Reformers Unanimous is a faith based recovery program showing the way to freedom for those held in bo***ge by strongholds and addictions of any kind.
Meet every Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm. We have a nursery and a kids program for kids up to the age of 12. There is a cure and that Cure is Jesus.
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Great question.....what is your answer?
From RU in Rockford, Illinois......
Imagine with me a crew of men are out on a small ship in the sea. A storm arises and destroys the ship. Everyone on board is now fighting for their lives to tread water to stay alive. Only one piece of debris is floating near by. The density of the debris only allows for a certain weight or it will sink as well. If all try to grab on the floating debris to save their lives they will all sink and all will perish. Who will choose to die so that others will live?
The same scenario an addict faces. This is the selfish nature of addiction. Except its not a crew of men, its the addict's loved ones, their spouse and children. Instead of choosing to die so their loved ones will live, the addict clings to the debris pushing off their loved ones to remain in their addiction. If they only would by faith, crucify themselves in Christ, they will not only save their family, but God will resurrect them up to save them for their family. #TheTragedyofAddictionSelfishness
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[07/23/16] Well I'm finally back....I have moved out of the state of Ohio and am now in New Mexico! I am currently working to start an RU chapter here and will start posting again. Here in New Mexico as in every state people need to know the Truth (Jesus) and that the Truth can set them free!
Have to post a silly one of as well....! :-)
All the students and workers at church last night.....there are many more not in it plus all the lives reached in the past 5 years! To God be the glory, great things He hath done! :)
As we reflect on what we are thankful for today.....let's thank God for the victories that we have had this past year through Jesus. Happy Thanksgiving! :-)
What a great reminder of how weak we are and how strong God is.....! We must decrease and He must increase!
The Power of Positive Thinking.....
I am POSITIVE that I can do nothing and I am POSITIVE that Jesus can do everything!
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.
There is no PRIDE once you take the "I" out.....we all have this "I"-itis disease I like to call it and we fight it everyday. If I am lead by my soul rather than by spirit then I will do what "I" think, what "I" feel and what "I" want. This most often will lead me into sin in one way or another.....God's Word talks about pride and the damage it causes quite a bit. Look at this verse; Psalm 73:6a Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain;
Pride will surround us and bind us like a chain if we are not careful.....pride is behind every sin we we do. That's why we must make an effort EVERYDAY to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Take the "I" out of pride and all you will have is PRDE!
Let's remember that if we are going to stay on the straight and narrow road we must take this verse below and not only meditate on it but be doers and not hearers only......have a blessed day and "Only the TRUTH makes free".
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Everyday I get a daily verse that pops up on my phone. This verse came up the other day.....it's a very familiar verse that we proclaim for our country. The Lord says that if we do 4 things He will "heal our land". Be HUMBLE, PRAY, SEEK Him & TURN from our wicked ways.
I believe that on a more personal level, if we do these 4 things He will heal us! We all have a stronghold or two that we need healed from.....He is talking about His people so this goes to show that yes, even Christians have issues.
Be humble, pray, seek the Lord and turn from your wicked ways and the Lord WILL heal you it says! That's a fact!
[05/18/15] Well our weekend with the Burks' is officially over.....we had such a blessed time having them with us! 2 souls were saved this weekend and many were challenged by the Word! The altar was packed to night and that was great to see. Thank you Ben and Wendy for all you do and for your love for the addicted! I needed recharged and I definitely got it.
[05/12/15] Our chapter is excited to have Mr. & Mrs. Burks with us all weekend coming up! Friday at RU, Saturday morning training, Mrs. Burks guest speaking at our "All Daughter's Banquet" Saturday night and Brother Burks preaching all day Sunday! What a blessing it will be......please pray with us that hearts will be open and that God does great things this weekend!
Casulties of War
It's brings me much sadness to report that we have just had a casualty of war in our chapter....one of our students decided to end the fight and give satan the victory! Sitting at his service today I started to question whether I could of done more to stop it. That's a natural reaction when something like this happens to someone we care about. It did open my eyes even greater about this war that we are in with satan and that lives are hanging in the balance.
Are enemy the devil is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour the Bible says.....that's why we need to be sober and vigilant not only for ourselves first but others as well. If we see an issue with someone we need to reach out and help as much as possible.
This has made me even more determined than ever to reach and re-reach those who are living in the the wilderness.
As we continue our fight let's keep our eyes on Jesus first and then each other so if we see one of our own bleeding in the battlefield we won't leave them behind for satan to devour. Let's determine in our hearts that we will leave no man or woman behind!
As I was traveling this past week, I came across a song while driving a total of 1500 miles that made me think......the chorus says, "don't tell God how big your mountains are, tell the mountains how big your God is"! I reflected on my own life and if I do that and I came to the conclusion that I don't and I need to. We need to focus on how great our God is and what He is capable of doing! We should have a confidence about us when trying to climb a mountain that is before that others can see because that will make God look good! Our strongholds are mountains so let's face them straight on with confidence in what God can do and not what we cannot do! I have put a few verses showing God's power over mountains....trust the Word!
Habakkuk 3:10a The mountains saw thee, [and] they trembled:
Nahum 1:5a The mountains quake at him.....
Job 28:9 He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.
1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
As we give thanks today, let us thank God for the victory He gives us through Jesus and Him alone....the victory cannot and will not come through us! Happy Thanksgiving!
Be Careful How You Think
Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Solomon’s proverbial insight are as relevant today as ever before. “Be careful how you think,” he tells us, “your life is shaped by your thoughts.” In the New Testament we are told by the apostle Paul that our lives are transformed by the “renewing of our minds” (Rom_12:2). In other words, beliefs determine behavior.
If you believe the right thing — you will do the right thing. And the exact opposite is also true. If we believe a lie, we will live the lie — and our lives will fall short of the glory of God. So, be careful how you think. And, to this end, be even more careful who you choose to befriend; for we ultimately become like those with whom we most closely associate.
If you spend your time in the companyy of complainers and murmurers, critics and fault-finders, nay-sayers and dream-killers — then your life will diminish, your light grow dim, and your presence become dull around others. Spend your time in the company of faithful men and women, who walk in the Spirit and know the Word of God; who understand the Times, and who spend their lives to help others succeed — and your path will grow brighter and brighter.
We are living in historic times – times that require deep conviction and decisive courage. We must not be so absorbed with self interest that we become easily offended with what we don’t understand and, thus, make rash and stupid choices. Our thoughts must become formed by truth; our opinions must become enlarged by intelligence; our words strengthened by wisdom and grace; our behavior monitored by self-restraint; and our interaction with others marked by respect and civility.
What hangs in the balance in these days of global turmoil and uncertainty could be the very welfare of our world. “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”
Think truly. Decide courageously. Act nobly. Stand firmly. Live generously. And die honorably. Your life matters now more than ever, and how you think shapes your very life. And what you choose to do with your life has lasting consequences.
Beliefs determine behavior....you won't change the way you act until you change the way you think! These 2 sayings go hand in hand....the only way to change the way we think is to put new information in our head and bring it down to our heart for meditation. We must hide God's word in our heart, so that we will not sin against Him. Stop and reflect on how you have been acting and determine if you need to change your way of thinking!
What an awesome time we had last night at RU. Starting from our Principle to our very emotional testimony time all the way up to the awesome preaching! Jk :-). Finally the greatest part was 2 young ladies accepting Christ as their personal Savior.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
I know satan is throwing everything he has at us right now. We may get weary but we will NOT faint! Because we will no faint we are reaping what we are sowing and that showed last night! Praise The Lord!
"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us." --Romans 8:37
We go to Christ for forgiveness, and then too often look to the law for power to fight our sins. Paul thus rebukes us, "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?" Take your sins to Christ's cross, for the old man can only be crucified there: we are crucified with Him. The only weapon to fight sin with is the spear which pierced the side of Jesus. To give an illustration--you want to overcome an angry temper, how do you go to work? It is very possible you have never tried the right way of going to Jesus with it. How did I get salvation? I came to Jesus just as I was, and I trusted Him to save me. I must kill my angry temper in the same way? It is the only way in which I can ever kill it. I must go to the cross with it, and say to Jesus, "Lord, I trust Thee to deliver me from it." This is the only way to give it a death-blow. Are you covetous? Do you feel the world entangle you? You may struggle against this evil so long as you please, but if it be your besetting sin, you will never be delivered from it in any way but by the blood of Jesus. Take it to Christ. Tell Him, "Lord, I have trusted Thee, and Thy name is Jesus, for Thou dost save Thy people from their sins; Lord, this is one of my sins; save me from it!" Ordinances are nothing without Christ as a means of mortification. Your prayers, and your repentances, and your tears--the whole of them put together--are worth nothing apart from Him. "None but Jesus can do helpless sinners good;" or helpless saints either. You must be conquerors through Him who hath loved you, if conquerors at all. Our laurels must grow among His olives in Gethsemane.
Folks, we must grab on to this truth and not let it go if we are to find freedom from our strongholds. We must be DOERS of the Word and not hearers only!
The Power of a Thankful Heart
Col 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
Col 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Several extraordinary things happen to us when we purpose to always be thankful.
First – the power of a thankful heart keeps you from the destructive influence of bitterness, for it lifts you to a higher perspective and lets you see things from God’s point of view. Yes, people will treat you badly and unjustly; but the Lord works all things for your good. Be thankful, and watch Him work.
Second – the power of a thankful heart prevents you from falling into pride; for thankfulness presupposes humility. A grateful man is a humble man; and a humble man receives the grace of God to face and overcome all things.
Third – the power of a thankful heart cultivates peace of mind and composure of character. When your life becomes rooted and built up in the truth of God’s word, there is very little that can disturb your spirit.
Fourth – the power of a thankful heart increases your sense of purpose in God’s work, for you know that He has plans for you; plans to bless you, to prosper you, to use you as a blessing for others, and to bring your life on earth to a happy end.
Fifth – the power of a thankful heart gives you a confident assurance for the future — not only for the life you live on earth, but after you pass from this world into the next; you will enter His presence with thanksgiving, seeing you’ve practiced it your whole life.
Sixth - the power of a thankful heart permeates the atmosphere with positive energy. Your outlook of faith is empowering for others who may not be able to see things so clearly. Your glad disposition brightens their dark moments, like Paul and Silas singing praise to God in the Philippian jail.
And finally - the power of a thankful heart honors God, for it dares to look beyond the obvious to see the actual. Circumstances may be bleak, and things may be bad; the economy of your life may be teetering on collapse, and situations may seem all but hopeless — but God is still in control. Your thankful heart demoralizes the powers of hell and glorifies your heavenly Father.
Abound in thanksgiving today and you’ll see I’m right. All these things and more will be yours!
You Can Kiss Your Donkey Goodbye!
Gal 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
There’s a story about an old man, a boy and a donkey on their way to town.
The boy rode on the donkey and the old man walked. As they went along they passed some people who remarked it was a shame the boy was riding, making the old man walk. The man and boy thought maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions.
Later, they passed some people that remarked, “What a shame that man makes a little boy walk.” So they then decided they both would walk!
Soon they passed some more people who thought they were stupid to walk when they had a perfectly good donkey to ride. So, they both rode the donkey.
At length they passed yet another group of people, who shamed them by saying how awful it was of them to put such a heavy load on a poor little donkey. The boy and man said they were probably right, so they decided to carry the donkey.
As they crossed over a bridge, they lost their grip on the donkey. He fell into the river and drowned.
The moral of the story: If you try to please everyone, you might as well kiss your, uh, donkey good-bye!!
You spend your life trying to please everybody? You will never be able to do it — give it a rest. Instead, why not play to an audience of One? He loves you, believes in you, and celebrates you.
Why not live your life so as to please God?
How fitting that this little devotion arrives as we have been talking about what pleases God on Friday nights. Let's focus on pleasing God more than man!
THE DIVIDED HEART
"Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light."-- Mat_6:21-22.
"A double minded man is unstable in all his ways."-- Jam_1:8.
THE CLOSING paragraphs of Matthew 6 are full of instances of a divided heart. The Greek word for care means that which divides.
Some are divided by anxiety. The anxious soul cannot take a strong straight course, any more than a man can sleep who is wondering whether he has bolted the front door or wound up his watch. Some are divided by contrariness--a most difficult and complicated disposition of soul. We would like to be pleasant, helpful, agreeable, and amiable, but are conscious of cross-currents that restrain and make us awkward and disagreeable, and we find ourselves rent between two strong influences, the one to be Christlike and gracious, the other to be distant and angular. Others are divided by fitful and passionate impulses. Happy are they who can hold them well in check. Even St. Paul tells us that he was conscious of these two wills--the better self which longed to do the will of God, and the lower, selfish, passionate self, which brought him into subjection. St. Augustine tells us that, though the prayers of Monica, his mother, greatly affected him, he was constantly swept back from his ideal by an outbreak of passion.
Bunyan also illustrates the same condition, saying that two selves were at war within him. The Devil came and said, "Sell Him!" But he resisted, even to blood, saying, "I won't!" But, as the Tempter continued urging, "Sell Him!" Bunyan finally yielded, and suffered an agony of remorse, as, on the one hand, he accepted Christ as his only Hope, and on the other, was prepared to barter Him away.
A divided heart lacks the first element of strength--it is unstable. The men who leave their mark on the world are those who can say: "This one thing I do." But we need more than concentration, we need consecration. We must not only be united in ourselves, we must be united in God. Let us make the prayer of Psa_86:11, our own: "O knit my heart unto Thee, that I may fear Thy name." Yield yourself to God that He may disunite you from the world, and weave you into His own life.
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