Pause and Reflect November 2017

He Listens

“Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” (Ps 116:2 NLT); that is if we aren’t staring down at our cell phones but looking up to Him. There are so many crises going on in people’s lives and in the public arena. Prayer is our BEST and sometimes ONLY resource. A guest pastor recently challenged and encouraged us to pray scripture. It’s simple. Slow down. Read a verse. Then personalize (or apply) it to your life situation.

Slow Down

There are so many crises going on in people’s lives and in the public arena. Prayer is our BEST and sometimes ONLY resource. A guest pastor recently challenged and encouraged us to pray scripture. It’s simple. Slow down. Read a verse. Then personalize (or apply) it to your life situation.

I applied this verse(s) to a specific situation I had faced the day before. “Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.” (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12) The purpose for the situation I faced was to be content and to set an example for those who are not believers. That made bad news, good news to me.

Undying Passion

HP-SlaveryCandy and her associates rescue women caught up in the sex trafficking industry. Pray for her protection each day as she ministers to these.

Candy has been feeding the homeless and near homeless for many years to gain the opportunity to share the love of Christ and rescue women out of hopeless situations.

We helped a group of regular volunteers feed them and shared the gospel with them before handing out BBQ , baked beans, and mac & cheese provided by a popular local establishment for a generous discount to our group.

Candy depends on the generosity of like-minded believers. Annually she sponsors a 5k Fun Run held at night. You can run, walk, or crawl in this laid back event. Live music and entertainment. If you’re local here’s a lionk to register or donate: www.LastCall4Grace.org (chick on the banner at the top).

Consistent

Steven was so proud of himself (and rightly so) for not being late for 8 weeks of work. The company gave him a Wal-Mart Gift Card in recognition of his consistency. He loves his custodian job at the hospital. He’s working on transitioning to a safe apartment but is currently in a motel for the homeless and sleazy. Drugs are everywhere. Pray for Steven’s safety and that he stays focused. Pray that he finds a church nearby to begin to make friends who will be a positive influence.

Parents in Transition

Pray for my parents. They are in a place of transition. Pray for wisdom, peace and clarity for direction. My dad’s health is really failing. This puts a real strain on my 87-year-old mother.

Ministry in Transition

Pray for our ministry. We are in a place of transition; exploring and expanding ways to be more effective. Likewise we need wisdom and clarity. God has all along given us peace. We praise Him for that. James 2:… says to ask for wisdom and He will give it to you.

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Pause and Reflect August 2017

God watches over the path of the godly…(Psalm 1:6).

You and I are blessed to watch God at work when we stay on His path. Priscilla and I spent the day with Lori recently. Her story is one of redemption and healing; a story how God uses different people in different settings at different times for the same purpose.

In her words…

I can remember watching my dad stick a needle in his neck and naked adults all around the house. I was 3. Through age 7, I was exposed to this life style and abused many times. I prayed to God for this to stop. The state took me away from my mom and placed me in foster care. Then at 13, my mom petitioned the court and gained custody of me. She lived in Brentwood at the time and was a successful businesswoman, but a drug addict, as well.

Version 3Beginning my first night home, mom prostituted me with a steady stream of men. This continued until I was kicked out of the house around age 17. For the next 13 years I was trafficked in the sex industry until a serious car accident made me no longer marketable. I turned to God who freed me from the chains of alcohol. I began cleaning houses for a living. This is where a lady from Brentwood Baptist prayed with me to receive Jesus into my life.

For the last 10 years, I have been healing, struggling and growing in my walk with Jesus. Just recently, a Brentwood Baptist member donated a vehicle to the church to be given to someone in need. A member of the benevolence team offered me the car. I cried. God blessed me with reliable transportation for me and my two kiddo’s. –Lori

Our small roll…

We were in the unique position of identifying a worthy recipient and facilitating the transfer of this vehicle to Lori. Every one of you is uniquely positioned to serve others in the name of Jesus. Priscilla and I thank you for the part you have in our ministry

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