Sermon Review (3/06/2011) – “Life’s Healing Choices: Week 7″

I will be leaving a post each Sunday Afternoon/Evening with the Title and Primary Scriptures from each of my sermons. This post (as all my posts are meant to be) is a place where you can leave your questions, impressions, and ideas from my sermon. Here, you can process the message and how best to apply it in your life.

March 6, 2011:

“Life’s Healing Choices:  Week 7…The Growth Choice”

 –  ‘Happy are the peacemakers’ ~  Matthew 5:7 

 –  Focusing on sustaining the momentum of recovery

Supporting Scriptures:

Matthew 5: 23-24 / Luke 19: 1-10 / Proverbs 14:9

Mark 14:38 / Psalm 25: 4-5 / Hosea 6:3 / Romans 12:3, 18

2 Corinthians 13:5 / 1 Thessalonians 5:21 / Lamentations 3:40

1 Corinthians 10:13 / Hebrews 12: 1-2

Due to the size of this original message, I created two PowerPoints to be attached on this site so that any readers could get the full message that would have been too long for a single sermon.

One Powerpoint focuses on the 2nd part of the 6th Choice (Making Amends for our Wrongs), and the other focuses on the 7th Choice (“The Growth Choice”).  They are both below:

Life’s Healing Choice #6, part 2 – “Making Amends”

Life’s Healing Choice #7 – “The Growth Choice”

The audio podcast for our Worship Service this week malfunctioned again a little bit, but it can be found below: 

Attached in my Vodpod on this page is the video that we showed today, promoting “Freedom Sunday 2011”, which is next Sunday (March 13).  We will be joining with thousands of churches worldwide as we sing freedom songs, pray for those enslaved today, and giving out of our money to help end slavery. 

You can learn more at: and 

May you join us over the next few weeks as we explore how God can free us and heal us from our hurts, hang-ups, and habits.


Pastor Josh

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  1. I have been following along with celebrate recovery, but I have been wondering about a fundamental question. . .How long should we be living in a recovery mode? Those recovering from addictions, hurts, and hangups will be affected for the rest of their lives because lives are forever changed. But, as one who has been living in such a way for the past 20+ years, I have also come to realize that God gives us the ability and calls us to move on and move past the hurts, habits, and hangups. But, sometimes it feels like being a yo-yo or one of those big balloons with the rubber band on the end. Both move freely, but they are always tethered thru the string or rubber band, going up and down, side to side, etc. Life feels like that at times. Maybe that is the point behind the “celebrate” part. Celebrating the times where we are able to move away from the hurts/habits/hangups towards the unknown freedom that awaits us in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Just some food for thought.)

    • I definitely hear what you’re saying. It is a delicate balance with anyone in recovery of remembering our past (so as to learn from it and not repeat mistakes) and also moving forward in hope that things can always improve and get better. Celebration of victories and progress is a HUGE part of Celebrate Recovery, as is times of Worship and Fellowship. The last “Healing Choice” deals with helping others to experience recovery too. They use the term “recycling pain” to refer to using our past to relate and help others. In doing so, we get a deeper level of healing ourselves. Hope you can make the training on March 19th. Would love to have your perspective. 🙂

      • I’ll try to make it.

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