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Stevie B. Step 4 at the 12 Step House 3/29/2022

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Stevie B. Step 4 at the 12 Step House, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 03/29/2022

Everybody. My name is Steven being recovering alcoholic. Remember the Golden Text Group of Hollywood Florida, and I'm glad to be here with you guys to thing, and I take I'm visibly and emotionally shaken. So last week we did a third step on our knees. I I'm excited to talk about the third step. And I just watched thirty people under a year of sobriety been asked to leave a meeting of alcoholics noms and I'm having a real hard time with it. And because I have to answer to other people, including God, I had to go back and sit with Paul Baker and telling them I'm visibly upset with it. I don't like that. It's not the a I grew up in. I grew up in this exact room with Pauli and we would have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people and that's how I got sober. And I just watch all these kids that have been waiting all week to come to this meeting. Every single one of them that left tonight was under a year of sobriety and and I'm having a hard time with it. So either I'm going to follow the third step, or I'm going to step outside the third step. I'm either going to make a decision to turn my life in my will, into the care of God, which is what we spoke about last week. I'm either going to believe that everything is happening the way that God is intended, or I'm going to do what I want to do, is pick up my stuff and leave, not tonight, but not come back. And and and everything in me is saying that I'm not coming back. So I'm going to talk to US Russell, I'm going to talk to Paul and talk to Benny, I'm going to talk to Jimmy and and I'm going to get some outside counsel, because the Bible says that wins them wisdom comes in from an outside of council. And and I'm going to turn it over and then I'm going to ask the wisdom of the outside council to speak into my life. All that being said, the man that just came up here tonight and if he was asked to leave, I would tell you I'm some I would have left and Ed would have excused me and you guys would have because the man that just said how it works, that just did the whole how it works from verbait by memory. Is Going in for brain surgery tomorrow. And when I tell you that, the doctors are given him a fifty chance, they're going up into his brain through his nose and they're going to take out a brain tumor with mechanical equipment. And where he is is in a meeting of alcoholics, anonymous of the night before. Where it was yesterday was another meaning, a twelve step meaning that we go to in the twelve step fell the ship. where it was the night before. He might have been home the night before, but if he wasn't home in his home, in his home state, he would have been in a meeting. And because of people like Joe, because of people that I've seen before go through incredible a hardship, trials, tribulations and be able to stand with their hand on God and believing. So the doctors gave him fifty tomorrow and he said, well, I'm giving him. I'm telling the doctors that got my God's giving...

...me ninety ten. And and Joe, I just want to let you know by the end of this meeting, every single person in here are all going to pray for you and and I believe you, Joe. I believe that we're you're a Philip Thirteen. We could do all things to God, or strengthens, I say man, and you're a mighty warrior. So, all that being said, I need to say all that and I today I have to realize that when I do a step three, which is raise your hand, if you did step three with us on your knees last week, race again. So a lot of you okay, but then half the room didn't. So let me tell you what we did. We went and we went into the big book last week and we read from page sixty three and where it says that we were now at step three. Many of US said to our maker, as we understood him, capital hi am still God, as we understood him. It's capital hi am. That's still God. Okay, and then we got I offer myself today and we all did it on our knees. It was powerful, okay, but what I want to let you know is this. If you did weren't here last week and you didn't get to do this on your knees, you can do this on your knees with the big book, alcoholics anonymous, tonight and you can get on your knees and you could do the third step. You could have a sponsor and you can say to your sponsor, Hey, could you take me to the third step tonight and you can get on your knees. I bet you they're not going to throw US out afterwards if we're on our knees. Hold it hands doing a third step. But what I didn't what I what I didn't explain last week because of time, is why we were doing that. See the whole room participated. I got to see you guys do it last week and it was great and I felt the spirit of God and the Holy Spirit was in here and it was amazing. And I still sinn last week. I still felt short last week. I still didn't have a perfect week. I still didn't have a perfect personality, I still didn't have perfect eyes. I did the third step with out two hundred and fifty people and maybe fifty people online, and it still wasn't a perfect week. Now, what is that all about? The reason we do a third step on our knees is because we are willful and we got so much of us in us that when we say to God, take my life, I'm offering it to you take my difficulty so that I could show other people that this thing works. We have to do the third step then, and Maddie's had to do the third step for the last thirty three years, and I want you to know that. That's why we do it on our knees with our sponsor, because we're making a dedication to our God and saying God, God, listen. I had thirty four years until I'm me now. I had thirty four years of running stevie bees life and I read it right into the ground. I had my own ship. I was the master. I've told everybody what to do. If you didn't like it, I threw you on the board. You walk the plank. It was my way, of the highway. You don't do in my way, you dead to me. Be in Italian and Jewish,...

...we have all different ways to make you dead. We rip clothing, we do this, do this, we do this. got like forty different symbols. The Irish got your own things, we got our things, and I can't act like that today. Right, I can add that way. Today I'm either gonna got and this is last week we did the third step, but tonight we're going to recite something all together and I don't want to repeat after me and don't go inhead of me. Just repeat it. Do it to be part of the P part the deal. God either is or he isn't. Catch Up, is it? God either is or he isn't. Okay, that's it. What I want to say. What's our choice to be is an. I'm not running this place. This twelve se if I was running this place, they'd be me on signs outside, come get saved, come in here, Stop Smoking crack, put the prostitute down and come in. But I want to ask me to run the place. So we're asking people. I went under thirty days of sobriety, to leave an aim. I'm not running it. So either God is or he isn't, and I'm either going to turn my life will over to him or I'm going to continue to try to fight him on every single way and it's just not going to work out. Now. I didn't go straight to page seventeen of the big Vook or four hundred and forty nine, what we grew up in. I didn't go straight there because that's not the first one hundred sixty four pages, which is our basic text. But don't think I don't like the acceptance page. I like the accepting page and I believe in the acceptance page. It's just not part of what I call the sacred text of alcoholics and hops. It's a man's opinion and I think it's awesome. I think the acceptance is the answer to many of my problems today. As a matter of fact, tonight acceptance is the answer to my problem today of me being upset with people being asked to leave an a meeting and I had I have to accept it. I just don't know. I'm not the president of anything, really, of any I'm not even the president of my house. I can't hear, I mean, I can't control my carbohydrate and take let along figure this thing out. So I'm either going to turn it over. God either is or he isn't. And when I shout it out to him, when I begged him, when I cried out to him in a closet underneath my stairs on January second, two thousand and two, and I said please help me, he answered my help, he answered my prayer and he was and he is and he always will be, because on January second I could stop smoking stuff underneath the steps in my house and on January third I've never taken a drink or drug again of twenty years ago. Now. That may not seem a big deal to you and then may not be a big deal to the to the heavyweights over here, the heavy weights over here, but let me tell you something that's a big deal to me. I have been using a substance my entire life, from the age of twelve, anything I could get...

...my hands on, and then I cried out to God and I said, God help me, I cannot do this anymore. And it's like he peeled back a little piece of heaven and he said, Gabriel, there's a guy underneath the steps in his house in Hollywood. He can't stop smoking, cracking drinking. Send a bunch of angels down and relieve him of the disease of his addiction on January third. And he's been doing that for the last twenty years and from for that I'm eternally grateful. So I think I've already gotten the answer where I'm going to be next Tuesday night at this time, because i God just gave me the answer. But I am going to continue to pray that God reveals himself to the people of this twelve stephouse and the board and everyone else that's in charge, and though of that, hearts are softened. When we sincerely took such a position, all sorts of remarkable things followed. When we we had a new employer being all powerful. Who We talking about? God? Jump Out God and you have a problem with God. I mean, I'm asking just to put that aside. Dr Bob says, just put that aside. You don't want Dr Bob to say he feels sorry for you, the founder of the program. You don't want him saying he feels sorry. If you he says people that don't believe he's you feel sorry for us. I don't want that. If I meet when I meet Dr Bob, I don't want him say hey, I really feel sorry for you. I want him say good job, Katy did a great job. I I want to be part of it. I want to be part of the we. I don't want to be part of the sick and suffering. God provided what we needed. If we kept close to him and performed his work well established on such a footing, we became less and less interested in ourselves. are a little plans and designs and you know, tonight what happened and I was so angry and I was really, really angry and it made me and I did a spiritual MRI. That's such a good place for me to be, to be angry for other people going through trials and tribulations because it doesn't affect me. I'm still up here speaking, I'm still on zoom, which I couldn't figure out because Sheldon was not here and the whole thing almost didn't work out. I'd I never realize how much sheldon didn I called Him Van and white and I need to make a personal amends to him and it's obviously not that easy to do because I couldn't do it. But I really cared about the people that weren't going to get the message today and what a great spiritual Muri that is for me to care about other people. The third step is about other people. It's about when we say that God got off of myself, to need to build with me and to do with me as thou will. Relieve me of the bondage of self so that I may better do your will, take away my difficulties, so that victory over those difficulties will show everybody that the victory of that you're giving me is from for you, God. That's so amazing. We're walking and living testaments of the big...

...book of alcoholics, anonymous. And if we're not, if people can't tell that there's something different in us, if they follow us around and they can't tell that you're a believer in God or they can't tell that you're sober, then there's a problem. If the only reason that people know that you're sober and you're following God is because you tell him there's a problem. Okay, I'm Jimmy's not perfect, but we know that right. Anyone that knows Jim he's not. But I'll tell you what, if I follow him around for an hour and a half, if I follow Jimmy around for an hour and a half, I'm going to hear about God, I'm going to hear about sobriety, I'm gonna hear about God on here and and we should be that the embodiment of that. I get to be the embodiment of that. And and so I told you, this is the second part of step three. So No, we got I told you, we lost our baby and in the late stage Miss Miscarriage and we weren't prepared for it. I don't. I don't think anyone could be prepared for you. And an alcoholics anonymous came around us and the night that it happened, a Janna happens to be in the meeting. She was there, she's she saw the way that that I was at that I was how broken hearted I went to a meeting. I was crying. My wife was Crosstown, she was crying. Her whole family's in Columbia. My family was in New York, so we had no family down here with us, but the family of alcoholics anonymous came around us and and I had had a service to can in my service commit was to take the meeting into that, into that treatments. And because of that there's two people today that I know about. I'm not saying because of that, I should have said that, but as a result of some of those things that happen. JANA was there and she's fourteen years ober and my other friend Doug was there in fourteen years over and they and they bring that up all the time. Thirteen, fourteen years old. They bring that up all the time. How they witnessed, like eye witness dawn going through one of the you know, the most terrible tragedy of his life, losing the love of his life to cancer. I watched him come to the same meeting I was in and I learned that people can be sober going through tragedies and stay sober and I've never had to pick up and don's never happen become so that's that's a great blessing. So what what does that have to do with step three? If I'm believing that God is then everything that happens is is really his will. Does that mean that God wants this thing going on with Putin? Is it? Is he like bless this thing going on with all these people killing the people in the Ukraine? Of course not. But in all things there's a there's a mission for me to be able to carry the message of joy and hope and love and that everything's going to be okay. It's not only did they threw everybody out, but they turned off the air. CANIS? I mean, this is like so brutal of an event tonight and I like war a shirt that doesn't breathe. They this will not breathe on itself.

So right now I'm exphyxiating underneath here. I'm fixing in places that I didn't even know I had holes in. And I may not make it so, but if I've, if I've done a step three and and people have minimized step three, that the only read, the only thing you that step three is is to launch you into step forward. That's not true at all. There's many times that step three or nothing's nothing to do with step for the very act of tonight not walking out, that was a step three. The very act that someone cursed at me earlier today and I didn't curse back at them. That was a step three. The very act of all the insanity of two thousand and twenty two. That's a step three. Mask no mass this man you need to be. Maybe to be the whole thing is a step three. You can go you have to mask up, but then you got to go to a restaurant. You can take hi mess down if you need the food with it, but that, but I guess it doesn't fly out of your even you know the whole thing is all crazy. So everything we're doing has to do with step three. If God is what he is, then I have to believe that there are no coincidence going on in his world. My friend or Ernie Richeson said when we lost the baby. He said to pray for the acceptance of God's will. God doesn't cause it, but he does allow it, and we've all been through tragedy. We're either going to walk through this with our hand in God, as the big book says, that if we stay close to him and perform him his work well, all sorts of remarkable things that will follow, or to fight God, and I don't know if that's have you had any fighting with God? I never go and never, I never wind up on top when I try to fight the creator. He's not interested in what I have to say when it has to do with the universe. So my job is now to try to get out the garbage. And I got a lot of garbage when I came in here. Had A lot of garbage and I can have a lot of garbage today if I'm not working the steps. My first sobriety I had six and a half years and I collected a whole bunch of new garbage because when I came in at twenty four years old, I didn't have the stuff that I had when I was thirty. I wasn't married, I wasn't I didn't have a job. It does not a lot stuff that you can you know, when you're twenty four in your in treatment or your twenty two in treatment or twenty one in treatment is different than when you're thirty one in your marriage. You know, it's a there's a different things going on. Okay. And so during those six and a half years I had a lot of defects that were accumulating and I wasn't working the steps. I'm just doing this to cool myself down. It's not like part of the problem. Hard, hard to talk tonight. Owe You people that are in your house in air conditioning and do an odd stuff. You're very lucky. Okay, we're dying here, okay. And and so the defects of character were building up, all...

...right, and I didn't have strong people around me to let me know that I was slowly dying. And and and I think that's one of the great things. I witnessed it a couple weeks ago. I see it all the time. I don't know if women do this. I'm just talking about the men. We let men know. Listen, your egos out of whack. I'm sure the women do it. I'm not saying I'm sure Jack tells her girls. You know either. But but if my EGO's out of whack, how? Tell me Donald, tell me, Jerry Olton. I have people that are always contemt I'd give people the privilege of letting me know. Listen, your ego is in the way, because ego is an acronym for easing God out. So I don't want that to happen again. Okay, I believe I'm blessed for having gone out at seven years, not that I would recommend it to anybody. That's ridiculous, but I'm but oh, thank you so much. Thank you. I'm just gonna put that down my pants. That's fit on. No, don't you. No, no, no, thank you so much. This so candy brother. Where was I? Any right now? Yeah, yeah, Ego, yeah, yeah, edging God out, yeah, putting me before the king. All right, it's my show. I got this. I don't mean tonight. I'll tell them. Before I realized, Richie, you know. You Know Ritchie, I tell I told my Buddy Ritchie's. He got to be a big shot. He had like four different electronic devices going on. He always had a bluetooth in the meeting. You always had a bluetooth is there, Richie, that's not a good sign. You're not that important that you need to have a Bluetooth in the meeting. All right. Next time I saw him. Now he's doing amazing as the years and years and years owes old different halfrows, but he always had this bluetooth in his ear. I said, Ritchie, that's not a good sign. Goes. I'm basic, I got things going on. I got Tayso we hey. I did, though. We heard dis over here. Right next thing I know, I see him and he's pushing shopping cards at the BJ's for for tip money because he was out. I go, Ritchie, I don't think you Bluetooth is working anymore. So if I don't keep my ego in check, my ego will edge got out. So when it comes to the fourth step, I want to be like rigorously honest with the four step. I want to tell the whole thing and I'm not saying I'm going to know where it's going, but I want to give it to a sponsor that knows where it's going. I want to be able to make sure that I'm writing all the categories of the fourth step and each one are as important as the next. We start off with resentments. Okay, I asked you to bring you big book. Some of you did, but tonight's hot, so don't move around a lot. I'm just going to do the work for you. The first lists of the resentments, okay, because resentments killed. Right, I'm not leaving. The resentment I have for what happened tonight. Tonight is I'm leaving. I'm going to leave it here tonight. I'm going to I'm I'm not going to take that home with me.

I'm already giving it away. Okay, some of the good people that have been around way longer than me are going to handle that and and I already give it away because resentments will kill if I start presenting any of that stuff. That's why I don't get it to politics or in that kind of non stuff. Nobody's asking my opinion. I was very political about ten years ago. Nobody called from the White House to see how I was doing after the election, you know, to see how hard I was working for them. It didn't make a difference. Right, I need at the grouch in the brainstorm or not for me. I need to be with you guys down here. Right. We need to get this thing, figure this out. So my first list that I'm going to write, which is on page sixty four of the big book, is going to be resentments. I need to start writing down my resentments and and what a resent is? Anything you re feel. Resentment is re feel like if I see you and I and I'm angry to you. I got to write that down. Okay, there's really nobody in the whole world I'm good other than would happen tonight, which I'm going to have to process. I have nothing to do of you, of course not, I'm saying, but other than what happened tonight, I'm good with planet earth. Of course, if I saw a put and, I would smack I'm, you know, like that kind of stuff. Or Will Smith now have a beef with him, but I'm going to give that over. I'm praying for him. That's temporary. That's not going to go on long. I'm that's only been twenty four hours. I just got some more prayer on that. So I need to write that stuff down. Okay, I can't carry that stuff around with I got enough stuff going on on the on the twenty nine of March, two thousand and twenty two, I can't be bringing stuff that happened to me when I was a kid. I can't resent the kid that shot me in the eye. He was a kid and I resented him for years. Had nothing to do with him. I gave them the gun. That's not his fault. He's thirteen, I'm twelve. Is Not like a twenty five year old. Right. I can't carry stuff that trauma that happened to me this, the stuff that happened to me when I was there. I'm carrying it around fifty three or fifty four. That shame on me. Okay, it's not that you forget it, but you gotta. You got to write it down. Okay, this than this. This person did this, and I have this, this and you did write it down. Write it down. Write it down, if nothing is too small and nothing's too big, write it all down and then and be prepared that you know that when you're writing it down, when you're writing the resentment down, that you're going to give it to another man or a woman, depending on who's your who's your sponsor, or people do it with a priest, a rabbi, Shaman, you know, whoever, you choose to give it to somebody okay, and that's the resentment list. Now I'm making it sound very easy, but it's not. Okay, I want to let you know before you write down the resentments, pray first. Pray that God opens up your memory of billy when you were six and this happened when you're seven, because you're going to need God to open your memory. So whenever I go to right, I get down on my knees and I say God, please open up my memory from the things that you want me to remember so that I can write down this person's name or the event so that I can give it to my sponsor, whoever. I'm doing it because I don't feel like carrying it on anymore. It's not serving me. Okay. I've had...

...more fist fights in pizza places and different things over my life and in AA meetings it. This is not serving me. Okay, there's there's a reason that I'm acting like a jerk. So please illuminate me, father, on what I need to write down, and I just write it down. You know, some of my guys are so funny. They write down like they've been alive like thirty five years, over thirty five years, and then they write down there like like a like one page, like like seven names, like like laid like their Mother Teresa, right, like like like they just descended from a cloud. Like I go, what planet are you for? What of me? Got Seven names? Oh, I've processed it all already, and I just throw stuff at them, right, I just ID by the time they're by the time I'm done with them, in fifteen minutes, they're leaving crying. You know. I just throw like the police and and different political organizations and and I just find out if they're left or right and I just throw that at them and by the time they're leaving they're crying. Right, I'm like, so, write some of that down and then they get it. We resent a lot of people right, especially in the last couple years. If you're on the writer the you resent an entire half the country. You got to write that nonsense down. It's silliness, right, it's all silliness. It's all designed to have you hate your neighbor. God said Love your neighbor as yourself and love him. Of the whole thing, this whole political nonsense is designed that you hate your neighbor. It's like civil war all over again. So if you could see the truth, then you'll start loving on people. They're start loving on people, and one of the way is that you can do that is in the four step write down all that stuff. The police, the Fire Department, this, the nurses thing, the priest that touch you. You ready to all down, okay, all the things that happened, and that wasn't to minimize anything. I would just give an example. Okay, uncle, this said, and then you write down the things that they did or what you think they did. Now here's a great sponsor, a great sponsor is going to receive that. And then and you're going to say what they did right, you're going to say the resentment, and they're going to be able to say, well, what they're going to be able to say to you? Well, what was your part in it? Okay, and other than molestations, are rapes and all that kind of stuff. Of course you have no part in that. But you know, like I resented the Hollywood police for like a long time, like for for like like two years. I was sure that they were like the worst police department. Please, this is not true. I do you want to tell you where I was going with this. I'm like the Hollywood police and they wronged me and the guy punched me my chest and he wronged me and he profiled me. I don't want I don't understand how we profiled me, unless he profiles like a tie in drug addicts sleeping in their car and a forty five degree angle. But so I'm like they profiled me and they're wrong. And my sponsor like, well, tell me the story, exactly what happened. I told him the story goes. So, can you see that where you jumped out of the car and told him that you pay his salary? Do you see where that may not have made like a good connection between you and the Hollywood police? Did you see like you're a big guy and you jumped up and said, why are you? Why did you wake me up? And I was sleeping in a parking in my car,...

...but I was on for parking spaces. You see where maybe the Hollywood police has a reason to find out if you are okay when they capped on the window? Wasn't like they tapped on your bedroom window and woke you up, and I'm like wow, maybe the Hollywoo police actually saved my life because I had pulled into that parking space and I was getting high all week and I passed out and it's Florida and it was September and I had passed out. Maybe the holly police saved my life. Now I'm so glad I shared that with my sponsor. I was like pissed off at the Hollywood police. Those people wrong me, they profiled me, and now I went out. Now I see a hollow, please I like stop, like Hey, you know, I'm like so grateful, right, but if I hadn't shared that with my sponsor, I wouldn't have seen that. And and and so that's the reasonble those. I had, like, you know, four hundred resents, and I'm not saying that's normal, you know, I'm not saying on normal all okay, but I had a lot of resent and really it's real or perceived. Right, Don's got a lot to I would tell you. Don's got a lot, okay. Anyone from the northeast has over a hundred and fifty. That's the band. That's the bare minimum. If you if you're from the northeast and you have less than one hundred and fifty, you just didn't do any work, if you didn't pay attention. So and then the next list, which I think is so important, is fears. Whose fear based? In here, if you can still raise your hand in this he just raising a fear based. WHOSE FEAR BASE? WHO HAS A lot of fears? Fears? Right, I got a lot of fears, for I tell a free is right. We got fears. We got fear of were not going to be successful. We're going to be too successful, going to be alone over them, while the person is going to stay with us. We are not enough money. We have money. Nobody likes us. Too many people. I we got every fear there is under the side. And then that's not even to include the phobias. That's only rational fears that we got phobias. Right, what did you just say? You know, we had a whole bunch of stuff, right, and so we put down the fears and and we and we see how that affects us. Well, raise your hand again. You feel your fear based? Of course. Who isn't? Well, not you, Eric, of course, because you're being in you know, you don't need no I said, let's say regular people, vegans are not usually fear based. Yeah, they have faith that all food is bad. It just eating there and then it's all going to work out. Let's just hug it out. So write down your fears. I'm not putting down any vegans. There a Tris. She look like you're upset. I'm not putting down any vegans. It was only Eric, guess. So write down your fears. Share with your sponsor. My sponsor gave me this great he gave me this great thing he said. I said to him, I have a fear of going back to school and I was always bad in school. I never did well in school. I have a fear of going back. Plus, I'm already forty one and if I go back to school I wouldn't graduate till I was forty five. And he said, well, how will you? How old will you be in four years, for now...

...anyway? And I go forty five. He said, well, it seems like if you went to school, you and you still going to be forty five may when I just have a degree, as you're going to be that age anyway in four years. And I go, yeah, that's a good point. That was a good point. As a good point. Yep. So when I was forty five years old, I went back to my college in Pennsylvania that I started at twenty five years earlier. And and I graduate. I got my bachelors of Science and and I know that's not a big deal today, but that was a big deal for me. That was a big deal for me to walk with all the kids and I was the oldest person there and and and I had my cap wrong. I had my cap backwards. Is actually you guys know, you smart people know that the cap there's two ways. The pointy part goes on the back neck. And I had mind going down the front like I was going to war, and the kid came up to he's like, sir, you know your cap is on backwards. And I thank them, but I walk through that. I walk through that and I graduated. It was like a big deal for me, or as a big deal for me to go back to the college that I that I failed out because of my drug addiction when I was twenty one. But I wouldn't have been able to walk through that if my sponsor didn't coach me that, hey, this is a good time for you to start walking down and I'm still it's not and I'm still not good in school. Nothing changed, except I walk through it and a lot of the fears that you're going to, you're going to put down. You're going to see that really, they don't have them much validity, because your sponsor is going to be one of these guys, are gals. That's going to show you all the holes in your fear right, your fear of beald alone. And then you realize you're not going to be alone. As a matter of fact, if you're an alcoholics anonymous, you never going to be alone again. Joe's not alone going into surgery tomorrow. His entire families in another state. His entire families in another state. They all wanted to be here and they all said, Joe, we're going to be here tomorrow for your surgery, and he said no, my a family is going to be here with me. You guys, wait until you get the good news and then you'll come down and visit me accordingly, but I'm going to be with my a family. You're never going to be alone again. If one of your fears are that you're going to be alone. You're an alcoholics anonymous. Now you won't be alone anywhere. So, a matter of fact, you're going to be looking for some loneliness. You mean I need some meat time. Are you sponsor going to be okay, y'all would pick it up. Go pick that new comer make that cake with a I'll do that thing. We got that thing, we got that event. We're going to go do this thing, we're Goll do this thing and be like I need some meat time. But it says incredible thing. We're going to go over the next two columns next week because I don't want to minimize what my buddy Joe's about to go through and I want to congratulate the celebrants. I want you to know that the man that picked up thirty three years has been through most multiple personal deaths in his family, even as recently as a month ago, two children in his family. He's been through personal deaths of close up people that are very close in his...

...sally that are not in this valley, and he still picked up thirty three years. Thirty four, oh, thirty four, many thirty three. Yeah, next year I'll pick up thirty four for today's thirty three. And he picked up thirty three years because he's got a team around him of men and women. The team is so thick that when his latest tragedy just happened. I happen to be one of the twenty five calls on that morning. That was the blessed to be able to be there for him. When don went through his tragedy, the entire victory meeting and alcoholics anonymous was there for him. I want you to feel excited that you just joined a program that nothing that ever happens to you in the future. If you're built in, will you have to walk through alone, good and bad? Your weddings will be packed, your back misses will be packed, your baptisms be packed and your funerals of the people you love will be packed. We never travel alone anymore. It's the greatest thing that's ever happened to there was a person in the S or s, a famous person, that said alcoholics anonymous is the greatest thing that have happened to the twenty century. I don't know who it was. Rank was Frank Lloyd. Right, he's in architect yet he said it. Yes, it's an important person. That's a big deal. Frank Lloyd right, right, invented the plain stuff. It. Now the guys a big deal. Okay, the guys are big deal. He said a quote that people are still talking about forty years later, fifty. It's a big deal. So I'm gonna I am going to just do one thing. I'm just going to ask you and then I'm going to turn the meeting over to the people I run. I'm going to ask you just to Jep out of your heads for our friend Joe, Father, God Joe. As you know, your son, Joe's going in for brain surgery tomorrow and the doctors have given him a fifty chancelord, but we know you're the great physician, we know you're the great hero, we know that you're Joe Jehovah, Chyra Jehovah, Rafa Jehovah. Need see and you are the beginning in the end. And Lord, we're expecting to hear great results tomorrow and we know you can do all things. So we just thank you, father, for what you're about to do, just like you did for Jimmy, given him a twenty four year old liver. That's a total miracle. On the same day. We're excited to hear about the miracle that you're going to do and Joe, and we pray all these things in your precious name. Amen, guys, hold on the meetings, going to go right back to these guys.

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