Hi, my name is John E Lindsey, and I am the Program Counselor for the men’s longer-term program called New Life Recovery. Most of the men are homeless, addicted and afflicted. My job as a servant of Christ is to labor in the power of Spirit to engage and equip these men to live life on life’s terms.
In Ephesians 4 the Apostle writes, “. . . but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head even Christ . . . building up of itself in love . . . walk no longer . . . in the futility of (your) mind . . . because of the hardness of (your) heart . . . lay aside the old self . . . that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth” (Eph. 4:15-24).
I am trained as a mental health practitioner, licensed in the state of NE. My role is to address the men’s core personality and lifestyle issues like addictions, co-dependency, and a history of abuse, abandonment or neglect. These issues often result in a shame-based lifestyle of spiritual and moral corruption which the Bible calls sin! God’s remedy of healing such a miserable existence is the three-fold process of the gospel of grace – our past justification, our present ongoing growth of sanctification, and our future glorification – a developmental process.
Two terms that the Scriptures employ for this developmental approach to a life of holiness are: Renewal and Transformation. Renewal is an event-oriented or cognitive-behavioral approach where content and truth are transmitted; and through activities like, classroom instruction, participation in personal & corporate worship, service involvement, fellowship, Bible study, prayer, etc. While transformation is a process-oriented approach of experiential and emotive or “heart work,” where a person addresses their emotional and core personality issues; through activities like individual and group therapy, accountability groups, meditation, etc.
Please pray for the men to “work out their salvation in fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12b) and for the staff that we can use our gifts and training to effectively “speak the truth in love.” There are many ups and downs on the journey of living life on God’s terms!
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