Reach Out!

“It is not necessary to be a professional in order to counsel another Christian. There are a number of passages in which the Scriptures call every believer to counsel.”   -Jay E Adams, founder of the Biblical Counseling movement in an interview with Table Talk. “I have covered these passages in several of my books, such as A Theology of Christian Counseling and How to Help People Change, but here I would mention just one: Colossians 1:28—where believers are encouraged both to teach and counsel (in some translations, the Greek word noutheteō—used there—is translated as “warn”) one another.

The only professional known to the Scriptures is the pastor and the other elders of the church who, especially, are summoned to this duty,” Dr. Adams continued.

https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/competent-counsel-interview-jay-adams/

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”  Colossians 1:28

In my last blog, I argued that the volunteers in Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM) are not professionals but are just a group of folks who are on a noble quest to help those suffering from the voluntary slavery of addictions overcome their problem through Biblical means.  http://www.clprm.org/about

There is a lot of Biblical teaching and admonishment going on at CLPRM events, such as the Friday night Conquering Addictions meeting at the Christian Life Center in Bensalem, PA and the monthly Saturday night coffee houses.

http://www.clprm.org/recovery-ministry/

The Bible has all the answers, all the solutions for personal problems. God knows you. After all, He created you and knows what makes you tick better than any shrink. We become dysfunctional when we don’t follow God’s rules – when we don’t obey his commands, including our addictions in one form or another.

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” 2 Peter 1: 3-7

To learn more about the blessings of following God’s word, read Psalm 119.

When you don’t walk with the Lord, in the light of his word, you find darkness, death.  http://levittownnow.com/2018/08/27/second-man-facing-charges-after-overdose-death-of-woman/

It’s gruesome stories like the one about the young woman in the story who died in her home from an overdose that is the raison d’être for CLPRM.

You Can Conquer Addiction

An epidemic as pervasive as the black plague is sweeping over our land. Only, contrary to conventional wisdom, it is not a disease. The opioid and other drug problems are destroying lives and killing people as a result of the voluntary slavery people get involved in, the root of which is a spiritual crisis in America.

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men are failing miserably at helping to put broken people back together again.

Recently, churches have been stepping up to the plate to more effectively deal with this spiritual problem. The problem is idolatry. Edward T Welch, Christian author, counselor and facility member at CCEF, wrote “that we have chosen to go outside the boundaries of the kingdom of God and look for blessing in the land of idols. In turning to idols, we are saying that we desire something in creation more than we desire the Creator.”

Back in 1633, George Herbert advanced this idea in one of his poems:

The Pulley. 

              VVHen God at first made man,
Having a glasse of blessings standing by;
Let us (said he) poure on him all we can:
Let the worlds riches, which dispersed lie,
               Contract into a span.

               So strength first made a way;
Then beautie flow’d, then wisdome, honour, pleasure:
When almost all was out, God made a stay,
Perceiving that alone of all his treasure
               Rest in the bottome lay.

               For if I should (said he)
Bestow this jewell also on my creature,
He would adore my gifts in stead of me,
And rest in Nature, not the God of Nature:
               So both should losers be.

               Yet let him keep the rest,
But keep them with repining restlesnesse:
Let him be rich and wearie, that at least,
If goodnesse leade him not, yet wearinesse
               May tosse him to my breast.
While the establishment in places like Bucks County are fighting the war on drugs by hunting down pushers with the Push Out The Pusher program, like treasury man Elliot Ness fought the alcohol problem during prohibition, church related groups are fighting the problem by changing people from the inside.

http://levittownnow.com/2018/08/09/push-out-the-pusher-program-nets-first-conviction-reward-payout/

One such initiative is the upcoming CLPRM Relapse Prevention Walk and Fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, September 8 at Fireman’s Field, Rockhill Dr & Richlieu Rd, Bensalem, PA. Registration is at 11 a.m. at Bensalem Township Community Park, Richlieu and Galloway Rd, and the walk will begin at 12:00 p.m.  At 1 p.m. CLPRM will hold a fundraiser at the Christian Life Center, 3100 Galloway Rd, in Bensalem. There will be live music, food, activities, vendors, resources and special events. 100 percent of donations go to help people with addictions.

There is hope for addicts in the power of the gospel. All scripture is sufficient for all matters of the heart, including the idolatry of drug and alcohol addiction. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17  To this end, CLPRM holds Conquering Addiction each Friday from 7 p.m. till 9 p.m. at the Christian Life Center in Bensalem. http://www.clprm.org/recovery-ministry/

Also, the 2nd Saturday of every month in the Edge building at the Christian Life Center, live music, coffee, cake, fellowship and devotion are featured at the Conquering Grounds Café. Both the regular Friday meetings and this “coffee house” are free.

You are not alone in your addiction. God and his servants will help you overcome! Christians are on a rescue mission.

We are therefore Christs ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”  2 Corinthians 5:20