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POWER TO BREAK FREE
In an online discussion about video game addiction—which is an increasingly pressing issue, especially in Japan, Europe, and the United States—I came across this outcry from a young man: "I spend about 8–12 hours a day playing xbox 360. I know I'm addicted, but what can I do to stop?" It's a question many others may be asking. The millions who struggle with some form of dependency and are grappling with the devastating effect compulsive behavior can have on their relationships, school and work performance, and self-image.
Often what's behind such a dependency is the human yearning for a deeper sense of love and fulfillment in life. In a misguided attempt to fill an inner void, a person may dive into material pursuits that then seem unstoppable. But divine Love already fills that void. Love is always there to fulfill and satisfy someone's need. And as Sentinel founder Mary Baker Eddy wrote, "No power can withstand divine Love" (Science and Health, p. 224). Each individual is compelled, controlled, and influenced by this Love alone. Dependency on God is the spiritual condition of being. As the Sentinel's feature articles this week show, understanding this can bring freedom and healing, instantly, to even the most long-standing addiction.
In an interview with Sentinel Radio, Phillip Maubane from South Africa tells about finding his spiritual identity, which was key to gaining freedom from a drinking problem. And Elise Moore, a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, explains how the saving Christ—God's healing, love-filled message—removes all that is unlike good from our lives. "Christ is consistently speaking the healing truth," she writes, "until it is understood and accepted." Then freedom is gained.
Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.
with contributions from ELEANOR CARTWRIGHT, TOM BIGGAR, JUNE AUSTIN
POWER TO BREAK FREE
MAIKE BYRD, STAFF EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Becky Beane
To break the hold of addiction
BY ELISE L. MOORE
finding God—finding freedom
RITA POLITAN with contributions from PHILLIP MAUBANE
I gave up smoking—for good
BY GEORGIA BULLOCH
Putting a halt to drug trafficking
BY ROSALIE E. DUNBAR, NEWS EDITOR
BUSINESS PUZZLE? YOU CAN SOLVE IT!
BY CHARLENE ANNE MILLER
NO DOUBT ABOUT IT
'LOOK NOT AT THE THINGS WHICH ARE SEEN'
FOR THE GOOD OF THE TEAM
DEFENSE AGAINST HATE RADIO
HEALED OF ALCOHOLISM
ARNOLD "JUDGE" WYNECOOP with contributions from TINA WYNECOOP
QUICK HEALING OF BURNS AND PAIN
'GOD IS HERE'