Friday, July 3, 2015- Fourth of July Celebration/Barbecue

Hope

 

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from al sin.”

I John 1:7

 We hope you will join us on Friday evening, July 3 as we enjoy our annual 4th of July celebration and barbecue on the lawn of the Bigg House!  We will spend most of the evening eating, fellowshipping and just enjoying each other but we will also have a sweet time of praise and worship.  We hope you will plan now to come and spend this relaxed, fun evening with us.  Bring a friend and spend time with the wonderful CR Forever Family at First Free Church.

The festivities will begin at 6:00pm!!!  See you on the 3rd!

Friday, June 26, 2015- Testimony: TBA

Celebrate L angle to Recovery

 

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

 

Join us on Friday evening, June 26 as we hear another wonderful CR testimony.  Second Corinthians 1:3-4 is one of Celebrate Recovery’s key verses.  God helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups and habits so we in turn can help others gain the victory over theirs.  We start off by saying, “This is how it was for me; this is my personal experience with my addiction.  This is how I gained the victory in my recovery – and there’s hope for you as well.”

Our weekly schedule:

6pm – dinner

7pm – large group (in the Chapel)

8pm – small open share groups (issue & gender specific)

9pm – dessert & coffee/Solid Rock Café

We look forward to seeing you on June 26!

Friday, June 19, 2015- Lesson 21: Relapse

Standing guy multicolored sky

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Mark 14:38

Being tempted isn’t a sin.  It’s falling into the action the temptation invites that gets us into trouble.  Temptation isn’t a sin; it’s a call to battle.  When we’re tempted to fall back into our old hurts, hang-ups and habits, we need to confront Satan as emphatically as Jesus did in Matthew 4:10:  “Away from me, Satan!  For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

 Join us on Friday, June 19 for our Relapse Lesson when we will hear that CR Principle 7 – Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading and prayer in order to know God and his will for my life and to gain the power to follow his will – is our best defense against reverting back to our old ways.  If we work this principle daily, relying on God’s power, it will not only help us grow in him but will prevent our relapse.

Our weekly schedule:

6pm – dinner

7pm – large group (in the Chapel)

8pm – small open share groups (issue & gender specific)

9pm – dessert & coffee/Solid Rock Café

See you on the 19th!

Friday, June 12, 2015- Testimony: LeAnne

field of wild flowers

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.  But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ     

Galations 6:1-2

CR’s principle 8 calls us to yield ourselves to God to be used by him to bring this good news to others, both through our example and through our words.  This principle recycles our pain by allowing God’s fire and light to shine on it, to melt down our old hurts, hang-ups and habits so we can be used again in a positive way.  Our lives can be recycled to show others how we’ve worked the principles and steps, with Jesus’ healing, and how we’ve come through the darkness of our pain into Christ’s glorious freedom and light.

We hope you will join us on Friday, June 12 when another CR participant delivers the good news by giving back to others through the sharing of her story.

Our weekly schedule:

6pm – dinner

7pm – large group (in the Chapel)

8pm – small open share groups (issue & gender specific)

9pm – dessert & coffee/Solid Rock Café

See you on the 12th!

Friday, June 5, 2015- Lesson 20: Daily Inventory

never wastes a hurt

 

Jesus has provided us with a daily checklist for our new recovery lifestyle.  It’s called the Greatest Commandment and we find it in Matthew 22:37-40:

 Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Please join us on Friday evening, June 5 when one of our participants will share the Daily Inventory Lesson, and we will hear the importance of taking a daily inventory of the good and the bad, paying special attention to times when we might have harmed someone else or reacted out of anger or fear.   We will also be encouraged to remember to identify and celebrate the victories we’ve experienced.

Our weekly schedule:

6pm – dinner

7pm – large group (in the Chapel)

8pm – small open share groups (issue & gender specific)

9pm – dessert & coffee/Solid Rock Café

See you on the 5th!

Friday, May 1, 2015- Testimony by Cheryl

CR circles

 

The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

II Corinthians 1:3-4

All the pain the years our hurts, hang-ups and habits have caused, all the destruction we may have brought upon ourselves and those we love – it all finally makes sense when we begin to live out Principle Eight: “Yield myself to God to be used to bring this good news to others, both by my example and by my words.”  We finally come to understand Romans 8:28: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Principle Eight calls us to joyfully share the good news!

Please join us on Friday, May 1 when another CR participant delivers the good news by giving back to others through the sharing of their recovery story.

Our weekly schedule:

  • 6pm – dinner
  • 7pm – large group (in the Chapel)
  • 8pm – small open share groups (issue & gender specific)
  • 9pm – dessert & coffee/Solid Rock Café

See you on the 1st!

Chapter 2 of The Screwtape Letters adapted for Celebrate Recovery

The book The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (Collier Books: Macmillan Publishing, New York, 1982) is described in one review in the following way: “This profound and striking narrative takes the form of a series of letters from Screwtape, a devil high in the Infernal Civil Service, to his nephew Wormwood, a junior colleague (devil in training) engaged in his first mission on earth, trying to secure the damnation of a young man who has just become a Christian”.

Judy S. has adapted chapter 2 for those who attend Celebrate Recovery to help participants understand the dynamics of temptation and the spiritual warfare they are engaged in when they participate in the CR program.

 

My Dear Wormwood,

I note with great displeasure that your charge has just started attending Celebrate Recovery.

You can expect there will be consequences for you, but in the meantime we need not despair.  Hundreds of these people who pursue recovery quickly give up and return to our camp.  In fact, every habit, whether physical, mental or emotional still favors our side.  Really, Celebrate Recovery itself could turn out to be an ally.  Don’t misunderstand, I don’t mean the content of the program which poses the biggest threat if it is to be believed and followed.  I mean the participants themselves.  Those are the folks you want especially to lean on.

Cause your charge to question the sincerity of the other attendees.  Have him wonder about their program instead of his own.  Protect him from seeing the progress being made by others and distract him with those minute details in others which still need work, especially the ones that irritate him the most, because he shares them himself.  Others will give him many opportunities because they are broken themselves.   Discourage any thoughts that those who have some recovery are at all humble about it.

In the beginning, his expectations about recovery will be somewhat unrealistic.  He will have a plan to one day “arrive” at sobriety.  This, we know will never happen, but if we can keep his expectations unreachable, he is likely to give up sooner.  Work hard on the disappointment which is coming when his recovery requires work and does not happen on his time table.

Because our Enemy loves these creatures, he wants them to be free to choose to be his “sons.”  Can you imagine?!  So He refuses to do the work for them.  That is our opportunity.  But beware of the real danger: He wants to do it WITH them.  Once they get through this initial phase and submit to the Enemy’s will, they become less dependent on their own emotions and become much more difficult to tempt.

Do not be discouraged however, even if he progresses in his recovery there will be places when he begins to become over confident and forgets to seek help from the Enemy and the other participants.  Be sure to watch for these episodes and strike swiftly.

I will be following up on your progress in this case,

Screwtape

Friday, January 9: be encouraged by the testimony of a Celebrate Recovery participant whose life has been gloriously changed!!

Its a new day 2

 

Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.

Matthew 5:3

Please join us at our meeting on Friday, January 9 and be encouraged by the testimony of a Celebrate Recovery participant whose life has been gloriously changed!!

After we complete our work through the 12 Steps and the 8 CR Principles, our desire is to set a good example for those who are still in or working their way out of bondage.  We do this in several ways; however, one of the most effective ways is to tell our stories.  We share our past struggles, the insanity that goes along with our hurts, habits and hang-ups, and the hope that we found in Jesus.  We will be blessed by another CR testimony on Friday, January 9, and we would love to see you there!

Our weekly schedule:

6pm – dinner

7pm – large group (in the Chapel)

8pm – small open share groups (issue & gender specific)

9pm – dessert & coffee/Solid Rock Café

Free To Respond To The Spirit’s Revelation Of Our Sin Honestly

We can be free to respond to the Spirit’s revelation of our sin in

honesty and repentance, knowing that his mercy is sure. A good

reputation and the avoidance of struggle do not compare to the

healing of our souls that Jesus offers.

In anxiety, in discouragement, in sorrow, and in suffering we

can be free. Free to trust him, free to pray, free to remain firm,

and even free to rejoice. Not to deny the pain, and not to claim

that we necessarily understand God’s purpose in these things.

But knowing his promise to use everything for our good, and

that he alone knows all things. We can know that he uses

adversity to teach us patience, to give us a peace beyond

understanding, to strengthen our faith, and to make us able to

minister to others, and know that Jesus has suffered all of these

things, that he is fully able to sympathize with our weaknesses.

He is the God of all comfort.

12/12/14 Meeting

Does your life need to change

“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth”.    John 9:1

As he approached that blind man so many years ago, Jesus approaches us now, no matter how far we’ve fallen.  He comes to us with the power and the willingness to heal us, to turn our lives into a living testimony to his grace.  With very little understanding and a little faith fixed entirely upon Jesus, we can follow his instructions and become his servants.  As he did for the blind man, He’ll give us a testimony of his power that will confound the proud and attract the humble.

 

We hope you’ll join us on Friday, December 12 when we’ll hear the testimony of John S. whose life  was changed by Jesus through Celebrate Recovery.

 

 Our weekly schedule:

6pm – dinner

7pm – large group (in the Chapel at the East entrance to the church)

8pm – small open share groups (issue & gender specific)

9pm – dessert & coffee/Solid Rock Café