Pause and Reflect May 2016

Home Sweet Home!

Most of us have a place to shelter, a roof over our head. For some that I work with, the assumption is not so. God provides but it is our responsibility to accept His provision. For some that I work with, this is very difficult.

Pricilla and I are very grateful for the home God has provided. I recently thought about this when Priscilla’s sister from Oklahoma visited us. She made the outside of our home beautiful with some much needed landscaping. Jesus said that even more important than the outside is what’s going on inside our life. As long as we follow God’s path the inside is blessed day by day.

Sadly, for some I work with, they want to achieve some appearance of outward beauty, but have real struggles following the path God explains in His Word toward a better life in one’s heart.

We want to be an encouragement to those in our path, who are struggling. Some of the struggles for these individuals are part of life. But some are due to decisions they have made contrary to God’s direction for their life. Pray that we are patient and passionate. Pray that we point these folks in the right direction, but restrain from doing the hard and necessary work that they must accept to move forward in their lives.

Your prayers are important. You may not know the names and detailed circumstances. But God knows your heart as you pray for those we work with.

We are working with several who are struggling with dependence on others to meet their needs. What we all need to be reminded is that unless our dependence is on God, all help from others will fall flat. We are working with a couple that have had to file bankruptcy, a man who is short sighted and not choosing a long term path that is available immediately to him, which would be difficult but solve his short term crisis. Not a quick fix (which he is looking for) but a sustained fix. We are also working with a young man who is facing homelessness by May 19th. We are working with others who are on the right path but are facing very difficult challenges.

On a more personal note, pray for Priscilla and I as we travel to Michigan to visit our grandkids, and other family members. We really enjoying visiting Priscilla’s dad, who is 88 and getting along well at home. “You’ve got to keep moving”, he says. What great advise!

The kind of one-on-one work we do is very time intense. This is made possible with your financial commitment. Thank you.

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Pause and Reflect February 2016

Our Most Vulnerable

Not everyone has the ability to really take the initiative to make the next steps in their spiritual journey. I’ve been working with a group who rescue young ladies from the sex trafficking industry. These women are down trodden, rejected and have very little self worth. Unchained Movement sponsored an awareness event entitled

“Exposed Tour”, a walk thru type horror house to show the reality of this travesty. Nashville is one of the largest trafficking hubs in our country. I helped with assembling props and sat in a “strip club” in one of the scenes.

Check out this (accurate) local news report about the event:

The Exposed Tour

I Lost My Way

Tom called me late one night. He was in great pain from a medical condition. After some discussion the conversation turned to reading scripture. “I’ve gotten away from that lately”, he confessed. “When I was in prison I read the Bible all the time. It speaks to every need you have.” I encouraged Tom to take back up the habit of reading the Bible everyday.

Our Greatest Hope for 2016

Not always, but I usually do not receive a call from someone I’m mentoring unless there is a problem. How often do we wait to pray? Do we wait only when a problem surfaces? I think God would like for us to check in on a regular basis. “Pray without ceasing”, we are admonished by the apostle Paul. Bible study and prayer are two of the most critical avenues for believers to find, follow, and fear our Lord. Yet we neglect these disciplines. They will draw us closer to Him and make us wiser in the here and now.

Our Greatest Need

Pray for a lady I met at the Dental Unit one day. This single mom of 3 traveled from another town to be helped. She lives in the same city Priscilla and I live in. I invited her to church because she was looking for a place she could bring her family to worship.

At the same Dental event, I met another young lady who was raised by a father who “thought he was Jesus”. This lady found her way to salvation and faith by searching the Word in college and studying the story of Martin Luther. She feels like her father is a hopeless schizophrenic. I tried to encourage her with God’s Word that says, “With God, all things are possible”.  She and her sister need prayer.

 Be Ready

Be ready in season and out of season to give a reason for your faith. We will be ready if we stay in tune with prayer and remain diligent with Bible study.

Your prayers and support mean a lot to us.

 

 

 

 

 

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