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THANKFUL FOR THE FLEAS A Meditation on Gratitude

Editorial note: This post has become a Thanksgiving tradition at Provision House. Enjoy it again or for the first time.

The barracks where Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsy were kept in the Ravensbrück Nazi concentration camp were terribly overcrowded and flea-infested. […]

By | 2017-11-22T11:17:13+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

WHAT IS ADDICTION? Christians Disagree

“We loaded the video equipment in the car and took off for a large church in Charlotte, North Carolina. We had received permission to interview willing subjects with one simple question: What is addiction? I was stunned by the results.”


By | 2017-10-09T12:37:44+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Addiction, Video|0 Comments

HELPING OTHERS UNDERSTAND ADDICTION How You Define Addiction Determines How You Will Counsel Others

What is addiction?

In Session 1 of The Breaking the Chains Seminar, I show highly credentialed professionals plus your average church goer offering definitions of addiction. What is glaringly obvious from these definitions is how they all differ. This poses an intellectual problem: These definitions cannot all be right. […]

By | 2017-10-09T15:12:23+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Addiction, Video, Counseling|0 Comments


You’ve heard it. Maybe you’ve even said it. “You’ll never succeed until you really want it.” But is this statement biblical?

The short answer is, “Yes”. But do you remember how Jesus phrased it? […]

By | 2017-02-28T11:01:07+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Addiction, Counseling|2 Comments

DON’T DO THIS! A Common Addictions Ministry Mistake

You’re a counselor. A pastor. A parent. A residential addictions ministry leader. A church addictions ministry leader.

Someone is in your care. They are addicted. You are two weeks in and they’re doing well. You are pleased.

Then—they fall. What went wrong? […]

By | 2017-03-01T10:30:43+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Addiction, Discipleship, Counseling|0 Comments


What has ultimately brought evil and suffering in this world is our departure from God.

So says brilliant apologist Ravi Zacharias.

When pain and suffering are severe, we have a tendency to turn from God—but to what? The question of suffering is enormously complex. […]

By | 2017-10-09T15:17:31+00:00 February 12th, 2017|Videos, Devotional, Theology|0 Comments


You’ve thrown yourself face-down on the altar too many times to remember. You’ve been to Christian counseling. You’ve prayed and read your Bible tirelessly. You’ve exercised every ounce of faith you can muster. You have literally cried out in desperation for Him to deliver you from the chains of addiction—but nothing happened. God did not deliver […]

By | 2017-10-09T15:19:17+00:00 January 29th, 2017|Videos, Theology, Addiction, Counseling|0 Comments