Romans 10:9 tells us that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. That means we all have done wrong – be it a private sin or one that will get us on jail tracker. That is the message that Rev. Josh Smith, Pastor of East Barbourville Baptist Church, shared with the Knox County UNITE Coalition. Bro. Josh specifically talked about the Recovering Redemption Program that began at East Barbourville in 2015. Since that time the Recovery Program has crossed paths with about forty individuals who need a safe, accepting, place to share their struggles. As part of the healing process, people confess their faults to one another. (James 5:16)

Drugs do not discriminate. The path to drug addiction is not the same for everyone. Some have become addicted after an injury. Some have given in to peer pressure or even given in to family in a drug environment. Some choose drugs because of pleasure. Bro. Josh shared that he had someone tell him that they grew up smoking marijuana with their Grandmother. Josh grew up going to Bible study and church with his Grandmother. What a difference our family environment can make!

This Program at East Barbourville Baptist Church begins each Friday at 12:30 p.m. with a meal. The group has speakers, prayer, testimonies, participant leaders, special guests, and takes on a different shape each week so that it will not become boring or stale. Child care is provided at the Church. Being together helps break stereotypes. As an example of how stereotypes stick was the example of Rahab from the Bible. Most remember her for the bad. Josh reminded us that we all make bad decisions; and therefore, we need to be loving to those who struggle. Any addict, former or current, is invited to join the group on Fridays at 12:30 p.m.

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