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Our guest today is Jeff M., Executive Director of Overcomers Outreach, Inc.--a Christian Twelve Step Bridge Group with headquarters in Whittier, California. These are very exciting days for us at Christian Recovery Radio because--in addition to the many Christian recovery leaders and workers that we have interviewed up to this point--we are being deluged with new faces, new energies, and new growth in the International Christian Recovery Coalition. This includes the role of God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in recovery in all 50 states and in other countries. But our connection with Overcomers Outreach, Inc., is seasoned and long-standing. We're delighted to have Jeff here today.
Bob Bartosch and his wife Pauline organized Overcomers Outreach as a Christian recovery bridge group. They published a guidebook; they worked tirelessly to help alcoholics, addicts, and those with other life-controlling problems seek, find, and receive God's help. And I (Dick B.) was privileged to speak at one of their large conferences in Southern California. And then Bob passed away. However, Pauline was determined to keep the embers glowing.
In October 2008, she introduced Jeff to Ken and me at our conference in Pasadena, CA. Pauline reported that they had Jeff as a great, new director. And since then, we've seen nothing but vibrant service that glorifies God among the addicted and those affected by addiction.
Jeff will tell us about his upbringing, family, education, religious background, Twelve Step work, and activities in moving Overcomers Outreach back into a center place in the arena of the Christian Recovery Movement. Also a bit about his addiction experience. We hope to hear about the many new events and outreach efforts that are characterizing Overcomers Outreach today--including their new guidebook.
Take it away, Jeff
We have a distinguished Christian Recovery Leader on our show today. He is the Reverend Dr. Mike Belman. Mike is the pastor of a church. He leads the Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors Institute. He founded the organization to enable Christians to take certification courses and get the necessary education to have themselves licensed as Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors in full compliance with the laws of the State of California.Pastor Mike has honored Ken and me with severa
Today Dick B.'s son Ken will be discussing how the www.ChristianRecoveryRadio.com Web site came into being and why following two conferences of the International Christian Recovery Coalition (www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com) held in Southern California in January 2012 at The Crossing Church in Costa Mesa (hosted by Pastor Randy Moraitis) and subsequently at His Place Church in Westminster (hosted by Pastor Joe Furey). He will talk about Dick B.'s dream of interviewing Chris
Since its founding, A.A. has survived as an ever-more-structured fellowship, but changes have occurred in its program. Its co-founders organized their “Christian fellowship” and set out with a mission to offer a cure for alcoholism involving reliance of God to all the alcoholics in the world. And early literature and news accounts document the simple, effective plan to move drunks from hopelessness to hope. We will show you the tools that can help you trace the changes. L
Today's Christian Recovery Radio Interview guest is Brian Hughes of Florida. Through his Recovery Bible Study work, Brian has been a supporter and help in our Christian Recovery Movement for a number of years. He is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and now very much involved in the forthcoming February 8-9 CROSSFlorida Christian recovery conference in Miami. Brian will bless us with some of the following information that can be helpful to our listeners: (1) His own family ties, educatio
Our first encounter with today's guest arose out of a cry for help that this woman had placed on Facebook. Essentially, she said that she and her husband were very active in church life in a little town near Fort Worth, Texas. Both had good track records in A.A.; and we have already interviewed the husband Bryce. Our guest is a skilled, licensed alcohol and drug counselor. And her Facebook request centered around their desire to establish a Christian recovery fellowship, but that they had no resources.
On the phone, I determined that they were really serious and that they could do lots more than establishing a Christian recovery fellowship. And her call was like many we have received from all over the U.S. I suggest that such leaders become Participants in the International Christian Recovery Coalition so they can learn of and network with the many Christian leaders and workers in the U.S. and other countries who, without cost, are united in their willingness to learn and disseminate the role that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible played in the recovery movement and can play today among those suffering alcoholics and addicts who want God's help and will work for it diligently.
Our guest jumped at that option. Then I suggested she set up a large international Alcoholics Anonymous history conference in her area. I pointed out that there were countless tried and true ways to fund it: (1) Have a modest registration fee. (2) Have at least two top notch speakers. (3) Pass the basket. (4) Alllow organizations to purchase exhibit privileges. (5) Ask for donations on the spot for coffee, beverages, and food. And she began to recite the contacts they had with a large church, musicians, air flights, and hotel accomodations. And that's where we are right now.
I'm expecting her to tell us about her family, education, professional work, drinking period, and plans for the future. And the show is now hers.
Today's guest could be called "The Rocket." This recovered Christian alcoholic has literally torn up the turf in the short period since I have come to know him and his wife Mary. William B. is from Delaware. Not very long ago, he joined his wife in a massive Internet service to God and those about him. William was taken with the importance of Alcoholics Anonymous history. And with the vital role that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible have played in the field of recovery from alcoholism and addiction--particularly since the 1850's in the United States and certainly in the State of Vermont during the Christian upbringing of A.A. cofounders William G. Wilson and Dr. Robert H. Smith (known as Bill W. and Dr. Bob).
I will not gild the lily any further. But I will say a hearty "Thank you!" to William for article after article, historical item after historical item, and fidelity to accurate reporting that he has brought to the 12 Step recovery scene and to the Christian Recovery Movement.
At this point, I'll ask William to tell you about his family, his religious and educational background, his bouts with alcoholism and addiction, his association for the Twelve Steps, and his passion for getting out to people accurate, documented A.A. history information for those suffering souls who want God's help in recovery and are willing to go to any length to get it. William will also tell us about his Web site, his experience with it, and his plans for bringing the option of turning to God for help and bringing that effective source back into review for Christians and for others.
Take it away, William!
Our guest today is Christian recovery leader Don C. from the Santa Rosa, California, area. I'm quite familiar with this area because my parents had a wonderful home in nearby Sebastopol where my own family spent many hours as visitors for some 20 years. And the visits often took us over to Don's territory for flower exhibits, county fair days, and other outings.
Often, I am able to recount the personal contacts I have had with our Christian leaders; but Don's case has been different. Don has done lots of recovery work with alcoholics and addicts in his area. He has fully supported the mission of the International Christian Recovery Coalition (www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com) and posted many of our historical items on his Web site. He has a great Web site--which he will tell you about. But we are in Hawaii, Don is in central California, and Don has had health and other problems which limited our contact until we met him in Northern California last month.
However, Don C. now has an important post in the recovery arena. He also drove from Santa Rosa to the San Jose Area to meet with several Christian recovery leaders, and Ken and me, to discuss networking, conferences, and disseminating more information about the role that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible have played in recovery from alcoholism and addiction and can play today.
Don will tell us about these things. He will also fill us in on his upbringing, family, jobs, education, and relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. And he will tell us a bit about his drinking and addiction experiences, as well as the important recovery work he is doing now. We look forward to hearing lots about Don C.'s godly efforts in the future.
And now--take it away, Don!
Today's guest is Mary B. from Delaware. Her story of deliverance is miraculous. And this interview grew out the frequency of Mary's approving comments on my Facebook page. Day after day, she followed the posts. And then things began to pop. Mary and members of her family indicated they were extensively studying my materials on A.A. history, the Bible, and the help God has given and can give to alcoholics and addicts who seek His help.
Mary has a 29-year-old daughter named Natalie, who is a Federal Fire Fighter. But Mary, age 51, faced many a hurdle in A.A. She could not get sober. She had no "true God." She was having difficulties with her husband. She weighed 230 pounds, could not read or write and was dying of heart failure.
Then she cried out to God saying: "Who are you God; and I have no idea what grace means or how to get it." Her life changed forever more. The event is described on page 25 of the Big Book and in Hebrews 2:9; and she thanks God every day for it and teaches others. She believes God put a teacher of God's word in front of her; and it was a pastor. She kept hearing that Christ Jesus could heal her. That was the start . She took holy communion and was anointed. Her Heavenly Father taught her to read; she came off all medications and lost all the excess weight. And three years ago she hit her knees and got a woman to take her through the Steps.
Mary is bursting with the desire to help others who are afflicted with or affected by alcoholism. Her family are alive with Christian recovery messages on the Internet. And now she believes, as Bill Wilson did, that Jesus Christ can heal alcoholics.
She'll tell you some of her alcoholism story as she wishes. Then focus on what she has found in the Bible, the Big Book, and A.A. fellowship that can help alcoholics get well with God's power and love. Talk to us, Mary.
Greg P., our guest today, is one of the dynamic Christian recovery leaders who has helped us in the launching and growth of a number of International Christian Recovery Coalition projects, meetings, and groups in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. These important efforts include stocking and distributing a large inventory of A.A. history/Bible study volumes, conducting biblical recovery groups, reaching out to the suffering in the community, and hosting conferences for those in A.A., N.A.,
Today's guest is Rusty W. from Arizona. We have known Rusty for quite a few years--mostly as the expert conference recorder who taped several of our important conferences. Rusty is a recovered alcoholic, a devoted Christian, and a man experienced with the many varieties of recovery stories he has encountered. I remember that he recorded The First Nationwide A.A. History Conference in Phoenix where Dr. Bob's son, Ray G. (former archivist at Dr. Bob's Home in Akron), and I set the tone for many A.
Our guest today is Tim K. from Colorado. In just the short time we've known him, he's clearly been a dynamic and productive Christian leader, Tim will tell you about his family, education, religious background, job, 12 Step fellowship experience, and plans for the future. We particularly look forward to hearing what Tim has done and is doing with the "Came to Believe" (Clarence Snyder) retreat in his Colorado area. We met Time when Ken and I were speaking in Leesburg, Florida,