In light of what’s happened in Texas and Louisiana, it only seems right that we should begin this by praying for our brothers and sisters. Father God, we come to you united in spirit and ask that Your hand of mercy would be upon those who’ve been devastated by this tragedy. Please strengthen the hands of our Christian brothers and sisters as they’ve been displaced and are living day to day amongst nonbelievers in very trying situations. We ask that You give them supernatural peace amidst the confusion. Give them wisdom as they go through the emotions of their own material loses and are surrounded by multitudes of others who are struggling with loss. We thank You that You will continue to water them from within for divine encounters as Your Holy Spirit releases rivers of Living Water from out of their bellies to give hope to those around them. We thank You that Your hand is not short and it is mighty to save. Please keep them safe from any further harm such as sickness or criminal behavior. Let Your children stand out as lighthouses in the midst of the storm so that people will be drawn to them for prayer and salvation. Thank You Jesus for Your words: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed, To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19) Please Jesus, walk among them releasing this anointing upon Your children that You may be glorified, that the brokenhearted with be comforted, those who’ve been enslaved will be set free, and eyes will be opened as the oppressed with find relief. We thank You for a spirit of revival amongst them and miraculous healings to be released. We thank You for the materializing of supernatural provision, for food and water to be multiplied. We thank You that You are King, Commander in Chief, above every name, the One who comes to rescue when all looks lost. Let their peace and rest be in You, blessed Savior. In Your precious Name Jesus we pray, Amen.
It seems trivial to talk about our own news when others are going through such devastation. Even besides this, we could all give stories from this very moment of suffering in our own lives, tragedy in families we know, people going through overwhelming situations. It can easily become all consuming. We have to look up. We have to turn to God. We have to read His Word. It’s the hope that keeps us afloat. He is good. His Word is true. We are to be in this world but not of it. The darkness cannot overtake us. Greater is He in us than He that is in the world. Say it over and over; Greater is He that is in me, than He that is in the world. No matter what anyone says to you about their life, turn them to God. He is their answer. We cannot fix anyone. We can’t fix the sorrows of the world. The Holy Spirit can. He is the Comforter. His plan is still good. His love is still good. His judgement is still righteous. He is good. He is good. Excuse me for repeating myself but… He is good. Those simple words turn us back to the truth, He is good. Rest in that. Roll yourself in it like a burrito. He is good.
September is going to be a little busy. On the 9th, we’re going in the Madison Women’s prison here in Indiana and doing an all day seminar on healing. Emotional healing is so important for Christian growth. Forgiveness is key. I believe that’s the antidote for many illnesses that affect the brain. I was diagnosed as bipolar and manic depressive, while in prison. They tried all kinds of antidepressants on me. It only got worse after prison. But the healing came with Jesus. The more I trusted Him, the more I forgave myself and others, the quicker I dropped new offenses, (we’re always being offended), the better my brain got. Today I am totally medication free. There are days I might start off feeling a little down, nothing like the overwhelming darkness that used to keep me from getting out of bed, but once I start praising Him, (do it whether you feel like it or not), the darkness has to flee & it does! The next week is the COPE conference in Daytona, Florida. That’s the Coalition of Prison Ministry Conference. If you’re interested in prison ministry, look them up, www.copeconnections.org, or call their secretary, Chandra 254-214-4685. During the last week of September, I’ll be joining the We Care Prison Ministry in Alabama for a week of going in with the Mennonites as they spend all day in different prisons, making homemade donuts for every inmate. I’m honored to be invited to this not only to be a part of the ministry but to hopefully get my hands on one of those donuts! I believe it’s biblical, “You shall not muzzle the ox while it treads out the grain.” I Timothy 5:18, I’m pretty sure that interprets as; I get to eat a donut while working.
Dad ministered to the men from Chain of Lakes prison this past Friday, brought bananas down to the homeless on Saturday and preached to them in the park Sunday morning. He talked about the prodigal son. He gave a beautiful description of the Father running to meet the son returning home. I’m so grateful for a earthly father who loves the Word, believes it, lives it, and does all that he can to reunite the lost with their heavenly Father.
Be blessed in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
September 2017 Schedule
Sept 2nd, 23rd: Homeless feeding ministry, parking lot of Matthew 25, Ft. Wayne, IN
Sept 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th: Homeless church service, Friemann Sq, downtown Ft. Wayne, IN
Sept 9th: Madison Women’s Prison
Sept 12-16th: COPE conference, Daytona Beach, FL
Sept 25-29th: Alabama prisons with We Care Prison Ministry
Oct 6-8th, Little Sandy Correctional Facility, Sandy Hook, Ky