When a person graduates from a Chemical Recovery group, it is a great occasion. Their graduation shows the power of God working in their lives and that they have put their whole heart into working the program.
As such, a CR graduation is a celebration and when the graduate receives their certificate, for some, it will be the first thing they have ever completed let alone graduated from. For that reason, it is important that we give the graduates something to reflect their accomplishment.
The example below is simply that - an example. There is no standard template for the CR ministries. Use what looks best to you. The important thing is that the achievement is recognized.
Monday, February 14, 2005 - 15:19:05
When we look at Gods Word, we find that there are many words or ideas used repeatedly. Repetition is a handy tool. It is used in schools to teach children to read and write, it is also used by advertisers to intice us to buy their product intead of the competitors. Repetition imprints ideas or lessons in our minds so that we will remember them later. God uses repetition to teach us laws and concepts that are close to His heart. As Jer 29:11 says,
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD , "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Monday, February 14, 2005 - 14:15:31
The "Twelve Traditions" of A.A. are suggested principles to insure the survival and growth of the thousands of groups that make up the Fellowship. They are based on the experience of the groups themselves during the critical early years of the movement.
The Traditions are important to both oldtimers and newcomers as reminders of the true foundations of A.A. as a society of men and women whose primary concern is to maintain their own sobriety and help others to achieve sobriety.
Monday, February 14, 2005 - 14:03:54
The Twelve Steps are based on a set of spiritual principles that were created by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. They have been used by millions of people across the world in an effort to make their lives more manageable. Newcomers to AA or NA are not asked to accept or follow these Twelve Steps in their entirety if they feel unwilling or unable to do so. They will usually be asked to keep an open mind, to attend meetings at which recovered alcoholics describe their personal experiences in achieving sobriety, and to read A.A. literature describing and interpreting the A.A. program. A.A. members will usually emphasize to newcomers that only problem drinkers themselves, individually, can determine whether or not they are in fact alcoholics. At the same time, it will be pointed out that all available medical testimony indicates that alcoholism is a progressive illness, that it cannot be cured in the ordinary sense of the term, but that it can be arrested through total abstinence from alcohol in any form.
Monday, February 14, 2005 - 13:59:25