As Christians, we serve a God of forgiveness and we pray to be forgiven even as we forgive others. Yet few of us understand what a complex skill forgiveness is and there is little training in how to forgive.
Phil Jones holds a Master's Degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Texas at Austin, and is an experienced trainer who has been praised for his skill and talent in designing learning experiences for adults. Based on his studies of works by Frs. Mathew and Dennis Linn, Dr. Larry Dossey, and Dr. Herbert Benson, and his personal experiences with forgiveness and healing prayer, Phil has designed a course entitled, "The Healing Power of Forgiveness." This 9-hour experiential course begins with a study of the scriptural teachings on forgiveness and healing prayer and then proceeds to guide the participants to apply the principles learned to situations in their own lives through journaling, companion sharing, and prayer.
As a Result...
• restored peace of mind
• a significant release of anger, fear, and guilt from the lives of the learners
• a lightening of the emotional burdens they carry
• the healing of emotional and physical illness
• renewed emotional and physical energy
• a renewed vitality in prayer life and increased prayer power
• a deepening of faith
• healing and restoration of troubled relationships
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LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
"..Phil was the primary leader and used teaching with PowerPoint, individual journaling,
one on one and small group sharing, along with prayer and worship to personalize
the message. With Debbie, music enriched our time, and Debbie used
comedy to balance our experience with laughter. I must admit that the topics of healing
and forgiveness are potentially uncomfortable subjects; however, the gentle Christ-like care given and modeled removed any
hesitation that I have to recommend this tender and effective ministry. There is an
atmosphere of acceptance and safety with gentleness and care. I would heartily endorse
Sunrise Ministries for The Healing Power of Forgiveness . . . and you will
not be able to find any leaders who more intensely exemplify the quality of Christ's
The course typically begins on Friday evening, and continues through Saturday morning and afternoon, ending about 5:00 p.m. However, it can also be presented as a series of 6 weekly sessions of one to two hours each. An outline of the course is shown below.
Module 1: "Starting Points"
• Scripture study
• Attitude clarifying discussion
• Identifying one person to forgive
• Closing prayer
Module 4: "My Part in the Problem"
Module 5: "The Next Loving Step"
• Group singing
• Personal witness
• Principles of Grace
• Accepting God's forgiveness
• Journal writing
• Companion sharing
• Communion, if practicable
• Principles of reconciliation
• Brainstorming possible steps to take
• Group discussion
• Song Healing prayer (optional)
• Final group discussion
• Closing prayer