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									CCN WEEKLY SOLUTIONS SERIES THE WEEK OF MARCH 3, 2008

Dream Lover
Featuring Dr. Henry Cloud
Psychologist Best-selling co-author of Boundaries series, author of The Secret Things of God

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I. Where we are in the cosmic story
Creation: God created Adam and Eve perfect They didn’t evaluate Then there was a break: nothing is perfect, and nothing is as bad as it could be So we hide with a fig leaf There’s a gap between ideal and real We fill the gap with fantasy Fantasy has a redemptive function

II. Types of fantasy
- Transformational - Redemptive - Completion

III. How you know you’re dealing with fantasy
“All good” This lasts until reality hits… The persecutor-rescuer-victim triad There is no one quick step to lasting love What fantasy rescues us from - Bad relationships and experiences - Existential aloneness - Feelings of powerlessness - Soft nurturing love
…you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. —Ephesians 4:17-19

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Good: an attempt to fix what’s wrong Bad: It never works We can’t metabolize fantasy The reality life of God Deeply connected Sense of power Good and bad Share adulthood The problem: the gap between the reality life of God and where people are Looking for the “One”, but not becoming the “One”

IV. The path
Adam and Eve thrown out of Paradise God didn’t want them broken, ashamed, etc. for ever The path is through the desert or the lion’s den or… the cross on the hill That’s the way back to Eden Growing in love through growing in ability to love
And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. —Genesis 3:22-24

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Next week on Solutions: “Power of Your Mind”

Resources
BOOKS:
The Secret Things of God: Unlocking the Treasures that are Reserved for You By Dr. Henry Cloud www.cloudtownsend.com Integrity By Dr. Henry Cloud www.cloudtownsend.com Changes that Heal By Dr. Henry Cloud www.cloudtownsend.com Boundaries By Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend www.cloudtownsend.com

Sponsored In Part By: New Life Ministries is a fully-equipped resource for the treatment of mental and spiritual health issues. www.newlife.com

Contact Information
Dr. Henry Cloud Cloud-Townsend Resources 3176 Pullman Street, Suite 105 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Phone: 800-676-4673 Web: www.cloudtownsend.com Church Communication Network PO Box 1718 Mt. View, CA 94042 Phone: 800-321-6781 Fax: 650-745-0660 Email: ccninfo@ccnonline.net Web: www.ccn.tv

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