Smoking is pretty harmless isn't it? I mean... if God didn't want us smoking, he would have made it illegal. It's tobacco, it grows from the ground, it's natural, it can't be that bad for you. It one of the few pleasures I have left and now you're trying to take it away from me. How many times have we heard these "reasons" or even used some of them ourselves.
As someone once told me, "Facts are our friends", and as disciples, we need to cut through the smoke and mirrors so that we can be prepared to answer those who are caught in the addiction of tobacco. Lets take a look at some of the facts.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 - 00:33:25
One of the leading causes of relapse is resentment. When we fail to resolve conflict with others but, instead, let the feelings build to the point of blindness, we become bitter and resentful toward God and those around us. If we remain unchanged, we can eventually walk away from God. It is not only the young immature Christian who struggles with resentment, but also those with many years as disciples. The devil is no respecter of persons. He is looking to pull everyone away from the Lord. When we become resentful, we lose our gratitude for God and for those He has put in our lives. In this short study, we will look at why, as addicts, we need always to be grateful and examine some practicals to help us stay that way.
Monday, February 14, 2005 - 17:38:13
Part of helping the individual to recover from drug abuse is education. Education is crucial as it gives the addict tools he or she can use in the moment. It teaches them about triggers; how to recognize them and what to do when they happen. It prepares them for being around family at holidays. Currently there are three classes that are part of the curriculum taught within a Chemical Recovery group. These classes should be taught to the addict prior to graduation. These are not the only classes that may be taught but these are essential. The classes are as follows: Defining chemical dependency, reaching out to the addict and discipling the recovering Christian. Read through the classes and familiarize yourself with them so that you will be prepared.
Monday, February 14, 2005 - 17:33:00
Good News...Smoking. Isn't this an oxymoron? Good news is usually not associated with smoking. Heart disease, emphysema, bad breath and clothes that smell like an ashtray, these are the usual associations. How can there any good news about this habit? Well there is... presuming, of course, that you quit!
The American Cancer Society informs us that as soon as you take your last puff your body begins to go through a series of physiological changes.
Monday, February 14, 2005 - 17:30:23