On Friday, September 17, 2010, on the occasion of the forthcoming speaking tour by Dick B. and Ken B. to California, Dick B. will be the featured speaker at the great recovery meeting held each week at The Crossing Church in Costa Mesa, California. Please don't miss it!
Dick's topic of late revolves around the Christian beginnings of the recovery movement--beginnings which influenced the lives of A.A. cofounders Bill W. and Dr. Bob. Beginnings which began with the great successes in the 1800's of evangelists and revivalists, the rescue missions, the YMCA lay leaders, the Salvation Army, and the Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor. Beginnings which brought Dr. Silkworth to tell Bill Wilson that conversion to God through Jesus Christ could cure Bill Wilson of alcoholism. Beginnings which brought Rowland Hazard to his decision for Jesus Christ. Beginnings which brought Ebby Thacher to his decision for Jesus Christ at Calvary Rescue Mission. And beginnings which caused Bill Wilson to follow suit, go to Calvary Rescue Mission, and--like Rowland and Ebby--make his decision for Jesus Christ and declare that for sure he had been born again. Beginnings which caused Bill Wilson then to decide to call on the Great Physician (Jesus Christ) for help, check in to Towns Hospital for his last visit there, and cry out to God for help. Beginnings which assured Bill of the occurrence he called a "conversion experience" in which Bill sensed the presence of God in his hospital room and proclaimed: "So this is the God of the Scriptures." And beginnings which led Bill Wilson--like those to whom the evangelists preached, like those helped to Jesus Christ through altar calls at rescue missions, like those helped by YMCA lay workers in Vermont, like those helped in the slums by the Salvation Army, and like those who turned to Christian Endeavor for a program--to go out with a Bible under his arm, telling drunks they needed to give their lives to God, and tell them that the Lord had cured him of his alcoholism (Big Book, p. 191).
What will Dick B. underline at this talk and during his almost a month of talks in California? When alcoholics accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior; when they cried out to God for help; when they decided to quit for good; and when they decided to help others and grow in their understanding of God and His will, they were cured! Cured about 75 years before Alcoholics Anonymous was founded by Dr. Bob and Bill in 1935. Cured long before the Oxford Group was organized in 1919. Cured long before Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr., was serving as the Oxford Group chief lieutenant in America from 1925 to 1935 and thereafter.
You won't want to miss the opportunity to hear and personally talk with Dick B. and his son Ken B. about your desire for a recovery as a Christian in today's fellowships, counseling sessions, treatment programs, Christ-centered groups, churches, prisons, and shelters.
Dick and his son Ken will be available and speaking in California as follows: (1) September 13 - San Dimas, The James Club Fellowships. (2) A Christian recovery meeting in Huntington Beach, about September 16. (3) Lifelines at The Crossing Church in Costa Mesa on September 17. (4) A possible meeting the next day in Glendora. (5) Several locations in San Diego thereafter. (6) A group for those from the streets held in Escondido. (7) Leaders of CityTeam Ministries in San Jose on September 27. (8) A large meeting of Christians in recovery in Oroville. (9) Another similar meeting in Brentwood. (10) A possible meeting in Livermore. And meetings with the president and Senior Pastor of Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Inc.; and the staff of Pacific Hills Treatment Centers in San Juan Capistrano.
Get up to speed with recovery today. There is a hunger. There is a steady movement. There is enthusiasm for bringing the help of God back to recovery where it existed for seventy five years before A.A. was even thought of. The Divine Aid that produced astonishing results and set the stage for early A.A.'s Christian Fellowships
As Bill Wilson wrote in his Big Book: Be quick to see where religious people are right. Make use of what they have to offer! Are you following this vital suggestion the founders followed!
Contact us for a meeting, for information, for a personal talk in California in September: (1) Ken B. at 808 276 4945. (2) Dick B. at firstname.lastname@example.org. (3) Dick at PO Box 837, Kihei, HI 96753.
Learn the Introductory Foundations for Christian Recoverywww.dickb.com/IFCR-Class.shtml.
Listen to Dick B.'s audio talks available on his main website www.dickb.com
Join the hundreds of leaders, directors, and participants in the International Christian Recovery Coalition which is carrying the message: Don't leave your fellowship--enrich it. Don't leave your church--inform it. Don't distance yourselves from those who are suffering--help them.