Showing posts from January, 2018

What a POWERLESS night!

By Joe Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church, Celebrate Recovery, The Landing Encourager Coach 1/31/18
What a POWERLESS night!  Weird to say, right? This past Friday night's lesson was on POWERLESS.  In The Landing, we spent the night talking about how we are powerless, and how it's good to admit that we are powerless. 
Principle 1: Realize I'm not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable. 
"Happy are those who know they are spritually poor."  Matthew 5:3a
Until we admit we are powerless and need help, it is difficult to accept the help. If I'm uncomfortable having the subject line of this devotional or email being "What a POWERLESS night" for fear someone might think I was critiquing the Landing teachers for being powerless, then maybe I still have a little hang-up with admitting my own lack of power.
2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is m…

Thanks for Sharing

By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA Celebrate Recovery Women's Encourager coach 1/24/2018
"Thank you for sharing".  We hear it all the time in Open Share and Step Study, following someone having shared.  Sharing is vital to recovery because it gets us to speak about our feelings, thoughts, or emotions we're going through, and from that sharing, we begin to experience and share hope, healing, and restoration.  
What happens when God is calling you to share in another way?  What if God is calling you to do something that you fear, or to a place you never thought you'd go?  When called to do something that causes our anxieties to rare up, some of us tend to run from it. Things like sharing your testimony, getting involved in jail ministry, helping feed the poor..for some, these things are downright scary to even think about! I want to encourage you to really pray about that. Consider if it is something God is calling YOU to that will bring Him glory, brin…

Beating our Demons

By: Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church CR brother, 1/17/2018 Demons! We all have them and they come in many forms: addiction, depression, control, self-esteem issues, and so many more. They are always there lurking in the background waiting to steal our joy and ruin our relationship with God. One minute things are great. The next we are running for cover afraid that once again we have let God down. We wonder, "How could God or anyone else love me after what I've done ...when even I don’t love me." I have good news! God does love you!Nothing you do can ever separate you from God’s love. Isaiah 43:2 (ESV) says “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fires you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” God’s provision to His people should bring comfort to us. When we pass through the waters of tribulation He is there. When Satan sends demons like a river in the for…

Cleaning House!

By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA Celebrate Recovery Women's Encourager Coach
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. 
Psalm 139:23-24

We had put our house on the market a few years ago.  Before we could do that, we needed to clean it out.  In the process of that,  we had to go through all of the rooms and decide what was to be donated, thrown away, or stored away for later use.  In other words, we had to take a look at things we'd been hiding away or shoving away in there!  As the family worked through the process, we each went through the usual, expected resistance at one time or another of just not wanting to confront it.  Being 100% honest, it had been so easy to just push it away in a closet and pretend it wasn't even there.  However, we pushed through it and got the jobs done.  

In doing all of that, I couldn't help but think of the similarit…

What's Your One Word for 2018?

By Eric Hutchinson, Fellowship Bible Church NWA Celebrate Recovery Men's Encourager Coach

​ It’s hard to simplify life. Narrowing the focus seems impossible. Over this past year, you may have been asked hundreds of times, “How is it going?” Your response was probably something like, “I have been SO busy!” You never hear anyone say, “I’ve had so much time on my hands and I’m looking for something new to do.” That person doesn’t exist.

You have tons of responsibilities, and your schedule is crazy. You feel like you’re sprinting in life. That’s why we need to be intentional about clarifying and simplifying life.  In Philippians 3:13-14, Paul uses the phrase "
one thing" to bring focus and clarity to his calling. In Luke 10:42, Jesus says to Martha, "only one thing is needed." Both Luke 18:22 and Mark 10:21 include His words to the rich man and express a lack of "one thing." John 9:25 also includes this phrase as the blind man tells the Pharisees, "One t…

Big Plans!

By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA, CR Women's Encourager Coach, 1/3/2018

Happy New Years!  Do you have plans? I remember years and years where I would make New Year's resolutions to do less, do more, stop doing, begin doing, keep doing...on and on!!  This year I just want to grow in who I am to God and put my focus on glorifying Him.  Last year, however, it was to do more of journaling.  With the holidays, I was "too busy" to get it done every day and therefore would do it about 2-3 times a week instead of daily.  I also decided to STOP letting the enemy tell me that I am not worthy, not good enough, not forgiven.  I am mentioning this because I am thinking it's probably not only me who he's whispered these things too..that somehow my past mistakes means that I should not be serving where I am today.  That is crazy talk!  We have all done things we have not been proud of, but we are in a family at CR where we can admit those things, and we not o…