Mike Shoaf uses his own challenges during the past year to examine friendship as modeled in Scripture. He considers Jonathan’s friendship with David, Ruth’s friendship with Naomi and finally the friendship of Job’s friends. Shoaf reflects upon the various friends who “showed up” during his struggles–some looking like Jonathan and some looking more like the critical friends of Job. Shoaf explores the differences between various types of friendships, including friendships of convenience and friendships of sacrifice.
Shoaf also discusses what it has been like to be reunited with his father, who was homeless for 30 years.
Jay Stringer brings a refreshing, revelatory and even revolutionary new approach to dealing with unwanted sexual behavior. He reveals how the only lasting path out of unwanted sexual behavior is a path that involves (1) “listening to our lust” to understand our past (the roots of unwanted sexual behavior), (2) running TO something more beautiful rather than running FROM our unwanted behavior, and (3) doing it all in a supportive community.
Stringer’s research suggests that the nature of our fantasies and unwanted sexual behavior (including things like the search terms used when looking for pornography) are revelatory of their “why”–whether it stems from our past lives, childhood issues and experiences, or situations we are now facing.
Stringer explains that traditional approaches to unwanted sexual behavior (lust management) lack power because they focus on sin management and ignore where we came from (how our past holds keys to sexual brokenness and our sexual brokenness holds keys to our past) and where we are going (identifying a beautiful purpose for our lives). He offers a path forward to healing by pointing us back to the stories that shape our thought lives, sexual fantasies and unwanted sexual behaviors.
Journey into the Heart of Man
Based on research with nearly 4000 people, Journey into the Heart of Man guides you to identify and transform the unique reasons that bring you to your unwanted sexual choices in the first place. This guided course will take you on a radically different journey into your sexual brokenness.
This comprehensive program pairs the work of Jay Stringer, author of Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing and the feature film The Heart of Man. It includes 18 full length episodes, detailed assignments, a small group leaders guide, and a cutting-edge self-assessment that shows you exactly what aspects of your story are contributing to your unwanted sexual behavior. It’s designed for Energy Groups, accountability partners, and individuals.
To learn more or sign-up go to: www.heartofmanjourney.com
NCS SPECIAL – Jay is giving New Canaan men $50 off their subscription. Use code: NCS2018 at checkout. Offer expires in one week (12/7/18).
Unwanted Sexual Behavior Self-Assessment
Have you ever wondered the “why” behind the unwanted sexual behaviors your pursue? The Unwanted Sexual Behavior Self-Assessment is designed to show you how your story (past and present) shapes your sexual choices. Until these dimensions of your life are transformed, the struggle with unwanted sexual behavior will often remain. Your journey to freedom begins by recognizing the unique reason that bring you to it.
To learn more or take the USB Self-Assessment: http://jay-stringer.com/usb/
The 2018 New Canaan Society New England Regional Retreat was held November 2-3 at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, MA. The theme was “Community Changes Everything”. This is Doug Goulding’s “Keepin’ It Real” testimony shared on Saturday morning. Doug was introduced by his brudder Paul Michalski.