15 September, 2010 11:20

A testimony from another pastor who continued to find healing and freedom through CPR…

Psalms 16:11 (MSG)
11 Now you’ve got my feet on the life path, all radiant from the shining of your face. Ever since you took my hand, I’m on the right way.

“I believe in CPR because it gives hope to pastors. In Christ, Celebrate Recovery and the twelve steps gives hope that people in positions of ministry no longer have to hide in shadows but can come out and be free to deal their stuff honestly and openly. So that like Paul we can say that if I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may live in me. I can’t tell you how liberating and empowering it is to say ‘my name is Roger and I’m a grateful believer in Jesus Christ celebrating recovery from lust and sexual addiction and that I struggle with fear and insecurity.’ It’s amazing to be known right in your own community. That’s a professional hazard in my line of work.

Friends. I can’t tell you how lonely this position can be for so many men. What if pastors walk through this stuff and start finding wholeness and freedom and victory like they’ve never known. What if guys like Ted Haggard could have had a safe environment where he could walk through the 12 steps in a safe and loving environment before disaster strikes.

And the greatest thing we can discover is that we can be fully known and fully loved. Jesus knew the worst and He loved me. What a relief to know the worst about yourself and at the same moment to be embraced by God. It’s so liberating to reach the end of yourself.

My friends, the shepherds need help. CPR provides a safe community to find hope. I believe more and more pastors and teachers and shepherds will come out of hiding. And the body of Christ will be filled with light.”

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