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1 The Most Important Skill: Godly Decision-Making
Karl Benzio, MD Welcome thanks Greg Powerpoint and SSDD Pad

2 Your wish is my command! Magic lamp – what would you wish for

3 SOLOMON 1 Kings 3:5, 9-11 Very dysfunctional family
DM was the most important item Solomon had complete stewardship over. Only Depended on him. No one else controls it.

4 The Most Important Spiritual Discipline:
Decision-Making List of 67 Disciplines – Never see DM To practice any of the other disciplines: Make the decision to Ongoing decision to stay with it 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? DM is important, Solomon shows it, but look at these questions Copyright Lighthouse Network

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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 Jesus, Paul, Solomon, David, Peter, James Biographies of good and bad Strategy Necessary Pep talk not enough - need a strategy Copyright Lighthouse Network

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Science and Faith 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? Understanding DM fully, = Science and Faith Copyright Lighthouse Network

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Science and Faith 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 Science shows us what we are believing and its impact psychologically and physically Spirituality shows us what we should be believing in. Copyright Lighthouse Network

9 So let’s not ignore the science.
God’s Great Gifts Mind/Heart Free Will: Decision Making Science is a tool. So let’s not ignore the science. Science = the tool that allows us to squeeze the Bible Copyright Lighthouse Network

10 HELP! I prayed, took meds, and love my mother!
Sin, Have more Faith! Disease, Take your MEDS! If we are all Christians, why do we struggle Abundant Living We look at all 3 spheres separately. The answer involves looking at all 3 Combine science and faith Disease model really emphasized 1970-present Spiritual aspects get renewed focus 1995-now CAUSES? It is really all 3 and we are going to really show how and why Psychological Defect, Tell me about your mother! Copyright Lighthouse Network

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Treatment – DM is KEY Gets to Core issues and PAIN as driving force *******Need a strategy CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic, EF, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing Through Biblical Lenses Copyright Lighthouse Network

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John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. Bible on DM, Mind, Self Why doesn’t everyone experience Abundant or Promised Land Living Copyright Lighthouse Network

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Deuteronomy 30 10 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. 11This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is within your reach. Obey, Keep, Choice, = DM Copyright Lighthouse Network

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 19Today 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. Spiritual and Science together Copyright Lighthouse Network

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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

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

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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. Formula?

20 Ephesians 5 1 Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children;
15-20 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; filled with the Spirit means to be: controlled, led and empowered living carefully, wisely, making the most of your time, because the days are evil sanctified unto progressive holiness of spirit and daily walk and for personal growth in Him in every way; equipped, guided and empowered for the Lord's service and honor and good works How do we stay filled with the HS 1 John 1:9 Romans 12:2

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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. Step 11 WKST Decon/Recon Copyright Lighthouse Network

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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. DM is a Divinely powerful weapon. All the Armor are about DM Copyright Lighthouse Network

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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?
DM always on my heart Only PsychMD - Newhart, Dr Bellows, Sidney Friedman - MASH Bionic Brain, Engineer, Doctor, Psychiatrist, adolescent units, Christian Rehab Programs, Iraq, Uganda, Kenya, Congress, Presidents Bioethics Committee, National Ministry and Social Service agency, TV, Radio, But ….. Copyright Lighthouse Network

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Karl’s First Beer Fun, rite of passage, Moving, Stressful home, Loss, Anxiety, Depression, Drinking and other poor coping skills. Many Losses – Baseball $, AFROTC, Cheating, poor grades, almost no MS, Ignored Core, Ignorance, denial, projection, suppression, Self-medicating Separated MH and then addictions Spiritual ignorance Who was really in charge and calling the shots Copyright Lighthouse Network

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Drink enough, knocked on my butt! JAIL God spoke – kind, forgiving, helping but I was ignoring Time to look at core issues: Who is LORD = Master = Instruction Manual DM = Practical Process = Integrating MH and Addictions with spirituality for depth of healing Copyright Lighthouse Network

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Goal: Mind of Christ! Jesus’ Brain = Perfection! Perceived everything from a Godly perspective Responded with Biblical skills Need to get more concrete as to how to use the instruction Manual In Jail Goal Jesus’ Decisions Copyright Lighthouse Network

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BrainWorks – My Brain Based on new scientific research, my brain does 2 things Perceives Responds 90’s = Decade of the brain, Research Copyright Lighthouse Network

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Treatment – DM is KEY Gets to Core issues and PAIN as driving force *******Need a strategy CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic, EF, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing Through Biblical Lenses Copyright Lighthouse Network

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Hardware = Disease: cause and consequence Interesting interaction between Perceive/Respond and Brain Chemistry Hardware! Copyright Lighthouse Network

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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

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36 Normal Brain-Active Views
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Motorcycle Accident Copyright Lighthouse Network

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Alzheimer’s Disease Copyright Lighthouse Network

39 25 year Heroin Addiction - 39 yo
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40 16 Years of Daily THC (Tetrahydrocannibinol) Use 32 yo
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41 10 Years of Mostly Weekend Marijuana Use 28 yo
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42 2 Years of Frequent Cocaine Use - 24 yo
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43 8 Years of Heavy Methamphetamine Use 28 yo
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44 17 Years of Heavy Weekend Alcohol Use 38 yo
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45 17 Years of Heavy Weekend Alcohol Use 38 yo
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46 27 Year Daily Heavy Cigarette and Coffee Use 45 yo
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47 PolySubstance Abuse and then 1 yr Clean
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Depression Before Treatment After Treatment Copyright Lighthouse Network

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

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

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Hardware Summary 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 Disease Evidence Copyright Lighthouse Network

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BrainWorks Research Skin GI / Cardiac Panic Disorder Study Brains are dynamic so lets look at the major influence on that circuitry. Profound relationship between Mind and Brain Chemistry Copyright Lighthouse Network

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 PUSHUPS ASAM says primary defect of circuitry, but here we see how defective circuitry develops. That’s how psychology (mind sphere) affects biology. Copyright Lighthouse Network

54 Integration and DM are Key!
What determines accurate Perception and Response? Creators Instruction Manual DM: Science and Faith Meet Mind Spirit Body Decision-Making = Spirit, Mind, & Body Integration Psychology has it’s limits – Should doctors save suicidal patients or kill them. Is sex with anyone OK, what about affairs of pedophilia or rape. Laws of Thermo 1. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed 2. Systems tend toward maximum entropy unless acted on by an outside force.(contrary to evolution) Spiritual Sphere affects the psychological which affects the biological. 11th Step – Grow in my relationship with God, understand His will, and do it. Creator makes an instruction manual – Science is our way to understand how and why the Bible works Copyright Lighthouse Network

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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!!!!! Personal and Global Revival when we understand and embrace science to Renew our mind, transform our lives, and be Lighthouses in this world. Science, understanding the mind, helps us wring out the Biblical answers easier. Copyright Lighthouse Network

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Esther 4:14 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? Our time is NOW!!! Clinicians/Pastors Why are we here, Why are you here? Such a time as this!! Struggling people will perish Suicide rate Addiction deaths Royal position – appointed by God – help the least of these(not Jews) Copyright Lighthouse Network

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OPPORTUNITY Revolution of Behavioral Healthcare in process Neuroscience and the Brain (90’s) Holistic Attitude and Culture Integrating Spirituality BIBLE Science – AACC, CCEF, CMDA, We can improve quality by integrating spirituality into BH Pt outcomes and health can improve, when society sees this phenomena General application of Bible into many aspects of life management, indiv and public and social policy will be next steps Education, Abortion, Same Sex Attraction Issues, Right of Conscience, Physician Assisted Suicide, Freedom of Religion, etc Psychology should be the most advanced field, but now just moving the last years. SATAN and Spiritual Warfare A Profound Movement, a Revolution is happening!!!!! Copyright Lighthouse Network

58 Professional Responsibility/Stewardship
Royal position: The front lines and Key catalyst of revolution. We will be a main group of Prophets God speaks through in the next generation. To Society and Individuals. The best way is to be a good student of both SCIENCE and the BIBLE to impact YOUR life(LIGHHTOUSE) and those you serve. Practical Theology. Applying the Bible. Radio Pastors – what is there success rate. Be equipped to lead and change, because people will look to you for WISDOM = Godly Decision-Making Skills Copyright Lighthouse Network

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

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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

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