Stepping Out of Denial Into God's Grace Participant's Guide

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Zondervan, 1998 - Religion - 48 pages
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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 spiritually poor.' Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover. 'Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.' Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ's care and control. 'Happy are the meek.' Openly examine and confess my faults to God, to myself, and to someone I trust. 'Happy are the pure in heart.' Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. 'Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.' Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I've done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others. 'Happy are the merciful.' 'Happy are the peacemakers.' Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and gain the power to follow His will. Yield myself to be used by God to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words. 'Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.'

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John Baker is the founder of Celebrate Recovery, a ministry started at Saddleback Church. Over the last twenty-three years, it is estimated that more than one million people have gone through this Christ-centered recovery program. There are currently 20,000+ churches that have weekly Celebrate Recovery meetings. John and his wife Cheryl have been married over four decades and have served together in Celebrate Recovery since 1991. They have two adult children, Laura and Johnny, and five grandchildren.

Evangelical pastor Richard Duane "Rick" Warren was born in San Jose, California on January 28, 1954. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Baptist University, a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He worked at the Texas Ranch for Christ before founding the megachurch Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California in 1980. He has written or co-written several books including The Purpose Driven Church, The Purpose Driven Life, and The Daniel Plan Cookbook: Healthy Eating for Life. He has lectured as a theologian at many universities and seminaries and was chosen in 2008 by President-elect Obama to give the invocation at his inauguration ceremony.

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