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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.

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.

Let God Transform You

Aug 20, 2018 12:39:18 PM

UGM Camp is dedicated to opening up avenues for God to change lives, both campers and leaders.

Gospel Transformation

Mar 24, 2016 2:55:30 PM

The Gospel is not only the fact that Jesus died on the cross for us, but that when we fully accept the Good News, transformation takes place.

New Creation in Christ

Mar 18, 2016 4:19:49 PM

Samantha coped with bitterness using drugs and men until she was left homeless. She experienced transformation when she came to the Crisis Shelter.

UGM Camp Cabin Leaders

Aug 14, 2015 3:12:00 PM

Each week when cabin leaders arrive at UGM Camp, they're excited to touch kids' lives. But, by the end of the week, the kids have touched theirs.

The Chance to Start over

Mar 20, 2015 3:40:06 PM

Sitting in a jail cell, Shannon Duval made the decision to change and start a new life.