concerning this city of which you say, ‘It shall be delivered into the hand of
the king of Babylon by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: 37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger, in My fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely. 38 They shall be My people, and I will be their God; 39 then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. 40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me. 41 Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will
assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My
God uses His power to accomplish His purposes through His people. God doesn’t give us power to be all we want to be, but He gives us power to be all He wants us to be. The people of Israel had to learn that trusting God meant radically realigning their purposes and desires toward Him. God gave them “singleness of heart” toward Him. That is what God is calling all of us to do. We must develop that singleness of heart and take action to love God above anything else.
Two former inmates of Macomb County Jail, Jessica and Margaret, one year ago bent their knee to the Lordship of our Heavenly Father. They are experiencing the Lord’s power in their lives to be all He wants them to be, as both of them recently graduated the one year extensive inpatient program called Life Challenge. In that one year, they learned that their loving Heavenly Father has brought them back to a place where they can live in safety, have that singleness of heart, learn how to fear (reverence) God, and trust that He will make an everlasting covenant with them and never stop doing good to them. Hats off to Jessica and Margaret for their great accomplishment. They will continually be in our prayers.
As a side note: In attendance at the Life Challenge graduation ceremony, was one of the female Corrections Officers from Jessica and Margaret’s unit at the Macomb County Jail. She was very moved, to say the least. With tears streaming
down her face, as thoughts of so many of the girls who don’t make it due to drug
overdoses (or keep returning to jail), she was now witnessing two women whose
lives have been transformed due to their surrender to the Lord. She was now able to embrace the two girls instead of turning the key to their cell.
Jessica has gone on to volunteer her time, for the next 6 months, as an intern at Life Challenge where she will be serving other ladies who are seeking change for their lives.
Gateway to Glory’s aftercare program just finished the 2nd 9 week series of “Every Man a Warrior” curriculum. They were taught the keys to a successful marriage and how to Biblically raise their children.
All glory to the One who paid a tremendous debt that He didn’t owe because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay…and He paid it with His blood.
All praise to the Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world.
Chaplains Steve and Robin