Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

CR Principle 3

Hey Partners and Friends,

I am so glad God created us with the ability to choose, aren’t you? Ever thought about how many choices you have everyday. Someone said, “We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.”

This month I want to share another snippet of a CR principle. All the principles are critical for recovery but this one is HUGE. It is the crux of all the rest of them. The first two principles are the basis from which we get to the third, being the central theme of all the steps.  
  1. Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.
  2. Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover.
And now;
3. C
onsciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.

Read that principle again and let it soak for a minute. I mean think about it, if we miss this we are missing it all.
At times all of us get into a bit of a funk and just go about our daily lives doing what we have always done, the same old routine not really thinking about it. I believe God wants us to be conscious of the fact that we do not have to get stuck in routine, habitual cycles of behavior or thinking we can make choices. A very long time ago God said, “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! DT. 30:19NLT
I believe God meant it when he said it then, and I believe he means it today. It’s like every day I can choose good or bad, life or death, blessings or curses.  I used to think it was a command, but as I look closer I realize it is the plea of God’s heart. The bedrock of the Celebrate Recovery ministry is this principle, this choice. God has given us an indescribable ability, and that is the ability to choose. What we do, how we act, what we think and how we feel. People in recovery many times have lost site of this truth. They believe the lie that they have no choices they’re just stuck, addicted, trapped with no options. Jesus said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Jn 8:32
So we do have choices and the choice above all choices is- what are we going to do with Jesus, all other choices in life pail in comparison to this one choice. We must, “Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.” Today we can make that choice and everyday for the rest of our lives and just see what happens. Everyday when you wake up choose life, choose blessings, choose good. Choose to commit the day and your will to Christ’s care and control. Thank you that one of your choices has been to partner with us in this ministry.
God has made His choice, it’s you!
 Jim & Pam

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Why are Boundaries necessary?

Because God is behind the concept of boundaries. According to the Bible, this need is fundamental in the creation of mankind. God created us to be free, and to act responsibly with our freedom. He wanted us to be in control of ourselves, and to have a good existence. He was behind that idea all along.
But as we all know, we misused our freedom, and as a result, lost it. With the loss of freedom came the loss of self-control. The results of losing self-control are displayed in a wide variety of miseries. Consider a few of the alternatives to self-control:
  • Controlling relationships where people try to control each other.
  • Faith that is practiced out of guilt and drudgery instead of freedom and love.
  • Being motivated by guilt, anger and fear instead of love.
  • The inability to gain control of our own behavior and solve problems in our lives.
  • The loss of control to addictive processes.
  • These are to name just a few. It is no wonder why the need for Boundaries is felt so deeply.

In fact, these issues are so dear to the heart of God, He says it was one of the motivators for the sacrifice of Christ Himself: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) Jesus died to set us free: from sin, from the devil, from the world around us. And that is the essence of what Boundaries teach—freedom.

From The Simple Scoop on Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Need for redemption

The link is a sermon from Mars Hill Church in Seattle that focuses on the epidemic of sexual assaults, addressing the victims and the abusers, and the redemption that is necessary through Jesus.  It is powerful and worth your time.
Bro.  Rob

Monday, September 10, 2012

Beginning new website...

We wanted to let you know we have an updated website that we will be using for keeping you up to date for all the Celebrate Recovery activities at Believers Church.  On this page you will find our various Posts to encourage you from the local stories coming out of our group.  Additionally on the left hand side, there are resource links to the national CR websites for help with serving the folks who participate in CR, training guidance and the other significant items we think important.  On the right side of the page, we display various lists, our training plans, and other relevant tools.  Also for fun, we have the link to the videos that are both funny and inspirational.

Hope you benefit from this webpage, and do please let us know of any ideas or suggestions to improve or expand the value of this page by emailing the ‘Contact Us’ address.