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Who Are You? (Jerry 3/26/14)

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Who are you? Are you a banker, lawyer, landscaper, stay at home mom? Are you who you are because the world says that is who you are? It’s really not important who we are in the world but who we are in Christ. Would our co-workers know that we follow Christ if we didn’t tell them?

Who was Christ? The religious leaders thought that He was just an unclean, nobody who was casting out demons by the power of Beezlebub. It doesn’t matter if you are the richest person in the world. If you don’t have Jesus then you have nothing. “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?” What does matter is that we know Christ and walk according to His ways. If we have Christ we have everything.

What do we do after Christ has made us new and forgiven us for our sins? Do we just come to church and listen to the preacher until we die? I know that everyone is not called into the ministry and when I say ministry, I am talking about being a preacher, teacher, evangelist. But when we were forgiven of our sins through Christ we were called into the ministry whether we want to be or not. We can minister to those we work around. We can let our life be a testimony. We aren’t to sit idly by and be ashamed to be a child of the Most High God, Creator of the universe. We walk the walk and talk the talk on a daily basis. That’s how we are ministers. A lot of people are scared or worried about being ambassadors of Christ because they think that they have to be perfect. If we wait until we’re perfect to tell people about Jesus then it’s never going to happen.

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Does God Care? Yes, God Cares! Psalm 10:14

Psalm 10:14

“But You, O God, do see trouble and grief;

You consider it to take it in hand.

The victim commits himself to You;

You are the helper of the fatherless.”

God is considerate of our grief and our problems. God sees our hearts and what we feel. God cares about us and He has us in mind.

And… God takes action on our behalf. He is not an un-involved observer of our lives.

God sees our troubles and our grief and He considers them to take up for us –

  • to relieve us
  • to intervene for us
  • to make a way for us
  • to be there for us
  • to redeem us

God’s plan has always been one of redemption, intervention, restoration, transformation.

God’s purposes towards us have always been for showing his great love for those who seek Him.

The invitation has always been open to any and to all of us.

Psalm 10:14 also says that those who have been hurt and mistreated commit themselves to the Lord because He is One who take care of them. In this particular verse, the Lord is the helper of the fatherless. How many of us today are fatherless? Divorce, adultery, drugs, alcoholism, workaholism [I made that term up, of course], abuse, death – have all taken so many fathers away from the families. Many have a father in the home, and even mothers, but are without parental guidance because the parent/parents are caught up in the pleasures or the worries of this world. But God is a father to any one of us who needs a true and loving Father. Even those who have wonderful earthly fathers could still use a Heavenly Father who’s love is beyond compare.

God is great and He is loving! He is worth getting to know!

God bless you! ❤

Angela

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“Private Letter (not anymore) from Jerry in Jail to Wife written 4/24/14”

I Love You! ❤

Angela,

Hey Babe! I hope you woke up with a big smile on that beautiful face because God loves you and you know who comes in second place on the love scale, that would be me.  I don’t think they have a certain time they pass out mail but I got 2 letters from you this morning after breakfast. One on the 18th and the one on the 20th and 21st. They did let the envelope in that you wrote on the outside of, I’m surprised. I was so glad to get more letters from you and [our children]. I am so thankful to God each and every day for so many things, for saving my soul, for giving me you and the kids and good friends and church family. I’m so glad that y’all are staying strong, praying for me and praying for each other, that makes me so glad.

And you are right about so many things in your letters, about not worrying about what man might or might not do but worry about what God wants us to do. You are right, we are aliens here. We’re like the Bible says, like a vapor but if we know the Father we pass from this life to an even better one. But, while we are here we must be about our Father’s work just as our Lord was and I really try to do that every day.

I have pretty much talked to everyone in here about the Father and some have even gotten out now. But, you are right in your epiphany about that it’s not us but Him. We’re just telling everyone that will listen and God put the people in position to listen. Whether they do listen or not is up to them. But, we tell people about us to show how far down in the pit we were, and what He’s done for us and they see that if God can save us as bad off as we were and all the stuff we had done, then He can save anyone! J That’s all we do is show His glory!

Baby, I love you and long to be in your arms and to give the kids a big hug and kiss. Like I have told you in so many of my letters, I love you so much that words can’t describe. You have loved me through everything and I want to do the same for you. My baby, my angel of the morning…

This morning I was doing my devotion, “My Daily Bread,” and it was awesome. The daily reading was Lamentations 3:13-26 but you know the verse that you are always talking about – it was in there – Lamentations 3:22-23 “The steadfastness of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness.” I love that verse. But what the devotion was talking about was that we trust Jesus through the ups and downs of life, but when life takes a turn and leaves us with bumps and bruises we may feel as though Jesus walked away to let us come painfully crashing down. But, Lamentations reminds us in v22 that God is faithful even when everything seems to be falling apart. This means that in the midst of our pain, even though we may feel lonely, we are not alone. J And though we may not feel His presence, He is there as our trusted companion who will never walk away and let us down. Isn’t that awesome?!! That is some of the stuff that we say all of the time! God is good all the time! All the time, God is good! Praise His name all the earth and use me for Your glory, God. God is good!

Baby, I can’t wait until we are able to talk and enjoy each other’s company and the kids’ company. It’s like I told you that when you are away from your family it really is the small things that you miss. I’m praying all the time for God to put us back together ASAP and everything to go good for you and the kids and that you and the kids are safe. I am so glad that all of you are doing good and I want you to thank all the people that are praying for me/us and helping you and the kids/us. You and the kids and of course, God first, is what keeps me going and all the prayers I would be lying if I told you I don’t get depressed because I do – and then I remember and pray to God because I am not as one who has no hope. I also think about you and the kids and know that y’all are alright and that helps me, too. Maybe the car or cherry picker or something will sell where you will have a little money. J

I can’t say enough how much your letters mean to me. They encourage me and make my day when I start missing you and the kids I’ll read one of your letters. I also love your analogy about the rich man. That really does or did fit me because it’s easy to forget where you came from and how easy it is to go back. Now we are with our sweet Jesus where I/we will never depart from Him. But, baby you are my soul mate, you are the half that completes me and I just love you more each and every day. I’m proud of you for the strong Christian woman that you are.. I know that you/I have a calling for His glory and for Him to save souls from hell but that really is the calling of every Christian man and woman. I’m glad that [2 people we know] have been getting along. We’ll just continue to pray for healing. I love you and will write more tomorrow.

Your Loving Husband,

Jerry ❤ I love my Baby

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*NEW* Jerry Writes from Jail on 4/21/14 “Random Thoughts and Ramblings for My Lord Jesus Christ”

Philippians 4:6-7 KJV

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication and thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

I claim these verses for me and my family as we go through our trial. God is going to keep us as long as we keep our Redeemer in first place. The world of people that don’t know Jesus just think this is all crazy fairy tales but I know that God is real. Because I can pray to my God and He answers me. No, He doesn’t always give me what I want but He always gives me what I need.

Luke 6:27-28 tells us to love our enemies and do good to them that hate you. Bless those that curse you and pray for them which despitefully use you.

Does this sound like a god that hates people? He is love and wants everyone to believe in Him.

Luke 6:35 is also a good verse: “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”

Luke 9:56 is also a good verse. It says “For the Son of Man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” Jesus doesn’t want to condemn anyone but He wants to give everyone life to the full.

I can tell you from experience and I’m really trying to drive this home so I’m not going to quit saying it:

There is no better high than serving our Lord and being filled with His Holy Spirit [or being in His presence].

When you are in the world the people that you thought were your friends will be gone in a minute, but not the Lord. He will stick closer to you than a brother. He will never leave you nor forsake you. When times are tough for us and it looks like all there is, is darkness, that’s when Jesus shines the brightest. He shows up and shows out for His people. He is not some weak God like the world thinks He is. He is a mighty warrior ready to go to war to save the lost and hurting to give them hope.

So let’s get the word out that the war against the devil and his minions is on and we are going to win because we serve a Living God that loves people and doesn’t want any to go to hell. We all have the Great Commission, now don’t get me wrong, you have to know that the time is right, that the Spirit is leading, and then have no fear about talking about our Jesus.

We love Jesus. He is always to be the main focus of anything that we say or do. he is always the Head. Amen.