“The Bible clearly states ‘all have sinned.’ It is in our nature to sin. None of us is untainted. Because of sin, we’ve all hurt ourselves, we’ve all hurt other people, and others have hurt us. This means each of us needs repentance and recovery in order to live our lives the way God intended. The expression that ‘time heals all wounds,’ unfortunately, isn’t true.
The truth is – time often makes things worse. Wounds that are left untended fester and spread infection throughout your entire body. Time only extends the pain if the problem isn’t dealt with.
What we need is a biblical and balanced program to help people overcome their hurts, habits and hang-ups. Celebrate Recovery is that program. Based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory, the Celebrate Recovery program is unique, and more effective in helping people change. This recovery program is forward-looking. Rather than wallowing in the past, or dredging up and rehearsing painful memories over and over, Celebrate Recovery focuses on the future. Regardless of what has already happened, the solution is to start making wise choices now and depend on Christ’s power to help me make those changes.
This recovery program emphasizes personal responsibility. Instead of playing the “accuse and excuse” game of victimization, this program helps people face up to their own poor choices and deal with what they can do something about.
“We cannot control all that happens to us. But we can control how we respond to everything. That is a secret of happiness. When we stop wasting time fixing the blame, we have more energy to fix the problem. When you stop hiding your own faults and stop hurling accusations at others, then the healing power of Christ can begin working in your mind, will, and emotions.” ~ Rick Warren
Join us at Gravel Hill United Methodist Church every Monday evening from 7:00 – 9:00 pm as we work through the hurts, habits, and hang-ups that are keeping you from being truly free. Fellowship begins at 6:30 pm in our Welcome Lobby. Please email or call Tony at 838.4721, ext. 122 for additional information.
Check out what Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame has to say about Celebrate Recovery: