Thursday, March 5, 2009

Celebrate Recovery

A lot of you know Celebrate Recovery is my ministry. It is a Christ centered 12-step program for ANYONE with a hurt, habit or hang up. (I think that covers the entire population) - I really believe there is something in this program for everyone. A common misconception is that it is only for people who are addicted to alcohol, drugs, sex or the "usual" addictions we hear about in secular 12-step programs. For, me it has been an opportunity to deal with past hurts and current unhealthy behaviors. During this process my relationship with Jesus Christ has become much more personal. I am learning to turn control over to God and lean on His promises.

A couple of times a year we have special music nights. Tonight, Greg Coplen came with his band to share his testimony and awesome music all written by him. They were so great and his testimony provided me with the reminder I sometimes need that God is always there. I am the one who hides from Him. All I have to do is reach out and He will take my hand every time I ask him to. But I have to ask! A line in one of his beautiful songs says "God am I, just a step away from going crazy? God are You, just a prayer away from coming to save me? Cause I’m lost, I’m lost." Although I still struggle and have the occasional set back (or relapse in 12-step terms) I am very thankful I am no longer lost. God found me long before I even knew about Him. What an awesome truth!

Come see us on Thursday nights at Concordia or Click here to find a Celebrate Recovery near you. It is a safe place.

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2 comments:

Sandy said...

We really enjoyed the testimony and the music last night. One of the things Mike and I have really been blessed by Celebrate Recovery is that it a "break" in the middle of the week, a time to reflect and to worship God. We love the praise music every week and the fellowship with all of ya'll. The messages and testimonies are good too. You are right, everyone has a hurt, habit and/or hang-up and could benefit.

Nicole said...

I'm so glad the band was so well received! I've nothing but GREAT things!