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What’s Your Question About Recovery?

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 31, 2018

MY QUESTION IS . . . .

“I’ve been in my group for about three years now and I really love working with the guys and the accountability and all. It has done wonders for my own recovery as I have been living in freedom from my issues now for the last two years. I want to start a group at my church and facilitate it myself. How do I go about that and start that up and what does that look like?”

There are several steps that you can take, and you can start with the group you belong to presently. I suggest you start by having a conversation with your group leader and discuss your recovery and get his thoughts on how you’re doing to that point. Ask him does he see you working in the capacity of being a group leader and helping other men. If he shares your ambitions, see if it’s possible if you can become a co-leader and work with other group leaders to gain more experience and insight into the group facilitation aspects. If you have already been acting in that role, then ask him how you can take what he has here to your church. If he is agreement with that, he’ll gladly take you through the steps that got him to begin his group. He should share with you the foundation and guidelines he used that got him started. There are some very important steps you need to consider before starting a group at your church. Three that come to mind right off the top is what got us started: (1) Have a discussion with your Senior Pastor (Church Covering)  and see if he’s in agreement with having a group like yours; (2) Have an Overseer, one who will assist you, walk with you, and be your covering and confidant to support your vision for the group; and (3) have a Vision for the group. What it’s purpose and goals are, and who will facilitate the group with the understanding of the responsibilities (legal, ethical, and spiritual) that go along with it. Once those three steps have been established, agreed to, and the decision to move forward in that, several more steps are involved like the demographics and dynamics of the group environment; location, supplies, advertisement, and the “The Big C”Confidentiality (How is that going to be maintained). There’s a lot more involved if you want to have a successful group built on a foundation that will stand the tests that you surely will encounter. Our groups have existed for nine and a half years built on these steps and the prayers of those who were in agreement with our vision. We are ever so grateful that we followed those steps, and I pray that you consider taking similar steps as well to ensure your group starts right and withstand the early struggles of a support group. Blessings to you my friend!

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”  –  Luke 6:46-49

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My Morning Devotion – Getting God’s Word in Me First Thing!

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 31, 2018

BEING A LIGHT BEARER

From The Book of Philippians 2:12-18 . . . . Image result for being a light bearer

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. For the same reason, you also be glad and rejoice with me.”

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Words of Wisdom – The Power of Proverbs

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 30, 2018

SECURITY IN WISDOM

“Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding; For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law. When I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, He also taught me, and said to me: “Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live. Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.” Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life will be many. I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble. Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life. Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on. For they do not sleep unless they have done evil; And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence.” 

Proverbs 4:1-17 

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My Morning Devotion – Getting God’s Word in Me First Thing!

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 30, 2018

THE PERILS OF NOT MOVING FORWARD

From The Book of Hebrews 6:1-8 . . . .

“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.

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Words of Wisdom – The Power of Proverbs

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 27, 2018

“My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path. When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul, Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you, To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things, From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness; Who rejoice in doing evil, And delight in the perversity of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, And who are devious in their paths; To deliver you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words, Who forsakes the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God. For her house leads down to death, And her paths to the dead; None who go to her return, Nor do they regain the paths of life—So you may walk in the way of goodness, And keep to the paths of righteousness. For the upright will dwell in the land, And the blameless will remain in it, But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.” 

Proverbs 2:1-22

 

 

 

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My Morning Devotion – Getting God’s Word in Me First Thing!

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 27, 2018

MOSES QUALIFIED AT THE BURNING BUSH

From the Book of Exodus 3:1-22 . . . .

“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover, He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now, therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’ Go and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared to me, saying, “I have surely visited you and seen what is done to you in Egypt; and I have said I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey.”  Then they will heed your voice, and you shall come, you and the elders of Israel, to the king of Egypt; and you shall say to him, ‘The Lord God of the Hebrews has met with us; and now, please, let us go three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’ But I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not even by a mighty hand. So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in its midst, and after that, he will let you go. And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be, when you go, that you shall not go empty-handed. But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, namely, of her who dwells near her house, articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”” 

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What’s Your Question About Recovery?

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 26, 2018

MY QUESTION IS . . . .

“I’ve been in a group for several months now, and I’m really enjoying the group concept and sharing. But it seems like my group leader keeps trying to make an example out of me by calling on me all the time. I do the work, I arrive on time and I volunteer to share more than most. How do I get my group leader to start choosing someone else for a change?” 

This is a two-fold answer, my friend. One, have you ever tried to pull your group leader to the side and ask him? If you’re in a nice size group of about 4-5 guys you’re right, he should be spreading the call to participate amongst everyone. Hearing from every man in your group brings camaraderie and transparency to the group as a whole. Or, you can ask him would it be okay if you and he could meet after the group concludes because you have something you’d like to discuss with him that’s bothering you. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that approach but do get his attention somehow to let your concerns be heard. Two, have you ever thought that he sees something in you that he wants you to see yourself? I do this often in my groups when I observe a guy in my group who appears outspoken but he’s into the curriculum, into what’s going on in and with the group. I call on him because his input is respected by all the guys in his group, they and I want to hear from him because we know God will speak through his examples and sharing. I don’t make it a habit to just call on him but I use that purpose to help him realize the potential I see in his sharing, his participation, his focus, and his recovery. Guys in the group want to hear and see what progression and moving forward looks like within the group. As you might already know, sometimes passivity has a knack to rest and reside in many groups longer than anticipated. When you have someone who is “getting it” we as group leaders tend to lean on that guy for that primary purpose to encourage, strengthen, and motivate others. So it’s not about singling you out or making an example out of you, it really is about seeing the potential in you, building on that, and knowing that the guys you’re sharing with are picking up those traits and possibly could add them to their recovery efforts as well. That’s one of the goals of a group my friend! You have something in you that wants to come out. Let God strengthen you and use that gifting to bring that hope into another man’s stagnant world. He could probably use it!

 

 

 

 

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My Morning Devotion – Getting God’s Word in Me First Thing!

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 26, 2018

JOSEPH AND POTIPHAR’S WIFE

From The Book of Genesis 39:1-23 . . . .

“Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man, and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field. Thus he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.

And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her. But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside, that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, “See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. And it happened when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside.” So she kept his garment with her until his master came home. Then she spoke to him with words like these, saying, “The Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came into me to mock me; so it happened, as I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me and fled outside.” So it was when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, “Your servant did to me after this manner,” that his anger was aroused.

Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.”

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Words of Wisdom – The Power of Proverbs

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 25, 2018

SECURITY IN WISDOM 

Proverbs 4:1-9 . . . .

“Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding; For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law. When I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, He also taught me, and said to me: “Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live. Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”

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My Morning Devotion – Getting God’s Word in Me First Thing!

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 25, 2018

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

From The Book of Luke 6:27-36 . . . .

“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

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