Tuesday, December 16, 2008

New Resource for Facilitators

Now Available on CD!
Faciliator Training Calls
monthly telephone training for L.I.F.E. facilitators
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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Mobilizing an Army of Warriors: Facilitator Resources

(From the December 2008 Living In Freedom monthly email newsletter)

L.I.F.E. Ministries is a network of support groups based in churches across the globe connected to our central Headquarters. Group Facilitators are a critical link in ministry communications and operations – setting up and running their group and staying connected with Headquarters.
Facilitators, we have many free resources to help you on your mission of spreading sexual integrity. The newest resources are our monthly Facilitator Training Calls (men and spouses).

We have had great feedback about these calls and plan to continue them in January, after the holiday season.

Participants dial into a conference call, spend about a half an hour listening to a seasoned facilitator speak about a particular topic and then participate in questions and answers for another half an hour. Men’s and spouse’s facilitator call schedules can be found in the Facilitator’s Area of our website.

Another free resource that we offer is email support through our website. Group facilitators can login to the website and submit a question to a L.I.F.E. Headquarters representative. They can also select the urgency of the matter in case they are in a potentially toxic situation. Email support is available in the Facilitator’s Area of our website.

The final resource I want to talk about is free downloads. From the Feelings Wheel to Sexual Addiction Self Tests, these downloads are available to you from any computer so that you have access when you need it. Downloads are available in the Facilitator’s Area of our website.

In 2009, we have several new, exciting, and requested resources coming out. To be notified of new facilitator resources as they are released, sign up for our Facilitator Email List (found in your Facilitator's Area).

Honesty and transparency are what this ministry is built on. I have to be honest with you, these free resources and services are not free to the ministry – they cost us money and our volunteers their time. If these resources have been (or will be) useful to you, would you prayerfully consider making a tax-deductible contribution, either a year-end or monthly donation, so that we can continue to bring you free resources?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Raise Funds for L.I.F.E. Everyday – without any money!

Last month, L.I.F.E. Ministries joined GoodSearch, a division of Yahoo! that donates money to non-profits each time a search is conducted through our GoodSearch account.
You can help L.I.F.E. financially without any money!

Visit www.goodsearch.com and designate “LIFE Ministries” (notice, no periods) as the charity you want to support. Then, you can set is as your homepage or as the search box built into your browser (takes minimal tech skill).

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Mobilizing an Army of Warriors - the Leader/Facilitator Role

The L.I.F.E. Ministries leadership team, including our Director of Development, attended the Willow Creek Leadership Summit early in August. There were over a hundred thousand attendees from around the world, most of them via satellite. Bob and I have attended several Summits throughout the years, but I have never heard such urgency from all the speakers about fulfilling God’s purposes for our lives. The first words spoken by Bill Hybels, the pastor of Willow Creek Community Church were “We need to advance God’s purposes on earth.”

Immediately, my thoughts were that the Lord’s mandate for L.I.F.E. Ministries is to advance God’s purpose of preparing the Body of Christ to be the Pure Bride of Christ—without spot or wrinkle.All of us who are a part of L.I.F.E. Ministries certainly know that that is our purpose, and that to fulfill that purpose we need to mobilize an army of warriors to fight the assault from the enemy that tries to keep the Bride from being pure.

In the original vision I had in the Garden of Gethsemane, I was kneeling down at the rock with Jesus and I cried out: “not my will but thy will be done.” Then Jesus and I rose from the rock and I stood beside Him as a line as far as I could see of people of all races came marching forward in an army. The Lord told me that this is the army that He is calling out to fight the war against sexual addiction within the Christian community. You are a part of that army, and we so appreciate your participation. In the months to come, we will be telling you how you can help increase the size and effectiveness of this army.

The first thing that we can to do to better prepare for battle is to make our actions as leaders/facilitators lead to the things that matter to God. “Let our light shine and give glory to the Lord.”

When we place our hope in who God is and what He asks us to do, then He is responsible to get it done.

Leadership bears the responsibility to give back to others from the same freedom in which you received ministry. Then empower them to step up and facilitate that same healing to still others. People want to have meaning and purpose in their lives--that is what Principle Seven is all about. Have them ask the Lord to create a vision and purpose for their lives. Prayerfully, if the Lord so leads, many will want to join the other warriors working with L.I.F.E. People need to align around a mission and then become servant leaders themselves. This helps still others grow to join the army and make a difference in this world.

Tell your story so others will catch the vision, and desire that same freedom for themselves. Rather than remaining a victim of the addiction, they can find that they are to help others to live in freedom. Leadership is to empower others, not to have power over them. We can lead others to this gift by helping them to contribute to something.

As we grow into the army we are called to be, one of our most powerful weapons is love. In many ways this army is like other armies in devotion, discipline, focus, training, seriousness, and so on; but in some basic ways it is unlike any other army. The weapons of this army are not like any human weapons, but are divinely powerful. We do not hate our enemies—we love them! We do not fight to kill but to give life—not to conquer, but to set others free.

L.I.F.E. groups need to be an accepting and grace-giving environment for those who are truly seeking healing. We can do this by being an authentic and confessing community, accountable to one another. Without truth coming to the light, we will not have the freedom that the Lord so desires in our lives. L.I.F.E. groups give that safety for the truth to be spoken and the shame to be defused. As leaders, we need to model that transparency. You can learn more by joining the monthly Facilitator’s Calls for either men or spouses groups; details are on the website at www.freedomeveryday.org.

As a leader in this army, you must keep people around you who can speak truth and accountability into your life. Always be teachable to continue to grow in the likeness of Jesus.
Bill Hybels said that callings are precious and holy things. Let us be lights to shine in the darkness more than ever. We need those lights to bring glory to the Lord and to stand out in the Christian community--and in the rest of the world to as well –to offer something that the rest of the world does not.

Thanks for being a part of us! We cherish you and look forward to an even more effective army to glorify the Lord.

Bob and Johna Hale

(this post is an exerpt from the October Living In Freedom Monthly e-Newsletter found at www.freedomeveryday.org/newsletter)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Facilitator Training for Sexual Addiction Recovery Facilitators

There is still time to register for one of our two facilitator training calls - next Tuesday night!

Sometimes these calls are not muted to create an environment of open communication and learning. Please remember to keep background noise to a minimum as this distracts other callers and we are recording the calls to make them available for those that are not able to attend.

Men's Edition
The next men's group facilitator training call will be held on September 30th at 8:00 pm EST.
Join Glen from Orlando as he presents ideas & concepts and answers your questions in this one hour conference call.
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Spouse's Edition
The next spouse's group facilitator training call will be held on September 30th at 8:00 pm EST.
Join Melissa Haas, author of the L.I.F.E. Guide for Spouses, as she presents ideas & concepts and answers your questions in this one hour conference call.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Help L.I.F.E. by Searching the Internet

Here's a new easy way to raise money for L.I.F.E. Ministries. Just start using Yahoo! powered GoodSearch.com as your search engine and they'll donate a penny to us every time you do a search! In addition, do all of your shopping through their online shopping mall, GoodShop.com, where you can shop at more than 700 top online retailers and a percentage of your purchases will go to L.I.F.E.. You pay the same price as you normally would, but a donation goes to your cause!

Here's the web site — http://www.goodsearch.com.
When asked to verify your charity, enter "LIFE Ministries" and click on us!

You can also read about GoodSearch in the NY Times, Oprah Magazine, CNN, ABC News and the Wall Street Journal.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Team Meeting Tonight

The core Ministry Team for L.I.F.E. Ministries is meeting tonight to discuss:

Progress on Facilitator Training DVDs

Progress on Spouse's Facilitator's Guide

Progress on the L.I.F.E. Association

Prospect of offering Facilitator's Training Calls on CD

We will also celebrate a professor using the Orientation Guide for Men in his classes at Liberty University.

This is a closed call, only available to L.I.F.E. staff and volunteers.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Living In Freedom Monthly Newsletter - July 2008

Inside the July 2008 Living In Freedom Monthly e-newsletter ...

Apologies: We Are Growing too Quickly!!! <
Free Shipping in July <
Next Facilitator Training Calls <
Devotional: Change of Address <
Recommendation: DVD Filtering Service <
Nehemiah Will Return <

View online at http://www.freedomeveryday.org/newsletter/current.php

L.I.F.E. Ministries is a sexual addiction recovery ministry with support groups based in churchs across the United States. L.I.F.E. provides structure, resources, and support to local church leaders to encourage, empower, and equip God's people to live everyday in sexual integrity.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Living In Freedom Monthly Newsletter - June 2008

How do you Connect?
Brockwell Bone, Director of Development
In today’s world, there are so many ways to connect and stay in touch with others. Many still use the telephone, and down here in Louisiana, lots of people prefer to “have lunch”. Teens and young adults would rather “text” their friends than use the phone.
I am writing this month to discuss methods of staying connected through technology, specifically the internet.
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Nehemiah Principle Five
When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard of it, [Nehemiah arrival] they were deeply disturbed that a man had come to seek the well-being of the children of Israel.- Nehemiah 2: 10

Accountability assumes that the enemy wants to defeat us, especially when we start trying to do the right thing.

What did Nehemiah do?Nehemiah had yet to do anything in Israel. He had only arrived, and this act troubled the enemies of Israel. They knew why he was there. Like Nehemiah, sometimes all we have to do is show up… As some have said, we must “show up in the show up place.” In order to begin our journey we must arrive at the decision that our lives, as we understood them needed to change.
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Devotional: Keeping it Simple(Corresponds with Principle 4, Assignment 2)
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY – Colossians 3:12-25
VERSE OF THE DAY – Colossians 3:19 - Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. NKJV
Men best follow simple directions. If you are unsure of this, ask any woman. In today’s reading, Paul keeps it simple for us. He is giving very clear and concise directions for Christians in various life stations. He gives quick directions to wives, husbands, children, employees and employers. To husbands he says, “Love your wives.” Paul could have said much more, he could have said for us to be supportive, be faithful, be honest, be strong, be sensitive and many other attributes of a good husband, but he didn’t. Paul kept it simple for us. “Love your wives.” When we love our wives, we will show that love by doing all the right things.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Facilitator's Training Calls

Next Facilitator's Training Call Series: May 27th at 8 pm EST

Men's Edition
Join Glen from Orlando each month for an hour of time with other facilitators. Glen, a seasoned facilitator, will speak for the first half hour and then open the call to your questions, praise reports, and difficulties.
Register for the next facilitator training call

Spouse's Edition
Join Melissa Haas, author of the L.I.F.E. Guide for Spouses, for an hour each month. Melissa will speak for about 30 minutes, then open the call to your questions, feedback, and praise reports.
Register for the next facilitator training call

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

May 2008 Newsletter (Sexual Addiction Recovery Ministry)

A Distracting Season …
I do not know if you have noticed, but summertime tends to be a distraction to recovery. Attendance is down, and the new member stream slows. How can you continue to reach through summer’s distractions and minister to others?
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Nehemiah Principle FourI also said to him, "If it pleases you, may I take some letters with me? I want to give them to the governors of the land west of the Euphrates River. Then they'll help me travel safely through their territory until I arrive in Judah. "May I also have a letter to Asaph? He takes care of your forest. I want him to give me some logs so I can make beams out of them. I want to use them for the gates of the fort that is by the temple. Some of the logs will be used in the city wall. And I'll need some for the house I'm going to live in." The gracious handof my God helped me. So the king gave me what I asked for. Then I went to the governors of the land west of the Euphrates. I gave them the king's letters. He had also sent army officers and horsemen along with me.
- Nehemiah 2: 7-9
What did Nehemiah do?

He asked for help for his journey, he knew he needed safe passage to get back to Jerusalem, the Jews were slaves in the land and Nehemiah knew that no one would believe that he was speaking the truth, if he made this journey without letters from King Artaxerxes, he could be captured by another King and forced to be his slave, or charged with escape and be put to death.
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Devotional: BrothersSCRIPTURE – Mark 2:1-12
VERSE – Mark 2:5 - When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” NKJV
In today’s reading, four men banded together for their friend who was paralyzed. They had faith that if they just got their friend to Jesus a miracle could occur. The crowds were large and they could not even approach the door of the house where Jesus was teaching. So they improvised. They went to the roof, removed part of it and lowered their friend into Jesus’ presence.
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Friday, March 21, 2008

Sex Addict Recovery Group Facilitator Training Calls

Men’s Facilitator Call
Join Glen from Orlando as he presents ideas & concepts and answers your questions in this one hour conference call.

March 25th at 8:00 pm EST
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Spouse’s Facilitator Call
Join Melissa Haas, author of the L.I.F.E. Guide for Spouses, as she presents "Building Blocks for an Effective Group Part 1: Listening and Reflection".
She will also open the call to answer your questions.

March 25th at 8:00 pm EST
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