Advice On Giving Up Alcohol....
* I stopped drinking because I felt like God was asking me to stop drinking. I have never regretted saying yes to God. One Saturday morning, I poured the last wine from my house into the sink. I was alone, no audience for me. I thought of my mother and father in their brand new believer zeal, like all those years ago I had witnessed this same moment in their lives. Maybe I was always heading for that same emancipation.
* Cognitive Dissonance if you do not do it. deeply personal now. And deeply legal and tragic later. Quitting coffee does not require practically any conviction. The abandonment of alcohol is a moral, social, financial, legal and spiritual imperative. Do not be reduced or excused. Beauty is its own values coincide with the gods and she was lucky enough to solve it in a personal spiritual way. No because it's a sin.
* In the old hard business days, my dad never fired his diet coke once. Their relationships with some family members got strained because no one remembered going out without a beer. They tried not to judge others but they knew what they knew. For them, it was not even a choice to stop drinking, it was just what they were now. They tied their identity intact and never looked back. It's been about thirty years since this decision now.
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* This can lead to stroke, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias and heart disease. Alcohol also seriously affects the antibodies that separate tumor cells, exposing us to a much higher risk of cancer. Alcohol causes 3.5% of cancer deaths in the United States, or about 20,000 deaths related to cancer each year. The study was published in the American Journal of Public Health. They also state, "Alcohol remains a major contributor to cancer mortality and potential years of life lost.
* After my husband and I left the seminary and traveled north to serve the churches ... we could not believe the banality of drinking among the Christians. They did not care to abstain. We chose not to drink not because of the rules, but because we did not want to influence our children with alcohol. They are now young adults and make their own choices which fortunately are not heavy drinkers. I can not judge or force anyone to reject alcohol, however ... like you, I believe that the Holy Spirit will walk by him and gently lavish all that needs to be done in our lives.
* I was much more willing to discuss the issue with non-Christians because they were always more respectful of my decision not to drink. I only met a Christian who liked to drink who told me to abstain and said it was a good thing. All the others, they act as if my alcohol-free lifestyle is equal to my condemnation or they try to convince me to try it. I hate alcohol because of so many past negative experiences, but few Christians respect it openly.
* One morning, on our banana, around 5 o'clock in the morning, a dream woke me up and I was listening to God. In my dream, I was physically fleeing the enemy of my soul when I turned around and covered him with an urn full of the ashes of the Lord and he was gone, then boom ... I watched a gigantic glass stimulated with red wine peeling in it. A loud voice spoke, saying, "It's not the liquid in the glass that condemns you, it's your hand holding the glass.
* Nobody cares. Nobody has to explain. Nobody needs to make it a "personal choice". Because at the end of the day, we are talking about a drink. I was wondering because you and I obviously have two very different ideas about what the author intends to say. While you are stuck on the subject of the lesson, I try to absorb the lesson itself. I did not read that the author turned alcohol into a "great spiritual problem", but rather what God personally called him to do, and it was with his drink of choice.
* We compromised with non-alcoholic wine. It was my husband and my proposal and we were invited to share the message of communion to explain the change. My God. It was incredibly vulnerable to share my weakness in front of an incomprehensible audience. I cried and could barely speak. But eventually, some expressed themselves by expressing struggles of their own so that we could see that God was at work.
Joe Rogan and Bert Kreischer talk about #SoberOctobert. Taken from Joe Rogan Experience #1024.