Author Archives: Scott P.

About Scott P.

Scott is a retired Military LEO and a Volunteer Chaplain with Serve & Protect (www.serveprotect.org) where he seeks to provide transition services for First Responders and Military personnel by mentoring and connecting them with local 12 Step or similar Faith-Based recovery programs, local Chaplains, and Trauma Therapists to continue their recovery journey following residential care treatment. Scott contributes these devotions to the Serve & Protect ministry Facebook page: Guns'n'Hoses (https://www.facebook.com/GunsHosesMinistry). Scott has been involved in Faith-Based recovery programs since 2006 and has a Bachelor of Science in Religion through Liberty University and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies through Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently resides in Fredericksburg, VA, and can be contacted at spipenhagen@liberty.edu.

Encouragement and Fellowship

Feeling alone and isolated can be bad enough when there are no “major” issues in our lives, but it can be a very serious and dangerous place to be when we are dealing with addictions and compulsive behaviors.  Isolation breeds … Continue reading

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Discernment In Recovery

Support is an important element in our recoveries, and there are any number of groups and organizations available dedicated to assisting us in developing a support network to help us through and over the rough spots.  Equally important, however, is … Continue reading

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Routines vs. Ruts

As I mentioned several weeks ago, routines can be a comfort to us when we are working through our recoveries. They provide an element of control in a world/life run amok with sin, chaos, and addiction(s). Routines in training can … Continue reading

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Spiritual Anorexia

Today I would like to cover a difficult and emotional subject:  The issue of Eating Disorders; more specifically, Anorexia and its spiritual correlation.  While this is not one of the issues I have had to overcome, it is still one … Continue reading

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Are You Building Sand Castles or a Secure Structure?

In recovery, like construction of a new building, a good-solid foundation is required if any structure or progress is expected to survive and last. When we build, it is important to choose not to build on sand for a foundation. … Continue reading

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Defensive Preparations

Physical defensive measures and preparations can teach us important lessons when it comes to defending our sobriety gained during recovery. For example, many Medieval Castle defenses included carefully designed staircases that spiraled up to towers, curving in such a way … Continue reading

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Peaceful Transitions

Let’s face it, most people do not like change, particularly when it comes upon them unexpectedly or is forced upon them against their will. It is bad enough when change is inevitable (age, etc.) and one can potentially prepare. Still, … Continue reading

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