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“But they also have erred through wine, And through intoxicating drink are out of the way; The priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink, They are swallowed up by wine, They are out of the way through intoxicating drink; They err in vision, they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filth; so that no place is clean (Isaiah 28:7-8 NKJV).  Does this sound like a good new year’s party, or is it the sickening vomit of old year’s drunkenness?  Have you notice the beer commercials don’t show anyone throwing up their beer? The liquor ads don’t show the blurred, distorted vision of the drivers who kill, maim, and destroy innocent people? The bad effects of “intoxicating drink” are used to “ring out the old, and ring in the new year.” It still looks sickeningly the same, doesn’t it? What’s “new?”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#beer, #err-in-judgment, #filth, #intoxicating-drink, #liquor, #vomit, #wine

An All Too Fitting Name

A company has recently started producing a beer that has been lauded by many as the “world’s strongest beer” and its name should sound very familiar to anyone who has read much about Solomon’s feelings about alcohol and the descriptions he uses. So what’s the name that reminds me about Solomon’s wise sayings? It’s none other than “Snake Venom.”

I don’t know if the name was given with the scriptures in mind, or if there’s just great irony in it, or if it was just given due to the natural mindset of the “pick your poison” attitude that comes with alcohol. Regardless of the intentions/motivation behind the name for the new beer it truly reflects the effect of alcohol that the word of God has warned about for millennia.

Whether you’re young or old, rich or poor, male or female, religious or secular, single or married, or your skin color is white, black, red, yellow, brown or any other color in between the warning is all too plain to miss – mess with alcohol and you’ll feel the pain after all the numbing joy wears off!

The serpent that lives within alcohol is sadly alive and well and he’s still ruining the lives of untold millions through his devastating bite, and with a “flashing lights and whistles” name like “Snake Venom” why would you expect this snake to do anything other than what a snake does?

At the end of the day it sounds like this beer is going to put a whole new spin on what it means to be a snake handler doesn’t it? But at the end of the day the result of the former won’t be any different from the end of the latter – deception that inevitably results in a slow death from the inside out.

Snake Venom really is an all too fitting name for this latest line of alcoholic drinks, and unfortunately a lot of people will sadly choose to “wear it” anyways.

Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who linger long at the wine, those who go in search of mixed wine. Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly; at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart will utter perverse things. Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying: “They have struck me, but I was not hurt; they have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?”” (Proverbs 23:29-35)

#alcohol, #beer, #drinking, #proverbs, #self-destructive-behavior, #warnings

Satan’s Party

Satan wants you drunk on Saturday night, so you won’t remember God on Sunday morning.

#alcohol, #beer, #god, #satan, #worship

Kids First, Marriage Later — If Ever

From NPR, comes the above article heading.

The beginning of the article states:

Quote: “Federal data from 2007 says 40 percent of births in America are to unwed mothers, a trend experts say is especially common in middle-class America. In one St. Louis community, the notion of getting married and having children — in that order — seems quaint.”

The woman in this story (Colleen Segbers) confesses that she didn’t mean to get pregnant six years ago with her daughter, Gwen.

She states:

“It was an afternoon of Budweiser beer and the hot sun,” she laughs. “It happened. It was OK.”

Brethren, it’s no laughing matter. When 40 percent of births in America are to unwed mothers, there is something terribly awry with that statistic. As members of the Lord’s church, we need to be stressing the importance of the institution of marriage, training our young men and women about the responsibility of bringing children into the world under the guidance of godly parents which make up the home.

Note the reason why the couple mentioned in this article finally married:

“After her daughter was born, Segbers did marry Gwen’s father. She loves her husband, she says, but they didn’t get married because they had a baby together or even because they were in love. They did it so she could have insurance.”

They only went through a ceremony was because she could have insurance. Is that a viable reason to get married?

No wonder immorality is rampant in our country today. May God help us to teach our young people the moral principles found in God’s word.

#article, #awry, #beer, #children, #godly, #heading, #institution, #marriage, #parents, #responsibility, #sun, #training