Freedom Starts Today: Overcoming Struggles and Addictions One Day at a Time

Freedom Starts Today: Overcoming Struggles and Addictions One Day at a Time

by John Elmore

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Overview

Every church is filled with people who are struggling—often secretly—with addictions of all kinds. Porn, pills, food, money, alcohol, social media, body image, status, sex, anxiety—the list goes on and on. John Elmore is no stranger to addiction. Fifteen years ago, he put a loaded shotgun to his head and later had three doctors tell him he was going to die of alcoholism. More than 15 sober years later, he leads the world's largest weekly recovery gathering, re:generation, where people journey toward healing in Christ.

In Freedom Starts Today, he makes a huge promise to the addicted: you can be free from your struggle, and much sooner than you may think. Through easily digestible readings grounded in Scripture and the practice of daily surrender, Elmore shows you how to break the cycle of addiction, make war against sin, and find your identity in who you are and not the shame of what you have done—one day at a time.

Leave behind struggles, addiction, and shame as you walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the love, mercy, and forgiveness of the God who is not only by your side but on your side.

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"Revival is a hard thing to quantify, but it always includes a growing devotion to the Lord and repenting of sin. And that is the fire God will start in you as you live out what you'll read within the pages of this book."—Jennie Allen, New York Times bestselling author of Get Out of Your Head; founder and visionary of IF:Gathering

"John has walked the road of recovery and helped countless others do the same. I am thrilled that he has put a resource in our hands that can help all of us!"—Ben Stuart, pastor of Passion City Church DC; author of Single, Dating, Engaged, Married

"I've personally witnessed God use John Elmore to set prisoners free by the thousands. The methods in Freedom Starts Today are proven and effective at helping anyone walk in the abundant life that Jesus promises."—Jonathan Pokluda, bestselling author of Welcome to Adulting; host of Becoming Something podcast; pastor of Harris Creek in Waco, TX


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540900623
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/19/2021
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 103,449
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John Elmore (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is the senior director of pastoral care and director of re:generation, the world's largest weekly recovery program, at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas (watermark.org). He lives with his wife and best friend, Laura, and their three children in Texas.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction 15

Day 1 Sober 24 Hours 31

Day 2 The Power of a Penny 34

Day 3 Cash the Check 36

Day 4 A Vital Decision 39

Day 5 The Power of Presence 42

Day 6 Kill the Mosquitos 45

Day 7 An Open Garage Door 47

Day 8 Music from a Land Mine 49

Day 9 Patience for a Peanut Butter Sandwich 52

Day 10 A Gift from a Thief 55

Day 11 This Home Ain't Home 57

Day 12 Get Naked in Public 60

Day 13 Self-Portrait of Your Own Death 62

Day 14 This Slave Says He Is Royalty 64

Day 15 The Tale of the Watergiver 67

Day 16 Everyone Is a Slave to Someone 70

Day 17 An Elephant on a String 74

Day 18 Chateau Dlo 76

Day 19 A Friend in the Fight 79

Day 20 Don't Fight the Undertow 81

Day 21 Get Off Your Ass 83

Day 22 Witness Relocation 86

Day 23 The Pain of Poisonous Pleasures 88

Day 24 Lighting a Twelve-Year Fuse 90

Day 25 Your Pain Is Never in Vain 93

Day 26 Raining Prayer 95

Day 27 My Kids Own Everything 98

Day 28 First Be Reconciled 101

Day 29 Burn the Ships 104

Day 30 A Confessional Psalm 106

Day 31 Getting Hammered 109

Day 32 Identity Theft 111

Day 33 Your Part + Their Part = God's Part 114

Day 34 General Order #3 116

Day 35 Yellow Teeth 118

Day 36 Your Choice: A Breeze or a Beating 121

Day 37 No Pain, All Gain 123

Day 38 Satan's Sinister Strategy 126

Day 38 I of the Hurricane 128

Day 40 Saved to Be Sent 131

Day 41 Sold Out or Sell Out 134

Day 42 Evicting Birds 136

Day 43 Sinner Who Saints or Saint Who Sins 138

Day 44 Head Stuck in a Bed 141

Day 45 Premium Carpet Pads 143

Day 46 Cold Spaghetti Noodles 146

Day 47 Stay by Dad 148

Day 48 One Word for Life 150

Day 49 The Ten Cs of Seeking God's Will 153

Day 50 Only the Full Resist the Pull 157

Day 51 The Only Way Up Is Down 160

Day 52 Lingering Lovers 162

Day 53 Cry to Be Clean 165

Day 54 A Dead Dog and a Living God 167

Day 55 Highest + Least - Greatest 170

Day 56 The Giving Tree Is Not a Living Tree 173

Day 57 A Friendly Foe 176

Day 58 My Machete 178

Day 59 Through, Not Around 181

Day 80 Band-Aid, Not Band Shame 184

Day 61 Laura's Cavities 187

Day 82 God's Not Fair 189

Day 63 Dad in the Darkness 191

Day 64 The Secret Killer 193

Day 65 Poor Dressing or a Rich Blessing 196

Day 68 Church Every Day 198

Day 67 Asleep at the Keel 201

Day 68 How to Win Every Argument 203

Day 69 Enlist the Arborist 206

Day 70 Useful to the Master 208

Day 71 Surrounding Matter Matters 210

Day 72 Little Refinement in Confinement 213

Day 73 The Richest I've Ever Been 215

Day 74 Give God Your Worst 218

Day 75 False Evidence Appearing Real 220

Day 76 Bryan and Ethel 222

Day 77 Pleasures, Measures, and Treasures 225

Day 78 Weakness Works 227

Day 79 Driving in the Dark 230

Day 80 Deistic and Theistic Fear 232

Day 81 No Pain from Shame 235

Day 82 Foreign Frequencies 238

Day 83 Escape Room 240

Day 84 The Surprising Gift within a Forest Fire 243

Day 85 Keep the Buzz Going 246

Day 86 Pressures for Peace 248

Day 87 Pick a List, Pick a Life 250

Day 88 The Fast Way to Kill Sin 253

Day 89 Deep Sharing = Deep Fellowship 256

Day 90 Given For 258

Conclusion 261

Notes 267

About the Author 269

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