Dangerous Access for Teens (FREE Event – May 31st) – Equipping Teens to Protect Themselves From Pornography

Please share this important event with others.

LifeSTAR Central Valley Blog

All local teenagers are invited to this FREE event, aimed at educating them about the dangers of pornography and how to defend against it. Local licensed therapist and sexual addiction treatment provider Forest Benedict will share research on this issue as well as give practical tips that teens (both boys and girls) can use to protect themselves from the destructive power of pornography and other internet dangers (see video above for details). FREE PIZZA provided. Parents welcome but only with accompanying teenagers. This is a Christian-based event, hosted by Action Community Church at 101 Sunnyside in Clovis. PLEASE SHARE THIS EVENT WITH PARENTS OF TEENAGERS AND OTHERS WHO WORK WITH TEENAGERS.

Please RSVP here, if possible: Dangerous Access for Teens (Facebook)

*The above video is a recording of a recent interview with Forest Benedict on the topic of protecting teenagers from pornography. To hear an upcoming live interview, join us…

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When Jesus Looks Into Your Eyes

“Let ask you to take a little test with me right now.

Suppose that rear door opens and Jesus Christ, the crucified, risen, Lord, walks down this aisle, comes up to the podium and looks around for YOU. He spots you, walks directly to your seat, looks you straight in the eye.

What is Jesus’ face saying to you this moment?

Is his face saying, “I am so sick and tired of you, of your broken promises, your unkept resolutions, all your false starts, your hypocrisy. I’ve got my briefcase right here. We’re going to look at your resume and you are in deep caca.”

If Jesus’ face could say only one word to you right now, would the word be “REPENT!”

Or…

Would his face say “Thank you. Do you know what a joy it is to live in your heart? Do you know how proud I am of you, that after I chose you, you freely chose me for your Lord and Savior? Do you know how proud I am of you that you accepted the gift of faith that I offered to you? Do you have any idea of how grateful I am to you that last Tuesday when you were so uptight and strung out yourself, you still paused and took the time to smile at one of my little children who was so lonely and frightened, in need of a smile? You know the only time you break my heart is when you refuse to accept that every repented sin of your past life is not only forgiven but so entirely forgotten that I cannot remember what it was? Do you know that I’ve loved you from all eternity and no matter what goes down I can’t stop loving you?”

What is Jesus’ face saying? What kind of feedback are you getting right now from the risen Christ?

If it’s negative, non-affirming, feedback then quite understandably you’ll find very little joy in any act of religion or worship. If this God who supposedly sees right through you is always reminding you of your sins, faults, hangups, and character defects, then you’re probably sneaking a peek at your watch right now….

Even if you never committed another sin, went to church every Sunday, and read the Bible every day, when they bury you, you will look like a shriveled old fig.

Why?

Because for you Christianity was for you a moral code or an ethic but it was never a love affair!

A love affair!”

-Brennan Manning, God Loves You As You Are, Not As You Should Be

Holding Us

Forest’s Story in the Fresno Bee – A Guide for Parents

Check out this GREAT NEWS!

LifeSTAR Central Valley Blog

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I’m excited to announce the publication of another article in the Fresno Bee! Look for the printed version in tomorrow’s newspaper. This has the same title as my previous blog article but different content. It is aimed at parents and other concerned adults, providing useful tips and information about upcoming free events in our community. I hope you read it and SHARE IT with others! Thanks!

Click here to see the online Fresno Bee article: http://www.fresnobee.com/2015/05/08/4516511_forest-benedict-my-path-out-of.html?rh=1

-By Forest Benedict, MA, SATP-C, LMFT, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley If you benefited from this article, please “follow” us on this blog and on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

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Let’s Talk about Porn and Food Addictions – A Month Of Interviews (Free)

I’ll be making a few more internet TV appearance this month (May 6 & May 27), starting tomorrow. Please check out these shows and share with others….thanks!

LifeSTAR Central Valley Blog

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This month, a handful of knowledgeable therapists from our practice are appearing on the internet TV show “Mind, Body, & Spirit”, with Susan Hill, M.S., MFT Intern. The main topics will be food and sex addictions. Our treatment programs and upcoming free events for our community will also be discussed. Tune in to www.CentralValleyTalk.com on the following dates from 2-3pm to learn from the following experts:

May 6

Susan Hill, MSC, MFT Intern

Topic: The Trauma Experienced by Partners of Sex Addicts

Forest Benedict, SATP-C, LMFT, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley

Topic: Pornography addiction and treatment for adults and teenagers (To see previous interview, click here)

Includes invitation for upcoming free seminar for parents on May 11 (adults only) and free seminar for teenagers on May 31st.

May 20

Stacey Thacker, LMFT

Topic: Food Addiction, Is It Real?

May 27

Kyle Weir…

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