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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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Set Limits for Optimal Leadership Health

By Paul Kuzma

Being aware of your limitations can go a long way in helping you keep your personal life and ministry healthy and strong. Pastors should revel in the freedom of not having to be, do, have, or even give, everything, shares Paul Kuzma.

 
 

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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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Cooking Up Hope and Jobs for the Homeless: Brett Swayn

By Brett Swayn

Brett Swayn moved to the U.S. from Australia to pursue a career in music, and he achieved some success. But he ended up losing everything, even becoming homeless. Now a sous chef at The Cookery, he provides culinary arts training to help people experiencing homelessness get off the streets.

 
 

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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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Rescued From Gang Life: Agustin Torres

By Agustin Torres

Agustin Torres was thrust into gang life as a fourth grader, desperate for belonging and a means to provide for his struggling family that was absent a stable father figure. He was angry and without hope. But because of the Salem Dream Center in Salem, Ore., Agustin’s life is the polar opposite of what it once was.

 
 

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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.

 
 

God Restores the Broken: Cricket and Andy Witt

By Cricket Witt

Cricket Witt and her husband, Andy, are members of Grace Fellowship, a Foursquare church in Absarokee, Mont. Their story is one of restoration—how God can heal the brokenhearted from the wounds of the past. They say God ministered to them through believers who demonstrated their faith by how they lived—with integrity, a love for Christ and an unconditional love for people.

 
 
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