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A discussion about whether what we know about God, body, brain, family, development and being human all fits together
Munchies Volume 2 (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Fools: How to recognize and deal with them
How do you deal with the poor, the addicted, the abusers, the codependent, panhandlers or the man on the corner with the “homeless” sign? A wise response depends on whether they are fools or not. Few people have ever thought about the destructive effects of helping fools or why God forbids helping fools. Both Testaments have much to say that can save you grief.
Munchies Volume 1 (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Some of the concepts that rocked the recovery world in 1997 get updated and revisited in this collection. The series on old people demonstrates that God’s plan for maturity looks very different from what we usually find in society or in the church. Immature leaders block healing for others and often hurt themselves and their families.
Munchies Volume 19 (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Western Christianity has been deeply influenced by two factors: 1) medieval psychology that is no longer believed by anyone but was used to form theology and, 2) Voluntarist philosophy makes "choices" and "right thinking" the solutions to all human and spiritual problems. Voluntarist philosophy and medieval psychology have had an intense effect on how the Bible has been translated into English and no where is this more obvious than when the Bible speaks of the human body. In this series Wilder looks at the functions of the 10th cranial nerve that controls our relationship functions and bodies and reveals some surprising truths about what our bodies tell us about God and relationships.
Munchies: Kingdom Snacks (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Lessons on thriving: Bible stories you have heard many times but not the way Jim Wilder teaches them. You will enjoy his wonderful mix of Bible teaching and brain science.
Munchies Free (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Special lessons of importance to the Life Model students are provided free of charge. Find out about current topics of interest and historical moments.
Munchies Volume 3 (audio) by:Jim Wilder
The Life Model and neuroscience speak of joy but in the Greek language of the New Testament, the word for “joy” is the feminine of the word for “grace.” Learn how the relationship between grace and joy become the foundation for Christian community. In this volume you will also find a series on marriage and joining a spiritual family.
Munchies Volume 7 (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Suffering well as a Christian community, seeing others through God’s eyes, why Paul did not mean what we usually think in 2 Corinthians 4:17 takes us from manna in the wilderness to Daffy Duck. What did Paul mean by calling all the suffering on earth “light” and momentary?
Munchies Volume 8 (audio) by:Jim Wilder
The "sark" also called the "flesh" is quoted in Scripture and sometimes mistaken for God's thoughts. We can also read Scripture with our flesh and get the wrong message as well. God does not prevent us from becoming overwhelmed or broken but can keep us from sinning. Explore some of the difference between Old and New Testaments. Discover the transformations that God built into life and maturity along with those that are part of salvation from what has gone wrong in our lives.
Munchies Volume 4 (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Toxic hope and how to give up the hopes that are killing you leads the parade of interesting topics collected in this volume. What to do with the command to “Honor your father and mother” if parents were abusive, criminal and dangerous is another gem. Jesus’ puzzling command to sell your cloak and buy a sword also makes sense in the context of getting rid of yeast for Passover and neuroscience. You will see life differently after this series on acting like yourself.
Munchies Volume 6 (audio) by:Jim Wilder
The book of Judges explains how God uses the strange characters in life and why some unsavory characters still do important things for God. This interesting view of how leaders fail and fall invites us all to develop a new view of the world by looking through our hearts.
Munchies Volume 9 (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Wilder challenges the pat answers that most Christians have on divorce and gives the class some actual test cases to try their hand at applying scripture. The series includes several great lessons for seniors and finishes with a new look at rocks that will have you rethinking how you read scripture - even the common stories like David and Goliath.
Munchies Volume 10 (audio) by:Jim Wilder
This volume together with volume 12 examine how memory, the brain and emotional healing intersect. What does God ask us to remember to prevent trauma or recover from being terrified. The answers may surprise you.
Munchies Volume 11 (audio) by:Jim Wilder
The teaching on the weak and the strong is the heart of the Life Model.
Munchies Volume 12 (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Immanuel Healing was developed by Dr. Karl Lehman based on his experiences with Jesus in healing sessions and the theological studies by Charlotte Lehman on "God with us" - the meaning of the word Immanuel. In these lessons Dr. Wilder takes us from one end of Immanuel experiences to the other. The last lesson leads to a startling conclusion about the Immanuel presence of God and why the children of Christian leaders often go so far from the faith of their parents.
Munchies Volume 13 (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Belonging is one of the most problematic topics in the Life Model teaching. First, because most people assume that belonging is something that others are supposed to do for them and no one can find people who can give them enough belonging. Second, the "seeker sensitive" church movement assumed that people who come to church are seeking belonging only to find out recently that finding belonging is not what attracts a crowd. Wilder demonstrates in this series that belonging is something people create around them until they are damaged by type A or B traumas. Even the weak and the stranger are expected by scripture to create belonging around them. Creating belonging around you is your normal function. Restoring our natural function is object of the Thriving Recover Your Life class called "Belonging." These lessons give the biblical background for our program design.
JIMTalks Vol 28-Food and Attachment With God (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Both the Old and New Testaments use strong words for attachment with God that suggest we are to “glue” ourselves to God. Brain science says that joy, peace, appreciation and, oddly enough, being fed are forms of strengthening attachment. While most Life Model students are familiar with joy, peace and appreciation this volume takes us deeply into how God presents Himself as the “one who feeds us” across the Bible. When attachment goes wrong we become attached to the food instead of to the feeder. Attachment to food instead of the feeder is common in the books of Moses and the stories of Jesus. Jesus goes so far as to use food as part of healing traumatic memories. Salvation is not so much about escaping hell as about forming this new attachment with the God who feeds us. Did you ever consider that the closest thing to “milk and honey” is ice cream? When food becomes our attachment the joy is soon diminished. Learn to use your food to attach to Joy again.
JIMTalks Volume 29 Weakness and Strength (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Many things we consider strengths are considered weaknesses in scripture leading to confusion about what develops strong Godly character. These JIMTalks lay out the importance of weakness in the development of strong character. Strength and weakness are central thoughts in the Joy Starts Here book and these lessons deepen our understanding of how we live with weakness.
Bringing the Life Model to Life (book) by:Koepcke, et al
The LIFE Model Study Guide for Individuals and Groups for teaching the Life Model's five principles.
Restarting Brochure (book) by:Khouri/Wilder
Publicizing your Restarting group starts with a good brochure. Here is all the information you need in packets of 50. Just add you local contact information and spread the word.
Basic Thrive Skills -- Year 1 (book) by:Wilder, Chris & Jen Coursey
This guide and its exercises covers all the skills trained the first year and begins the preparation for the skills taught second year at the THRIVE Conference.
Intermediate Thrive Skills -- Year 2 (book) by:Wilder, Chris & Jen Coursey
This guide and its exercises covers all the skills taught second year at the THRIVE Conference. Use these exercises with the bonded partner you took to THRIVE or to help members of your family or small group learn the skills with you.
Resource CD (CD) by:Wilder, Coursey et al
The essential presentation resources for introducing THRIVE concepts to you group or church. Eight PowerPoint presentations, and other resources.
Introduction to the Life Model (video) by:Jim Wilder
Five lectures by Dr. Jim Wilder plus the Future of Recovery by Ed Khouri. This amazing four DVD set answers your questions about the theology, philosophy, brain science, developers and applications for the Life Model. Now here are the answers in a low-key lecture format and no hype! You get Jim Wilder answering like he would if you invited him into your living room for private lessons on the Life Model and thriving. You also meet Dr. Karl Lehman, Chris and Jen Coursey, Ed Khouri, Pastor Darrell Brazell and see where you and your church fit.
Immanuel, Emotional Healing, & Capacity (video) by:Dr. Karl Lehman
Essential teaching on trauma recovery using the Life Model concepts of limited capacity. Dr. Lehman shares spiritual ways to overcome some limitations of the brain's control center during healing.
Bonding and Dissociation 3 DVD Set (video) by:E James Wilder
These breakthrough presentations by Dr. Jim Wilder brought the “decade of the brain” and the work of Dr. Allan Schore to the trauma recovery field. It was obvious from that point on that Dissociation and Borderline disorders both arose from trauma, however dissociation could happen in one generation while borderline required two generations of trauma. The implications for treatment and recovery are spelled out in these three videos. The principles outlined in these three DVDs have become central to the 19 personality formation skills taught at the THRIVE Changing My Generation Conference. These Live Model principles also form the backbone of the Thriving Recover Your Live program for traumas and addictions.
El Gozo de Cristo en las Vidas Traumatizadas (video) by:E James Wilder
2004 Conference Video
THRIVE Track III Lectures: Applied Strategy (video) by:Jim Wilder
Continue training in this concluding lecture series with Dr. Jim Wilder, genius behind the Life Model and the necessary skills for strategic interventions for the five levels of pain in the brain. Dr. Karl Lehman demonstrates recorded actual healing from various levels of pain.
Wired for Relationship (video) by:Ed Khouri
Watch the best introduction and overview of the approach that Thriving is using for addiction! Filmed live at the Share Immanuel Conference April 2011.
Thriving and Synchronization (article) by: E James Wilder, Chris Coursey
Why synchronization is a brain skill that needs to be trained. Synchronization is an essential and often overlooked brain skill for leaders and parents. Learn the logic behind the THRIVE training program.
Diagnosing Pain From a Failure to Thrive (article) by: E James Wilder
How to use the Life Model to determine the best point of intervention and resources needed for recovery.
The Theoretical Basis for the Life Model (article) by: E James Wilder
A look at various models of human development with the neurological and psychological foundations of the Life Model.
Right Brain 4-Level Control Center (diagram)
Shows the 4-level control center with each level color coded.
Brain Diagrams (Spanish version) (diagram)
Brain diagrams with Spanish labels
Four Plus Levels of Synchronization (handout) by: E James Wilder
A one-page chart of the five levels of brain synchronization and the kinds of pain produced when synchronization fails. This diagram fits the five to thrive part of the Life Model.
Conflict Resolution Through Mindsight And Godsight (handout) by: E James Wilder
One page summary of how mindsight and Godsight aid in healthy conflict resolution
DID Symposium (conf)
Topic: Joy Starts Here
Save the Date! More details coming soon. Dr. Wilder will be introducing the new Joy Starts Here book at this conference!
THRIVE Track Four (conf)
Topic: Joy Starts Here
THRIVE Track Four October 3 - 6, 2013 in Morton, Illinois, on the topic: Joy Starts Here for church, family and schools. No previous THRIVE experience required. More info coming!
2013 International Conference of the Association of Christian Therapists (conf)
Topic: Where God and Healthcare Meet
Where God and Healthcare meet! "Transforming the Heart of Healthcare"....Dr. Wilder will also be introducing material from his new book Joy Starts Here at this conference.
Finding My Joyful Identity (webinar)
Topic: Ch. 1 Joy Starts Here
Join us for the first in a series of JoyStreamsTM focused on the new book, “Joy Starts Here,” written by Jim Wilder, Ed Khouri, Chris Coursey and Shelia Sutton. Now released for the first time in beta form, Joy Starts Here” is a blueprint designed to help us discover how to enter and create “the transformation zone” around us at home, church and school. Ed will be leading a series of 9 JoyStreamsTM covering essential concepts from each chapter of this groundbreaking new book.
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