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Celebrate Recovery @ Rafter J Cowboy Church – Wednesday, January 2, 2013

It’s  Testimony  Night!
Large group  starts at 7  pm and  Small    groups start at 8 pm.
Come visit tonight to hear a  testimony from a man who overcame his addictions, his struggles with anger, resentment, and pride.
How does the scripture below relate to his recovery?

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Principle 8. Yield myself  to God to be used to bring this  Good News to others, both by my example and by  my  words.
“Blessed are those who  are persecuted because they do  what God requires.”  (Matthew 5:10)
Step 12.   Having had a spiritual   experience as the result  of these steps, we try to  carry this message to  others  and practice these  principles in all our  affairs.


“Brothers,  if someone is caught  in a  sin, you who  are spiritual should restore them  gently. But watch yourself,  or  you also may  be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1)

Celebrate the New Year with Rafter J Cowboy Church – Monday, December 31st

Come for fellowship and fun with our Rafter J family.
Help us welcome the New Year!
Open Arena 4 pm
Dinner 7 pm (bring a covered dish to share)
Horseless Ranch Rodeo 8 pm
12 am Circle Up to pray in the New Year
Y’all Come Now Ya Hear
Post made on behalf of the Arena Team.  If you have any questions please see Terry Carter, Dave or Janie Collins, Shirley Mc, James Burt, Skippy or any of the arena ministry team.

Rafter J Cowboy Church Bulletin for Sunday, December 30th


Sermon for Sunday, December 30, 2012 

“Spiritual Exercise In The New Year”

Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-3

By Pastor Bob Young

This Week at Rafter J:

Sunday, December 30 – Worship Service 10 am, Youth Bible Study 10:30 am, Children’s Church 10:30 am, Open Arena 1 – 5 pm  

Monday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve Horseless Ranch Rodeo (see details below) 

Tuesday, January 1st – Happy New Year’s                   

Wednesday, January 2ndCelebrate Recovery 7 pm – Testimony  

Thursday, January 3rdBuck-Out 7:30 pm                                                

Other Information:

Monday, December 31st Come Celebrate the New Year – Horseless Ranch Rodeo and Family Fun Night – 4 pm Open Arena, 7 pm Pot Luck Dinner, 8 pm Horseless Ranch Rodeo, 12 pm Praying in the New Year

Sunday, January 6th – 2013 Jubilee Committee Meeting after Church Service.  If you are interested in being on this committee, please attend this meeting in the Celebrate Recovery room.  If you have any questions, please see Andy or Red. 

January 25 & 26, 2013 – Cowgirl Get Together in Tyler – Tickets $10. Please see Debbie or Shirley for additional information.


RAFTER J COOKBOOKS $15.00. Great Christmas Gifts!! Thank you to all the Women who contributed to the Rafter J Cowboy Church Cookbook

Celebrate Recovery @ Rafter J Cowboy Church – Wednesday, December 26th

CR log green

Come Join us Tonight To Celebrate Jesus
Large group starts at 7  pm and Small    groups start at 8 pm
Focus Question:  Has the meaning of Christmas changed for you since building a closer relationship with Christ through working the steps of Celebrate Recovery?

Celebrate Recovery – 12 Steps and their Biblical  Comparisons

Step 1: We  admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that  our lives had become unmanageable.  Romans  7:18 I know that nothing good lives in me,  that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I  cannot carry it out.
Step 2: We  came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to  sanity. Philippians  2:13 For it is God who works in you to  will and to act according to His good purpose. 
Step 3:  We  made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of  God.  Romans  12:1 Therefore, I urge you,  brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices,  holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of  worship
Step 4:  We  made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Lamentations  3:40 Let us examine our ways and test  them, and let us return to the Lord. 
Step 5:  We  admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of  our wrongs.  James  5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one  another and pray for each other that you may be healed.
Step 6: We  were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of  character.  James  4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord and  He will lift you up.
Step 7:  We  humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings. 1 John  1:9 If we confess our sins He is faithful  and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all  unrighteousness. 
Step 8:  We  made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to  them all.  Luke  6:31 Do to others as you would have them  do to you.
Step 9:   We made direct amends to such people whenever  possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Matthew  5:23-24 Therefore, if you  are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has  something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and  be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. 
Step 10: We  continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted  it.  1 Corinthians  10:12 So if you think you are standing  firm, be careful that you don’t fall.
Step 11: We  sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God,  praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry it  out. Colossians  3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you  richly.
Step 12:   Having had a spiritual experience as a result of these steps, we tried to carry  this message to others and to practice these principles in all our  affairs. Galatians  6:1 Brothers, if someone is caught in a  sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you  also may be tempted.