In this Issue:
** Our First Blazing Grace Video
** How the Church Can Stop Looking Like a Group of Hypocrites
** Newsletter Archives
** Mike Genung’s Books
** More Reading
** Final Words
Our First Blazing Grace Video on Recovery from Porn Addiction
By Mike Genung
About six weeks ago, God started giving me the pieces for a video. It was a little different in that He gave me ideas for props to wear and use, in addition to the structure for the content. We’ll do more videos in the future and will have a video page on www.blazinggrace.org where they will be archived, in addition to the Youtube page.
So here it is. When you click on the link you’ll be taken to the Youtube page:
Please feel free to email me with your impressions.
How the Church Can Stop Looking Like a Group of Hypocrites
Mandisa is a Christian singer who won two Grammy awards last month. However, she didn’t attend the awards ceremony; she gave the following as one reason why on her blog:
“Both times I have gone to the Grammys I have witnessed performances I wish I could erase from my memory, and yes, I fast forwarded through several performances this year; but my reason is not because of them, it’s because of me. I have been struggling with being in the world, not of it lately. I have fallen prey to the alluring pull of flesh, pride, and selfish desires quite a bit recently. … I knew that submerging myself into an environment that celebrates those things was risky for me at this time.”
I love it! Hearing this kind of transparency from a believer, especially one in the public eye, is refreshing.
We in the church are constantly preaching at each other. Christian radio airwaves are filled with it. Look at the Facebook and social media world, and you’ll see believers who are quoting Scripture or ascending their mini-pulpits and sermonizing or pontificating about the issue of the day. Some even get hostile as they argue about how they think things should be done. But when’s the last time you ever saw someone post about how they’d blown it, or were struggling with a certain sin, or God had corrected them in some way?
A man or woman who has the courage to let God shine through their cracks and faults grabs my attention. I learn from broken people. Through their weaknesses, God shows me what humility looks like. He teaches me through the lessons He taught them, and encourages me to be transparent like they are. He challenges me to stay grounded in the reality of my brokenness and stay away from pride.
I relate to broken people because I’m a mess, just like they are. I fight with the same siren call of the world that Mandisa does: pride, lust, anger, selfishness, love of the world and its toys, and the temptation to buy stuff I don’t need. I don’t always have a love that “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” like it says in 1 Corinthians 13. Sometimes I just want to be about the business of pleasing me.
Read the rest of this article here
Wives Support and Prayer Group
For wives who are hurting from their husband’s porn addiction or adultery, we offer a weekly prayer group for support and encouragement. Women are encouraged to share what they’re going through and receive prayer for ongoing needs. The group is also open to women who are engaged and/or are considering marriage. Our ladies prayer group meets by conference call once a week. If you’d like to be a part, please reply to this newsletter and request more information.
Our Facebook Page
We’ve had a Facebook page since the summer of last year, which is updated often with new posts.
If you have a Facebook account, please be sure to stop by and Like our page so you can receive the updates and get in on the conversation.
You can find it at https://www.facebook.com/BGbreakingfree.org
Or just do a search for Blazing Grace, Colorado Springs.
You can read this and previous editions of the Blazing Grace Newsletter online at the archives.
March 2014: Facing Judgment
February 2014: A Question and An Announcement
January 2014: The First 90 Days
December 2013: Do You Want to be Free?
November 2013: When God and His Word Are All You Have
October 2013: To Live the Christian Life to the Fullest Requires…
September 2013: God Shines Through the Cracks
August 2013: How God Brought New Life to My Marriage
July 2013: What Porn is Doing to Us
June 2013: Which One Will You Serve?
May 2013: What Defines You?
April 2013: 15 Principles for Freedom
March 2013: I Believe; Help My Unbelief!
February 2013: Adultery
January 2013: Speak, Lord, Your Servant is Listening
December 2012: Healing the Wounds of Rejection
November 2012: A Look at Grace
October 2012: When Someone Shares their Sin
September 2012: Willpower Doesn’t Work
August 2012: Look Who’s One of the Porn Industry’s Biggest Customers
July 2012: For Those Who are Control Freaks (and Don’t Want to Be)
June 2012: Blazing Grace on a Sunday Morning
Mike Genung’s Books
The Road to Grace; Finding True Freedom from the Bondage of Sexual Addiction is Mike Genung’s book on breaking free from sexual addiction.
Topics covered include:
* Biblical tools for overcoming sexual temptation.
* Healing from shame.
* How to stop a masturbation habit.
* Dealing with the core issues that drive sexual sin.
* Understanding and receiving the love of God in the heart.
* Healing for Wives
* How to restore a marriage that’s been broken by sexual sin and/or adultery.
The Road to Grace is used in support groups, and provides plenty of material for discussion.
100 Days on the Road to Grace; a Devotional for the Sexually Broken, is a new book that came out last summer.
For more information and to purchase, visit www.roadtograce.net
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. I do not receive glory from men; but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves.
Blazing Grace’s purpose is to minister to the sexually broken, encourage believers to draw closer to God, and encourage the church to effectively deal with the porn epidemic.
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