I accidentally first put that as “Hello Saints?” and had to change it to an exclamation point but the truth is I have no idea how saintly you’ve been lately. Despite whatever degree of saintliness you’re living in, I’m going to keep speaking it in faith. Romans 4:16-17, “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise sure to all seed, not only those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed – God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.” So if you’ve been feeling like your faith has dried up like the fall leaves and has blown away in the wind, guess what, good news – He gives life to the dead! And He thinks you’re worth it! That’s why we enter into this season every year knowing its not about the tree or the gifts, or having the perfect dinner, it’s all about His Son and why He came.
During worship this past Sunday, my hands were folded in front of my chin, like in prayer. As I opened them and they slowly unfolded, it felt as if a beautiful rose was unfolding in them. I felt like the Lord gave it to me so I could offer it back to Him. I kept my eyes closed and my palms out as the fragrance of worship was offered up to heaven. God is awesome and amazing! He wants us to worship so He can release more of Himself into us. It’s an open gateway that allows the Spirit to move from Him to us and back to Him again doing a continuous loop. Engage in it. When you worship, picture that there’s no one else except you and Him. Allow yourself to be immersed in His complete love for you. He created you and He longs to hold you fondly near to Himself. Its why He sent Jesus, so there’d no longer be a gap between us and Him. No longer do we have to find a priest to intercede for us, Jesus is doing that, and He forever tore the curtain that separated us from the wonderful presence of God. We have this gift that is eternal, irrevocable, and utterly divine. Thank You Jesus for coming for us!
This past weekend, Mom, Dad and myself spent all day Saturday at the Blackford County Jail with 6 other volunteers. It was a great day. The male inmates were brought to us in the gym where we gave them donuts and coffee in the morning while they were ministered to in music, testimonies and dad’s teaching. In the afternoon we repeated the process with candy bars and sodas. We allowed each volunteer to have time to share and its always interesting to see how all our stories blend together into one program that glorifies the Living God. No matter if you’ve had a college education or not even graduated high school, if you lived a life of drugs and crime or been a homemaker, a business man, or a construction worker, we all have common ground that life is hard and God is good. The Bible applies to all of us. His Word is the way, the truth and the life for all of us. He
is the healer for all of us. He is our Father. We’re one family. One Royal Family, that needs to reach out to one another and help each other along the way when the path gets a little rough.
The next morning we were at the Rescue Mission where dad preached to the homeless. I prayed with a man who’s living in a tent but is trying to surrender his life to Jesus. He’s been swaying back and forth for a few years now. I seen him one time really on fire for the Lord and know that God is not finished with him yet. We look at these men and can see them as brothers in Christ. We know their bondage can be broken and what a vast difference God can make in their lives. Pray with us that their own eyes will be opened to a God who loves them and is calling for them to come out of the darkness into His marvelous light.
When we leave the mission, we go on to our own churches. From Saturday to Sunday we were with three completely different congregations; inmates, homeless and regular church people, yet all children of the same Father. Each group had a completely different type of clothing, different atmospheres, different circumstances that got them there, different challenges ahead, yet all were in need of a Savior. There is One answer. One God. One Hope. One Lord and King who came to save us all. If you need a way out, Jesus said He is the door. If you need food, Jesus said He is the bread of life. If you need water, Jesus is living water. If you need shelter, Jesus said He goes to prepare a place for you. If you need healing, Jesus paid the price so that by His stripes you can be healed. If you need led out of the darkness, Jesus said He is the light. If your load is too heavy, Jesus said cast all your cares upon Him. If you’re feeling exhausted, Jesus said He will give you rest. If you feel like you’re being held captive, Jesus came to set you free. If you’re feeling lost, Jesus says “follow Me”. If you’re feeling anxious, Jesus said, “My peace I give unto you.” If you have a fear of being abandoned, Jesus said He will be with you always, even to the end of the age. If you feel like you don’t belong anywhere, Jesus said “abide in Me and I will abide in you.” If you’re battling depression, Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” If you feel alone, Jesus said “I have called you friend.” If you feel unworthy, Jesus says, “you did not choose Me, but I chose you.” If your life seems unstable, Jesus is the Rock you can build your house on. If you’re dealing with sadness, Jesus is the one who will turn your sorrow into joy. If you feel overwhelmed, Jesus said He has overcome the world. If you feel weak, Jesus said you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. If you feel like you’re drowning, guess what- Jesus can walk on water! What else do you need? There is no problem He cannot solve. No depth of despair He cannot reach into. He’s the earth shaking, thunder making, chain breaking, sea splitting, curtain tearing Lamb of God! Hallelujah to the King! Thank You Jesus for coming for us!!!
Thank you for standing with us through another year of ministry. God bless you and your families this Christmas with His glorious presence and peace.
Love, your sister in Jesus, Pam
Dec 3rd – Dad, homeless feeding ministry
Dec 6th- Warsaw County Jail
Dec 4th, 10th, 17th, 24th – Rescue Mission, homeless ministry
Dec 9th – Dad, homeless feeding ministry / Pam; Roederer Correctional Facility, LaGrange, KY
Dec 16th – Dad, homeless feeding ministry / Pam; Madison Juvenile Facility, Madison, IN
Dec 23rd – Homeless feeding ministry
Dec 25th Metro Youth Facility, Louisville, KY