I Gave Up Gossip for Lent
Dena Dyer shares her experience of giving up gossiping for lent, what it taught her about spiritual disciplines, and how it prepared her to be wowed by the resurrection story again.
Choppy Seas, Calm Spirits
In Mark 4: 35-41, Jesus proves his power over the chaos of the sea. His calm in the storm reveals the disciples still possess a dry land, fair weather faith.
Addicted to the Institution
"I think we need to honestly admit that we have an addiction to titles, structures, and bureaucracies." An honest voice from within the leadership of a major denomination raises thoughtful questions about legitimacy, trust, and power.
Hymn: When Weary Times Confront The Soul
This hymn is about health and healing for those who serve. It is based on as sermon preached on Isaiah 40:21-31 and Mark 1:29-39.
The Hidden Social Costs of Gambling - Study Guide
Adult Sunday School Class and study guide about gambling culture. Focusing on Deuteronomy 15:7-11, it examines the societal impact of gambling addiction and gambling centers, as well as potential Christian responses.
Addiction and Deceit
Ken Bazyn offers a brief thought on the dangers of gluttony and addiction, particularly the deceitfulness that almost naturally follows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Hope of the EarthPD
Open Our Eyes©
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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.
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.
Woman At The Well
Darla French talks about her journey from death to life--from drug addiction and prostitution to new life in Jesus--and explains how her conversion was influenced by connection with other people.
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.
Confessions of a Sex Addict
An illustrative story about a married Christian man who seemed to have it all together, but was secretly a sex addict. After confessing his lusts, he realized hidden sins are a tool of Satan's (Proverbs 28:13).
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.
Man Overcomes Gambling Addiction
In this sermon illustration appropriate for Proverbs 12:15, 14:12, or 16:25, the testimony of a former gambling addict describes the effects of addiction and the life-changing power of the gospel when salvation is found.