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Celebrate Recovery 

at clinton community church

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Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 12 step program made to help people overcome past hurts, hang-ups, and habits.

Regardless of age, gender or nationality, we all experience hurts, hang-ups, and habits. Our desire is to take the message of hope to the world as God breaks chains of darkness.

Celebrate Recovery started in 1991 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. At that time, the church was meeting at a high school gymnasium. John Baker wrote Pastor Rick Warren the “now-famous, concise, 13-page, single-spaced” letter outlining the vision God had given John for Celebrate Recovery. After reading John’s letter, Pastor Rick said, “Great, John — go do it!”

We are part of a movement that is bringing the healing power of Jesus Christ to the hurting and broken through working Celebrate Recovery’s Step StudiesThe Journey Begins, and The Journey Continues. To date, over 5 million individuals have completed a Step Study.

Celebrate Recovery in Clinton has been going on for 3 years now meeting every Tuesday at 6:30 pm at Clinton Community Church. In these meetings, there is a focus on growing past our hurts so we can see freedom from our hang-ups and habits.

Celebrate Recovery has 8 principles that we believe freedom is found:

Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable. 
          “Happy are those who know that they are spiritually poor.” Matthew 5:3a

Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover. 
          “Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 

Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
          “Happy are the meek.” Matthew 5:5a

Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. 
          “Happy are the pure in heart.” Matthew 5:8a 

Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
          “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires” Matthew 5:6a

Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others.
          “Happy are the merciful.” Matthew 5:7a; “Happy are the peacemakers” Matthew 5:9 

Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.

Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words.
          “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” Matthew 5:10 

For more information, you can contact Eddie Barnes at

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