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What is your addiction?

When you think of the word, “addiction,” what words or phrases comes to mind? One could say captivity, chained, slavery, can’t live without.

Did you know that most Americans suffer from one or more addictions? Did you know that the majority of them don’t even know they’re addicted?

Sex, drugs, and alcohol are the usual culprits, but there are other addictions that exist such as gambling, shopping, food consumption, loved ones, and even sin. An addiction is the condition of being abnormally dependent on some habit.

There are three ways to get addicted: your flesh, your eyes, and your lifestyle. When Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days and nights in the wilderness, what do you think happened? In Matthew 4, Jesus was tempted to satisfy his hunger by turning the stones into bread (flesh). He was then tempted to throw himself down from a pinnacle of the temple, to prove that the angels watching him would catch him –keeping him from harm (eyes). Lastly, he was shown all of the kingdoms around the world he would inherit if he were to worship the devil (lifestyle).  Thankfully, Christ chose to stand firm, resist temptation, and follow the Lord thy God.

Addiction is a choice, but genetics may also have a role to play. We have to be mindful that moderation and temperance is the key to leading a Christian lifestyle.

The only addiction we ought to have is Jesus Christ. He gave us life, he sustains us, and it is only he who can free us from the things or people in our lives who have tried to keep us in bondage.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 NIV

Today we ask, what is your addiction?

Here’s the link to the lesson on addiction in its entirety.

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Singleness is not a curse, but a blessing

On Friday May 14,  the Singles Ministries Departments of Hebron and Rogers Avenue SDA Churches presented a forum on singlehood. We were truly blessed and hope you will be too. Here’s a synopsis. Enjoy!

What does it mean to be single? Who is considered to be a single person? Well it’s really simple. Anyone who is not married, is single. If you’re widowed, divorced, dating/courting, or engaged…you’re single.

In today’s society, our youth between the ages of 12-35 are active on the dating scene. They’re the ones who are socializing and networking in search of that perfect man or woman. In order to get to know someone of interest in the opposite sex, one must date. Then what is the definition of dating and should Christians partake in this activity?

Dating is arranging a social outing with another person, creating an opportunity to get acquainted. What happens on a date is decided by the two parties involved. Unfortunately, the word “date” has an entirely new meaning compared to 10 or even 20 years ago. Back in the days, a date would end when she is walked to her front door and maybe a kiss on the cheek. Nowadays, a date ends in bed.

What is the difference between dating and courting? Dating is when you get to know the person or persons you have an interest in. Courting, however, is when you have chosen to spend time with one particular person with the intention of marriage.

Most of us don’t court, we date. Why? That all depends on the person. Many of us don’t fully understand the difference between the two words. The lines tend to get blurred resulting in total confusion and heartache. Then there are those who date for all the wrong reasons. I hate being single. I want a man or woman. I’m lonely. I’m getting old.

We have gotten so comfortable with the standards given to us by the world, that we have completely ignored the plans God has for us. God never intended for us to date. He wanted us to court. Why date around when God has already hand-picked our perfect mate?

Trust in God, don’t worry about relationships. When the time is right, everything will fall into place.

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The Naked Truth

When God made Adam and Eve they were naked and unashamed. This implies more than just the absence of clothes. This also meant there was the absence of fear, distrust, suspicion, and insecurity. Adam and Eve were naked in the sense that they could be vulnerable, put their guards down and not worry about being taken advantage of. There were no invisible walls that separated them. None of the masks that individuals wear to conceal their true motives and identities were available because they were completely nonexistent.

When Adam looked at his wife, he could indeed say “bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh”. Adam and his wife were naked and unashamed because although they were two, they were one. Nothing was in between them. But unfortunately things didn’t stay that way.

After reading Genesis 3:6-12 we can identify three actions with three explanations for the actions within the passage. Upon eating the fruit of the tree which they were told not to eat, Adam and Eve covered themselves, hid themselves, and they accused, blamed and divided themselves. The Bible then goes on to offer insight into their motives for such behavior and in verses 7 and 10 we see why. They essentially put up all of these walls because now “they knew that they were naked.”

However, after closer examination we see that it is not solely their nakedness that caused Adam and Eve to separate from one another and God. After all, Genesis 2:25 tells us “they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” The question then is what new ingredient caused this naked and unashamed union to become naked and ashamed individuals. My brothers and sisters it is clear. Sin is the culprit.

Sin has a way of making us all feel ashamed. The only difference is that nowadays we don’t use fig leaves and trees to cover ourselves up, instead we tend to hide, cover and divide ourselves with lies, alcohol, sex, drugs, violence, going to work 24/7, and much more than I could possibly include in this editorial.

Because we’re ashamed we can’t have real relationships with anyone because we get so caught up trying to keep everything surface. We refuse to open up ourselves and be vulnerable because we don’t want anyone to get close or they might hurt us. Because we’re ashamed nobody wants to be around us because we’re always talking about how bad life is treating us.

This shame and guilt is caused when we sin. Additionally, when we violate personal standards (we aren’t ready to call sin yet) and don’t know how to deal with our failure, you can call Mary Kay because there will be a cover-up.

But thank God He said He’ll never leave us nor forsake us. He would never sit back and let us wallow in our own self-pity. Even though Adam and Eve covered themselves, they didn’t stay in the green underwear for long because look what happened in Genesis 3:20. God dressed them in 100 percent genuine lamb skin which He made Himself.

And if you’re anything like me and wonder, “well where did God get the lamb skin anyway? Was there a Wal-mart in the garden of Eden that I didn’t know about?” Let’s just take a minute and think about it. You can only get lamb skin from a dead lamb. When Adam and Eve sinned the only reason they didn’t die was because there was a lamb slain on the spot whose blood washed away all their sins.

I’m so glad today to know that the blood of Jesus Christ- the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world- is still strong enough to wash away your sins and mine every time we fail. Knowing and understanding how the blood of Jesus covers today will free us from the encumbrances we’ve set up in our lives and open our hearts to love God and others with no reservation.

The truth is many of us today are naked. We are some shameful, miserable “sad-ventists” held in bondage to the guilt of the past. But the bible says “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”. The only reason some of us still aren’t free is because although we’ve been forgiven, there are still traces in our lives (green underwear) called guilt that God needs to remove and replace with that Holy Lamb skin straight from the throne of God.

So my admonition to you today is to pray and ask God to take all of that guilt and I promise you won’t regret it. Because that my friends, is the “Naked Truth”. Just wait til’ He gets His “Hanes” on you!

Thanks for reading and remember God loves you.

Author: Pastor Antoine Dumas

http://www.antshill.webs.com/

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