Friday September 18, 2020- Video Testimony

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

I John 3:18

We hope you will join us for our Celebrate Recovery meeting on Friday evening, September 18 when we will hear a hope-filled CR video testimony.  The world can argue with a lot of things in this life, but the one thing they cannot argue with or ignore is a radically changed life.   At CR we are blessed to hear one of these stories every other week.  We hope to see you on the 18th when again we will all be encouraged by a powerful recovery story!

Weekly Friday Evening Schedule:

6:00pm – dinner (cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions)

7:00pm – large group meeting

8:00pm – small open share group meetings (gender & issue specific)

9:00pm – Solid Rock Café (dessert & coffee fellowship- cancelled until further notice)

**No Childcare Available***

Friday September 11, 2020- Lesson 1: Denial

“You can’t heal a wound by saying it’s not there!” Jeremiah 6:14 (TLB)

Principle 1: Realize I’m not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable.  Happy are those who KNOW they spiritually poor.  Mt 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. Rom 7:18

First lesson in the CR curriculum.  We face our own dishonesty about ourselves and the lies we believe. We look at how DENIAL undermines our growth and keeps us from recovery.

Don’t Even kNow I Am Lying

Weekly Friday Evening Schedule:

7:00pm – large group meeting

8:00pm – small open share group meetings (gender & issue specific)

***No Childcare Available***

Friday September 4, 2020- Anniversary

Anniversary of CR at First Free

Celebrating 15 years of God’s healing power

Special Speaker: John Richardson BA, MDiv – Executive Pastor of Discipleship at First Free Church

Pastor John will speak to us about the worthiness of God and our praise, worship, and enjoyment of Him as our King and Father.

Weekly Friday Evening Schedule:

7:00pm – large group meeting

8:00pm – small open share group meetings (gender & issue specific)

Contact us if you would like to Zoom into a small group (large group not available by Zoom)

No Childcare Available

Friday August 28, 2020- Lesson 25: 7 Reasons We Get Stuck

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. AND GOD IS FAITHFUL; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

1Corinthians 10:13

On August 28 we are going to evaluate where we are on our individual road to recovery, because it is important for all of us to pause, take a breath, look back, and review our progress.   We want to understand whether we are still moving forward, or whether we are stuck someplace. This is especially important if we feel we have not profited as much as we want from CR.

Some of you may have just begun your journey through the principles, some are in the middle, and some have been here for every lesson.  It really doesn’t matter for the purpose of tonight’s topic, because ANYONE can get off track and stuck at ANYTIME.

Weekly Friday Evening Schedule:

7:00pm – large group meeting

8:00pm – small open share group meetings (gender & issue specific)

Contact us if you would like to Zoom into a small group (large group not available by Zoom)

No Childcare Available

Friday August 21, 2020- Video Testimony: Bill R.

“Your greatest ministry will come out of your deepest hurt,”

Rick Warren

“We Christians tend to overlook the power of our testimonies when in fact they are our most effective weapon in the spiritual fight. Indeed, the Bible says as much. The Book of Revelation says that we conquer Satan “by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony.” (Rev. 12:11)

Every one of us is engaged in a spiritual fight. But we are not just to avoid evil. We are called to fight and defeat evil, and according to the scripture the two weapons we have to use are the blood of Jesus which supernaturally transforms the sinner into the saint, and the word of our testimony – which transforms doubt into faith. It’s not the person who knows the most scripture who is going to be the most effective in spiritual warfare. Neither is it the person who attends church every Sunday, and who knows all the ins and outs of religion. No, the most powerful person in spiritual warfare is the one covered with the blood of Jesus and who has a testimony. Who is able to look someone square in the eye and say with absolute conviction, “This is what God did for me… I was broken and He lifted me out of it, I was sick unto death and He healed me.”  (Dr. Win Green)

Weekly Friday Evening Schedule:

7:00pm – large group meeting

8:00pm – small open share group meetings (gender & issue specific)

Contact us if you would like to Zoom into a small group (large group not available by Zoom)

No Childcare Available

Friday August 14, 2020- Lesson 24: YES

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.  But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.  Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.’” Galatians 6:1-2

We hope to see you on Friday evening, August 14th when we will share the CR Yes Lesson.  Principle Eight — “Yield myself to God to be used to bring this good news to others, both by my example and by my words” – is all about saying YES.  One of the feelings that prevents a lot of people in recovery from saying yes to serving others is that we don’t feel that we’re good enough.  Some believe that they have nothing to offer anyone else.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  We hope to see you on August 14 to learn more about how important it is for us to say yes to service, not only for others, but also for our own healing and recovery.

Weekly Friday Evening Schedule:

7:00pm – large group meeting

8:00pm – small open share group meetings (gender & issue specific)

Zoom Meeting- None unless arranged ahead of time

No Childcare Avaailable

Friday August 7, 2020- Video Testimony

“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand so that those who come in can see the light.”

Luke 8:16

Please join us on Friday evening, June 5 when we will be blessed to hear another wonderful CR story.  If we want someone to see what Christ cam do for them, we need to let them see what Christ has done for us.  A great way to do this is by sharing our weaknesses and victories with others who are suffering from similar hurts, hang-ups, and habits.  We hope to see you on the 5th when we will all hear another encouraging and hope-filled testimony of a life that’s been gloriously changed.

Weekly Friday Evening Schedule:

7:00pm – large group meeting

8:00pm – small open share group meetings (gender & issue specific)

No Zoom meeting unless arranged ahead of time- contact 636.779.2174

No Childcare Available

Friday July 31, 2020- Lesson 23: Give

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 

James 1:22

This week’s CR lesson is GIVE.  Because we have been given so much, we want, out of gratitude to give our lives back to the one who saved us.  This is all about being doers of the word and not hearers only.

God doesn’t ask us to do everything, but he does ask us to do something.  Obedience begins by knowing God’s word, then asking the Holy Spirit how he wants you to act on that word.  This is how we become more like Jesus.

Weekly Friday Evening Schedule during CoVid:

7:00pm – large group meeting

8:00pm – small open share group meetings (gender & issue specific)

Zoom small groups cancelled until there is an expressed interest. Call 636.779.2174 (leave a message)

No Childcare Available

Friday July 24, 2020- Video Testimony: Jeff S.

Join us this week to hear how God transformed Jeff from “hopeless dope dealer” to “dopeless hope dealer.” He started a group called Broken Chains to bring the healing of Jesus through Celebrate Recovery to biker gangs.

Our weekly schedule:

7pm – large group (in the Chapel)

8pm – small open share groups (issue & gender specific)

See Covid-19 guidelines for our meetings in 7/6/2020 post

***No childcare Available***

Friday July 17, 2020- Lesson 22: Gratitude

Psalm 28:7

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

It is easy to be grateful when life works out the way we have planned, when things go our way, when we are loved and have others to love.  But these past few months have put pressure one everyone in many new ways.  Our plans haven’t worked out, things haven’t always gone our way, we see division almost everywhere we look.  It can be overwhelming and we can easily forget that God is still in control.

God has not forgotten that we are his children and when we truly believe that EVERYTHING works together for our good,  we can be grateful no matter what our circumstances might be.

This Friday we will review the Gratitude lesson and consider how well we are expressing our gratitude to God and those he has put on our lives to help us grow to be more like Jesus.