“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A chord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12
The purpose of Faith Landmark’s Restoration In Recovery will be to encourage fellowship and to celebrate God’s healing power in our lives as we work our way along the road to recovery. We are changed as we share our experience, strength and hope with one another. By working a program of recovery, we grow spiritually, and we are freed from our hurts, habits, and hang-ups.
The mission of Restoration in Recovery will be to help people address a variety of hurts, habits, and hang-ups through worship, teaching and personal recovery experience.
We pray that you have an Amazing Spiritual Journey!
-Pastors Randy and Cherie Gilbert
Recovery Principles, based on the BEATITUDES
1. Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable. (Matthew 5:3)
2. Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to him, and that He has the power to help me recover. (Matthew 5:4)
3. Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.( Matthew 5:5)
4. Openly examine and confess my faults to God, to myself, and to someone I trust. (Matthew 5:8)
5. Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. (Matthew 5:6)
6. 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. (Matthew 5:9)
7. Reserve a daily time with God for self examination, Bible readings and prayer in order to know God and his will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.
8. Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words. (Matthew 5:10)
With Biblical references
1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable. (Romans 7:18)
2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. (Philippians 2:13)
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God. (Romans 12:7)
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. (Lamentations 3:40)
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. (James 5:16a)
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. (James 4:1 0)
7. Humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings. (1 John 1:9)
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. (Luke6:31)
9. Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. (Matthew 5:23-24)
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. (1 Corinthians 10:12)
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and power to carry that out. (Colossians 3:16a)
12. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and practice these principles in all our affairs. (Galatians 6:1)
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, taking as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is.
Not as I would have it; trusting You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. AMEN!
– Reinhold Niebuhr-