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  • The Idea That The People Were Lost And Didn't ...

    Contributed by Rick Bezanson on Jul 12, 2008

    The idea that the people were lost and didn't know their way reminds me of a story of a drunk man who came home and his wife put him to bed. She was a very saintly woman and she said, "John do you want me to pray for you?" "Yes," he says. "Dear Lord, I pray for my husband more

  • Forgiveness Is Healing

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 23, 2008

    FORGIVENESS IS HEALING A London psychiatrist once told Dr. Billy Graham that 70% of the people in treatment in England could be released if they could find forgiveness. Their problem, he said, was guilt, and they could find no relief from the grief and pressure under which they lived. Often more

  • Unlikely Substance Abuse

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 30, 2008

    UNLIKELY SUBSTANCE ABUSE According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, about 3.1 million people ages 12 to 25 have gotten high using cough and cold medicine, about the same number who have used LSD and far more than have used methamphetamines. In addition, more

  • Spiritual Pica's Disease

    Contributed by Mike Cleveland on Aug 25, 2008
    based on 1 rating

    SPIRITUAL PICA'S DISEASE We're all born with spiritual Pica’s Disease. Pica is the craving to eat what is not edible. When my wife was a nurse, she had a patient who had Pica. It is diagnosed when a person craves to eat things that are not considered food; they crave things such as wood more

  • Trapping Wild Pigs

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Oct 27, 2008
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    Trapping Wild Pigs You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When more

  • God Believes In Me; Therefore, My Situation Is ...

    Contributed by Jim Kane on Dec 3, 2008

    God believes in me; therefore, my situation is never hopeless. God walks with me; therefore, I am never alone. God is on my more

  • Addiction | Angeles Arrien, A Cultural ...  PRO

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Feb 21, 2008
    based on 2 ratings

    ADDICTION | Angeles Arrien, a cultural anthropologist, describes our situation this way. She says our condition is one of universal addiction. She has written that we are all afflicted with addictions, not necessarily to drugs or alcohol or other substances -- those are merely symptoms -- but more

  • When I Was A Teenager, I Was Walking Through The ...

    Contributed by Robert Mitchell on Apr 16, 2008
    based on 1 rating

    When I was a teenager, I was walking through the mall with a friend and a little girl that she was babysitting. The girl looked up to me because I was older and she was asking me a lot of questions and just enjoying hanging out at the mall. I smoked at the time, and so after a while I said I more

  • What We Tolerate...

    Contributed by K. Edward Skidmore on Jun 25, 2008

    WHAT WE TOLERATE... Years ago, Bill Gothard taught a principle I never forgot. He said, “What ever we tolerate in moderation, our children will indulge in to excess.” The visual picture that went along with that for me involved an Elder in the church where I grew up. He had an extensive more

  • Nearly 15% Of Teens Admit To "Huffing" Chemical ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 10, 2008

    Nearly 15% of teens admit to “huffing” chemical vapors from household items such as paint and more

  • Not My Job  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 28, 2008
    based on 5 ratings

    NOT MY JOB The names in this story have been changed out of respect for their privacy. Julie W told her family's story in a magazine article. [My daughter], Allison, came home for the weekend. She opened the door, didn't speak, and dropped her duffel bag. Smudges of mascara circled her eyes. more

  • A Minister Decided That A Visual Demonstration ...  PRO

    Contributed by Charles Newman on Aug 10, 2007
    based on 8 ratings

    A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon. Four worms were placed into four separate jars. The first worm was put into a container of alcohol. The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke. The third worm was put into a container more

  • Smoking Stats

    Contributed by Ryan Yandris on Jan 8, 2009

    SMOKING STATS Did you know that one out of five deaths are contributed to tobacco products? Every 8 seconds someone in the world dies of tobacco. Cigarette smoke contains 69 chemicals that are known to cause cancer. 1 out of 3 smokers will die from a tobacco related disease. 400,040 more

  • Older Addicts

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009

    OLDER ADDICTS In 2005, 184,400 Americans who were admitted to drug treatment programs (roughly 10% of the total) were over 50, up from 143,000, (8%) in 2001. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration foresees 4.4 million older substance abusers by 2020 vs. 1.7 million in more

  • Keeping Them Up In The Air

    Contributed by Davon Huss on Mar 10, 2009

    KEEPING THEM UP IN THE AIR A pet store delivery truck driver was traveling down the road. Every time he came to a stoplight, he would get out of the truck and grab a 2 X 4. Then he’d run to the back and start beating on the truck’s back doors. This went on for several miles, and nobody could more

  • New Gambling Addiction Temptations

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 14, 2009

    NEW GAMBLING ADDICTION TEMPTATIONS Free online gaming could lead to the very real problem of gambling addiction. 33% of Oregon teens play free casino-type games online, according to the state’s Dept. of Human Services. The games more

  • God Still Surprises Us

    Contributed by Mark Eberly on Jun 30, 2009

    GOD STILL SURPRISES US Often God surprises us to our shame. I remember a couple that shared how they tried to witness and help their neighbor who was a raging alcoholic. They prayed for her and took her under their wing but she seemed hopeless. She might get clean for a little while, but then more

  • Alcoholics Anonymous And Celebrate Recovery

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 12, 2009
    based on 1 rating

    ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS AND CELEBRATE RECOVERY By 1934, alcoholic Bill Wilson had ruined a promising Wall Street career because of his constant drunkenness. He was introduced to the idea of a spiritual cure by an old drinking buddy, Ebby Thacher. While in a hospital, Wilson underwent what he more

  • An Estimated 80% Of Adult Problem Gamblers ...

    Contributed by John Gerald on Nov 11, 2004
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    An estimated 80% of adult problem gamblers started before age 14. A fifteen-year-old girl, an illegal gambler, lost $5,000 at New Jersey resorts, even as her father begged the casinos to bar her as a minor. Another teenager stole $20,000 to pay his bookie, while another boy prostituted his more

  • There Is Nothing More Oppressive To The Poor ...

    Contributed by John Gerald on Nov 11, 2004
    based on 1 rating

    There is nothing more oppressive to the poor than having a provider who gambles their assets away. It is the poor, who are the least able to afford it, who are enticed into gambling away the little they have in hopes of greater gain. The casinos do not care who loses his money at their tables, nor more