With extraordinary vulnerability, humility and courage, Chris York shares his battle with the generational brokenness of addiction, as well as the victory that has set free his children and generations to follow. In describing that battle, Chris reflects on the damage done to those he loved and on what he has learned about himself. He also explains his strategies for freedom and highlights how his wife’s remarkable forgiveness and NCS brotherhood were key components in the victory.
With remarkable humility, Gerardo Lambert shares for the first time publicly “the truth”–the incredible FULL story of how God pulled him out of darkness and gave him a second chance.
Gerardo vulnerably talks about his first marriage (with three daughters) and becoming lost in the world of fashion modeling–endless parties, drugs and alcohol in order to “fit in”. He talks about the pleas from his mother to seek God and his repeated dismissals of her pleas. He then takes us through the decision to run away from that life and transition to becoming a fitness trainer and amateur bodybuilder, all while ( unbeknownst to him) his heart was deteriorating and growing to the size of a football.
Gerardo shares the excruciating journey from a fit and healthy fashion model, trainer and amateur bodybuilder in his 20’s to suddenly: being unable to lift weights; having a defibrillator implanted; being upgraded to a pacemaker; suffering multiple heart attacks and life-saving shocks from the devices; flat-lining; being put into an induced coma for 3 months waiting for a new heart (in which he lost 1/2 his body weight as well as most muscle function); getting a new heart accompanied by a miraculous encounter with God; and, finally, being inspired to develop a fitness routine he calls “BodyShock”. It is the encounter with God that Gerardo has kept to himself for a decade for fear it would be met with ridicule and disbelief. Gerardo finally shares what he refers to as “the truth”.
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
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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/