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Spirit of Recovery

This is where spirituality and recovery meet. Your host Rev. Dan Beckett and special guests explore practical ways to apply spiritual principles on the 12-step recovery journey. Emphasis is on understanding the unique challenges to those affected by addiction as well as simple techniques to support attaining new levels of happiness, joy, and freedom. Listen each week for practical information for those in recovery, their families, or anyone who wants to learn more.

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The Benign Anarchy

As we move ahead on our recovery journey, we learn many new ways to balance our lives. Just as each of us needs to learn balance, so must our recovery groups find balance. Each group can do as it sees fit, but it also has a duty to the recovery community in general. Join Revs. Lonnie and Dan as they talk about balancing the individual with the group, the good of each one, and the good of the people.

57mins

6 Feb 2019

Rank #1

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Principles Before Personalities

"We are known by the company we keep," says one well-worn adage. But do each of those folks in that group reflect your values? Or do you not quite "fit the mold" and sometimes seem to step out of the box when explaining the group to others? Join Revs. Lonnie and Dan as they share how to stay out of personality and live in principle.

57mins

3 Apr 2019

Rank #2

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The Light of a New Day

It takes integrity to walk the path of addiction recovery. We must move forward with principled honesty, which may not be easy given our often not-so-pretty pasts! But if we are willing to show up and get real, we can do it—and grow in Spirit along the way. Join Rev. Dan and a special guest cohost as they illuminate a path through the shadow into the light of a new day.

54mins

5 Feb 2020

Rank #3

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How's That Working for You?

Insanity has been defined as doing the same thing repeatedly but expecting different results. This applies to thinking patterns as well. Join Rev. Lonnie Vanderslice and Rev. Dan Beckett for practical suggestions for identifying and controlling these patterns in our lives.

54mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Time Takes Time—and Work!

A group of famous psychiatrists noted that addicts are often childish and grandiose, which are both egoic manifestations that cause untold misery to the afflicted. Join Rev. Lonnie Vanderslice and Rev. Dan Beckett for a deep dive into emotional and spiritual growth and the joys it brings.

54mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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Live the Truth You Know!

In the beginning of recovery, all we know is don't drink/use and go to meetings. However, for many of us, this new information and way of living can rapidly become overwhelming. How do we keep it simple and yet still practice these principles in all our affairs? Join Rev. Lonnie Vanderslice and Rev. Dan Beckett as they share the way to the recovery path that’s just right for you.

54mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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Terminal Uniqueness: A Fatal Flaw

On one hand, we are told we are unique and special, individualized expressions of God. On the other hand, we addicts are often told we have a big ego, to get over ourselves, and quit playing God! Who are we, really? How do we become right-sized? Join Revs. Lonnie and Dan as they share what worked for them in balancing individual uniqueness with humility and service.

54mins

21 Aug 2019

Rank #7

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Are you Mindless or Mindfull?

Most recovering addicts can attest to the effects of the racing mind. Once we get clean and sober, it seems our brain is attacking us with millions of disquieting and uncomfortable thoughts. How do we get control? Join Rev. Lonnie Vanderslice and Rev. Dan Beckett as they share what worked for them.

53mins

16 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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Me! Me! Me!

All people deserve to be heard and valued. Addiction says “me first” and “I’m more important!” In recovery, we learn to live harmoniously in community and take our rightful place as “one of the bunch.” Join Revs. Lonnie and Dan as they share the path from placing self above others to a life of joyful community using the spiritual principle of consideration.

57mins

1 May 2019

Rank #9

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Who Speaks for You?

Perhaps all of us have, at one time or another, been hurt by unfounded gossip. Another has chosen to speak for us, inappropriately. How do we avoid this triangulation, inauthentic relationships, and boundary violations? Join Revs. Lonnie and Dan to learn how to maintain serenity using the spiritual principle of personal anonymity.

57mins

27 Mar 2019

Rank #10

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Life on Life's Terms

Recovery can be challenging! Yet we have the ability to persevere, no matter what life gives us. Join Rev. Lonnie Vanderslice and Rev. Dan Beckett as they share tools and spiritual principles that keep our feet on the path to recovery.

54mins

23 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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Why Do We Need Spiritual Community?

Fellowship, or spiritual community, is a necessary part of recovery. However, many may wonder why they should go to meetings, why can't they just go to church, and what to do if they belong to another community of faith. Join Rev. Lonnie Vanderslice and Rev. Dan Beckett to learn about the power of community and how it fits best into your recovery journey.

54mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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Spiritual Community

Loneliness is rampant in our society today. We spend hours on email, text, and social media, perhaps in front of a television or other screen. Although we interact all day long, we don't feel "connected." Join Revs. Lonnie and Dan as they share how to ease that loneliness and become truly present for people in your life.

55mins

6 Mar 2019

Rank #13

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The Hideous Four Horsemen

Terror, bewilderment, frustration, and despair are known in recovery circles as “the hideous four horsemen.” It is a common condition when moving from active addiction into a life of recovery. Join Revs. Lonnie and Dan as they share spiritual tools and what worked for them to banish these horsemen from their lives.

54mins

9 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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Trust God, Clean House, and Help Others?

Codependency is an insidious condition that can sabotage our efforts to help others. How can we help others in a healthy way? How can we maintain our own recovery and truly be helpful to others? Join Rev. Lonnie Vanderslice and Rev. Dan Beckett as they share the path to healthy helping.

54mins

4 Dec 2019

Rank #15

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Closer Than the Air That We Breathe!

"God as I understand God" is the wide spiritual doorway through which we enter recovery. How do you understand the workings of this mysterious thing called God? Join Rev. Lonnie Vanderslice and Rev. Dan Beckett for an exploration of methods for attaining conscious contact and connection to a guiding force in your life.

54mins

20 Nov 2019

Rank #16

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Can We Talk?

The question “Can we talk?” strikes fear into the hearts of many a person. In active addiction, it usually meant someone was displeased with us. Arguments, emotional upsets, and bad behavior often followed. In recovery, we learn to use spiritual principles to engage in healthy dialogue. Join Revs. Lonnie and Dan as they share their experience, strength, and hope in learning how to connect in meaningful ways.

54mins

11 Sep 2019

Rank #17

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But I Can Do It Better!

One way self-centeredness shows up in addicts and alcoholics is in the attitude that says, "I'll just do it myself!" We have not been adept at allowing others to participate with us in our lives. In recovery we learn to be an equal partner, which allows us to work well with others. No longer do we feel the need to do everything our way by ourselves! Join Revs. Lonnie and Dan as they explore how they learned to share the burdens of life with others and find community and peace along the way.

57mins

22 May 2019

Rank #18

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We Don’t Shoot Our Wounded

Our very active inner critic berates us for every little perceived mistake we make once in recovery. We try very hard and yet seem to miss the mark fairly often. We see others fail and try again. Join Revs. Lonnie and Dan as they share tips and principles that led them from condemnation to compassion.

54mins

18 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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Boundaries Are Not Walls

In active addiction many of us put ourselves first in unhealthy ways, often seeing our needs as more important than the needs of others. While self-care is important, we often went too far. In recovery we learn that we are equal with all people, no better and no worse. We learn to balance our needs with the needs of others in a healthy way. Join Revs. Lonnie and Dan as they share how to cocreate a life of harmony with others using the spiritual strategy of boundaries.

57mins

24 Apr 2019

Rank #20