Friday, April 3, 2015- Testimony by Marlon W.

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“But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.”  Romans 5:20b

At CR we share our testimonies as a way to tell how our lives were transformed by Jesus’ healing power and by applying the 8 CR Recovery Principles and the 12 Steps into all aspects of our lives.  Join us on Friday evening, April 3 as we hear a testimony of God’s amazing grace in the life of one of our participants.  Come and be uplifted, challenged, and encouraged!

Our weekly schedule:

6pm – dinner (room 300)

7pm – large group (Chapel)

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

9pm – dessert & coffee/Solid Rock Café

 

Friday, March 27, 2015- Lesson 15: Victory

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Proverbs 21:31 says “…VICTORY rests with the Lord”!

 

Join us on Friday evening, March 27 as we share Lesson 15:  VICTORY.  At first our old self-doubts and low self-image may tell us we’re not worthy of the growth and progress we’re already making in the program.  We need to turn off those old negative thoughts and yield to the growth.  It’s the Holy Spirit’s work within us.  Through his transforming power we’ll find the victory that keeps us from reverting back to our hang-ups and harmful habits.

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 March 27th!

Friday- March 20, 2015: Testimony Night

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, March 20 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 room 110 on the first floor)

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

9pm – dessert & coffee/Solid Rock Café

 

We look forward to seeing you on March 20!

 

Who Is Celebrate Recovery For?

What is the greatest commandment?

  • Matthew: 22:37 “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God …”

What is the second commandment?

  • Matthew 22:39   “…Love thy neighbor …”

How important did Christ say these are?

  • Matthew 22:40 “On these two hang all the law and the prophets”

What did Christ clearly tell us to make our first 2 priorities?

  • Matthew 6:33   “But seek ye first His Kingdom and His righteousness …”

Can any of us honestly say we fully live these out?

When we are faced with daily choices about these, too often our response is described in the 3rd soil in Mark 4: We have heard the word and it has taken root in our hearts but

  • Mark 4:19 “the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful “

Three broad categories of things ensnare us:  worldly clamors, riches, and the lust for things.

The conflicts between the good that we know to do and the things we are clinging to cause inner turmoil and many of us live our lives there.

The books from Corinthians to the first chapters of Revelations were written, in great part, to Christians who were acting out on unresolved issues.  In Celebrate Recovery we have a very effective set of tools that the Lord uses as he teaches us how to resolve these inner conflicts and to live with peace and serenity.

Three scriptures that apply to this process are:

  • Matthew: 11:28-29 “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest …”

Our Lord Jesus Christ, who breathed the universe into existence, offers to be our gentle and humble hearted teacher and personally show us how to find rest for our souls.

  • Romans 12:2   “… be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…”

We learn new ways of thinking so that worldly clamors don’t continue to control our behavior

  • James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed…”

In Celebrate Recovery we have several tools we can use as these scriptures work in our lives:

We have small groups of men or women where we can talk openly about the things we are struggling with and what God is doing to heal us.   We have accountability partners with whom we keep in contact, so we can hold each other accountable as we work through the healing process.  We have “sponsors” or “mentors” who help guide us by asking the hard questions, etc.  In Biblical terms this is known as “discipling”.  We have small groups of either men or women who meet together to work through a set of lessons that are designed to help us examine ourselves to see what our hurts, habits and hang-ups are, and find God’s healing.  We call these groups Step Studies.

And of course we meet in a large group to celebrate our recovery.

In Christian vernacular we might say to celebrate our progress in the process of sanctification.

Written by Jerry W.

Friday Meeting February 27: Lesson- ADMIT

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“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

James 5:16

Join us on Friday evening, February 27 as we share Lesson 13: Admit.  Why is it necessary for us to ADMIT our faults to someone else?  The reason is that many of us have been keeping secrets almost all of our lives.  Every day those carefully guarded skeletons in our closet take a toll on us.  They cause loss of self-respect and energy, as well as bondage to old, codependent habits.  Admitting – out loud – those secrets strips them of their power.  They lose much of their hold on us when they’re shared with someone we can trust.  God already forgave us when we confessed our sins to him.  Now he promises that we’ll begin the healing process when we confess those sins to someone else.

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

Hoping to see you on February 27!

Friday Meeting February 20th: Testimony Night

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Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

Luke 8:16

Step 12:  “Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”

All we need is a little faith to begin the journey of freedom from our hurts, hang-ups, and habits.  Faith—even faith the size of a tiny mustard seed—is the only avenue to salvation and freedom.  When we put whatever degree of faith we have in Jesus, he promises that our lives will be changed.  We’ll find the hope for which we’ve been searching in the only Higher Power, Jesus Christ.  His Spirit will come with supernatural power and move into our hearts.  Join us on Friday, February 20 and hear another CR story of hope and a changed life!

We look forward to seeing you at a meeting soon.

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

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!!

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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.