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Christian Concourse
Newsletter of the Month

February 2015

 

Dear Friends,

 

Christian greetings and heavenly blessings to any and all who receive this letter! We are so thankful to the Lord for each one of you, our friends, who think of us and pray for us and help us with financial support. We are deeply honored to say that your kind thoughtfulness is not in vain as we continuously receive requests for the nursing home ministry materials that we give away. Your prayers empower us in many seen and unseen ways and your donations enable us with the material necessities of the work.

 

But, it is not just the physical materials that we produce that are a blessing, though we get compliments often. We have the great honor and privilege to share with others the light of the message of Jesus Christ. This, we know, we cannot do in our own cleverness or skill. For anyone to see the beauty and the truth of the Gospel, it takes the direct intervention of the Holy Spirit in their life. For this, we are totally dependent on His anointing the words and the thoughts that we share either spoken or printed. Indeed, we pray over the booklets and CDs we produce. And, we pray in every service we conduct in care facilities for God Almighty to bless His children and save the lost.

 

Though our presentation might not have a professional polish, though we may not sport halos and wings, we minister to the elderly, the lonely, and the infirm in this nursing home ministry with the confidence that God has sent us and that He is with us each step of the way! The saving power of God is wrapped all around our communication of the Good News and we can trust Him to shed heavenly light on hearts and minds. Yes, we must do the best we can, but it is not about us - this is His business! Consider the following passage of Scripture:

 

All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:27-30 KJV).

 

"The Son will reveal Him!" What light! WHAT LIGHT! ...that the Son would give nursing home residents the revelation of Father God. ...that they would see Him with the eyes of their own heart and mind and be transformed by the view. ...that their minds would think differently about God because they can see Him. ...that they can see how loving He really is, not because someone else is excited about it, but because they undeniably sense the warmth of His loving kindness and mercy and grace in their very own souls.

 

And though all of us may suffer in body and soul, Christ does not avoid us. He beckons us to approach Him. He invites us to move toward Him. "Come unto Me!!!!!!!!!" What an unspeakably awesome thing, that TRUE LOVE would unreservedly call us to His side to find rest from our own self-righteous efforts to earn His approval; and rest from scraping and scratching and jerking and snatching to escape the eternal condemnation of our sins. How floodingly fulfilling to embrace His kind offer for Him to meekly, gently, kindly, restfully teach us in THE WAY OF LIFE EVERLASTING. Oh, the warming light of His absolute truth, the bubbling spring of His eternal joy, the indescribable security of His unshakable peace. Ha! '"Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus, Just to Take Him at His Word! Just to Lean Upon His Promise! Just to Know, 'Thus Sayeth the Lord!'"

 

God does not water down the blessings of the Gospel for the residents of long-term care. The effectiveness of the ministry of the Holy Spirit is not nullified if someone is weak or elderly. The Lord does not blot their name out of the Lamb's Book of Life if a nursing home resident can no longer make it to religious services every time the doors are open. In fact, it is in our struggles that the Lord stands boldly forth to say, "Come unto me!"

 

So, we revel in the calling the Lord has given us to minister the grace of God and the glory of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit to the weak, the weary, and the forlorn. And we are ever grateful for each of you who stand with us in this work by your care and assistance. Blessings to you all!

 

Sincerely,

Jerry and Dar

Jerry and Dar Johnson

 

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