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I would like to take this opportunity to pray for strength and peace upon those who have been affected by the recent severe weather and pray for speedy restoration.
One time a few years ago while going through a trial of lose I was wondering why, questioning God and feeling sorry for myself. While in prayer, I believe God spoke to me and said, “nothing that will ever happen to you or you go through will change who I am.” In other words nothing will ever change who God is. His word will never change and nothing about Him will ever change. His grace and mercy will see us through, it works everytime, sometimes even through his people. Hebrews 13:8 says, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
What I want to address in this article is the problem we have in our community with drug and alcohol abuse.
We have seen the recent arrest in the paper and recognize it’s a major problem in our area. It’s very alarming for this to be such a problem in a smaller community but to see how young some of these were is very disturbing.
The thing is no one will change unless they want to, but so often when they decide to change the addiction has gotten so out of control they can’t quit on their own. I have seen this many times. Years ago, I had this problem in my own life. But with the power of the Holy Spirit of God, he delivered me and set me free from the control the addiction had on my life. The Lord has led two people to our church in Prestonville who have ask for help with getting free of their addictions. Each have tried several times over the years on their own but have kept going back to it. Through the Lord’s guidance we have found a place called Second Chance Outreach and the way of Recovery Center in Jamestown. There are actually three people from this area there now.
The man who started this was himself set free by the power of God. His name is Greg Troutt. He went to several rehabs and asked what works and what doesn’t. He put everything he found that works in a circle and put the word of God in the middle. He said we’ll do everything according to the word and it’s working. I have referred men from prison there that still have addiction problems and have good reports from them later.
I believe these addictions rob people and their family of their lives.
People with addictions will steal from others to satisfy their own needs. Who is the real thief and the father of lies, it’s satan himself and his evil spirits. So if you don’t use the Word of God to attack and come against him there will be no permanent victory. Through the blood and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, deliverance and victory is found. That’s the reason Second Chance outreach is working. Everything is based on the word of God.
Saying all this, I have talked to Greg about if he would be led to open a place in our area. First, he said he would like to have a community wide meeting to see how much interest and support there would be. In Jamestown after he got started and people saw it was a success, a businessman gave him an old motel building and another all the supplies to remodel it. He is able to house 40 men and 30 women.
He is not state or government funded, so he charges $1,000 the first month and $500 each month after. You can stay only a month, but he recommends at least three to six months. The court system in Jamestown and surrounding counties sent court ordered people there. The counselors are people who have been through the program, so they have a better understanding of what people go through.
I am praying about having a meeting in April for Greg to come and talk about this rehab more. I believe the timing is right because there probably would be a lot more ready for help if there was a place closer.
I Corinthians 10:24 says in the NIV that nobody should seek his own good but the good of others.
Luke 4:18 says the spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
The Rev. Bimp McAlister is pastor of Calvary Full Gospel Church in Prestonville, Ky.