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The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:18

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    Saturday
    Sep132014

    Our latest publication...Let the Heart Rejoice

    We are excited to annouce our newest publication is available for sale at blurb.com 

    We are so pleased to share this 30 day devotional filled with hope and encouragement.

    Tuesday
    Sep022014

    Fall Women's Conference

    Hi Everyone

    Healing Hearts Ministry is having a fall women's conference on September 27 at Emmanuel Fellowship located at 8345 Crown Point, Omaha, NE. The conference is free with lunch provided. It will be a fun time of fellowship, worship and spiritual enlightenment. Hope to see you there. Tell your friends. Lunch is free but we would appreciate it if you let us know if you are attending so we have enough for everyone. You can let us know by emailing ...deejohnston1@live.com or call at 402-991-2492

    Blessings, Dee Johnston..Executive Director and Founder of Healing Hearts

    Click here to download the flyer  http://deejohnston.squarespace.com/fall-womens-conference-2014/

    Wednesday
    Aug202014

    Spiritual and Emotional Maturity

     

    Good Morning Friends

    Welcome to Dee's Thoughts

    If we desire to be mature Christians we must also become emotionally mature as well. The two go together. God's Word tells us in Hebrews 5:13-14, Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Growing up spiritually is essential and involves us maturing spiritually as well as emotionally.

     Spiritual Immaturity is marked by 3 specific Attitudes: 

    1.         Childish Behavior….Still acting as infants as Paul refers to in Ephesians 4:14. This word refers to minors or the untaught; it could also carry the meaning of infantile or stupid. Paul intends for believers to move toward stability regarding personal, family and church life. Some attain this early, where others never attain it.

    2.       A Continued Instability….Never becoming solidly grounded or rooted in the spiritual life, still  moving from one place to another, never really settling in at one place for very long. Paul recognized this problem even in body of believers. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Ephesians 4:14

    But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. James 1:6-8

    3.         Gullibility…A weakness of mind where a person will easily believe anything said to them without question or known truth of what is being said or shown. They are willing to believe anything that bears the mark of Christianity. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:21

    Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

    Spiritual Maturity….. Spiritual maturity is a process that begins when a person accepts Jesus Christ as Savior. The Apostle Paul said that spiritual growth is an ongoing process. (the key to maturity is in continual growth)

    "Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:12-14).

    How do we identify spiritual maturity in someone?

    >          learning how to walk in obedience to God…. It is making the choice to live by God's viewpoint rather than our human viewpoint.  

     So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.

    >          Spiritual maturity should be a priority…. Discover God's truth by studying God’s Word, then apply what you learn to your own personal life.

    Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. James 1:22-24

    >        We must understand that growth comes by grace and it is God alone who is our resource. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1

    Note:  The atmosphere in which ‘Spiritual Maturity” thrives in is “speaking the truth in love’. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:15-16

    When you became a child of God, you were given all you need "in Christ" to become a spiritually maturing believer. However, we are responsible to make a choice!  The wonderful thing about being in submission to God's maturing process is that you will be changed! You don't have to worry about becoming mature. God does the changing! He will conform you to the image of Jesus Christ as you humbly surrender to His Holy Spirit and learn His Word. Becoming emotionally and Spiritually Mature is a life long journey.

    Blessings, Dee

    We are a non-profit ministry that operates on the donations/gifts of others. If you would like to help us as we reach out to the hurting and broken please send to: 

    Healing Hearts Ministry; P.O. Box 390003; Omaha, NE 68139-0003

    Website Address: www.reachingthebroken.org

    Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com

    Tuesday
    Aug192014

    Righteous and unrighteous anger part 2

    Good Afternoon Friends

    Welcome to Dee's Thoughts

    Anger is a strong emotion that affects many Christians today. We all experience anger from time to time, but for the Christian how anger is viewed and handled from a spiritual perspective can be difficult to deal with. Today we will finish this topic. thank you for joining me.

    Anger is always a wrong response to having our rights denied. When we feel that we deserve something and don’t get it, then we feel that we have been wronged. The point is, If we were content that what we have is everything we need in God, we would never get angry in an unholy way.

    Why? Because Hebrews 13:5 says, Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Listen to what Berg says again Quote: “Anger is a strong emotion of displeasure… You can’t be displeased about something… unless you think you have to have it in the first place to be content.”

    Monday
    Aug112014

    Righteous and Un-righteous Anger

    Good Afternoon Friends

    Anger is a strong emotion that affects many Christians today. We all experience anger from time to time, but for the Christian how anger is viewed and handled from a spiritual perspective can be difficult to deal with. There is the view that all anger is sinful. This view I believe comes from the out-of-control behavior that we see associated with anger.

    I agree that where you see anger you see many times ungodly behavior as well. I have ministered over the years to many broken people who have lived through bad experiences in their past and have had a lot of anger issues. Rightfully so, that anger would be a part of those experiences.

    The key is to be able to express our anger so we can get down to the pain of those experiences. So, let's take a look at righteous and un-righteous anger for deeper insight....For today let's define anger:

     Anger is:

    An emotional state that may range in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and rage. Anger has physical effects including raising the heart rate and blood pressure and the levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline.

    Righteous Anger:

    Righteous anger is a reaction to wrong doing or sin. This definition of wrong doing or sin is based upon the Bible and not a subjective notion. The Bible must be our guide.

    Un-Righteous Anger:

     Anger is unrighteous when it is motivated by selfishness and self-protection. Righteous anger always looks out for the good of others, the protection of the innocent, and the glory of God.

    What Causes Anger? 

    Anger is always the result of what we are thinking. We cannot be angry without thinking. Anger is my response to some outside event or influence. Any time I get angry, I have perceived a wrong, and have responded to that wrong. Nobody can force a person to get angry. Nobody can force you to react in a certain way. Anger comes from the well of our heart. (Proverbs 4:23)

     

    Jim Berg explains it this way: “Anger is God’s way of putting His finger on another area of our life that is not yet surrendered to God.” (Quieting the Noisy Soul) Berg is saying that when we respond to life’s circumstances in anger, we are revealing that we really have not given over every aspect of our lives to God’s complete control. Berg further explains:

      A man’s anger is [an] indicator of his priorities. Find out what highly displeases him, and you have exposed what he values. No one is displeased if something he values little is taken away or is threatened. But begin to rob a man of his treasures, and you will have a fight on your hands. It may be his control, his reputation, his possessions, his position, or his health. A man’s anger reveals what areas of life are most precious to him. His anger exposes what he has not yet surrendered fully to God to deal with as He wishes for His glory and for the man’s good. 

    We will stop here for today and continue on next week. Thank you for joining me and see you next week.

    Blessings, Dee

    We are a non-profit ministry that operates on the donations/gifts of others. If you would like to help us as we reach out to the hurting and broken please send to: 

    Healing Hearts Ministry; P.O. Box 390003; Omaha, NE 68139-0003

    Website Address: www.reachingthebroken.org

    Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com