For years theologians have wrangled over what the “these” were. Some scholars have speculated it was the fish the disciples had just caught, others say Jesus was pointing at Peter’s fellow fishing buddies. However, it doesn’t really matter. What does matter about this passage of Scripture is the point Jesus is trying to get across. He has to ask the question 3 times because not only is the first commandment, “…to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…” but it’s the greatest commandment, and what He is saying “…if you love these [which could mean anything] more than Me, you can’t properly feed My lambs.”
At the Gateway to Glory aftercare home, we are not interested in just getting these guys clean and sober, our goal is to make disciples out of these men and, down the road as they begin to grow and mature in the Christian faith, our prayer is they become disciplers, laborers for the kingdom. In order to be that discipler and feed the lambs, we must first love the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind. Maybe that’s why Jesus had to ask Peter 3 times?
At the Gateway to Glory aftercare program, the men have been in a 9 week Bible Study course called “Every Man a Warrior”. The curriculum began by exploring the first building block to a strong and trustworthy foundation which is a loving relationship with our Lord. During this class, the men have been primarily focused on one thing: spending quiet time with the Lord. In this quiet time, the men were encouraged to look to His word and mediate upon it. The men have learned the “WAR” method of prayer: Worshipping, Asking for forgiveness, and making our Requests known.
Gateway to Glory aftercare is proud to announce the marriage of one of our alumni, Art Wilkins. We can foresee God using Art and Nancy Wilkins in a powerful way to make inroads into the kingdom of darkness and bring glory and honor to the Kingdom of God.
Behind the walls of the Wickersham Westin (Macomb County Jail), God is doing great things! He is drawing such as should be saved by His Spirit and it is an incredible privilege to be a part of it all.
Two of the staff of Life Challenge: Pastor Ken Keene, Director of Education, and Phil Hall, the Men’s Director, have just been cleared to enter the Macomb County Jail and are on board with the Gateway to Glory Ministry getting inmates placed into the one year inpatient program of Life Challenge. Life Challenge helps men and women rehabilitate from drugs and alcohol, but best of all, disciples them in the faith of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Five inmates in the last 4 months have been admitted to the program and are getting the help they need.
One of the inmates, Jessica, has just completed her 8th month in the Life Challenge program. Her mentor, Robin, has been going to see her at LC every other week. We had the privilege of sharing a pass with her during which we had a small party to encourage her in the process. She remarked to Robin later, that being around people who truly love God and who accepted her as one of their own family was a turning point for her. Knowing there are people in her corner, at this time in her life, has
given her the shot in the arm that she needed to stay the course and draw closer
to God. Since that party, Robin has mentioned there is a new peace and confidence emanating from Jessica and she is pursuing the path the Lord has laid out for her.
Jesus said, “Feed My lambs.”
All praise to our Sovereign Shepherd!
Chaplains Steve and Robin