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

Ahh Summer!

From the Director – School's out and things are "heating up". Many groups, studies, and church services take a break for summer activities and fun in the sun, "Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. - Eccl. 5:18, but this fallen world remains "under the sun" where "I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness. I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work."  - Eccl. 3:16, and it is so easy at times to be caught up and swept away in the turmoil and drama of man. A better place to be is "under the Son" - Son of God, Jesus Christ. The way is simple - through faith in Him. He has all authority over all things and only asks us to love others as He loves us. We need only be willing to follow Him - to release our fear, anger, envy, and pride no matter what! " In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." - John 16:33. 
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Step 6
“Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”
So give yourselves humbly to God… then, when you realize your worthlessness before the Lord, He will lift you up, encourage and help you. - James 4:7-1

I started on this path willing to have my circumstances change and have discovered along the way that what needs to change is me. I admitted that I cannot change myself but came to believe that God can do for me what I cannot do for myself.  Drawing on my new-found courage, I become ready to “let go” of my old ways. My inventory disclosed much of what brought me to my bottom and I have discovered the cause of my behaviors as well as their effect on others. Through confession to another I found the flaws which have developed into my lack of moral or ethical strength in the various areas of my life. I also see that these very flaws have become a big part of my being, and to give them up completely and absolutely is a very uncomfortable proposition. I must rely all the more on God to not only remove my defects but also provide His grace to replace them. And I am not disappointed. My new found hope, faith and courage continue to strengthen. The very fruit He blesses me with is increased before my eyes when I become willing to participate in His miracles.

As I sort through my past, I look at what has helped me as much as what has hurt me. I am searching for where I was wrong in word, deed or perception. I seek God’s wisdom in what is revealed to us while I list and then confess to another the exact nature of my wrongs, so that I may gather up “the trash” (those flaws I have discovered) and get ready to have it taken away. Now my house is nearly ready to receive the “makeover” so desperately needed. 
First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. 
Matthew 23:26 
Each step I take builds on the previous step and I draw ever nearer to God as I continue on my journey. The past begins to look not quite as bad as it did, and the future is looking just a little better than it did. What I have done or used to be like begins to lose power over who I am now. What I should be or could be loses power over who I am now as well. I am learning to look less at my past or my future and I begin to live as I am now, today. I have much to do still, but I am already halfway through the steps. I have begun to emerge from my guilt and shame of my past while also reducing my expectations of the future. My focus is on the here and now, looking to do the very next right thing indicated, secure in the knowledge that God is in charge of all outcomes. 
“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  -  Jeremiah 29:11

Events

Fundraising Dinner for the OO Central Service Center
Tuesday July 10 2018 - 6:30-8:30
San Fernando Bible Chapel, 1300 Glenoaks, San Fernando, CA

Taquitos/Tostadas, Salads, Deserts Speakers, Fellowship, Prizes
Tickets only $10 in advance. - Please get tickets so that we have an idea how many people are coming.
For more information call: Bill D (818) 464-5784 or Corina L. (818) 892-4153

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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:

 
 Loving Father, we thank you for the bounty of your blessings. Sometimes we forget, or get too busy, or just turn away. Sometimes we get angry at you and sometimes we don't do what you want us to do. Sometimes we do what we want and act as if it is what you want. And still you love us so - not sometimes but ALWAYS!
Please, Lord, show us how to love each other as you love us. We ask to be able to recognize and seize upon every opportunity to glorify You, and we ask this in Jesus’ name. All Glory, Praise, and Honor are yours, Almighty God. 
Amen
 
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