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Published on February 4, 2008

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Staying Healthy in Your Ministry… “Broken Windows and the Soul” :  Staying Healthy in Your Ministry… “Broken Windows and the Soul” Donald A. Lichi, Ph.D. Psychologist EMERGE Ministries, Inc. Feeling a Bit Burned Out?:  Feeling a Bit Burned Out? Of Course I’m Available…:  Of Course I’m Available… Conversation with Dr. Easley President of Moody Bible Institute:  Conversation with Dr. Easley President of Moody Bible Institute List of consequences for moral failure List of ministry colleagues who had had a moral failure Develop a “Master Schedule” or “Ideal Week”(Larson):  Develop a “Master Schedule” or “Ideal Week”(Larson) Devotional Time Physical Exercise Study Visitation Staff Meetings Family Time Day Off Staying Healthy in the Ministry:  Staying Healthy in the Ministry Don’t confuse your work FOR God with your walk WITH God No necessary correlation between “work” and “walk” One can be successful in “work” and a failure in our “walk” Work (Public) – Walk (Secret) But…”Walk” gives credibility to “Work” “Broken Windows and the Soul” Guarding Your Heart: Building A Shelter…Preserving A Legacy Donald A. Lichi, Ph.D. EMERGE Ministries, Inc.:  “Broken Windows and the Soul” Guarding Your Heart: Building A Shelter…Preserving A Legacy Donald A. Lichi, Ph.D. EMERGE Ministries, Inc. “Broken Windows”:  “Broken Windows” Zimbardo’s Stanford University Study A tale of two cars “Nobody Cares” “Nobody is in Charge” To reduce/prevent crime… Social Order must be maintained Problems must be fixed immediately An Abandoned Car…. “Help Yourself”:  An Abandoned Car…. “Help Yourself” An Abandoned Car Left Unattended….:  An Abandoned Car Left Unattended…. Eventually….:  Eventually…. Broken Windows and NYC:  Broken Windows and NYC Wilson and Kelling. Atlantic Monthly (March 1982) Rudi Giuliani..“Fix the Broken Windows” Disorder invites even more disorder Zero tolerance Taking care of the “small things” Surprising stats…Reduction in major crime Consequences of Small Scale Neglect:  Consequences of Small Scale Neglect In our community In our church In our schools In our home In our family In my own heart “NOBODY CARES!” Charles Colsen :  Charles Colsen “The Christian in Today’s Culture” Cites the “Broken Windows” theory for a number of communities An epidemic can be reversed by attending to the “small things” Malcolm Gladwell:  Malcolm Gladwell “The Tipping Point” Attend to the “small things” to start a “movement” in a positive direction Some School Applications of “Broken Windows”:  Some School Applications of “Broken Windows” Manners Dress Appearance Punctuality Vandalism Litter Bullying Cell phones Mutual Respect “Customer Service” Building Maintenance – Broken Restrooms Broken English – “Dumbing Down” The “Broken Window” of Calling ‘Good’…’Great’:  The “Broken Window” of Calling ‘Good’…’Great’ Good is Good Great is Great Good is not Great Good is the enemy of Great Examples from CHCS “Fix the Broken Windows” Community Applications of “Broken Windows” Theory:  Community Applications of “Broken Windows” Theory Neighborhood Watch Programs Broken Streets Broken Playgrounds Broken Accountability amongst public officials Business Applications of “Broken Windows” Theory:  Business Applications of “Broken Windows” Theory Broken Workgroups – chaos and deviation from the norms Broken Software – fix the errors Broken Standards – abandoned values Broken Books – ask Enron about this Broken Systems – continuous improvement? Applying “Broken Windows” theory to ourselves:  Applying “Broken Windows” theory to ourselves Broken Bodies – 80% of Americans are overweight Broken Families – Marriage is losing ground Broken Priorities – Where are our goals taking us? Start Small…Fix “Broken Windows”:  Start Small…Fix “Broken Windows” Taking care of the “small things…”:  Taking care of the “small things…” Guard Your Heart… Leave A Legacy:  Guard Your Heart… Leave A Legacy Sow an action….reap a habit Sow a habit….reap a character Sow a character….reap a destiny Above all else:  Above all else Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else…guard your heart, for it affects everything you do” The Uniqueness of the Human Body:  The Uniqueness of the Human Body Your body is uniquely designed by God to give physical expression to spiritual impressions The brain is the physical organ that provides the interface between the world of spirit and the material world Thoughts, urges, fantasies, ideas are the mental activities that are the source of our choices Guarding Your Own Heart:  Guarding Your Own Heart “Above all else, guard your heart” Proverbs 4:23 What you feed …grows. Practicing the spiritual disciplines provides fuel for the fire of the Holy Spirit The Problem of Pornography…A “Broken Window” of the Soul:  The Problem of Pornography…A “Broken Window” of the Soul Taps into all three major classifications of drugs: Stimulants Hallucinogens Barbiturates Sex and Neurochemistry:  Sex and Neurochemistry Arousal-prone people prefer stimulants Fantasy driven people prefer hallucinogens Relaxation-prone people prefer opiates (depressants) Slide32:  Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Slide33:  The Memory of Drugs Nature Video Cocaine Video Front of Brain Back of Brain Amygdala not lit up Amygdala activated Brain Reward and Addiction:  Brain Reward and Addiction Neural pathway established Brain reward circuit can activate memory functions Anticipation of the behavior can release dopamine and cause arousal. Serious implications for addictive behaviors (e.g. pornography) Body and mind are activated and the intensity increases…..leading to acting out This is called “craving” and often begins at unconscious level The Heart…:  The Heart… Heart is the residence of God but also holds our treasures of life. Everything we value in life is found in the heart. That is why the Bible calls your heart the wellspring of life. Care For My Heart:  Care For My Heart How to care for my heart? Must be a top priority It means that we should daily guard our hearts against Satan’s attacks. But… “small neglect” has consequences The Enemy’s Strategic Plan:  The Enemy’s Strategic Plan Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats Ref. “Mere Christianity” Ref. “Screwtape Letters” When Am I Most Vulnerable?:  When Am I Most Vulnerable? 1. When I have not spent much time with God 2. When I have not had enough rest 3. When life is difficult 4. During times of change 5. After a significant victory 6. When life is going smoothly My Temptation Quotient*:  My Temptation Quotient* Physically Exhausted/Tired Discouraged/Down Spiritually Depleted/Empty Distant/Alone Alienated/Cold Internally Hopeless/Sad My Temptation Quotient*:  My Temptation Quotient* Insecure/Unsure Bitter/Angry Wounded/Hurt I Am Most Vulnerable When…:  I Am Most Vulnerable When… HUNGRY ANGRY LONELY TIRED Why Guard My Heart?:  Why Guard My Heart? God’s Command Helps protect and develop my relationship with God. Provides a pure and clean environment for the Holy Spirit to function in my life. Caring for the heart is an act of obedience showing God our love and faith in Him How to Care For My Heart:  How to Care For My Heart The one who really knows exactly how to take care of my heart is our Heavenly Father! He knows exactly what I need and when I need it. A good starting place to find out how to care for my heart would be to ask God Pray and ask God to show me the things in my heart that are harming my relationship with Him. A Relationship is Required:  A Relationship is Required I must be in a relationship with him where I am able to understand and practice the thoughts He gives me. Jesus modeled the care of the heart Silence, solitude and prayer. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place when he prayed.” Mark 1:35. Fixing Broken Windows:  Fixing Broken Windows Role of the Spiritual Disciplines Guarding My Heart The Purpose of the Spiritual Disciplines:  The Purpose of the Spiritual Disciplines To bring us into a close and regular relationship with God Allows us to grow and be strengthened Allows us to do what needs to be done…when it needs to be done Spiritual Disciplines:  Spiritual Disciplines “My central claim is that we can become like Christ by doing one thing…by following Him in the overall style of life He chose for Himself. We can, through faith and grace, become like Christ by practicing the types of activities He engaged in, by arranging our whole lives around the activities He Himself practiced in order to remain constantly at home in the fellowship of His father…such things as solitude and silence, prayer, simple and sacrificial living, intense study, and meditation upon God’s Word and God’s Ways, and service to others.” - Dallas Willard (Spirit of the Disciplines) Spiritual Disciplines:  Spiritual Disciplines Caring for the heart should be the top priority of my life! What place does God have in my daily routine, my thoughts, desires, attitudes and practices? The greatest commandment in the Bible is, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matt. 22:37 The most important part of your body in God’s eyes is my heart. Take good Godly care of it! Perfect practice makes perfect. The Nature of Temptation:  The Nature of Temptation To be tempted is NOT a sin Usually begins before we are aware When we become aware the Holy Spirit provides a warning and way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13) Deal with temptation when it is an urge, thought, fantasy, idea Intensity of temptation increases Seven Stages of Every Temptation* :  Seven Stages of Every Temptation* James 1:14-15 “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” Seven Stages of Temptation*:  Seven Stages of Temptation* 1. The Look - “when he is drawn away” 2. The Lust – “by his own desires” 3. The Lure – “and enticed” 4. The Conception -“when desire has conceived” Seven Stages of Temptation*:  Seven Stages of Temptation* 5. The Birth – “and it gives birth to sin” 6. The Growth – “and sin, when it is full-grown” 7. The Death – “brings forth death” *Wilkinson, B. “Set Apart. Discovering Personal Victory Through Holiness” (2003) Slide55:  CURIOUS: “A desire to learn about things that do not properly concern one.” Definitions are from Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language, Second College Edition. David B. Guralnik, Editor-in Chief. New York: Simon and Schuster, Inc. 1986 EXPERIMENTING: “Acting to find out whether something is effective or workable.” REGULAR: “Recurring at set times. HABITUAL: “Acquired by continual use.” ADDICTED: “Given oneself up to some strong habit.” Model © 1998 Dr. Richard D. Dobbins Akron, Ohio. All Rights Reserved Slide56:  POINT OF INEVITABLE ACTING OUT OLD BEHAVIOR Plane of Rest Plane of Intensity EVALUATION ( - ) MINUTES EVALUATION ( + ) A WAY OF ESCAPE “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24, NIV) Fixing my “Broken Windows” Two Important Skills:  Fixing my “Broken Windows” Two Important Skills Identify the triggering mechanisms List triggering events Times, places, situations Define effective substitute behaviors What else can I do right now until the “craving” stops? Get moving….”Flee!” Where Are My “Broken Windows”?:  Where Are My “Broken Windows”? What “minor broken windows” have I left unattended? What has the Holy Spirit been saying to me? Have I developed a “Neighborhood Watch” Program for my heart? Taking Care of My Soul’s Windows..Very Important Skills:  Taking Care of My Soul’s Windows..Very Important Skills Remember…To be tempted is NOT sin! God provides a warning and a (window) way of escape Listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit Develop a “healthy” reward system (Sabbath) Making It Personal:  Making It Personal Temptation thrives on secrecy Share with a spouse or trusted friend Accountability and honesty Galatians 6:2 “Bear one another’s burdens” Making It Personal:  Making It Personal What are the triggering mechanisms? Where is temptation most likely to occur? Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired (HALT)? What are the ways of escape? What are the substitute behaviors to employ the moment I realize I am being tempted? Conclusion:  Conclusion The Enemy builds strongholds in secrecy and enforces them by silence……break the silence and break the stronghold. The Enemy takes us further than we intended to go….keeps us longer than we intended to stay….and the price is greater than we ever intended to pay. He seeks to blind us from the consequences of sin. The Nature of God’s Forgiveness:  The Nature of God’s Forgiveness 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Broken Windows….Broken Heart:  Broken Windows….Broken Heart Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me” ….A broken and repentant heart, O God, you will not despise.” Small Victories:  Small Victories Join a Celebrate Recovery Group Talk with your leaders Talk to your spouse Talk to a trusted friend Small victories lead to holy habits…Godly character and a glorious destiny. Guard Your Heart… Leave A Legacy:  Guard Your Heart… Leave A Legacy Sow an action….reap a habit Sow a habit….reap a character Sow a character….reap a destiny Stay Healthy in Your Ministry!

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