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October 15, 2020 - LMA Opening Statement

LMA (Life More Abundant) - Opening Statement

LMA is based on the theme 'We Are All Recovering From Something." As we know, many of our participants struggle with substance abuse and/or dependence. Yet, even the 12-Step Model (according to the AA Text, better known as the Big Book), states that alcohol is but a symptom. Therefore, drugs are a symptom, and sin/wrongdoing are but symptoms.

Our premise is that we suffer from a much deeper malady than the substance or behavior. Our spiritual condition is the key to our recovery, redemption, and overall healing.

We are not here to force our views or beliefs upon one another, but to seek a closer relationship with Jesus Christ and with one another. Our goal is to grow in our spiritual life and experience more abundant life as a result of this Relationship.

  • Luke 4:18-19 (TPT): The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, and he has anointed me to be hope for the poor, freedom for the brokenhearted, and new eyes for the blind, and to preach to prisoners, 'You are set free!' I have come to share the message of Jubilee, for the time of God's great acceptance has begun.

  • Luke 4:18-19 (Mirror Bible): He opened the scroll and rolled it out in order to find the specific place where the following was written, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to announce glad tidings to a starving people; He has commissioned me to announce the freedom of forgiveness [their true I-am-ness] to those held captive at spear-point by their guilt and shame; also, the blind may now look up and be restored in their sight! I am anointed to send out those who are bruised and traumatized into the freedom of their redeemed innocence. (19) I announce that the Jubilee year of the Lord has come! This is the liberation celebration of the Lord, embracing humanity home!

LMA Opening Statement……..join us if you wish to participate in a more Christ-centered approach to recovery. As we seek a closer relationship with Jesus and one another, may we grow in love and learn to give and accept LOVE (God is Love).

  • 1 John 4:8 (TPT): The one who doesn't love has yet to know God, for God is love.

  • 1 John 4:8 (Mirror Bible): Not to love, is not to know God. There is nothing in love that distracts from who God is. Love is who God is - they are inseparable.

God is love……Jesus is love……Holy Spirit is love!

Enough said.

Blessings All Around,

Rannie Childress

Senior Pastor, Trinitarian Grace International

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