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And-what about having a few beer, a glass of wine, champagne or a shot or two of the hard stuff? -Ephesians 5:18. Remember, balance in all things is the key. Listen to your best friend, next to God, your heart, through which God can provide guidance
    One of my-favorite times is having a few beer on a hot afternoon while barbecuing fish or steak or chicken (the beef and chicken I eat very occasionally, and then the organic beef and free range chickens are way more nutritious and flavorful). 

Some believe that when the Bible talks about wine (Mark 14:25) it was only grape juice. Ungers Bible Dictionary says that Old Testament wine was fermented grape juice, an intoxicant, like as used with this couple -Song of Solomon 2:4. Unger's explanation fits with Psalms 104:15
    It's better to sit tight than to drive tight? 
    Drunkenness is no good. It can lead to alcoholism if one consistently chooses to get drunk -Isaiah 5:11 "Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!" Those who drown themselves in drink, usually don't (socially) have far to sink! But, they can change!
    Those who drink to escape whatever and those who drink to gain courage, have a problem. The drink will begin to control them and not vice versa -Titus 1:7. Don't be 'given' to drink, where you "just got to have it" -1Corinthians 6:12 "All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any." Romans 6:12,13 "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof...Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness-(keeping parts of the Old Testament Mosaic Law as verse 14 partially shows)-unto sin, but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God."
    Our tastes and habits keep us bound to that which may be hurting us. But how do we break horrible habits that in effect, cause us to reject God?
    Derek Sanderson, NHL legend, once named by Cosmopolitan Magazine as one of the sexiest men in America lost $4 million plus pursuing a lifestyle he was convinced would give him happiness; a lifestyle that took him from stardom down the ABC road (alcohol, broads, and cocaine) of wild parties to a bum on a park bench trying to steal a bottle from a fellow drunk. 
    Derek sowed the wild lifestyle – for awhile, and reaped a compounding of hardship, anguish and poverty for it. Without the hard times, could he have turned around? He had to come to the point where it was just sickening to him, before he could lift his head up and consider a different direction. Trials and sufferings are always for a purpose. God could take them away, but even wisdom coming late, gets you outta dah gate! 
    Until we struggle to learn how to realign our lives, troubles seem to just hang around.
    Derek tried detox 13 times. Finally he made the decision "I said, God help me, I can't live this way anymore." A counselor told him "You don't know how to live. That's what you're afraid of." Since that day he's been clean! Now he's 50 (1999), married and has a 7 year old son and is part of a Boston group managing the affairs of pro athletes. 
    Derek says "The pursuit of happiness is not the pursuit of pleasure." 
    Never drink to get drunk-(), but those who drink to get 'feeling good' usually have a good time -Ecclesiastes 2:24; 3:13; 1Chronicles 29:22. Jesus first miracle was to turn water into wine at a wedding which was short of booze -John 2:2,3,7-11
   And what did Solomon, probably the wisest man who ever lived say? -Ecclesiastes 10:19; 9:7; Proverbs 31:6,7; 23:20,21,29-35. Also Romans 14:1-22-(especially verses 21,22).-...continues to Questions


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