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Ted Stone and Philip Barber

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FIRST-PERSON: A rescue station for sinners

DURHAM, N.C. (BP)--When we recently asked the congregation at Pearl Baptist Church in Iron Station, N.C., “How many know of someone who is lost, whether family member, friend, co-worker, or neighbor?” there was a sea of uplifted hands.

FIRST-PERSON: Busy doing the Master’s business

DURHAM, N.C. (BP)--The church does not exist as a means of providing entertainment and comfortable experiences for the faithful. How many times have you heard those who ramble from one church to another complain, “How I wish I could just find a church that could minister to my needs”? So many of us are busy looking for selfish temporary blessings that have no root in the Lord.

FIRST-PERSON: The rest of the story … repeated once again

DURHAM, N.C. (BP)--For several years we have sounded an ominous alarm about dangers accruing for too many of those whose lives are governed by prescribed medicines that have the potential for deadly harm. Often these warnings have been met with wordy opposition, even in the church, by those who have become entrapped in our nation’s addiction to prescribed and over-the-counter medication.

FIRST-PERSON: An anti-drug plan that works

DURHAM, N.C. (BP)--The telephone calls from distressed individuals and their families are many. The plea is usually the same, “Can you help me?”

FIRST-PERSON: Rescuing the perishing

DURHAM, N.C. (BP)--The message in the large advertisement across the bottom of page 13A in The Brunswick Beacon Dec. 8 clearly identified the readers for whom it was intended. “LOSERS WANTED!!,” the bold headline proclaimed.

FIRST-PERSON: Our responsibility

DURHAM, N.C. (BP)--Pastor Rich Jenkins of First Southern Baptist Church in Coffeyville, Kan., called us shortly after reading a Baptist Press article about the anti-drug program HIS Way. His deep concern over the drug problem in his Southeastern Kansas community was obvious, and we had soon settled on a date in November when we could share this ministry with his body of believers and other neighboring churches.

FIRST-PERSON: Having the desire to make a change

DURHAM, N.C. (BP)--Recently a proposed mentor for a struggling young man with a history of alcohol addiction laid the truth on the line to the potential participant in HIS Way, the new church-centered drug treatment and support program unveiled earlier this year.

FIRST-PERSON: Empathizing with addicts

DURHAM, N.C. (BP)--Since we began writing these articles more than four years ago, we

FIRST-PERSON: Methadone treatment not a good idea

DURHAM, N.C. (BP)--Powerful narcotics such as heroin, Oxycontin and hydrocodone often transform users into addicts and provide them with excruciating withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to discontinue their relationships with these drugs.

FIRST-PERSON: A drug addict’s word is not his or her bond

DURHAM, N.C. (BP)--Throughout the twenty-seven years of this ministry there have been thousands of addicted individuals and their loves ones who have cried out for the snake oil that would bring instant cure. To their dismay, we have had to inform them that there was no such miracle potion. At best, for the vast majority of hurting persons, the road to recovery is long and rocky.