We are a recovery group for anyone with a hurt, habit or hang-up. We welcome all newcomers. We serve a meal ($5.00 all you can eat) at 6:00 every Friday and have a meeting meeting after the meal and dessert after the meeting.
The meeting includes singing, reciting the 12 Steps and a lesson from the Celebrate Recovery Leaders Guide, we break into gender specific small groups for a time of sharing and then have dessert.
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We all need to remember that we forgive for ourselves, to free us from the burden of unforgiveness that we carry.
THE GIFT OF FORGIVENESS
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32 NIV)
Forgiveness is a gift, God’s gift, first of all, to each of us. And then a gift we give to others; a gift that, in the giving, brings to the giver unexpected and undeniable blessing.
-- Kenneth Gibble
IN NEED OF A SAVIOR
“Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:11-12 NIV)
Some are foolish enough to put their confidence in ministers. I cannot even save myself; what can I do for others? There died in London not long ago a tradesman of much wealth. When he came near to death, though I had never seen the man in my life, he importunately asked for me. I could not go. My brother went to see him, and after setting before him the way to salvation, he inquired, “What made you wish to see my brother?”
“Well,” he said, “whenever I have a doctor, I always like to get the best. And when I employ a lawyer, I like the man who is high in the profession. Money is no object. I want the best possible help.”
I shuddered at being so regarded. The best help he could get! That best is nothing -- less than nothing, and vanity. What can we do for you if you will not have a Savior? We can stand and weep over you, and break our hearts to think that you reject Him, but what can we do?
-- Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892), from the book “Spurgeon at His Best” compiled by Tom Carter
If only I could be this brave.
PACK YOUR COFFIN
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:19-20 NRSV)
A century ago, a band of brave souls became known as one-way missionaries. They purchased single tickets to the mission field without the return half. And instead of suitcases, they packed their few earthly belongings into coffins. As they sailed out of port, they waved good-bye to everyone they loved, everything they knew. They knew they’d never return home.
A. W. Milne was one of those missionaries. He set sail for the New Hebrides in the South Pacific, knowing full well that the headhunters who lived there had martyred every missionary before him. Milne did not fear for his life, because he had already died to himself. His coffin was packed. For thirty-five years, he lived among that tribe and loved them. When he died, tribe members buried him in the middle of their village and inscribed this epitaph on his tombstone: “When he came there was no light. When he left there was no darkness.”
-- Mark Batterson in “All In: You Are One Decision Away from a Totally Different Life”
EVANGELISM IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
We could call the entire New Testament an “evangelistic” document. The word gospel means “good news.” John says his Gospel was written so that people would believe that Jesus is the Son of God and find life in Him (John 20:30-31). The book of Acts is the energetic account of the way the good news spread through the witness of the early church. Most of the epistles are the explanation of the gospel or the application of the good news to daily life. The New Testament reaches its climax in the Revelation, which declares the good news that, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, Jesus Christ is “ruler of the kings of the earth” (Revelation 1:5). The book concludes with the invitation for everyone who is thirsty to come and receive the “water of life as a gift” (Revelation 22:17).
“Witness” to Jesus Christ and “evangelism” in the sense of inviting others to experience new life in Him are woven into the fabric of the New Testament.
-- James A. Harnish in “A Disciple’s Path: Deepening Your Relationship with Christ and the Church”
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YOU CANNOT OUTGIVE GOD
I think it’s easy for us to operate out of a scarcity mentality: the more I give, the less I’ll have. But it’s not true. In the kingdom of God, it’s the opposite. The less you give, the less you have, and the more you give, the more you have. If you hang on to what you have, your heart will become smaller and smaller. And you’ll lose your soul in the process. But if you give what you’ve got your heart will grow larger and larger for the things of God.
That abundance mentality traces back to a biblical promise in Luke 6:38: “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
When you give beyond your ability, God is going to bless you beyond your ability. It’s the inviolable law of measures: you always get back more than you give away. Don’t get me wrong. God is not a slot machine. If you give to get, you don’t get it. And God won’t honor it. But if you give for the right reasons, then you’ll discover that you cannot outgive God. It’s not possible. In fact, if you start giving beyond your means, you may discover that you have more left over than what you started with. That is what happens when we add God to the equation of our finances.
-- Mark Batterson in “PRIMAL: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity”
THE HEART’S GREATEST DESIRE
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act.” (Psalm 37:4-5 ESV)
What kind of life does my heart want? I find no easy answers to that question, but I know the answer means giving up the fantasy of always moving forward and allowing instead for seasons of dormancy. And it is always time to listen. Perhaps the heart's single greatest desire is to listen attentively to the voice of God … My heart wants the kind of life that leaves room for God…
-- Elizabeth J. Canham in “Heart Whispers”
I know that I never feel that I spend enough time with God; I always want more. I know when he speaks to me I listen and try to obey His desires for me.
JESUS PERSONIFIES GRACE
“For Christ also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18 RSV)
The grace of God is found in His great love for sinners, in His longing to do them good. His Son Jesus Christ personifies grace, for by the offering up of His body, sinners are made whole and pure, once and for all.
-- John Bunyan
THE HEART OF SALVATION
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 NLT)
The heart of salvation is the Cross of Christ. The reason salvation is so easy to obtain is that it cost God so much. The Cross was the place where God and sinful man merged with a tremendous collision and where the way to life was opened. But all the cost and pain of the collision were absorbed by the heart of God.
-- Oswald Chambers in “My Utmost for His Highest”
The church I was raised in did not teach of the salvation through Christ; they taught that if you sinned you were going to hell and there was no redemption. Imagine my delight when I read for myself and found that there is redemption for us. If what I was taught was true then Heaven would be a very lonely place. I thank God every day that He never gave up on me.
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“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 42:11 NIV)
I can remember a time when I was downcast and thought there was no hope for me. I learned about this forgiving God whose Son died on the cross for me. I learned that no matter what I had done in my life, how many bad choices I made; He still loved me. I accepted Christ as my Savior and gave my life to Him. Following His will was hard at first, but He promised He would never leave or forsake me, and He keeps His promises. I have put my hope in Him, and I am never disappointed.
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THE GREATEST TRUTH
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3 NKJV)
Knowledge is the truth or facts that a person gains through experience or thought. The greatest truth that a person can possess is truth about God. God doesn’t want us to know merely about Him in our heads. He wants us to know Him personally in our hearts.
-- Lenya Heitzig and Penny Pierce Rose in “Pathway to God's Treasure: Ephesians”
My thought for today is this: Maybe instead of asking God "don't you care?" We need to look in the mirror and ask "don't you care?"
DON’T YOU EVEN CARE?
[In the midst of the storm the disciples asked Jesus,] “Teacher, don’t you even care that we are going to drown?” (Mark 4:38)
Don’t you even care? This is the question that always burns in our hearts when trouble comes and our Lord doesn’t seem to be doing anything to help us. It’s a question produced by faith running on fumes -- a question we often hate ourselves for asking but can’t seem to avoid. It’s the question that was burning a hole in Job’s heart when he said, “I cry to You, O God, but You don’t answer me” (Job 30:20). And it’s the question that tore a bitter wail from the psalmist: “I am forgotten, cut off from Your care” (Psalm 88:5).
If your faith needs a refill, Don’t you even care? may be the question you’ve been asking lately.
If so, you’ll find your answer in the same place the disciples found theirs -- in Jesus’ words. When He said, “Quiet down” He was commanding the storm, but even more so, He was sending a message to the disciples. He was saying, “See, I do care.”
This is one of the most important things you can understand about Jesus’ words. It doesn’t matter who (or what) He’s speaking to in Scripture, He’s also speaking to you and me. Every sentence has significance, and woven throughout His words and phrases are the answers to all of life’s most important questions. If a passage doesn’t seem relevant, it’s only because it doesn’t meet your need at that particular moment. The probability is that someday it will.
-- Mark Atteberry in “Free Refill: Coming Back for More of Jesus”
Just a little something to encourage you.
I need to remember this on a daily basis.
[04/19/20] Friday night Celebrate Recovery.
BE A LIGHTHOUSE
I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. John 12:46
One of the strongest images of standing strong in a storm is the lighthouse. In the era before radar, satellite navigation and GPS systems, lighthouses were vital to protect ships from crashing onto rocks, shoals and shores. Building lighthouses can be considered one of man’s most noble endeavors. Since the beginning of seafaring, families and friends have lit bonfires at night to guide sailors home.
George Bernard Shaw said, “I can think of no other edifice constructed by man as altruistic as a lighthouse. They were built only to serve.”
And evangelist D.L. Moody commented, “Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining—they just shine.”
Jesus used this imagery of light to describe our role in His kingdom. We are the light of the world, He said, after claiming Himself to be the true light. Therefore we function much like a lighthouse, both internally and externally.
The first design for a lighthouse is the internal function of generating light. Early lighthouses used a literal fire that had to be constantly fed and watched. Later electric lights were utilized and ultimately laser lights. But this light still has to be internally projected.
So we too as followers of Jesus project internal light, the outer expression of the inner life under the control of the Holy Spirit.
The other aspect of a modern lighthouse is that it also is an external reflector. Over the years of improvements, revolving lenses have been developed to reflect that internally generated light further into the darkness.
As the moon reflects the light of the sun, so we reflect the light of the Son in a world of darkness.
And finally, lighthouses remind us of God’s love. Like the bright shining beam of a lighthouse, His love reaches out…piercing through the darkness of any storm.
RESPONSE: Today and throughout this year I will be a lighthouse for Jesus, projecting His inner light and reflecting His light externally.
PRAYER: Lord, may Your love and Your light pierce the darkness of the world around me as I stand strong and faithful for You like a lighthouse, today and through the year ahead.
What we talk about we keep alive in our lives it is a short step from Victim to Victory over the incident whatever it was.
This Friday we are having the lesson on VICTORY. Come and see how to have victory over yourself and the desires you have that lead to bad consequences.
[12/04/16] Friday, 2 December 2016 Only Lorin showed up for Celebrate Recovery. Donnetta, my kids, and I had prepared Lasagna and had some wonderful conversations. We decided to save the lesson for next Friday, 9 December 2016. The lesson next Friday will be on VICTORY. Come and learn how to claim your victory over addiction.
[10/14/16] Getting ready for tonight. Cooking and getting things together in my head after a long week of work.
[08/27/16] Great meeting last night. We had a new person and a new again person. I love new people because that means another life I get to influence for Christ. Another person that I get to show His love to and help accept the work He did on the cross for all of us.
We need to remember that just because we can't change the past doesn't mean we shouldn't keep moving forward trying to be the best we can in the present so that our future is better than our past.
[08/16/16] Great meeting on Friday night. Missed you Theresa and family. Glad you could come Chad, hope to see you again. Missed you too Lorin.
[08/07/16] Had a great meeting on Friday and had some people come that we have been missing. Missed a few that couldn't come. Next week we learn about the first step and how to 'step out of our DENIAL.' The lesson is DENIAL and it is the first in the series so if you have been thinking about coming but just haven't gotten around to it yet, this is your week.
[08/05/16] Just finished baking the cornbread to go with the chili for supper tonight at Celebrate Recovery. The bulletins are printed and the food is started, I am studying the lesson and will hopefully be able to help someone on their journey as they join us tonight at Celebrate Recovery. Dinner is at 6:00 pm at 2324 Indian Wells; Grace Baptist Church. Come join us. We help with any hurt, habit or hang-up. Nothing is too small for us to help with and nothing is too big for us to help with because Jesus gives me the words to say and so He is in the house with us as we sing, rejoice and share.
We sometimes need to be reminded of the courage it takes to continue through the recovery process. This is a courage that some (thank God) will never need to have or know. That means they will never understand the depth of courage that a recovering addict has had to find within themselves - usually when they think they are at the end and have no more to give and question if they can go on. A quick look at how far we have come gives us the knowledge and courage to keep moving forward on this journey called recovery.
[08/03/16] Wednesday and that means it is almost Friday again. I'm starting to think about what I can cook for an unknown amount of people so that the leftovers can be made into something else later that isn't recognized as leftovers. Our lesson will be "The Seven Reasons We Get Stuck." What we will really talk about is how to avoid the seven reasons we get stuck so that we can keep moving forward.
[07/30/16] Had a good group tonight. I have missed everyone while I've been gone. Again I want to thank Lorin, Donnetta, Peggy and Madeline for all the help they give me with Celebrate Recovery.
Looking forward to being at Celebrate Recovery Friday with Donnetta at my side. It seems like I have been gone for much too long. We will have the lesson YES this week.
“Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18)
[07/25/16] This Friday we will have the lesson on YES.
[07/19/16] Home from the summit and back into everyday life with the family and the animals. Donnetta will be leading the group this Friday. I hope there is a large group for them to lead. The lesson will be GIVE. Come see what GIVE has to do with recovery.
[07/16/16] Last day of the Summit and our brains are pretty full of knowledge and ideas. We will pull out at dawn or before if we just can't sleep any longer. See you all when we get back.
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