“It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.” Romans 9:16
“Just a short time ago ago, I faced a hopeless drug addiction and the idea that I would never be able to have fun without drinking. I denied myself very little, and I led a very selfish life. About every 3 months or so, I would have a moment of clarity, where I would realize I needed to change. But any change was always short-lived, because it was never coupled with any form of support. I was doing Christianity completely on my own and I was failing miserably.
When I reflect on how someone with a personal relationship with Christ and a sincere desire to do God’s will could sink to such depraved indifference, I believe the single greatest reason was a lack of real Christian influence and support, on a peer level. When I first came to CR, I thought I would never meet any Christians that I could relate to, but the Lord didn’t give up on me and proved me wrong. The fellowship here at CR has meant so much to me over the years.
Today, I am living a new life in Christ that is not without trials, but today, I have been given the strength to trust Him no matter what. When I am confronted with self doubt, fear, or anxiety, I have His word and a lifetime of Him coming through for me and changing my life when I didn’t think it was possible to lean on. I am doing things and experiencing things that I thought I might only be able to do if I lied about my past. Today, I live in freedom and I have been given the opportunity to serve my church and God’s kingdom as a whole, in many capacities, without fear of any judgment.”
“The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His immense patience as an example for those who would believe in Him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:14-16
Principle 7: Reserve daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, & prayer in order to know God and His will for my life & to gain the power to follow His will.
Step 10: We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” 1 Corinthians 10:12
NEW Women’s Step Study
- When: beginning Wednesday, October 24th
- Where: 205 Como Street (2 doors down from the Davis Islands Campus)
- Led by: Emma & Sherry