Archive for the ‘recovery program’ Category

Recovery Group – 5th Anniversary

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Recovery Group – 5th Anniversary

Those who know me understand that I’m quite limited in what I can do. With all the injuries over the last two years going out for a couple of hours is pushing it. Yet life goes on. There are a few occasions that I would put up with the discomfort, and later the pain, to take part in. Last night was one of those events.

Five years ago the support group that was meeting at Crossfire came to an abrupt end. In a matter of days Karl stepped into the breach and formed a new support group with the help of Sheila. At that time I volunteered my services to lead worship. Over the years we faced a lot of struggles. Over the years we came to trust Jesus, more and more, and learned to rest in his strength. The burden of leadership never ends but thankfully it can be shared. Sadly, for myself, I have not been able to participate in the activities of recovery group due to injuries and health problems over the last 18 months. I have a deep respect for Karl and Sheila, to continue steadfastly in this ministry, bearing the burden and turning it into a great blessing for those who joined our little family. And a blessing they truly are, for with the help of God, they have given new life to individuals who were struggling with life.

Last night there was a mixture of smiles and tears as many of us spoke of our own personal experience. The lives changed and the marriages saved are a testimony of personal courage and a program that works.

Enough said…

The Life Recovery Bible

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

In our Recovery Group we use “The Life Recovery Bible” for our study purposes. I just finished reading through the biblical text. It uses a copy of the “New Living Translation.” It is from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Of course if you were to go out and buy a copy today it will use a different translation, though I don’t know the version at this time.

It is a special book designed for twelve step programs. Besides a bible it also has copious amounts of comments at the bottom of the page. Actually there are more comments than biblical text. At the back of the book is a large topical index. What else?

Recovery profiles on the main characters of the bible.
Twelve step devotionals.
Recovery Principle Devotionals.
Serenity Prayer Devotionals.
Recovery Reflections.

Suffice it to say there is so much material it would take a long time to work your way through this book taking the time to do it properly. I may be able to start attending the group out of “Crossfire Assembly” on King St W in Hamilton Ontario.

Now as for the particular translation. I believe it would be a good bible for those who have a grade ten education or better. As with all translations it comes in its own flavour. If it were say, ice cream, something green that tastes minty and has a few crushed nuts sprinkled throughout. Overall it meets its purpose for being an easy read though it does take certain liberties in translation. Of course some would call it a transliteration.

As for a general purpose bible? No, there are more bibles, even “New Living Translations”, that would be better for the average reader. If however you are working in a recovery group… trying to overcome compulsive/obsessive/addictive behaviour… this book is a real gem.

Recovery Night

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Tomorrow is recovery night at Crossfire Assembly. I have been away for three months due to my injury in Sept. The next three months I was attending but only stayed to lead worship. Tomorrow, ah tomorrow, I hope to stay for the entire meeting.

Doing the steps in the recovery program have been a help to me over the last two plus years. I managed to beat my addiction to video gaming. (yes, one can get addicted, severely, to computer gaming) I have other issues I would like to clean up in my life. Tonight we begin again at step one. Since this program is a part of my life I thought it would beneficial to blog a bit about it.

You may get additional information here:
Crossfire Assembly Recovery Programs

God bless