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This is a guide to help you write your Celebrate Recovery testimony. God’s word tells us,
“It is a proof of your faith. Many people will praise God because you obey the Good News of Christ – the gospel you say you believe – and because you freely share with them and with all others.” (2 Corinthians 9:13 NCV)
Testimony Guidelines:

a. Before you start writing… pray and ask God for help and the words to share.

b. Your testimony must be written out.

c. Your testimony should be about 12 to 15 minutes long. This is about 7 – 9 pages double-spaced using a 12-point font.

d. Be sure to include 1 or 2 of your favorite scriptures.

e. Be honest.

f. Remember that you are not cured.

g. Don’t use religious clichés.

h. Don’t get too graphic or include non-essential information.

i. Keep it short and to the point.



Lesson 1 Denial Principle 1: Realize I’m not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable. “Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.” (Matthew 5:3) Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable. “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:18) Think About It Before we can take the first step of our recovery, we must first face and admit our denial. God tells us, “You can’t heal a wound by saying it’s not there!” (Jer- emiah 6:14, TLB). The acrostic for DENIAL spells out what can happen if we do not face our denial. Disables our feelings By repressing our feelings we freeze our emotions. Understanding and feeling our feelings is freedom. “They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of destructive habits — for we are slaves of anything that has conquered us.” (2 Peter 2:19, GNT) Energy lost A side effect of our denial is anxiety. Anxiety causes us to waste pre- cious energy running from our past and worrying about and dreading the future. It is only in the present, today, where positive change can occur. “He frees the prisoners . . .; he lifts the burdens from those bent down beneath their loads.” (Psalm 146:7 – 8, TLB) Negates growth We are “as sick as our secrets.” We cannot grow in recovery until we are ready to step out of our denial into the truth. “They cried to the Lord in their troubles, and he rescued them! He led them from their darkness and shadow of death and snapped their chains.” (Psalm 107:13 – 14, TLB) Isolates us from God God’s light shines on the truth. Our denial keeps us in the dark. “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5 – 7) Alienates us from our relationships Denial tells us we are getting away with it. We think no one knows — but they do. What is the answer? “Stop lying to each other; tell the truth, for we are parts of each other and when we lie to each other we are hurting ourselves.” (Ephesians 4:25, TLB) Lengthens the pain We have the false belief that denial protects us from our pain. In real- ity, denial allows our pain to fester and grow and turn into shame and guilt. God’s promise: “I will give you back your health again and heal your wounds.” (Jeremiah 30:17, TLB) Accept the first principle of recovery. Step out of your denial! Step into your Higher Power’s — Jesus Christ’s — unconditional love and grace!   Write About It

  1. What areas of your life do you have power (control) over? Be specific.
  1. What areas of your life are out of control, unmanageable? Be specific.
  1. How do you think taking this first step will help you?
  1. As a child, what coping skills did you use to get attention or to protect yourself?
  1. In your family of origin, what was the “family secret” that everyone was trying to protect?
  1. How do you handle pain and disappointment?
  1. How can you begin to address your denial?
  1. In what areas of your life are you now beginning to face reality and break the effects of denial?
  1. Are you starting to develop a support team? Are you asking for phone numbers in your meetings? List them here or on the inside back cover of this participant’s guide:

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Principle 6: Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others.

“Happy are the merciful.” (Matthew 5:6) “Happy are the peacemakers.” (Matthew 5:9)

Step 9: Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23–24)


Tonight, we are going to finish discussing Principle 6. We have talked about how to evaluate all our relationships, offer forgiveness to those who have hurt us, and make amends for the harm that we have done to others, when possible without expecting anything back.

As we grow as Christians and as we grow in our recovery, we want to follow the guidance and directions of Jesus Christ. As we get to know Him better, we want to model His teachings and model His ways. We want to become more like Him. Honestly, if we are going to implement Principle 6 to the best of our ability, we need to learn to model God’s grace. But how?


The key verses of Celebrate Recovery are 2 Corinthians 12:9–10 (NCV): “But he said to me, ‘My grace is enough for you. When you are weak, my power is made perfect in you.’ So I am very happy to brag about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can live in me. For this reason I am happy when I have weaknesses, insults, hard times, sufferings, and all kinds of troubles for Christ. Because when I am weak, then I am truly strong.”

Celebrate Recovery is built on and centered in Christ’s grace and love for each of us. (more…)

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February: Recoverying Relationships with the God who Restores
March: Preparing the Soil: Turning Over the Past (Isaiah 54:4-8)
April: Letting Go of Past Hurts (1John 1:9)
May:  Why Am I So Exhausted: Finding Serenity
Family  Monday Night at the Movies “Home Run” (to be scheduled for summer or spring break time)
June: Removed Not Improved: Healing Brokeness (Psalm 51:16-19)
July: Clearing the Way: Avoiding Trip-ups Isaiah 57
August: Plowing up hard ground of our hearts (Hosea 10:12)
September: Check up: Have I Forgiven: Forgiven to forgive (Matthew 18:23-35)
October: Gaining Spiritual Stength: Checking in with God
November: Finding Joy in God’s presence (Psalm 27: 1-6)
December: Finding Mission in Community

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You are an important part of spreading the inspirational message of Home Run. Even before the film hits theaters, we can prepare hearts to accept the truth that hurts can be healed, habits can be broken and hang-ups can be overcome.

Am I in Denial?  Signs you may be in Denial, the Deception and the Truth

We admitted that we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors and that our lives had become unmanageable.

“I can stop any time I want to.”  “I have it under control”  “I’m not hurting anyone.”  “I’m stronger than other people.”  “It really isn’t that bad.” “I don’t need to change”.   

In recovery we call this denial.  For me that was always one of the laughable insults.  

 Denial is far from laughable. It is by far one of  the biggest weapon the enemy uses weaken us.  Because as long as we keep silent about our doubts, fears,  hurts, and hang-ups and limitations, the harder it is for us be in a position to say yes to the life God has for us.   It is hard to accept that people of faith can be in denial,  but I find it easier to accept the phrase self-deception.  Even the Bible hall of Famers were deceived, and suffered the effects of denial.  For this lesson we will take a look at the life of one such Bible hero,  review some of the signs of denial, its toll on our lives, and how the bible addresses the deceptions.   (more…)

What mighty praise, O God, belongs to you in Zion.  
We will fulfill our vows to you. All of us must come to you.
Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, you forgive them all.
What joy for those you choose to bring near,  those who live in your holy courts
What festivities await us inside your holy Temple. 
You faithfully answer prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior.  
You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas.
You formed the mountains by you power and armed yourself with mighty strength.
Psalm 65: 1-6

Spending time in prayer can be  a joy or a chore.  Today and yesterday, it seemed I was in a hurry to get my “daily time with God” checked off my list of things to do.  So for the last couple of days,  my attitude toward prayer was seeing it as  more like a chore. 

I’m not going to beat myself up about it.  There is a saying  that says “God’s word does not come up void.”  So  I know that whenever I am reading God’s word something will come of it.    So today as I dutifully read from the Bible, the passage took root.   After reading (the above scripture) I had to acknowledge that  I forgotten what it was like to “hear” from God.  I remember being eager to see how the scripture was going to fit into what was happening in my life.  As today,  ironically reminded me, though I was admonished for taking my daily time for granted, settling in to hear what God had to say to me  brought me such joy.   And so today I was reminded that God does have something to say to me.  And that intimacy with God is something so valuable that the enemy would use any device to de-value the few tools we have to bring us into that intimacy.

  step 10:  We sought through prayer and mediation
 to improve our conscious contact with God,
 praying only for knowledge of His will for us
and the power to carry that out.

   The action word in step 11 is  not “pray”, nor is it “meditate”;  The action word is “sought”.  (Praying and meditating are those  tools that I  can use to improve my conscious contact with God.     

I am  to seek to improve my conscious contact with God.  (No need to seek after Him, as he is in always in contact with me).

There are times when uninterrupted talking or sharing are beneficial; but wha joy  is there to be found when the creator of the universe acknowledges he has been listening and what more is; He loves me and cares for me anyway.