Wednesday, December 13, 2017

DESTINY ARRIVES AND WE SHOW UP

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry the message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
Philippians 4:8-9, The Message


"Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace."
- Frederick Buechner

Destiny Arrives and We Show Up

None of us ever meant to get addicted to anything. We didn’t ask for it, and we didn’t intend it. In the beginning, addiction was the last thing we ever thought would happen to us. But, nonetheless, we got addicted anyway. In the end, no matter how naive or innocent we might have been, we have had to confess that our addictions have been deeply rooted in our bad thinking and our lack of a real faith in God. We now know how a lack of authentic faith and bad thinking go hand in hand.

Recovery became possible for us when we admitted our need and began to accept the help that God made available. Making this confession helped us hope for a better life than the one we had known in the past. We began to see that God had bigger and better plans for us than we did. Following His plan, both our addictions and our healing became a pathway. They became like stepping-stones to a revolutionary kind of personal transformation that we never could have envisioned when we first started our journey. And along the way, we receive much more than we ever could have expected or anticipated. We have been changed on the inside. We have learned things that no book could ever teach us. We have gained insights and had experiences that we could never get in any classroom or from any other person, either. There is a new presence and reality within us and it is more than our senses can identify, more than our physical bodies can contain and very, very much more than we can ever explain. We have God’s Spirit working inside of us and through us.

The way we experience recovery is a unique and personalized gift from God. We receive it and experience it on an individual and personal basis. It is a redemption that is deeply intimate between God and us, together, just the two of us, connecting and being close. This is why none of us will ever have the exact same experience in recovery or with God. And while we all have our own intimate encounter with God, the recovery experience He gives is not ours to keep for ourselves. We must be willing to share it if we want to keep it long-term. And as we share our experience with others, we will discover that we have much more in common than we ever realized before. This is how God expands and multiplies the intimate life He has shared with us.



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Monday, November 27, 2017

Operation Integrity 2017 Year-End report



Operation Integrity
Facing Addiction – Inspiring Recovery - Transforming Lives

 

 

 With deep appreciation, I present our 2017 Year-End Update.

 

People Helping People
·       Operation Integrity (OI) is helping men and women in 7 U.S. States heal from their addictions, becoming transformed people who help other people recover. I continue my work with Clergy and Christian Leaders in several U.S. Cities, The UK, Shanghai and recently in Northern Ireland, assisting a young pastor plant a recovery fellowship to help himself and others – a first for the area.
·        We continue helping dozens of men and their families at home, Coast Hills Church. Lives transformed in community through OI’s 45 & 90 Day Programs and ongoing fellowship.

 
Partnering and Expanding
·        This year, I joined the faculty of THE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (TLI) to do addiction & recovery training for Pastors who come to TLI from around the world and develop retreats in southern California to help men and women enlarge their personal recovery through TLI.
·        This Fall I began working more closely with MARINERS CHURCH RECOVERY MINISTRY (MRM) - Irvine Campus, taping a Video Series sure to reach thousands of people in an ongoing partnership with MRM and OI – one that will grow significantly this next year.
·        I also completed content development for 8 Videos for a treatment program to use in their centers.

 Word Power
·        My books OUR JOURNEY HOME and WHEN LOST MEN COME HOME, NOT FOR MEN ONLY inspire a diverse group of people hungry to connect more deeply with God and other people. 700+ people are inspired each week by our blog, Operation Integrity Daily. I authored a booklet to help counselors and their clients better collaborate using Christ-centered 12 Steps.

 Overcoming Setbacks
·       The computer for Operation Integrity was hacked so we lost our entire 3700+ email list of subscribers and supporters. And, the decision was made to suspend work upgrading the current OI website to review with fresh approach in 2018.
·       We immediately begin rebuilding our database, already reconstructing a list of 350 with more added daily. Having consulted with marketing and internet/social media experts, and pending funding, we will launch a simplified operationintegrity.org that will offer online training courses.
·       We will always continue blending the love of Jesus with clinical insights and the 12 Steps, offering this narrative through speaking and writing, woven into the fabric of our fellowship programs, and always encouraged as an essential personal experience for recovery.

 Healing and Transformation

After 25 years, marriage for Leon and Trisha had grown cold, both were looking for a way out. But Leon made the decision to face his addictions and himself, so he enrolled in an OI Transformation Program that launched him into a journey of spiritual discovery and emotional transformation. Over the next year he became a personal growth leader for Trisha, she followed, together with OI and counseling, they are building intimacy and connection like never before.

 
And there is Robert, who suffered agonizing addictions to affairs and pornography, which of course brought calamity to his mental and emotional health and that of his wife and family. A church attender his whole life, Robert had given up on the possibility he could experience the freedom his heart longed to know. Doing his OI work, Robert learned to face the trauma and deep sadness of his childhood, embracing the value of being honest about himself with others, which helped him be even more honest with himself. His wife saw a difference in him and met him half way. Today, their whole family is healing.

 Your Chance to Help

Operation Integrity needs $33,000.00 to complete our 2017 budget and provide a strong start for 2018. I ask that you financially support our work. (All donations are tax deductible.) Over and above what I have shared above, your donation will…
 
·       Fund The Roger M. Fund (scholarships 45 & 90 Day Programs for those unable to pay).
·       My personal support for doing this work.
·       Print and ship literature sent to inmates through prison chaplains.
·       Everyday expenses including shipping and postage costs, vehicle and travel expenses, communications, professional services, social media management and website development and maintenance.
·       Client care such as temporary housing (sober-living), and sometimes help with food and clothing, as well as employer relations and family support and counseling. 
·       Print and ship literature in support of developing recovery groups in U.S and overseas.

Thank you in advance. Most of all, thank you for your ongoing support through prayer.
 To support Operation Integrity.
             1. Visit www.operationintegrity.org  
             2. Mail your check to Operation Integrity
                                                   2040 Camino del Avion #A115
                                                   Monarch Beach CA 92629

 Yours in Christ and recovery,

 
David Zailer
Executive Director
info@operationintegrity.org
1-949-842-1012       

 

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

2017 Operation Integrity Year-End Summary



Facing Addiction – Inspiring Recovery - Transforming Lives

 

 

 With deep appreciation, I present our 2017 Year-End Update.

People Helping People

·       Operation Integrity (OI) is helping men and women in 7 U.S. States heal from their addictions, becoming transformed people who help other people recover. I continue my work with Clergy and Christian Leaders in several U.S. Cities, The UK, Shanghai and recently in Northern Ireland, assisting a young pastor plant a recovery fellowship to help himself and others – a first for the area.

·        We continue helping dozens of men and their families at home, Coast Hills Church. Lives transformed in community through OI’s 45 & 90 Day Programs and ongoing fellowship.

 Partnering and Expanding

·        This year, I joined the faculty of THE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (TLI) to do addiction & recovery training for Pastors who come to TLI from around the world and develop retreats in southern California to help men and women enlarge their personal recovery through TLI.

·        This Fall I began working more closely with MARINERS CHURCH RECOVERY MINISTRY (MRM) - Irvine Campus, taping a Video Series sure to reach thousands of people in an ongoing partnership with MRM and OI – one that will grow significantly this next year.

·        I also completed content development for 8 Videos for a treatment program to use in their centers.

 

Word Power

·        My books OUR JOURNEY HOME and WHEN LOST MEN COME HOME, NOT FOR MEN ONLY inspire a diverse group of people hungry to connect more deeply with God and other people. 700+ people are inspired each week by our blog, Operation Integrity Daily. I authored a booklet to help counselors and their clients better collaborate using Christ-centered 12 Steps.

 
Overcoming Setbacks

·       The computer for Operation Integrity was hacked so we lost our entire 3700+ email list of subscribers and supporters. And, the decision was made to suspend work upgrading the current OI website to review with fresh approach in 2018.

·       We immediately begin rebuilding our database, already reconstructing a list of 350 with more added daily. Having consulted with marketing and internet/social media experts, and pending funding, we will launch a simplified operationintegrity.org that will offer online training courses.

·       We will always continue blending the love of Jesus with clinical insights and the 12 Steps, offering this narrative through speaking and writing, woven into the fabric of our fellowship programs, and always encouraged as an essential personal experience for recovery.

 

Healing and Transformation

After 25 years, marriage for Leon and Trisha had grown cold, both were looking for a way out. But Leon made the decision to face his addictions and himself, so he enrolled in an OI Transformation Program that launched him into a journey of spiritual discovery and emotional transformation. Over the next year he became a personal growth leader for Trisha, she followed, together with OI and counseling, they are building intimacy and connection like never before.

 

And there is Robert, who suffered agonizing addictions to affairs and pornography, which of course brought calamity to his mental and emotional health and that of his wife and family. A church attender his whole life, Robert had given up on the possibility he could experience the freedom his heart longed to know. Doing his OI work, Robert learned to face the trauma and deep sadness of his childhood, embracing the value of being honest about himself with others, which helped him be even more honest with himself. His wife saw a difference in him and met him half way. Today, their whole family is healing.

 

Your Chance to Help

Operation Integrity needs $33,000.00 to complete our 2017 budget and provide a strong start for 2018. I ask that you financially support our work. (All donations are tax deductible.) Over and above what I have shared above, your donation will…

 

·       Fund The Roger M. Fund (scholarships 45 & 90 Day Programs for those unable to pay).

·       My personal support for doing this work.

·       Print and ship literature sent to inmates through prison chaplains.

·       Everyday expenses including shipping and postage costs, vehicle and travel expenses, communications, professional services, social media management and website development and maintenance.

·       Client care such as temporary housing (sober-living), and sometimes help with food and clothing, as well as employer relations and family support and counseling. 

·       Print and ship literature in support of developing recovery groups in U.S and overseas.

 

Thank you in advance. Most of all, thank you for your ongoing support through prayer.

 

To support Operation Integrity.


2. Mail your check to Operation Integrity

 2040 Camino del Avion #A115

 Monarch Beach CA 92629

 

Yours in Christ and recovery,

 

  

David Zailer

Executive Director

info@operationintegrity.org

1-949-842-1012       

 

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

DESTINY ARRIVES AND WE SHOW UP

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry the message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
Philippians 4:8-9, The Message


"Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace."
- Frederick Buechner

Destiny Arrives and We Show Up

None of us ever meant to get addicted to anything. We didn’t ask for it, and we didn’t intend it. In the beginning, addiction was the last thing we ever thought would happen to us. But, nonetheless, we got addicted anyway. In the end, no matter how naive or innocent we might have been, we have had to confess that our addictions have been deeply rooted in our bad thinking and our lack of a real faith in God. We now know how a lack of authentic faith and bad thinking go hand in hand.

Recovery became possible for us when we admitted our need and began to accept the help that God made available. Making this confession helped us hope for a better life than the one we had known in the past. We began to see that God had bigger and better plans for us than we did. Following His plan, both our addictions and our healing became a pathway. They became like stepping-stones to a revolutionary kind of personal transformation that we never could have envisioned when we first started our journey. And along the way, we receive much more than we ever could have expected or anticipated. We have been changed on the inside. We have learned things that no book could ever teach us. We have gained insights and had experiences that we could never get in any classroom or from any other person, either. There is a new presence and reality within us and it is more than our senses can identify, more than our physical bodies can contain and very, very much more than we can ever explain. We have God’s Spirit working inside of us and through us.

The way we experience recovery is a unique and personalized gift from God. We receive it and experience it on an individual and personal basis. It is a redemption that is deeply intimate between God and us, together, just the two of us, connecting and being close. This is why none of us will ever have the exact same experience in recovery or with God. And while we all have our own intimate encounter with God, the recovery experience He gives is not ours to keep for ourselves. We must be willing to share it if we want to keep it long-term. And as we share our experience with others, we will discover that we have much more in common than we ever realized before. This is how God expands and multiplies the intimate life He has shared with us.


available through all book sellers