Tuesday, May 16, 2017

battling addiction

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

There are many battles that we or the people around us are fighting.  In fact I have noticed more and more of the people I am asked to pray and those who are seeking help are battling some type of addiction.  Honestly, it amazes me the fight that so many people are in the midst of.

That is why I am excited to announce that The Community Fellowship will begin a brand new recovery and addiction ministry called Reformers Unanimous or RU.  The start date is Saturday, June 3rd at 7pm at the church in Collinsville.  This is a great place to meet new friends, to find some help and to share your hurts.  There are some awesome people who have prepared well and look forward to helping many people take positive steps toward sobriety and healing.

This coming Saturday, May 20th will be a run through of what each night of RU will be like.  You are welcome to join in for the run through or please seek more information.  Call the church at 276-647-8231 and ask for Michele or leave a message for Mike or Michele Dyer.

The verse above is one I have leaned on for years.  The Community was founded on the principle that God loves people and meets us where we are.  He doesn’t expect perfection.  He wants our honesty, and the more honest and open we are, the more healing we will find.

My heart goes out to those battling many different types of addiction.  This includes everything from alcohol or drug abuse to the battle of pornography or overeating even to depression or dealing with a loved one who is battling an addiction.  You and I will find that our RU group is ready to love you and be present throughout the battle.

Sunday I saw a friend’s announcement of the battle that he finally made public.  This friend is a pastor in another state in a large church, and his battle is real and will impact many people.  My heart goes out to him, and I will be praying for and encouraging him in every way I can.

Late last week I got a note from a close friend battling depression.  Depression is not an addiction, but it is something that we need each other and God to help us with.  My heart goes out to those who are engaged in battles of the mind.

Get honest.  So many people are hurting.  Here is an opportunity to find help and best yet to cling to the hope God gives with other people.  Please pass this opportunity to others in our area.  If you do not live in Martinsville or Henry County, there are many other groups like RU or Celebrate Recovery or Christian recovery ministries in various locations.  Seek God and seek God.

I am praying that God transforms many lives as many people come together for this common purpose and huge need.

2 Corinthians 5:17  NLT
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

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