Riverside, California (PressExposure) March 12, 2008 -- Bridges to Hope Foundation is announcing its support for the "Celebrate Recovery" program.
I have asked Jesse, one of the leader and speaker of the group meetings in the Inland Empire, California, where they hold meetings regularly at the Riverside Community Church on Thursday nights, about the background of the world famous recovery program called "Celebrate Recovery".
What is this program and where did it start from? "Celebrate Recovery ministry is to fellowship and celebrate GodÂ´s healing power in our lives through the 8 Recovery Principles. Celebrate Recovery began at Saddleback Church by Pastor John Baker and Rick Warren about 16-17 years ago, and we follow all the steps, principles and teachings developed by them in our meetings." Jesse answered. "If you look at their web site, you can see the history in detail, but just to highlight some of facts about Celebrate Recovery:
Over 10,000 people at Saddleback have completed the program and have found victory from their hurts, hang-ups and habits through Christâs power. They have been able to start the program in over 10,000 churches and over 500,000 courageous individuals have completed the program. The vision God gave them was to create a safe place that was not only alcoholics could go to for support. But a place for codependents, people with eating disorders, those struggling with sexual addictions, anger, those dealing with past or current physical or sexual abuse issues, those in need of financial recovery and many more groups. In short, anyone dealing with any kind of hurt, hang-up or habit."
To be absolutely clear, I asked Jesse; People who are interested, don't have to be alcoholics, or have past drug problems like I'm used to seeing at other A.A. or similar meetings?
"No, in fact anybody dealing with any hurts, habits or hang-ups can join and are welcomed. In fact, Celebrate Recovery is a Christ centered ministry. This recovery program is based on Godâs Word, the Bible."
So what are the principles of the program?
"CELEBRATE RECOVERYâS EIGHT RECOVERY PRINCIPLES:
The Road to "Recovery" Based on the Beatitudes
R= Realize Iâm not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable. (Step 1)
âHappy are those who know that they are spiritually poor.â
E= Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover. (Step 2
âHappy are those how mourn, for they shall be comforted.â
C= Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christâs care and control. (Step 3)
âHappy are the meek.â
O= Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. (Steps 4 and 5)
âHappy are the pure in heart.â
V= Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. (Steps 6 and 7)
âHappy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requiresâ
E= Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm Iâve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others. (Steps 8 and 9)
âHappy are the merciful.â
âHappy are the peacemakersâ
R= Reserve a time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will. (Steps 10 and 11)
Y= Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words. (Step 12)
âHappy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.â
A few years ago even President George W. Bush has recognized and praised Celebrate Recovery program as a ministry at the 11th Regional White House Conference on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
"And then there's Pastor John Baker, the founder of Celebrate Recovery. Big John is with us. He is a -- he and I shared something in common along with somebody else I'm going to introduce. We used to drink too much. And our hearts changed, and then we quit. That is a tried- and-true formula. The problem is government is not good at changing hearts. But people like John Baker has been good about it and successful doing that." President George W. Bush said at the conference.
Anybody interested to learn more about the program or about the President's speech could find out more information on http://www.BTHF.org website.