Sunday, July 27, 2014

Relapse

A dark, lonely, shameful place of guilty and let down. Relapse is the valley of the shadow of death if I ever saw one! So, why does relapse happen to so many? Even those who are making great strides in their recovery? How can we recognize relapse? Learn from it? Prevent it?

Whether relapse has been a part of your recovery or not, knowing the answers to these questions is critical when trekking the terrain of the valleys in your life, right?

Monday, June 30, 2014

Silence of the Lambs

This is going to be a hard and controversial blog to write and post, but the question has been developing in my heart and lingering on my lips. Why is it that when we address destructive issues in someone's life we become "Judgmental"?

We have all heard it or had it said to us... "don't judge me", or "you have no right to judge". And so I have questioned what are we supposed to do? Are we to sit by and watch without saying a word as people destroy themselves?

I recently did a little social media survey. Join me on this journey as we take a look at why so many in today's culture are trying to silence the lambs!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Insanity: When Enough isn't Enough

Are you insane? If a definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result... well are you?

So what's it going to take? How much pain and suffering are you willing to endure only to end up in the same place if not worse off?

Friday, May 2, 2014

Feeling Beyond Helpless

Sometimes life throws curve balls at us. Under normal circumstances it is difficult enough to deal with them. More times than not we end up feeling helpless or wishing we could have done more. But there is a place that some end up, mostly because of choice they have made, where they experience a feeling of being beyond helplessness during a life crisis, that place is imprisonment.  It may be easy for some to callously shrug off compassion with the idea that the inmate made the choices and now he must "deal with it", but when it comes to things like grief or morning the loss of a loved one being beyond helpless is a hard place to be. So what do we do?

Friday, March 28, 2014

What Makes It All Worth It

Discipleship in any context can be hard work. Add years of hurt and pain onto the all ready mounting task of discipleship and it can seem like near impossibility.

Yet we find that what seems to be work for us and what seems to be impossibility to us is just another day of grace and mercy for God! Being a part of His work of turning lives around has been an adventure to say the least. We have had our ups and our downs during the ebb and flow of ministry. Yet what I am about to share with you I share with the utmost delight! This makes it all worth it!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Freedom Journey Program

In an effort to provide for an enhanced ministry of recovery and support for individuals who truly desire freedom from their addictions and lifestyles Immanuel Church & ReBirth Ministry provide on-going support and help beyond the 12-step program of Celebrate Recovery. The Freedom Journey requires a one year commitment, with an evaluation at the end of the first year. This program is an in-depth and discipleship based support network of programs and relationships working together to see lives turned around!

In the area of recovery, some get instantly transformed and never look back. Praise God! I have found that I am not one of those cases. As much as my heart and mind were transformed, the working out of that transformation is still an ongoing process, as it is with most people in recovery. The Freedom Journey Program is to ensure a greater opportunity for success and wholeness in recovery.

From volunteer commitments to court orders, those who enter into this outpatient accountability program are held to a high standard of participation in their own spiritual, social and financial health. With discipleship models and key leadership, we pinpoint the areas of concern for unhealthy lifestyle and surround the client with a team of support.

Here is a little about our recent intake:
A young man with crimes punishable of up to 15 years in prison was remanded to a 12 month live in facility as part of his terms for suspended sentence. 11 months in he was asked to leave the program, which in turn violated his suspended sentence. In his violation hearing he was granted the opportunity to enter our program! So, instead of 15 years in prison, this young man will be attending church, bible college, Celebrate Recovery, and step studies. He will have weekly counseling both for spiritual formation and financial accountability. Instead of creating yet another convict, we have the opportunity of creating a citizen!

Find out more about Freedom Journey in the tabs at the top of this site.

 Helping Teenagers in Crisis Seminar
We are proud to announce a great success with our first "Helping Teenagers in Crisis" seminar. We had twenty in attendance from youth pastors, youth workers, teachers, and parents. The discussion was phenomenal! Not only did we equip others in our community, but we became better equipped as each participant shared their experiences in the field of teenagers in crisis. This will definitely be a training that we offer again and maybe soon. Our next opportunity for training in the realm of teenagers will be our Life Hurts, God Heals training TBA. You can find out more about that ministry here



Are you currently a ReBirth Ministry Partner? We can't do this without your support! Together we can turn lives around in some of the most difficult places in our communities. Join with us in the work of the Great Commission, Making Disciples who Make Disciples!

 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
~Matthew 28:19-20


Discipleship!

ReBirth is completely partnership supported. If you are interested in becoming a partner or in supporting ReBirth with your time, prayer, or charitable gift, please see our PARTNERS page for details.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Helping Teens in Crisis Seminar

With the ever changing culture our teenagers live in where they are bombarded with a venue full of confusion and misconception it is no doubt that they are in crisis and I believe we haven't seen the worst of it yet.
Crisis hits teenagers of all shapes and sizes. Hurt and pain cross economic statuses with ease and as we do the best we know how, working with students in the trenches can seem like an overwhelming task when under equipped.

This seminar isn't the answer to the problem as much as it's the start of the conversation on how to help the teenagers in crisis in your direct circles. We hope you will join us for this seminar as youth pastors, youth workers, parents, teachers and even teenagers gather together to discuss this life saving topic. Are you ready to be a part of the conversation? A part of the change? A part of the life of a teenager in crisis?