“So he got up (the son) and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20
“Welcome home” can mean different things to different people. But nothing is better than the welcome home our Father gives us through his love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness. And nothing drives home this truth better than the story of the prodigal son. I am so grateful to God for welcoming me back into the fold; there was a time in my life I was so far from him.
There are 3 kinds of people that come to CR. There are some that have wandered far away from God, family, church and life. There are those that are on the receiving end of the prodigal son; parents, siblings, spouses, grandparents, and friends. And there are those that have experienced both the pain of being lost and the pain of losing someone to this world. It doesn’t matter what brings you to CR— what matters is engaging God in a way that moves us out of ourselves and into His grace. I continue to be amazed by Gods love for everyone; mercy for the wandering prodigal, comfort for the loved ones, and healing for all.
Churches need a group like CR, a place that no matter where you’ve been, or where you are today, you are welcomed. CR provides a safe place to air out our hurts and habits, our addictions and compulsive behaviors; without judgment, without ridicule, and without shame. Churches that have effective CR programs are very special churches indeed. They open their doors to all and genuinely want to help people get back on track with Christ. If you haven’t thanked the pastors and elders of your church for supporting CR, please do so today. These are remarkable church leaders who really get it, who have a passion for the hurting and open our churches up to the fallen. I want to say thank you to my church—Crossroads Church—and all the churches in the area for their support. CR and their churches, just like our Father, welcome the prodigal son and daughter home, with love, support, and compassion—Thank you!!
Make it a great week this week. Trust God to do his part, but don’t forget to do yours!
Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads
Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
September 3-9, 2018
Friday, September 7: Lesson Night
- 6pm: Our Hospitality Team is preparing a wonderful dinner for you. Please join us for food and fellowship.
- 7pm: Join us for an hour of worship and a recovery message from Dana :: “Crossroads”
- 8pm: Open Share Groups.
- 9pm: Solid Rock Café.