This Thursday is Danny’s Testimony!
“I was a homeless drug addict walking the streets and I couldn’t stop. As crazy as my life was, In the middle of it all, God was there. Every time I used, God was there. I was not saved, but God was there. I didn’t look for him, but God was there.
Psalms 121:7, 8
“The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve you’re going out and you’re coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.”
One night, I had come back from using and I was lying on my bed unable to sleep as I was still high. I was so tired of the drugs; I weighed 128 pounds. I lay there and I started to remember my church days with my grandmother.
My grandmother was very Christian woman who loved the Lord more than life itself. I finally realized that I couldn’t do it on my own. Thinking about that I closed my eyes and prayed. I never in my life remember praying, but I did that night. I remember saying to God if you are real, please help me. I can’t live like this anymore and I can’t do it myself. I have tried and I have failed so many times. I have nothing.
God is an awesome God, amen? The very next day after I prayed, I was in my uncle’s house and he received a visitor……………
…………I continue to grow day by day, month by month and now year by year. I am far from being done, listen to me, I’ll never be done, and I’m ok with that. The Lord is constantly helping me. I continue to attend the Crossing church.
Now I run the Celebrate Recovery ministry at my church, me the scared boy, the drug addict that hates confrontation. I spend time with family every chance I get. Everything I do now has a purpose and a meaning. God is always at the forefront of everything I do. God has taken this scared child with no social skills and this teenager who thought that he was the man.
This drug addict and alcoholic and is molding me into a man of God. Celebrate Recovery has been the avenue that he placed in front of me to be able to grow. I have friends, Godly friends, which He placed in front of me. For the first time in my life, I have friends. I have no memory of my mother ever giving me a hug, no memory of ever receiving a hug from a family member. Now, they look to me for wisdom and advice. The relationship with my brothers has been restored; the relationship with my mother is a work in progress. I used to be a lost child with a twisted way of seeing things because that is all I ever knew.
Now, I am a disciple of Christ whose job is to bring people to his kingdom. Now I get my hugs from my children, my wife & God himself.”
Principle 3: Consciously choose to commit my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
“Happy are the meek.” Matthew 5:5
Step 3: We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1
Thursday Night’s Dinner: Cindy is cooking; Creamy Pasta w/Chicken, Steamed Broccoli & Butter Sauce, Garden Salad, & Garlic Bread.
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Wednesday Night Step Study!
Where: 5101 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, Fl. 33611 (Ballast Point Campus) On the 3rd floor in Room A-200
When: Wednesday evenings
Need more information use the contact us above to send an email or just show up Wednesday evening
Child care provided**.
**Please try and let us know ahead of time if you have an infant so we can aid in getting them the care they need we are limited on workers that help so it would require knowing ahead of time if we need to get more. Also please register any school aged children with Awana. Middle school ministry (Rise) meets that evening as well. Any questions email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Journey Continues.
The original Step Study Celebrate Recovery Participant Guides (Books 1-4) are now called, The Journey Begins. Nothing has changed in these guides and these are the guides that should be used for people who are entering their first Step Study.
Did you know that God has used these four books to reach more than 3.5 million people as they have traveled the road to recovery.
Chances are, being a part of Celebrate Recovery, you have gone through the first 4 participant guides at least once, perhaps multiple times.
“The Journey Continues” (Books 5-8) is designed for people who have done at least one Step Study, completed The Journey Begins (Books 1-4), and preferably taken some time to apply the Principles and truths they have learned to their lives.
That means the new curriculum has…
Brand new acrostics,
Brand new questions,
Hundreds of Bible verses.
CURRENT STUDIES ON SUNDAY’S!
The Journey Begins.
**Women’s Study is closed, Men’s is still open**
Where: 5101 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, Fl. 33611 (Ballast Point Campus) 2nd floor, Women’s in room B-207 Men’s in Room B-208.
When: Sunday Mornings
Need more information use the contact us above to send an email or just show up Sunday morning.
Child care provided
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’.
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 top. Also feel free to write prayer requests on the back portion of the yellow response cards found in the CR bulletins on Thursday nights