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Midlands Rally

Thanks to North Trenholm Baptist Church Celebrate Recovery for hosting this years Midlands Rally. Good food, Good fellowship, Good music, and Good Testimony.

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Beyond the Weekend

Well, the weekend is past and it is time to start another Monday.  Church was great with a chance to honor some terrific kids on their graduation,  A time too far back for me to remember.

We didn’t get to go out to Manning Correctional Institution this past Friday because they already had their chapel booked for a singing group to come in.  I feel like I missed something, oh yeah, I did.  Fridays are always a high point of my week and without seeing those guys, I feel lost.

Tuesday at the Lexington County Detention Center.  I had a man come up after the meeting and tell me he had prayed to receive Christ earlier this week in his cell but he wanted to make sure he did it right.  Of course he did it right but we still prayed the sinners prayer together.  He has been locked up for almost two years and will probably see prison time when he is finally sentenced.  But now he has the Comforter to go with him.  God Bless Celebrate Recovery Inside.

Tuesday CR

The band was awesome! We watched a powerful video about what to do with the baggage we bring into relationships.  Rob Bell videos are always very pointed and on target.  Paul wrapped it all up for us as we went to small groups.  My group was absolutely the best I have had in quite some time.  It is always good to see men that truly want to be open and honest with other men.  That’s the way we succeed in recovery.  God Bless

Wow, that’s all I can say when I leave the Manning Correctional Institution of Friday nights. Those men are so on fire for recovery. We heard a powerful of God’s intervention in the life of one of the men. His background was gang related as well as drugs and alcohol. God has made him into a devoted man of God. He truly is an inspiration. I hope one day you can meet him.

What a great day/night at LCDC.  The men there are so hungry for the love that God has and that they have never found.  I pray that God is using me to reach them.  Not my will but His will be done.  These men never cease to amaze me with their questions and hunger to understand God’s word.  One of the men tonight asked me why God would need to repent.

Genesis 6:6 (King James Version)

6And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

Genesis 6:6 (New King James Version)

6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

This was very confusing to this man.  Most of the Bibles that are give to the men in any type of incarceration are the KJV because they are cheap.  I believe this is why we need a translation that can be understood by all. We become too dogmatic when we only use one version.  We have to be open to understanding the full meaning of the scripture.  We provide every man that comes to our CR Inside meetings at the LCDC with a new testiment copy of the Life Recovery Bible in the “New Living Translation.”  Thank God for this ministry.  It has truly changed my life!

Celebrate Recovery at First Baptist Church of Lexington is as strong as ever.  Last night we had 67 people in attendance.  With great music from the band and a truly amazing testimony of recovery from some of lifes biggest challenges.  If you were not there, you missed a good one.  Want more information on Celebrate Recovery, check us out at http://www.first-baptist.org/celebraterecovery.