September 2019

CR Is a Gospel-Seeding Ministryparable-of-the-Sower

It was Tuesday, January 8, 2013 when we introduced Celebrate Recovery in Woodland Hills, now GracePoint. Our first full night was on the 15th. It has been ongoing nonstop for almost 7 years. Except for two or three snowstorms we have not missed a night. CR meets even on all holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas.

During these years we have seen hundreds sign on and some stayed through completing their 12 steps; others served a while and then retired or moved. One was called Heaven. Some went on to start CR’s or ministries, and some just dropped out.

Pray with me that 2020 will be a break-through year filled with blessings, growth in leadership, and in the number of people we serve. I am pulled to Jesus’ parable of the sower:

4 And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8 And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” 9 And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’

11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. Luke 8:4–15 (KJV)

August 2019

Spiritual Produce

It is summertime in the mountains. I quit gardening a few years ago for lack of time and energy. But friends keep our kitchen filled with tomatoes, squash, okra, and fresh corn. Thank you one and all for your generosity and love.

The fruit of the Spirit is a longing deep in the soul. Celebrate Recovery is a journey into fresh spiritual fruit for all those who hunger and thirst. We cannot produce it but God can, and God will if we seek Him.

July 2019


July 4, 17176 marks the Declaration of Independence of the united states of America form the rule of England. But for Christians the Cross of Christ makes us:

Absolutely Free but Totally Dependent

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:31–36 (KJV)

The Gospel calls us to freedom. We are free from the penalty of sin, the power of sin, and one day completely free from the presence of sin. But the Gospel does not call us to independence.

The Gospel calls us to dependence. All our chains are gone. But we willingly bow our knees and confess with our tongues that Jesus Christ is Lord. He is True Vine, we are the branches, we can do nothing without Him.

June 2019

Do You Believecr-medium

6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Phil 1:6

Do you believe that Jesus has the power and desire to heal every hurt, habit, and hang-up in our lives?

The Jesus of the Bible is not a good luck charm that will make all of our troubles go away in an instant. He is Savior and Lord calling us to walk with Him in a journey of discipleship and transformation.

Following Him in the 8 Principles and 12 Steps of Celebrate Recovery is a way of being discipled. It is a lifelong process that will be completed at the sound of the trumpet:

2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 1 John 3:2–3

How can a man purify himself? Believe. It is not by works of the law that we will ever be made pure. It is by trusting in Jesus and walking with Him

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths. Prov 3:5–6