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‘Korn’ Members Promoting “Holy Ghost”

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Members of the band Korn are taking on a whole new endeavor as they work to promote a new documentary they are involved in, entitled “Holy Ghost.” Korn is a band that has been together since 1993, and includes members Jonathan Davis, Reginald Arvizu, James Shaffer, Ray Luzier, Brian Welch and David Silveria.

Over the course of their more than twenty year career they have enjoyed a tremendous following and many fans who see the band frequently at one of their many live performances. Korn’s hits have included songs like “Freak on a Leash,” and “Follow the Leader,” and their involvement in this new film marks a direction that is somewhat uncharted territory for the band. 

The Documentary “Holy Ghost”

The film that Korn will be appearing in “Holy Ghost,” is a documentary that is directed by a man who has been responsible for many highly successful Christian documentaries. Darren Wilson, who previously made films like “Finger of God,” “Father of Lights,” and “Furious Love,” has announced that the film he has made proves without a doubt that the Holy Ghost does in fact exist.

The film was shot over the course of seven months and, like many other documentaries, uses a combination of interviews and footage to tell a compelling story about the real existence of the Holy Ghost. Darren Wilson was able to raise money to make his film via a popular crowd funding source called Kickstarter. Kickstarter allows individuals to fund their projects online using smaller donations from a large number of people.

Many filmmakers have found that sources like Kickstarter are very effective in helping to raise money for a project that supports a specific belief system because the very people who would like to see the film are the ones who can support it financially from the project’s on set. “Holy Ghost,” is, to date, the most popular Christian movie in history to raise funds on Kickstarter. It was able to raise as much as $360,000 in just over a month. 

A New Kind of Film

There have certainly been a number of films that have explored the them of the Holy Ghost and the Lord, but this is perhaps the first documentary ever to raise the assertion that it can definitively prove that the Holy Ghost is not only real, but a major life force that impacts the lives of every single person in the world. It features stunning imagery and footage that is sure to be as awe inspiring as it is jaw dropping. 

The members of Korn are not the only artists who chose to collaborate with Wilson to make this groundbreaking film. They are also joined by singer songwriter Lenny Kravitz and Country Music Television personality Michael W. Smith. With such a wide variety of artists participating in the movie, many sources believe that the film will reach a very broad audience and that it will be a movie that many different types of people will be able to relate to. 

The Many Ways Of Preaching

In today’s modern society, many Christian artists have found great success in getting the word of God out by using their artistic skills to create content that is as entertaining as it is helpful. Darren Wilson’s previous films are a great example of the way in which a strong Christian message can be conveyed to an audience of varied backgrounds and tastes.

Many Christian musicians who have found recovery from addiction through the practices of Christian based recovery have also found that they are able to spread the Christian message by creating music that is catchy, inspirational, and appealing to all different types of listeners. The Christian community is sure to continue to grow artistically. 

Theology Of Christian Addiction Recovery

Posted on: August 18th, 2014 by The Gooden Center No Comments

There are many different types of recovery programs, but what they all have in common is that their aim is to help addicts to transition from being riddled with addiction to being sober, healthy, and able to live a happy and productive life. Of the many types of addiction treatment programs, Christian treatment in particular has been shown to be very effective in helping addicts to stop using over the course of their entire lives.

There are many reasons why Christian recovery is in fact one of the most effective means of finding sobriety. The best way to understand why Christian recovery is in fact so effective is to understand the basic ideas behind Christian recovery. Here are some of the main tenants of Christian recovery and the ways in which they can help recovering addicts find the health and peace they need to stay clean, sober and happy.

God and Recovery

The Christian recovery community recognizes the power of God and the ways in which He can provide the strength, support, and clarity that is necessary to work through the obstacles that are inherently a part of recovery. God provides everything that an addict has been looking for in drugs or alcohol but was not able to find.

The Christian recovery community recognizes that God makes everything possible and that He is the answer when it comes to learning to grow as a person and seeking the help that is available for those who are struggling with issues of addiction.

Finding Guidelines To Stay Sober in The Bible

The wonderful thing about The Bible is that it provides answers for spiritual and moral rejuvenation that we need to know in order to face addiction head on. The Bible provides strength, inspiration, and a never ending resource when it comes to guidance on how best to live as a Christian in recovery.

Christian recovery uses the principles set forth in The Bible to help build and strengthen the life tools necessary to get sober and to rebuild relationships that may have been deeply damaged by addiction. 

The Christian faith believes that there is a devil and that he is deceptive and addictive. The devil, much like drugs and alcohol, is addictive and manipulative and can provide constant temptation. A Christian recovering addict understands the power of the devil but has faith in God that he will be able to avoid the trappings of sin and the devil to lead a righteous and holy life.

All Sinners are Saved Through Christ

No man can say that he has never sinned, but with the power of forgiveness and the ability to repent for sins, it is possible to be reborn in Jesus’ name. Christian recovering addicts believe that the sins they committed, possibly while using, can be forgiven and that they can hope to have a new life with the Lord. This is a fact that can bring tremendous hope and joy to any recovering addict who feels sorry for the things he has said and done.

Spirituality is a Part of the Human Experience

In order to truly be alive, it is necessary to lead a rich spiritual life. Because no man is above sin, it is necessary for all men to have a relationship with God so that they may be reborn and live their lives according to the teachings of Jesus. With Jesus, it is possible to make strides in growth that were previously unimaginable, and the incredible things that lie ahead when we devote our lives to God and sobriety are beyond our widest dreams.

Spiritual Growth Changes Old Behaviors

Posted on: August 14th, 2014 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Anyone who has a bad habit of any kind understands that even when the intention is there, changing a behavior is a much more difficult process than it may seem at first. Even when the intention is there, it is very possible to slip back into destructive behaviors.

Regardless of how aware one may be that their behavior is in need of a serious adjustment. Spirituality plays such a large role in changing destructive and unhealthy behaviors both in and out of recovery.

Even when changing stubborn behaviors seems difficult or even impossible, it is possible to stop engaging in them by using the power of faith and the strength that comes with a solid relationship with God.

Faith and Finding the Answers

Behind every destructive behavior, there is a root cause. Sometimes, it can be easy to get lost in the process of attempting to change a behavior without actually delving into the reasons that behavior is occurring in the first place.

Many stubborn and destructive behaviors occur because of something that happened to a person a long time ago, and for this reason it can be difficult to accurately assess why and how a behavior is occurring. Through the power of prayer, it is possible to delve deep into ourselves and to find answers that we were not even aware were there.

When we are able to do this, we can address the true cause of dangerous behaviors, which is the most effective way of ensuring that these behaviors can be permanently changed.

Strength in God

It is never easy to change a bad behavior. If it was, few people would have bad habits at all. Once a behavior has become a habit, it is very difficult to stop engaging in it. As one stops behaving in an unhealthy manner there will undoubtedly be moments when they are tempted to slip back into old behaviors or when the temptation to engage in old behaviors is simply too strong to resist.

This is why having a relationship with God is such an important part of changing an unhealthy and destructive habit. God is always there to provide strength and guidance in times of weakness. Through prayer, it is possible to find a bolster that will allow one to make it through the struggle of overcoming even the most persistent temptation.

Getting in Touch With One’s True Self

One of the wonderful benefits of having a strong spiritual life is being able to enjoy the benefits of truly getting to know one’s self. It is very easy to lose track of one’s true self in today’s society, where everyone is constantly bombarded with stimuli and with messages that may be damaging to a person’s sense of self worth.

The stronger a person’s spiritual life becomes, however, the more likely it is that they will have a good sense of who they really are. This is particularly important for recovering addicts, who are generally in the habit of “covering up” any strong emotions with a drug or other type of controlled substance or activity.

In order to stop engaging in this type of destructive behavior, it is important to be in touch with one’s true self so that it will be entirely evident when a behavior is occurring that is harmful or counter to the goals that a person has set forth for themselves. Developing a rich spiritual life also helps cultivate a respect for one’s physical and mental health, which can greatly diminish the desire to engage in behaviors that may lead to damage, sadness, and further destruction.

Spiritual Side Of Faith Based Treatment

Posted on: August 12th, 2014 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Recovery is a time of physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth. When a person is going through recovery, they change all aspects of the way that they think and perceive the world. For this reason, spirituality is one of the main factors in most successful recovery.

Spirituality-based recovery is a wonderful tool for recovering addicts who are looking to transform their lives in a truly meaningful and permanent way. What exactly is faith-based treatment, and why is it such a popular means of recovery?

Faith Based Treatment

Faith based treatment is recovery that uses the principles of a religious faith to help a recovering addict find the strength that they need to work through the challenging obstacles of recovery. In Christian faith-based treatment, the scriptures of the Bible are used as a back bone and a guiding force for recovering addicts.

Treatment that is faith based will take a look at the nature of  addiction and the ways in which they became addicted to drugs or alcohol in order to assess the initial drive of addiction for that person. Once that has been identified, there will be an increased effort to encourage the spiritual growth through addiction recovery treatment.

This means that in many counseling sessions, an addict will have an opportunity to work with their counselor and to find ways that their faith can help them come to helpful conclusions about the ways in which they may grow as people and stop using drugs or alcohol.

Prayer in Treatment

Prayer is a very big part of faith based treatment because it can have such a large impact on a recovering addict’s ability to navigate their way to strength and clarity. Prayer offers a connection with God, which is the best way to find answers to complicated questions about how to work through the struggles inherent to addiction.

Prayer, like meditation, also strengthens the mind and allows one to be much more aware of the ways in which their thoughts and impulses impact them. Many studies have shown that the ability to recognize thoughts and choose not to act on them plays a huge part in a recovering addict’s ability to feel the impulse to use without acting on it.

Fellowship and Faith

Faith-based recovery also places an emphasis on the importance of fellowship with other recovering addicts and the community at large. Engaging in acts of service is a wonderful and highly effective way of cultivating a sober lifestyle that can be maintained over the course of an entire lifetime.

Helping others is a great way to remind oneself of the reasons to remain grateful. It is also an excellent means of increasing feelings of self worth, which are associated with a much lower risk for relapse. Building a social circle of other non-users is also very beneficial for newly recovered addicts who may be accustomed to socializing primarily with other users.

This can make it difficult to function in social situations because old friends who trigger an addict to use should generally be avoided by recovering addicts. Having a community of people available who are also spiritually minded is a wonderful way to continue to enjoy the benefits of a rich social life while avoiding individuals who may make it more likely that an addict will use.

Faith and Recovery Go Hand In Hand

The reality is that faith and recovery are virtually inseparable ideas. Most twelve step programs embrace the idea that in order to successfully recover, an addict must acknowledge that they do not have total control of their life, and that they are ready to surrender to a higher power. This admission and this willingness to let God help one down the road to recovery is what ultimately leads to happiness and success.

Relieve The Obsession To Drink And Use

Posted on: August 7th, 2014 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Alcoholism and other forms of addiction are complicated diseases because each addiction is different and each addict has a slightly different set of reasons for using. One thing that is common among all different types of addicts, however, is that in one way or another they have allowed drugs or alcohol to take hold of their life.

There are a number of reasons this happens, but as an addict recovers, they can begin to find a meaningful relationship with God and find that God allows them to stop using drugs and alcohol and allowing substances to have such a strong hold on their life.

Using Drugs and Alcohol to Deal With Emotions

It is extremely common for addicts to have emotional problems and issues properly processing emotions. This is because for almost all addicts, feeling strong emotions is a trigger for using. This is because when emotions are unpleasant or strong, an addict’s tendency tends to be to use drugs or alcohol to temporarily mitigate the feelings of a strong emotion.

This creates a vicious cycle because emotions are simply numbed and not actually dealt with, and in turn become much more complicated and severe, which creates a stronger desire to use. When an addict turns to God, however, they find that they can in fact deal with their emotions in a meaningful way.

 A relationship with God allows for a recovering addict to see that their emotions do not need to be dealt with through the use of drugs or alcohol and can be faced with the support of a God who will always guide a recovering addict in the right direction.

A Relationship With God and Finding One’s True Purpose

Often, those who struggle with addiction have found that their dreams and goals have fallen by the wayside as addiction took a hold of their lives and prevented them from fulfilling their dreams. When this happens, an addict will often feel that they have lost purpose and are floating aimlessly.

This can create a desire to further fill emptiness by using drugs or alcohol. Once an addict begins to cultivate their relationship with God, however, they are able to regain sight of their true purpose. They are in touch with the person they wish to be. This creates a much weaker desire to use because the emptiness that created a desire to use diminished as a more meaningful life was led.

God Is a Support System

A relationship with God does all of the things that drugs and alcohol do not. When a person has a relationship with God, they have the strength they need that they were seeking but not finding in drugs or alcohol. Having a relationship with God means that even when obstacles are faced, an addict has the opportunity to address them head on.

Having a relationship with and the support of a God that can offer them guidance also allows a recovering addict to make much more informed and healthy decisions. This is especially true when it comes to choosing which people they would like to allow in their life.

Surrounding one’s self with other happy and healthy people can replace the need to use drugs or alcohol. This is because a healthy relationship with people who are a positive influence can allow a recovering addict the chance to make decisions that support their sobriety rather than decisions that drive them to use.

Having a relationship with God in sobriety is truly the key to ridding oneself of the desire to leave permanently. A relationship with God is a truly invaluable tool in sobriety and in all of life.