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Overcomers Outreach
Bridging the Gap Between 12 Step Groups
and Churches of all Denominations

Looking Ahead

From the Director – I lost a dear, close friend when our cofounder, Pauline Bartosch, recently went to be with Jesus. Just days before, my friend and fellow Overcomer Rick S. lost his 3 year battle with mesothelioma. What they had in common was a strong faith in Christ, and though many of us around them felt powerless as we watched them gradually, over time, slip away, I could see the Power of God at work in them, and also through them. As they decreased physically, their faith and spiritual strength increased.
God's Word gives us first "the bad news" - the law - which shows us how very powerless we are when it comes to living for His Glory, followed by "the Good News" - the Gospel of Jesus Christ - which is the power we need to escape this broken world and have eternal life with God. He is also the power we need to treat others with love and respect, putting the welfare of others ahead of our own, or doing good, if you like. When we share our faith, help others, care for the needy, or welcome a stranger, we are preaching the Gospel and allowing it's healing power to flow through us.  
Both Pauline and Rick ministered to me as we prayed together, talked together, laughed together, cried together, and walked this life together. I thought I was helping them when it was really Jesus helping us all! Well done, my dear friends.  

" In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."
John 16:33. 
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Step 1
Step 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable.
“We felt we were doomed to die and saw how powerless we were to help ourselves; but that was good, for then we put everything into the hands of God, who alone could save us.”
2 Corinthians 1:9 
Admitted - to concede as true or valid 
Powerless - devoid of strength or resources 
“Our lives” - a way or manner of living
Unmanageable - difficult to keep under control or within limits 

Step 1 allows us to get honest with and about ourselves. When we admit we are powerless we are saying that we do not have the strength and/or the resources necessary to control our behavior with regard to a specific substance or action. When this behavior has a negative impact on our manner of living our lives have become unmanageable – we have a problem and we need help with it. 
So if we concede as true that we are devoid of the strength and/or resources we need to keep the behavior we struggle with from making the way we live out of control or beyond acceptable limits, then that behavior is a problem. When we admit our powerlessness and unmanageability, we have recognized there is a problem and can ask for help. We have taken a step towards the truth of our situation:
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
Romans 7:15
If the problem of powerlessness exists but we keep trying to control our behavior anyway, we are in a state of denial. This is a mental state of fantasy or unreality which ignores or “forgets” all past attempts (and failures) of control, believing “this time will be different”. If control were possible, there would be no problem to begin with, as there would be no unmanageability. Denial assumes many forms, such as: “It’s not that bad”, “If you had my problems”, “I need to…”, “I’m different”, etc. – all to avoid the fact that a problem exists and we cannot deal with it by ourselves.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:6-8
Steps 1, 2 and 3 tell us that we can’t change ourselves or our loved ones but that God can and will when we come to Him for help. We learn to stop trying to do it ourselves and start trusting God to do for us that which we cannot do for ourselves. We “give up” and we win! The less we “try” to control, the less we have to-we allow God to work unhindered by our “help” and life as we know it becomes happier and more productive than we ever imagined it could.
 

Events

Burbank OO Group
2nd Annual Potluck/Speaker Meeting
Saturday, June 8th, 6pm
Unity Burbank Center
637 S. Victory Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502 
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2020 OO World Conference
Feb 28, 29 2020
Grace Fellowship Genesis
1405 Seven Valleys Rd., York, PA
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 A Prayer for Love
God gave us each other to love, as He loves us. This is a time that we can celebrate the coming of our Lord Jesus. Let’s focus our hearts and minds on the simple, unchangeable, and eternal fact that God loves us so that He came to us, to love us and to be with us, forever. How can anything else even matter?
Let's pray:

 
 Lord, all that we have is from you, and we are truly blessed. We seek your guidance and wisdom for our leaders, as well as all the nations of the world, that those who come to you in humble prayer today may be received as a fragrant offering to You. Thy will be done, now and forever, 
Amen
 
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