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Stories of Impact—Freedom from Chemical Dependency

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Stories of Impact—Freedom from Chemical Dependency

“e careful, then, how you listen; because those who have something will be given more, but whoever has nothing will have taken away from them even the little they think they have.”

Luke 8:18 GW

—a Lakeview Family Member shares her story:

I’ve been attending Lakeview for 10 years. When I started attending I was well on my way to the world of addiction in alcohol. Never in a million years would I have ever thought alcohol would control my life. When someone said they were an alcoholic and couldn’t quit, I didn’t understand it. It sounded simple to me. Just STOP! But the enemy has power over our minds and he uses many things that seem to be pleasurable and innocent in the beginning before he buries us in our own self destruction.  

Over a 15-year period of time my drinking continued to escalate, and I knew I was in trouble. One morning I sat in my bed in deep despair and said out loud, “I can’t quit. I CAN’T QUIT. LORD YOU HAVE TO DO THIS FOR ME.”

On January 20, 2016, I celebrated two years of sobriety thanks to God and some very faithful, loving, loyal, praying Christian friends. And here’s the funny thing. Even people who hugged and smiled at me on Sundays when I was so desperate, made a big difference for me. I’m sure they were completely unaware of their impact, but it touched my heart and changed my life!



Kathy is now team teaching a class: Addictions B4 and Beyond

Our greatest source of impact is outside the walls of the church. May God light a fire in your soul. May you find your place of impact.


About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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