Doing Something To Not Let Evil Triumph

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People got together at Music Fest 2019 & Relapse Prevention Walk to address ways to curb the insanity of the voluntary slavery of drug addiction.  

Besides the Christian music groups and speakers, some officials and others just regular folks, representatives from the Bensalem police, include the chief, participated in the event. Although I kidded someone who asked people on the relapse prevention walk why we were there by telling him I was just there to walk alongside my girlfriend because her doctor said I need to accompany her on walks, the walk represented people on a journey to help rescue those enslaved by addiction. 

It was a wonderful time, with brothers and sisters joining together to edify one another. Families came, and kids played. The dogs at the event also had a grand time, playing around and socializing, some of them being de facto therapy dogs! 

The music was uplifting, edifying, and as was the case with the rest of the event, offered hope. One musician of particular note was Santos, who performed Doo-Wop gospel, using the soothing, unique sound of the genre to further the gospel. During his performance, Walter Santos literally pointed to the cross on the top of the church in the near distance in front of the stage. 

One big hit was the mock teenager’s bedroom, where participants could get clued in on what to look for if their kids are messing with drugs, run by the Bensalem Police.  

The Bensalem Police Chief spoke about a new program where people who need help with their addiction can walk into the police station and quickly get the help they need. It used to take hours before someone could get help, but now the wait is down to 20-25 minutes!  And on the spot they can get connected to a place that can help them in their journey to sobriety.   https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/09/09/bensalem-police-announce-first-of-its-kind-initiative-in-pennsylvania-to-combat-opioid-epidemic/ 

Back in early 2018, I wished there were resources such as this when I helped someone who asked me for help to get clean. With no experience doing this, I used what I had. With much help from the church, she got clean in two months and was clean for more than three months. Although the journey led to sobriety, her past 30 years of drug abuse caught up with her. A time bomb went off the 4th of July, 2018, and God took her home. During her journey, she accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, and was radically transformed. After struggling with addiction for some 30 years, this was the only way she got clean.  The autopsy showed that she died clean. 

As one official said at the event, the government has a role in the war on drug abuse, but the most important thing is people who reach out and give their time and money to help others. 

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The Best Bet To Stop The Insanity

Doo wop gospel artist Walter Santos asked a good question when he performed at the 4th annual March and Prayer Rally at Williamson Park in Morrisville, PA on Saturday, August 17. He asked why an event that addresses a major problem today – drug addiction – wasn’t better attended.                                                                                                                             

Besides the wonderfully edifying gospel doo wop, there were more than ½ dozen pastors and other speakers. There were also several tables that displayed resources that offered hope for those trapped in the voluntary slavery of addiction. The event may not have been better attended because some people are stuck in the mantra that the government is going to resolve all their problems. 

The hot weather may have been one reason more people didn’t show up, but if people are really serious about helping to rescue people out of their dark work, they would come out anyway. My girlfriend and I did. She did, by the way, get dizzy the next day as a result of staying out in the blazing sun part of the time. 

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke 

People have been overdosing and dying as a result of drug addiction.  A recent Facebook page from the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad: 

August 9 at 12:50 PM ·   

Updated Overdose Numbers are 163 Overdoses with 18 deaths. Since 2016 we have had a total of 786 overdoses and 72 deaths in our coverage area which is Levittown, Fairless Hills, Bristol Township, Tullytown, parts of Morrisville and Yardley. This continues to be an epidemic in our area. If you know someone that wants help please contact Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission Inc at 1-800-662-4357 (HELP) #overdoses #epidemic #ems #ems911 #gethelp #addiction #roadtorecovery #lfhrs   

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 The faith community is making a difference by doing something. In Kensington, which officials call “ground zero” for the drug problem, the ministries of the church there is bearing fruit.  According to a report in The Philadelphia Inquirer, overdose deaths decreased 23% between 2017 and 2018 in Kensington. Some of this decrease may be a result of improved first aid from responders, but overdoses have increased in other areas, such as south Philadelphia neighborhoods. https://www.inquirer.com/health/philadelphia-map-zip-code-overdose-deaths-2018-20190725.html?fbclid=IwAR3x2pdK4UG5ebaKF2U-rNPe86P6tCKUaN4vAYjWER0aQLmACyHyLBBuAYg 

In Bensalem, PA, groups such as Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM) is making a difference. CLPRM is a grass roots organization where caring people, who serve without pay, are there to help others overcome their life destroying problem.  

On September 14, in Bensalem, there will be a major event to help overcome a major problem – a problem that is more devastating that the Florida storm. Image may contain: one or more people and text

In the greater Bucks County area, there are group meetings to help people with conquer addictions practically every day of the week. Many of the are modeled after “A First Century Christian Fellowship”, later known as the “Oxford Group”, which a minister created in 1921, fourteen years before Alcoholics Anonymous was formed. AA uses many of the Oxford Group’s ideas, but watered down the Christian aspect in their program.   

The philosophy of the Oxford Group: 

      • All people are sinners
      • All sinners can be changed
      • Confession is a prerequisite to change
      • The change can access God directly
      • Miracles are again possible 
    • The change must change others 

Learn more about CLPRM, which models the Oxford Group: 

http://www.clprm.org/