Archive for January, 2015


Is Smoking A Sin?

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Is Smoking A Sin?

©2015 Stan Hallett

1 Corinthians 6:19,20 (NKJV) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Cigarette smoking has been identified as the most important source of preventable morbidity (disease and illness) and premature mortality (death) worldwide. Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 443,000 American lives each year, including those affected indirectly, such as babies born prematurely due to prenatal maternal smoking and victims of “secondhand” exposure to tobacco’s carcinogens. Smoking cost the United States over $193 billion in 2004, including $97 billion in lost productivity and $96 billion in direct health care expenditures, or an average of $4,260 per adult smoker.

Health Hazards of Smoking

  • Cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. Smoking is directly responsible for approximately 90 percent of lung cancer deaths and approximately 80-90 percent of COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis) deaths.
  • About 8.6 million people in the U.S. have at least one serious illness caused by smoking. That means that for every person who dies of a smoking-related disease, there are 20 more people who suffer from at least one serious illness associated with smoking.
  • Among current smokers, chronic lung disease accounts for 73 percent of smoking-related conditions. Even among smokers who have quit chronic lung disease accounts for 50 percent of smoking-related conditions.
  • The list of diseases caused by smoking includes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema), coronary heart disease, stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm, acute myeloid leukemia, cataract, pneumonia, periodontitis, and bladder, esophageal, laryngeal, lung, oral, throat, cervical, kidney, stomach, and pancreatic cancers. Smoking is also a major factor in a variety of other conditions and disorders, including slowed healing of wounds, infertility, and peptic ulcer disease.
  • Smokers die significantly earlier than nonsmokers: 13.2 years for men and 14.5 years for women.

Let me ask you; is murder sin?  Is killing yourself murder, or the taking of a life that is not your own for it was bought with a price?

If you smoke and are trying to hide it, you may be fooled into thinking that you have succeeded in that endeavor because people are trying to be kind.  The truth is that the foul stench of cigarette smoke lingers not only on your clothes and body, but on your breath long after you have extinguished that last cigarette.

We have many that come into our Church building that smoke.  Most are newcomers, but some are long time so-called “Christians”.  I know who every one of them are without a word being said by anyone. If I don’t smell it on their clothes, then as soon as they are close and breath or speak in my direction, the foul odor comes up and out from their lungs.

I remember one such man that no longer attends our assembly. I knew that he smoked because I smelled it every time that he greeted me on the Sunday mornings that he would attend. One day when I went to a local grocery store, I saw him standing outside the door smoking a cigarette.  He did not notice me until I was about twenty feet away from him. He said; “You caught me smoking” and he was embarrassed. Of course the truth is that I already knew that he smoked.  But what I found amazing was that he (and most that have hidden sin in their lives) was more concerned about what I thought than what God thought.

It is a bad testimony for anyone professing to be a Christian, to be held captive by this foul vice that is slowly taking your health and your life. Everything that is not of God is of Satan, so who do you think God wants you to smoke?  Who is it who’s goal is to destroy the body and the soul?

I could go down a very long list of reasons why you should quit, like being a poor steward of your finances.  What are they at now, $7.00 a pack? Not to mention what it is doing to the health of those around you. But just the fact that it is not Godly should be enough for anyone that calls themselves a Christian to quit.

If you are a smoker you need to just stop.  Quit making the excuses because of your weakness in overcoming your addiction.  Repent, give it to God and just stop it!

Do you have questions?  Feel free to write to me via my contact form.

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The Drunkard & The Glutton

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Obese PreacherShould a pastor set an example for his congregation?

Shouldn’t all of us as Christians and ministers set an example to the world and glorify God with our body that was bought with a price?

Did you know that the Bible associates a glutton with being a drunkard?

If a man cannot control his appetite for food, what else can he not control his appetite for, that may be hidden?

In other words, if a man cannot bring this part of his flesh under submission, what other areas of the flesh might he not be able to bring into submission?

Don’t take my word for it, read it for yourself. . .

1 Corinthians 6:19,20 (NKJV)

19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Deuteronomy 21:20 (NKJV)

20 And they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’

Proverbs 23:20-21 (NKJV)

20 Do not mix with winebibbers, or with gluttonous eaters of meat; 21 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.

Proverbs 23:21 (NKJV)

21 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.

Titus 1:7,8 (NKJV) says that an elder or bishop must be temperate in all things.  That includes the consumption of food. Temperate means to show moderation or self-restraint.

Enough said.

Do you have questions?  Feel free to write to me via my contact form.

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You Gottawanna!

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

©2015 Stan Hallett

Gottawanna is the secret to all accomplishment, whether it is about quitting some addiction, doing a job, building a business, or having a close walk with God.  If you don’t want to and are only doing it because someone chided you into it, or you are just doing it because you know that it is the right thing to do, chances are that you are going to fail.

Think about it. . . we are walking in the very same flesh that Jesus walked in.  If you are full of Holy Ghost then you have the very same Spirit of God inside of you that Jesus had. Jesus said; “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” – John 14:12

So what’s the problem?  Why are we not more like Him?  Why are the vast majority of saints that are baptized in His Name and filled with His Spirit wallowing in the filth of this earth and are spiritually weak?

Gottawanna!  How badly do you want it?  Do we pray daily?  Do we keep our lamps full?  Are we truly walking in the Spirit? Or do we spend our days caught up with the issues of life? Are we listening to the wrong things? Involved in the wrong things, or with the wrong people? Hanging out with the world? Or just watching the television?

Are we easily defeated by obstacles such as fears and trials?  There is an old saying; “If the mountain was smooth, you couldn’t climb it”.  Think about it!  I’m not talking about some little hill.  I’m talking about what the Apostle Paul referred to as a race.  Think of it as a mountain that few men can climb like K2, where 1 in 4 people that have even attempted it have died trying.

The mountain that I am talking about few men are equipped for climbing.  You need rope, climbing boots, a helmet, crampons, carabiners, a harness, etc.. When you receive the Holy Ghost, God equips you for the climb.

As you begin to climb there will be obstacles. There will be rocks and crevices, shrubs and trees, perhaps hindering weather like rain, snow, or sleet during the climb. There will be some slippery places seemingly impossible to climb, but you ARE equipped.

Every trial on the climb can be overcome if you have the desire and faith to overcome it. The Apostle Paul said; “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” – Philippians 4:13. Obstacles once overcome only serve to strengthen us, allowing us help someone else facing the same obstacle climbing up from behind us.

We CAN be like Him!  Do you have the gottawanna?  Do you have it bad enough to pursue Him? Remember He climbed the mountain first! Are you willing to follow Him?  Climbing is the only way you are going to get there.  It’s by leaving the things of this world behind and climb.

James the Apostle said; “know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?”.  Actually He used stronger language than that.  He said; “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” – James 4:4

If you have not obeyed the Gospel and have repented of your sins, been baptized in the name of Jesus, and have not been filled with His Spirit, then you need to do this to be equipped for the climb (See Acts 2:38, John 3:5).

However, if you have been baptized in His name and have been filled with His Spirit, then you ARE well equipped for the climb.  So what are you waiting for?  What obstacle has stopped you?  What IN THE WORLD is holding you back?

Take on the whole armor of God and let’s climb.  But you Gottawanna more than anything!

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” – Ephesians 6:13-18.

Do you have questions?  Feel free to write to me via my contact form.

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