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on RECOVERY AND HOPE

Where do you turn when life hurts and pat answers aren’t enough? Are you finding the presence of evil in our world becoming increasingly aggressive and in your face? When people need hope, where can they find it?

 

Answers are not always easy but they are available. Answers that tackle the tough questions about raw life. Answers that come from the Word of God, the Spirit of God and the people of God.

 

53) FACING LIFE HEAD-ON

Mankind has invented an infinite number of ways to avoid life. We chase an endless number of rabbit trails, not realizing the rabbits we pursue are very skinny. It’s time to look at the core of why we behave the way we do and allow God to change us from the inside out. Past hurts generally lead to self-protection. We rationalize that we’re setting boundaries when in reality we’re creating barriers. This workshop introduces care-giver types to a way of thinking about God, man, problems and solutions.

 

54) HOPE FOR THE GRIEVING

Grief is a reaction to a major loss. Grief is also one of the most wonderful gifts God ever gave to man. It can be easy to get stuck at one of the grief phases. The path to healing for the grieving involves looking loss in the face regardless of the discomfort or pain it may cause. Failure to do this can result in emotional paralysis. The goal of the grieving process is not to forget but to remember the one lost. This workshop equips participants to offer real hope those needing to grieve well.

 

55) HOPE FOR THE ABUSED

Abuse is the misuse of power. Abuse can come in at least six forms: verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, spiritual and institutional. When Jesus promised rest for the weary and burdened, he was referring to striving and carrying a load that grinds someone to powder. This workshop discusses the impact of abuse on the victim and perpetrator, suggests appropriate intervention of and recovery for victims, and offers a path of healing that helps victims face their pain as well as responses.

 

56) HOPE FOR THE ADDICTED

It’s easy to think of addictions in terms of alcohol, drugs, pornography and food. What about work, adrenalin, people or a social media? All addictions work the same way; they’re fueled by shame. People in shame-bound families tend to place blame for their difficulties on others, not themselves. God heals us of addictions as we face our issues of shame. This workshop explains the addictive cycle from the life of Solomon and offers guiding principles on how to offer hope and healing for addicts.

 

57) HOPE FOR ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS

Are you familiar with the rules of most every alcoholic home? Don’t talk. Don’t think. Don’t feel. Don’t trust. Don’t choose. Don’t change. Children of alcoholic parents have suffered wounds that can affect them the rest of their lives. They learn to protect themselves from the pattern of hurt they have come to expect. Hope and change is available by walking God’s healing journey.

 

58) HOPE FOR THE DEPRESSED AND SUICIDAL

Depression is a mood disorder caused by a variety of factors including personality, genetic predisposition, stress or brain chemistry. Yet in several ways depression is often the result of numerous beliefs and choices. Other people, circumstances, events and material things are not what make you happy. What you believe about these things is what makes you happy or unhappy. This work-shop offers perspective and guiding principles on how the truth can help to set depressed and suicidal people free.

 

59) RECOVERY FROM FEAR AND ANXIETY

Fear is a normal response to physical and emotional danger. If we couldn't feel fear, we couldn't protect ourselves from legitimate threats. Often childhood traumas or bad experiences can trigger a fear response within us that is hard to quell. This workshop offers perspective and guiding principles on how to help others become liberated from their fears.

 

60) RECOVERY AND REBUILDING AFTER DIVORCE

The current divorce rate of upwards of forty percent in North American society (and churches) reveals a host of issues people all around us are struggling with . . . feelings of  rejection and abandonment, isolation, distrust, loneliness, hopelessness, boundaries and anger to name a few. Is your church set up to help divorcees and their families heal from this type of trauma? This workshop offers perspective and guiding principles to bring hope and recovery for people affected by divorce.

 

 

61) RECOVERY FROM STRESS AND BURNOUT

Margin is the space that once existed between ourselves and our limits. In our high task-orientation we’ve become besieged by overload, red ink, fatigue and a headache. Add in our off-the-chart performance expectations. Is it any wonder the Christian life lacks purpose and joy? When there’s more emphasis on doing right than on knowing God and His grace, this workshop points the way to freedom from the give-up/try-harder cycle.

 

 

62) RECOVERY FROM MAD CHURCH DISEASE

You’ve heard of mad cow disease. It lies dormant, unnoticed for months or years. The entire herd can be infected once they share the same food source (the remains of other cattle). It turns the cow’s brain cord into a spongy-type material. The disease has no cure. The parallels between mad cow and mad church are obvious. Has working at your church ever interfered with your communion with Christ? This workshop is for those who would like to understand, prevent or treat the epidemic of burnout in today’s church culture.

 

 

63) RECOVERY FROM TOXIC FAITH

Most of us began our journey into faith with trusting hearts. Yet occurrences of abuse, personal disappointment, loss, betrayal and even warped expectations of God can cause us to develop a damaged view of faith. Too often, what begins as an authentic relationship with God can deteriorate into a defective faith that allows the religion (instead of the relationship with God) to control our life. This workshop offers principles of breaking free from unhealthy dependence on a religious system and rediscovering the reality of biblical faith.

 

64) CREATING A BRIDGE OUT OF POVERTY

When you think of the word poverty, what pictures come to mind? Would you believe that lack of money is a very small reason why people are poor? Do you know the difference between wealth and riches? If poverty is the absence of shalom in all its meanings then it would be helpful to discuss how the ability to leave poverty is more dependent upon other resources than upon financial supply. Each of these resources plays a vital role in an individual’s creating and crossing a bridge out of poverty.

 

 

65) WHEN CHARITY DAMAGES DIGNITY

Probably all of us have been at a place in life where we’ve relied on someone to help us out financially in a severe pinch. This workshop is about the dangers of well-intentioned charity. The dependency syndrome is real. A helpful first step in thinking about working with the poor in any context is to discern whether the situation calls for relief, rehabilitation, or development. A fundamental rule is do not do things for people that they can do for themselves. In this workshop we’ll discuss a variety of paternalism forms and how to overcome the dependency cycle.