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Gambling Addiction Rising Among Military Members
The National Council on Problem Gambling reports that studies find gambling-addiction rates among active-duty military and veterans are significantly higher than the general population. According to a report by The Day Publishing Company, some 36,000 active-duty members meet the criteria for a gambling problem. The council noted that some 3,000 slot machines are in place at military bases overseas, generating an estimated $100 million a year in profits.
Research published in the late 1990s found that the average rate of problem gambling across all armed services was estimated at 8.1 percent, roughly twice the rate in the U.S. adult population. Further, 7.1 percent of military personnel report having at least one serious gambling-related problem during their lifetimes.
However, researchers noted the small number of servicemen and women who get treatment for problem gambling. Treatment options for veterans and military personnel are lacking, especially overseas, and many in the military eschew treatment because of feelings of shame and secrecy. A government study published earlier this year found that only 514 active-duty servicemen and women were seen by the military health system for problem gambling during the 2011–2015 fiscal years.
Risk Factor for Drug and Alcohol Addition Increases in Affluent Families
As drug overdose deaths have risen sharply in recent years, a pattern has emerged: Reflecting the historic losses felt by inner-city families, families in the suburbs are increasingly enduring a wave of drug deaths, as well.
According to a report by U.S. News, while higher income and education is often associated with better overall health, studies have found that kids living in affluent communities binge drink and smoke marijuana at higher rates than their peers in general.
Rates of addiction among the older group of men and women were two and three times higher, respectively, than national norms. By the age of 22 years, rates of addiction to drugs or alcohol among women were between 11 and 16 percent, close to national norms; but the rates of addiction were 19 to 27 percent among men—about twice as high as national norms.
Rising Rents Are Breaking Tenants
Rents have increased rapidly across U.S. housing markets as the share of renting households has risen faster than the number of new units. In a report by Bloomberg, nearly one in five respondents reports struggling to make monthly payments.
While landlords seem to be succeeding at finding tenants who can keep up, the survey, by Apartment List, suggests escalating housing costs may be straining renters’ resources. Eighteen percent of respondents couldn’t pay the full rent due in at least one of the past three months, according to the poll of 40,000 renters. Of those who have registered for the listing site this year, 3.3 percent said they had been evicted in the past, up from 2.8 percent in 2015.
Among households earning up to $30,000 a year, 27.5 percent failed to pay the rent in full in at least one of the past three months. Among those earning $30,000 to $60,000, it was 14.8 percent. Even of those making more than $60,000 a year, it was 8.8 percent.
--The following job positions are currently open at AGRM member missions. Please visit www.agrm.org/careers to view full descriptions and to apply. Click here for instructions on using AGRM's Recruiting Center to post open positions for your mission.
Care Support Specialist: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Case Manager, Men's Shelter: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Chief Development Officer: Phoenix Rescue Mission, Phoenix, AZ
Chief Financial Officer: Jericho Road Ministries, Inc., Brooksville, FL
Cook: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Development Associate: The Path of Citrus County, Beverly Hills, FL
Development Director: Home of Grace, Vancleave, MS
Development Director: Waterfront Rescue Mission, Inc., Pensacola, FL
Development Officer: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Director of Development: Rockford Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc., Rockford, IL
Director of Development & Community Relations: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Director of Major Gifts: Waterfront Rescue Mission, Inc., Pensacola, FL
Director, Lighthouse for Women & Children: Rescue Mission Alliance, Oxnard, CA
Domestic Violence Advocate, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Executive Director: Outreach Gospel Mission, Brookings, OR
Faith Community Nurse - Guest Services: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Food and Beverage Driver: San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, CA
Guest Services Assistant - Women's Shelter: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Health and Wellness Center Manager: San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, CA
Kitchen Ministry Coordinator: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Major Gifts Officer: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Major Gifts Officer: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Overnight Supervisor: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI
Recovery Program Coordinator, Westminster Rescue Mission, Westminster, MD
Resident Advisors: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI
Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Sous Chef: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Transportation Specialist: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA
Women's New Life Recovery Program Case Manager: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Women's Recovery Counselor: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA
Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15–16).
Primarily used in ancient Greece, touchstones provided a means for comparing the purity of precious metals such as gold or silver. This process is referred to as assaying.
The assayer would draw a pure sample of the precious metal across the touchstone, leaving a streak; he would then draw the metal being tested across the stone, leaving another streak. The residue left on the touchstone would be compared, thus allowing the assayer to determine the quality and purity of the new ore, whether high grade or low.
Scripture is our touchstone.
God has authored and inspired it through the pens of faithful men to reveal Himself to us.
He has shown us His holiness, His perfection, His grace, His justice, all of these facets of Himself and His character.
We must, like a piece of gold being tested, draw ourselves across the stone of the Bible. Instead of comparing ourselves with each other, we should look to God’s Word as the measure of our lives.
Don’t give your joy away to comparison against the lives of imperfect human beings, but instead compare yourself with Christ for a true measure of spiritual fruit.
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