Dear Vision, Wine is a mocker and strong drink is raging! That is Biblical truth. The message today may not be the most pleasant or comfortable that you have ever heard but it will be straight Bible truth. We are to be controlled by the Holy Spirit and by no one or nothing else. I ask you to take your Bible and consider the truths you will find today. Take the verses home. Study them and consider them. Come to a conclusion that is Bible based. We have such a great job to do. We need to get the gospel to the entire world in our generation, yet we seem to allow our pleasures and what feels good to us to be more important than the charge we have been given as a church and Christians. So I say to you, be not drunk with wine but be filled with the Holy Spirit. Let’s get busy doing the work of God. Approximately 53% of adults in the US have reported that one or more of their close relatives has a drinking problem The overwhelming majority of youth cite their parents as the primary influence in their decisions about whether they drink alcohol or not. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there were 17,000 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in each of the last three years. In the United States, research has demonstrated that continued alcohol abuse is one of the major risk factors for violence in intimate relationships. 50% of U.S. homicides are alcohol related. 40% of U.S. assaults are alcohol related. In the U.S., more than 40% of those who start drinking at age 14 or younger become alcoholic. About one in ten Americans currently has an alcohol problem. According to one study, 68% of those people who come to a trauma center have an alcohol or drug problem. As much as 50 percent of police work is spent addressing alcohol-related problems in our nation. Three out of ten adults report that drinking has been a cause of trouble in their family. I do sincerely love you and desire that God bless and use you greatly. Gratefully yours, Austin
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