In this Issue:
** A Question and an Announcement
** The Road Narrows
** Wives Support Group
** Our Facebook Page
** Newsletter Archives
** Mike Genung’s Books
** More Reading
** Final Words
A Question and an Announcement
By Mike Genung
Before we get into the articles, there are two things I’d like to put out there.
First, the question.
Blazing Grace had 501c3 non-profit status up until 2008, when I took a four year leave of absence from the ministry. I didn’t renew the non-profit status from 2008-2012, and have been funding the ministry personally since then.
In order to restore 501c3 non-profit status, it will cost about $1,500.00 in IRS and accountants fees. Getting this back would mean you could make donations to the ministry and take the deduction on your tax return. So my question is, are you interested in contributing to the ministry if I restore 501c3 status?
Any funds that come in would be spent on doing advertising and promotion to get the word out and offer help to those who are hurting, as well as helping out with ministry costs such as upgrades to the website. We’ve done billboard campaigns in the past; I’d like to do a billboard campaign in Denver, and then the next one would be in Orlando, FL, which statistics have shown is one of the highest consumer of porn in the U.S. We might also do a Facebook ad campaign, in addition to other forms of outreach.
If you might be interested in making financial contributions, please respond to this newsletter. I don’t need amounts or commitments, just a show of hands. If not, it won’t change anything that we’re doing now. Below is a picture of our billboard. Personally I think doing campaigns like this are fun and it’s always a blessings to see God work.
Now for the announcement, I’ve begun writing the next book, which will be a couple’s workbook for husbands and wives who want to recover and heal from the trauma that sexual sin inflicts on a marriage.
It kills me every time I hear that another marriage was lost to porn and/or sexual sin, and God has been opening my eyes to the enormous need to help husbands and wives recover.
It will be a workbook that the couple can work their way through together, with action steps at the end of each chapter. So far I’ve got 11 chapters roughed out; am shooting to have it ready by this summer.
The Road Narrows
The following is an excerpt from the book 100 Days on the Road to Grace; a Devotional for the Sexually Broken
#86: The Road Narrows
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
Sexual sin had such a strong grip on my life and it was so big for so long that it overshadowed everything else. Once God lead me to freedom from lust, I assumed all the hard work in shaping my character was over with.
Was I ever wrong.
As we walk with God, the road narrows; the walls close in, and we can’t squeeze as much sin through as before. If we’re to continue with God, we must drop the burdens He shows us—otherwise we’ll come to a halt. God has a way of keeping us at the same place until we deal with the thing He’s been putting His finger on.
We walk faster without the load of sexual sin. Since the heavy weight no longer forces us to look down in shame, we can also see the path ahead. After a year or more of freedom from lust, clarity and sensitivity in emotional and spiritual issues increases. If a situation comes up that we overreact in anger to, our conscience is quicker to tell us there’s something in our heart that needs to be looked at. We’re finally coming alive and are growing. Life’s getting better.
As we grow closer to God, He starts putting His finger on other burdens He wants us to drop. Some might shock us.
Not long after the Lord granted me freedom from sexual sin, I got into ministry. God used Blazing Grace and it grew. The only problem was that my head grew with it. After I hit the wall of burnout in early 2008, the Lord opened my eyes to the monster burden of pride I was carrying. It was the most hideous, repulsive thing I’ve ever seen—the Great Me on rampage. My heart was all wrong; I‘d wanted to build a great ministry instead of simply enjoying the gift of helping others. The Lord took me out of ministry for almost four years while He performed surgery on my pride–cancer. Recovery time involved teaching me about true humility and learning to walk with God instead of charging past Him.
There have been other burdens the Lord has put His finger on along the way: rebellion, more selfishness, lies that were lodged in my heart that I was unaware of, anger, fear, and rejection.
The good news is that God has a wonderful purpose in mind when He does heart surgery. Our conscience is clearer, our heart purer, and our love meter goes up. When our load is lighter we’re of greater use to the Lord for His purposes and we will be more sensitive to His Spirit than before. Most importantly, we’ll be closer to Him. We enjoy life more, and will discover true rest.
Stay sensitive to what God is doing in your life. If your emotions or circumstances go south, ask Him what He wants you to know, learn, or do. Keep praying and seeking, and wait for the answer. Then roll with what He gives you. You’re on a marvelous journey; you never know what blessings might be around the bend.
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.
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
Winning the War in the Mind
For in fact the body is not one member but many.
1 Corinthians 12:14
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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