An Encouraging Word
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“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”
– Nelson Mandela
When living in a country like the U.S. one must be thankful and also mindful that it’s not about our bubble. We must venture out to see our fellow man’s struggles as well. That way we can be light and salt to them.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia
People don’t care about how much you know, until they see how much you care. One touch, hug or understanding of someone else’s struggles goes a million miles. Selah…
Larry Spellman – Lord’s Gym Chaplain – PH FAC
1 Corinthian's 13:4 (ESV) says, "Love is patient"...
I have to admit that in my earlier years i was not so patient. Like the rest of society, I wanted things right now. I didn't want to wait. My patience with people was not the best. I often expected perfection out of myself and those around me. This is not love.
Twenty five years ago today my life changed forever. I was blessed with a beautiful baby boy. This was the greatest thing to ever happen to me and the one thing that taught me patience more than anything else in my life.
In team sports my son at a very young age was not quite as competitive as I was in team sports. Yet, I knew that I had to back off and not push him to be like me. I had to allow him to enjoy the sports with the degree of competition he had in himself. When I played high school softball, years ago, I would get very upset if we lost. When my son's team lost, I learned it was always best to encourage and lift them all up. It's not always about winning but, learning how to play as a team and improving along the way, especially at such an early age.
We must be patient with our children and allow them to grow and develop in the sports they have the talents for. We should not push them to play the sports that we what them to play. My favorite sport has always been baseball. My son played T-ball for 2 years but when it came time for the boys to pitch he wanted nothing to do with the game any longer. I had to let it go. His heart was not in the game, so he no longer played baseball.
The thing that was in the back of my mind while my son was growing up was how impressionable he was at this early age. How I reacted to him in his early sports playing years was going to affect him the rest of his life. Children are gifts from God for us to mold, make and love on. They follow our example and do what we do. If we display patience and love, they will learn patience and love. When they grow up and get married and have children, they can follow in our footsteps and show their children the same patience and love they were shown by us.
Vicky Gentry - Administrative Assistant
Patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit. In a microwave generation, patience is something that we all need to learn to walk in. Today, I want to write about being patient on the promises of God. When you get a word from God, you must be patient on the promise.
Abraham received a promise from God that he was going to have a child and that God was going to multiply his seed as the stars of heaven and as the sand on the sea. Years go by before he received the fulfillment of his promise. In fact, God waited until it was humanly impossible for it to ever happen unless God fulfilled it. Abraham had to learn how to wait for the promise. In fact, when he tried to help God out and make it happen on his own, he messed everything up and ended up with an Ishmael. I am convinced that many of us have created "Ishmael's" in our lives because we didn't have the patience to wait for the promise to be fulfilled by God. Somehow we feel that we have to help God out.
Joseph received a promise from God that he was going to be a leader and that his family was going to bow down to him. After he received this dream he was hated by his own brothers, thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, falsely accused of rape, and thrown into jail for several years. Later, God promoted him to the 2nd most powerful man in Egypt and Joseph's dreams came to pass but he had to continue to trust in God. He had to be patient for the dream to come to pass even when everything seemed to be going the opposite direction.
Many of you have received a dream, a vision, or a calling from God. Today, I want to encourage you not to get in the flesh and try to make things happen or be discouraged when it doesn't happen in the time you think it should. If God gave you a dream, write it down and patiently wait for it because it will surely come to pass. Like Joseph, things may get worse and seem to go in the opposite direction that you know God has spoken to you before it comes to pass.
“And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, WAIT FOR IT; because IT WILL SURELY COME, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:2-3 KJV
Jim Turner – Lord’s Gym STORM Chaplain
Greetings in the name of the Lord!
Please take a few minutes and read our latest newsletter. Read "Weathering the STORM" by Scott Bowers and find out how you can help FOCAS to "weather the STORM."
We've also included a copy of the STORM schedule.
Meet our newest staff member, Tony Green.
Check out our "Calendar of Events" and see the dates for the upcoming Breakfasts and Luncheon.
Last, read the main article that will give us all hope and show us what a powerful and gracious God we serve. Click Seduced by Heroin and Saved by STORM to read this awesome testimony.
To God be all the Glory!
“One of the great disadvantages of hurry is that it takes such a long time.” G.K. Chesterton
“I think Christians fail so often to get answers to their prayers because they do not wait long enough on God. They just drop down and say a few words, and then jump up and forget it and expect God to answer them. Such praying always reminds me of the small boy ringing his neighbor's door-bell, and then running away as fast as he can go.” E.M bounds
“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.” Helen Keller
“If I have done the public any service, it is due to my patient thought.” Isaac Newton
“What then are we to do about our problems? We must learn to live with them until such time as God delivers us from them. We must pray for grace to endure them without murmuring. Problems patiently endured will work for our spiritual perfecting. They harm us only when we resist them or endure them unwillingly.” A.W. Tozer
“A Christian without patience is like a soldier without arms.” Thomas Watson
Bob Clarke – Director of Ministry Operations
Have you ever pondered on the saying, "God doesn't move when you want Him to, but He is always on time"? As I have pondered on that saying myself, I have come to this conclusion, "He's on time, when we start practicing patience." In the book of James 1:2, I am paraphrasing, "count it all joy when you go through various trials of life." That statement is made by James for a reason. That reason is for the two things that start in motion in our life as a believer. Those two things are faith and patience.
Faith - In James 1:3, he goes on to say, "the testing of your faith......." Life situations will test your faith. That means you will have to operate in faith, and while you are doing that, patience gets involve. You better believe you will have to be patient!
Patience - Let us continue on in James 1:3-4, paraphrasing, "Let patience work its complete work in you the entire way, so you can be complete, that is not allowing anything in this life to shake you." God wants us to totally depend on Him, in everything. If we do that, we won't need to worry for we know that our Heavenly Father has our back, all the time.
So stay encouraged people of God. He has each and every one of us in His hands and He does have enormous hands that He has put us in!!!
Rob Dothard – Chaplain OTR Lord’s Gym
Hi, my name is Raquel Kalton. I'm 35 years old, I have 2 beautiful daughters and I've battled an opiate addiction for 8 years, specifically, and heroin, for 6. Living in active addiction, I met 2 beautiful souls, Pastor James and Sister Letha Turner, who run a homeless ministry called STORM. Because of their love for me, which they showed by clothing me, feeding me and reminding me of this man named Jesus who died for me, all while knowing I was a heroin addict. Because of their love for me, it had always nagged at my heart that maybe Jesus really could love me...if these 2 virtual strangers could!
On July 13, I am 4 months clean!! God has delivered me from addiction, homelessness, prostitution, abuse, mental illness, generational curses, desperation, hopelessness and despair... He has restored relationships with my daughters and my Dad, 3 generations! He is not only transforming my life, but is doing huge things in my children's lives, which in turn is changing people's lives but also my Dad's life, which again, is changing lives!
Now... I still am very active downtown, but instead of contributing negatively, I'm working with STORM outreach to show others there IS hope in Jesus Christ! The Author and Finisher of our faith!! He has taken a simple, nothing, dirty, junkie and transformed her into a new creature with a huge testimony! He did it for me and He can do it for anyone!!
Our staff at FOCAS ministries has spent the month of June featuring “Joy” as the weekly blog topic. How can such a little word be of any consequence? Ask yourself. Is my disposition prone to joyfulness? Can I give thanks in all circumstances? Am I a glass half full or half empty kind of person?
We learned earlier in the month that “Joy” is a characteristic of a person filled with the Holy Spirit. It’s also a state of being that Paul writes about in his letter to church at Philippians and to us today. He uses the word joy at least six times and it’s used at least 242 times in the Bible; so, it must be important. Since I am a context guy it helps me to have background detail in helping me to understand things better.
Paul uses the phrase, ”then make my joy complete by being like-minded,” in Phil 2:2. This is the same guy who was not exactly welcomed everywhere he went, went hungry, got cold, had lots of sleepless nights, suffered beatings, was shipwrecked, and was in and out of prison. If Joy is a feeling based on experiences that causes the feeling, then Paul was surely not relying on his experiences to justify his joy! Paul’s joy came from a perspective he maintained and not from anything good or bad that happened to him. I am sure he had moments of happiness, sadness, and maybe periods of depression. Regardless, he maintained his joy. How?
Read the rest of chapter two. I believe that Paul’s mind and attitude was focused on the living Christ as he preached his resurrection and return. He understood that he was being used by God to establish and build his church as he loved and served others – regardless of how they treated him. Paul new that God was working in him (and us) to will and to act according to His good purpose (verse 13).
When I pause and look at the broader context of Paul’s mission and life, I find encouragement and a great example to better understand that Joy does not come from my experiences, things, or people. It comes from being faithful to the life God has called me to serve – regardless of my circumstances. Sometimes that is easier said than done.
Next month – Patience!
Scott Bowers - Executive Director
Growing up, “Joy to the World”, was my Christmas fave. Our family of eight always attended church, yet, my upbringing didn't include bible literacy. I headed off to college … and didn’t enter a church, crack a bible or say a prayer for 21 years. So, I first arrived into God’s Word at the age of 40.
Those next twelve years, I was far more interested in being an intellectual Christian than living Spirit-filled. I learned tons of scriptures, because I wanted to be the smartest believer around. Not the wisest. And, certainly not the most loving.
LOVE launches us into the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23! I believe they flow supernaturally sequential … because, right after LOVE … is JOY!!! Hallelujah! I pursued happiness with everything in me for 50 years. And, I hit peaks of happiness and valleys of happiness. Yet, as I got older, any worldly pursuit I thought would make me happy instead distracted me from the LOVE of Heaven. Thus, my valleys got deeper … and my peaks became rare.
Today, I know that JOY has nothing to do with happiness. True, deep, lasting JOY comes from having the Fruit of the Spirit manifest in me. When my intimacy with God is near, and I live my days dead to self, a sense of JOY I can’t muster up on my own invades me. And, just like with LOVE before it, JOY then leads to a PEACE which surpasses all understanding.
Going back to before, and the supernatural sequential order of the Fruit of the Spirit … it is LOVE that sets off the JOY … which sets off the PEACE … and so on. What is the LOVE? It is God’s agape LOVE to us, then through us. Once we finally receive that God LOVES us so much that He sacrificed His son so we could be reconciled to Him, the devil loses his foothold on our lives and the Holy Spirit begins unleashing the Fruit in us, on us and through us. Regardless of my worst circumstances, if I am strolling intimately with the Spirit, I experience all of these: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS & SELF-CONTROL.
Tony Green - Director of Development
Romans 15:13 says, “ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Just recently I made an offer to buy a house. Seeking God’s will and not my own, I chose not to get excited until I knew this was actually going to happen. I’ve been down this road before. I paid to have an inspection done to make sure there were no major repairs that would need to be made. With that inspection, it was discovered that there was water leakage in the finished basement. God had my back and because my agent suggested doing an inspection I did not walk into a situation blindly where I would have to pay high repairs to take care of the leak. I walked away from this house, praising God, full of His joy and with a great deal of relief.
We can have joy if we will only put our trust in the Lord. Because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ our past has been erased. He remembers it no more. Our future is bright because it is in His hands. He knows the beginning from the end. He knows what is going to happen tomorrow and on down the road. The end results, if you are a born again Christian, is that you will spend eternity with Him.
So what happens in-between is in His hands if we give it to Him. He will work it out to our good (Romans 8:28). Give all to Him and trust Him and walk out the rest of your days in joy. The Holy Spirit will fill us with joy, peace and hope. Spend time with the Lord and study the Word. His presence will surround you. He will lead you and guide you. There is nothing better than being in the will of God. When we do His will He gives us His joy, peace and hope. His love will sustain us and be with us no matter what we face in life. We can live out our days in joy.
Vicky Gentry - Administrative Assistant
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV)
We are still in the season of spring. Spring is my favorite time of the year for many reasons. I love watching the flowers grow on the ground and the leaves grow on the trees. But, even during this season we are in, there are many storms that come and go.
In our individual lives, we also go through the seasons of life. I have been to weddings and funerals in the same week. You can never know when a storm is coming into your life. Life storms are sudden and unexpected.
In our personal lives, we have experienced hundreds of storms, but 9 months ago, we experienced the storm of our life. My wife and I came home from leading a STORM Street Outreach, to find our only son, which was 19 years old, dead from a gunshot wound to the stomach.
Although we are still very much hurt and grieving for our son we have found that it is possible to have peace in the storm. We have found that there truly is a peace that passes all understanding.
That peace is possible in the storm when we choose to keep our minds on God, knowing that He is the anchor in the storm. We must always realize that He alone is God and that He is the all-knowing, all powerful God, and He works all things together for good.
The last of the verse tells us that He gives us peace, because we trust in Him. The bible tells us to trust in The Lord with ALL our heart. We are not supposed to try to figure it all out or try to lean upon our own understanding. He calls us in the storms of life to trust Him, lean upon Him, acknowledge Him, call upon him, and cast all our worries, hurts, pain, and disappointments upon Him and He will direct our paths.
I don't know what storm you are currently in right now but, I challenge you to apply the opening verse to your life and you will find out like we are that He gives perfect peace in the storm.
Lord's Gym STORM Chaplain
James, the apostle, wrote:
"Now listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.' Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that.' "
We do not even know what will happen tomorrow...but that is okay. If we have believed on Jesus and received eternal life...we have no need to know all the future details of our existence here. If we have been assured of our eternal salvation we can rest in Him and take each day as part of a grand adventure. We don't need fortune tellers...we already know enough.
We know that we are on an adventuress path paved with a mix of challenges, troubles, and times of refreshing, joys and sorrows leading to a glorious ultimate connection with the Lord of lords. Each day is filled with some surprises...would we want it any other way?
We can all live with some uncertainty. What I can't live without is the ONE who gives us hope, love and mercy as I navigate thru the unknown challenges of everyday. Therein lies peace.
Bob Clarke - Director of Ministry Operations
How would you define being at peace with yourself and those around you? Calmness? Serenity? Lack of conflict? Being undisturbed? Having harmony? Being in a quiet state? Is it the absence of conflict? When I look around my local, state, national, and international landscape I see a lack of peace in so many ways.
ISIS wants to terrorize people into submission. Inner-cities erupt into violence over racial tensions and questionable police practices. Countless men, women, and children wander our streets with various addictions. A single parent is working multiple jobs to pay the bills and raise their kids. Another parent is married to their job working 60 plus hours a week while burning themselves out. Our youth are over stimulated with data and streaming images. For some, there is mental illness – something not to be taken lightly.
So where does a person go to acquire the elusive peace in the face of fear, uncertainty, fatigue, insecurity, and feeling of hopelessness during times like these? Some will resort to alcohol, drugs, or religion. For me, and my life experiences, it is first about having a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is not about works; but believing in what Jesus did on the cross and rising from the dead.
John 14:27 and 16:33 (along with numerous other verses) claim that Jesus brings peace to our being. Over time, our lives are characterized by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
We see that God says He provides peace; however, I think we have a part to play in experiencing God’s peace. Are you doing your part to cultivate it? I do not want to over simplify an elusive attribute; but, it takes time and learning to re-order our priorities. Maybe for some it means a lifestyle change or change of behaviors. I’ll leave you with this thought.
The next time you get anxious and overwhelmed remember and pray Philippians 4:6-9 which reads, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praise worthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (NIV)
Scott Bowers - Executive Director
2 Timothy 1:7 states, “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind.”
As a believer in Christ, we have purpose and destiny to fulfill for our Father’s kingdom. For us to accomplish this task, we cannot be afraid.
We are going to look at the three things we as children of God should be walking in. The first thing is walking in power: Jesus stated to His disciples, after His resurrection from the dead, in Acts 1:8, “You shall receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be witnesses…” We ought to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit, so we can be a witness for the Kingdom of God.
The second thing is to walk in God’s love, for He is love (1 John 4:8). Also 1 John 3:18 states, “…let us not love in word neither in tongue but, in deed and in truth.”
The third thing is having a sound mind. Philippians 2:5 states, “let this mind be found in you which was in Christ Jesus.” Jesus always stayed humble before the Father to use Him, even to the point of death. That is how we need to be as believers. Jesus was our great example on how we need to walk on this earth. So let us walk in boldness and not in fear. For we have the whole Kingdom of God backing us up. !!!
Rob Dothard – Chaplain Lord’s Gym OTR
Recently I went to my mailbox and discovered that one letter that brings a bitter-sweet reaction to the heart and mind – a summons for Jury duty. Great, I get to participate (again) in a privilege our society affords, a trial by our peers. But, it’s going to require a two-week commitment, and it will interfere with my work schedule. Having the responsibility of judging another person’s fate is not for the lighthearted.
The last time I was on jury, years ago, we had to try a murder case and the jury went back and forth before finally landing at its verdict – guilty! The judge proceeded accordingly. It reminds me, especially during the month of April, which we began by celebrating Easter, that each of us will one day stand before God to be judged by Him concerning our sin nature. Will He see that we repented and believed in His son – Jesus Christ? We are justified, (the idea of being shown to be just or to be free from blame) in Jesus who died on the cross, shed His blood, and rose from the dead 3 days later.
Having repented and put our faith and trust in Christ, there is only one verdict the judge can arrive at – not guilty.
Scott Bowers – Executive Director
I don’t know about you, but the scripture, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief,” has critical meaning for me. I didn’t believe big enough for years. I used to skip over every scripture that talked about my righteousness in Christ … that I was holy, blameless and without a single fault … that I was a joint heir with Christ. No way could that stuff be true for me. Right?
Wrong! Today, there are three critical Belief points for me:
- I believe that Jesus Christ is my savior because He is who He says He is.
- I believe that I am who God says I am because I am cleansed by the blood of Christ.
- I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform me more and more into Christlikeness.
Without believing all three of these, the father of all lies gets to rent space in my head.
Satan accuses me day & night, trying to secure a foothold in my life. Yet, Christ Jesus advocates on my behalf, and the Father sees me as holy, blameless & without a single fault. (Revelation 12:10, Ephesians 4:27, 1 John 2:1, Colossians 1:22)
There is no doubt that I stub my spiritual toe daily and grieve the Holy Spirit. But, at least now I truly believe that the Father is not up in heaven condemning me every single time I do. The blood of Christ justifies me once and for all with the Father.
It’s like this: Imagine two large grease boards up in heaven. One has Jesus name at the top of it. The other has my name at the top. Jesus’ grease board is pristine perfect. Mine has millions of individual sins listed under my name. The moment I accept the blood, my name is erased from my grease board and Jesus name is written above all my sins. And, crazily, my name is now put at the top of the pristine perfect grease board. What grace! What mercy!! What manner of love is this?!?!?!
Thank you, Father, for loving me from everlasting to everlasting. Thank you, Jesus, for cleansing me with your blood. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for the supernatural work you’ve already done, are doing and will continue to do to transform me inside out.
Tony Green – Director of Development
How do we stay steadfast in our walk with the Lord? One vital thing we must do is study the Word of God. John 8:31-32 (NASB) tells how Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; “and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” The Word of God is the truth. We must know what the Word says in order to be set free.
Studying God’s Word will change our way of thinking and conform it to the will of God. The Word is the will of God. It is the roadmap for our life. One of the hardest times of my life was in 2005 when I was facing divorce because of abuse. I was in the Word morning and night seeking out God’s will for me and making sure I was in line with His will for my life. In times of big decisions, we must seek Him and His will, not our own. The only way to know His will is to be in the Word. Psalm 119:105 (NASB) says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Without the Word in our hearts we will not know His will for our life. We must be steadfast in the Word.
If we want to be a true disciple of Jesus we must know the Word. Knowing the Word will keep us on the straight and narrow path. Its knowledge will keep us from being deceived by wrong teachings and making wrong decisions. 2 Peter 3:17 (NASB) says, “ You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness. We must be steadfast in the Word so that we can continue to walk in the freedom that Christ has provided for us.
Vicky Gentry – Administrative Assistant
1 Corinthians 15:58 English Standard Version (ESV)
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
The definition of steadfast is: very devoted or loyal to a person, belief, or cause; not changing.
We live in a world that is constantly changing. I believe that we as Christians should be the most committed and devoted people on the face of the earth. We should be steadfast when it comes to our relationship with Jesus Christ, in our marriages, and in our callings.
I have seen so many Christians that have bailed out when hard times came or an unexpected tragedy strikes their lives. Paul tells us in the above scriptures to be steadfast and immovable. This is not the time to quit and throw in the towel. This is the time to pray, seek the face of God, and not give an inch to the adversary.
Galatians 6:9 (ESV)
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Jim Turner – Lord’s Gym STORM Chaplain
Trouble is brewing...somewhere. How do I know? It is a fallen and rebellious world so it comes with the territory. Trouble comes in many forms, sometimes totally unexpected. Bad weather, crime, disease, war....you know the possibilities. So how does one prepare?
It is prudent and practical to physically prepare for some common troubles that may come our way. We can do the simple common sense things like have matches, candles, flashlights and batteries in preparation for the loss of electricity. We can stock up on food...for those times the grocery store may be inaccessible for a myriad of reasons. A battery operated radio can be handy. We can have on hand basic tools. There are all kinds of websites that give practical tips on surviving a crisis...just do a google search.
How does one prepare emotionally and spiritually? The kind of person that people rally around during a crisis is a person with a great moral character and a calm and deep confidence. I believe that this kind of character and steadfastness can only truly come through an abiding friendship with the Lord of lords.
We tend to emulate the character of those we spend time with. It is a worthy goal to seek the awareness of God and the presence of God throughout our day. Time spent in prayer and meditation on the words of Jesus will surely help form the character of Christ in us. Then as we respond each day to the challenges that come our way with dependence on and guidance from Him we move forward in our preparation for bigger trials. We can thank our Father from above that even our moments of weakness are fertile ground for important lessons in our training if we humbly submit to His corrective hand.
In this crazy surreal time that we live, I am choosing to move forward in the pursuit of the character of Christ in my life. I'm seeking to grab hold of the fruit of the Spirit promised to His people...love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
So whether my trouble is a flat tire or something more ominous I'm making spiritual provisions. How about you?
Bob Clarke - Director of Ministry Operations