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Archive for December 1st, 2017

Regaining Trust While in Recovery

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 1, 2017

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After I attended the week-long Men’s Conference “Every Man’s Battle” back in 2000 (it has since moved to just a three-day conference) I felt the need to add some personal counseling to my recovery efforts. I know it may seem like a lot to add to an already time-consuming recovery structure (Morning Devotion/Prayer Time/Daily Bible Study/ Accountability Check-ins) but I learned that I with good time management scheduling individual counseling could work for me. And it did! I secured the counseling efforts of Joe Dallas, a Man of God I’ve grown to love and appreciate as a dear friend and brother in Christ. Through God and Joe’s counseling efforts, we revisited areas of my life that I hadn’t visited in years because there I discovered where my problem(s) originated and how those seeds were planted deeply in my soul. I also learned where they originated from and several other discoveries I had been in denial about for years. So for me individual counseling early on in my recovery was crucial, and it helped me to seek out my past so that I could begin the process of re-discovering past hurts and wounds, and begin to bring closure to them. That was powerful for me! But it wouldn’t have taken place unless I may the conscience decision to move forward in the direction of counseling with my recovery plan. Now for some men counseling may not be something for everyone at the beginning, but I will encourage you to consider individual counseling at some point early on in your recovery. As you establish consistency in your recovery and begin to see progress, consider a once a month session with a Christian Sexual Addiction Therapist, someone who is recommended to you from someone who has seen that professional or is currently seeing him. This addition will do wonders for your peace of mind, freedom from your past, and closure of doors that cannot be open again to torment you and try to bring you back.

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My Daily Devotion – My Quiet Time With God

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 1, 2017

Image result for daily devotional DEFILEMENT COMES FROM WITHIN

Today’s Reading: Mark 7:1-23 . . . .

“Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to Him, having come from Jerusalem. Now when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?” He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men—the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban”—’ (that is, a gift to God), then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.” When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear Me, everyone, and understand: There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!” When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable. So He said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?” And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

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