Two weeks ago we organized our first Bunco Night, and by the looks of it, all involved had a blast. If you have an idea for a social event, then let us know about it so that we can do life together and have some fun.
We thank You and praise You for the incredible free gift of Your grace, and for the confidence we have to be able to rejoice in our weakness, knowing that Your power is made perfect in us through that weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). May we turn to You in all things – not to our destructive former (and current) hurts, habits, and hang-ups – knowing that we can do all things through your Son, Jesus Christ, who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).
In Your Son’s precious name we pray, Amen.
Tonight we reach the point in our study where we begin to start evaluating our relationships, offering forgiveness to those who’ve hurt us and making amends for the harm we’ve done to others. As we prepare to do this, we recall Romans 12:18, which reminds us “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
Father, we are both comforted and encouraged by the knowledge that, in You, we can, indeed, live at peace with everyone. May we gain strength, courage and confidence from Your love, and, with You working in us, may we become “merciful peacemakers” in the lives of those who’ve hurt us and those we’ve hurt.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Tonight, as we pass the half-way point in our annual review of the 25 lessons in Celebrate Recovery, we note with joy how far You’ve taken us already. As You prepare us to admit the exact nature of our wrongs – to ourselves, to You, and to someone we trust, we rely heavily on the promise of James 5:16 – “Confess your sins to each other, and pray for each other, so that you may be healed.”
What an incredible gift it is to sinners like us to know that, through sincere confession and prayer, we can experience the power of Your ability to heal us from all of our past transgressions. We are both humbled and grateful for this gift, and we thank You and praise You for placing people in our lives from whom we can draw the support we need to take this life-changing step along our personal roads to recovery.
In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.