Sunday, April 28, 2013

Real Life, Real Stories, Real God

What makes this Home Run movie so special to me? The stories shared in the film are all real. There is nothing more dramatic than real life is there?
If you have seen the movie already, you may recall this powerful testimony of Rick Cottle being shared. The man in this picture is the man whose story gets shared in the movie. Wow! True life change!
I watch this movie and cry with tears of joy in knowing the lives that have been impacted in so many ways thru this ministry, including my own.

Think for a moment about the next "Rick" that may not walk into a church but would go to a movie. Think for a moment what miracle might be waiting today, in your city, in your theater, today. The person(s) you invite today just might be the next walking miracle. Will you be there to witness it in person?
God's Word says in Ezekiel, "I will look for those that are lost, bring back those that wander off, bandage those that are hurt, and heal those that are sick..."

We know this movie works.  We KNOW that people are turning to CR when they see it. Today (Sunday) is extremely important!! Who will you take today to see this film? Let's have no regrets.
This is what we have been working for the last 2 1/2 years. Lets finish strong team. They said it couldn't be done, but with God all things are possible. 

Rodney Holmstrom

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Home Run: This Is It

This weekend is very important in the life of Home Run. Our ability to encourage people to go to the theater this weekend makes the biggest difference about whether or not we will be in theaters next weekend.  
The ministry has begun. Lives are being affected. Keeping it in theaters longer means more ministry. 
Please consider getting out to see Home Run.  Maybe you've already seen it!  Maybe you couldn't get out Opening Weekend. Either way---this weekend is THE time to go!!  Bring friends.  Bring a group with you.  
 Please vote with your feet.  Let the world know that the messages of HOME RUN are important.  Go to HOME RUN this weekend!  

"Shouts of joy and victory
resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;
the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!" Ps 118

Let us praise God for all He has done. And will do.

Rodney Holmstrom

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Where God guides, He provides

Are you tired or weary in your talking about Home Run yet? Maybe this will spark a second wind.

One of our friends was speaking to a church about Homerun & this was the note he sent us afterward.
"I got a call from the Celebrate Recovery group leader in the Villages area, in another state and he said at their CR meeting, they had 3 new people show up -- all 3 said they had just seen the movie HOME RUN, left the theater, tracked down the nearest CR meeting, and drove there to join.  That's on Day 1!  Amazing how God works!  

Then...After my talk on Sunday, a 60-something-year-old man came up, shook my hand, and thanked me for helping to make the film. He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, "I want to tell you something.  The last words my father said to me were "I hate your guts and I never want to see you again."  He looked down for a moment, then said, "He died five years later."  I could feel his pain, and tears welled up in me.
Then he looked back up at me and said,
"This is the first time I've been able to tell anyone that."  I just hugged him and introduced him to a CR rep there.  Wow.
Please pray for this 60 year old man and 3 men that just started their journey in CR seeking healing. 

Still feeling tired or weary? 
Remember, "Where God guides, He provides"
“And He told them a parable, to the effect that they ought always to pray & not lose heart." Luke 18:1
God was faithful to bring us to this point so He will be faithful to sustain us thru it.

Please don't lose heart, hang in there & keep praying and getting the word out about this film friends. This movie is an easy way to show CR and the church in action thru a great life on life experience. It may just save a life.

Rodney, Nat'l Assimilation Coach
Home Run- Now in theaters Nationwide 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Shining His Promises On Our Problems

Let me tell you & show you a picture of how God not only doesn't waste a hurt, but he makes us stronger and allows us opportunities to give back in ways we never imagined.
My wife of almost 21 years has always been a behind the scenes person. Never a huge desire to be in the spot light and content with doing the important work behind the scenes.
Aren't you glad for those kind if people? Me to, we need them!
I am so proud of my wife though this morning as she gets ready to leave for a conference she is helping lead in Mexico. She is taking Life's Healing Choices over there to share with over 130 woman in two different conferences.
Wow! She would be the first to tell you that she would have never imagined this being something she would do. I am so proud to see how The Lord has and is growing her in her personal walk.

“Let God's promises shine on your problems.  -Corrie Ten Boom”
God is now using my bride's past and healing in her own life to shine God's promises on others problems.
Thank you Carol Holmstrom for being an inspiration.
Friends, please pray for her and 7 other fellowship women as they go plant the first seeds to toward CR going to Mexico. 

“Take my yoke upon you & learn from me, for I am gentle & humble in heart, & you will find rest for your souls." Matt 11:29

God is good!

Rodney Holmstrom

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Home Run: God is Stirring Hearts

I have heard so many great stories from people that attended this past weekend's movie. Many lives already being lead back to the Church and specifically Christ.
•    Our little film was #3, behind only “Oblivion” and “42,” for average number of people per theater at a wide release film this past weekend!
•    In spite of being on 5-10x fewer theaters than the top 11 movies, “Home Run” still managed a solid #12 out of 47 movies in theaters this weekend!
•    Rolling Stone Magazine tweeted yesterday, “Rob Zombie Can’t Compete with Jesus.”, referring to an independent flick that underperformed compared to HOME RUN!
•    A surprised reporter from The Detroit News, without any fondness for Christianity, reviewed, “…director Boyd weaves the preaching — which includes testimonials from actual recovering addicts — into the story….For what it is, "Home Run" is a solid hit.”
•    The Washington Post says, “The strongest scenes take place in dingy hotel rooms, on a deserted farm or in the rehab sessions where Brand and his fellow addicts open their hearts in search of forgiveness.
 Thank you so much for your support of Opening Weekend for Home Run.  To every one of you who bought a ticket—or took a friend—or emailed your family—or brought your group---or brought 4 groups…thank you! 

We live to see another week in the theaters. Week two is just as important on a national level in capturing the attention of bigger markets. Please join me in praying that this past week's success along with what happens this week will lead to them picking up the film.
Thanks for your continued prayers.
I hope you will take someone back with you this week.

God bless you!

Rodney Holmstrom

Monday, April 22, 2013

People Don't Change?

“People don’t change”.
I used to hear those words slip out of my mouth too. Why? Because I believed it.
Think for just a moment about this verse:
“Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.” Romans 6:14
Did you catch that? We can live under the freedom of God’s grace. Wow! In Christ we are set free and sin’s power is broken! What a gift!

Now think about those right now who are struggling, living in a silent and dark life apart from Christ. Do you remember what it felt like to have no hope, without family or community?
Is there one person you could invite to see Home Run this weekend? This could be the seed planted in their life journey toward real healing.

Here is one response from just one participant that watched the film this past weekend:
“It was absolutely fantastic! So representative of the sometimes "silent" struggle most of us face in our recovery (life). I cannot tell you the impact it had on my ex-husband, but I do know that his "silent" tears as we all heard the serenity prayer. I think he realized that it’s not just a 12 step program...these people are my family. He hugged me afterwards and told me for the first time that he was proud of me. Thank you so much for bringing this movie to our town.”

What if seeing this movie leads just “one person” to take action in their life?
Wouldn’t that be something? Let’s bless someone with an invitation this week.

Rodney, Nat’l Assimilation Coach- I Am Changing!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Watching Real Life Brings Hope

You know why I love watching Home Run the movie over and over again? The same reason I never grow tired of coming to CR. It has real life change stories. Stories of healing never get old do they?
Week in and week out we see men, women, children & youth come into CR to deal with life's "bloody noses". Sometimes these bloody noses are in the form of failed relationships, addictions, broken dreams, shattered hearts, seemingly unbearable hurt and more.
Sometimes we need help because we are the ones that have given the emotional 'bloody noses' to others close to us.
Isn't it good to know that God can use those 'bloody noses' for His glory?

To hear life change stories from someone who has had pain in their past gives me hope to know that I am not alone. It also helps me to know that if He can help 'them', he can help 'me' too.
This keeps me coming back. This gives me hope.

Home Run shows us how Jesus Christ uses CR to help all of us deal with life's junk and stop the bleeding in our life.  
CR not only stops the bleeding but also helps us to find out what keeps causing it in the first place.

If you haven't seen HOMERUN yet, let me be the first to say it is such a blessing. I give it Two Thumbs Up!
If you have seen it, then take someone with you when you see again. They need to know they are not alone. 

“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters." Hebrews 13:1

Rodney Holmstrom

Friday, April 19, 2013

Nothing Great Happens When You Hold Back!

Home Run Opening Weekend is Here!!! Can you believe it?!

As I reflect on this, I am struck with how many people will enter the theater with so much hidden pain in their life.

Many have said two words for so much of their life... "I can't" 
"I can't...change, do this anymore, handle life right now, deal with all this junk, live with all this pain, beat this addiction, fix my relationships, brush off this despair....I just can't get better." 
It's true, we can't, but with Christ we most definitely can!

In Exodus 6:6-8, God say 5 times; "I will"
I will deliver, I will redeem, I will take you as My own, I will bring you, I will give to you..."
Because He says 'I will', so can we.

What is my part? Telling the Father, "I will surrender to You Lord!"
As we approach this great opening weekend let's pray for all those that have been living the "I can't" life. Pray that they watch this beautiful story of Home Run and be inspired to make a turn toward an "I will" life thru surrender and beginning the process of seeking help thru CR to deal with their hurts, hang-ups & habits.

"He brought me out into a spacious place, he rescued me because he delighted in me." Ps 18:19

May hundreds of thousands be brought into His wonderful spacious place. May they see this film and find the truth & hope that they matter to Him. God is getting ready to speak to His children thru this hope-filled film. Who do you need to invite this weekend to go see this film?
It's not too late to call them.
"Nothing great happens when you hold back!"

Rodney Holmstrom

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cory: "I'm Not That Bad..."

Can't we just forget that ever happened? It wasn't that big of deal, was it?
Ever been in a position where you were so deep in your own junk that you lost perspective of who God intended you to be? 
My poor choices made in my life not only hurt me but others as well.
Two things created that pain for myself and others:
1. Making the poor choices to begin with.
2. Justifying my actions, hiding it and pointing my finger at others to blame.

After King David fell into sin he shriveled into something completely different than what God created him to be. He lost his place and then began hurting so many others, including, himself, Bathsheba, Uriah, (Bathsheba's husband who he had killed as well as many soldiers in the battlefield). This was due to his attempts to cover up & control his wrong and fix it on his own.
How did David respond to the harm done to so many thru his poor choices?
With a hardened heart....
" not let this displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another…” 2 Samuel11:25
Basically, he was saying, "It's not that big of deal. Why should we worry about that stuff."

In the movie Home Run we see this play out as Cory tries to control his hurtful past and life without God. By not resolving the hurt inside his heart, the hurt was passed down to his son, Tyler.
It wasn't until he understood that he was incapable of fixing this hurt on his own & surrendered to Christ that real change would begin.

Justifying our actions from our past and then trying to stuff them or control them does no good does it? It's like a beach ball we hold under the water. We can hold it under for a while but eventually it will come shooting up. When it does, it not only hurts us but those around us.

"Examine our ways and test them, and return to The Lord." Lamentations 3:40

How has surrendering to Christ began the rebuilding process in your relationships?

Rodney, Nat'l Assimilation Coach
Home Run Opening Wknd: April 19-21

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Creep In Your Life?

In 1995 in Boston Mass. construction began build the D street tunnel to link the I90 freeway to the Ted Williams Tunnel. It was completed in 2005. Just one year later,July 10, 2006, a women in a passenger car was traveling east bound thru the D Street Tunnel. 
As she approached the end of the tunnel, a large panel from the suspended ceiling fell, detaching abruptly from their anchors.
26 tons of concrete and suspension hardware fell, crushing the car
& killing a 38yr old woman.

All the time and effort that went into the construction of this tunnel, gone. Why? Because it separated itself from its anchor.

How did this disaster happen? What went wrong? Investigators began looking at the epoxy that held the anchor in place in a study that engineers call the “Creep Factor”
This is where you fix any plastic at one end and a load at the other end and over time you can come back
and measure it and it will have stretched. This is 'creep'.

Scientists found creep in the bolts that were secured in the concrete of this disaster. There were signs that the epoxy had pulled away from the concrete surface within the anchor holds. Instead of using the standard set epoxy that had less 'creep' tendency, they took short cuts & used 'fast set' epoxy in the construction of the tunnel. 
Fast set has a much higher rate of creep. 
The repair cost for such a mistake was over $54 million and a young woman's life.
Principle 7, "Reserve a daily time with God for self examination, Bible readings and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will." With this daily time, yes there is a cost but what will the cost be down the road if we don't? 
Sometimes we can try to find short cuts to our recovery but when we do this we begin a slow process of separation (creep) from our Anchor and disaster is looming.
 Is there something in your life that is causing 'creep', or separation from your Anchor, Jesus Christ? The best thing we can do is fall on our face before our Lord in confession and stop the creep in its tracks. I must remember that the choices I make today will not only effect me, but others around me as well.

 "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly."Colossians 3:16

Rodney Holmstrom

Friday, April 12, 2013

Confession brings Healing

I recently met with a physical trainer to discuss a workout plan to get me into shape. As a part of the plan and assignments she gave me I was asked to keep a food journal.
"Tell me everything you eat, good or bad."
I have to admit a couple days into the process I hesitated thinking, "should I really tell her about that extra helping I had at dinner? Does she really have to know?"
The truth is, I had to make a choice, either be completely honest and reveal all as it is, or hide some things and effect how my trainer could coach and help me in my growth process.

In the principle 4 moral inventory process we face the same thing.
I can either keep some things hidden from my sponsor and others and stay in denial or be rigorously honest and allow my Master Trainer, Jesus to take over in bringing healing into my life.
The ironic thing is that God already knows all about me good or bad. He also knows how we are designed cause He created us. He knows that by confessing to God, ourself, & to someone we trust we will experience true growth and healing.

I can either be honest and deal with the painful stuff today or wait and deal with it later. The problem with waiting until down the road is that is becomes even more difficult for us. Our unwillingness to deal with our struggles today only makes tomorrow's struggles that much more difficult to face. 

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." Mt 5:8

What's keeping you from being honest?

Rodney Holmstrom

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Walk Far, Walk With Others

I have several friends that have ran marathons. I have great respect for them cause it takes such great discipline. One thing I hear often from them is that having people with them to encourage them during training and the actual race is so critical.
I can only imagine how much joy it brings to cross the finish line with people standing there waiting to cheer them on. Without that support, it sure would be a lot harder wouldn't it?

“If you want to walk fast, walk alone; if you want to walk far, walk with others." Burkina Faso

Reminded this morning that part of the journey in life is allowing people to walk or run alongside me. If I become "me" focused then I will find myself alone and very discouraged. I won't make it too far alone.
If you are running alone these days, please know that is not how God created us. He created us to be in community. True recovery and sustainable recovery happens with relationship with Christ first, and then a group of like minded brothers and sisters. None of us have to be alone. 

“In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had" Philippians 2:5

Looking forward to the day we walk across that 'supremely happy' finish line together.
Have a great day

Rodney Holms

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

How is your serenity today?

God, [Father Jehovah, Son Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit living inside of me] grant [allow, permit, approve] me the serenity [calmness, peacefulness, composure, coolness, poise, contentment, repose] to accept [recognize, admit, acknowledge, understand, resign to myself] the things I cannot change [alter, modify, transform, adjust, amend],
the courage [bravery, guts, nerve, valor, daring, audacity] to change [alter, modify, transform, adjust, amend] the things I can [am able to, know how to, am capable of], and the wisdom [understanding, knowledge, insight, perception, astuteness, good judgment,     prudence, good sense] to know the difference [distinction, differentiation]; 

Living [living and breathing] one day [24-hour period] at a time; enjoying [taking pleasure in, liking, getting pleasure from, benefiting from] one moment [instant, second]
at a time; accepting [enduring, tolerating, complying with, consenting to, submit to, resigning myself to, taking on, undertaking] hardship [adversity, need, want, suffering, difficulty]
as a pathway [trail, conduit, corridor] to peace [calm, quiet, tranquility, harmony, serenity, end of war, reconciliation]; taking [bearing, enduring], as Jesus did, 

this sinful [wicked, bad, evil, corrupt, errant, immoral] world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting [believing, expecting, relying, depending, having faith, having confidence, counting on, banking on, assured]
that You will make all things [obsessions, fixations, points, ideas, issues, factors, details of my life] right [correct, true, accurate, appropriate, fitting, proper, best, reasonable, suited, decent]
if I surrender [give in, give up, submit, lay down my arms, yield, relinquish my control, hand over, part with, concede] to Your will [desires, wishes, choices, preferences, bidding, commands];

So that I may be reasonably [sensibly, rationally, practically, realistically, plausibly, fairly, modestly] happy [content, pleased, glad, joyful, cheerful, delighted] in this [present, temporary] life, and supremely [extremely, completely, enormously, absolutely, tremendously, utterly, totally, really, very] happy [content, pleased, glad, joyful, cheerful, delighted]
with You [Father Jehovah, Son Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit living inside of me]
forever [everlastingly, eternally, evermore, perpetually, ceaselessly, without end]
in the next [the future, eternal life with You].  
Amen. [So be it!  Let it happen, Lord!]

How is your serenity today?
From my dear brother David Attebery

Home Run Global T-shirt day- 4/12

Monday, April 8, 2013

Cory Called Time Out

Sometimes in this life we have to call time out and see if what we are thinking is truth.
Someone once said, “He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality, and will never, therefore, make any progress.”

In the movie, Home Run we see this play out. Cory stepped into the batters box, and those old thoughts of his hurtful relationship with his dad crept in. He began listening to those false truths of who he was. Allowing those lies to mold his thinking pulled himself out of the batters box of life and into a path of destruction.

If we listen to the lies that say we are nothing, a failure, worthless, cannot possibly be loved by anyone, etc, then progress won't happen.
When those lies creep into your mind, call a timeout, step out of the box, distinguish what is truth and what is not. Throw out those lies and receive the Father's truth. 
When we do this, God gives us the power to step back into the batters box of life and swing away toward a greater purpose.

“The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts & your minds in Christ Jesus." Phil 4:7

Home Run- April 19th

Rodney Holmstrom

Saturday, April 6, 2013

My Actions Advertise

When I worked in retail I used to tell my employees the high importance of treating the customer right. It didn't matter how much we treated the customer right, if one customer was treated badly, that would be what was remembered. 
This reminds me of an old proverb,
“Good things sell, bad things advertise."

As Christians this can be the case as well. I am challenged that no matter how many people I may have done the "right thing" with, the one "bad thing" where I responded in haste or without love will always be the one that advertises the most.
I am reminded that as a Christian I need to be cognizant of this, but also show grace when others hurt me cause I know what it's like to need grace. This is why taking a daily inventory is so critical for me. To keep my side of the street clean.

If you are in my life, I can assure you, I will mess up and say or do things that will hurt you. I must keep striving for good though and show grace and forgiveness as we grow together. 
If you are like me and blow it sometimes, its ok, thats why we need Christ in our life. We are fellow strugglers in life & are in no way perfect. Just humble yourself, make amends and keep seeking the Father daily.
Remember, our haste decisions will be what is remembered so we need to pause before we speak. But more importantly, how we deal with the wrong decisions will be advertised even more.
“Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children!" Matt 5:9

Rodney Holmstrom