HAVE A MUSTARD SEED FAITH
YOU CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS
Here comes Steve, a retired, humble, respectful veteran who we met at Skid Row 3 years ago. He’s come to visit from time to time just say hi. Last Sunday he came with his car very excited telling me he is working for Uber now. He got a job. He can walk independently. All these things happen because of God’s grace and miracles. Steve committed coming to serve the community he left 3 years ago. Praise the Lord.
POLICE OFFICERS SAID “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICES FOR THE COMMUNITY.”
Last Sunday we had double parked in front of parking lot. Suddenly while we were packing to leave, a police car stopped right behind our car. I immediately approached the officers’ car, apologizing and explaining we would move in minutes. The officers said, “Don’t worry. We just want to let you know that we thank you for your services for the community.”
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord. To God be the Glory. Amen. Amen. Amen!
Pray before anything starts. Talk to your Heavenly Father before you talk to anybody else.
Being homeless usually they are trying to hide their past, they are shy and feel shame, have extremely low self-esteem and this is blended with some sort of pride. It sounds complicated and hard to reach out to their hearts. The first time when I started to share the Gospel and my little mobile Christian library with them, I hesitated to hug them because of the unpleasant smell. I cared for them from a distance. They kept me at a distance as well. I couldn’t reach out to the unreachable to bring the glory to God. I was frustrated. When I got home, I wasn’t happy. I felt I was a hypocrite. My inward didn’t match my outward. I kept praying, asking God to change my heart and help me. Then the Word revealed in my heart:
Our Lord, Savior Jesus Christ reached out to the lepers, why can’t we?
The first greatest commandment is: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
The second greatest commandment is: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Now they are my friends; even some who claimed they were Jewish or Muslim before, started reading Christian books.
God is working around us and through us to accomplish the work for the Kingdom all the time. Reach out to the unreachable, touch the untouchable. God will do the rest. We need to grasp every opportunity that God puts in our hand. That’s a command not a suggestion!
After church and ministry services at skid row this morning I came to the Autry Museum of The American West, sitting here enjoying the sunshine waiting for God to whisper in my ears. I don’t know but He said, “Hold My hands, I will give you wisdom. I will guide you.” Yes! His Will be done.
Melinda Rodriguez is another great testimony, of God’s grace and love in her life. Congratulations Melinda! We are proud of you. Love you!
Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV) – “5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Let’s sing “Hallelujah. Praise the Lord.” Amen!
Posted by Melinda Rodriguez:
Today was pretty cool. Got interviewed and filmed with Eat well magazine. My life if changing more and more everyday. I’m climbing that mountain of success. Thanks to Kitchens for Good and Oz Blackaller. For giving me a chance and believing in me..
Yesterday, we celebrated the life of a fellow skid row teammate, Karen Nelson. Come to find out we started serving on Christian Assembly’s Skid Row team about the same time in 2007.
Karen was a Jersey Girl that had an incredibly hard life, she was physically abused and mentally abused by her own parents; as a means to cope she numbed the pain with alcohol and drugs. Karen’s life had reached bottom with thoughts of suicide, but God had other plans. Through the invitation of a co-worker to come to church (after being asked numerous times), little did she know that in that moment of saying yes, her life was about to change, forever. Karen accepted God’s love for her and developed a relationship with Jesus that took her on a wild ride to Skid Row. Karen served faithfully, and a year before her end with cancer (a long battle), she served for her last time, in a wheelchair. People on skid row connected immediately with her and enjoyed her visit and prayers. Karen wanted to be loved, hugged and heard. She found her happy place; she found that love in Jesus, with her cats and with all her friends on Skid Row. Karen, we miss you and love you. You are always in our hearts.
What a beautiful memorial celebration and what a precious reunion of friends gathering together to honor Karen’s love, friendship and service. [Credit to sister Marlo Lundberg Reininger]
Matthew 21:13 – “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”
Satan is real.
After last Sunday I shared “How we can please God? And this morning while I shared “How to glorify God?” a few loud noises came from outside our church at the gate. Instantly fire burned in my heart and I angrily shouted to them in a demanding manner to be quiet and remind them “This is God’s house.”
After this incident, they quieted down. Afterward, I felt bad about my temper. One of our church members came to me quoting Matthew 21:13 and saying, “Jennifer, you are doing the right thing to defend God’s house.” And the other brother came to me say, “Jennifer. You know Satan is going to attack you as long as you share the Gospel. Be ready for the fight.”
After all this happened we closed the service with 1 Chronicles 16:8-36, in which King David instructed Asaph and Asaph’s wife and their relatives on how to glorify God.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Roman 8:31.
Romans 8:28 – “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
For five years God had mended our relationship ever closer.
My heart is full of joy after reading one of my daughters’ messages:
2 of my professors offered to be my reference for an internship.
I got nominated by 2 professors to study business in Morocco for 3 weeks in the Summer. I am going to apply for scholarships to pay for it or I will pay for it. I am telling you so you can be happy. Thank you!
I have also set up the professors who will write me my recommendation letters for my MBA. So I am happy.
I love you mom thank you for helping me with school and stuff.
My the other daughter, Wendy, is the greatest loving wife and mom to my two grandsons.
God is so good to us. God has revealed Himself to us who love Him. Thank you Daddy! Amen.