Sunday, August 03, 2008

Mercy Ministries...11:12AM

11:12AM Continuation of Sandi's Live Blogging From the 10 AM Service At Valley Word Church, Roanoke, VA. (These are my fast as I can type...and are NOT a word for word transcript.)

"Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered!"

Using an analogy of looking at Most Wanted posters at the Post Office: We need to hope that we're on the Top 10 Most Wanted list in hell itself!

The program that they share with those hurting girls has changed countless lives. Because they do not accept government funding or insurance money they are able to share Jesus Christ and the life changing power of the Holy Spirit.

Judging...if we are offended by what someone does, then we can't help to change his or her life. God meets people RIGHT WHERE THEY ARE AT!! And we need to do the same! When people come to our church and they don't look like we think they should look, we have to accept them the way that Jesus accepts them.

Nancy just shared a true story about a young lady who had been sexually/physically abused by every man in her life who was supposed to protect and defend her, and they only defense mechanism she had was to dress like a boy and look like a say I will never let another man get near me to hurt me. Nancy ministered to her and when that young lady got out of the correctional facility Nancy prayed the sinner's prayer with her and encouraged her that when he got home she needed to go to a church near her and talk to the women's ministry and see if they could work with her and let her be a part of their ministry.

Nancy got a call a short time later from the young girl's mom who had come home and found her daughter dead, in the bathroom, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The signed letter she left said that she'd gone down to the church and tried to talk to the women and to be able to be a part of the women's ministry and they laughed at her and rejected her. That young woman couldn't handle any more rejection (especially from those who proclaim Jesus as their Lord) and she KILLED HERSELF!

There's always a "why behind the "what".
"Mercy always triumphs over judgment."

When we receive Christ we are not "recovering" anythings! We are New Creations! We are regenerated. We don't go around saying, "I'm Sandi, and I'm a recovering depressed person. And I'll always be a depressed person..." NO!!!!! We are created in His image. Old things have passed away and all things become new!

We cannot dwell and hold onto our past (nor can we encourage others to dwell on their past lives!)! We have to meditate on and speak the WORD OF GOD over ourselves and OTHERS.

I can't adequately share what Nancy has ministered, so I highly challenge you to get the recording of this service. It has been powerful! And plug in to tonight's service at 6pm!

Mercy Ministries...

I know it's been a long time since I've written anything in this blog. Rest assured, we've got a LOT going on in regards to missions, both here and points around the globe. But today I felt compelled to live blog as our special guest speaker, Nancy Alcorn of Mercy Ministries, ministers.

We got to hear the testimony of a young lady who graduated from Mercy's FREE (there's NEVER a charge to the girls or their families). She had been hospitalized over 40 times before getting to Mercy Ministries and had been diagnosed as hopeless and needing to be institutionalized for the rest of her life. Her life was completely turned around and now she's 12 credits away from a college degree and has been a worship leader at several churches (her dad is a military chaplain, so she's moved a lot.) Thank God she learned to NOT believe the "experts of the world"!

So, Whose report are YOU going to believe? ...The "Experts of the World"? ...Or God?

1 Corinthians 1:19 says this:
For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent."

We have heard about generational curses (sometimes referred to by the world as "genetics", "he takes after his daddy", etc...BUT we have an opportunity to start a generation of BLESSINGS!

Continued Next Post...