Baptism and Scholarship!

ONLY BY GOD’S GRACE AND LOVE CAN THIS HAPPEN.
GOD IS STILL WORKING AND IN CONTROL.

Today, 7/19/2020 is a special day for our brother Brian Austin, a humble, loving young man who started his class at The Urban Ministry Institute of Los Angeles on 7/14/2020. He told me he wants to attend the school I graduated from. He made the decision to serve the Lord, and after today’s service he asked to be baptized. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord. You will be notified of Brian’s baptism date. Please join me to pray for Brian.

And I am honored to sign his “Pastor’s Reference Form.” Good news plus good news. The Urban Ministry Institute of Los Angeles gives him a full scholarship!

There is no word that can describe the joy in me to witness a reborn baby in Christ. Rejoice in the Lord. There is Hope in Christ.

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Relationship

During these more than 6 years of services, I missed one Sunday to visit my daughter but our service still kept going thanks to Pastor Obie Obiacoro who helped me to preach that day. Even when I had a car accident a few years back, brother Jamie suggested, “ You need to be there; just sit there. They just want to see you there. Need prayer.” So I presented.

Today I needed a test to be done in the morning in order to have a procedure done the following Wednesday. They came, lined up as usual and noticed that we didn’t set up for services. We just passed out food, drinks and Bibles, and prayed for them.

They asked “Why don’t have we Church service today?” “Will we have church service next Sunday?!” After I explained why I have to leave early today, they all asked, “Are you okay?! Take care of yourself.”

This precious relationship is priceless and can be found nowhere but in God’s house. God changed their goal of life from food to the Word of God.

And good news is one of our friends, Brian, is going to start his first class at The Urban Ministry Institute on 7/13/2020. With God all things are possible! Hallelujah! Will you join me to pray for Brian’s walk after God?

Thank you for your prayers and support. To God be the Glory! Amen.

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Listening Prayer

“A praying person hears the voice of God.” – Pastor Doug Kelley

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Doug Kelley

July 2

LISTENING PRAYER

Most believers feel guilty that they don’t pray enough. The Bible says that we are to pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5:17). If prayer is defined as nothing more than man talking to God, we have a problem. But true prayer is just like a telephone conversation – speaking and listening.

Famous Christian leader Oswald Chambers said, “Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life.” Missionary William Carey said, “Prayer – secret, fervent, believing prayer – lies at the root of all personal godliness.” God says that His house shall be called a “House of Prayer” (Matt 21:13).

Richard Foster says, “Certain things will happen in history if we pray rightly. We are to change the world by prayer.” John Wesley agrees, “God does nothing but in answer to prayer.” Prayer is not always fun – it is work. Our ears can be so filled with the world’s wax that we can’t hear His still, small voice.

Oftentimes, our prayers do not seem to change our circumstances. But, fervent and effectual prayer will change the person praying. I like the old song that says, “I just heard from heaven, and it’s alright now.” God solves problems, lifts burdens, changes hearts and confirms direction when we pray.

TAKEAWAY: A praying person hears the voice of God.

Prophecy

AWARE: It was PROPHECY.
It is becoming a REALITY soon.

Isaiah 59 (ESV)
Evil and Oppression
1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save,
or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;
2 but your iniquities have made a separation
between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
so that he does not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood
and your fingers with iniquity;
your lips have spoken lies;
your tongue mutters wickedness.
4 No one enters suit justly;
no one goes to law honestly;
they rely on empty pleas, they speak lies,
they conceive mischief and give birth to iniquity.
5 They hatch adders’ eggs;
they weave the spider’s web;
he who eats their eggs dies,
and from one that is crushed a viper is hatched.
6 Their webs will not serve as clothing;
men will not cover themselves with what they make.
Their works are works of iniquity,
and deeds of violence are in their hands.
7 Their feet run to evil,
and they are swift to shed innocent blood;
their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;
desolation and destruction are in their highways.
8 The way of peace they do not know,
and there is no justice in their paths;
they have made their roads crooked;
no one who treads on them knows peace.

9 Therefore justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not overtake us;
we hope for light, and behold, darkness,
and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.
10 We grope for the wall like the blind;
we grope like those who have no eyes;
we stumble at noon as in the twilight,
among those in full vigor we are like dead men.
11 We all growl like bears;
we moan and moan like doves;
we hope for justice, but there is none;
for salvation, but it is far from us.
12 For our transgressions are multiplied before you,
and our sins testify against us;
for our transgressions are with us,
and we know our iniquities:
13 transgressing, and denying the Lord,
and turning back from following our God,
speaking oppression and revolt,
conceiving and uttering from the heart lying words.

Judgment and Redemption
14 Justice is turned back,
and righteousness stands far away;
for truth has stumbled in the public squares,
and uprightness cannot enter.
15 Truth is lacking,
and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.
The Lord saw it, and it displeased him[a]
that there was no justice.
16 He saw that there was no man,
and wondered that there was no one to intercede;
then his own arm brought him salvation,
and his righteousness upheld him.
17 He put on righteousness as a breastplate,
and a helmet of salvation on his head;
he put on garments of vengeance for clothing,
and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak.
18 According to their deeds, so will he repay,
wrath to his adversaries, repayment to his enemies;
to the coastlands he will render repayment.
19 So they shall fear the name of the Lord from the west,
and his glory from the rising of the sun;
for he will come like a rushing stream,[b]
which the wind of the Lord drives.

20 “And a Redeemer will come to Zion,
to those in Jacob who turn from transgression,” declares the Lord.

21 “And as for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from this time forth and forevermore.”

Experiencing God

I have to share with you.

Two months ago I rented this 10 x 10 room in a mobile home in Chatsworth. I arranged my room with a faith corner and a small garden on my study desk. I knew that’s God’s arrangement for me to leave the crowd to spend time with Him. Everything was arranged for me perfectly. God’s peace and joy filled my heart. Sometimes I felt that I am an outsider looking into the world.

Since this virus happened. I am extremely in peace and full of joy to worship with God, spending private time just with my Father.

This afternoon when I walked around this park, the mountains, white clouds and light blue clear sky surrounded me. So quiet I almost can hear my breath. I had never experienced closeness to God like these few days. That’s the intimate relationship with my Daddy that I was longing for. I FOUND IT.

Thank you Lord, Jesus for your forgiveness. I claim, I am Yours. Amen.

Take care of yourself and your family. Do not let the situation defeat you emotionally and physically. Communicate with God. Listen to His voice attentively. He is in control.

NOTICE: Our Service Is On Hold Due To COVID-19

URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT

Due to the emergency lockdown for the virus. we are going to temporarily stop our services.

If ANY ONE needs food, please contact me to arrange pick up some food.

For our friends at Skid Row, all the mission remain open.

Also Los Angeles is converting 42 of its recreation centers into temporary shelters for homeless residents, providing 6,000 new beds to try to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In the first phase they plan to open 1,600 shelter beds at 13 recreation centers by Monday March 23, with beds provided by the American Red Cross.

Please keep praying for all people, all nations in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Prayer Is Listening

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Doug Kelley

PRAYER IS LISTENING

Most people think prayer is talking to God and they are right. But prayer is also God talking to us. We need to listen for His still, small voice. When God whispers, we need to be still. God is not trying to make us live life without His counsel. He wants to share with us more than we want to hear.

Living in the Spirit is a joy unspeakable. God is not some puppet master pulling the strings of His puppets. He has made us in His image and likeness and empowered us with the ability to decide whether to accept or reject Him. His counsel is wonderful even when it requires hard decisions.