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1 The Most Important Skill: Godly Decision-Making Karl Benzio, MD

2 Your wish is my command!

3 SOLOMON 1 Kings 3:5, 9-11

4 The Most Important Spiritual Discipline: Copyright Lighthouse Network

5 Decision-Making Importance Identify a Turning Point in your life; what was the key decision you had to make? What would you give to have every past decision be a good one? If you could Rewind Life, what decision would you change? What area of your life does not involve Decision-Making? Copyright Lighthouse Network

6 Decision-Making Classes in DM? Most people – Random – E-M-M-M, R-P-S, Dice, Magic 8 Ball, Coin Flip Bible – Gideon’s fleece, Cast lots, Urim and Thumim, Prayer Dreams Bible – Jesus, Paul, Solomon, David, Peter, James – Biographies of good and bad Strategy Necessary Copyright Lighthouse Network

7 Darwin and Freud Faith: the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Science: Hard Data, Measurables Definitions Collide Do they work together? Copyright Lighthouse Network 7

8 Science is: The study of what God made Understanding how He designed it to work Learning how to maximally steward it for God’s glory and our abundant living Copyright Lighthouse Network 8

9 God’s Great Gifts Mind/Heart Free Will: Decision Making Copyright Lighthouse Network9 Science is a tool. So let’s not ignore the science. Science is a tool. So let’s not ignore the science.

10 HELP! I prayed, took meds, and love my mother! Psychological Defect, Tell me about your mother! Sin, Have more Faith! Disease, Take your MEDS! Copyright Lighthouse Network

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13 John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. Copyright Lighthouse Network

14 Deuteronomy The Lord your God will delight in you if you obey his voice and keep the commands and decrees written in this Book of Instruction, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul. 11 This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is within your reach. Copyright Lighthouse Network

15 19 Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! 20 You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Copyright Lighthouse Network

16 Ephesians 4:22-24 Regarding your former way of life, you were taught to strip off your old man, which is being ruined by its deceptive desires, to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new man, which was created according to the likeness of God in righteousness and true holiness. Copyright Lighthouse Network

17 Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the wellsprings of life. Copyright Lighthouse Network

18 1 Corinthians 2:6,10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ. Copyright Lighthouse Network

19 2 Peter 1:5-8 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self- control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

20 Ephesians 5 1 Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children; Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise; redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunken with wine, wherein is riot, but be filled with the Spirit;

21 Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Copyright Lighthouse Network

22 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete. Copyright Lighthouse Network

23 1 Peter 1:13-15 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, Copyright Lighthouse Network

24 Karl’s Story Why did I become a psychiatrist? Copyright Lighthouse Network 24

25 Karl’s First Beer Copyright Lighthouse Network25

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27 Goal: Mind of Christ! Jesus’ Brain = Perfection! 1.Perceived everything from a Godly perspective 2.Responded with Biblical skills Copyright Lighthouse Network

28 BrainWorks – My Brain Based on new scientific research, my brain does 2 things 1.Perceives 2.Responds Copyright Lighthouse Network

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30 HARDWARE! Copyright Lighthouse Network

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33 S.P.E.C.T. Scans Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography A sophisticated nuclear medicine study that looks directly at cerebral blood flow and indirectly at the brain activity (or metabolism) All of the following slides are used with permission from “Images Into Human Behavior - A Brain SPECT Atlas” by Daniel Amen, M.D. © Copyright 2000 Copyright Lighthouse Network

34 Normal Brain-Top Copyright Lighthouse Network

35 Normal Brain-Bottom Copyright Lighthouse Network

36 Normal Brain-Active Views Copyright Lighthouse Network

37 Motorcycle Accident Copyright Lighthouse Network

38 Alzheimer’s Disease Copyright Lighthouse Network

39 25 year Heroin Addiction - 39 yo Copyright Lighthouse Network

40 16 Years of Daily THC (Tetrahydrocannibinol) Use 32 yo Copyright Lighthouse Network

41 10 Years of Mostly Weekend Marijuana Use 28 yo Copyright Lighthouse Network

42 2 Years of Frequent Cocaine Use - 24 yo Copyright Lighthouse Network

43 8 Years of Heavy Methamphetamine Use 28 yo Copyright Lighthouse Network

44 17 Years of Heavy Weekend Alcohol Use 38 yo Copyright Lighthouse Network

45 17 Years of Heavy Weekend Alcohol Use 38 yo Copyright Lighthouse Network

46 27 Year Daily Heavy Cigarette and Coffee Use 45 yo Copyright Lighthouse Network

47 PolySubstance Abuse and then 1 yr Clean Copyright Lighthouse Network

48 Depression Copyright Lighthouse Network Before Treatment After Treatment

49 PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety Before and After St. John’s Wort and EMDR Copyright Lighthouse Network

50 Images of PMS Copyright Lighthouse Network Day 2 of Cycle (Worst Time) Day 10 of Cycle (Best Time)

51 Hardware Summary Disease Aspect Our brains are dynamic organs Our brains can be injured or diseased easily Our brains can be strengthened or renewed Not just born this way Copyright Lighthouse Network 51 Hardware Summary

52 BrainWorks Research Skin GI / Cardiac Panic Disorder Study Copyright Lighthouse Network 52

53 Heart of Transformation: Decision-Making No biological Intervention But Brain Chemistry Improved/Renewed Decision-making is exercise for brain Good decisions = stronger brain Bad decisions = injured brain Copyright Lighthouse Network53

54 What determines accurate Perception and Response? Creators Instruction Manual DM: Science and Faith Meet Integration and DM are Key! Copyright Lighthouse Network 54 Mind SpiritBody Decision-Making = Spirit, Mind, & BodyIntegration

55 Summary Science and Faith Decision-Making is the key – 20-80k Most important skill you have 100% control over Exercise for Brain, Mind, Spirit Keeps Holy Spirit on throne of Heart Mind of Christ!!!!! Copyright Lighthouse Network

56 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this? Copyright Lighthouse Network 56

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59 Lighthouse Network Helpline Finds addiction and MH treatment options. Expertise about all elements of the system Free to client Saves the clinician incredible amounts of time We find great options for struggling people x:101 Copyright Lighthouse Network

60 Lighthouse Network Resources WITHIN REACH: Disciplines for Real Life Change – 10+ Hours of DVD – 140 Page Workbook EDGING FORWARD: Mastering the Art of Godly Decision-Making – 8 Chapels(25 min each) on DVD Stepping Stones Daily Devotional – ed daily Addiction: Sin, Disease, or Psychological Defect (DVD) Can Psych Meds Help Christians? (DVD) Self-Harm – Cutting (DVD) Bipolar (DVD) Depression (DVD) No Other Gods - Decision-Making Model Intro (DVD) Copyright Lighthouse Network

61 Any Questions? Copyright Lighthouse Network


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