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
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.
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,
Contributed by Mike Cleveland on Aug 25, 2008
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
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Oct 27, 2008
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
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
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
Contributed by Robert Mitchell on Apr 16, 2008
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
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
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 10, 2008
Nearly 15% of teens admit to “huffing” chemical vapors from household items such as paint and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 28, 2008
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.
Contributed by Charles Newman on Aug 10, 2007
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
Contributed by Ryan Yandris on Jan 8, 2009
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.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009
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
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
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
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
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 12, 2009
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
Contributed by John Gerald on Nov 11, 2004
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
Contributed by John Gerald on Nov 11, 2004
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