Friday, December 18, 2009

Statistically Speaking: Porn and its Effects

The enemy uses sexual immorality to destroy God’s people. Paul specifically cites sexual immorality in his letters to the churches of the nations, often the first or only sin he specifies.

According to the Associated Press, most Americans (90%) believe that adultery is wrong, yet internet pornography use, a non-relational form of adultery, increases each year. Christians are not immune to this, as 47% of Christians say pornography is a major problem at home, and 37% of pastors say they personally struggle. And it’s not just men—one out of six women struggle with a pornography addiction too, and fully one-third of visitors to adult websites are women.

Pornography is not only spiritually destructive to an individual and devastating to a marriage, but can and does lead to infidelity, which is the cause of 17 percent of divorces in the United States (AP).

The enemy is using sexual temptation to destroy families across the country! And the culture is helping to plant those seeds early, as 80% of 15-17 year olds are having hard-core experiences, and 90% of 8-16 year olds have viewed pornography online, most while doing homework.

Statistics show more than 72,000 sexually explicit sites on the web and an estimated 266 new porn sites being added each day. These sites alone generate revenue of $1 billion dollars each year, according to the Harding Institute.

And it is estimated that $2.5 billion in annual US revenue is related to internet porn.

L.I.F.E. Ministries uses the internet, our primary communication method, to offer hope and tools to combat this wide-spread (and growing) pandemic. Each year, our staff and volunteers, based in homes and offices across several states, operate this ministry on about $80,000.

L.I.F.E. Ministries restores addicts and recovers marriages one addict at a time, helping hundreds each year on an $80,000 budget. Imagine what this ministry can do with $150,000 in 2010.

What if we don’t reach that man in Seattle next year that is viewing porn at work before he loses his job and marriage? What if that devastated spouse doesn’t find support from others?

Each year, internet porn gains $1 billion in revenue. Help L.I.F.E. next year by donating $100 (or a comfortable amount) today – let’s restore more lives and marriages in 2010!

http://www.freedomeveryday.org/donations

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Don't Forget - L.I.F.E. Guide Workbooks

A couple of weeks ago, L.I.F.E. Ministries explained that in order to keep up with resource revisions and production costs, we are increasing the price of all L.I.F.E. Guide workbooks to $22.95.
We wanted to remind you of this price increase prior to it taking effect on January 1, 2010.
Also this month, in the giving season, we are offering free shipping on all orders.
This creates a great opportunity for your ministry to stock up on workbooks prior to the increase. We encourage you to review the amount of workbooks that you purchase in a year’s time and consider placing an order before the new price takes effect on January 1, 2010.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

L.I.F.E. Guide Workbooks

Since 2002, the L.I.F.E. Guide for Men workbooks have been priced at $19.95. Since then, new editions (Spouses, Women, etc.) and revisions have been created.

To maintain the pace of product development and revisions, and to accommodate production costs that have gradually increased annually since 2002 L.I.F.E. Ministries is increasing the price of all L.I.F.E. Guide workbooks to $ 22.95 starting January 1, 2010.

This creates a great opportunity for your ministry to stock up on guides prior to the increase. We encourage you to review the amount of workbooks that you purchase in a year’s time and consider placing an order before the new price takes effect on January 1, 2010.

Friday, October 30, 2009

L.I.F.E. Now Accepting American Express and Discover

We have had several requests from donors and those that order materials from us for American Express and Discover payment options. We are now accepting both American Express and Discover. L.I.F.E. is always open to new ideas, let us know if you have a request!

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Globalizing God’s Army to Battle Sexual Addiction

Beginning in 2010, L.I.F.E. will release the first of four new translations of the Men’s L.I.F.E. Guide, with the Spanish version leading the way. This global initiative will allow L.I.F.E. to reach over half of the world’s population with Men’s, Women’s and Spouses workbook materials. To further facilitate this vision, we will be taking our Training and Certification Program on-line, to better equip the international community for ministry in the area of sexual addiction. L.I.F.E. Ministries is now uniquely positioned to bring biblically sound and proven sexual addiction recovery to the world.

While our mission will always be to encourage, empower, and equip God’s people to live everyday in sexual integrity, this future vision equips us to join together globally as we battle sexual addiction, and to live in freedom everyday. How is God calling you to be a part of this army?

May God richly bless all your efforts to glorify His name!
L.I.F.E. Ministries International

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Sexual Addiction Recovery Website Launched

L.I.F.E. Ministries has launched its new website with a crisp new look, new features, and expanded content. Look for more information about how to best use the new features and updates in the coming weeks.

Please take a few moments to login and ensure that your information and your support group information made the transfer without error.

http://www.freedomeveryday.org

Friday, July 10, 2009

Fantastic News, the July Newsletter will be Delayed!

Why is this great news? Because we are holding the newsletter to report on the Living In Freedom Training and Certification event. We will gather feedback, supply you with some of the course material, and …

… make a special announcement!

You don’t want to miss the July Newsletter, look for it the week of July 22nd.

Not subscribed? Visit http://ping.fm/CJKh0

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Where Are You In Recovery?

Are you new to the group?
Are you a facilitator?
Are you a spouse?
Are you a pastor?
Are you a counselor?

No matter where you are or who you are, the Living In Freedom Training and Certification has something for you!

This training event will cover everything from a solid model of recovery and sexual addiction basics to facilitator boundaries and biblical principles of recovery.

Learn more about this addiction and recovery from it … arm yourself as a warrior in the battle … become a source of knowledge in your community!

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Monday, July 6, 2009

We Hear You ...

We Hear You ...
Earlier this year, we surveyed our email list and website visitors. Over 70 recovering addicts, facilitators, counselors, pastors, and others shared what difficulties they face and what information they would like to see in advanced training.

Here It Is!!

Using this information, we developed the following curriculum:

  • Sex Addiction Origins and Consequences
  • Defining Sobriety
  • Boundaries
  • Group Dynamics
  • 5-Phases of Change
  • Healthy Intimacy
  • Personal and Ministry Vision

Join us on July 17-18 for fellowship and education in Orlando, Florida!

] Details about the Living In Freedom Training and Certification

Can't make it?

Look for future education opportunities from L.I.F.E. Ministries in YOUR area. L.I.F.E. is seeking host organizations to bring this program into their communities!

Call L.I.F.E. Ministries at (866) 408-5433.

Living In Freedom
Training and Certification

Hosted by L.I.F.E. Ministries
July 17-18, 2009 (Just Weeks Away!)

Discovery Church in Orlando, FL

Registration includes a Facilitator Training DVD (Men or Spouses), a $20 value.

] Complete Details and Registration

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Poll: Sexual Addiction Recovery Ministry

Does your church have a sexual addiction recovery ministry to help those struggling with porn, extramarital affairs, etc?

Answer on LinkedIn at http://polls.linkedin.com/p/45363/gyyyo

Or post as a comment below.

Thank you for your help!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Your Ministry Vision

What is your ministry vision?

L.I.F.E. Ministries will be teaching ministry vision to assist your personal ministry development and your local ministry development at the Training and Certification event next month.
L.I.F.E. will also share its vision of the future of sexual addiction recovery.

] We hope you will join us!

Can't make it?
Reply to this email and share your vision with us. We can further help you develop your vision, and share it at the Training and Certification event to help others jump-start their ministry visions.

Living In Freedom
Training and Certification

Hosted by L.I.F.E. Ministries
July 17-18, 2009 (NEXT MONTH!)
Discovery Church in Orlando, FL
Registration includes a free Facilitator Training DVD (Men or Spouses), a $20 value.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Living In Freedom Monthly Newsletter - June 2009

Mobilizing an Army of Warriors: Education and Training

By Brockwell Bone, Director of Development

This is an exciting year for L.I.F.E.! The Lord has guided this ministry to educate and train the warriors in the field that battle sexual addiction, lead others to integrity, and spread the good news of sexual purity.

Already in 2009, we have released a:

Facilitator Training DVD for Men
Facilitator Training DVD for Spouses
Spouse’s Facilitator’s Guide

In July, we are hosting our first Living In Freedom Training and Certification to deliver in-person, interactive training on sexual addiction recovery.

] Continue reading about Sexual Addiction Education and Training



Spouse's Facilitator's Guide - Now Available!




Resources, Programs, and Operations

Last month, L.I.F.E. Ministries shared its financial operations, new resources, and upcoming programs. All three of these, and continued operations of the ministry, require prayer and financial support. We thank those that pray with us daily at 9 am and/or 9 pm EST for this ministry.

L.I.F.E. Ministries has an operating budget of less than one hundred thousand dollars annually. We are spread about the country in mostly home-based offices. This ministry survives and flourishes on your prayers and financial support.

Each new resource that L.I.F.E. develops (Facilitator DVDs, L.I.F.E. Guide revisions, CDs) have an upfront cost and continued supply costs. This has allowed us to prioritize, fully develop, and professional create resources as finances are available.

] Continue reading Resources, Programs, and Operations




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Prayer Request

L.I.F.E. thanks all those that pray for this ministry, prayer is the most powerful support you can provide to L.I.F.E. Please join us in prayer each day at 9 am and/or 9 pm EST, praying:

(Suggested Prayer) Heavenly Father, thank you for the love that you show me each day. I know that there are many out there clouded in shame. Please reveal your grace to them through channels in their lives. Help them to feel the comfort only You can provide while they seek help. Father, L.I.F.E. group facilitators sacrifice their time to help others, may their seeds yield 100 fold. I pray that they feel the rewards you have in store for them. Today I also pray for group members, that you touch each of them individually and encourage them to live everyday in sexual integrity. Father, your servants in L.I.F.E. Ministries are answering your call. Please guide them coming days as the prepare for battle. And that all involved in building your Kingdom through L.I.F.E. are protected from attack, hear Your desires, and experience joy. Amen.

Thank you all for your heart for this ministry and the important work each of your roles, from group members to pastors, contributes to this ministry



Devotional: Hat in the Ring

Corresponds with Principle 1, Assignment 1

Scripture: Numbers 13:21-33

Verse: Numbers 13:30 “Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, ‘We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.’” NIV

President George W. Bush was often photographed wearing cowboy boots and a Texan wide brim hat. Before George Bush, we had a real cowboy as our President. Theodore Roosevelt owned and worked a cattle ranch in South Dakota in the 1880’s. He embraced the rugged individualism of the West and brought many of the terms with him when he returned to national politics.

] Continue reading Hat in the Ring

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sexual Addiction Recovery Training and Certification



Living In Freedom
Training and Certification
Hosted by L.I.F.E. Ministries
July 17-18, 2009
Discovery Church in Orlando, FL

L.I.F.E. is calling! Raising up God’s Army to battle sexual addiction and restore integrity to his people. Learn more about sexual addiction, its history, modern recovery methods, being the best sponsor possible, mentoring others in a group, running an efficient support group, and experience L.I.F.E. in person! This training is open to those in recovery, facilitators, counselors, pastors, and anyone desiring more information about this societal cancer. This training offers an optional certification from L.I.F.E. Ministries.
Complete Details and Registration <






Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New DVD for Sexual Addiction Support Group Facilitators

L.I.F.E. Ministries is proud to release its first DVD series on establishing, running, and growing sexual integrity support groups. Whether you have facilitated for years, are a new facilitator, or want to start a sexual addiction recovery group at your church – these DVDs are for you!

Join Glen W., a seasoned facilitator of a men’s sexual addiction support group, Director of Men’s Ministry, and host of our monthly Facilitator’s Training Call; for an educational presentation on setting up, starting, operating, and growing your support ministry for men.
Preview the Facilitator’s Training DVD for Men <

Or, join Debbie W., an experienced facilitator and Director of Spouse’s Ministry, for a presentation on establishing, building, running, and growing your ministry for wives of sex addicts.
Preview the Facilitator’s Training DVD for Spouses <

Since 2001, L.I.F.E. Ministries has been encouraging, empowering, and equipping God’s people to live everyday in sexual integrity. Join the army of facilitators, pastors, counselors, and recovering addicts battling sexual addiction in our sexually saturated world.
Visit L.I.F.E. Ministries main website <

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

25 characteristics of a husband who truly loves and serves the needs of his wife

By: Dr. Robert Lewis

1. Includes his wife in envisioning the future.

2. Accepts spiritual responsibility for his family.

3. Is willing to say "I'm sorry" and "Forgive me" to his family.

4. Discusses household responsibilities with his wife and makes sure they are fairly distributed.

5. Seeks consultation from his wife on all major financing decisions.

6. Follows through with commitments he has made to his wife.

7. Anticipates the different stages his children will pass through.

8. Anticipates the different stages his marriage will pass through.

9. Frequently tells his wife what he likes about her.

10. Provides financially for his family's basic living expenses.

11. Deals with distraction so he can talk with his wife and family.

12. Prays with his wife on a regular basis.

13. Initiates meaningful family traditions.

14. Initiates fun family outings for the family on a regular basis.

15. Takes the time to give his children practical instruction about life.

16. Manages the schedule of the home and anticipates pressure points.

17. Keeps his family financially sound and out of harmful debt.

18. Makes sure he and his wife have drawn up a will.

19. Lets his wife and children into the interior of his life.

20. Honors his wife in public.

21. Explains sex to each child in a way that gives them a wholesome perspective.

22. Encourages his wife to grow as an individual.

23. Takes the lead in establishing sound family values.

24. Provides time for his wife to pursue her own personal interests.

25. Is involved in a small group of men dedicated to spiritual growth.


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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

God's Perspectives on Relationships and Sexuality


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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Press Release: Facilitator Training for Sexual Addiction Recovery Groups

L.I.F.E. Ministries’ facilitator training calls are returning to help facilitators of sexual addiction recovery groups learn more about facilitating their groups, spend time with other facilitators, and receive support from L.I.F.E. Ministries, a sexual addiction recovery ministry.

Last year, L.I.F.E. Ministries conducted a test-run of monthly telephone conferences designed to help facilitators of L.I.F.E. sexual addiction recovery support groups. Glen W., a seasoned facilitator in Orlando, hosted the men’s facilitator training calls. Melissa Haas, author of the L.I.F.E. Guide for Spouses, hosted the spouse’s facilitator training calls.

This program leads participants through a monthly lesson, and then the call opens up for a question-answer session. Many participants have found this free resource extremely valuable, used it as a support in their lives, and find it a way to stay connected with L.I.F.E. Headquarters.

L.I.F.E. Ministries is a Christ-centered support group ministry whose mission is to encourage, empower, and equip God’s people to live everyday in sexual integrity. L.I.F.E. continues to be on the frontline in helping those struggling with sexual addiction take back their lives—one person and one life at a time through their L.I.F.E. Guide workbook resources and L.I.F.E. support groups in churches across the country. L.I.F.E. is now moving toward the recruiting and training of warriors, and to coordinating the attack on sexual sin and bondage.

ABOUT L.I.F.E. Ministries – L.I.F.E. Ministries is a Christ-centered support group ministry whose mission is to encourage, empower, and equip God’s people to live everyday in sexual integrity. L.I.F.E. Ministries provides structure, resources, and support to local churches and organizations that host L.I.F.E. support groups. Currently, there are L.I.F.E. support groups across the United States and in several foreign countries..
For more information, please visit their website at www.freedomeveryday.org or call (866) 408-LIFE.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Facilitator Training Calls Return!

Our facilitator training call series is starting back up! Join Glen W. in Orlando or Melissa Haas, author of our Spouse's Guide, on Tuesday, January 27th at 8 pm EST for an hour of education, fellowship, and training for facilitators of sexual addiction support groups. (missed last year's calls?)

men's facilitator training calls <

spouse's facilitator training calls <

Monday, January 12, 2009

Mobilizing an Army of Warriors: Preparing the Field with Prayer

For several months, you have read about L.I.F.E.’s vision of building an army to combat sexual addiction.

We revisited the original vision of L.I.F.E. when Johna Hale, our Executive Director, stood with the Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane and as far as she could see, people of all races came marching forward in an army. The Lord told her that this is the army that He is calling out to fight the war against sexual addiction within the Christian community.

I shared my inspiration from Him for the methods and ways of raising this army. And that L.I.F.E. Ministries no longer exists only to encourage, empower, and equip; L.I.F.E. is now moving toward the recruiting and training of warriors, and coordinating the attack on sexual sin and bondage.

Preparing the battlefield with prayer is the next step and I want to thank those that began and continue to pray since the call for prayer last November.

For those wanting to participate, we hope that you will consider prayer at 9:00 am EST or 9 pm EST. Understanding that lives are busy, to remind yourself, you can place a sticky note in your day planner or create a reminder in your calendar software of choice.

Suggested prayer (revised since November): Heavenly Father, thank you for the love that you show me each day. I know that there are many out there clouded in shame. Please reveal your grace to them through channels in their lives. Help them to feel the comfort only You can provide while they seek help. Father, L.I.F.E. group facilitators sacrifice their time to help others, may their seeds yield 100 fold. I pray that they feel the rewards you have in store for them. Today I also pray for group members, that you touch each of them individually and encourage them to live everyday in sexual integrity. Father, your servants in L.I.F.E. Ministries are answering your call. Please guide them coming days as the prepare for battle. And that all involved in building your Kingdom through L.I.F.E. are protected from attack, hear Your desires, and experience joy. Amen.

Thank you all for your heart for this ministry and the important work each of your roles, from group members to pastors, contributes to this ministry.