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Subject: Re: After the Extraordinary Stories retreat

Larry G
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Date Posted: 12:49:10 04/19/08 Sat
In reply to: Tom 's message, "After the Extraordinary Stories retreat" on 06:13:30 04/18/08 Fri

>Hi, Extraordinary Storytellers...
>I'm posting this on the forum instead of email, in
>case anyone wants to respond, where we all can read
>it. That's easier to do on this forum than over email.
>I think we all agree, our first E.S. retreat was
>extraordinary. It surely surpassed all my
>expectations. Sharing was difficult for some, but it
>was wonderful. For some mysterious reason, publicly
>telling about trouble helps us heal. We never
>completely "get over it," but gradually we get past
>it, take ahold of it and get control of it, instead of
>being shackled by it. When others hear us and then
>tell us they were helped...well, that's medicine
>unlike anything else!
>In my initial talk to the group, I shared how no more
>than 50% of our talks should focus on how bad things
>used to be, and at least 50% should be about how great
>God is. Some of us struggled with that ratio. It's
>always easier to dwell on the defeat than the victory,
>especially if we're still struggling with the past.
>However, don't be discouraged. Jesus had to touch a
>blind man twice before he saw clearly. We're all
>miracles in the making. I think we understood that our
>talks at Butman were not nearly in their finished
>forms. The more we give them, the more we will get
>past the trouble and be amazed at the healing...and
>devote more to the second half, the victory part. So,
>every time we give a talk, afterwards we should
>evaluate it and then re-write it, making it better,
>more focused, more articulate, and more emphasizing
>the victory part.
>Now, I need a photo from everyone, and a short
>paragraph about the topic you address, and what kind
>of group(s) you want to speak to. A couple of you have
>sent those, but everybody else needs to. As soon as I
>get them all I'll print up a small brochure to go on
>my literature table, send out in JWA mailouts, etc.
>So, please put that on your priority list and send
>those to me as soon as possible.
>Feel free to contribute to this forum, and to discuss
>our retreat, or anything else, for that matter! We
>need to keep in communication.
>Amazing Love!

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Re: After the Extraordinary Stories retreatLarry Gaumond (BROCHURE)12:50:38 04/19/08 Sat

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