Not What They Told You – Opioids

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/NotWhatTheyToldYouOpioids.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Titus 2:1-8   I.         Opioids are a class of drugs derived from opium             A.        They include heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and many more             B.        These were originally developed because they attach to the opioid receptors in your brain, muffling your perception of pain and increasing your feelings of pleasure.                         1.         “At…

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Not What They Told You – Marijuana

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/NotWhatTheyToldYouMarijuana.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Jeremiah 5:21-31   I.         It sounds noble             A.        We need to legalize medical marijuana!                         1.         But instead of controlled studies where the effectiveness of a derivative drug is analyzed for its benefits versus its harm, the door is thrown wide open.                         2.         There is an oil extract from marijuana that does appear to…

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Not What They Told You

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Society often justifies sin by not portraying the complete facts and, thus, making dangerous things appear to be minorly harmful or even beneficial. Not What They Told You – Alcohol Not What They Told You – Marijuana Not What They Told You – Opioids Not What They Told You – Pornography

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I got myself into a mess and I’m not sure how to handle it

Question: I’ve been married for less than ten years. She left me a few years ago for the guy that took her virginity. I never divorced her, hoping she would come back. I honestly didn’t know where she was or if she was alive or anything. She called my mom over a year later to…

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A Christian dying of an overdose does not send him to hell!

Question: A Christian dying of an overdose does not send him to hell. He was saved by faith in Christ not his works. All of us Christians sin. You sin, and I sin. If a drug user was never saved that is up to God. Answer: You are correct that the conditions of salvation are determined and set…

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I got into pot and sex when I was young and messed up my life

Question: I messed up my life when I was young with pot and sexual promiscuity. My life was trash and destroyed. I kept going as I felt I had gone too far — to the point of being put in a mental institution and attempted suicide — the point of no return. It was a…

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How close of a friend can I be to someone who uses drugs?

Question: Hello Jeffrey, I hope you are doing well today. I have a question that I’ve always wondered about but never really been able to settle in my mind. Should a Christian hang out with an unbeliever? Obviously, Christians are not completely separate from unbelievers, but where is the line drawn? I have an old…

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I found out my cousin is sometimes putting marijuana in our food

Question: Mr. Jeffrey, sir, Your response to me years back made a terrific impact on my life, and I don’t know what I would have done without you coming into the situation and easing my anxiety. May God continue to bless souls through your vast wealth of knowledge. Sir, last year I took marijuana for…

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Consequences of Marijuana Legalization

Source: Colorado Springs Gazette Opinion, “Five years later, Colorado sees toll of pot legalization”, The Oklahoman, 14 November 2017. “Five years of retail pot coincide with five years of a homelessness growth rate that ranks among the highest rates in the country. Directors of homeless shelters, and people who live on the streets, tell us homeless…

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