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Aug 8, 2014
Praise Be Unto Jesus!!
Hope Ministries 20th Anniversary to the Glory of God….August 14, 2014 Amen!
August is upon us and the world is ablaze with extreme weather, political unrest and nations warring.
I am so blessed to be at Hope Ministries readied for all that the Lord has in store for us to do. As a Christian based ministry, we have been brought to a place of complete reliance upon the power of the Holy Spirit through faith. Our existence and experiences have now reached twenty years of service. We look forward to our next fund raiser in March 2015 to celebrate the beginnings of Hope Ministries. Dick Phelps, our founder and others will be on hand to share many memories with us.
All the staff and volunteers want to thank all of you for your continued support and prayers. Each one of you is a blessing to us and those we minister to by Helping Hearts Heal!
“May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you
his favor and give you his peace. Numbers 6:24-26 (NLT)
Blessings and Life, in Christ, Joe
RYAN’S 5K ADDICTION AWARENESS RUN
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
Join Hope Ministries in “Helping Hearts Heal” at the Second
Annual Ryan’s Hope 5K Run/Walk. Hope Ministries would like to present the community with a Ryan’s Hope Scholarship that would give someone the opportunity to get the help they need through Addiction Recovery Counseling, Education and Counselor Training.
So much is happening! I am recuperating from a back injury incurred in an auto accident in June. I have a herniated disc and likely nerve damage.
I am enjoying a 50-60% improvement and hope to avoid surgery; therefore I am able to resume a light schedule of ministry. In August I hope to travel to New England for a combination of vacation and ministry training at Fire Departments in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Dick Phelps
I am very grateful for Hope Ministries being in my life. In 1998 when I heard that my husband was asked by Pastor Dick Phelps
to pray about coming on as a Pastoral counselor I was excited because he was. Joe felt it was confirmation of a word the Lord spoke into his heart years earlier concerning a desire to be part of this wonderful ministry to the local church community. A big walk in faith for our lives as our family business had closed and now he would be a missionary here. Faith means walking in the Lord when the bank account is zero because He will provide a way. The mail arrives and a donation would come. Praise the Lord! Not early or late, but right on time. We can walk in faith in every area of our lives. We have learned about the Lord’s peace over these years to be grateful and thankful in Him. This ministry has helped us grow in the Lord and blessed our lives with peace as husband and wife as we continue to learn through the Holy Spirit to trust in the Lord with our heart, soul, minds, and leaned not on our own understanding. God is good......All the time! Sheila
GRIEF RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP ~~ GRIEF SHARE
FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE GRIEVING THE DEATH OF SOMEONE CLOSE TO THEM
BEGINNING: APRIL 15, 2014 @ HOPE MINISTRIES 1805 CANOVA ST SE, STE 1, PALM BAY, FL 32909
WHEN: TUESDAY’S: 6~8PM, COST: $ 20.00 (includes book) ONGOING 13 WEEK GROUP ( Can start at any time)
TELEPHONE: 321-676-5588 ~ FACILITATOR: PEGGY BRIEDE ~ CO-FACILITATOR: CINDY COLEMAN
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort
God has given us. 2Corinthians 1: 3-4
THE SEARCH FOR SIGNIFICANCE, by Robert S. McGee
(Seeing your TRUE WORTH through GOD’S EYES)
This study will focus on how our thoughts affect our emotional, relational and spiritual development. Our feelings, behavior, and beliefs all interact to shape our lives. The goal is to enable a wide range of people to apply the Scriptures specifically and deeply to real issues in their lives. There are two possible options we can choose to determine our self-worth.
The world’s system: Self-Worth=Performance (what you do + Other’s Opinions) (what others think or say about you).
I must meet certain standards to feel good about myself. I must have the approval of (boss, friends, parents, etc.) to approve of myself. I am what I am. I cannot change. I am hopeless. I am the sum total of all my past successes and failures.
God’s system: Self-Worth = God’s Truth about You.
Through his intellect, free will, and emotions, man was to be the showcase for God’s glorious character.
How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ. Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. Ephesians 1: 3-4 Ladies come and let us learn together “Who We Are In Christ:”
Beginning September 8, 2014~ Monday’s 5:30~7PM @Hope Ministries 1805 Canova St SE Ste 3, Palm Bay, Fl 32909
13 WEEK STUDY ~ Book Cost: $ 12.00~ must order books by 8/28/14. CALL LINDA DIXON @ 321~ 676~5588
LEW GERVAIS, ADDICTIONS/PASTORAL COUNSELOR
Father Hole/Father Wounds
Many people who come into my office for help with life destroying addictions have either a huge gaping hole in them left there by an abusive or a non-existent father. In many cases growing up with an abusive father or one that was unable or unwilling to be there leaves in its place an infected “father wound”. Even if the person is successful in putting down the drugs, alcohol, or porn, the problem driving their addiction will still be there and will eventually drag them back into that addiction again or into other addictions. Many people go from being alcoholics to workaholics, or from drug addicts to gambling or porn addicts. The hole or wound that I am talking about is not visible because it lives deep in their souls. The experience of growing up without a father or with an abusive father creates a wound that doesn’t go away when one becomes an adult. Often it becomes the very wound that drives them right down the addiction highway.
The beginning of “real” recovery for these people is forgiveness. Without real forgiveness the wound only gets buried under layers of self-effort or shear will-power in an attempt to tame or control the addiction. By the time the person is in his 40’s and walks into my office they have completely lost touch with their original father wound and therefore have no idea why they are so vulnerable to these addictions.
The cure is quite simple, but many people avoid it like the plague. The cure is a sincere willingness to forgive their father for not being there or for abusing them. Unfortunately when someone refuses to forgive they, in effect, are destroying the only bridge over which they must pass to obtain lasting freedom, and thereby leaving them stuck in their addictions and misery.
There are many scriptures that bear this out but I have selected just one for this communication. It is found in Colossians and it says: “Don’t be angry with each other, but forgive each other. If you feel someone has wronged you, forgive them. Forgive others because the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13 (ERV)
Notice that is doesn’t say to forgive them because they deserve it or even because they asked for forgiveness. It says to forgive them because we were forgiven. In fact we were forgiven even before we asked for forgiveness. We were forgiven over 2,000 years ago when Jesus hung on that cross for us. God is waiting and ready to heal us; our part is to be willing to forgive. Lew Gervais