Simply Profound Faith

You and I Are the Dirty, Smelly Manger in Which Christ Was Born

Now don’t be offended as that is the best news that you will ever hear. If you are like me and struggled with an addictive behavior for eight years or really even if you have not the vast majority of us know how far we have fallen short of being a decent husband, wife, parent, sibling, etc. Not to mention being a good Christian. If not, then this is not for you, although I believe that most of us are in that category or will be there sooner or later. As Jesus said “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). The apostle Paul put it like this: “For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate (Rom 7:15) and “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”. It would appear that Paul in a state of brokenness and despair found the answer he was looking for when he said, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Rom. 7:25).

But what does he mean “through Jesus Christ our Lord”? It is so basic and simple that most Christians miss it. Does he mean only those who are obeying Him as Lord? NO, he is not exhorting you to obey but simply pointing to who you are in Christ. Faith is primarily recognition. It is recognition and belief in who you are in Christ and what you have in Christ. It is so simple that it can be summed up in one verse, I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Gal. 2:20). Now if that is true, the following is also:

1. The old sin-loving sinner that you have been trying to shape up and stop sinning is dead and gone and the sooner you stop trying to shape up the old dead self, the sooner you will realize that you do not have to.

2. Christ is your life (Col. 3:4) and is living in you and if that’s true, then

3. You are one spirit with him (1 Cor. 6:17) and so you are dead to sin and freed from it (Rom. 6:6, 7).

Now if the above is true you are free from all bondage, sin and addictive behaviors. Now I am not saying that you don’t sin, or have addictive behaviors, etc. All of us will struggle with those until we believe the truth that sets free ( John 8:32). But you need to believe in your heart for it to be true in your life. The first step is to realize that all the advice of well meaning people (pastors, counselors, and friends) of what to do will not set you free, but only keep you in bondage. WHY? Because there is NOTHING to do. Jesus has already done it. IT IS FINISHED!!!

It took me 51 years of my life, 3 years in seminary and 18 years as a Christian before I believed the “truth that sets free”. That was 30 years ago this past October. Now I have not lived a perfect life as my wife would gladly confirm, but Praise God I have been freed from addiction for 30 years.

A year after I found my freedom I wrote a little booklet “The Key to the Victorious Christian Life and published it as a ebook on Amazon. You can get it for free through Dec. 16. Just go to http://amazon.com and type in “key to the victorious.”

Our support has been low again this year so End-of-the-Year Giving is very important. Please consider sending a one-time gift! If you have benefited from our ministry, we would greatly appreciate your support! Make checks to Grace Walk Ministries and enclose a note it’s for the Quarles. Mail to P.O. Box 817, St Petersburg FL 33731. If using a credit card, go to gracewalk.org, click on DONATE, then on ONLINE DONATION FORM and fill in your info. If you don’t need a Tax Receipt, you can send a donation via PayPal to freedfrom@bellsouth.net OR mail a check to our home. You will receive a receipt from our office. Thank you for your support in prayer and financially!

Grace to you,
Mike Quarles
Grace Walk Recovery Ministry
4590 Mountain Creek Dr Roswell GA 30075
Phone – (404) 275-5122
http://www.freedfromaddiction.org

Christmas Season Update

 But when the time had fully come God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law that we might receive the full rights of sons (Gal. 4:4, 5)…The glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27)

Health crisis

One day in July, I begin having symptoms of a stroke. Julia called 911 and I was soon in the ER at Northside Hospital.  After numerous tests, the Doctor said they found blood on my brain. I told him I had a bad fall at home in May. He thought that might have caused this now.  He recommended surgery where they drill a hole in your head and go in and drain the blood, but Julia and I said we would go home and pray for guidance. We got a lot of prayer support from our church, family and many friends. In Sept I went to a VA Doctor for a second opinion.  Later he sent me a letter saying, “Your CScan looks good! There is resolving blood on the brain but it is very small and doesn’t require surgery”. Praise God as that is what we were praying for!

Family news

Savannah my daughter’s middle daughter was married in November to Austin Williams. Audrey and her other daughters, Tiffany and Aryele, and my son Randy all attended. It was a wonderful time with family! Audrey is the Career and Technical Education Test Coordinator at Venice FL High School where Tiffany, 16, is a Junior. She is the Student Leader at the 180 House, a Youth for Christ Ministry. Aryele graduated from Florida Gulf Coast College in August and started teaching at a Charter School in Ft. Myers FL the next week!

Ministry news

  • The four books Julia and I co-authored with Neil Anderson and one with Steve McVey on freedom from addiction are all still in print.
  • The booklet, The Key to the Victorious Christian Life is available  as an ebook through Amazon. You can get it for free From Dec. 10 to Dec. 14. Just go to  http://amazon.comand type in “key to victorious”.
  • Also during the month of December access to the videos of The Freedom From Addictive Behaviors Conference is FREE. Just go to
    https://freedfrom.wordpress.com/media/freedom-conference-online-edition/ 
  • I have been a Christian for 48 years, am a seminary graduate, former pastor. I found my freedom from addiction 30 years ago and have never seen anyone get free from anything until they knew and believed who they  were in Christ (Gal. 2:20).  Please help us by taking 5 minutes and fill out this survey at
    https://vernon.responsesuite.com/q/freedomfromaddiction2018

 

Our support has been low again this year so End-of-the-Year Giving is very important.  Please consider sending a one-time gift!  If you have benefited from our ministry, we would greatly appreciate your support!  Make checks to Grace Walk Ministries and enclose a note that it’s for the Quarles.  Mail to P.O. Box 817, St. Petersburg FL 33731. If using a credit card, go to gracewalk.org, click on DONATE, then on ONLINE DONATION FORM and fill in your info.  If you don’t need a Tax Receipt, you can send a donation via PayPal to freedfrom@bellsouth.net OR mail a check to our home.  You will receive a receipt from our office. Thank you for your support in prayer and financially! If you don’t need a tax receipt, you can also use our online PayPal account.

Check out this video on our resources https://embed.vidello.com/897/ee53s0tcov7e1yg8/index.html

Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Prosperous New Year

Mike and Julia

Grace Walk Recovery Ministry
4590 Mountain Creek Dr Roswell GA 30075
Phone – (404) 275-5122
www.freedfromaddiction.org

 

 

Helping Others Overcome Addictions Webinar

Starting with yourself

  • September 25th, 2018 at 8:00PM EDT
  • October 2nd, 2018 at 8:00PM EDT
  • October 9th, 2018 at 8:00PM EDT
  • October 16th, 2018 at 8:00PM EDT
  • October 23rd, 2018 at 8:00PM EDT

And 3 other dates in this series…

THE WEBINAR IS FREE!

If  you register for the webinar you will be sent pdf copies of the PowerPoint slides and Mike’s teaching notes and a link to view the webinar even if you do not attend the live webinar

Helping Others Overcome Addictions Webinar begins Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 at 8:00PM EDT

It is based on the book, Helping Others Overcome Addictions by Steve McVey and Mike Quarles. Mike Quarles & Vernon Terrell will teach it. Mike struggled with addiction for 8 years after he graduated from seminary and served in the pastorate. Vernon has worked in the corporate world for 30 years and ministered for over 35 years. This webinar shows why so few find freedom, the root problem of addiction, God’s Answer, how to experience freedom and how to help others find freedom. There is no charge for the webinar, but to get the full benefit you will need to read Helping Others Overcome Addictions. The book is available in Christian bookstores, Amazon.com, cbd.com and Mike at freedfrom@bellsouth.net.

Register Now at https://my.demio.com/ref/5aqrMtYq5ZyZRrqF

The 8 sessions are

1. The Lie the Church Believes About Addiction…And how it keeps many from finding freedom
2. It’s Worse Than a Disease…It’s bondage, but God has an answer and it is freedom in Christ
3. The Prerequisite to Freedom from Addiction…What Has to take place before a person can get free
4. The Birthright of a Child of God…God has provided all we need to be free in Christ
5. If I’m So Good, Why Do I Act So Bad…Why we struggle, fail and fall and why we don’t have to
6. The Most Liberating Thing You Will Ever Do…Forgiving from the heart, an act of spiritual warfare
7. It’s Not Up to Us…We can’t free or sanctify ourselves, but God has already done it
8. What to Do To Help Others And What to Stop Doing…Speak the truth in love & exercise tough love

You will be notified how to sign in the day before the webinar and the day of it. When you are signed in you will the able to view the PowerPoint slides, listen to the teaching & ask questions. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For technical questions, please contact Vernon here.

Grace to you,
Mike Quarles
Grace Walk Recovery Ministry
4590 Mountain Creek Dr Roswell GA 30075
Phone – (404) 275-5122
www.freedfromaddiction.org

Watching Webinars After the Live Session

The question I’m often asked is: Can I watch the webinars after the live session?

Up until now the answer has been no. But now, after each session Demio will render the video and once ready will automatically send a link to the recording to all who registered (the email will be sent same day for those who attended and next day for those who missed the session)…this will happen weekly. So all you have to do is register for the webinar and even if you don’t attend the live session you will receive a link to the recording. You can register below. That’s all you have to do.

We also recorded all three of our webinars a few years ago and they can be downloaded and viewed for free at: www.freenhim.org/webinars.html

The Freedom from Addiction Basic Webinar is six sessions from the Freedom from Addictive Behaviors Conference we did (The 8 session Conference is available on DVD’s for $15). The other two webinars are the 8 session Advanced Webinar based on the Freedom from Addiction Workbook (We no longer do this live any more). And the information on the Helping Others Overcome Addictions Webinar is listed below.There is also a Conference Manual that can be downloaded for free  at https://freedfrom.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/ffab_basic_webinar_cnf_manual.pdf  and There is also a Leader’s Guide for 8 sessions of the Conference with ten discussion questions for each of the eight sessions that can be downloaded for free from the website at https://freedfrom.wordpress.com/online-store/store/
Call me or email me if you have any questions,

If you know someone who is longing to help others (and themselves) experience freedom from addiction, why not invite them to join our current live webinar! Just send them the registration link (you might just change a life): https://my.demio.com/ref/OUWGDU6YU1ffAGlP

Grace to you,
Mike Quarles
Grace Walk Recovery Ministry
4590 Mountain Creek Dr Roswell GA 30075
Phone – (404) 275-5122
http://www.freedfromaddiction.org

Helping Others Overcome Addictions

Starting with yourself – The Webinar is Free

  • May 8th, 2018 at 8:00PM EDT
  • May 15th, 2018 at 8:00PM EDT
  • May 22nd, 2018 at 8:00PM EDT
  • May 29th, 2018 at 8:00PM EDT
  • June 5th, 2018 at 8:00PM EDT
  • And 3 other dates in this series..

Register now: https://my.demio.com/ref/OUWGDU6YU1ffAGlP

Helping Others Overcome Addictions Webinar begins Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 8:00 PM EST. It is based on the book, Helping Others Overcome Addictions by Steve McVey and Mike Quarles. Mike Quarles & Vernon Terrell will teach it. Mike struggled with addiction for 8 years after he graduated from seminary and served in the pastorate. Vernon has worked in the corporate world for 30 years and ministered for over 35 years. This webinar shows why so few find freedom, the root problem of addiction, God’s Answer, how to experience freedom and how to help others find freedom. There is no charge for the webinar, but to get the full benefit you will need to read Helping Others Overcome Addictions. The book is available in Christian bookstores, Amazon.com, cbd.com and Mike at freedfrom@bellsouth.net. The 8 sessions are

1. The Lie the Church Believes About Addiction…And how it keeps many from finding freedom
2. It’s Worse Than a Disease…It’s bondage, but God has an answer and it is freedom in Christ
3. The Prerequisite to Freedom from Addiction…What Has to take place before a person can get free
4. The Birthright of a Child of God…God has provided all we need to be free in Christ
5. If I’m So Good, Why Do I Act So Bad…Why we struggle, fail and fall and why we don’t have to
6. The Most Liberating Thing You Will Ever Do…Forgiving from the heart, an act of spiritual warfare
7. It’s Not Up to Us…We can’t free or sanctify ourselves, but God has already done it
8. What to Do To Help Others And What to Stop Doing…Speak the truth in love & exercise tough love

You will be notified how to sign in the day before the webinar and the day of it. When you are signed in you will the able to view the PowerPoint slides, listen to the teaching & ask questions. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For technical questions, please contact Vernon here.

Grace to you,
Mike Quarles
Grace Walk Recovery Ministry
4590 Mountain Creek Dr Roswell GA 30075
Phone – (404) 275-5122
www.freedfromaddiction.org