God continues to work in a very powerful way in the nursing homes. Many residents - whom the medical staff would say, "They're not capable of carrying on a conversation." - were talking and picking out songs to sing. When I arrived, one woman seemed quit boisterous and agitated. By the end of the service she had the biggest smile in the room and we were holding hands. The love of God is being shed abroad by the Holy Ghost.
Rom. 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
This morning we had another large crowd, 45 or so. They were ready to praise the Lord. Today the topic was "How To Walk The Path God Has Planned For You." Residents, staff, and family were in the service today. Along that path is our provision. "Yes Lord, I will go where you want me to go and do what you want me to do."
It's wonderful to watch family come and sit with those who are living in nursing care facilities. I spoke with a woman this morning who's sister was in Haskell. I conducted her funeral for her several months ago. Now, her mother is in the Broken Arrow facility. She was thrilled that we were here preaching the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We had a great group. After the service one of the woman said, "You make it sound like it's really true!" Praise the Lord it is not only true - it is the TRUTH.
We had a wonderful testimony this morning. I was talking about walking the path that God has prepared for each and every one of us. I said, "Getting off the path can cause terrible destruction in our lives." A woman raised her hand and said, "That is right!" She said, "Look at me. God didn't do this, I did. I got off my path and did my own thing. Since I've been in this nursing home I've developed a very close relationship with the Lord and He is healing me." We are learning how to walk that path. One of the verses we looked at was:
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
This morning the music was amazing. It was out of time, off key, very loud, sometimes yelling, but all to the glory of God. They were giving glory to Him with everything they had. It was wonderful. Then, we talked about following the path of God. We must: (1) trust Him and realize that (2)His ways are higher than our ways.
I minister in an Alzheimer's facility in Claremore. I always enjoy watching them "come alive" when we begin to minister and sing the hymns. Smiles came to their faces and we began to talk about things in their past. The Spirit of God is very powerful and able to quicken their spirits. We continue to: Strengthen The Saved - Save The Lost
It just seemed like we should focus on the basics of salvation this morning. We sang several of the old hymns and then went straight to John 3:16 and Rom. 10:9-10. There were many tears with salvations and re-dedications. Thank you Lord. What an amazing morning.
What a great morning. This group in Glenpool will gather at a moments notice to praise the Lord. Hands were in the air as we praised Him. Then we looked at what it means to put on the helmet of salvation, and the breastplate of righteousness. How do we use these pieces of armor to fight the good fight of faith.
I remember the first time I heard the things I am teaching. I thought to myself, "I've never heard anything like that before. Could that be true". But, I couldn't deny the fact that it was the Word. It was Truth. It changed my life. Now it's changing others. We are ministering, "Fighting the good fight of faith by putting on the whole armor of God". Many of the residents had that look that I had the first time I heard it. We are growing, growing, growing in the Word of God. Rom 5:17 says, . . ."they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." We can fight the good fight of faith and win. Praise the Lord!
I must admit, I really enjoy going to East Gate Village. But, this morning was exceptional. We had 43 residents in the service. (When you get 43 wheel chairs all in the same place it takes up a lot of room.) Denomination does not matter because we are all pressing in to the Word of God. We are in a series called "Fighting The Good Fight Of Faith." Today we talked about putting on the breastplate of righteousness. Oh my, it got exciting when they realized righteousness was a gift and not something they had to work for. It comes with accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior. You want to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness when you realize how good He is. We're back on the road again: Strengthening The Saved - Saving The Lost
I always like to see new residents come to the services. This morning was no exception. Tidwell Living Center is receiving new residents and they brought them into the service. It's wonderful to watch them "come alive" when they hear the Word. We are talking about "fighting the good fight of faith" by putting on the whole armor of God. A lot of people don't even know that's in the Bible. Romans 5:17 says, "For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ."
This morning we went to a different part of the building do to some building renovations. It was great. A smaller room but more residents. I think we'll meet there more often. We've been talking about "fighting the good fight of faith." A good fight is a fight you win! Last time I was here we put on our helmet of salvation. Today we talked about putting on the breastplate of righteousness. It's wonderful to watch residents realize and understand who they are in Christ. We continue to: Strengthen The Saved - Save The Lost
Wow, it was an amazing morning. I started the service like I usually do but then it seemed like I should go around the room and lay my hands on every resident, believing all their needs would be met. What came to me was this verse, "These signs shall follow those who believe. . ." Then I heard this, "If you are a believer these signs will follow you." So, I began to lay hands on every one of them. Talking with them. Praying with them. And, sharing what the Lord had said to me. Many began to tremble and cry. It was an awesome sight. God truly wants to meet our every need according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.
It is so wonderful to start the day by Praising The Lord! Many times residents will ask, "What day is it?" (Because, every day seems the same in the nursing homes.) Generally I respond by saying, "It's 'Friday' and time to praise the Lord." Today was no exception. We praised the Lord and then looked at How Good God Is. He is gooder than good. He is exceptionally good. We really need to hear that, over and over again! Now, it's on to Holdenville.
This morning was WONDERFUL. We had revival right at the git-go. It was a full room, hands in the air, and we were just thrilled to be together as the family of God. We talked about putting on the whole armor of God in relation to fighting the good fight of faith. At the close there were several who rededicated themselves to the Lord. Then, we laid hands on the sick and they recovered. God is always So Good!
Our hands were raised as we worshiped our Lord and Savior. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I am so thankful He stays the same. Things can change all around us but one thing will never change - Him. The Bible says, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
There is a woman here whom I had not seen before. She is young and in a geri chair. As I reached out to hold her hand she went wild. She grabbed whatever she could get a hold of and pulled me to her. She was not about to let go. After a little bit she settled down and, I believe, sensed the love of God. Oh, the love of God. It is a wonderful thing. When God comes on the scene everything changed.
I find it fascinating how the congregation can create a freedom to minister. They can also bind you to the point where you wonder if you should say anything at all. This morning there was wonderful freedom to minister. Half way through the message I noticed a new resident in the back of the room who had brought her bible. She was taking notes and clinging to every word I said. Then I knew, she was giving me that freedom to minister.
We were looking at what it means to put on the whole armor of God. As we receive the gift of righteousness, and put it on, we can rule and reign in this life with Christ Jesus. At the close of the service there were many who wanted prayer.
It was a slow start this morning. It's the first day of the month, Monday, and the new monthly calenders were not up yet. The residents didn't know I was coming. We started with 4 residents in the room. I said to the Lord, "I know you sent me to minister and that's what I'm going to do." Several more came in after the music started. A chaplain came in and sat through the service. He is affiliated with one of the hospice organizations. After the service he spoke with me and said, there were several residents in the service with very short term memory who were paying attention. He was very surprised but pleased. When I realized who he was referring to, I was surprised. I speak with them all the time and we carry on normal conversations. God's Word is very powerful! Praise the Lord.