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A Pastor’s Struggle With Painkiller Addiction

By Andy Butcher

Ron Swor, senior pastor of New Life (Canby Foursquare Church) in Canby, Ore., was pastoring his thriving church while secretly nursing an addiction to painkillers—which almost killed his ministry and family life. He candidly shares how he found freedom, and helps others do the same.

 
 

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Healing From Porn Addiction

By Andy Butcher

James Craft’s porn addiction almost killed his marriage and ministry. But now he and his wife, Teri, help other couples find the healing that they experienced after choosing to face their difficulties head-on. They encourage other leaders who are struggling to come out of the shadows and find wholeness in the light.

 
 

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The Healing Power of Prayer and Community: Anthony Hernandez

By Anthony Hernandez

Anthony Hernandez, a church member of Faith Center (Eureka Foursquare Church) in Eureka, Calif., recalls how a pastor invited him to share his very personal story of addiction and recovery. Scared at first, he soon discovered new freedom and a way to encourage others in the healing environment of prayer and community.

 
 

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No Longer Hopeless and Afraid: Holly Morehead

By Holly Morehead

Holly Morehead grew up in a tumultuous home where she and her sister often had to fend for themselves. In hopelessness, Holly turned to alcohol and drugs. But God had a better plan. Now Holly is going into youth ministry so she can help teens who are lost in life as she had once been.

 
 

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Former Hippie Finds Hope: Gabrielle Wheeler

By Gabrielle Wheeler

Gabrielle Wheeler was born into a tumultuous home, surrounded by drugs and alcohol abuse. She became an addict herself, which almost ended her life. But then she called out to God to save her. Now she works alongside her husband, Jonathan, to pastor a Foursquare church in Albuquerque, N.M.

 
 

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The Road to Freedom: Dan and Leigh Allen

By Leigh Allen

Dan Allen, a member with his wife, Leigh, of Chapel of Praise in Peru, Ind., was once a functioning alcoholic. The years of heavy drinking took their toll, propelling Dan toward what seemed a certain death in 2011. But God healed him, and now he and Leigh have a powerful message to share with others: God can heal you and set you free.

 
 

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From Motorcycle Warlord to Godly Mentor: Al Aceves

By Alfonso Aceves

Once a sergeant-at-arms with the Mongols motorcycle club, Big Al Aceves had become famous for all the wrong reasons. He was known among bikers as a warlord, a hit man who would take any job for the right price to pay for his mounting heroin habit. But then Big Al met someone way bigger than himself: Jesus Christ.

 
 

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Step by Step to Freedom: Scott Craven

By Scott Craven

Scott Craven, a member of Hope Chapel Makiki (Makiki Foursquare Church) in Honolulu, is involved in ministry to men who want to break free from addiction. Once an addict himself, he shares how God saved him—and how exciting it is to lead others, step by step, to newfound liberty through Christ.

 
 

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A Song of Redemption: Alex Montealegre

By Bill Shepson

La Vida, a Foursquare church in Angleton, Texas, pastored by Alex Montealegre, was launched in June 2006. In just four years, La Vida—which specifically reaches Spanish-speaking people groups—has grown to an average weekly attendance of 150-plus.

 
 

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Recovery Worth Celebrating: Scott and Pennie Alvarez

By Scott Alvarez

Foursquare members Scott and Pennie Alvarez of Crescenta Valley Community Church have devoted their lives to helping people find freedom from destructive addictions.

 
 
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