Sunday, January 28, 2018
Friday, January 26, 2018
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Monday, January 22, 2018
Friday, January 19, 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018
This morning the residents helped me preach my message. Every time I read a verse, they were saying it right along with me. They have learned so much. At the close of the service many of the residents were asking for prayer for others. Some of them actually guided me around the room to those who needed prayer. We have become family and truly care for one another.
We had a great group this afternoon. I continue to be amazed at the lack of ministry in nursing care facilities. I don't think about it a lot because I'm doing it all the time. I was reminded again as a resident thanked me for coming and mentioned I'm the only minister they see. They just cling to the Good News.
There were several Bibles needed this afternoon but I only had 1 in the car. It's time to get more Bibles. No-one should ever be without a Bible who wants one.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
There are many residents here in Claremore that love to sing. When we sing the hymns of the church it brings back many memories. In an Alzheimer unit it's great to work on the memory. The Bible says, we are to renew our minds to the Word of God. It also says, let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. It's a great way to minister in these facilities. There were so many smiles this morning. It was wonderful to see the power of God at work.
As I looked around the room my first thought was, there are needs everywhere: cancer, epilepsy, dementia, etc. The Bible says, believers will lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. We began to sing. Between songs I laid my hands on everyone in the room and prayed God's healing power to flow. God is so good!
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Monday, January 15, 2018
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
It seems that residents in nursing care facilities are very grateful to have the opportunity to worship their Lord. They worship more freely when the service is familiar. I think everyone is that way no matter where you live. Most of the residents know and like the old hymns. So, that's what we use. They love it. The word is spreading about the services and we are growing.
Now it's on to Bartlesville :)
Monday, January 8, 2018
Friday, January 5, 2018
Thursday, January 4, 2018
As I was handing out song sheets this morning, a woman laying in a geri chair called me over to her side. She wanted me to see her newly received engagement ring. He is also in the nursing home. She was very excited and then asked me if I would preside over their wedding. That's when it hit me again, "They really do consider me as their pastor." These are lives that, to many times, disappear and are forgotten behind the closed doors of nursing homes. I am committed to provide a Christian atmosphere for residents to continue to grow and prosper in the Lord. When the Lord asked me to go into nursing homes to: "Strengthen The Saved - Save The Lost", He new what He was talking about!
Now, it's on to Tahlequah.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
This is only the second ministry day of the new year but I can already tell that we are ministering on a higher level. I'm not sure how to explain that. There is a greater ease and flow that I have not experienced before. Considering the mix of residents in the service this morning, you might ask the question, "What are we going to do with this?" It was light and easy. That is taking on the yoke of Christ. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. I laid my hands on everyone in the room and sensed the healing power of God flowing.
This afternoon the same thing happened. There was an ease about the service that was supernatural. The presence of the Lord calming. We were family and didn't want to leave.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
That seems to be the question on most residents minds, "How are we going to make it through?" This morning we talked about being in Christ and what that means. God has already prepared a customized plan for each one of our lives. Then, He leaves it up to us to do with it whatever we want. Many are not even aware of the abundance that can be ours by simply saying "Yes!" and following Him. When we do things our own way it can be frustrating and confusing. But, if we follow Him it can be light and easy. I choose Him!