridge that we need in order to reach God. It’s through receiving the Gospel message - the message of the atonement of our sins through the sacrifice of the blood of Christ on my behalf. Without the shedding of blood there is not forgiveness of sins—the shedding of blood was required. That’s what allows me to have the access to God--through his love for me. Christ shed his blood so I can have access to the Father! Acts 4:12 says “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (ESV)
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May 30, 2020
#39 - 2020-05-29 - Critique of The 12 Steps - Step 10 - Shirley Crowder
#39 - 2020-05-29 - Critique of The 12 Steps - Step 10 - Shirley Crowder
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May 29, 2020
#38 - 2020-05-28 - Critique of The 12 Steps - Step 9 - Justin Lakemacher
#38 - 2020-05-28 - Critique of The 12 Steps - Step 9 - Justin Lakemacher
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May 28, 2020
#37 - 2020-05-27 - Critique of The 12 Steps - Step 8 - Kevin Hurley
#37 - 2020-05-27 Critique of The 12 Steps - Step 8 - Kevin Hurley
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May 27, 2020
#36 - 2020-05-26 - Critique of The 12 Steps - Step 7 - Daphne Duncan
Special Guest: Daphne Duncan, a Christ-follower, wife, mother of three children, and Biblical Counselor at Summit Life Church in Southwest Florida and they can be contacted at summitlife.com Daphne is also a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection. Dr. Mark E. Shaw continues the series by asking Daphne about Step 7 of The Twelve Steps. Those can be found at https://aa.org/pages/en_US/read-the-big-book-and-twelve-steps-and-twelve-traditions Their discussion centers around how the Bible speaks into the lives of God’s people who have been addicted and are addicted, and how the Twelve Steps sometimes contradict what God says in His Word. Many people use this self-help movement to stay sober; but the problem is when the self-help movement sets itself up as a spiritual solution that often falls short in exalting the One True God of Scripture. "I really want people to understand the truths of scripture and where the Twelve Steps fall short of that." - Dr. Shaw says. Colossians 2:8  says, "See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ." The responsibility in this verse in the Bible is on us to see to it that this doesn’t happen. Dr. Shaw explains that his goal is that we are not deceived by the world’s philosophies. Step 7 says "Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings." Daphne explains her concerns about this step while looking at Scripture. The doctrine of sin is foundational when understanding addictions. Here in this step we are labeling the sin as “character defects” or “shortcomings.” Addiction can look complicated and messy but at it’s root is a worship disorder when our worship is placed on self rather than rightly on our Creator the God of the Bible. That is an unpopular topic even in Christian circles, but if we don’t look at the root [of addiction] as sin then we’re really not seeing the glory and the goodness and the redemption of Jesus Christ and that he met our need for a Savior... Also, if we’re not looking at the biblical view of sin, not looking at it through the lens of Scripture, then we are missing out on the liberty and the joy that can happen when coupled with the announcement of this antidote, which is the Gospel. -Daphne Duncan
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May 26, 2020
#35 - 2020-05-25 - Critique of The 12 Steps - Step 6 - Wes Pinkley
Special Guest: Pastor Wes Pinkley, from Dublin, GA, who serves Poplar Springs North Baptist Church. He’s a Pastor who counsels biblically through soul care. His church’s website is www.psnbc.org  and they can be found on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/poplarspringsnorth/ Wes is also a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection. Dr. Mark E. Shaw continues the series by asking Wes about Step 6 of The Twelve Steps. Those can be found at https://aa.org/pages/en_US/read-the-big-book-and-twelve-steps-and-twelve-traditions Their discussion centers around how the Bible speaks into the lives of God’s people who have been addicted and are addicted, and how the Twelve Steps sometimes contradict what God says in His Word. Many people use this self-help movement to stay sober; but the problem is when the self-help movement sets itself up as a spiritual solution that often goes awry from the Bible and Christianity. Step 6 says Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Wes says, "The addict is a soul searching for satisfaction. Aside from Christ they will never find it." Ephesians put off the old and put on the new. We have a savior that stands in our place that justly deals with our sin so we don’t have to be attached to a sin anymore we can have freedom. Who says it is a defect and who says it’s not? I would go back to the authority of Scripture and ask them to look at what God says. "His power is made perfect in our weakness and Jesus died to set us free, I invite them to taste and see that the Lord is good." -Wes Pinkley
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May 25, 2020
#34 - 2020-05-24 - Critique of The 12 Steps - Step 5 - CJ McMurry
Special Guest: CJ McMurry, serves as Program Director at The Refuge in Winterset, Iowa, a ministry that serves those struggling with addiction. CJ is also a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection. Dr. Mark E. Shaw asks CJ about Step 5 of The Twelve Steps. Their discussion centers around how the Bible speaks into the lives of God’s people who have been addicted and are addicted, and how the Twelve Steps sometimes contradict what God says in His Word. Many people use this self-help movement to stay sober; but the problem is when the self-help movement sets itself up as a spiritual solution that often goes awry from the Bible and Christianity. "I really want people to understand the truths of scripture and where the Twelve Steps fall short of that." -  Dr. Mark E. Shaw Step 5 “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” https://aa.org/pages/en_US/read-the-big-book-and-twelve-steps-and-twelve-traditions As a 15 year old, CJ was first exposed to the Twelve Steps when he personally attended. He also was well involved with the program as an adult. On the surface this one looks super solid but as you look closer and dig in a little bit deeper there are some problems. Admission is okay but confession is so much better. -CJ McMurry 1 John 1:5-10 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (ESV) It’s so much more than mere sobriety! And it just breaks my heart. I’m more concerned about the souls of people than I am whether they’re sober or not. We want to see people sober but we want to see them living the life God has for them with fullness of joy with pleasures evermore. CJ McMurry In responding to page 83 of As Bill Sees It: The AA Way of Life. Collected Writings of A.A.’s Co Founder https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/aa-literature/b-5-as-bill-sees-it CJ say, "I actually disagree with this statement that the 5th step of AA deflates our egos if we have a god of our understanding. If we have created a god that we can understand and fits our way of doing things, how does that really deflate our ego? Now, if we bow and surrender and lay down and confess our sins to the God Who is God of the Universe, the God we read about in the Bible, now THAT definitely deflates our egos. Who sets the standards on what is wrong? We must call the problem what it is. It’s sin."
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May 24, 2020
#33 - 2020-05-23 - Critique of The 12 Steps - Step 4 - Jim Quigley
Special Guest: Jim Quigley, a Christ-follower who now serves as the Executive Director of Freedom Farm Ministries in Boone, NC. www.freedomfarmministries.org Dr. Mark E. Shaw asks Jim, a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection, about Step 4. Their discussion centers around how the Bible speaks into the lives of God’s people who have been addicted and are addicted, and how the Twelve Steps sometimes contradict what God says in His Word. Many people use this self-help movement to stay sober; but the problem is when the self-help movement sets itself up as a spiritual solution that often goes awry from the Bible and Christianity. Colossians 2:8  See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. The instruction of this verse is YOUR responsibility. See to it that you don’t get put into handcuffs (spiritually) by being deceived by the world’s philosophies. Step 4 Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. https://aa.org/pages/en_US/read-the-big-book-and-twelve-steps-and-twelve-traditions The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous is a book of ideas and various contributors who wrote stories. Jim says: "I was a poster child for A.A. … I picked up a white chip and I stayed clean and sober for six years, and, for at least a third of that I was very actively involved in A.A.. Now, that six years was followed up a by a 5-year very, very dark relapse, and a lot of that was because of this trying to integrate AA philosophy in with Christianity and the inability to do that and finally one of them won and praise God! God’s truth won out of all of that in my own heart and mind and I was transformed." Mark and Jim continue their discussion with the following scriptures. 2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. (NKJV) Helping people to feel sorry about what they’ve done but not sorrowful toward God who created them is not helping them lead to newness of life that would never be regretted. John 8:36 when Jesus says "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." There’s one way to Him and it’s not through other spiritual means.
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May 23, 2020
#32 - 2020-05-22 - Critique of The 12 Steps - Step 3 - Larry Ganschow
Special Guest: Larry Ganschow, a Christ-follower who now serves Reigning Grace Counseling Center as the Addictions Services Director. www.rgcconline.org He also is a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection. Dr. Mark E. Shaw asks Larry about Step 3. Their discussion centers around how the Bible speaks into the lives of God’s people who have been addicted and are addicted, and how the Twelve Steps sometimes contradict what God says in His Word. Many people use this self-help movement to stay sober; but the problem is when the self-help movement sets itself up as a spiritual solution that often goes awry from the Bible and Christianity. Colossians 2:8  See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. The instruction of this verse is YOUR responsibility. See to it that you don’t get put into handcuffs (spiritually) by being deceived by the world’s philosophies. Step 3 Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. https://aa.org/pages/en_US/read-the-big-book-and-twelve-steps-and-twelve-traditions Larry outlines his childhood drinking, his use and selling of marijuana and cocaine which led to his arrest. God answered His cry out to Him with a S.W.A.T. team and a shotgun up against his head. After his stay in the Halfway House he had an epiphany in which he wept and gnashed his teeth and decided that he would spend the rest of his life living sober and trying to help other get sober… and that was August of 1985. He’s been doing it ever since. Larry’s thoughts about Step 3 – which he calls his favorite step to stay sober. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. https://aa.org/pages/en_US/read-the-big-book-and-twelve-steps-and-twelve-traditions Larry tells us that Jeremiah 17:5 “Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord.”
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May 22, 2020
#31 - 2020-05-21 - Critique of The 12 Steps - Step 2 - Bethany Roseberry
Special Guest: Bethany Roseberry, a Christ-follower who spent 5 years in weekly A.A. meetings. She is a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor and serves on the advisory board of The Addiction Connection. Dr. Mark E. Shaw asks Bethany about Step 2: “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” (AA citation) Their discussion centers around how the Bible speaks into the lives of God’s people who have been addicted and are addicted, and how the Twelve Steps sometimes contradict what God says in His Word. Many people use this self-help movement to stay sober; but the problem is when the self-help movement sets itself up as a spiritual solution that rubs up against or even in some cases directly opposes the Bible and Christianity. Colossians 2:8  See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. The instruction of this verse is YOUR responsibility. See to it that you don’t get put into handcuffs (spiritually) by being deceived by the world’s philosophies. Bethany says: -Bethany Roseberry, Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction ConnectionWe want to offer people suffering from addiction something far greater than restoration. We want to offer them reconciliation and transformation because in Christ we can be new creations.
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May 21, 2020
#30 - 2020-05-20 - Critique of The 12 Steps - Step 1 - Ben Funkhouser
Special Guest: Ben Funkhouser, Executive Director of The Refuge, Winterset, Iowa He is a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection. Dr. Mark E. Shaw asks Ben about STEP 1 and where does the Bible speak into the lives of God’s people who have been addicted and are addicted, and how do the Twelve Steps sometimes contradict what God says in His Word. Many people use this movement to stay sober. But the problem is when the self-help movement sets itself up as a spiritual solution that sets itself up against the Bible and Christianity. Colossians 2:8  See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. The instruction of this verse is YOUR responsibility. See to it that you don’t get put into handcuffs (spiritually) by being deceived by the world’s philosophies. Philosophy, empty deceit, human tradition, that is not according to Christ. We are not doing this in a mean or hurtful way. We have friends who are going to AA to stay sober and thinking of it as a diet. We must be aware that those teachings in the writings of A.A. teach constructs that are pointing people away from Christ.
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May 20, 2020
#29 - 2020-05-19 - Critique of The 12 Steps - Introduction
Dr. Mark E. Shaw, Founder of The Addiction Connection, opens this series with Colossians 2:8  See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. He says that the instruction of this verse is YOUR responsibility. See to it that you don’t get put into handcuffs (spiritually) by being deceived by the world’s philosophies. A cordial consideration of other views with dialogue with other people is so rare these days. But this is what Dr. Shaw wants to do. The vast majority of the treatment programs in the US and around the world subscribe to the 12-step “theology” so why do this podcast critique when it is estmated that there are only seven percent of listeners with whom it will be popular. "Because I have one listener whose opinion matter… the Almighty God. I have to do things that please Him. 2 Cor 5:9 tells me, We make it our aim to please Him." When he sent his only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die for my sins, God’s just and perfect wrath were satisfied. He died, was buried, was raised to life all for me, all for you. While living sober lives is a good goal for society, some people are using the Twelve Steps as an alternative to religion, and actually as an alternative to Christianity. And this is my focus in this series of podcasts.
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May 19, 2020
#28 - 2020-05-16 - The Prodigal (Pt. 3) from Luke 15:11-32
The Older Son in the parable of Luke 15:11-32 Dr. Mark E. Shaw continues with part 3 of a (3) three part series that relates these characters in the parable to addiction in the family. Podcast #26 is the focus on the younger brother. The father is the focus of podcast #27. The older brother's role is the focus of podcast #28 The Addiction Connection's coming soon video series of Family Help for Addiction: A Care Group Study is where you can find Dr. Shaw's more thorough teaching on this Luke 15 passage. Find out more about how to obtain the study and all the supplemental materials as soon as it is released at www.theaddictionconnection.org. Obtain the book Divine Intervention: Hope and Help for Families of Addicts at www.focuspublishing.com or by calling 1800-913-6287. Focusing on verses 25-32, Mark teaches about the significance of the older son's anger and refusal to celebrate the repentance of the younger son. The audience to whom Jesus was teaching this parable were the Pharisees and the Scribes. The older brother has a mindset of thinking his younger brother is undeserving of this celebration and he's right. We are all undeserving of grace and celebration when we repent but that's what God gives us. The older brother is angry and refuses to go in to the party. Even when the father comes out to plead with him to come into the party, the older son answers with resentment. We aren't to be like this -- condemning people in their sin. We welcome them in their repentance and we welcome them back to the Father. Mark speaks compassionate wisdom to siblings or family members of those struggling with an addiction. Other members of the family feel ignored, mistreated, and often want to condemn the repentance of the addict when he returns. It's a common reaction. It is not right though. His anger and disdain is as a result of his focus on himself. The lesson is to all of us that when a repentant person comes to know Christ we need to celebrate that. Kanye West's repentance was recently in the news. We are thankful that he is professing to be a Christian now and that he is writing God-fearing lyrics and songs. It is reason to celebrate whenever someone says that they are now following Christ. All new converts need to be discipled and grow in grace and knowledge as they study scripture and receive teaching. The older son in the parable Jesus told missed the point. He missed an opportunity to celebrate and rejoice with his father and his brother. We don't want to be like that. Look to Christ and look to heaven with gratitude when someone repents and turns to Christ in faith. There's nothing better than to see someone who is lost be found.
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May 16, 2020
#27 - 2020-05-12 - The Prodigal (Pt. 2) from Luke 15:11-32
Dr. Mark E. Shaw continues with part 2 of a (3) three part series that relates these characters in the parable to addiction in the family. Podcast #26 is the focus on the younger brother. The father is the focus of podcast #27. The older brother's role is the focus of podcast #28. The Addiction Connection's coming soon video series of Family Help for Addiction: A Care Group Study is where you can find Dr. Shaw's more thorough teaching on this Luke 15 passage. Find out more about how to obtain the study and all the supplemental materials as soon as it is released at www.theaddictionconnection.org. Obtain the book Divine Intervention: Hope and Help for Families of Addicts at www.focuspublishing.com or by calling 1800-913-6287. Mark teaches how the father in this prodigal son parable of Luke 15 does so many shameful things--the ultimate of which is forgiving and establishing the position of his rebellious son. This would have been unheard of in the Jewish culture of Biblical times-- both the shame the son exhibited and brought upon the family, and the shame that the father exhibited in forgiving him. The parable tells us that the father was looking for him when he returned, was ready to run to him, and did in fact run to him (another act of shame) to embrace him and kiss him. And the celebration begins. The teaching of the Gospel message of God's justice being appeased through the sacrifice of His only begotten son Jesus Christ is what Jesus is teaching here. God loves you! He wants to radically restore you to a position of sonship. He wants to adopt you into his family and to give you His robe of righteousness. He desires to give you His authority so that you can represent him as an ambassador of Jesus Christ, and to lead other people to Him so they don't have to die and go to Hell. You can be saved. You can be made righteous in Christ by grace, through faith and this is not your own faith --it is a gift of God, not a result of works so no one can boast.
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May 12, 2020
#26 - 2020-05-09 - The Prodigal (Pt. 1) from Luke 15:11-32
Dr. Mark E. Shaw begins part 1 of a (3) three-part series that relates these characters in the parable to addiction in the family. Podcast #26 is the focus on the younger brother. The father is the focus of podcast #27. The older brother is the focus of podcast #28 The Addiction Connection's coming soon video series of Family Help for Addiction: A Care Group Study is where you can find Dr. Shaw's more thorough teaching on this Luke 15 passage. Find out how to obtain the study and all the supplemental materials as soon as it is released at www.theaddictionconnection.org. Obtain the book Divine Intervention: Hope and Help for Families of Addicts at www.focuspublishing.com or by calling 1800-913-6287. Mark shows how the son goes from the disrespect of his father and horrible demand of his inheritance to the lowest place of desperation. Once the son makes a plan to get up, arise, go to his father, he plans out what he will say. "Father I have a sin problem" is how he words it, not I have a disease of addiction. "I've sinned against heaven and before you," is the exact quote from the Bible. Note his posture of brokenness and unworthiness and wretchedness. The glorious truth of the Gospel is that anyone can come to the heavenly Father and ask for forgiveness through Jesus Christ. You can't earn it. You don't deserve it, but the Father freely gives it to you.
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May 9, 2020
#25 - 2020-05-05 - Divine Intervention: Hope and Help for Families of Addicts
Dr. Mark E. Shaw introduces The Addiction Connection's coming soon launch of a new video teaching series for families of addicts. With twelve (12) video lessons, supplemental materials including participant guides, a leader's guide, discussion group questions, assigned readings and homework, Family Help for Addiction: A Care Group Study assists churches and addiction ministries to have an outreach care group study that compassionately cares for the families of those struggling with an addiction of any kind. What it means to walk by faith from Hebrews 11, the "hall of faith chapter" when you have an addicted loved one is compassionately explained by Mark. The choice to "drive out a scoffer" from Proverbs 22:10 must be covered with tons of prayer, and tons of counsel from Christians who offer biblical counseling care. (Find a list of commissioned addictions biblical counselors here at www.theaddictionconnection.org.) Famly members don't want to be enablers or be seen as obstacles, but these are the two extremes of how an addict views their loved ones. Ephesians 5   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph+5%3A5-11&version=ESV teaches us how to walk in the light with an addicted loved one, and not be an accomplice to their sin but be pleasing to the Lord. It also is the same chapter that tells us what to put on instead of drunkenness, and be filled with the Spirit. Family Help for Addiction: A Care Group Study is an opportunity for churches and addiction ministries to use this material to help family members deal with the heartbreak of the addict in their family. Whether it's a husband, a wife, a parent of an adult child, a child, all the different relationships of family members, it's affecting the entire family. This group study all in one program will help them to see their cicumstances in a different light. God can take that pain and use it in His way to accomplish His plans for His glory and our good. Go to www.theaddictionconnection.org for more information on the release date of Family Help for Addiction: A Care Group Study  and how to obtani the video series and supplemental material. Both books mentioned, Divine Intervention: Hope and Help for Families of Addicts and Understanding Temptation: The War Within Your Heart are available at Focus Publishing www.focuspublishing.com or by calling 1-800-91-FOCUS  (1-800-913-6287)
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May 6, 2020
#23 - 2020-04-28 - Dr. Mark E. Shaw & Tim Brown
Dr. Mark E. Shaw introduces listeners to his long time friend, Tim Brown, from His Steps Ministries in Georgia. He is a key leader and teacher / trainer for The Addiction Connection, and serves as an elder at Faith Community Church in Woodstock, Georgia. I Samuel 12:24 is Tim's life verse and he clearly remembers the first time he read that verse which caused great rejoicing in his heart. "Out of the darkness of addiction and into the light," is the ministry theme of His Steps. Tim shares the story of his son's drug use being uncovered and how he and his wife went to their local church. Seeking help for their son's addiction problem, they trusted the referrel their local church gave them, but sadly there was nothing Christian about the program. After spending $1000 per day out of their own pockets for their son's so called "treatment," all they received from their son's caseworker upon his dismissal was that the crux of his problem was all rooted in the way they had raised him. So it was all their fault he was an addict. Thankfully, being enrolled in a biblical counseling training class with Lou Priolo, a biblical counselor, Tim's thinking on the identity of the sinner being totally transformed  became clear by the teaching of the past tense word, "were," in I Corinthians 6:9-11. And Tim's view on addiction was changed forever. He subsequently picked up the phone to call the Founder of the modern biblical counseling movement, and author of the book Competent to Counsel, Jay Adams, to ask for a good biblical referrel for people struggling with addictions. Listen to the podcast to find out what happened next and hear the rest of Tim's story. Tim and his wife Kit live in Woodstock, GA.
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April 28, 2020
#22 - 2020-04-25 - Dr. Mark E. Shaw & Bill Hines
Dr. Mark E. Shaw introduces listeners to Dr. William (Bill) Hines, author, instructor, and President of Covenant Ministries, is the President of Covenant Ministries, Inc., a biblical counseling and education ministry in Ft. Worth, Texas. Dr. Hines currently serves The Addiction Connection as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He shares the personal story behind his book Leaving Yesterday Behind: A Victim No More. Dr. Hines then teaches that each person's sin is his own according to Ezekiel 18, and the end of sin is death. Leaving Yesterday Behind is structured by answering the questions: What is the Problem? What is the Promise of Scripture? What is the Process that we are given in Scripture? What is the Purpose of Life? and concludes with the call to the Great Commandment. The Good News is that we are sinners; we don't have a disease of addiction to alcohol, pornography, or our daily sinful problems, but the reason that is good news is because Jesus died for that and He gives us a way to overcome. Dr. Hines also co-wrote the book, Curing the Heart, with Dr. Howard Eyrich which is a description of why counseling from the Scriptures is the solid foundation that will not ever change because God never changes. The word "admonish" has a three fold meaning: to warn, to stimulate, and to encourage, and Dr. Hines explains this structure of counsel to those he trains in biblical counseling. The Bible speaks to the heart of addiction, and Dr. Hines is eager to see The Addiction Connection be utilized as a vehicle to get more and more churches across the country doing more biblical counseling (as opposed to referring out to costly, secular programs with high recidivism). He desires to see churches using the sufficient Word of God for helping all kinds of people with all kinds of problems, including addiction and is eager and excited to assist churches with training to that end. Follow Dr. Hines @billhines12 on Twitter.
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April 25, 2020
#21 - 2020-04-21 - Dr. Mark E. Shaw & Yogi Taylor
Dr. Mark E. Shaw introduces listeners to his friend and brother in Christ, Yogi Taylor, from Mississippi. Acts 20:24 is Yogi's life verse and he expounds on dying to self and living a life that is Christ-centered. Yogi speaks about disciple-making strategies with addicted men that are more than just sharing and teaching bible verses, but relationally-driven training and coaching that occurs gradually through life on life situations. Prayer is a key component of disciple-making as well -- not just praying for them but modeling prayer by praying with them. He likes to find out what the men he disciples enjoy doing, what they are gifted in doing, and helps them to see God's plan in it all. Yogi has been married to his wife Kelli for nearly 18 years and they have four children.
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April 21, 2020
#20 - 2020-04-18 - Steve Barnett Testimony
Dr. Mark E. Shaw introduces Steve Barnett, who gives his testimony of what the Lord Jesus did in his life. A powerful picture of how Jesus Christ offers the eternal "Hope of the Gospel for the Heart of Addiction." Steve currently serves as an elder at Grace Fellowship Church in Florence, Kentucky (GFC), a church he actually helped to start. If you'd like to hear more sessions from GFC's Counseling and Discipleship Training conference archives, visit this site:You don't want to miss this testimony (around 35 minutes) of the transformational power of God in the heart of the addicted, which was given to the attendees at the 2019 Counseling and Discipleship Training at GFC. Find out more about 2020 Counseling and Discepleship Training when it becomes available here. The audience who heard this testimony live consists of people who are eager to learn about "how to help real people with real problems by using their Bible." (quote from Pastor Brad Bigney- watch the video that explains GFC's passion for biblical counseling here. Life in high school in the 1960's for Steve consisted of his use of amphetamines, weed, drinking alcohol, LSD, barbituates, cocaine, percocet, demerol, opioids, selling drugs, and selling to those who would sell drugs to others. He covers some of the very vivid visual memories of the first four months of his time in the Kentucky State Penitentiary as an 18 year old, his subsequent time when he was transferred to a minimum security institution, and his subsequent meeting of a guidance counselor there, who asked him, "Do you have a Bible?" and then, "Read the red," as God began to soften his heart. A preacher visited the prison one day and Steve received God's forgiveness in Christ. He then began aggressively pursuing Jesus through the devouring of God's Word daily while still in prison. Four points Mr. Barnett makes to this audience of biblical counselors: 1. If you have a choice in who you will be assigned to counsel, be sure to think, pray, and be sensitive to God's Spirit in how He is leading your desires on whom to counsel. AND, if someone is in charge of assigning you the people whom you will counsel, then TRUST that God is IN that process. 2. Listen carefully. Ask questions of those whom you counsel and listen intently and ask more questions... to try to discern what's been going on in that person's life. 3. Steer those whom you counsel toward God's Word. Use God's Word. 4. Pray, pray, pray like crazy. Pray like your life depends on it because it does. Listen to the entire testimony on the TAC Podcast here. To find Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselors all over the country visit The Addiction Connection. https://www.graceky.org/sermons/series/cdt/
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April 18, 2020
#19 - 2020-04-14 - Dr. Mark E. Shaw & Greg Kirk
Dr. Mark E. Shaw interviews Pastor Gregory Kirk, Executive Director of the New Life Discipleship Program at the United Gospel Rescue Mission in Poplar Bluff, MO, which is one of The Addiction Connection's recommended residential addiction programs. The COVID-19 virus is especially challenging to rescue missions like this one. Pastor Greg shares what is being done to continue to creatively serve the people of Poplar Bluff at this time. Psalm 1 is the basis of the discipleship program and the theme is, "Jesus Saves!" and the focus is for men to "Be intentional," a directive derived from Ephesians 4:17. Pastor Greg's many skills allow him to wear many hats at the Rescue Mission. He describes the structure of the program that serves so many homeless who are struggling with addiction. Pastor Greg closes with sharing how he stays positive in such a tough ministry and what keeps him going is knowing the stories of redemption from some of those whom he has served over the years.
23:50
April 14, 2020
#18 - 2020-04-11 - Dr. Mark E. Shaw & Justin Lakemacher
Dr. Mark E. Shaw interviews Justin Lakemacher, Program Director of Redemption House in Minnetrista, Minnesota which is found on The Addiction Connection's list of residential programs with a genuinely biblical approach. He serves on The Addiction Connection's Advisory Board. Justin discusses the ministry's slogan, "worshipping our way out of addiction." He explains that because every heart needs a radical transformation, immersion in the Gospel and teaching of the Biblical narrative and its practical application to life is the focus of the curriculum and teaching at Redemption House. Cultivating a new affection for God (with new desires that follow) is the goal that replaces the worship disorder of finding comfort and relief in things other than God. Justin's life verse is Romans 8:1, and he tells his redemption story through it. He explains his role at The Redemption House, the phase structure of the program itself, the integration of the residents into a local church, and transition back home. Justin agrees that there are personal challenges to consider when working in residential addiction ministry so he must remain intentional to ensure he has relationships within his local church who care for him personally, and that he take breaks to make sure he has times of refreshing.
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April 11, 2020
#17 - 2020-04-07 - Dr. Mark E. Shaw & CJ McMurry
Dr. Mark E. Shaw interviews CJ McMurry, who is the Founder of The Refuge in Winterset, Iowa, one of the recommended programs highlighted on TAC's residential program page. CJ is one of the many key leaders and a member of the Board of Directors of The Addiction Connection as well as a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor. CJ shares what he loves about 1 Timothy 1:15-17, and what his passion for addiction ministry looks like now at his local church, Redeemer Church. Not only does Redeemer offer addicts a residential program, but they also gather for weekly GCR (Gospel Centered Recovery) meetings in which Dr. Shaw's The Heart of Addiction and other quality publications for addiction ministry from a biblical perspective are being used. Find more programming outreach all over the country on this resource page at TAC. Mark and CJ discuss how essential it is to tether all addiction outreach to the local church. CJ answers the questions: "What makes addiction ministry so hard?" and "Who is qualified to counsel an addict?"
24:17
April 8, 2020
#16 - 2020-04-04 - Dr. Mark E. Shaw & Shirley Crowder
Dr. Mark E. Shaw interviews his sister in Christ, Miss Shirley Crowder, an M.K. and author from www.throughthelensofscripture.com.  She is a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor with The Addiction Connection and one of TAC's earliest leaders on the team. Mark and Shirley share a discussion on the truth and grace dynamic in disciple-making relationships and co-counseling. They also talk about the leadership and mission of The Addiction Connection, and the truth that addiction is not a disease but a life-dominating heart desire problem. Emphasis is made on Christ's offering of redemption, forgiveness, and a new identity, and the Holy Spirit's leading and sanctifying power for all Christ- followers. The following published resources are available from Miss Crowder: Hope for New Beginnings Glimpses of God: a winter devotional for women Study Guide on Prayer—A Companion to Prayer, It’s Not About You Glimpses of Prayer: A Devotional Prayer Warrior Confessions Glimpses of the Savior: 50 Meditations for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year Paul the Counselor: Counseling and Disciple-making Modeled by the Apostle
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April 4, 2020
#15 - 2020-03-31 - Dr. Jim Berg's "Help! I'm Addicted"
Dr. Mark E. Shaw introduces us to a brand new resource by Dr. Jim Berg called, "Help! I'm Addicted" available from Shepherd Press.  Dr. Jim Berg is a CABC (Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor) with The Addiction Connection. He is the Executive Director of Freedom That Lasts (R) and hosts Friday night addiction recovery discipleship meetings that are reaching around 100 persons every week. In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Shaw reviews and gives a basic overview of Help! I'm Addicted: What is ASAMs definition of addiction? (American Society of Addiction and Medicine)  How does Romans 5:8 apply to addictive struggles? What did Christ's death accomplish for me? In what ways does addiction feel like a disease vs. a "desire disorder"? How has our "image-bearer" nature been vandalized? What do Jeremiah 2:13, Genesis 3, John 8:44, and 2 Peter 1:5-10 have to say to the struggling addict? In what ways do we choose to believe lies as opposed to accepting God's truth and making changes? What is Dr. Berg's "Roadmap to Freedom?"
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March 31, 2020
#14 - 2020-03-28 - "The Hope and Help of Sobering Centers"
Dr. Mark E Shaw was recently interviewed by Carissa Koh of WORLD magazine on March 11th, 2020 in an article entitled "A Sobering Task".  Sobering Centers are starting to pop up in cities around America as an alternative to jail or ER visits for those being found publicly intoxicated. Dr. Shaw expounds upon this fascinating and fairly new attempt to intervene in an addict's life by discussing: How do sobering centers work? Is this a viable solution to the problem of addiction and public intoxication? What are the benefits for law enforcement personnel? How are ER personnel helped? What are the costs of sobering centers and who pays for these services? How are addicts receiving follow up help? What about "repeat offenders"? How does Romans 15:13 apply to this scenario? What is the "Hope of the Gospel for the Heart of Addiction"?
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March 28, 2020
#13 - 2020-03-24 - "Cross Talking"
Hosted by Dr. Mark E. Shaw, author of "Cross Talking: A Daily Gospel for Transforming Addicts". When he uses the 45 daily devotional lessons, fascinating small group discussions develop. Each devotional starts with a scripture, tells a short snippet of a story, gives a "point to ponder," gives a short lesson, and then ends with a prayer. Dr. Shaw then explains the true double meaning behind the title of the book. He teaches Romans 12:2 as the goal of addiction counseling, not just a "better self." Salvation and Sanctification -- changing the heart -- are both important to God. The danger of calling sin a disease points people away from the forgiveness of all sins, even those of drunkenness and those of idolatry. Using the example of the use of the words recovery and transformation, Dr. Shaw teaches that God has something so much better for us -- such higher goals and purposes for us as His children -- which is the best way to live. The words from 2 Corinthians 3:18 tell us that we "are being transformed from one degree of glory to the other..." Recovered is fine, but being born again, transformed, and brand new is the promise that God gives us.
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March 24, 2020
#12 - 2020-03-21 - Dr. Mark E. Shaw & Ben Funkhouser (Part 2)
Dr. Mark E. Shaw continues his conversation with Ben Funkhouser, the Director of The Refuge in Winterset, Iowa (www.refugewinterset.com) that is "Taking the Light of the Gospel into the Darkness of Addiction." The Refuge is one of the few ministries to appear twice on TAC's Resources listings - both on the Residential and the non-Residential programs - because they are reaching out and providing care with a genuinely biblical approach to addictions. Ben reviews the admissions process, the context of the program intricately woven into the fabric of their local church (Redeemer Church), the biblical counseling they offer, employment of the men at Rose Acres, and the church volunteering time for everything from fundraisers to mentoring. Mark and Ben close the conversation by discussing the implications of Philillpians 3:8-11 on addiction ministry and the Christian walk in general.
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March 21, 2020
#11 - 2020-03-17 - Dr. Mark E. Shaw & Ben Funkhouser (Part 1)
Dr. Mark E. Shaw introduces listeners to Ben Funhouser, the Director of The Refuge (www.refugewinterset.com) -- a brand new men's residential program for those struggling with addiction in Winterset, Iowa. Ben gives a brief history and mission of the ministry, mentioning CJ McMurry, the founder of The Refuge, and Jason Gurwell, the pastor of Redeemer Church (who started Gospel Centered Recovery, or GCR). Sharing how Isaiah 4:6 communicates the heartbeat of the ministry of The Refuge, Ben illustrates how The Refuge helps men get away from the storm of the things that have taken over their lives and to find refuge in Jesus Christ and in the Gospel. The Refuge is one of the few ministries that appears twice on TAC's Resources list - both as a Residential listing and a non-Residential listing at www.theaddictionconnection.org because of the comprehensive care they give to those struggling with addiction.
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March 17, 2020
#10 - 2020-03-14 - Abraham & Addiction
10th episode of The Addiction Connection Podcast hosted by Dr. Mark E. Shaw. Using the choices of Abram in Genesis 12 and and Abraham in Genesis 20, Dr. Mark E. Shaw teaches a life lesson for all of us. He explains that sometimes our lies, deception, and withholding of truth are clues to what we might be afraid of. As a believer, you may still have similar heart struggles in your life just as when you were an unbeliever. Dr. Shaw leaves us with the encouragement that being a transparent person in all the different places and roles we have in life, being honest with our struggles, is the best way to overcome a heart of addiction. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, so fear God and trust God in a right way that glorifies God, rather than living for self and the lies we believe.
19:29
March 14, 2020
#9 - 2020-03-10 - "The Heart of Addiction"
9th episode of The Addiction Connection Podcast hosted by Dr. Mark E. Shaw, author of the book "The Heart of Addiction".  Understanding the war of temptation in ourselves helps us cut right to the heart of addiction. Dr. Mark E. Shaw gives an overview of what he calls the "secret sauce" of the biblical approach to addiction by teaching 1 John 2:16-17 and Galatians 5:16.
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March 10, 2020
#8 - 2020-03-07 - Dr. Mark E. Shaw & Adam Williams
Dr. Mark E. Shaw introduces us to Pastor Adam Williams, Pastor of Family and Care at Mountain View Community Church in Frederick, Maryland. Pastor Williams shares some biblical imagery surrounding a favorite hobby he enjoys with his family.
21:44
March 7, 2020
#7 - 2020-03-03 - Dr. Mark E. Shaw
Dr. Mark E. Shaw reads and teaches Proverbs 23:19-21 in light of our world's addiction crisis today. He also elaborates on the intentional meaning of each of the words in the ministry's name, The Addiction Connection.
19:60
March 3, 2020
#6 - 2020-02-29 - Dr. Mark E. Shaw & Bethany Roseberry
Dr. Mark E. Shaw and Bethany Roseberry discuss the transforming power of Jesus, the importance of small groups for continuing in our battle against sin, and the opportunity in the local church to step into someone's mess -what the world calls a disease- and offer the Hope of the Gospel for the Heart of Addiction.
15:31
February 29, 2020
#5 - 2020-02-25 - Unity Statement
Dr. Mark E. Shaw teaches about how The Addiction Connection defines the problem of addiction and how it defines the solution for addiction. Delineating all the talking points of the TAC's unity statement, Mark brings scriptural encouragement for the battle for the heart of addiction.
18:57
February 25, 2020
#4 - 2020-02-22 - Dr. Mark E. Shaw & Tom Steffen
Interview and discussion of Galatians 2:20.
15:54
February 22, 2020
#3 - 2020-02-17 - Why The Addiction Connection Exists
3rd episode of The Addiction Connection Podcast hosted by Dr. Mark E. Shaw.
22:49
February 18, 2020
#2 - 2020-02-12 - Dr. Mark E. Shaw & Jim Quigley
Dr. Mark E. Shaw talks to Jim Quigley about Freedom Farm Ministries.
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February 12, 2020
#1 - 2020-01-29 - Dr. Mark E. Shaw
Alcohol, methamphetamines, heroin, and marijuana have been causing thousands of overdose deaths in recent years, and even worse is the lacing of so many of these drugs with fentanyl. But hope and help for the addicted is here! Mark Shaw introduces The Addiction Connection’s mission to see the community of believers in the Body of Christ as an extension of love from God to the addicted.
20:50
February 12, 2020