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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

THE BATTLEFIELD OF DARKNESS ANDS LIGHT
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Saturday, 13 July 2019


"THIS IS HOW I FEEL AS WELL" The battlefield of darkness and light - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
 
The headlines around these holidays are alarming. The narrative seems to be pointing toward a great recession, economic disruption, government disruption, political disruption, social disruption. Disruption on all levels, according to the news media. There is no rest from disruption. It is so, because the media and the disrupters make it so. So there they are making their noise, accusing others of what they are doing, judging people from the content of their own hearts, spewing forth hate, derision, suspicion and darkness. What is it to us? Why do we have to allow them to occupy the battlefield of our minds? Does their darkness overcome the light of Christ and the Holy Spirit in each of us? I stand to say "NO."
 
In John 8:12, Christ said, "I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." In Matthew 5:14-16, Christ affirms this transfer of light, saying, "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Philippians 2:14-15 says, "Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world." 
 
Proverbs 4:14-18 says, "Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day." Psalm 119:105 says, "Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." There is a pattern here that there is a path we all travel, but we do not have to travel in darkness because Christ is the light for the just. He transfers it to his disciples that they might also be the light of the world.

 


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MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS ARE REAL TO ALL!
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 05 July 2019

"I know God is able to gives us victory over all our struggles and Jared Pingleton does a great job in describing what he is doing to help all ministers."


The Struggle Is RealHOW TO DEAL WITH IT!
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JARED PINGLETON, Psy.D. 
Every pastor dreads handling that chilling suicidal emergency phone call at 2 a.m. Likewise, it is far beyond most leaders’ comfort zones to confront the secretive affair between members of the worship team, deal with a chronic alcoholic, intervene in an abusive family situation, or cope with a seriously depressed parishioner. These and similar personal ministry challenges can be highly stressful, frustrating and cumulatively overwhelming to any shepherd. 
There have always been people with mental and relational health problems in the Church. It’s just that, historically, we haven’t properly trained and equipped pastors to recognize, and minister effectively to, these needs. Bible schools and seminaries generally do a good job of teaching hermeneutics, exegetics, systematic theology and homiletics. Yet pastoral training programs seldom provide specialized instruction regarding the day in, day out demands of practical require major, labor-intensive investments of time, effort and attention, which consume disproportionate shares of precious and limited church resources. Consequently and tragically, many pressing human needs are never adequately addressed, and others are ignored altogether. 
Scope of the Struggle 
Contrary to much implicit — and some explicit — teaching and preaching, just because we are Christians does not mean we are immune to adversity, anguish and afflictions. The pain, pace and pressures of modern living have taken over countless lives. People are hurting in virtually epidemic numbers. Consider these statistics from the National Institute for Mental Health, the National Domestic Violence Hotline and other agencies regarding many of the major mental and relational health issues in the U.S.: 
ministry to hurting people and broken relationships. 
‘‘There have always been people with mental and relational health problems in the Church. It’s just that, historically, we haven’t properly trained and equipped pastors to recognize, and minister effectively to, these needs.
20–25% of adults suffer from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year; 50% in their lifetime
14–20% of children and adolescents suffer from a mental, emotional or behavioral disorder 
20–25% of the population meet criteria for alcohol use disorder
60–80% of adolescent and adult males, and 40–60% of females, use pornography on a regular basis 
25% of women have had at least one abortion (an issue that affects the mental health of both women and men)
5–10% of the population abuse prescription medications 64,000 people died from opioid overdose in 2016 — 175 per day, on average 
About 117 people commit suicide every day (one every 13 minutes)
More than 40% of all marriages end in divorce
In 2015, 48% of all live births were to unwed parents 
1 in 3 girls, and as many as 1 in 4 boys, are sexually abused before age 18
1 in 5 women will be victims of sexual assault in their lifetime Only 33% of children will reach age 18 in a household with both biological parents 
Over 30 million people suffer from eating disorders, and someone dies from an eating disorder every hour
Nearly 2,000 children are abused and/or neglected every day, in addition to adult elderly and disabled persons who suffer abuse and neglect 
1 in 6 couples is infertile, 1 in 6 pregnancies miscarry, 
TO PASTOR EMOTIONALLY WOUNDED PEOPLE 
and most couples never adequately grieve or even discuss 
those losses 
24 people per minute are victims of domestic violence by an 
intimate partner — with children witnessing 22% of these incidents — and domestic violence is the leading cause of physical injury to women 
Sadly, many people who face these challenges never receive treatment. There is also evidence that many mental and relational health issues are as common among church people as they are among the general population. The individual and cumulative pain these realities represent is staggering. The struggle is real indeed. 
Sources of the Struggle 
As discouraging and overwhelming as these statistics can be, we should recognize the struggles around us as potential growth opportunities and redemptive ministry assignments that can reveal and demonstrate God’s love, grace, mercy and transformational power. 
To gain a proper perspective,
we need to understand more
about what’s going on beneath
the surface. While a full analysis
of each of these issues is beyond the scope of this article, we can identify five general sources of pain, pathos and pathology. 
1. Biochemistry and genetics. Just as predispositions to physi- cal maladies — like diabetes, myopia, hypertension, cardiac dis- ease and some cancers — can result in generational transmission of those health concerns, many brain and mental disorders have a genetic component. Certain inherited neurochemical factors often play a primary role in mental health conditions. While some of these disorders can be treated by appropriate medications, many cannot. Still others are difficult to diagnose precisely. 
Conditions such as bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and some forms of chronic depression are best addressed utilizing a com- bination of counseling, medication and loving support in specific groups and from a healthy church community. 
2. Environmental influences. King Solomon insightfully coun- seled that a person gains wisdom as a result of hanging around wise people but suffers harm when consorting with fools (Prov- erbs 13:20). The apostle Paul observed that bad company cor- rupts good character (1 Corinthians 15:33). And God warned 
Moses that the sins of parents can have consequences for their children (Exodus 20:5). 
Unhealthy patterns of behavior often filter down multi-gen- erationally and become self-perpetuating and maladaptive. The actions of parents and guardians can deeply affect the children in their care. Children’s workers and youth pastors have only one or two hours per week to try to reverse and redeem the effects of the toxic environments many kids are in the rest of the week. 
A plethora of clinical research verifies the common-sense reality that children of divorced parents are themselves more likely to divorce, most pedophiles were themselves molested as children, kids who grow up around gangs tend to engage in high- er-than-average levels of antisocial activity, etc. Our environ- ments rub off on us. 
3. Faulty learning. Dysfunctional family systems generate their own unique sets of issues and problems. Family relationships comprise the contextual framework within which children orininally learn who, what and how they are. Children in single-parent homes suf- fer from the absence of the other parent, and typically internalize a sense of false guilt for the abandonment and rejection they feel, which results in low self-esteem and insecurity. Children raised around substance abuse tend to develop codependent personalities and maladaptive coping styles, thus subconsciously seeking out people with those similarly unstable and unhealthy but familiar dynamics (Proverbs 26:11; 2 Peter 2:22). Many sexually abused children grow up with damaged identities and become promiscuous; since sexual contact was the primary way they received attention, they may falsely believe that is all they are good for. 
4. Traumatic experiences. Trauma can leave an enduring neu- rological imprint upon us and literally alter our brain chemistry, identities and relationships. Combat-related experiences, grue- some accidents, horrific assaults and a multitude of other events suffered in our fallen world can create an unexpected-yet-devas- tating impact on one’s soul and interpersonal relationships, often leaving permanent scars — both visible and invisible. 
5. The Fall. Last but certainly not least, we all have a sin prob- lem (Romans 3:23; James 4:1). And sin kills — individually and collectively, literally and figuratively — though not necessarily.Mental

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ACTS 1
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 28 June 2019

Jesus Ascends to Heaven
Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. Here Jesus says all He needed to say to bless them He was taken up!  A cloud received Him not a chariot of fire, but a cloud like covered the Israelites in the wilderness. Just like He rose from the grace by His own power while the Disciples where hiding. They did not see Him come out of the grave, but they saw Him after He was risen now they see Him enveloped by a cloud. He did not fly swiftly up, but moved up slowly. He vanished out of their sight in a cloud.  Remember in the Transfiguration a Bright cloud hovered over them. So, a cloud received Him so the cloud was His chariot. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, Notice they are still fixing their attention on what just happen Jesus now gone. Maybe He will return; are they going to see the heaven open up. Here is two men in white apparel. These we angles, bright and beautiful glittering ready to receive our Redeemer ministering to the Disciples 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” They talk to the Disciples calling them men from Galilee reminding them of the rock which they are hewn as the Lord place a high honor on them. Just. don’t stand here gazing. You saw what you were called to see your Lord and master has left. We are never called to just gaze but do; go to work. Now they could confirm their faith for they saw with their own eyes. They. Where assured He was going to come in like manner as they saw Him go. Clothed with a glories body no more a disgrace but now as a judge. We are all going to have to give account of how we now then live. It is so important that we hear the trumpet sound to be resurrected in a moment as fast as the twinkling of an eye.
The Upper Room Prayer Meeting
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. Here they are returning to where Jesus began His suffering at the hands of ungrateful people. Here they are gathering to receive the greatest blessing known to man while they are among enemies who had the Lord crucified. So they were being watched and in a state of fear getting ready for the power of the Lord to be upon them.  13 And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. 14 These all continued with one [d]accord in prayer [e]and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. They meet in an upper room just as they did while He ate the last supper. I is important to know it was a place that was used by the Lord before His death and now after being alive and disappearing before them in person. Mary is present along with others for people where gathered from around the area now to honor the Lord in the temple. As we will see latter at least 120 where present. Here they are in one accord praying as they have new work before them that was going to turn the world upside down. It is where the Lord gave special time with the disciples and now is getting ready by His Spirit to make them a powerful force as they waited upon the Lord in prayer for a closer walk with the Lord. Notice the Holy Spirit descended upon the Lord while He was baptized and praying. Here they are praying and praising the Lord for what they had experienced and have received in a very personal way. All gathered in one accord now that is love we will never know until we to are full of the spirit of God to pray. They were not quarreling but ready to receive the greatest comforter known to mankind having an intimate relationship that was holy, pure and righteous that would enable them for the battle they were in with the enemy of our souls. Lord help us to understand the power of worshiping together for what the Lord has done is doing and getting ready to do in our lives. 
Matthias Chosen
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the [f]disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said, 16 “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; 17 for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.” Here we see Peter the rock now fully aware of the sins and shame of Judas that left a vacancy in the number 12. 12 Tribes of Judea or Israel, 12 Patriarchs, 12 stars that make up the crown of the Church. 12 Thrones of Heavens gates. So it was important to file this spot with some one alive among them. Here they needed to be complete in the beginning of starting the ministry of the Church. So Peter the individual that was very forward in what he did is now showing how the Lord forgave him and still loved Him and gave Him the great ministry of fulfilling the will of the Lord. Here he is not sitting down to read the law but standing among them as one that had something import to say. We have a vacancy in the death of Judas who was numbered by God among us for a ministry. It is so strange how one the Lord chose is the one here who sold Him for thirty pieces of silver. When God calls us He expects us to follow and keep on abiding in the Lord, so we can produce Goodwill and Peace regardless of what is going on around us. Judas found out what he did was a shame to him and he did not ask God forgiveness but got bitter with himself, gave the money back to Satan’s followers and hung himself. Rejection is a word that plays on a person mind that cause depression and disappointment to where one can’t get rid of selfishness but hides and even many time commits suicide.


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