Tuesday, December 27, 2016

7 Personal Roadblocks Keeping You Stuck Right Where You Are

By Dr. Henry Cloud

Consciously or unconsciously, we are all driven to grow. We see a future that we want to live in, and we are either able to intentionally get there, or we cannot. A major determinant of whether you will get there or not is simply that you actually believe that you can.
We carry around a huge amount of personal baggage from our past experiences that informs our attitudes about the future. In many cases we develop a sense of learned helplessness that causes us to believe that we will never be able to get the future we want. This self-defeating logic is reinforced by our own inaction toward overcoming this baggage from our past. It becomes a pattern.
We get used to not getting what we want. We come to believe that it’s normal. That it’s simply the way things are.
Before we can overcome these issues, we have to understand what they are. This is by no means an all encompassing list of issues that characterize bad past experiences that can prevent you from realizing your own ability to move toward your desired future, but if you recognize yourself in any of these, it’s time to get to work.
1. You have historically associated closely with, and strongly feel a part of a group of people who are not finding success in love, life or work.
2. You have been so focused on simply getting by that you felt like you were unable to actually learn new ways to be better.
3. You were brought up in a religious tradition or other circumstance that instilled you with strong feelings of guilt and shame, but never focused on positive qualities like love, intimacy, vulnerability and learning.
4. All of your past relationships have caused tremendous pain and ended badly, leading you to believe that is simply an inherent quality of all relationships.
5. You have plateaued when pursuing your goals, and you come to believe that you are simply not the kind of person who is capable of achieving the success you want, incapable of understanding why others are able to reach their goals.
6. You have believed that you are just not trying hard enough when it comes to your goals, and later when you do try to commit stronger to achieving your goals with the same mindset and more effort, you expect things to turn out differently.
7. You associate change primarily with things turning out badly. Therefore change is scary and something to be avoided. You may not be happy with the way things have been, but they could likely be much worse.
What these dilemmas all have in common is that they use the past as a basis for constructing the future. They cause us to forget our own talents and abilities, to undermine our own skillfulness and resourcefulness. They squash our ambitions by prioritizing fear over risk and reward.
The experiences described above are universal. Every successful person has faced some variation or combination of these scenarios, and yet they have managed to get wherever it is that they were aiming at.
Why is that? Is it that others simply have greater abilities, or more potential? No. It is that they have not allowed the past to become a myopic lens for viewing the future. They have distilled experience into wisdom. They have recognized that failure and difficulty are necessary opportunities for stretching our abilities to enable growth.
The essential thing that you must do is to take the lessons you have learned from the past and put those lessons into practice by actually doing something. You will not overcome any one of these by letting the clock run out. There is no way forward in doing nothing. If what you have tried in the past has not worked, try something different. We are often drawn to work harder because we are choosing the more familiar path. That path is our default setting. It is often our first idea, and the one we feel most comfortable setting forward with.
But growing is not about feeling comfortable, it is about moving forward through the thick grass toward foggy vistas and breaking through all of that to discover new territory. The future does not live in the past unless you stay stuck where you are. The future is where you are going, not where you have been.
https://drcloud.com/article/7_Personal_Roadblocks_Keeping_You_Stuck_Right_Where_You_Are

Saturday, December 17, 2016

A tiny Christmas TIP

Hey Friends, I just want to give you a little Christmas tip. And you may or may not know in CR, most of our lessons are built around an acrostic. So the acrostic this Christmas is TIP. Here’s my Christmas TIP. Pay attention to the small stuff. The T stands for tiny. The bible says “Do not despise this small beginning, for the eyes of the Lord rejoice to see the work begin,”,,,Zec 4:10. You could say the biggest event in all of history started with a very small seemingly insignificant beginning, the birth of a baby to a young couple in a small town many years ago. That tiny beginning has and is continuing to change the entire world one small life at a time. So please do not discount the hugs, the kisses, the sharing the laughter the small gestures of love this Christmas or anytime for that matter. God himself comes on the scene in small ways and then all the earth can rejoice. The I stands for Imagine. How absolutely incredible it is to know that the living God sent his only Son so that whosoever would believe in Him would have everlasting life. The angel proclaimed, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy. It is for all people. A savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord. Glory to God in the highest peace goodwill toward men.” Lk 2:10-14.Imagine that. It’s true! The P stands for Plan. God has had a plan for you since before the foundation of the world. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer 29:11 God’s plans are so much better than our plans. We may think we are small and insignificant in the big picture, in the eternal scheme of things. But God doesn’t think that way. Because His plan is that you and I are to carry the message of the Christ to the world. That is no small thing. “Christ in you the hope of glory.” The hope of eternity with God. A TIP is just a small thing but with God it can make a huge difference. Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas! Celebrate Recovery Believers Church Jim & Pam

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Twelve Gifts of Life Recovery

These twelve attributes are not just results or outcomes for people in recovery, but truly gifts from God. They show that recovery doesn't merely provide escape from a destructive problem. It also points toward possibility of a new and exceptional life.
1.     Hope—"We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love" (Romans 5:3-5, page 1437).
2.      Power—"For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:13, page 1526). "For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline" (2 Timothy 1:7, page 1561).
3.      Character—"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!" (Galatians 5:22-23, page 1505).
4. Clarity—"Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity" (1 Corinthians 13:12, page 1472).
5.     Security—"Fear of the Lord leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm" (Proverbs 19:23, page 807). "If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won't he also give us everything else?" (Romans 8:31-32, page 1442).
6.      Abundance—"And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19, page 1526).
7.      Wisdom—"Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good Judgment" (Proverbs 9:10, page 796). "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking" (James 1:5, page 1600).
8.      Self-Control—"But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you" (Romans 8:9, page 1441). "But the Holy Spirit produces ... self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23, page 1505).
9.      Freedom—-"So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery to the law" (Galatians 5:1, page 1504).
10.      Happiness—"Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found" (Psalm 119:35, page 764). "The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing" (Proverbs 10:2, page 796).
11- Serenity—"I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love" (Romans 8:38, page 1442).

12. Peace—"I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid" (John 14127, page 1366)
from Life Recovery Bible.....

Friday, November 18, 2016

Big Diamonds


Hey all you treasure hunters,



Have you ever been diamond hunting?  It’s been on my bucket list for some time. Also, many times over the years I would ask Pam what she would like for her birthday, Christmas, or our anniversary. Her typical reply was, “Just get me a big diamond.” So off we went to the Crater of Diamonds State Park. (I’m not quite sure this is exactly what Pam had in mind. She probably thought we would look for it at a jewelry store.) Never-the-less, diamonds here we come. I gave Pam a bucket, a stool, gloves and some garden tools. “There ya go babes let’s get you that big diamond.” We soon discovered diamond hunting is not that easy. We had to travel a ways to get to the diamond field. You don’t just find diamonds any old place. The sun was hot, the ground was hard, and the dirt was, well dirty, and we had to pay eight bucks each to hunt. We got down in the dirt, dug holes, sifted dirt, and scrapped the ground looking for anything shinny. We found a few pebbles, some gravel, and lots of dirt. After about three hours we were done, we quit.



This experience reminded me of what Jesus said,” “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.  When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” Mt 13:45-46.

 I believe God is hunting for some precious gems, diamonds in the rough you might say, or a pearl of great price. He came a great distance to find it. He left heaven to get down in the dirt with us.



As I thought about this adventure, I noticed some similarities of diamond hunting and the Kingdom of Heaven. God’s pursuit of the souls of men. God is looking for a treasure, a thing of beauty, something of great value. In God’s case, valuable enough to give everything he had, even His own blood, His life to pay for it. It’s not an easy task it requires commitment, in His case it’s important enough and precious enough for Him, that it means total commitment. He had to get down in the dirt with us, get dirty to recover the precious jewel, the soul of man. One huge difference He did not quit, He never will. You are precious, a great treasure to us and God.

At Celebrate Recovery we are looking for precious gems. Many times it requires digging through the barren looking soil of a broken hopeless life to discover a beautiful perfect priceless gem. Thanks for your prayers and support as we search.



Let Your Kingdom Come,

Jim & Pam

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Election night November 8th....

Election night November 8th, you might consider attending our Celebrate Recovery (CR) at Believers Church at 7pm. Among other topics, I will be teaching about depression and how to acknowledge & address.  Many will be depressed that night with the loss of their candidate and their dreams for our country.  Mental health is a major issue within our world.  Learn how CR can help you with healthier coping skills while continuing to glorify our Redeemer, Jesus, the Christ.


Blessings, Bro. Rob.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

BIGGER


Pam, myself and nine other people from Believers Church Celebrate Recovery were fortunate enough to be able to go to the annual CR Summit in California this year. It was CR’s 25th anniversary. Saying it was awesome just does not do it justice. What a wonderful time of celebration, of inspiration, of training, of motivation and encouragement. After 25 years of CR there are now approximately 29,000 official Celebrate Recovery Groups across the country and around the world. This ministry works!

The place was packed out, 3300 people together for three days celebrating what God has done in their lives. And not just celebrating but learning how to carry the message that there is a God, He does care about you and He has the power to help you recover, set you free and transform your life.

Most people come to CR initially to get help for themselves or someone they love. But as they begin to get free from their hurts, habits and hang ups they realize it’s far bigger than just their own healing. There is a devotion in the Life Recovery bible that says it well and it is one of my favorites, entitled “Our Mission” it reads; “A life set free from all addictions by the Lord is a beautiful sight to behold. When we practice these principles and share our experiences, people will see the glory of God in our life and gain hope. We know from experience the depths of suffering, affliction, and brokenness. We know the pain of being enslaved to our passions and blinded by our denial. We have endured our seasons of grieving. We can relate to those who struggle to be free. We also know that there is more to life than bondage. In Christ are healing and freedom, clarity and mercy, beauty and joy. When Jesus came to earth he had a mission, which was expressed in these words: “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come…. To all who mourn… he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair” (Isaiah 61:1-3).

This mission has been passed on to us. Some people talk about “preaching the gospel” but may alienate those who need the Good News the most. We are in a unique position to share our experiences, our strengths, and our hope in a way that broken people can understand and receive it.”



Thank you for traveling with us on this wonderful mission!

Free in Christ,

Jim & Pam

Friday, August 5, 2016

Quitting?


Remember the story in the Gospel of John chapter 5:1-15? In Jesus day there was a pool where people went, hoping to experience miraculous healing. “One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, ‘Would you like to get well?’ ‘I can’t, sir, I have tried, the sick man said.

This story reminds me so much of people who have struggled with deep hurts, habits or hang-ups, for entire lifetimes, twenty, thirty, fifty years. Issues that have held them back, limited their potential, their relationships their lives for so long they have just about given up. They cannot heal themselves or fix themselves, they can’t, try as they may. Then they come to Celebrate Recovery, many times in an all but hopeless condition, with just enough courage to come through the doors.

Jesus told the man, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk.” The man was healed!

This man was so crippled that he couldn’t go any farther on his own. He camped as near as he could to a place where there was hope for recovery. God met him there and brought him the rest of the way. For us freedom may mean getting as close to the hope of healing as we can in our crippled condition. When we do, God will meet us there and take us the rest of the way.

Jesus said, “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

What I am saying is it doesn’t matter if a person has suffered or struggled with a hurt habit or hang-up for thirty, forty, fifty years, don’t give up, don’t quit. Get as close as you can to Jesus, keep pursuing Him. Never stop, don’t quit before the miracle!

 Then Jesus turned to those who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.”

Stick with it, don’t give up, don’t quit before the MIRACLE.

Thank you for sticking with us in this ministry. Miracles are happening!

Jim & Pam

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Older People?


Hey Partners & Friends,

I remember when Pam and I were the youngest people in the room, it happened often, more often than not. That has changed and it seems to have crept up on us unaware. I find myself talking about “older people” and then reality slaps me, I’m talking about people younger than me? Dang. I guess denial doesn’t have any age limits. Old people are everywhere, driving down the highway, in the super market, restaurants, at the checkout line, church, in the restroom (there are always old folks in the restroom) I know this because, ahh, never mind. The point is they are everywhere. And here’s the deal, everything they do is slow. If you get behind them in a hallway, you may as well forget about it. They walk in the middle of the hall and there is no graceful way around them. You either have to push them out of the way or reschedule that prostate exam. The only place I never see any “older people” is working behind the counter at QT? I guess they would have to rename the chain. Quick Trip would not be appropriate where people would have to spend a large part of eternity trying to pay for prune juice and gas. Oh, let’s just not talk about old people and gas. The point I’m trying to make is this, I don’t know when it happened but it happens. Now Pam and I are typically the oldest folks in the room, any room. At this juncture I better note a disclaimer for clarification, and to be able to sleep in my bed tonight, Pam is much younger than me. So I am generally the oldest person in the room, just so you know. Why am I ranting about all this old timer stuff? Because sometimes people think old folks are done, just because they are slow. This is how we look at it at Celebrate Recovery.    

“As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long—though I know not how to relate them all. I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone. Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come. Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens, you who have done great things. Who is like you, God?
Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.” Psalm 71:14-20 NIV.

God help us, even in our old age to bring this message to others, new generations, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Thank you for continuing with us as time and seasons pass.

Jim & Pam

Monday, June 27, 2016

Nine Months


Hey Partners & Friends,



Nine months, typically is the time it takes between conception and delivery of a human child. That’s how long it takes. I find this a bit ironic when it comes to Celebrate Recovery and the recovery process. And make no mistake recovery is a process, it’s a journey, somewhat like the birthing of a child, a new life. Many times I have been asked by newcomers who visit CR. “How long does it take to go through the 12 Steps, twelve weeks?” It’s a logical question, assuming it takes a step a week to complete all twelve. Boy are they surprised when I answer.   



Sometime back I was talking to a professional addiction counselor. He had vast experience working with people who struggle with all sorts of addictions, drugs, alcohol, porn, gambling, you name it. He had worked at teen-challenge, in-house rehabs, half-way houses, short-term care facilities, outpatient care etc. We were discussing the general success or failure rate statistics associated with the various types of treatments and programs. He told me that it has been statistically verified that short-term treatment produces very little long-term recovery. However if a person engages in the recovery process for at least nine months to a year the success rate is dramatically improved.  

Experts say it takes generally nine months to a year to break free from destructive habit patterns and addictions. It is not instant.

This was very exciting to me because the CR 12 step process typically takes 9-12 months to complete. They are extremely successful for those who complete the whole process. We didn’t plan it that way, that’s just the way it is working out. Coincidence? I don’t think so, even with God good things need time to grow, mature and become a reality in your life. Complete recovery takes time to develop like a newly conceived child.

Nine months for a child to be born, nine months to a renewed life. New life is conceived in an instant but it is lived one day at a time,,,for the rest of eternity.



2Cor 5:17 NIRV When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here!



Thanks for doing this new life with us.

Jim & Pam

Monday, June 6, 2016

Exciting Danger


Hey Friends,

My cousins and I were on a scary adventure, tempting fate really. I was the youngest and smallest one in the group.  We were hunting wasps. The chicken houses were empty so this was the ideal time to attack these evil demons without causing chaos and panic among the chickens. Not to make a play on words but we were certainly not chicken to do this, we were brave crusaders purging the world of danger. Sometimes in our quest we would wrap ourselves in blankets and carry a small board for a weapon, stir up the wasps and then the battle was on. It was great fun until a wasp would eventually find its way inside the blanket, eeyowww! At that point the fight was over.

This particular time the nest was just too big and the wasps too mean for that type of approach. So we stood back throwing rocks at the nest. They were getting really agitated, lining up on the edge of the roof of the chicken house looking for this invading enemy. Well the nest was a tiny bit out of reach for my throwing ability, the big guys were nailing it. So I decided to get just a little closer. At about the exact time I let fly with my projectile, something hit my shoulder. My rock hadn’t even reached the nest yet, but something got to me. This is when I learned the profound life lesson, “A wasp can fly faster than I can throw a rock.” Take my word for it, learning this from me is much better than learning from experience. That wasp hit my bare shoulder in the blink of an eye, I couldn’t believe it, I had barely let loose of the rock before, bam, bam, bam, the wasp had me. His business end bouncing up and down on my arm like a pogo stick. Did you know a wasp can sting repeatedly as opposed to a honeybee which can only sting once? Another lesson learned. I ran around that chicken house like I’d been shot out of a cannon, screaming bloody murder, finally able to knock the demon off my arm. Tears running down my face wishing I could amputate my arm. I paid the price of stirring up danger that day.

 To many times this is the way we deal with temptation. Treading just far enough away where we think we are safe but just close enough to reach it. Sometimes we become so arrogant that we play with temptation, tease it, and agitate it, daring it to come after us. It will, just like a swarm of angry wasps. The bible says “run away from temptations” for a very good reason. At CR we learn to do just that, avoid temptation, ignore it, and stay far away from the edge of danger.

 1Cor 10:13 The only temptations that you have are the same temptations that all people have. But you can trust God. He will not let you be tempted more than you can bear. But when you are tempted, God will also give you a way to escape that temptation. Then you will be able to endure it.”

The real life lesson here is ignore temptations, leave them alone, don’t stir them up, just walk away.

I think many times the primary escape route God provides is to just not get too close in the first place. He gives us the ability to choose to stay far away, not to fight with it. Because if we venture too near, temptation will attack us before we have a chance to run away. Here is the point, I have never been stung if I kept my distance from the wasps, if I simply ignored them and left them alone.
 
God always makes a way.

 Thank You

Jim & Pam

Monday, March 28, 2016

Memories

Memories,

There is nothing more power packed than our memories. Especially the ones we have of what God has done in our lives and in the lives of those we know and love. Nothing more solid, filled with strength, unshakable, than those things we have seen and heard. At the risk of sounding heretical it’s more powerful than quoting scripture, unless of course quoting a particular scripture brought about the manifest intervention of God and is forever burned into our memory. It is difficult to deny the reality of the things we have actually experienced. People can argue with the things you believe but not what you have experienced. Your testimony is what you have actually been through, you know it is true. The devil cannot steal it, circumstances cannot detract from it. Why? Because you were there you saw it happen, you heard it, you felt it, it was real and nothing or no one can take it away from you. That’s why the psalmist says, “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.”Psm 77:11 REMEMBER.     

Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome! And remember God’s faithfulness in them ALL!

So the mystery is in the memories!

Take time to make a lasting memory of the things God has done. Write them down. Not only do others need to be reminded of God’s goodness, but at some point…..you’ll need the reminder, too.

Even the bad memories can be an encouragement, a blessing if we do not dwell there but we rejoice because we are no longer there. God was and is faithful to help us get past those events bringing us to a place of healing and wholeness in spite of our past, regardless of how horrible it may have been.

DT 4:9 NLT “But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren. Leave a legacy.

 “Your story is the greatest legacy that you will leave to your friends. It's the longest-lasting legacy you will leave to your heirs.” Not just the story “about” Jesus but the story of Jesus “in” your life.

“Let us live not only to serve God ourselves; let us live to help our children and their children live for God.”

We are all getting older and life is short. Psm 71:18 says, “Yes, even when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not, [but keep me alive] until I have declared Your mighty strength to [this] generation, and Your might and power to all that are to come.”

Declare what God has done not just in words but in power that is visible, real, a life giving example, demonstrated to the next generation, and passed on to the next and the next until Jesus comes. Put skin on it.

As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20 niv. This is what we do at Celebrate Recovery every other week. People stand and proclaim what God has done in their lives which brings the hope of healing and freedom in the lives of all that hear. Families are being restored, addicts set free, lives transformed. Generations are being influenced for Christ.

Thank you for continuing to remember us in your prayers and support. God is making lovely memories in the lives of many.

Celebrating Recovery,

Jim and Pam

Thursday, March 10, 2016

STATUS


The first thing I need to do is apologize for the delay of this newsletter. It was pretty crazy through the holidays and the first of the New Year. Pam had a tough bout with the shingles, very painful which caused us to have to delay, cancel and/or reschedule several holiday celebrations. My computer crashed. I am helpless with that kind of thing. In fact after a couple of weeks of  talking to IT guys and taking it to a repairman, who was unable to help, I was looking up the geek squad phone number as a last resort when the problem disappeared, I don’t know what happened. I had been bangin around on it looking for information as to how to fix it for weeks and now all of a sudden it just works. That’s a miracle, halleluiah. I am so excited I can’t type fast enough. Not your typical CR testimony but God blesses us in all our endeavors. Enough about us, here’s what is happening in this ministry that you support and pray for so faithfully.

We celebrated with a group of nine men that recently completed their 12 step group. Each of them shared a bit of their take away from the experience of pursuing God through this model. It was a holy moment when these men, young and old, shared openly how God has set them free from many destructive hurts, habits and hang-ups. Two of these guys are continuing on in a new 12 step group as the facilitators for the group. Praise the Lord! That’s how it is supposed to work. They are now leading a group of 12 men on this life changing journey. We will be having another step group graduation ceremony this week for a group of ladies that have walked through the process together. I can’t wait to hear their stories of healing and new hope. God is so good. Also there is a couple in our CR who have been so radically blessed that they are preparing to move to Utah in a couple years to start a Celebrate Recovery ministry reaching out to Mormons, to introduce them to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Is that incredible or what? So here is a quick bullet point status report to let you know your prayers and support are producing continuous fruit.

*attendance has been running 45-60 for the past several weeks.

*Four, 12 step groups are in-progress (2 men & 2 women).

* Two groups recently completed the formal part of the process and people from those groups are continuing to serve in the ministry.

*a seventy-eight year old lady recently shared her testimony of how God has healed her of years of horrific abuse suffered as a child. Her psychiatrist came to the service and publicly confirmed the dramatic healing that has occurred in this sweet lady. Her words were, “I finally feel vindicated.” and at seventy-eight years old she said, “It is never too late.”

*We are enjoying a full team of volunteers, bbq team, sound and media guys, men and women small group facilitators, step study group facilitators, encourager coaches, assimilation coaches and training coach and worship team (we could use a drummer and a bass guitar player, but worship has been wonderful). Please continue to pray for us and our volunteers, Jesus said “The fields are white unto harvest,,,” they truly are. We are not running out of hurting people.

*AND ON RECENT TUESDAY EVENING 5 PEOPLE MADE A COMMITMENT TO JESUS CHRIST*

Thank You!

Pam & Jim