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Stolen Identity

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By Susan Nichols, Fellowship Bible Church CR Devotional Team 7/25/2018


“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called--his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.”  (Eph. 1:18, NLT)
Have you ever been a victim of identity theft?  That’s when someone uses your personal information without your permission to gain some benefit for themselves.  A friend of mine recently had someone charge hundreds of dollars to his credit card.  He had to fight to clear his name and get his money back.  What would you do if someone took out loans in your name?  Or used your social security number to get a copy of your birth certificate? Would you let them take money out of your bank account?  Would you let them steal your identity?  I think you’d do whatever it took to protect your name and keep the identity thief from ruining your life. Now the question becomes this:  If you’d do whatever it took to protect you…

Finding the Rhythm

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By Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church Celebrate Recovery Devotional Team 7/18/18



Things are going great. Family life couldn’t be better. Bible study, fellowship with Christian friends and our relationship with God are at their best. Our hurts, habits, and hang-ups have been turned over to God. Then suddenly, the rhythms of life change when you least expect it. Everything spirals out of control. Chaos reigns and it seems hopeless.

When this happens we can get off track and stopped trusting God. We go into fix-it mode. Maybe we pray about it, but we tell God how we want it fixed and go down the path of making it work out that way. We may even just give up and fall back on destructive habits. In short, our life can become unmanageable. We feel alone, hopeless, and abandoned by God. And the more we try to fix it ourselves, the worse it gets.

When the Israelites were trapped between the Red Sea and the Egyptian army, God gave them 1 simple command in Exodus 14:14
"The Lord will fight fo…

That's amazing!

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By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA Celebrate Recovery TEAM Women's Encourager Coach and Devotional team 7/11/2018
FIRST, let's start by looking at the very definition of the word AMAZE:
a·maze əˈmāz/ verb past tense: amazed; past participle: amazed  surprise (someone) greatly; fill with astonishment.
Isn't it AMAZING how God can take each and every one of us in whatever mess we're in, and turn it around for His glory while healing us from hurts, hang-ups, and bad habits?  As many of us look around the room at Celebrate Recovery, whether it's in Worship time, Open Share, Solid Rock, The Landing, and even the little ones over at Celebration Place, we stand amazed at what God has done in us, you, and everyone else!  We are humbled by seeing the broken come through the doors and watching as they too work the 12 Steps, and put God FIRST.  We've all been there and look at where where God has brought us! 

Philippians 3:12-16:  "I’m not saying that I have t…

Freedom!

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By: Eric Hutchinson, Fellowship Bible Church NWA, Celebrate Recovery, Men's Encourager Coach 7/4/18


Brother number 1 was born a rebel.  His idea of freedom was to step across all boundaries and do whatever he desired.  He was always in trouble as a kid because he never obeyed.  As a teenager, he wanted to try everything.  He spent a lot of time in Juvenile Detention and as soon as he could move out on his own, he did.  It wasn’t long before he was incarcerated and even in prison, he made choices that ended with him sitting in an 8x5 dark solitary room. Brother number 2 always felt that his borders were there to protect him.  He obeyed his parents and as he grew and matured his boundaries were expanded.  He chose to work hard while in school and chose to participate in groups that seemingly put more restrictions on his life.  He attended church, volunteered for community service and worked part-time at the local grocery store sacking groceries for customers.  He graduated college, go…