As a long-time pastor, Dr. Pam Morrison has developed a passion to help those struggling with addiction--especially those in the inner city—and to help them regain control over their lives through finding Jesus Christ or by growing an existing faith in Him. And, she says, it's the responsibility of the church to regain its role as the center of miraculous healing.
It's what prompted her to write her book, Jesus and the Addict: Twelve Bible Studies for People Getting Free from Drugs. And, it's what drives her podcast, Rooted by the Stream with Dr. Pam Morrison, on the Charisma Podcast Network. In essence, she believes, it's up to the church to help guide addicts toward freedom from drugs and overcome the sometimes overwhelming emotions that come with it.
"One of my major goals is to get people to really grasp their faith and live it out," Morrison told Dr. Steve Greene on a recent episode of Greenelines on the Charisma Podcast Network. "On my podcast, we talk about faith-based recovery, both to help addicts and to help people in ministry to know what to do and to have courage to reach out to the recovery community and draw them in.
"My book is especially intended for pastors, church leaders, mentors, sponsors, teachers, families and friends of addicts; also for anyone working in prison ministry, transitional communities, churches or people who help family members. It's a source of healing and insight for people in recover themselves, and for those who love and support them.
"I also have a strong burden for Christians who don't really grasp everything that their life in Christ offers them. They haven't really come to understand all of the benefits of being a Christian and what having that righteousness of Christ has—a life that the Holy Spirit gives them. What I want to do is to really help people get to the point that they understand what comes with it, and then they can get stronger. They become so rooted that no matter what comes at them from life—addictions or whatever—they can weather it. They can get through it and they still trust God in the midst of all kinds of circumstances. I want to help people find joy through transformed thinking. When they see themselves as God sees them, everything will change for them."
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