Since our inception in 1992, we have facilitated over 1,500 Discovery Groups. During 2015 alone, we will have presented the Discovery Approach to recovery to 9,390 men and women at these Ministry Venues: Wings of Life, The Shoulder Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, the Home of Grace for Women, The Refuge in Lucedale, MS, local churches and Discovery Groups.
Additionally, every week we have provided counseling for individuals, including ministers, who suffer in silence. DFM provides ministry and work opportunities for those delivered from addiction and life crises. They are vital members of our Discovery Team.
All these ministries are offered without charge. Our monthly financial support comes from those friends who value our mission: Empowering Lives to Change for Good Through Proven Principles that Lead to Peace and Productivity.
These invest in DFM because we are missionaries to America. He has called us to proclaim and teach liberty to captives in our culture. These are our children and grandchildren! The enemy of our souls seeks to kill the next generation by all types of addiction. Jesus said, Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:27-28 NKJV
Perhaps we should “double-check” our priorities! We still have time to rescue the perishing!
DFM offers a spiritual pathway that goes beyond "maintaining sobriety." We present a whole new design for living. It is "practical Christianity." We apply Biblical truths to real life circumstances for those who are willing.
We are confident that individuals are NOT destined to continue their habitual destructive behaviors. They can encounter God and be taught to become productive citizens in their communities.
Linda and I wish you could be there with us when the “aha moment” happens for someone to whom we are ministering. Suddenly the truth comes alive!! Whatever progress I have made during these last 24 years as a pastor recovering from alcoholism and failure, I owe to these 7 truths of recovery:
1. Admitting the pain of staying the same was worse than the pain of changing. Whether an addict who wants a better life or a loser who wants to win at his game; the difference between high achievers and average folks is the motivation and determination to go the second mile.
2. Developing a schedule and internalizing structure. Benjamin Franklin advised, “You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.” Doing the hard things distinguishes winners. It is wise to submit to an external framework to keep you on track on those days you feel emotionally low. Eventually what is around you gets inside of you.
3. Repeating healthy activities over time until they become second nature. Character is the byproduct of a disciplined life. I got into a 12 Step program, but more importantly, the philosophy got into me! Doing what winners do brings success over time. Life done in bite-sizes is more doable than leaps of faith. The chasm is crossed one step at a time.
4. Living in community is God’s way with us. Isolation and retreat characterize the wounded and sick. Sharing our journey with those who accept us as we are, but who encourage us to move forward, maximizes our full God-given potential.
5. Expressing gratitude and kindness is attractive. We give thanks based on Who God is, not because of material blessings alone. The wise man always gives thanks. He recognizes his potential and skills come from a benevolent God.
6. Moving from the inspirational to the instructional transforms us from getting emotionally pumped up to sustainable growth. Our God is a builder and we are called to co-labor with God in His field, the world.
7. Experiencing peace and becoming productive go together. Accomplishment brings satisfaction and Godly contentment leads to gain. Intimately knowing the great I AM is the ground from which emerges the great I WILL. Durable accomplishments proceed from abiding in Him.
In recovery we go from denial to ownership, from processing to finding a new frame of reference, finally to helping others break free.
Crossing the Causeway through the Bay of the Holy Spirit between Baldwin and Mobile Counties, I am captivated by a glorious sunset. King David’s words come to mind, The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork.
These days I reflect more and thank God more. He is awesome in splendor, a God of truth, without injustice, pure and holy is He. He draws me into Himself. I find Him merciful to the contrite and encouraging to the weak. What a mighty God we serve!
On this evening I met with a young man of God called at a strategic time to accomplish a great work. Only days earlier it was my privilege to participate in the ordination of another young warrior for the Lord. My heart finds peace in knowing there are young men whom God is raising up in America with a prophetic voice and a spiritual anointing.
At 7 PM twelve gather at Discovery Group and invite the Holy Spirit to direct our conversation. Once again I am reminded that Jesus built His church upon 12 who gathered in His name. Though imperfect, they turned the world upside down proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching others the things they had observed in Him.
It never grows old hearing how God brought us together and what He is accomplishing in and through our lives. From broken pieces He shapes vessels of honor, fit for the Master’s use.
Deep satisfaction settles in my soul as I return home to my wife who has diligently prayed for our meeting. All of us have a Causeway to cross until the final sunset. It is unimaginable to finish this life without that awareness, that satisfaction.