Why I Wrote Sipping Saltwater

Steve Hoppe

Steve Hoppe

Another book on idolatry? What’s the point? Hasn’t the topic been exhausted? No way. In this post, Steve Hoppe tells why he decided to add to the library of Christian books covering the topic of idolatry. And the answer might not be what you were expecting… Continue reading

A Fresh Take on Idolatry

Steve Hoppe

Steve Hoppe

Idolatry idolatry idolatry. That’s all your church talks about. While you admit that idolatry is a huge problem in your life, you’re sick of hearing about it. The concept has grown stale and you aren’t changing as a result. Allow Steve Hoppe to provide a different angle on the problem of idolatry while offering hope for a life of freedom now and for eternity. Continue reading

Why I Wrote How Not to Raise an Addict

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Focus Publishing produced my booklet, How Not to Raise an Addict, to help parents to raise children that love God. Obviously, parents are not in control of their children’s hearts or their children’s decisions to follow Christ, but they can learn parenting skills that instill a humble, Christ-like mindset rather than an addicted one. Continue reading

What Do Addicts Need from You?

Andy Farmer

Andy Farmer

If you have a family member or friend trapped in the throes of addiction, you know enduring pain. One of the most devastating realities of addiction is that it inflicts collateral damage on loved ones — the people trying to help the most end up being hurt the most.

Care for people struggling in addiction demands a resiliency of character and commitment that is extraordinarily difficult to sustain over time. Continue reading

An Open Letter to Those Nonchalant about Their Sexual Sin

Dear friend, Sex is like fire. When it blazes in the fireplace, a good fire warms and brightens the room, enhancing joy and companionship. But when fires ignite in the wrong places, the house burns down. Is your sexuality igniting in the wrong places? Are you treating sexual sin casually? How do you know when […]

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Finding Success When Counseling an Opioid Addict

Lucy Ann Moll

Lucy Ann Moll

When Cecilia* scheduled a counseling appointment, she told our center’s secretary that she popped pain pills and needed help for addiction. This case sounded challenging, but with God I knew it would be a success, for “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6). Becoming more like Christ is a primary goal of biblical counseling, isn’t it? But what if a counselee doesn’t grow in Christ-likeness? Then is counseling a failure? We will explore the answers to these questions through the case of Cecilia. Continue reading

Euthanasia for Addiction

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Sadly, the message of the world for addiction is that of an incurable, progressive, fatal disease leading to hopelessness. Therefore, Christians who counsel biblically have a far superior message in the Gospel that provides real hope. Continue reading

How to Conduct an Effective Intervention (Part 1)

Brad Hambrick

Brad Hambrick

This post is meant to help you take this step strategically rather than desperately.

Sometimes we are prone to think that interventions are a modern invention, but intentional, tough love conversations in the context of people who know the spiraling individual best have always been part of God’s design. Continue reading