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This weeks lesson is on action, putting in to motion the change in our lives.

And if you are following Christ closely in your life and look to Him for guidance in all that you do, then listen for how you might lead others to Christ, either people you know in recovery or other people in your life, all of whom have some measure of hurts, habits and hang-ups and need for forgivessness in their lives. We don’t control the market on hurts, habits and hang-ups here at CR, but we sometimes might experience them in stronger measure than others. But through being in recovery, we gain so much through Christ and His work in our life that we also gain so much to offer to others.

Here are some questions to ponder as you prepare for this weeks lesson.

1. What differences have you noticed in your life now that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Higher Power?

2. How has your definition of willpower changed since you have been in recovery?

3. What have you been able to turn over to God?

4. What do you fear turning over to His care?

5. What is keeping you from turning them over?

6. What does the phrase “live one day at a time” mean to you?

7. What is a major concern in your life?

8. What’s stopping you from turning it over to your Higher Power, Jesus Christ?

See you Thursday evening for dinner at 6pm followed by large group time at 7pm. Room F-209 in the Faith building at McGregor Baptist Church.

What an amazing evening at CR. Just when it looked like anything that could go wrong, God showed up. Technical difficulties threatened to cut short worship time, but that didn’t happen! Random personality clashes could have overshadowed an excellent lesson presentation on what can restore us to sanity. But, that didn’t happen either. Inopportune timing wanted to prevent a man from inviting Christ to be his Savior, and you guessed it, that didn’t happen either! Celebrate Recovery at McGregor was definitely the place to be to see the healing begin.

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
   for you alone, LORD,
   make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

 

 

A reminder that taking ourselves too seriously can lead to overstressed and out of control choices that lead to a life apart from a loving God. Take the time to put some humor in your life, attend Celebrate Recovery at McGregor, and spend time thanking the Lord for giving you the strength to laugh in the face of adversity because you are fully trusting in Him.

THURSDAY AGENDA
6:00PM Dinner & Fellowship
Praise Worship
Group Sharing
Solid Rock Cafe

Child Care Services Provided

McGregor Baptist Church
Room F-209 Faith Building
3750 Colonial Blvd
Fort Myers, FL
Phone: (239) 790-0341
E-Mail: celebrate.recovery@mcgregor.net

Celebrate Recovery at McGregor is looking to add new groups. in these turbulent times more and more people are struggling with issues. These are the issues that Celebrate Recovery deals with every week. However before introducing these new groups, we need to bust the biggest myths surrounding Celebrate Recovery.

Myth #1: Celebrate Recovery is only for alcoholics and drug addicts.
Truth: Celebrate Recovery is for anyone with hurts, habits, and hang-ups. While we welcome those who struggle with alcohol and drug addiction, the program is just as helpful for those who struggle in other areas. These areas include anger, co-dependency, food addiction, sexual addiction, and more.  Our ministry provides the opportunity for anyone to gain healing in their life through God’s grace. No struggle is too insignificant, or too large, for this grace.

Myth #2: Some struggles are meant to be kept private.
Truth: Step 5 says, We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. This step requires us to fully disclose our wrongs to somebody else, so that we can receive God’s promise.  James 5:15 says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” There are guidelines for sharing struggles, such as finding someone you trust to keep what you share confidential. Those of us who have completed Step 5 can attest to the fact that a weight is lifted when a long-kept secret is shared. Recovery is not meant to be done alone! If you are hesitant to share your struggles, pray that the Lord would give you courage to do it.

If either of these two myths have kept you from attending Celebrate Recovery, we encourage you to put them aside and take the first step to healing! God is waiting to meet you here.

Here are the groups that CR at Mcgregor that are either up and running or will start soon. GROUPS

One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 3:13–14
 
The apostle Paul said, “one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead . . .” (Philippians 3:13).

Paul had committed horrible things, hunting down Christians and throwing them in prison. Yet he said, “I am forgetting it. I am not going to be crippled by my past.”

The devil desires nothing more than to cripple you with your past. “Remember what you used to do. Remember the sins you committed. Remember the horrible things you did,” he says.

Paul put his past behind him and moved forward as a new person in Christ. You can do that, too. The Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

You say, “I have done some pretty horrible things.” Welcome to the club! We all have sinned. We have all fallen short (see Romans 3:23).

But God can change you and make you a different person on the inside. It’s so great to say, “I’m not looking back. I am moving forward as a Christian.”

Lot’s wife looked back. She was led by the angels and actually left Sodom and Gomorrah with her family. She was almost out of that place. But she didn’t get far enough. She just had to steal that one last backward glance.

The lesson of Lot’s wife is clear: don’t look back. Don’t let that happen to you. You can be crippled by past failures and past sins. Or you can put them behind you as you start over again and follow Jesus Christ.

Greg Laurie

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. — Romans 8:28
God, in His mercy, can also take the tragedies of life and use them. God can take the most evil deed and work in spite of it.

The apostle Paul made this point in Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Paul includes what we perceive as “good things,” as well as the bad things.

It’s hard for us to understand how a bad thing can ultimately work together for good. There is nothing good about what happened to the 150,000 people who died in Southeast Asia during the 2004 tsunami. It was tragic beyond belief.

But God, in His infinite wisdom and love, somehow takes all the events of our lives, both good and bad, and blends them together ultimately for good. The good He intends, that is.

After that tragedy, Christian organizations mobilized to send much needed help and resources to the hurting people of Southeast Asia. People received much needed physical and spiritual help. Back then and even now, God will work things together for good.

Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. — Acts 12:5
Have you ever been in a situation where there seemed to be no way out? Everything is going along just fine when, all of a sudden, a storm cloud comes along and rains on your parade. Insurmountable obstacles seem to be growing worse by the minute, and you find yourself wondering what to do.

In Acts 12, we find the story of how God took a tragic, even hopeless, situation and turned it around. It was done by the power of prayer, the kind of prayer that storms the throne of God and gets an answer.

Both James and Peter were in prison. Tragically, James was put to death. But Peter remained alive in prison. Though all doors were closed, one remained open: the door of prayer. The church recognized that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4).

Prayer was and is the church’s secret weapon. Although the devil struck a blow against the church, the church gained victory through prayer as Peter was miraculously released.

Sadly, we don’t pray often enough. Yet it is essential that Christians learn more about effective prayer, because we will face difficulties. We will face hardships. We will face problems. So we need to discover what God can do through the power of prayer.

Prayer for the Christian should be second nature, like breathing. We should automatically pray, lifting our needs and requests before the Lord. Jesus said that we should always pray and not lose heart (see Luke 18:1).

Prayer is something we should never grow tired of and something we should never avoid. We should be doing it constantly.

Greg Laurie