It is part of human nature to have at least the occasional lust for power. Unfortunately, this desire to have power and control is rooted not in our strengths but in our weaknesses and our insecurities. We have a very difficult time giving up actual power and even our desire for power. Many of us find it fairly easy to acknowledge that God is all-powerful, but we seem to struggle when it comes down to admitting that we are not and that we do not have ultimate control over our lives.

It is only when we have emptied ourselves of our pride and our desire for power that we are able to make room for God to come in and begin His healing work. Join us as we navigate some ways in which we can begin to hand over control to the Lord – the one who always knows and desires the very best for us. We find strength in our powerlessness, because He is powerful!

“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Recovery Reminder

Principle 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.

“Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.”  Matthew 5:3

Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.

“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” Romans 7:18



Thursday Night’s Dinner: Reed is cooking:  Country vegetables, sausage, and corn bread.




Where: 5101 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, Fl. 33611 (Ballast Point Campus)

When: Sunday Mornings

Need more information use the contact us above to send an email or just show up Sunday morning. 

What is a Step Study?

Celebrate Recovery uses 8 principles & the 12 steps along with their related Scriptures as the Biblical model for living your life. A Step Study is a personal journey through each of these steps in a confidential group led by a facilitator who has completed a study. The group is open for newcomers to join until the group reaches the fourth step, when the group is closed for the duration of the steps.

We use Celebrate Recovery’s four participant workbooks. When you finish the study, you will have worked your hurts, habits, and hang-ups through each of the 8 principles & 12 steps. A Step Study is a long-term commitment to the members of the group. We do follow guidelines to keep the group’s trust. Step Study meetings are gender-specific and meet on different days than the main Celebrate Recovery Thursday evenings.

Celebrate Recovery strongly encourages the use of a sponsor and accountability partners when working these steps to recovery.

What is a sponsor?

A sponsor in Celebrate Recovery is someone who has completed the four participant’s guides. He or she has worked through the 8 principles and the 12 steps. The main goal of this relationship is to choose someone to guide you through the program.

What is an accountability partner?

An accountability partner is someone you ask to hold you accountable for certain areas of your recovery or issues, such as attendance, journaling, and so forth. This person can be at the same level of recovery as you are.

What is the difference between a sponsor and an accountability partner?

Sponsors should be trained and have completed the 8 principles or 12 steps. The main goal of this relationship is to encourage one another. You can form an accountability team of three or four. The accountability partner or group acts as the ‘team’, whereas the sponsor’s role is that of a ‘coach’.

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Large Group Schedule of Lessons & Testimonies:

February 9th:  Ashley’s Testimony

February 16th: Pastor JJ is teaching Lesson #3 “HOPE”

Prayer Requests

It is our privilege to pray for you! To submit a prayer request, please complete our contact form, which can be found by clicking “Contact Us” at the left. Also feel free to write prayer requests on the back portion of the yellow response cards found in the CR bulletins on Thursday nights.