Monday, April 04, 2011

FYI: [CASA 12-Steps Program Blog!] CASA Twelve-Steps Program~ 'The Real Deal'

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Greetings! We should not forget that the basic 12-Steps Recovery Program is a good valid structure for improving our inner character as humane beings. Thus, I am submitting this to all who may be interested. I work with the CASA Christian Recovery Group at the local Salvation Army Homeless Shelter and it is a key factor in my remaining involved in a recovery progress that stimulates my spiritual growth as a humane being. We should respect all great religions
and see the common denominator of believing in the Creator of the Cosmos.

Many of our life problems and issues in life are related to our own remaining character defects, not merely governmental mismanagement.

Venceremos! We Will Win!

Peta_de_Aztlan
Sacramento, California
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"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable." ~ President John F.Kennedy ~ c/s


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~ Christians Against Substance Addiction ~ 'The Real Deal'
" And you will know the truth, and that very truth will make you free."
~John 8:32

The Complete Serenity Prayer: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as the pathway to peace. Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen!"
~ By Reinhold Niebuhr ~ Websource: http://www.aahistory.com/prayer.html
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Here are the CASA 12-Steps and Scriptures we worked which are recommended as a progressive Christian Recovery Program:

1. We admitted we were powerless over our drug addiction—that our lives had become unmanageable.
Matthew 9:36 "When Jesus saw the multitudes, he had compassion on them, because they were tired and scattered, like sheep which have no shepherd."

2. We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Mark 9:23 "Jesus said to him, If you can believe, everything is possible to him who believes."

3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of Creator God, as we understood Him.
Luke 9:23 "Then he said in the presence of everyone, He who wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross every day and follow me."

4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves, taking stock of our assets and liabilities.
Romans 8:27 "And he who searches the hearts, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, for the Spirit prays for the saints according to the will of God."

5. We confessed to God, to ourselves, and to another humane being the exact nature of our wrongs.
James 5:16 "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man is powerful."

6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these character defects.
I John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all our unrighteousness."

7. We humbly asked Him on our knees to remove our shortcomings.
James 4:10 "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up."

8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Matthew 6:14-15 "For if you forgive men their faults, your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive even your faults."

9. We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Matthew 5:24 "Leave your offering there before the altar, and first go and make peace with your brother, and then come back and present your offering."

10. We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it, while recognizing our continued progressive recovery.
Romans 12:3 ''For I say, through the grace which is given to me, to all of you, not to think of yourselves beyond what you ought to think; but to think soberly, every man according to the measure of faith which God has distributed to him."

11. We sought through prayer, meditation and study to improve our communion with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us, and the Power to carry that out.
Mark 12:30 "And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your might; this is the first commandment."

12. We tried to carry this Message to addicts and practice these principles in all our affairs; having had a 'Spiritual Awakening' as a result of working these 12-Steps.
Galatians 6:1 "My brethren, if anyone be found at fault, you who are spiritual, restore him in a spirit of meekness; and be careful lest you also be tempted."
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The Ten Commandments ~ Exodus 20: 3-17
1. You shall have no other gods except me.
2. You shall not make for yourself any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the water under the earth.
3. You shall not take a false oath in the name of the Lord your God; for the Lord will not declare him innocent who takes an oath in his name falsely.
4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not kill.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's house, you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is your neighbor's.
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The True Lord's Prayer ~ Matthew 6:9-13
"Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, As in heaven, so on earth. Give us bread for our needs from day to day. And forgive us our offences, As we have forgiven our offenders. And do not let us enter into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom And the power And the glory For ever and ever. Amen."
Source: The Holy Bible ~ Ancient Eastern Text ~ Dr. Lamsa's Translation from the Aramaic: http://www.aramaicbiblecenter.com/index.htm


OPEN CASA 12-STEPS MEETINGS ARE HELD EVERY SUNDAY @ 7 PM

@ The Salvation Army 'Center of Hope' ~ 1200 North 'B' Street
Sacramento, California (95814)

CASA 12-Steps Program Blog~ http://casa-12steps.blogspot.com/

CASA 12-Steps Yahoo Group~ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CASA-12-Steps/%20

Health is the greatest wealth!
Brother Peta ~ CASA Field Coordinator
Sacramento, California, U.S.A.
Update: 4/03/2011
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