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By On April 4th, 2017

Apologetic Gambling

  Author: Lydia D’Ross, Brookhaven Hospital, Renewal Program Outreach Chaplain   According to Rehab International, research reveals that in America, approximately 2.5 million adults suffer from compulsive gambling, about 3 million are considered problem gamblers, around 15 million adults are under the risk of becoming problem gamblers, and 148 million fall under the “low risk…

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By On November 19th, 2016

Shield Your Marriage

Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for RENEWAL at Brookhaven Hospital Many pastors quit their calling early for many reasons. Barna reports that  “Most pastors (57%) and youth pastors (64%) admit they have struggled with porn, either currently or in the past.” Barna further said, ” 87% of pastors who use porn…

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By On April 2nd, 2016

Spiritual Road to Recovery

Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplin for RENEWAL at Brookhaven Hospital According to research by Project MATCH, a program of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism “spiritually focused addiction treatment programs have resulted in up to 10 percent greater abstinence rates than other forms of treatment.” Spirituality reflects a belief…

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By On March 12th, 2016

Faith-based Approach to Substance Abuse Counseling

There is a growing interest in faith-based approaches to the treatment of substance abuse, and their implications for health and well-being (Fetzer Institute, 1999). Castelli (1997) defines faith-based organizations to include congregations as well as national networks such as Catholic Charities or the YMCA. This follows from the fact that many programs, although not associated…

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By On July 16th, 2015

Spirituality and Addiction Recovery

Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for Renewal at Brookhaven Hospital According to the National Center on Addiciton and Substance Abuse at Columbia University’s research study on Sprituality and Addiction, “80 percent of Americans believe in God or some other greater power.” (Feb 26th, 2014)  The study further showed that “87 percent…

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By On December 11th, 2014

Family Safety Center: A Place of Refuge

Written by: Lydia D’Ross, Renewal Program Outreach Chaplain and ordained minister Recently I toured the Family Safety Center’s new building, and met experts who provide unique services for families and victims of domestic violence, neglect or child abuse.  The facility has such warmth with games for children and a family friendly atmosphere that welcomes anyone…

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By On December 6th, 2014

Times Are Tough: Pastors May Feel Overwhelmed

 Written by: Lydia D’Ross, Renewal Program Outreach Chaplain and ordained minister It seems at times that our community is bursting at the seams with need.  In many situations, the church becomes an individual’s best chance at receiving help and support.  Pastors get hit hard during these tough times.  You don’t have enough staff, volunteers or…

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By On November 14th, 2014

Separation from God Can Lead to Body Neglect

Written by: Lydia D’Ross, Renewal Program Outreach Chaplain and ordained minister You are on your way to church arguing with your spouse, cussing, yelling and doing everything the Word of God says not to do.  You park your car, open the door, and you’re all smiles and saints. Some say, you can’t act the same…

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By On November 7th, 2014

RENEWAL Devotional: Kick the Habit

Written by: Lydia D’Ross, Renewal Program Outreach Chaplain and ordained minister “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider:  God has made the one as well as the other.  Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.”    Ecclesiastes 7:14 We can never predict what our future holds. We need only…

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By On October 17th, 2014

Warning: Family Under Construction

Written by: Lydia D’Ross, Renewal Program Outreach Chaplain and ordained minister Building relationships with those who matter most to you can sometimes feel as if you are in a dangerous construction zone.  Did you ever feel like that? It can be family stressors like a recent divorce, death in the family, financial stress, or the…

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