Lament: Ash Wednesday
This reflection gets to the heart of Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent by exploring Joel 2 and our need to pray, to fast, to mourn, and to read God’s Word.
Through our own willpower, we cannot overcome addictions. When we relinquish and let God rescue us through Jesus, something miraculous happens. This commentary on Romans 7:14-25 reminds us that we can always start again.
In this commentary for Anti-Addiction Day, S. Sabrina St.Clair reflects on the destructiveness of addiction, but also freedom through God's grace. This resource connects this theme to Proverbs 28:13 and Romans 6:17-20
Addiction and Deceit
Ken Bazyn offers a brief thought on the dangers of gluttony and addiction, particularly the deceitfulness that almost naturally follows.
This commentary by Cheryl Kirk-Duggan looks at the temptation of Jesus in the desert as a way to understand addiction and to receive God's strength to live in wholeness and holiness (Matthew 4:1-11).
Preaching About Pornography and Addiction
An article encouraging pastors to give homilies warning of the dangers of pornography, with scriptural arguments for breaking the cycle of addiction which can be used in preaching.
Love and Addiction
An interview with Dr. Kent Dunnington explores topics of faith, addiction, love, and the future of Protestant universities. He draws insights from his book "Addiction and Virtue" which helps us rethink the nature of addiction.
This commentary by Emerson B. Powery reflects on the nature of tests, temptations, sin, confession, and forgiveness, all in the context of the issue of harmful addictions. Powery connects these themes through James 1:13-16.
A Prayer for Those Struggling with Addiction
This is a prayer for chaplains and spiritual companions to share as they walk alongside those who struggle with addiction.
Raquel Lettsome provides commentary on 1 Corinthians 6:12, 20, illustrations, song selections, and other worship resources for Anti-Addiction Day.
In this video, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove talks about addictions and where to find freedom.
Addictions (Youth Version)
Inspired by 1 John 1:6-9 and Matthew 5:14, this skit adapted for a youth audience highlights themes of sin, addiction, and denial through a monologue about deluding ourselves into believing that our addictions aren't harmful.
Full Text Hymns on Addiction
To Live Our Lives Addiction-FreePD
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Addiction Is a Picture of False Worship
This sermon illustration for Exodus 32:6, Isaiah 45:20, and Romans 1:23-24 compares the image of a heroin addict on the verge of death but still clinging to their addiction, to the consequences of idolatry.
News illustrations: Addiction, Heaven, Salt and Light, Happiness, Stewardship, and Violence
This post is a series of sermon illustrations from news excerpts by Matthew Woodley and Paul Pastor with preaching angles about addiction, the afterlife, salt and light, happiness, stewardship, and violence.
Preaching About Pornography and Addiction
In his article, John Splinter encourages pastors to preach in such a way as to offer the grace and healing of Christ. He offers five sample messages of hope for those struggling with sexual heart stains.
Practical worship planning ideas, an introductory video, a responsive reading or call to worship based on Psalm 51:1-2 and Jeremiah 31:31-34, and music suggestions for an Anti-Addiction service.
Instead of reducing Lent to a season of refraining from bad habits, this article offers thoughtful reflection on intentionally developing spiritual disciplines.
Robin Williams on the Power of Addiction
Dave Itzkoff cites Robin Williams' lifelong struggle with drug addiction and alcoholism. His story illustrates such texts as Proverbs 23:29-35; Ecclesiastes 2:1-3; Galatians 5:16-17, Colossians 3:5-6, and James 1:13-15.
Raised in Glory
This complete prayer liturgy by Sarah Doyle incorporates readings from 1 Corinthians 15:43, Psalm 30, Ezekiel 36:24-28, Isaiah 35:3-10, Colossians 3:12-17, Luke 1:46-55, John 20:11-18, and Ephesians 3:20-21 reflecting on addiction and the hope of resurrection....
Finding Healing after Addiction
Worship planning notes, a responsive reading, and music suggestions revolving around themes of healing and addiction for planning an Anti-Addiction Day worship service.