FREEDOM RANCH MAUI
“A New Way Out”
Curriculum for Cure
[Terry Dunford II, who is our President, a Director, and a certified and skilled
leadership facilitator as well as our Director of Communications, is preparing a
formal Online Class. The material for this class is a work-in-progress.
When completed, the material will not only be used in the conduct of our Online
Class, but also for classroom teaching at our headquarters in Maui, and for
wide-dissemination to leaders, teachers, and the afflicted.]
In Luke 1:37, the angel of the Lord God told the
virgin Mary that she would conceive in her womb, and bring forth a son, whom she
was to call JESUS. When Mary asked of the angel how this could be since
she had not "known" a man, the angel replied:
God nothing shall be impossible.
In Genesis, Chapters 17-18, God spoke directly to Abraham and told him that his
wife Sara would bear him a son, but "Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed,
and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is in hundred years?
and shall Sara, that is ninety years old bear?" When Sara heard that
Abraham and she who "Were old and well stricken in a age; and it ceased to be
with Sara after the manner of women... Sara laughed within herself." But
God said to Abraham:
Wherefore did Sara laugh, saying, shall I of a surety bear a child, which am
old? Is anything too hard for the Lord (YAHWEH)? [Gen. 18:13-14]
Unlike A.A.'s other Co-Founder Dr. Bob (who was a Christian believer and a Bible
student), Bill Wilson had been, by his own statement, a "conservative atheist."
Yet, Bill was faced with the choice of being cured of alcoholism or facing
death and with what God could or could not do. Bill then made
these two relevant statements in the 1st edition of his Big Book. First,
When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not
postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God was
everything or else He is nothing. God either is, or he isn't (p. 65).
Later, Bill was to write in the famous Chapter 5 of the 1st edition of the Big
For we are now on a different basis: the basis of trusting and relying upon
God. We trust infinite God, rather than our finite selves... We never to
apologize to anyone for depending upon our Creator. We can laugh at those
who think spirituality the way of weakness. Paradoxically, it is the way
of strength. The verdict of the ages is that faith means courage.
All men of faith have courage. They trust their God. We never
apologize for God (pp. 80-81).
You can conclude, just as A.A. Number Three (Bill Dotson), that "God ought to
be able to do anything" (1st ed. p 172). Next day, Bill Dotson "put on his
clothes and walked from the hospital a free man.... That was in June, 1935.
He never drank again. He [became]... a respected and useful member of his
community. He has helped other men to recover, and is a power in the
church from which he was long absent" (p. 172, supra).
God our Creator was able to cure Bill Dotson, as well as Bill Wilson and Dr.
Bob Smith. And each of the three men said exactly that (Big Book, 3rd ed,
pp. 180, 191).
He can cure you too.
What is the Cure?
Quite simply, for those who choose to
believe in God and the Power of God, the Cure is reliance on YAHWEH, the
Creator, and our God.
The "First Forty" Pioneers
There Were Two Founders, You Know
United Christian Endeavor Society - The Major Pioneer Root
The Firm Belief of Henrietta
Seiberling that God's Power would Help
(Textbook: Henrietta Seiberling: Ohio’s Lady with a Cause)
The Real Facts About Early A.A.
(Textbook: When Early AAs Were Cured and Why)
The Original Akron Program
Knowing the Parts
of the Bible Pioneers Considered Essential
(Text book: The James Club and The Original A.A. Program’s Absolute Essentials)
Studying James, the Sermon, 1 Corinthians
(Textbooks: Anne Smith’s Journal
Dr. Bob and His Library, The Books Early AAs Read for Spiritual Growth
Good Morning! Quiet Time, Morning Watch, Meditation, and Early A.A.)
How to Study the Good Book itself
(Textbooks: Holy Bible; Why Early A.A. Succeeded – a Bible study primer)
The Continued Walk
(Materials: Fellowship With God
Class, Rev. Ken Burns)
Studying the Big Book
(Textbook: A Program for You
- Joe and Charlie Book)
Taking the Twelve Steps
(Textbook: Twelve Steps for You)
Rev. Sam Shoemaker and the Twelve Steps
The Oxford Group
and the Twelve Steps
The Real Oxford
The Four Absolutes
The Cleveland A.A. Approach and Leap Forward
[Textbook: Our Legacy to the Faith Community – the Clarence Snyder approach (Big
Book, Steps, Bible, Four Absolutes)]
Why it Works
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