The Shackles of Addiction

The Shackles of Addiction The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.  Psalm 9:16 The evil works we are addicted to snares or shackles us.  When we are doing what we feel makes us free, we may be in factContinue reading “The Shackles of Addiction”

In Search of Contentment, Pt. 4

Find the Strength of Jesus in You. (vs.13) What an incredible statement: “I can do all things through Christ…” This well-known verse is many times taken out of context or stretched to imply things that it is not truly dealing with. The doing of “all things” is not accomplished by your own power, intellect, ability,Continue reading “In Search of Contentment, Pt. 4”

The Handcuffs of Sin

His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.  Proverbs 5:22 Today I came across this verse in a counseling session.  I read it in a previous time.  The part “he shall be holden with the cords of his sins” was already underlined in blackContinue reading “The Handcuffs of Sin”

Where Do You Find Happiness?

Where Do You Find Happiness? I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. Psalm 9:2 One of my favorite childhood songs from children’s church is called, “Happiness is the Lord.”  Lindsay Terry tells the following story as to how this wonderful song came about.Continue reading “Where Do You Find Happiness?”

No Safe Alcohol

No Safe Alcohol An August 24 report concluded after extensive study “there’s no safe level of alcohol consumption.”  Millions of cases from 200 countries indicated that 1 in 10 deaths are actually -alcohol related.  “Any protective health effects of alcohol were offset by the drink’s risks:” including cancer, car wrecks and more.  “The widely heldContinue reading “No Safe Alcohol”

One Drink Later

One Drink Later A military chaplain once told me a story of a teenager who enlisted.  This recruit grew up in a conservative church like ours with parents who loved Jesus. One night he, with his new army buddies he went out on the town.  He had never had a drop of alcohol in hisContinue reading “One Drink Later”

Emergencies and Tragedies

Emergencies and Tragedies One story I have read and enjoy very much is a story is “told of a zoo that was noted for their great collection of different animals. One day the gorilla died, and to keep up the appearance of a full range of animals, the zookeeper hired a man to wear aContinue reading “Emergencies and Tragedies”

A Parental Challenge

A Parental Challenge The following moth story can help us understand part of our role as parents:  “One man noticed an emperor moth struggling to emerge through a small hole in its cocoon so he decided to assist it. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the cocoon. The moth emerged easily, butContinue reading “A Parental Challenge”

Overcoming Addiction

Overcoming Addiction All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.  I Corinthians 6:12 Between health-care, lost work productivity, and crimes, addictions are costing America greatly.  Drugabuse.com says that $295 billion is lost to Tobacco,Continue reading “Overcoming Addiction”