It is no surprise. We regularly endure hearing that there are "significant" reasons why Church Leaders and their congregations won't involve themselves with the Recovery Community. Recovery Community Meetings are a banquet - to serve the Word of Truth, feed the Milk of the Gospel and comfort people in pain. "But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind..."
"I no longer fear, or am depressed, angry or anxious about what to do in the future, for the first time in years all these emotions fell away and I am content. No, I am excited for my life ahead." Message from an Inmate to Prison Fellowship volunteers.
We've heard it said that "You can act your way into a feeling, but you can't feel your way into acting." The notion is that if I wait to feel like helping my brother, I'll never help him. Most will interpret this notion as "Faking it until you make it." Nothing could be further from the truth.
My wife's problems are no more my fault that when the wind blows down a tree in my yard. It's not my fault, but it is my responsibility to clean up the mess.
Many of us are aware that Bill and Bob started AA in 1935. Their fellowship originated in a faith-based understanding that those beset by similar problems are best suited to help each other. It wasn't until 1946 and the adoption of the "Traditions" that AA distanced itself from overtly Protestant theology. The objective of this … Continue reading Recovery Community Meetings. The Biblical Basis.
In Mark chapter 7:1-12 Jesus has an encounter with Pharisees from Jerusalem. Their issue is that Jesus has fed bread to his disciples who are eating with unwashed hands. According to the Law they are defiled, simply for having been hungry. Is church a Sanctuary for Saints or Hospital for sinners? Well I think the … Continue reading Sanctuary for Saints or Hospital for Sinners?