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 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 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 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 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 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 Apr 10, 2008
Nearly 15% of teens admit to “huffing” chemical vapors from household items such as paint and
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 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 Alex Shepherd on Dec 19, 2003
"The drunkard is like the bottle he drinks out of, big stomach,skinny neck, and a little head "...from a sermon entitled "Snake Eggs, Spider
David Wilkerson's founder of Teen Challenge states from his book Sipping Saints:
1. Drinking is the world's most staggering problem. We face the horrible statistics of more than a million young Americans becoming alcoholics. Six million of their parents are already there. We have become a sodden
Contributed by Michael Thomas on Feb 13, 2004
Let me tell you the true story of a duke who lived during the fourteenth century named Raynald III. Raynald III lived a life of indulgence and was obese. His Latin nickname was Crassus, which means, “fat.”
One day Raynald and his younger brother, Edward, got into a vicious fight and Edward
Contributed by Michael Thomas on Feb 13, 2004
In his book “The Great Divorce,” C.S. Lewis gives an allegorical story about a ghost of a man consumed by lust. And in this story lust is depicted as a red lizard that sits on his shoulder and whispers seductively in his ear. When the man is bothered by this lizard on his shoulder, an angel
Contributed by Jason Cole on Feb 18, 2004
Nearly 75% of all Americans drink at least occasionally
13 million people in America have alcohol problems
7 million people in this country are in some form of alcoholism
50% of fatal car crashes involve drunkenness
64% or murders are associated with alcohol
1 out of every 10 “social drinkers”