Celebrate Recovery Weekly Encouragement 8-8-23

Loving One Another

“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭7‬-‭12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Relationships are an important part of what it means to be human. They are platforms to show love, kindness, and respect for each other. God shows us how much he loves us, and He also wants our relationships to show how much He loves us.

The Bible passage from 1 John shows how important love is to God. "God is love" makes it clear that love is not just an idea; it is God's very nature.

In our relationships, this love is more than just a feeling; it's also something we do. Not only was God's love for us said, but it was also shown. He "sent his one and only Son into the world" because he loved people. In the same way, real love in our relationships takes action. Love is what makes us care, give, make sacrifices, and help each other.

God also tells us to love each other: "Since God loves us so much, we should do the same." How well we know and understand God is shown by how much we care about other people.

Let's remember to show this kind of love in our interactions. Even though arguments and misunderstandings will happen, let's be quick to forgive and be kind.

In the end, our relationships shouldn't be based on how we feel at the moment. Instead, they should be based on God's love, which is always there and never changes.

Father, please help us really understand how much you love us so we can show that same love to others in our relationships. Help us do the right thing and always choose love over being right. The name of Jesus. Amen.

Brian Willems CADC 1
Ministry Leader
Celebrate Recovery
New Life Community Dinuba

This Week at Celebrate Recovery

We are welcoming Kelvin to Celebrate Recovery here at NLC! Kelvin is very active in CR And joins us from the Visalia area. Kelvin will be sharing about his recovery journey and the deliverance from his hurts, habits and hang ups. 

Just Over 1 Week Away!
Opioid Awareness, Training and Narcan Distribution!

Opioid deaths are at an all time high here in the Central Valley, as well as all across our country.
Naloxone (Narcan) is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist. This means that it attaches to opioid receptors and reverses and blocks the effects of other opioids. Naloxone can quickly restore normal breathing to a person if their breathing has slowed or stopped because of an opioid overdose. But, naloxone has no effect on someone who does not have opioids in their system, and it is not a treatment for opioid use disorder. Examples of opioids include heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, and morphine.
After the training BCJC will be on hand to distribute Narcan to everyone that attends.

Connection Corner

Aloha 🌺 I am a Grateful Believer in Jesus Christ. I am a recovering Alcoholic and I am currently working on Discipline Humility and Responsibility. My name is Richard 😀 On Nov 19th 1991 I enrolled myself into a 11 day Detox program. After I got out of Detox I found a Recovery Home for Alcoholism.I lived there for approx six months while working two jobs. I can still remember walking into AA and seeing the twelve steps posted on the wall. Step three jumped off of the page at me which States...Made a decision to turn our will and lives over to the care of God as we understand him. I asked Jesus/God/Holy Spirit to help me stay sober. God is Faithful and is the only reason I am still sober. I found a Celebrate Recovery Room about 10 years ago and I am still actively involved in both AA and Celebrate Recovery. 1st Corinthians Chapter 1 vs 9 states...God is Faithful,who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. I am living proof of that just ask Jesus 🙏

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