Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dead Man Walking?!



Remember that movie, "Green Mile"? Anytime the inmate would walk down the hall, the guard would yell, "Dead man walking!"

I was thinking about this in the context of my former life apart from Christ. My choosing not to face my life's struggles was not only pulling me apart from Christ but also more and more into a life as a dead man walking. 
The thing is, I don't have to walk that green mile of death because Christ died for me so that I may have life.
It was when I came to the end of my comfort zone that real life began to happen in my life.

If there is something that is keeping you walking in despair, don't let the fear of the unknown keep you shackled any longer. With Christ's help you can turn that fear into a curiosity.
He has big plans for you but you have to be willing to let go and fully surrender to Him. Only He holds the key to unlock the shackles. Only He has the ability to put you and I on a new path.
It is then that the language moves from "Dead Man Walking!" to a new and hopeful, "Renewed Child Living!"

"Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am you God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

Rodney


To find a CR group near you go to www.celebraterecovery.com

Dead Man Walking?!


Remember that movie, "Green Mile"? Anytime the inmate would walk down the hall, the guard would yell, "Dead man walking!"

I was thinking about this in the context of my former life apart from Christ. My choosing not to face my life's struggles was not only pulling me apart from Christ but also more and more into a life as a dead man walking. 
The thing is, I don't have to walk that green mile of death because Christ died for me so that I may have life.
It was when I came to the end of my comfort zone that real life began to happen in my life.

If there is something that is keeping you walking in despair, don't let the fear of the unknown keep you shackled any longer. With Christ's help you can turn that fear into a curiosity.
He has big plans for you but you have to be willing to let go and fully surrender to Him. Only He holds the key to unlock the shackles. Only He has the ability to put you and I on a new path.
It is then that the language moves from "Dead Man Walking!" to a new and hopeful, "Renewed Child Living!"

"Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am you God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

Rodney

To search for a CR group near you go to www.celebraterecovery.com 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Wanna Race?

Wanna race? I can remember as a kid when I would get new shoes, the first thing I wanted to do was race. I felt faster just from the shear presence of the new leather on my feet.
Ever notice what we do when challenged to a race? Our next statement is, "hold on…let me put my stuff down." Why? Because we don’t want it to slow us down.

In recovery it is the same way. Our race is always much lighter and easier if you we don’t carry our past with us. The Father has a race marked out for each of us, but scripture tells us we must “throw off any and all things that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles us “so that” we can run with perseverance this race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1
Is something from your past keeping you from enjoying the race in the present? Is there something keeping you from being able to run more efficiently in your life?

Let’s throw it off starting right now! This race will never be easy, but it can sure be easier when we deal with the past that is bogging us down.
God has a new pair of shoes for you to wear in your race. Wearing His grace and mercy always gives us hope and a renewed sense of belief and courage to run the race better than the enemy who tries to bog us down.

Come see us tonight at Celebrate Recovery 6:00pm. Race you there!

Rodney Holmstrom

To find a group near you go to www.celebraterecovery.com

Friday, June 13, 2014

Full Moons Are There Even When It's Cloudy

A couple days ago I was driving home and stopped at a stop light. I looked up through my sunroof of my car to witness the biggest and brightest full moon I have seen in a long time.
Immediately my response was, “Lord thank You for this full moon.” But as soon as those words left my mouth it dawned on me; what I really should be saying is, “Lord, thank You that you created the moon and chose to show it to me in its fullest in this moment.”

You see, this is what He taught me in this moment, whether He shows me the full moon, a half moon, a little slice, and perhaps at times none at all, the moon still exists and shines just as bright whether I can see it or not.
As I thought about this as it relates to my life and walk as a Christian, I am learning that there will be seasons of my life that He shows me big bright and visible evidence of Himself and then there are times it just seems like the clouds block Him out. The reality though is, whether I can see Him or not, no matter how dark the clouds are in my life on the worst of days, He is there and always will be.

Are you in a dark cloud kind of season? Having trouble seeing Him fully? Take heart friend, He is still there and has never left you. He promises to never leave nor abandon you. Just call out to Him in your darkness. Let His brightness fill your heart with hope and strength. He desires to pull you through your troubles because He delights in you as His treasure. Just ask Him.

“The righteous cry out , and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. Ps 34:17
Come see us tonight for a powerful testimony if you can. Celebrate Recovery @ Fellowship Bible 6pm

Rodney Holmstrom
Find a group near you at www.celebraterecovery.com

Friday, June 6, 2014

Blessings of Ripple Effects

Each choice we make causes a ripple effect in our lives.
What is the next right choice you will make?
Tonight we will hear from a man, a dad, a husband and now leader for Christ who made one of the most life rippling choices of his life. 

Tonight one of our brothers will incorporate his entire family in the teaching and how making the choice on taking an inventory changed his life.
Hear from his wife and son along with his own perspective 

We are all one choice away from something. Will it be positive or negative?
Join us 6pm Celebrate Recovery @ Fellowship Bible

Rodney Holmstrom