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    WALK IN THE LIGHT NOT DARKNESS FROM THE BOOK OF JOHN 12:42-50 . . . “Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. 44 Then Jesus cried […]

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    GENEROSITY IS ENCOURAGED FROM THE BOOK OF 2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-15 . . . “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, […]

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    THE PURPOSE OF PARABLES FROM THE BOOK OF MATTHEW 13:10-17 . . . . “And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not […]

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    HOW GOD WORKS FROM THE BOOK OF 2 PETER 3:9-18 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a […]

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    CONVICTION FOR THE BELIEVER FROM THE BOOK OF PSALM 23:1-6 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of […]

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Archive for November 27th, 2017

What’s Your Question About Being in Recovery?

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 27, 2017

MY QUESTION IS . . . . Image result for returning back to God

“I’ve been in recovery for now for almost a year and I was wondering when would it be a good time to return to ministry where I was a worship leader. I still have a desire to return and be a part of ministry in some capacity but is a year enough time or should I continue to wait?” 

This is where you’ll need to take a serious inventory of where you are in recovery, your understanding of the progress you’ve made as well as the condition of your heart towards living in the hope that you are walking in your healing. Returning to ministry after just one year in recovery, yes, it can be done, but I would strongly suggest to wait at least another year based on the fact that after just one year you’ve just begun to discover your issues and the trauma that led to those issues. You’ve discovered some things about your behaviors that reveal what your belief system is and you’re starting to see the changes you need to make, then you’ll need to allow God to give you the strength and the wisdom to make those changes. It’s common with most men that after being in recovery for one year they feel they’ve done enough or they believe they have completed the course to healing, but it’s going to take more than just getting one year under your belt before returning to ministry. You also have to take into consideration what those who are overseeing you in that ministry are perceiving in you during your recovery. They’re concerned about how healthy you are as far as your relationship with God; have you begun the repentance process (confession, acknowledgement, forgiveness); are those you have affected by your behaviors ready to receive you back at this specific point and time; and most importantly, has God spoken to you about returning and have you prayed about it? So many things are involved is such an important decision. That’s why during the second year these and many other questions that will surely come into existence will surface and you’ll have plenty of time, and support to find out if and when you’re ready to return to ministry of any kind.

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Regaining Trust While in Recovery

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 27, 2017

REGAINING TRUST INCLUDES ACCOUNTABILITY  Image result for accountability partner

“Make Accountability Your Best Friend”       

As we continue in our recovery by seeking out a good support group, we should be looking for a good accountability cord to assist us in being accountable to other men. This can be downright scary for some men because many of us have never had to be accountable to others let alone to other men. This type of “fear” will start to set in with most guys, I know it did with me, until I discovered what being accountable truly meant. It’s not about just telling other men about what you’re doing. It also includes allowing like-minded men who want the same things in recovery as we do to be a part in sharing in our actions, decisions, choices, and being challenged as to how and why we came to those conclusions. My favorite accountability scripture comes to mind . . . .

As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. – Psalm 27:17

As we begin to include other men into our lives and daily activities. It begins to free us from the isolation of being alone, having to do everything on our on without counsel or guidance. That’s probably what lead most of us to making the poor choices many of us have made in our lives, resulting in consequences we’re probably still paying for. Having some “godly men” in our lives bring assurance, confidence in being open and honest about what we’re doing with no more secrets or hidden agendas. Our wives will be rested assured in knowing that we have other men that we’re accountable to, to challenge us in those areas of weakness that she knows about that we’ve been in denial for so long. Having true accountability gives our wives something to “see” without us having to try to convince her that we’re doing the right thing. It’s not about convincing our wives-it’s about being genuine, being real with our thoughts, intentions and receiving guidance and instruction from others who will help us become better Men of God.

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My Daily Devotion – My Quiet Time With God

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 27, 2017

STAND IN THE MIDST OF PERSECUTION: IT’S ALREADY HAPPENING! Image result for persecution of christians today

Today’s Reading: Matthew 10:16-26 . . . .

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes. “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.

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