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Newsletter of the Month

June 2017

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Hello! And Halleleuia! Glory be to the most high God! Greetings to you as we all launch into another new season of the year: summer is upon us. Temperatures are changing, naturally, and the birds are chirping, and the grass is growing and the days are long. May the Lord bless you and keep you safe as you step out to take advantage of the weather change. Nice to have a break from the cold every year, is it not? In your increased activities, we encourage you to include the less fortunate in your focus. Many nursing home residents are not able to get out and enjoy the warmer weather which we take so for granted. Nursing home ministry is a year-round privilege. If you feel a tug in your heart to stop by and visit your local facility, we offer the following thoughts to use for their encouragement:

"And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins." So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Matthew 1:21-23 (NKJV)

Though we usually associate this passage of scripture with the Christmas season, it bears a very important message for us all year round. There is something very important about "names" in this scripture. The angel tells Joseph to give the name of "Jesus" to the little babe in Mary’s womb. This Greek name is "Joshua" in the Hebrew language and it could be translated "God is salvation." Note that the angel says, "for He will save His people from their sins." But that is not the only name this passage gives for our loving Lord. For, then the writer of the Gospel includes the insightful fact that this all happened as the prophet Isaiah had spoken hundreds of years before (Isaiah 7:14). The Old Testament prophet recorded that the virgin-born Son would be called Immanuel, and we are told that this name is translated, "God with us."

So, in these two names given Him, we have a vivid picture painted for us to describe the essential nature of the ministry of this virgin-born child of God: The Lord God, is with us and He is salvation! Salvation is not just a nice theological concept, it is not just a mystical notion to hang our brighter, hopeful moments on. We will use the following scenario to illustrate what we see in this wonderful passage of Holy Scripture:

There you are, thrashing and gasping about, lost in the abysmal sea of self and sin - hopeless. In the darkness your eyes strain to make out the name of the luxury liner slowly coasting to a stop before you: "The Gospel Ship of Jesus Christ." You cry out, scream out, "Jesus! Help, Jesus! Save me, I am drowning, I am lost!"

He comes to the railing, in glistening robe, with gentle, loving face. He throws no life-ring to clutch at. He offers no buoy for your weak arms to clasp. He does not yell out instructions on how to swim or which way to go. Instead, Jesus throws off His kingly robe, stands up on the railing and plunges into your hopelessness, your sin, your pride, your desperate circumstances, and your rebellion. No, He does not just throw you an idea or a checklist of do’s and don’ts or a wish or a book to spur you on and tell you to hang on for dear life...NO!....He jumps into your life with you, right into your very being, and He holds you up. He is the eternally tireless "life-guard" who has never lost a single soul that truly cries out to Him. He will never leave you! He will never let you go!

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

This is the Good News! The Grace of God has jumped into our life! Into our very being! By the grace of God, we believe it. Jesus Immanuel is our Savior, indeed! And He is WITH us, indeed!

Blessings from Heaven upon you. We are grateful for your continued consideration for our support in finances and in prayer as we forge ahead in this wonderful privilege of nursing home ministry.

Thank you, sincerely.

 

Jerry and Dar

Jerry and Dar Johnson

 

 

"Comforting Words of Grace, Number Two" is ready!!! We are honored and blessed to be able to announce that the second DVD in the series, "Comforting Words of Grace" is now complete and ready for distribution. (View the segments of these DVDs here.)  Using the same format as the first in the series, this hour-long video plays the instrumental and vocal renditions of nine hymns from the middle of our hymn booklet, "Favorite Hymns of Grace" while showcasing many short clips of God’s wonderful, beautiful creation. During the instrumentals, scriptures are displayed on the screen and read out loud that relate to the message in each song. We have prepared and produced this resource and make it available upon request, at no charge (as resources allow), as a tool for ministry especially geared for the elderly, the infirm and those suffering from dementia.

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