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Alcohol - Part 1

Moments of Hope / David Chadwick
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February 15, 2021 6:21 am

Alcohol - Part 1

Moments of Hope / David Chadwick

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February 15, 2021 6:21 am

We take a break from David's extensive study of the Gospel of John to talk about a subject that has made a huge impact on lives, in families and throughout communities. Today Pastor David Chadwick looks at the difficult issue of alcohol.

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Bradley is a family therapist told me this when he said, far away. The number one problem we have with him in the north side of themselves and their family system is hopefully the next few weeks will be taking a break from David's extensive study of the Gospel of John, of course, you can find out more about not study on our website. Moments of hope church.or may today be talking to us. Heart to heart about edition that dramatically impacts our city and community alcohol.

Today is going to be on the subject of alcohol going to talk to you as a pastor as a dad that if somebody didn't have a granddad as someone who has lived life for over three decades is pastored and help people for over three decades and was taught for my heart to yours today about one of the most difficult but problematic issues in our culture today. It's permeated the church it needs to be addressed. The subject of alcohol.

So we begin with the Scripture what I'll tell you is not my opinion I will care about my opinion okay but your opinion.

I care about God's opinion, I believe got a state his opinion and his word. I place myself under the authority the Scriptures. What I hope to give you and all of these message especially today is the word of the Lord on the subject off alcohol. The first verses about the problems of wine is found right after the flood. In Genesis 9, the 2021 the story of Noah. Noah began to be a man of the soil and he planted a vineyard.

He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent and those of you who know the Scripture know that this broke apart his family and calls the first enslavement of other people in the Bible in a positive vein. Psalm 104 verses 14 and 15 you.

God calls the grass to grow for the livestock and plans for man to cultivate that he may bring forth food from the earth and wind to gladden the heart of man oil to make his face shine, and bread to strengthen man's hearts of so God created wine to gladden the heart of man John two, nine and 10, the first miracle of Jesus, the King of Galilee and all of his ministry. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine and did not know where it came from. Though the servants who had drawn the water knew the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, everyone serves the good wine first and when people have drunk freely. Then the poor wine but you have kept the good wine until now, from Proverbs 23 verses 29 through 35 about wine and alcohol who has well who has sorrow who has strife who has complaining who has wounds without cause, who has redness of eyes. Those who tarry long over wine.

Those who go to try mixed wine. Do not look at wine when it is red, when sparkles in the cup. It goes down smoothly in the end it likes like a serpent and stings like an adder.

Your eyes will see strange things in your heart. Utter perverse things, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea like the one who lies on top of a mast is not a great image. A drunken person lying on top of a mast of a sailing ship. They struck me. You will say, but I was not hurt. They beat me, but I did not feel it when shall I awake I must have another drink. Isaiah 522, one of the reasons God brought his judgment upon the nation of Judah. Woe to those who are. He rose and drinking wine and valiant men in mixing strong drink, they brought many others down with them goes on to say. Romans 1421 it is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble and finally read this one with me. Ephesians 518 and do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery for but be filled with the spirit be filled with the spirit be filled with the spirit so I I could be a different kind of pastor you know on there's a huge number of millennial's were now attending this church it amazingly because every church growth expert says that as the pastor ages the congregation ages and in our last survey. The average age of the person who attends. Here's gone from 43 to 37 what our offer is just a lot of experience in these ways, and I think that what's going on here is a number of millennial's number of younger people are coming here asking how I live life. I want to hear from someone who's lived life not just another cool to pastorally hear from somebody who's lived life, somebody speak to you in this area of alcohol as hopefully a man of God who has lived through a lot to hear some facts about alcohol. First of all the reasons people drink. First of all, for fellowship. People feel like they got to have a drink in their hands to have social interconnection on their forget when the first parties I went to when I early came to it and everybody had a drink just like today and I had my ginger ale and and and I don't drink publicly, for reasons I'll explain later on and I was talking with someone and you get into the conversation. I was the what you do what you do. So he asked me what you do and I still want a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was so interesting to watch his drink slowly but surely be hidden behind his back. No kidding. I guess I have that effect upon people.

People drink for fellowship. They also drink for escape to medicate their pain. The end of a long day. I just need some alcohol to help me get through the night to start another bad day and thirdly people drink because of self-discovery they really believe that alcohol releases their inhibitions and the true me comes out when I'm inebriated, also some people drink and immediately hated some of you know what I'm talking about you take that first sip of beer he think this tastes like dishwater and I don't want anymore or why did not appeal to your taste buds whatsoever, but you need understand there are others out there that when they take that first drink.

It is like re-connecting with their best long lost friend.

That's the line the goes down smoothly and sue their very insides. Many people call it nursing a drink. Think about a mother nursing her child in her breast. She would dare not let that child not nurse for obvious health reasons a person who nurses a drink can't detach from that drink any more than a mother could from a nursing child.

Alcohol is immediately absorbed into your system. If there's food on your stomach, maybe a little bit less, but no matter what's in your stomach.

It is immediately absorbed into your system and it changes your brain after a certain number of drinks it really changes your brain the neurotransmitters that are elicited from your brain. They suddenly changed and at some point nobody knows where forts different with different people.

You cross over that line from simply drinking to becoming an addict. You need to hear this.

Alcohol is not a stimulant. It is not a stimulant.

Alcohol is a depressant, it does remove inhibitions. One doctor said that what alcohol does is it depresses the positive noble excellent cognitive processes in your brain and releases all the negative primitive ones. That's why when people are under the influence of alcohol. They do things they never do. Otherwise they sleep with people he never sleep with. Otherwise they put themselves in situations where they can be coerced into sexual relations. They never do. Otherwise they dance and yell and scream like they never do. Otherwise, there's a pre-there's a genetic predisposition to alcohol. There's no question about it. Every medical study possible shows that we can get an alcohol gene from somewhere in our genetic past that you need to know not necessarily for my mom and dad, the alcohol gene can skip generations.

That means you are I might have an alcohol gene from great grandma. It's a predisposed reality. Oftentimes the most offensive biblical doctrine that I teach that other faithful Byblos is teach is the doctrine of original sin. It means basically that we have inherited our selfish, sinful self aggrandizing nature from Adam and Eve sin. Many object.

Why should I be held responsible for something done in my past by someone else with the ever problem with the same thought. With genetic predispositions, for that is Original Sin more closely related to us. We are responsible for what's happened in our forefathers passed and we need to understand that today. Clearly that gene may be you were me, and when we drink we could be rolling the dice to have an immediate addiction ourselves the line where to draw the difference in when people are simply drinking in moderation and become addicted is hard to know it's partly related to size and weight.

Whether you're male or female in binge drinking, males need five drinks females need for drinks. That's one of the reasons is alcohol has increased in our society. Women are becoming more alcoholics than men today if men are larger and have more weight. It takes more drinks to get them drunk.

The question, there are also cultural influences. Interestingly, Jewish people don't have a lot of alcoholism generally in their culture. Why, because they hire one another and they also intermarry with one another. So if someone drinks to the point of drunkenness and becomes an alcoholic.

They know they're risking in the eyes of the community ever getting a job or ever being married. So there's a moral consensus on moral pressure to avoid alcoholism at all cost. Here some facts about alcohol, 65% of all Americans are alcoholics at some level or another one in seven or dangerously alcoholic. Thirdly, the major factor in divorce rate and date rape, murder, spousal abuse and child abuse is alcohol one in 13 in America will die from alcoholism the same number as will die by running a red light when 13 Dr. Sid Bradley who is a powerful part of our staff a PhD family therapist, a dear friend for many years told me this week. He said far and away practically every problem they have far away. The number one problem we have with people who come in the door either themselves or in their family system is alcoholism likely. Every person is alcoholism somewhere in their lives affecting them negatively. The sale of alcohol has risen 40% in the last 25 years in American life. Marilyn, I love to go to the beach of the last 15 years. We have one particular beach. We love to go to we've been interested to watch how this particular supermarket where we shop for most of our years there had a section that was simply applicable for health nuts. It was people wanted to buy health food over the last year.

Amazingly, that section of the grocery store has been taken out and been replaced with alcohol, moreover, is not just that section. They've added three long rows of alcohol. Lacour's wine other beverages it's increased 40% in the last 25 years, the US economy guesses that somewhere around $223.5 billion is lost annually in the workforce by alcoholics who cannot come to work or who are at work drunk and can perform in the past people have tried to regulate alcohol with prohibition we had it in America in the 1800s and into the early 1900s.

You might be interested to know that prohibition. Trying to eliminate alcohol legally in America is preceded to the 12th-century. Other people have seen the dangers out and tried to legally keep it from being sold and drank and their cultures. In the 16th century.

You have reformed theologians for those you don't know they were the theologians who fought against some of the Catholic Church is wrong. Doctrines like Luther and Calvin and Zwingli.

Interestingly, they taught moderation, but mostly because the Victorian atheists and the Gnostics, which was an early church heresy that frankly is still around today was so offensive to them. They took the opposite side because the Victorian atheists in the Knox is Gnostics said we must abstain totally and completely from alcohol.

Then of course in America you had in the 1800s.

Different groups of people coming together to promote prohibition around one single issue.

They were people from the KKK to the suffrage movement.

Trying to get women's votes rights to other organizations that came together call Lester together for the purpose of fighting the barstool problem was the Barstow problem if you need to read Charles Sheldon's in his steps. That was the precursor to WWJ the bracelets WWJ demeans what would Jesus do and many people would wear them in before they would make a decision would look at the WWJ Dean asked the question what would Jesus do Charles Sheldon wrote a book called in his steps from a verse in first Peter was talks about how every Christian should try to live in the steps of Jesus try to follow his ways and he was fighting against the barstool problem again was the Barstow problem will in saloons that sold alcohol in the 1800s. They'd have the adult barstools and they would have a barstool half the size and therefore the bartenders and the owner of the taverns would get the adults to come in and bring their children who would sit on the Lord barstools to try to get them drunk on alcohol so that the owner of the tavern. The bartender would have long-term jobs. Many people found that offensive again from the KKK to the suffrage movement to many others. By the way, for those of you were parents with small children.

You need to know that pornographers today are aiming their wares toward our eight-year-olds to get them to view that John brought it into their heads, get them addicted. Early on, so that industry will always have a profit so the barstool movement is what caused prohibition and it lasted for several decades, but it didn't last forever. Why, because through speakeasies. People could find alcohol they would continue to drink and people understood eventually that even the laws help regulate society and keep people from doing bad things. You can't legislate the changing of the human heart.

The only way you can change a human heart to desire to do right is what the gospel of Jesus Christ, which changes the heart that's stony in a heart that's filled with love. So prohibition vanished in the 1920s because people's hearts still yearn for alcoholism in the problem. Your friends is continuing to grow.

I would even say in the waiting today joins me in a conversation about God vision for each of our lives will be right. This is the ministry minute, focusing on ministries that have a positive impact on our community.

I Mark McManus and with me today is Bart Noonan with West Boulevard ministry bar. Tell us about West Boulevard ministry of thank you Lord for this opportunity to speak about was for ministry of the more poorly about Jesus Christ was full of ministry serves the spiritual physical news. The families and communes with in the West Boulevard, to the glory of Jesus Christ. Whether were doing neighborhood outreach cookouts galleries will bring people outside of their apartments their homes into fellowship with one another forward doing Bible study bingo the first Wednesday of every month Little Rock apartments and we gather anywhere from 50 to 70 children that we share the gospel with play bingo after our Bible study portion of the night and couple weeks ago. The young man who would walk without close to three years came in if he forgot something. Like a lot of young kids do.

He forgot some in the space it came back in and in the praying out myself and all the other volunteers for the West Boulevard ministry to gather there for that night, and let us all imprint closeout fishermen particular church every every Sunday for the past year and 1/2 and that's what it's all about us, about providing opportunity for Jesus Christ to work inside someone's heart. Encourage the Mormon that sounds right now bar. If any of our listeners want to get in contact with you. How would they do that the best way to do is either myself and parked at West Bard ministry.board morning call me straight in myself and it always is like a doctor. The funds always on.

That's not a 029890270 encourage folks to also get our website which is West Boulevard and there you can see some of her photo galleries and system of logs, a lot of things we do throughout the West Boulevard, to the glory Jesus Christ. It is great having you with us today.

Thank you very much and thanks for listening today joining the stadium is our pastor dated dated, thank you so much for being here today. It's my pleasure Jim thank you for helping me with this well in your morning interventions. He recently started his theories that were calling David is on one last week gave me pies and you said where God guides, God always provides can even talk to friends while somewhere along the way.

Jeni heard this from someone and became one of my David isms that I say all the time that people remember this one may be as much, as any other one that I've done and I think the purpose of it is to remind people to God will never lead you to a place where he will provide for you in his leaving, so let's talk about this some the question we need to begin with. Is this one. Do you listeners Jen David Chadwick and we all trust God constantly and completely. Do you rest assured that God is in control as he leads you in accordance with his will and then will also provide for you every need that you will have in order to accomplish his will and here's the bottom line you can because were God guides, God provides everyone say that with me right now where God guides God provides. It's impossible for God to steer your life in the wrong direction because God is perfect and as is his guidance for your life.

God's also a promise keeper and he promises us that we shall not want for anything.

Psalm 23 one. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want his very name embodies provision so with God we will never be misguided.

We won't ever be led astray. We will never be lost. He's a good shepherd who guides his sheep.

Well, God has a perfect will for all of our lives. He wants to lead us to places where we can accomplish his will.

Provision may not be imminent. We may not see immediately how God is providing for us, but we can rest assured that as we go to where he calls us. He will meet our every need. We can go full throttle. We can go without hesitation. Knowing again that God will provide our every need. Obedience is our purpose. That's what were called to do provision is God's promise, something he has assured us that he will give us, so therefore listeners today seek God with all of your heart.

Seek his will with every ounce of your being, seek God's guidance for his purposes in your life and when you do, you can therefore trust that he will meet your every need. Because here is a great David isms that is rooted in God's word where God guides God provides. It's his promise. Everyone say it one more time where God guides God provides. This reminds me of something I tell my children often is that you will be protected. Many mobile there is protection in obedience and and I am providing protection to my children when I have and obey means that this is really good and thank you so my age and this one fits well with the previous David isms, where I said the safest place to be is in the will of God. There may be turmoil surrounding you. But if you're walking in the will of God, he will protect you. He will provide for you. May I say it one more time listeners were God guides God provides.

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