Praise Be Unto Jesus!!! Because of His selfless act on the cross, all creation of man now has the chance to become
a new creation born again of His Holy Spirit. To become children of God, born neither of natural decent, nor of human decision or a husbands’ will, but born of God. How awesome is that? If you haven’t yet taken the time to thank God, this could be a perfect time. There is nothing more important as a human being to do, than to become born again of Jesus’ Holy Spirit….
For 2016 make a command choice to solidify your heart for Jesus….. Remember Jesus came to destroy the work of the devil. Jesus said…the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. Hope is here for you, to help you overcome these acts of the enemy upon you and your family by allowing the Holy Spirit to work from within destroying the lies of the world to see the truth of Christ. Although Hope Ministries does not charge for our services our experience has shown a personal commitment is necessary for change. I pray many will respond to this message of Hope and Life.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5: 16-18 In Christ, Joe
This New Year of 2016 will transpire one day at a time. We tend to go days and weeks and sometimes months ahead planning our lives without thoughts of this very day we are in. Today, as you read this the Lord provided the very air you breathed to arise out of your bed. Yes, we take that for granted also. This world would not exist without the very air God supplies for us to breath.
Psalms 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. How do we do that? Let us get into this day of 24 hours right now. It is already 2:45pm and thus almost 14 hours of this day is over. Have I been thanking God in these past hours or been joyful in them? Today is the only day we need to live in. Yesterday is gone. You cannot change anything. So forget what is behind, Philippians 3:13. Tomorrow may not come for us. Thus, today is the Day we have.
Our lives would get tremendously untangled, unstressed and slow down if we forgot about yesterday’s trials and also had no thoughts of tomorrow’s plans. We have enough Faith for Today. Tomorrow will take care of itself.
Many need reminding that the daily Gregorian calendar is based on the traditionally reckoned year of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. We live now in 2016 A.D. (Anno Domini). Let’s all let go of yesterday and tomorrow and live in today, letting God work in and through this day we are in.
I thank God with all my heart and soul for placing me at Hope ministries with a mission to speak through me to hurting parents that have children with addiction problems. I am truly honored to be able to share with the parents that only the spiritual aspect will give them the peace they need and they don't have to fight the battle of addiction because they will lose. God will do it for them. Putting your child in God’s hands sometime is easier said than done. God has given me the opportunity to walk with them on their journey along with praying with them for God to protect their children. Knowing that, they have time to grow in the Lord and allow the Lord to draw them closer to them. Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. By changing the way we think, we will learn to know Gods will for us. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for this year.
“BONDAGE TO BONDING” by NANCY GROOM (Codependency Book Study)
DO YOU FEEL COMPELLED TO RESCUE OR CONTROL OTHER PEOPLE? ARE YOU DETERMINED TO PLEASE OTHERS? DO YOU FEEL YOU MUST SUCCEED AT ALL COSTS? ARE YOU INCLINED TO PERFECTIONISM? DO YOU OFTEN EXPERIENCE HURT, ANGER AND GUILT? IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ANY OR ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS THEN YOU MAY BENEFIT FROM “BONDAGE TO BONDING" SUPPORT GROUP.
LEARN A CHRIST-CENTERED PROCESS TOWARD RECOVERY FROM CO-DEPENDENCY; ACKNOWLEDGE & DEFINE YOUR COMPULSIONS;
UNDERSTAND HOW YOUR FAMILY OF ORIGIN AFFECTED YOU; DEPEND ON GOD TO RESTORE YOU TO SPIRITUAL AND EMONTIONAL HEALTH
WHEN: FEBRUARY 8, 2016 WHERE: HOPE MINISTRIES ~ 1805 CANOVA ST SE, STE 1, PALM BAY, FL 32909 TIME: 5:30 PM ~ 7:00PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL PEGGY BRIEDE AT HOPE MINISTRIES @ 321-676-5588
We are also gearing up for our 6th Annual Dinner and Auction Fund raiser on April 30,2016. Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 6:00pm-9:00pm, 1502 Port Malabar Blvd. NE, Palm Bay, Florida 32905TICKETS: $20.00 PER PERSON, Silent Auction, Raffles, Entertainment & Great Food. We also have Royal Caribbean Cruise tickets for two to the Bahamas for 3 or 4nights. Prices are $5.00 for one ticket or $20.00 for five tickets. Tickets for the cruise or the dinner and auction can be picked up at Hope Ministries (info top of page).
FIRE FIGHTERS WEIGHT LOSS
For updated information go to Hope Ministries website address (top of page) and check out Dicks’ newsletter and/or his website listed here. The ministry of supporting Fire Fighters, Inc. continues with preparation to train many Fire Departments via the “Weight Loss Chaplain.” The website FireFightersWeightLoss.com is in the final stage of revision
Please visit the website and let us know what you think. Please pray for the ministry and Fire Fighters everywhere.
DICK PHELPS, CHAPLAIN
BY: BOB GEORGE
Are you Experiencing New Life?
You were probably told that salvation is a free gift. But trying to live up to what you think God demands feels like anything but a gift.The problem? You're basing your Christianity in the Old Testament--making your faith a law-based religion. But the New Covenant, which God has put in place through Jesus' death, changes everything. Bestselling author Bob George opens up the Scriptures and guides you through truth that will make God's plan clear. You'll be able to see how, in your life...effort, guilt, and fear from living under law will give way to rest and peace from realizing that your relationship with God doesn't depend on your performancemotivation by punishment will be replaced by inner motivation through his complete acceptancethe sense of distance from God will be transformed into confidence in his unconditional love. Nothing could be better than experiencing the fullness of God's plan for you. This fullness is yours because Jesus changes everything.
(CHILD CARE NOT PROVIDED) WOMEN ONLY
CLASS BEGINS: FEBRUARY 3, 2016TIME: 5:30-7:00PMBOOKCOST: $14.00 FACILITATOR: LINDA DIXON
WHERE: HOPE MINISTRIES 1805 CANOVA ST SE, STE 1, PALM BAY, FL 32909 TELEPHONE: 321-676-5588
LEW GERVAIS, ADDICTIONS~PASTORAL COUNSELOR
The Addictions Corner
Overcomers…The word Overcomer is not actually in our dictionary although the word overcome is. The definition that I like is this one: To gain the victory, win, conquer. So an overcomer when applied to an addict is a person who is not simply holding his own or is just maintaining his sobriety. An overcomer is someone who has reached a level in his journey that is way beyond simply being clean and sober. He has been successful in conquering his addiction. If you lockup an addict in a jail cell he will most likely remain clean and sober; but that doesn’t mean he is getting better. I have known many people in recovery who were willing to put the drugs down, and change their friends, and even go to meetings in order to get sober. Those kinds of changes will put someone firmly on the recovery road; however if that is the only changes they make in their lives it will only be a matter of time before they fall back into their addiction, or end up picking up other life controlling addictions down the road. I have seen hundreds of addicts who seem to reach this level of change then they camp there unwilling to move ahead, unwilling to change the other areas of their lives that have the potential of tripping them up.
I am firmly convinced that there is a level beyond recovery that people can reach when they truly learn to trust Christ and give Him the freedom to change whatever He sees fit. So many people in recovery are unwilling to trust Christ with their lives or their future. They just want to solicit His help to keep them clear of drugs, but not to change other things in their lives that they are unwilling to let go of. When an addict comes to the conclusion that God’s plan for their lives is better than their own plans and is willing to surrender to His plan, they are propelled to a new level where relapse no longer exist. This process allows God to give them a completemakeover that will forever move them away from drugs without developing a new addiction to take its place. This kind of change moves the addicted person out of Re-covery and into Dis-covery. Dis-covery is where we can learn “who we are in Christ.” It is here that the addict can become intimate with God through their growing relationship with Christ. It is here that they stop fretting and being fearful of relapsing. It is here that God begins to remove the future stumbling blocks and gives them a future with opportunities that they could only dream of before. As far as I am concerned the goal of recovery is Dis-covery and that is my prayer for everyone I minister to, that they would be willing to surrender their lives and their future into God’s hands. That will make any addict a conqueror, an Overcomer.
GATEWAY TO LIFE TOM & BARBARA MURGATROYD
Barbara and I have overcome the physical maladies that plagued us for the majority of 2015 and we’re looking forward to the opportunities that 2016 will bring. Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree Christmas was a great success, every child in the county was served, a BIG thank you to all of the church coordinators.
In addition to our office responsibilities here at Hope, we are starting an Anger Management Class. Unfortunately, at this time,graduation from this class will not fulfill a court-ordered requirement. All materials will be provided, and the class will be offered free of charge.
Anger Management class will begin on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Time: 5:30-7:00pm. Where: Hope Ministries 1805 Canova St. SE Ste 1, Palm Bay, Fl 32909. Call Hope Ministries @ 321-676-5588 to sign up.
We appreciate all of your prayers and generous support that you gave in 2015, and look forward to an even bigger and better year in 2016! Blessings, Tom & Barbara Murgatroyd