Making a Difference: Teaching Biblical Addiction RecoveryPaperback
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- Publisher: Garland Burgess
- Format: Paperback | 310 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 18mm | 531g
- Publication date: 1 November 2011
- ISBN 10: 0981747418
- ISBN 13: 9780981747415
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
Addictions and the problems they produce are not new to the world in which we live. People all over the world are in bondage to the sins of many different kinds of life-controlling habits. This group of people has become one of the largest unreached groups in all of modern societies. There is a sure answer for deliverance and victory. God has given us the answer to these problems in His Word. Although there have been many different approaches to the problem of addictions, the only true cure from addictions is found in the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We must apply this truth in the life of the addict. Without this power, no one could live a life that is pleasing to God. God desires that we live according to His Word, becoming more like His Son as a result. Having a personal relationship with Christ is the only thing that can accomplish this. Making a Difference is a Biblical approach to addiction recovery that emphasizes how to recognize the signs of addiction, the effect addictions have on the local church body, the challenges and goals of an addiction recovery ministry, where addictions come from and to how to gain freedom from them, and many more topics surrounding addiction, recovery, and relapse. It is important that the Christian Worker, whether ordained or layman, understand how to deal with people who are in bondage to addictions and what the Bible teaches about addiction, recovery, and relapse. How do we distinguish truth from error when we are faced with the world's view of these topics? This book will clear up misconceptions a person may have about addiction, recovery, and relapse. Jesus said we are the light of the world. It is our duty, and should be our desire, to take the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ to the world. One way we can accomplish this is to reach and restore those who are in bondage to life-controlling habits. Jesus Christ gave His life for us on the cross at Calvary. There could be no better way for us to show our love to Him than to reach others with the Gospel.
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Garland Mark Burgess and his family have been members of Temple Baptist Church in Powell, TN since 2006. Mr. and Mrs. Burgess have four adult children and three grandchildren. Mrs. Burgess is an RN and a Health Care Director with a local Knoxville company and has been in nursing for over twenty-seven years. Since 2006, Brother Burgess has authored several books dealing with a range of topics from addiction recovery to business and the economy. Prior to being called to preach, Brother Burgess served in various church ministries as Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Music Director, Youth Director, and Bus Worker. Mrs. Burgess has served as Organist, Pianist, and Sunday School Teacher. Brother Burgess was called to preach in 2001, while a member of Gospel Light Baptist Church in Walkertown, North Carolina, and surrendered to full-time ministry the following year. In 1978 to 1981 Brother Burgess had the privilege to work, travel and sing with the late, Evangelist Lester Roloff. He again served there for over a year as the Director of both the Lighthouse and City of Refuge homes for men in Corpus Christi, Texas, starting in 2002, at which time he re-opened the City of Refuge Home for men. He has worked most recently as the Director of Our Master's Camp, a Residential, Addiction Recovery Ministry where he directed and administered the program from organizational conception to operation; developing curriculum guides, program procedures, promotional material, and standards of practice. He has also worked in other ministries including the Victory Home for Men in Pickens, SC, Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, and ACE School of Tomorrow Headquarters in Lewisville, TX. Brother Burgess served eight years in the US ARMY Reserve Signal Corps, with specialty skills in multi-channel, microwave, and satellite communications, where he received a commendation for meritorious completion of training in the US ARMY Signal School at Fort Gordon, Georgia, graduating top of his class as "Distinguished Graduate." He has successfully held management positions with both ADT Security Services as Operations Manager, and BellSouth Telecommunications as Network Manager. He holds a degree in Electronic Engineering Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Bible, and a Master of Ministry (Summa Cum Laude 4.0), and is currently pursuing a PhD in Christian Education, planning to graduate May 2012. Mr. Burgess is a Minister, Author, Educator, and Business Owner.