Shared Life Community Church seeks to provide a safe place to explore, worship, fail, triumph, and build life giving relationships with God and others.
Shared Life Community Church seeks to provide a safe place to explore, worship, fail, triumph, and build life giving relationships with God and others.
Mission: We were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God abut also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. I Thes 2:8
Song is good - very hard to listen to but really good!
“The last couple of months have been the hardest I’ve ever faced. Thank you for the love and support. Part of my process has always been to write about the things I’m going through, but this went to a whole new level. What started out as getting some of my thoughts and feelings about losing my firstborn son down on paper, ended up a song,” TobyMac said.
A Christmas Puzzle We just celebrated Christmas and a few days after the New Year we celebrate Epiphany. The revelation of Jesus to the world. Do you think Mary and Joseph had any idea what they were in for? Oh, they knew the Messiah was born to them, but as a baby? What now? They knew he was Emmanuel, God with us, and Messiah, the Redeemer of the world, but what do they do with this baby today? [ 991 more words ]
recoveringhopedfw.com A Christmas Puzzle We just celebrated Christmas and a few days after the New Year we celebrate Epiphany. The revelation of Jesus to the world. Do you think Mary and Joseph had any idea what they we…
This is a great FREE resource! Online interviews with amazing, compassionate people!
Definitely worth the time!!
bravefulsummit.com Empowering Women After Betrayal
Hey! There's a new post from Recovering Hope DFW for 11/30/2019 -
Pornography use and sexual compulsion is on the rise. To date, 15 states have passed resolutions declaring pornography use as a public health crisis. Why does porn use continue to climb? Pornography is a 3 stage engine. It’s easily available It’s anonymous It’s free. This unlimited accessibility to hyper-stimulation feeds into a person who is looking for a way to cope with overwhelming circumstances. [ 275 more words ]
recoveringhopedfw.com Pornography use and sexual compulsion is on the rise. To date, 15 states have passed resolutions declaring pornography use as a public health crisis. Why does porn use continue to climb? Pornograph…
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Turning My World Right Side Up - a follow up to last week's blog post.
recoveringhopedfw.com Part 2 of last week’s post where I discovered a nagging/hidden thought labeling me as worthless and trash…read that post by clicking here. No one made me think this way. I adopted this attitude to …
As Siegel explains, “The brain is a social organ, and our relationships with one another are not a luxury but an essential nutrient for our survival.”
christianitytoday.com Through song, liturgy, and communion, the body of Christ inhabits the suffering experienced by its weakest members.
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And the judge comes down to offer life!! This woman is loved - just as we are! Judged and forgiven - what a picture of true mercy!
Kemp gave Guyger a Bible and directed her to read John 3:16 after official sentencing.
IT’S TIME!! Tomorrow I begin the first step in my certification of a betrayal trauma coach!! (Jennifer)
Thank you for all your support and prayers!
I get to put a form to all God has taught me!!
Please support our work in the area of sexual addiction and spousal betrayal! It important!
Willing for the good of someone else.....LOVE
When we say “love,” it’s often a vague reference to a sentimental warm fuzzy. Instead, I want us to think about love as “to will the good of another.”
In 2 Samuel, when Mephibosheth—the son of David’s friend Jonathan and grandson of David’s enemy Saul—stands before David, he is afraid. Mephibosheth is a complete loser and David is the indisputable king. But David’s will is bent to do good, so he offers Mephibosheth a place at the king’s table for the rest of his life.
Mephibosheth is surprised by the generous, extravagant, uncalculating love of David, which is kind of a type of God in Christ. David sought out Mephibosheth, not to harm him but to love him as the son of his covenant friend, Jonathan.
David willed Mephibosheth’s good.
Dallas Willard writes: “Love is the concrete devotion to someone’s good or wellbeing. It’s not sentimental abstraction. It involves compassion, a concern for the struggles of others. It only happens well when we’re sure God loves us in this way. Thus, rich in love, healed by love, made free in love, we are transformed into an overall condition in which our embodied social self is poised to practice the goods of human life that are within the range of our influence.”
As we talk about love in this way, I suggest that you sit with this: “Jesus, oh, how I will your good. Oh, how my will, the posture of my heart, is bent toward your good.” This can include feelings of love toward Jesus. But it can’t be reduced to that.
What is core to “Jesus, I love you” is “Jesus, I will your good. I will what the Father is doing in and through you.”
What do you do with Power?
We have a long list of powerful men using their power to sexually exploit women, from Hollywood to Washington, D.C. to the Church. We are getting to the point where we’re all sick of it—not only the exploited women, but men who have any compassion in their heart at all.
I hope for the sake of women that this dehumanizing behavior will come to an end. But this is not ultimately about sex. It's not ultimately about skin color or body parts. This is about power, who has it, and what you do with it when you have it.
Let’s keep it real: If we get past the salacious details of the sex that’s usually involved in these exploitations, hidden in all of our hearts are less salacious, non-sexual ways of exploitation, all day, every day. Often, usually in small ways, we use our comparatively small power to exploit, to get our way, to harm others in the pursuit of our own desires. If we're honest, the bent of our will is often not to do good when we have power, but to exploit.
We are often afraid of people in power, and for good reason. But today, let’s turn the focus on ourselves and use our best discernment to answer this question: “What do I do when I have power?”
Todd Hunter - great read on how God transforms suffering.
The Apostle Paul was adept in the spiritual art of seeing God’s good purposes working out in the difficulties of life.
This is tricky, so pay attention. We are not talking about a sort of denial. Adversity for Paul was real and painful. He never said that suffering and evil are good, nor did he say that God is the author of them. Rather, he said something like, “God transforms it for good.”
Again, this doesn’t mean that all the difficulties of understanding God and suffering are suddenly solved. Christians aren’t meant to wear fake smiles and pretend that hardship is pleasant. Paul actually names and acknowledges his difficulties like being chained up in prison.
I think Paul’s secret is perspective. Paul is able to make sense of a certain scene in a movie by placing it in the context of the whole story. It’s not just wishful thinking. It’s deep conviction that in the resurrection, God takes all that’s brutal and horrible, real-life human suffering, and transforms it into the salvation of the world.
Think of Paul seeing that truth in the links of his chain. He knew the Jesus story, and he was bound to a guard so he couldn’t go anywhere. But Paul knew that in the same way God transformed the suffering of his own son, God was transforming Paul’s suffering. Through his suffering, the gospel was going out for the sake of the world.
Perfect Love - Christ’s love in us - can cast out fear - let’s go love our neighbor and make our communities a less fearful place!
nicabm.com Gun violence in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas have added to the number of people suffering from trauma. Here is a way to help your traumatized client using guiding imagery.
Ever wondered about a space for those who don’t want anything to do with God - Bishop Todd has a few thoughts
When we think of the final judgment and hell, what comes to mind is a kid getting in trouble and going to timeout. God’s judgment is not God coming to be mean. It is him putting things to rights.
When I think of his judgment, I think of God coming to say, “Ladies, there will be no more abuse. Not in my new world.”
Or, “Guys, never again will you be reduced to a function. Not in my new world.”
Of course, not everyone will be happy about this. For people who are intent on abusing women, dehumanizing and using others, people who essentially don’t want to have anything to do with God, God has made a space for them in the cosmos—what the Bible refers to as Gehenna, Hades, Hell.
As C.S. Lewis points out, there are only two kinds of people in the world: Those who say yes to God and his judgment of what’s good, or people who, in the end, God says yes to them. I think it's helpful to think of it this way. If people don’t want anything to do with God, he’s created a space for them—but it’s not with him and the people who love him and what he’s up to.
To be in the care of another!! Turning our will over to the care of God!! Happy Sunday everyone!!
Fundamental to our relationship with Jesus is “I am in the care of someone else.” That means you don’t have to be in charge of your life.
You may hear this today and be asking, “But am I really in the care of someone else?”
Yes. This is so fundamental. Because when you don’t feel in the care of someone else, that’s when all hell breaks loose. If you don’t believe you’re in the care of someone else, that means you have to care for yourself, by whatever means necessary.
The deep sense of “I don’t have to be in charge of my life; I’m in the care of someone else” is the basis of life without lack. It doesn’t mean that you couldn’t use another $5, or that you don’t need a bigger house to fit your family. It doesn’t mean that the daily, practical stuff goes away. It is way deeper than that.
When we understand that we are in the care of someone else, it gives us a way of being present TO the practical concerns of daily life, knowing that we’re cared for IN them.
What is your message to the world?
We have to come to grips with Jesus. There is no way of following Jesus without first coming to grips with him, and that’s sometimes easier said than done.
In the book of Mark, we read an exciting account of Jesus teaching and healing, demons being driven out, storms being stilled, bread being multiplied, Jesus walking on water. You can hear the disciples going, “Who is this guy?”
In Mark 8, it reaches a turning point. Jesus looks at his first friends and says, “Who do people say that I am? What about you? Who do you say that I am?” In Jesus’ next breath, he begins to describe for the first time his death and resurrection.
You better believe the disciples are trying to come to grips with Jesus at that point.
Throughout his story, Mark the Evangelist shows us that the purpose of everything the disciples have seen and experienced is to know who Jesus is, to come to grips with what God is up to in and through the person of Christ.
Who do you say Jesus is? What if the purpose of everything you have seen and experienced in your life is to know who he is, so you can go and tell others?
Ellen is so BRAVE!! Be careful of triggering content.
fightthenewdrug.org Ellen's story especially illustrates that is not just difficult to talk about pornography without talking about sexual abuse—it is impossible.
Another Fight the New Drug article worth reading
“Each person and each relationship is unique, so you’ll need to do your own navigating. But here are some tips, cautions, and suggestions to consider as you build a deeper connection with a new love interest.”
fightthenewdrug.org The truth is, bringing up porn in a new relationship is important—especially if this issue is a dealbreaker for you—but it’s also a delicate situation.
Free virtual conference! Love these kind! Dan Seigel is amazing at community healthiness.
conference.happilyfamily.com Free Conference - Mindful Parenting for High Needs Kids - Expert Advice to Lovingly Guide Your Sensitive, Strong Willed, Bright, Spirited, or Special Needs Child
This is so life giving in the middle of Lent. It’s not about shoulds or ought to’s. Thank you Todd!
We are in the middle of Lent. We sometimes describe this feeling of middleness as being in the heart of something. And sometimes being in the middle of a long journey can cause us to lose heart.
I wonder: does your Lent seem to have lost focus? Has the passion of Ash Wednesday waned? Is it producing feelings of guilt or shame? I’ll bet all of us wish our Lenten practices were more attentive, more robust.
So, let’s reset things. Here is what to do: Do now—focus on the present. You can’t change the last few weeks, but you can begin a trajectory for the next two weeks by simply doing the next right thing in the present moment.
Begin with this: What was your underlying desire that gave rise to the Lenten fast you chose? Instead of guilting yourself about the failure of the practice, revisit your desire. Make sure it was real and not just notional—not simply a religious “ought” or “should.” Then, even if you have to choose a completely different Lenten practice, ask the Spirit to guide you into practices for the next few weeks that get at your specific desire for formation into Christlikeness.
Your Lent may be going great—and if so, fantastic! For others: hear Jesus say, “Forget the last few weeks—it's fine. Come on, let’s go”:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
An opportunity to reach those lost in addiction!
recoveringhopedfw.com Shared Life Recovery family feet – some of the feet that are walking with us. God is bringing FREEDOM through Shared Life Recovery in the area of pornography addiction. More and more studies …
Chris and I are hosting a workshop on Safe Conversations.
This is a program designed to promote community conversations, neighbor conversations, family conversations and partner conversations. Fellowship White Rock Church is graciously hosting this important opportunity for better communication! Please consider this day of learning!
recoveringhopedfw.com Please fill out registration form below. Saturday, March 2nd, 2019. White Rock Fellowship 6800 Town North Dr., Dallas, TX 75218 8:30am – 1:00pm Talking is among the most dangerous things peop…
www.brainheartworld.org Provides a fact-filled, eye opening and grace filled look at our society's interaction with pornography. I hope you take the time to watch this impactful series.
brainheartworld.org Decades of studies from major institutions have demonstrated significant impacts of porn consumption on individuals, relationships, and society. WATCH NOW
If you are in need of healing from betrayal, I recommend this book.
This is a quote from my book Intimate Deception: Healing the Wounds of Sexual Betrayal.” I don’t know about you but I lost myself in my marriage in light of the betrayal. You CAN get yourself back again. Although that might feel impossible right now, I know it to be true because it happened to me. I’m not only a therapist for betrayed partners but I am one. Check out my book as it includes my story and it can help guide you on the path to wholeness and healing. Brave on dear ones.
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The Diocese of the South, Orthodox Church in America
First Dallas College and Career Ministry
We are a world wide outreach ministry, evangelizing the local community and performing the great commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The church where God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things! Located at 3940 Blue Ridge Blvd., Dallas, TX 75233, Pastor: Suff. Bishop Leon Parker
A Messianic Jewish ministry organized for the evangelism of unbelievers and the exhortation of believers.
Lighthouse is the house that seeks the heart of God. Our mission is to reach and harvest lost souls for Christ and to teach the body of Christ to apply God's principles so that you may experience victory in every area of life.
You are a visitor only once, and after that you are our honored guest!
HeartSpace Spiritual Center is a loving, bold, and authentic community that awakens individuals to their spiritual magnificence and provides sanctuary for the soul.
Watermark Urgent Care: a Partnership with QuestCare Medical s a non-profit urgent care facility run by volunteers open Monday - Friday.
Deliverance Chapel COGIC is located in the Oak Cliff area and is under the leadership of Supt. Elijah Kelley Jr. and First Lady Shelia G. Kelley.
Noticias de y para la comunidad católica hispana, perteneciente a la Diócesis de Dallas, TX. Informamos a la familia católica en español.
North Dallas Church is the place for the real you. Service times are at 11:30 am on Sunday mornings. God has something great for you here.