Find freedom from addiction and hurt

Freedom That Lasts

A Christ-centered, Bible-based, local-church-focused discipleship ministry to those who are enslaved in life-dominating sins or overcome by hurtful events of life

Are you hurting? Are you struggling with an addiction?

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All of us face crises from time to time. Perhaps you are in a crisis—or in several crises—right now. Perhaps you are hurting or have fallen again and feel like there is no use trying any longer. People in crisis often struggle with life-dominating sins like:

Gambling • Eating Disorders • Cutting • Drug Addiction (including alcohol and tobacco) • Stealing • Sexual Sins (including pornography) • Bad Language • Laziness • Suicidal Thoughts • Addictions to Electronic Gaming, Social Networking, etc. • Workaholism • Compulsive Shopping, Rituals, etc. • Perfectionism • Obsessive Thoughts

These life-dominating sins bind us like slavery. We can feel that there is no way out and the future is not going to get any better. We can begin to lose hope.

Furthermore, these life-dominating sins can even tempt us to react in negative ways. Some common negative reactions might be…

Fear/Anxiety • Anger • Frustration • Depression • Hurt • Bitterness • Hatred • Vengeance • Discouragement

Because God loves you, He wants to and can deliver you from these life-dominating sins and negative consequences. We can help you find the answers you need to have a joyful, productive, and stable life.

Discover the only source of true Freedom That Lasts

Freedom that Lasts is the best place to be on a Friday night! We are a Christ-centered, Bible-based, local-church-focused discipleship ministry to those enslaved in life-dominating sins, overcome by hurtful events of life, or anyone wanting to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

We focus on developing the essential virtues for stability and victory over enslaving sin for the Christian life found only in God’s Word. Each weekly program includes a time of inspiring testimonies, encouraging small groups, and Biblically based messages aimed at applying God’s principles in daily life. We end the evening with a time of enjoying good food, fellowshipping together, and forging friendships.

To learn more about the Freedom That Lasts mission and program, visit FreedomThatLasts.com

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Come Join Us

Discover the only source of true Freedom That Lasts

North Ridge Bible Chapel
Every Friday
6:00 PM

Weekly Session Format

What do we do at our meetings?

Learn

Learn from God's Word how you can have victory over sin and addiction.

Share

Share your struggles and your victories in a small, safe group setting.

Pray

Prayer is powerful! Small group time allows time to pray for one another.

Fellowship

Build relationships with one another by sharing a meal together.

Hear from other FTL participants

There is a path of hope, full of change that results in freedom. We want to point you down this path... God's path.
Jim Berg
Author, counselor and founder of Freedom That Lasts

About Freedom That Lasts

If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us
What's the difference between this program and Alcoholics Anonymous?

Freedom That Lasts (FTL) does not follow the 12-Step model commonly found in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous, Sexaholics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Celebrate Recovery, and other groups that perceive addiction as a recovery program. Typically, these groups understand addiction to be a disease from which one recovers.
In contrast, Freedom That Lasts believes that addictions of all sorts are primarily a sin problem that require repentance, not recovery. FTL also believes that someone can find complete freedom from addiction and does not need to take on the identity of someone who is in recovery for life.

Do I have to talk about my addiction?

You can share only what you are comfortable sharing.  You are not required to share anything at all, although it is recommended so that it may be more effectively addressed.

How successful is this program for the average addict?

The answer to this question depends upon the definition and criteria for success. FTL considers success to be when someone moves from being an unbeliever enslaved to different passions and desires to be a believer who has been forgiven of their sins, created in the likeness of Christ, and lives for the glory of God. 

In order to do this, FTL uses the following criteria to determine success:

  • Welcome – Was the FTL student welcomed to the FTL group with arms open wide?
  • Gospel Knowledge – Did the FTL student receive a clear Gospel explanation?
  • Biblical Understanding of Addiction – Did the FTL student receive a clear biblical explanation of addiction including what it is, how to put off old addictive thoughts and behaviors, and how to put on new Christlike thoughts and behaviors?
  • Christlike Character Growth – Has the FTL student grown more into the image of Christ as a result of the time that they have spent with the FTL group?
  • Gained Wisdom For Living – Has the FTL student grown in living life as a biblically wise person.?
Does this program work for unbelievers?

The word “work” often is understood to mean that the one struggling with addiction no longer struggles with addiction. While this idea would be outstanding, this understanding of the word “work” would not be embraced by anyone who provides help and hope for those struggling with addiction. There is no program that can provide this kind of promise.

Most 12-step programs would define “work” as providing the student with all the tools needed to remain sober if someone “works” the steps in the program.

In contrast to the 12-Step explanation of “work”, FTL “works” through accomplishing four primary goals. Each FTL chapter (1) provides a welcoming atmosphere for everyone, (2) shares the gospel as often as FTL chapters meeting, (3) uses principles of biblical counseling to address issues related to addiction, and (4) helps addicts to grow in Christlikeness and wisdom in living life. FTL works when all four of these principles are put into practice. 

Does this program qualify for court-mandated drug and alcohol counseling?
  • A program’s ability to qualify for drug and alcohol counseling rests with individual judicial systems. You will need to check with your local judicial system to find out if Freedom That Lasts qualifies for state certified drug and alcohol counseling. 
  • If it does not, we would encourage you to ask if the court would consider allowing FTL to be included as an option for drug and alcohol counseling. If more info is needed by your defense attorney, the state prosecuting attorney, or your presiding judge, please reach out to us at Freedom That Lasts to let us know. We would be honored to have discussions with anyone who needs more information in order to make an informed decision. 
Where do we meet?

We meet in the youth wing of the building just off the main parking lot adjacent to Staghorn Lane.  Please enter the building through the double doors facing the playground.

Does it cost anything to attend?

There are no dues or fees for attending our meetings. The program, including meetings, course materials, and any related literature are provided to you free of charge.

Is childcare available during meetings?

At this time, we are working to secure nursery care for babies and infants; however, we cannot guarantee childcare will be available.  Please reach out to us in advance via the Contact Us form to let us know your needs.

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