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Authenticity in Recovery

Apr 10, 2019 11:11:08 AM

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” – I John 1:8

We don’t talk much about sin on the UGM blog - mostly because we would never want to imply that people experiencing homelessness are any bigger sinners than the rest of us.

Still, sin plays a part in homelessness:

  • People experiencing homelessness have been sinned against through domestic violence, childhood abuse and neglect, bullying, etc.
  • Society as a whole has been marred by sin so that injustice exists and affects people’s lives on a daily basis.
  • Like every human being other than Jesus, people experiencing homelessness have sinned. Sometimes this sin manifests itself in addiction, turning to something or someone other than God to find ultimate comfort and significance. Sometimes it manifests itself in more common ways: pride, selfishness, lust, envy and self-righteousness.

Sin destroys the lives of people experiencing homelessness in the same ways it destroys all our lives: by separating us from God and his goodness, by damaging our relationships with other people and by damaging our understanding of ourselves and our place in the world.

Learning Who God Really Is

Apr 3, 2019 4:19:13 PM

Young Kristin's family was shunned by their church when their secret came out. Angry at God, she had to come to the end of herself to come back and learn what His love is really like.

The Gospel and the Gathering

Mar 21, 2019 12:07:00 PM

Homelessness has reached a crisis point in Spokane. What does the Gospel have to do with this important issue?

Renewing Her Mind

Mar 13, 2019 9:29:42 AM

Nikki didn’t change overnight. It has been 18 months of hard work, but she has seen continual, steady growth as she surrenders, waits on God, and invites the Holy Spirit to renew her mind through reading his Word.

Beyond Sobriety to Life Transformation

Mar 6, 2019 11:50:15 AM

Life transformation must start from the inside. Sobriety, stable relationships and health are natural outgrowth of transformation, but it is much more than changes in behavior.

Pursued and Loved by a Good God

Sep 27, 2018 2:36:56 PM

Matt Lewis works in a homeless shelter because he loves to be with people who appear broken, hopeless or weak. He relishes the chance to share the power and hope of our identity in Christ and watch God's love transform others for his Kingdom.

UGM Camp: Faith Like a Child

Jul 22, 2018 7:32:00 AM

How much can an 8-year-old understand about the kingdom of God? Are conversations about God only for adults? At UGM Camp, children and leaders alike reflect deeply on God's truth.

What the Kids in Juvenile Detention Want to Know

May 10, 2018 1:53:31 PM

The inmates in Juvenile Detention don’t need another person to tell them what they are doing wrong. Christa discovered that what they desperately need is for someone to tell them that they have a perfect Father who created and loves them.

The Problem with Self-Improvement

Apr 19, 2018 4:26:17 PM

The first and biggest problem with seeing Christianity as a self-improvement plan is that it dishonors God and makes me the focus of my life.

Homeless and Fatherless

Mar 27, 2018 2:32:08 PM

Tonight, over 24 million American children will go to sleep in a home not occupied by their biological father. As Ron has observed at UGM, the heartbreaking toll of fatherlessness is evident in homeless women and children.