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

12/5/2014 Meeting: Lesson 7- Sponsor

Changing lives

Principle 4: Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.

Happy are the pure in heart. Matthew 5:8

 

Step 4: We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Let us examine our ways and test them and let us return to the Lord.  Lamentations 3:40

The road to recovery is not meant to be traveled alone.  We have found that we actually need three relationships. Most important is our relationship with Jesus Christ. In addition, we need the relationship of our recovery group, a church family and a sponsor and/or accountability partner. Lesson 7 teaches us how to build an accountability team as well as find a Sponsor. He or she will help lead us through the steps and walk with us along the way.

Please join us on Friday, December 5 for the SPONSOR lesson.  Our schedule is the same as every week, with one exception:  we will spend the entire evening in the Bigg House.

Our weekly schedule:

6pm – dinner

7pm – large group

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

9pm – dessert & coffee/Solid Rock Café

Join us Friday 11/28/2014 for a video testimony

Hand up at mountain summit

 

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through

 our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in

 which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character,

 and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love

 has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 5:1-5

 

Sometimes the best way to learn of the goodness of God is to hear it straight from someone who has been transformed by the Word.

 

Join us on Friday evening, November 28 when in large group we will all be blessed to hear a Celebrate Recovery testimony of another life that was changed by God’s healing power.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Our weekly schedule:

6pm – dinner (the BIGG House)

7pm – large group (the BIGG House)

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

9pm – dessert & coffee/Solid Rock Café

Upcoming lesson 11/21/2014

Lesson 6 ActionPrinciple 3: Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
Matthew 5:5

Step 3: We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.”
Romans 12:1

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
James 1:22

We hope you will join us at CR on Friday, November 21 when we will share the Action lesson and focus on Principle 3 and Step 3 in large group time.

Our weekly schedule:
6pm – dinner
7pm – large group
8pm – small open share groups (issue & gender specific)
9pm – dessert & coffee/Solid Rock Café

Join Us On Friday, November 14, 2014

Its a new day

 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:

The old has gone, the new is here!”

2 Corinthians 5:17

   

 . . . I no longer regret my past because God has used it to bring me to where I am today.  Although I revel in being a new creation in Christ, the Lord in his infinite wisdom has used and continues to use the vestiges of my brokenness to give others strength and hope.  By his grace I now have the privilege of giving back by serving in Celebrate Recovery.  I was wrong:  I truly am “one of those people.”  And I thank God for that fact every day.

(an excerpt from “My Name is Tim” a Recovery Story found in the Celebrate Recovery Bible, pages 1446-1447)

 

 We hope you’ll join us on Friday evening, November 14 when in large group we will all be blessed to hear a Celebrate Recovery testimony of another life that was changed by God’s healing power.  We’ll be glad to have you and you’ll be glad you came.

 Our weekly schedule:

6pm – dinner

7pm – large group (Chapel)

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

9pm – dessert & coffee/Solid Rock Café