Hi, my name is Steve Fleshman, with Heartland Baptist Fellowship’s addiction recovery ministry; and I’m a recovering hypocrite. I used to be religious for God, but now I have a relationship with God. Since I came from a good family and grew up going to church, I really never did many unrighteous things, but equally as bad or worse, I became self-righteous; but now that Jesus saved me, I’ve been “made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
I was born again in March of 1992, and since that time, I’ve been involved in several ministries through the local church, but it was the 5 years that I worked in jail and prison ministries that have compelled me to start at addiction recovery ministry. The need is great, I believe, to be an outreaching arm to touch the addicted in our community, with the love of Jesus.
Not only do I believe that the need is great, I also believe that the time is right. We have a team of about 10 people from our church, with various backgrounds and experiences with addiction, who believe that “the truth” really can “make you free” (John 8:32). To this end, we will be meeting each Friday evening at 7pm, with whosoever will, that is struggling with whatsoever stronghold, to apply God’s wisdom to their issue.
I have called our addiction recovery ministry, “Life Issues”; based on Proverbs 4:23, which says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.” Our ministry will offer Godly counsel and teach life skills from the book of Proverbs, and will also offer an intense, heart focused, sponsor led, discipleship course. I believe that the wisdom of God’s word has the answer to all of life’s issues, and that our team will offer love, acceptance, and hope, to those that God brings our way.
I’m writing to let you know of this
resource, and invite you to feel free to refer us to those in your network of acquaintances who may be in need of what we offer. Let them know that the Lord has servants in the Life Issues ministry who can instruct them in the truth, and help them to “...recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will” (2 Timothy 2:26). Cass County
Sincerely, Steve Fleshman
Life Issues ministry leader