Perceptive Quote On Addiction

In the classic French children’s book, “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery we find an illustration on addiction.

The book “tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behavior through a series of extraordinary encounters.”  Continue reading

#addiction, #alcohol, #drinking

November 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (Difficult Old Testament Passages)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • Can God Repent? (Billy Bland)
  • God and Man’s Free Will (Cody Westbrook)
  • Job 19:25 —Job’s Redeemer (Daniel F. Cates)
  • Isaiah 11:6-9—The Wolf and the Lamb (Kerry Clark)
  • Proverbs 31:4-7 —To Drink or Not to Drink (Richard D. Melson)
  • Malachi 1:2-3 —Jacob Have I loved and Esau Have I Hated (Troy Spradlin)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2016 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#bible-difficulties, #book-of-job, #character-of-god, #christian-worker, #drinking, #esau, #free-will, #jacob, #old-testament-lessons, #premillennialism

June 2014 Issue of Christian Worker

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • The New Testament’s “Pattern of Worship” (Dave Rogers)
  • Social Drinking (Sam Willcut)
  • Do Not Quit Writing (Tommy Kelton)
  • The Doctrine of Christ (William Woodson)
  • Tradition or Truth? (Michael Light)
  • Much Wine? (Tracy Dugger)
  • Can Worship Be Vibrant and Meaningful without Becoming Faddish and Unscriptural? (Tom Holland)
  • What Does It Mean to Preach Christ? (Billy Bland)
  • The Drag of Discouragement (Bill Burk)
  • Involvement (Bobby Liddell)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2014 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#christian-worker, #doctrine, #drinking, #involvement, #jesus-christ, #pattern, #pdf, #preaching-christ, #tradition, #truth, #wine, #worship

Think Before You Drink…

“Think Before You Drink” is a slogan used by the government and even the CDC to encourage people to keep the effects of alcohol in mind.

And why must you “think before you drink”? Well among a few others reasons one that clearly stands out is because you can’t think while you drink! That’s why we call it being “under the influence” and that’s why we call it “being intoxicated”.

The alcohol industry promotes its product as a peacemaker – tell that to the thousands and thousands and thousands of people who are raped, beaten, stabbed, shot and killed on the road every single week because of someone who couldn’t think while they were drinking.

The book of Proverbs speaks the truth concerning the effects of alcohol – sooner or later, it’ll get you (Proverbs 23:32). Just ask Noah, ask Lot, ask Nabal, ask Uriah, ask Benhadad, ask the destitute man of Proverbs 23:21, ask Belshazzar and I’m sure that they would all probably tell you the same thing – think before you drink because you won’t be able to think once you’ve started.

They have overcome me, you will say, and I have no pain; they gave me blows without my feeling them: when will I be awake from my wine? I will go after it again.” (Proverbs 23:35 – BBE)

#alcohol, #drinking, #thinking, #wisdom

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

Drunk and Clueless

Someone shared this on Facebook and I wanted to share it with you. Alcohol and bad parenting skills converged in this home.

“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, #drinking, #drunkenness, #sin

Husband shoots chicken & wife shoots husband! – JAM

A Lane County, Oregon woman shot her husband in the back after he killed her pet chicken. Deputies said that they weren’t certain if Steven Gray meant to shoot the chicken, but they had no doubt that Mary Gray, 58, intended to shoot her husband. The couple had been drinking at their rented home northwest of Eugene, and they began arguing after Stephen Gray shot the chicken with a .44-caliber handgun. Fortunately, used a .22 and Steven is expected to recover. Have you ever noticed how often the words “they had been drinking” are attached to such absurd oddities like this? This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#drinking, #just-a-minute, #shoots