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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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Sermons That Work Author: Joslyn Ogden Schaefer
Anti-Addiction Day 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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Joseph Evans Anti-Addiction Day 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 Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: S. Sabrina St. Clair Addiction and Deceit Ken Bazyn offers a brief thought on the dangers of gluttony and addiction, particularly the deceitfulness that almost naturally follows. Resource type: Book Quote Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: Ken Bazyn Anti-Addiction Day 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). Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Cheryl Kirk-Duggan 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. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: John Splinter, PhD 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. Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Author: Clifton Stringer Anti-Addiction Day 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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Emerson B. Powery 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. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: The CRC Network Author: Chris Klein Anti-Addiction Day Raquel Lettsome provides commentary on 1 Corinthians 6:12, 20, illustrations, song selections, and other worship resources for Anti-Addiction Day. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Raquel St. Clair Lettsome Addiction In this video, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove talks about addictions and where to find freedom. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Work of the People Author: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove 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. Resource type: Drama Source: The Skit Guys Author: Tami Duncan 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Kent Dunnington 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Mathew Woodley 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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: John Splinter Overcoming Addiction 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. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Michelle Riley Jones Lenten Addictions Instead of reducing Lent to a season of refraining from bad habits, this article offers thoughtful reflection on intentionally developing spiritual disciplines. Resource type: Article Source: Working Preacher Author: Adam White 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: David Itzkoff 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.... Resource type: Element of Worship Source: The Project on Lived Theology Author: Sarah Katherine Doyle 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. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Michelle Riley Jones
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