Archive for May 3, 2017


http://www.thefellowship.org/resources/events/finding-freedom-seminar/

Saturday, May 6: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Find Freedom from problems that won’t go away.

As a Christian, you care called to live a life in abundance, to be set free – but does your life express this reality?

Do you experience situations or feelings of envy, jealousy, sadness, depression, fear, panic, alcoholism, pornography, insomnia, irritation, bitterness, anger, strife, broken relationship, low self esteem?

If so, you have a need for a deeper healing in your soul … and we want to help you with this one day seminar to teach basic concepts of spiritual warfare, deliverance and healing of the soul.

Join us on Saturday, May 6 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm in The Life Center at The Fellowship.

Seminar topics will include:

-Spiritual Legality: how personal behavior allows access for unclean spirits

-Paternity: how my parental relationship affects one’s life

-Sexual Restoration: how to purge one’s life from sexual sin

-Forgiveness: how to forgive yourself and others

-Spiritual Warfare: how to be effective in personal battles with the devil

FREE registration – but it is required. Optional lunch available for purchase ($6-8).  Childcare is not available for this event.

Click here to register:

MUST REGISTER BY THURSDAY MAY 4TH!

https://thefellowship.brushfireapp.com/events/436222


Dr. Katehakis weaves together her background as both a Sex Addiction Therapist and Sex Therapist to look for ways where those in recovery can find healthy sexuality again.
She speaks on practical matters for couples in recovery as well as the importance of meditation and vulnerability.
She is the Director of the Center for Healthy Sex which has a large array of resources available.
Please email us at puritypodcast@castimonia.org for more information.

I have no interest in giving you an account of my adventures, only the wondrously powerful and transformingly present words and deeds of Christ in me that triggered a believing response among the outsiders. – Romans 15:18 (The Message)

I have been uncomfortable with trying to tell my story. I honestly still have pride and selfishness as character flaws that haven’t gone away. I know these exist in me and therefore add to my hesitancy to tell my story. Basically, I don’t trust my own motivations for telling my story. I don’t want to make it about me. I want it to be like the Bob Marley work of my youth: a “Redemption Song.”

I took this to my counselor and my sponsor to get some guidance on this. My sponsor as I believe I have previously stated has cautioned me about not being willing to share my story. That by not doing so, I am not allowing God to use it for His glory. So I am not sure what to do here. They gave me good advice and straightened out my warped thinking. So here goes.

First, I should tell my story if I need to tell it to get more out of me. Will it benefit me in my own recovery to tell my story in the situation I am in. Is there a purpose for me to share it to aid in where I am in working the steps. Like I did in step five when I shared it with a friend who isn’t in recovery, as an act of admission of my wrong doings. I should consider the situation and see if there is a need for me to share based upon my own recovery.

Second, I should tell my story if the other person will benefit from hearing it. Recently, I had this opportunity come up when speaking with someone new in one of our recovery meetings. I saw that he was struggling in starting to work through the steps and in maintaining any long periods of sobriety. So I prayed about it and really felt the need to share my own difficulties in entering recovery and staying here. I was able to share my experience, strength and hope with him. I was able to talk to him about the need for counseling, accountability, recovery meetings, checking in with other guys, and having a sponsor in my own recovery. I told him to take what you like and leave the rest. And he did.

Finally, my story has to be relevant. In other words, I don’t need to share it just to hear myself talk, to bring attention to myself for no purpose. There has to be a reason and a purpose to share it. In step nine while making amends, I have shared my story with a couple of people who had the right to know my story. It was relevant to me making amends with them. So I did. It was uncomfortable and difficult and definitely relevant. I didn’t share my story to make excuses for my actions and the damage I caused them. I shared my story because my story was relevant in the context of making amends.

Three guidelines to sharing my story:

  1. Do I need to tell it to get more out of me
  2. Will the other person benefit from hearing it
  3. Is it relevant

I can live with those. Otherwise, as my sponsor told me before, anything else is probably wasting my story, my “redemption” story.