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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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Articles written with the intention to help men, educate and inform them about issues that trouble us as men;to identify characteristics of a failing marriage; to learn how to place structure and defenses in their lives from immorality, affairs, lust, sexual addictions, pornography and bring awareness, knowledge and wisdom to our situations no matter what we may be going through through the Word of God.

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY – OUR WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 15, 2019

TODAY’S PASSAGE: 1 CORINTHIANS 3:1-23 . . . .

THE CHURCH AND ITS LEADERS

“Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. 10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. 16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. 18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” 21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

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GROUP LEADER’S CORNER – BECOMING STRONGER LEADERS

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 30, 2019


THIS WEEK’S ENCOURAGEMENT . . . .

BE AN EXAMPLE, NOT THE AUTHORITY

Being a group leader can be a rewarding experience if we keep ourselves humble. Oftentimes we look at helping others with a sense of authority, like “I’m in charge so let me do this” type of attitude. This type of attitude can be misleading and send the wrong message to our guys in our group. Although they look up to us in some respect because of our experience in recovery and the knowledge we have gained, but don’t feed into that because humility ought to be one of our best friends.

Staying humble and submissive to the process of recovery takes discipline and understanding as a group leader. It’s so easy to see ourselves more than we ought to because our guys aren’t where we are in our recovery. They long to be there, and are willing to go through the process but if we as group leaders are allowing ourselves to be “puffed up” and observed as bigger and more knowledgeable than the guys we’re working with, it can and will be a distraction and we’ll lose them before we can ever get them going in the direction they should go.

Being and example to our guys in all aspects of recovery will give them an understanding that we’re right there with them, that even though we’re group leaders we are not exempt from the struggles, the challenges, and the temptations that they go through. We must let them see that we too, have to have things in place, a recovery structure, a plan, to offset and protect us as well. And the way we do that is letting them see, hear, and witness what walking in freedom and purity looks like. Although not all group leaders are at that level in their recovery, they still need an example of what it looks like to succeed, transition, and even fail in recovery. But also in all true recovery efforts, they also need an example to see what it looks like to have a challenge and be defeated then rise back up and start again. Just seeing success is not always the best solution but seeing failure, what that looks like, and what they need to do to get back on track. That’s what being an example as a good group leader will do for the guys in your group. They not only will see you as a leader, but also a leader who is right there with them in the struggle and seeing the structure of recovery in operation during the struggles and the challenges.

So continue to trust the process, stay humble and submissive, knowing that Father God will comfort us as group leaders with the wisdom, the understanding, as well as the guidance needed to help our guys the very best way we can.

“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” – ROMANS 12: 3

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A WRITER’S THOUGHTS . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 18, 2019

WHAY ARE ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNERS SO IMPORTANT?

YOU CAN’T MAKE THE JOURNEY INTO RECOVERY SUCCESSFULLY WITHOUT THEM.

When we conduct our Orientation Session I oftentimes ask the new guys what do they think of accountability and having accountability partners. Most of them know what accountability is and how it works, and that’s very encouraging especially at the beginning of a new support group. But the obvious notion that I pick up as a facilitator is that most guys have no concept as to how it works in recovery or it’s purpose in the journey. I’m grateful that they even consider accountability and the knowledge that they have of it, but one thing we work on constantly in our group realizing that accountability is going to be your best friend from here on out and there are several reasons why this is so important.

First of all, what is accountability? The dictionary states that accountability is . . . . “the state of being accountable, liable, or answerable.” When most guys hear this they agree to some degree and that is limited at best. But when I share with them the extent of accountability and how it relates to recovery, the looks of deer in headlight become obvious and the look of fear and exposure takes affect in their eyes as well as their countinance. Accountability has the affect of bringing some guys’ issues, hurts, pains, even trauma to the forefront and that scares a lot of guys off from joining a support group. Now let’s look at a few reasons why accountability is so important.

BEING ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR DAILY LIVES

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Being in a support group is going to require every man who is a member to subject himself to being held accountable for all of his actions, which includes words, thoughts and deeds. Coming in, most guys are hesitant in obtaining accountability, having another guy or men invade their space or their comfort zone. Those are areas that most men keep in secret because it involves activity that they don’t want to disclose or make known. This is why they are in the trouble they’re in with addictive behaviors. In order to begin this journey called recovery, guys will have to understand that they must learn to break the denial cycle. Bringing light to those hidden areas, that secrecy, will bring light to the darkness and enable the guys to begin to see the truth not only about themselves but life itself. Deception has had dominion over their perspectives on how they see life and their struggles, couples with the lies of their identity as who they really are. Having an understanding of accountability and its positive effects will encourage, enlighten, and bring hope to a life that has been diluted with the lustful influences of our culture.

KEEPS A MAN HONEST AND TRANSPARENT IN MIND AND THOUGHTS

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For many of men the battle isn’t always a physical challenge, where he faces challenges of integrity through what he observes or encounters. It really starts with and in the mind. First, there is the thoughts. Then they become desires. Once they reach the heart, it’s a done deal as far as acting out or pursuing someone or something where the thoughts originated. As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, bringing light to those challenges from the mind and thoughts will help eradicate those lies and deceptions that we’ve allowed to infiltrate our minds. Talking to your accountability partners about your thoughts daily will help and encourage men to talk about those things that are troubling him on the subconscious level and be truthful about what’s going on in his mind. This will not happen over night but as he commits to the process of support group curriculum and a safe environment, he will begin to learn to share and speak out his struggles and develop a characteristic of transparency and honesty when it comes to his thoughts and what’s on his mind.

KEEPS YOU FROM BEING IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME

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This is an excuse most of us in recovery go to when bad thing happen to us. We will always say as our default, “I didn’t do anything wrong or hurt anyone. I just happen to be in the wrong place at wrong time.” Sounds good, but when do we as men begin to take ownership and responsibility for our actions no matter what the situation may be” When we have someone who holds us accountable for where we go and what we do. For example, there are certain places I know I cannot go because of its establishment that will feed my addictive behaviors. I will not travel to or even go near those areas, and if I have to travel in those areas I can call my accountability partner and let him know what I’m doing, where and why I’m going there and using that particular route. He may suggest a different route to take so that I can avoid those areas of temptation, or he might suggest if he could come along with me. Either way, when I notify my accountability partner(s) to anything that I may do their initial response is how can we help you continue to focus on your tasks and keep you committed to recovery as you persevere through life.

Having accountability is crucial to any recovery process, whether it’s drugs, alcohol, obesity or addictive behaviors. No matter what the addiction, without some type of accountability, your journey will be that much more difficult without involving someone into your life, into those secret areas where no one is allowed. These partners will encourage, strengthen, and give men hope that they can and will overcome if they learn to understand that we were created for relationship and not to do life by ourselves.

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WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT IT – WORDS OF WISDOM

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 17, 2019

WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT . . . .

THE SAFETY OF THE FAITHFUL

“Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. How long, O you sons of men, Will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? Selah. But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The Lord will hear when I call to Him. Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the Lord. There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. You have put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased. I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

PSALM 4:1-8

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WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT IT – WORDS OF WISDOM

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 8, 2019

WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT . . . .

THE TREACHERY OF INFIDELITY

“Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously with one another By profaning the covenant of the fathers? Judah has dealt treacherously, And an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem, For Judah has profaned The Lord’s holy institution which He loves: He has married the daughter of a foreign god. May the Lord cut off from the tents of Jacob The man who does this, being awake and aware, Yet who brings an offering to the Lord of hosts! And this is the second thing you do: You cover the altar of the Lord with tears, With weeping and crying; So He does not regard the offering anymore, Nor receive it with goodwill from your hands. Yet you say, “For what reason?” Because the Lord has been witness Between you and the wife of your youth, With whom you have dealt treacherously; Yet she is your companion And your wife by covenant. But did He not make them one, Having a remnant of the Spirit?And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth. “For the Lord God of Israel says That He hates divorce, For it covers one’s garment with violence,” Says the Lord of hosts. “Therefore take heed to your spirit, That you do not deal treacherously.” You have wearied the Lord with your words; Yet you say, “In what way have we wearied Him?” In that you say, “Everyone who does evil Is good in the sight of the Lord, And He delights in them,” Or, “Where is the God of justice?”” 

MALACHI 2:10-17 

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A CHRISTMAS DAY QUOTE

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 25, 2018

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REBUILDING, RESTRUCTURING, AND RESTORING IN RECOVERY WEEK

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 17, 2018

Recovery. Image result for nehemiahThat word right there is probably one of the most challenging, most devastating, and most difficult to achieve for those of us who have struggled with sexual integrity and addictive behaviors. For those of us who been in recovery for some time you know what I’m talking about. It’s not easy. It’s not pretty, and it’s certainly not enjoyable because it involves change, tearing down and eradicating some things. It involves deleting old perspectives and the breaking down of misunderstandings through worldly dependability cycles. There is so much involved, and that is the reason we want to take a look at a man in God’s Word who went through all of that on a level that will truly give us an understanding of what it means to rebuild and recover. His name is Nehemiah. Those of you who familiar with his story and life, you know he had a passion for people, to have that desired life that God wanted for His creation. But because of struggles, disobedience, selfishness, and leaning to their own understanding throughout their history, the people of Judah suffered and experienced a lost of relationship with their Creator God. Nehemiah felt for his people and had compassion to help rebuild, restructure, and restore not only his people but also his country Judah and their relationship with God.

This week, we’re going to look at how Nehemiah dealt with that difficult task, what he had to do to get that process started, as well as look at the resistance that he had to go through in his efforts to make that happen. As we do, take a look at our recovery and evaluate, compare, and see some similarities that will encourage us to gain understanding into how we can relate to his challenges as well.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!!

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 22, 2018

FROM ALL OF US AT MEN OF REDEMPTION . . . .

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WORDS OF WISDOM – THE POWER OF PROVERBS

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 26, 2018

PUT YOUR TRUST IN THE LORD

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” 

PROVERBS 3:5-8 (NIV)

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Recovery Tip For The Week!

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 23, 2018

STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR ACCOUNTABILITY.

 

Do what you say you’re going to do. Be accountable across the board in everything you do this week. Don’t allow a slip of the tongue, or a promise that was spoken be undelivered, and keep your word because in recovery that’s you have to stand on. I realize these are some straight-forward statements, and they can sound down right harsh to some. But being in recovery they are statements that we have to accept, acknowledge and carry out with overwhelming concentration and intentionality. Because of the collateral damage that many of us caused while in our “mess” we’ve hurt a lot of hurt, and to those we’ve hurt our efforts don’t mean a thing to them. So while we’re on our recovery journey, we have to constantly and consistently prove ourselves daily that we’re not that kind of person in our own hearts. As we continue to be renewed and transformed, we must remain connected to our accountability cord at all cost no matter what the circumstances look like. Here’s a good example of what staying and remaining connected looks like in Daniel 1:1-21 . . . . 

“In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the articles of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the articles into the treasure house of his god. Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans. And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king’s delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king.

Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. To them the chief of the eunuchs gave names: he gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abed-Nego. But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.” So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.” So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days. And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables. As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm. Thus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus.” 

 

 

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