Our teaching tonight, is for those of us, who have trouble admitting, that sometimes, we can't be in control of life. I told a fellow worker, who had this one biggest challenge in life, she didn't know how to talk to people.  She said: well, I'm talking to you. At that time I felt very powerless. I couldn't do anything. 

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Our teaching tonight, is for those of us, who have trouble admitting, that sometimes, we can't be in control of life. I told a fellow worker, who had this one biggest challenge in life, she didn't know how to talk to people.  She said: well, I'm talking to you. At that time I felt very powerless. I couldn't do anything. 

I remember we, as young Christians, saw Jimmie Swaggart, we were completely befuddled, then there was Jim Baker, of course, I could go on, of names that came into the kingdom, who had that experience, who at some point or another, took a different path. 

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Last week Mark gave his testimony.  It was truly a testimony how God only requires you to come to him "just the way you are".   Since we alternate, testimony and teaching, tonight Pasquale is going talk about the 7 reasons we get stuck. 

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The last letter in YES is S, for Serve as Jesus Christ did. It is said that God equips the called, He does not call the equipped. God doesn't call the qualifies, but qualifies the called. 

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Testimony - Skip Clark

The purpose in doing a testimony is two fold.  First and most important, is to glorify God.  Number two is to edify, strengthen, and build everyone of you all.  To give you hope. Because the Lord Jesus Christ is not a respecter of persons.  And because, what He has done for me, He is more than willing, capable, and able to do for you. 

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When those uncomfortable feelings and thoughts are approaching me, I want to face them down, as opposed to running away from them.  Because what I have found is, if I can face them, and allow the light to shine, it begins to blank out darkness. And the more the light shines, the freer I become. I want to be free. I have a sneaking suspicion, looking at your face, you want to be free too. 

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Admit - Skip Clark

Tonight our friend Skip, is going to give us some ways to go about doing this. The first step is to admit you have an issue, or hurt, or resentment, or thing, or misunderstanding. That goes back to us, the ground base, without honesty, self honesty, were not going to survive. 

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Amends - Glenn Lueck

Alright, amends represents an attempt to right a wrong, or go back and basically acknowledge, 

admit, accept and surrender, that I had done something to another person or place. (institutions as well) 
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He is talking about a subject matter that is near and dear to my heart, and he is also near and dear to my heart. I think of Richard as a fellow, who is "walking wet". He is walking out what he is talking. It's been such a blessing to know Richard over the year, so, Richard come share with us. 
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The title says it all, just a snippet, of a spontaneous moment during our large group meeting. 

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. If you are interested in attending, or maybe just getting some information, to see if it's for you, see anyone who's been through the step study. See one of these people in Cafe Hope, we would like to connect with you, and maybe we can share our experience, and offer some help in the process.  

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What I have learned over the years, is: when you have lived the life, that some of us have lived, and become, some the things, that some of us, have become, it is extremely difficult to receive God's grace, because we are constantly trying to earn, those things, to try and make it right. Another thing I learned over the years, is: acceptance, is the beginning of change. Acceptance doesn't mean approval, it simply means I am going to accept myself, at where I find myself at this point of my life. 

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I couldn't tell you a song we sang or a bible verse that was read, except this one thing, I could tell you. That one night, I realized, I needed God in my life. And I didn't need a God of my understanding, I needed a God that understood me. I needed a God that made sense, that was real. 

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Step one says: we admitted we were powerless over our addictions, and that our lives had become unmanageable. But my life was full of drama. If my life didn't have drama I created it. Tonight our teaching on inventory, is very important, because, through our steps, we need to back off, just a little bit and see how we got to where we are. 

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Are you ready to feed on truth about your life? Well then, it's time to take out the trash. And that trash, can get pretty heavy sometimes. So we don't want to handle it alone. We need a genuine mentor, coach, or as we say, sponsor. 

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After working the steps, I still have issues, but I have come a long way. Committing to a year, my trust has improved dramatically. I let people in now. I don't have to do things on my own. Life doesn't seem so scary, or difficult. In matter of fact, I think God is making himself known to me right now, in speaking about this topic: TRUST

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He is going to help you with your tribulation. I've heard that Jesus is not a bridge over trouble, but a tunnel through it. We live in this American fast food, instant gratification society. And that is a frustration, we want our recovery to be instant, but it takes time. It took you many years to be in this condition, so it will take many years to undo it. 

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Sanity 3 - Skip Clark

I thought maybe I had died at one time, on another planet, and they sent me to earth, the insane asylum of the universe. Because, things that happen here on earth, should never happen, the murders, the rapes, the hate, the animosity, the racism. We could go on and on. And say this is a pretty scary planet to be born into. But there is good news, and a truth. 

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But we have times in our life, where we feel out of control. At those moments, we think, "is there any hope?" Is this the best it is going to get? It is a small word, but it is huge in meaning. This may be your first time here tonight, but if you can leave here with just a little bit of hope, God's got a plan. The message you receive tonight, has everything to do with the hope He wants to put in your heart. 

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