Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day

Faithful – Therefore, know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations for those who love Him and keep His commandments. Deuteronomy 7:9

Approved – Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 1Timothy 2:15

Teacher – And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way , when you lie down, and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:7

Heart – Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 11:19

Endures – Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12

Righteous - The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

We recently began to share our worship and "church" time with a group in a "bad" part of Temple. My friends, Bobby and Sheridan, opened "Humble House" in an area of Temple known for crack houses, prostitution, drug dealing, and high crime. Humble house is a place for former addicts to come, seek refuge, and get cleaned up; while learning how to be overcomers in Christ, and become givers and producers.
They currently house about 8-10 guys who are committed to changing their lives for the better. These guys have really blessed me, and this morning was no exception. I made some Father's Day card for them, which included the above acrostic. More than likely, it's the only Father's Day card they'll get, as they are in the process of restoring relationships - not just with their children, but relationships in general. Thank God for grace.
This morning's service encouraged us to put the past behind us and move on to the goal God has given us, and that is restoration. I am so blessed to be part of this ministry, and those guys touch my heart every week. Ain't that what church is all about anyway?