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Archive for June, 2014

6-28-2014 – Gratitude in a very real and practical sense is the antidote to addiction.  Over the years I developed several methods to attempt to get individuals to grasp the importance of acquiring the quality for gratefulness in their life.

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6-25-2014 – So the question arises why is it necessary to express appreciation? Simply, appreciation is also an expression of faith. Whether belief in the divine or the profane. A simple expression of gratefulness encourages deeper faith and discourages narcissism.

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6-20-2014 – This also is so much like mankind though Jesus healed a great many men frequently they failed to give the Lord praise. Interestingly there is not a biblical example where a woman fails to praise the Lord for her healing!

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6-18-2014 – But the most amazement expressed by the Son of God was the lack of gratitude on the part of man when healed from disastrous illnesses. Can you imagine being sick unable to walk or move for 38 years.  Jesus comes along and heals the man. Not only does he not thank the Lord but in the next breath turns Jesus into the authority’s who want to kill him?

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6-17-2014 – There are few things that amazed the Lord.  Circumstances like the Roman Centurion who understood authority and realized that healing did not require anything but the word of God.  Jesus, in contrast was amazed at the ignorance of His own disciples who though seeing miracles day to day still found the breath of those miracles astounding.

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6-14-2014 – Notice please the number of miracles that Jesus performed throughout the Gospels yet the infrequency the healed expressed appreciation.

 

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6-10-2014 –  What is gratitude? It takes humility for a person to experience gratefulness because  gratitude is acknowledgment of ones inability to provide for or accomplish a task. Without humility there is the lack of desire to express appreciation. We see it clearly in Jesus ministry.

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6-6-2014 –  I have observed a virus infecting many of us. It may be observed in this manner. Ask a person what they are thankful for and this blank look crosses the persons face along with dead silence. It is as if the person went through labor, and delivered themselves, changed every dirty diaper all by themselves, provided all the food, clothing, and shelter all by themselves. I know in my mind this is a hyperbole yet I fear we just do not get it sometimes.

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6-5-2014 – What is gratitude? How is it expressed  effectively. To whom are we to be grateful, How does one most effective express of appreciation. No small endeavor.

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6-3-2014 – A verse from the Bible the book of James keeps ringing in my heart; “Faith without works is dead,” over and over and then the key to the door of knowledge about addiction: Gratitude without expressions of appreciation is dead.  Thus the beginning of a new essay. A Study of Gratitude and the Importance of expressions of appreciation. Mistakenly I thought it would only be a couple of paragraphs. I underestimated the endeavor.

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