January 2016 Monthly Letter

December 29th, 2015

Dear Reconciler Family,

Welcome to a brand New Year, 2016! And while reflecting on it my mind began to wonder what this year will be like, how it will affect me and in what ways can I be effective or more effective in sharing the gospel with others.

Arthur Albrecht Powell, code name Pittsburgh Expert, wrote this about the New Year. “It’s a time for looking back at the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on and make the changes we want or need to make and resolve to follow through on them.”

Some people seem to swear by and insist on making New Year’s resolutions but many, if not most, fail to keep them. Powell listed ten of the most popular resolutions that people make. I’ll list three of them:

Best-Exercises-for-Seniors-Web1)  Spend more time with family
and friends

2)  Fit in Fitness
3)  Tame the bulge

Most of us may or may not ascribe to the idea of making resolutions. This is not a request for you to do so.  I like to reflect on my accomplishments of the previous year and seeking God’s will for the coming year, realizing that only He knows the path he wants me to take in the future. I do have a yearly calendar but leave space for Him.

One of my greatest joys is waking up in the morning and anticipating spending time with Jesus. I read my devotional and reflect on how I may best apply it. I love the words of the song …“I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses. And he walks with me and he talks with me and tells me I am His own.” The older I get the more I appreciate it. I’m sure you have your favorite time with the Lord.

While in prayer and meditation, I love focusing on passages like Ephesians 1:3-7: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of glory of his grace, where as he has made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”

Glory to God in the Highest for His love, generosity, peace, hope and eternal gift of salvation.

Thank you very much for your loyalty and financial support. May we all continue to glorify God as we serve Him in His Ministry of Reconciliation in a broken and divided world. Enjoy his peace!

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December 2015 Monthly Letter

December 3rd, 2015

Dear Reconciler Family,

One magazine I saw recently had in bold letters “What is the real meaning of Christmas?” For many Christmas means parties, shopping, vacations, and giving and receiving gifts. While all of this may be wonderful and fun it is very easy to overlook the real meaning of the Event called Christmas. And that is the celebration of the Birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who came to save the world.

Scene from The Nativity Story.

Scene from The Nativity Story.

We read in the Biblical book of John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

“John 3:16 has been called the most famous bible verse, one of the most widely quoted verses, it has been called the ‘gospel in a nutshell,’ because it is considered a summary of the central theme of Traditional Christianity. Some scholars state that the word “so” in the Greek expresses the mode, intensity, extent and greatness of the gift God has given.” –Wikipedia

Wow! What a powerful example of the great love of God which he showers down upon us His children! And the blessing and joy of knowing that He came that we might live an abundant, joyful and peaceful life on this earth. And to know that when we leave this earth an even more wonderful life awaits us!

He came as the Reconciler that was needed to bring about reconciliation between broken humanity and God the Father, Himself and the Holy Spirit: The Great Triune God.

As Jesus dwells in us today, he is building His Body, the Church, reconciling us and uniting us so that the world may know who he is. Notice what the Apostle Paul wrote: “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:16-20

As we look at the world we live in I believe we all can appreciate these powerful messages from God Himself. The broken relationships such as the ongoing strife in Paris, France, and other nations around the world. We still have police and community issues that seem to never go away.

I gain a lot of encouragement and strength in knowing God is on His throne and He has the answer for all these issues. We can walk out of our doors knowing that He is always with us “through thick and thin,” as we say.

Thank you for being ambassadors of Christ! He will not forget our good deeds as we seek to be His salt and light for others to see.

Blessings to you all,

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November 2015 Monthly Letter

November 3rd, 2015

Dear Reconcilers,

Instead of writing a letter this month I thought I would share with you the enclosed message passed on to me by one of our ORM supporters Vivian Malcomson, who resides in Rochester, Minnesota.

This powerful testimonial is a true reminder of why this Ministry of Reconciliation is so important. Reading it reminded me of the need to spread this message around the world as effectively as possible!

I thank God for you on a regular basis and I pray for you. You are a very valuable part of this gospel message of reconciliation. And your works will never be forgotten, in fact they will be rewarded by Jesus Christ!

In closing, I would like to thank all of you who support our ministry with prayers, words of kindness, community action and donations. I want to let you know that we have another way to donate as well. Many of you who donate send checks or donate on our website. We have also included a new form which enables you to donate with your credit card as well. Simply fill out the form and send it back in the enclosed envelope. Thank you all for your support of ORM and keep up the great work you’re doing!

With great appreciation of you all,

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Headline and Gibbs photo

 

 

 

 

 

By Joyce Gibbs

 

“For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart,” I Samuel 16:7

Fifty-two years ago this August, the Gibbs family arrived in Rochester—two parents, with two young, nice-looking, well-behaved, smart children.

We joined a church, which I thought was far too quickly, but it was because the children were happy there. To me, that was most important.

We found a four-plex, where we were told by the proprietor that he was only renting to us because it was the law. My response was, “Thank you for complying with the law.”

By the mid-1960s, many laws had changed, but laws never change the heart.

Not all were welcoming in this community, not even in our church. But we wanted a church home and had to be someplace, so we remained.

On Sept. 12, 1963, because many in Rochester were in a tizzy about our arrival, an article in the Post-Bulletin ran under the headline “IBM Dispels Rumors Concerning All-Out Drive to Employ Negroes.” (Of course, the word “Negro” was the politically correct terminology at the time.)

Our real estate agent, many schools, neighborhoods and the police were contacted by people basically saying “not in our town.” That was in addition to the threatening calls we received.

I had learned this was a highly educated town, but degrees mean absolutely nothing when it comes to love and respect of our fellow man.

And there are still lessons that some may need to learn.

I would have rather been identified as a dedicated Girl Scout leader than identified as the first black Girl Scout leader in the community because I was dedicated to 44 wonderful girls for three years—a bit less for three more years in their junior high years. Yes, the troop was integrated because the leader and her daughter made it so, but being identified as the first black Girl Scout leader was not a compliment.

Likewise, a suggestion that your son not discontinue Boy Scouts because he was one step from becoming an Eagle Scout and would be the first black Eagle Scout in the area is not a compliment. Neither is it a reason to become an Eagle Scout.

Being told that you and your family have proven yourselves was also not a compliment.

I place no blame on anyone for the past or present, and I lose no sleep over it—at least not much and not for long. I know that it is a fact that racism is alive and well, not only in Texas, Missouri and South Carolina. It is all over the country, which does include Rochester.

What can be done?

Put yourself in a position where there is diversity.

Speak out when unacceptable and uncomplimentary things are verbalized. Silence is often a sign of agreement or confirmation.

When an opportunity presents itself where you might be able to make a difference, don’t stand on the sidelines.

Have things changed? Most certainly. Otherwise, there would not be a George Gibbs Drive, a George Gibbs Scholarship Fund, a George Gibbs lecture series or a George W. Gibbs Elementary School, all here in Rochester.

And on Sept. 2, 2009, Gibbs Point near the Antarctic Peninsula was named.

If anyone says “I love God” and hates his brother, he is a liar. For he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment, we have from God in 1 John 4:20-21—Whoever loves God, must also love his brother.

Joyce Gibbs a longtime educator whose late husband is George W. Gibbs Elementary’s namesake. She presented a version of this commentary on Sept. 6 at her church—Christ United Methodist Church—during a reflection on race and the church.


October 2015 Monthly Letter

September 30th, 2015

Dear Reconciler Family,

Alice Patterson

Alice Patterson

A few days ago I was invited to a meeting by a friend in ministry, Dr. Alice Patterson, Founder and Director JusticeAtTheGate Ministry. Part of her mission statement is to: “Build strategic partnerships to connect with key ethnic leaders. Prepare a place of healing in God’s presence by continuing the reconciliation work of black and white abolitionists.” By the way, her granddad was a member of the KKK. I’m deeply impressed with her boldness and love for all people.

Alice invited me to attend a conference of the National Black Robe Regiment (NBRR) for African American Pastors which was held on September 24th and 25th near Detroit, Michigan. She wrote in her book, Bridging the Racial and Political Divide, “The divide is not just racial but political as well. In this time in our nation when racial unrest and division are higher than any time since the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s, we must stand in that gap/breach/wound together and trust God to heal hearts and heal our land. And what better place to be than in Detroit, Michigan.”

Curtis May & Dan West

Curtis May & Dan West

The presentations by a number of high-ranking pastors, community leaders, law-enforcement and the like were powerful and revealing! The praise and worship helped us all to feel a sense of healing by soothing our collective consciences. God’s Presence in the building was obvious!

Pastor Ron Washington (also an ORM Chapter Leader) and his wife, Carolyn hosted me in their home during my stay. To say the least, I was well-fed. One of their 2 daughters, Rachelle, a college student, was there as well.

Following the conference, Ron and I toured the Michigan African America History Museum along with some Michigan State University students. The tour guide was excellent in telling many stories without any notes. And she even sang the song “Strange Fruit” by the late Etta James, which had to do with the lynchings that took place in days gone by.

(l-r) Pastor Ron Washington, Curtis May, MacArthur Mickens and his wife, Fay

(l-r) Pastor Ron Washington, Curtis May, MacArthur Mickens and his wife, Fay

On the way home we stopped by the MOTOWN MUSIC STUDIO. With such heavy issues that we had discussed in the meetings and the museum, MOTOWN was a breath of fresh air! As you may know many great musical talents were developed by Director Barry Gordy at that studio.

On Sunday I gave the sermon on how we should respond to some of the news of police/community issues. It was based on reflections by New Orleans Saints football tight end Benjamin Watson, after a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. His reflections ended up pointing him to be encouraged by the gospel of Jesus Christ. He ended up saying that these altercations are a sin problem, not a skin problem. And the Gospel is the answer.

My assessment is that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And there’s brokenness in all human beings regardless of race creed, color or occupation.

Thank you all for standing by me and the Ministry of Reconciliation. As we know it is a heart ministry that belongs to Jesus. And he will never forget our work on His behalf. Peace and Blessings.

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September 2015 Monthly Letter

September 1st, 2015

Dear Reconciler Family,

Kathleen Hart

   Kathleen Hart

I hope you’re enjoying your summer. My wife Jannice and I are enjoying it here in Banning, California despite the 90 to 100+ temperatures. We live near Palm Springs, which yields an average of 100 to 115 degrees. So stay cool my friends!

I want to thank you for your loyal and consistent support of the Ministry of Reconciliation. It’s so inspiring to have such loyal backers in such a critical ministry.

One such backer is Mrs. Kathleen Hart, a Chaplain to ministers’ wives, and a good friend. She wrote:

My Dearest Curtis,

“When I read your letter dated July, I was touched by what you shared regarding some of the details of the terrible tragic incident that took place. The forgiveness of God’s children in that church (Mother Emanuel) is amazing and an eye-opener and challenge. The scriptures you quoted revealed God’s love and actions to reveal reconciliation. Your words shared, Curtis, certainly come from the Lord and spoken into our hearts as His Temple.”

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey said this about forgiveness to her viewers:

“I always love Aha! Moments. When somebody says something that made us look at life in a completely new way. When I first heard that, I literally got goose bumps. The message that came through so clearly and stayed with me is this: ‘Forgive, so you can truly live.’ Forgiveness is letting go, so the past does not hold you prisoner, does not hold you hostage.” She went on to say, “Forgiveness doesn’t mean you condone the behavior, or in any way make a wrong into a right. It simply means that you give yourself permission to release from your past.”

Kathleen and Oprah’s comments fit right in with why it was so important that they responded the way they did. What an example for all of us!

I love these statements. And I teach these principles in my Reconciliation Seminars and Workshops. After discussing the “isms” that we often carry around, usually a White person will come onto the stage and talk openly about some of the racism that he or she may have seen in the local community, often followed by an apology on behalf of those who look like him or her. Then I apologize on behalf of those who look like me. It has often opened the way for others to talk openly and share the spirit of true reconciliation. Those in the audience begin to share thoughts and experiences across racial lines that they have never shared before. They then are better equipped to go out and without fear share the gospel of reconciliation!

The main thing that we all can cling onto is that we are working for Jesus Christ, the True Reconciler who has reconciled us to the Father, the Holy Spirit and to Himself. They live in perfect harmony all the time and that is their goal for all of mankind. Thank you all for your kind support and your loyalty to the Ministry that is really making a difference on their behalf!

Thank you for standing in the gap for Jesus!

Blessings,

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August 2015 Monthly Letter

August 2nd, 2015

Dear Reconciler Family,

Worshipers gather to pray in a hotel parking lot across the street from the scene of the massacre. Credit: David Goldman, AP

Worshipers gather to pray in a hotel parking lot across the street from the scene of the massacre. Credit: David Goldman, AP

I always appreciate notes and letters from our supporters. They are uplifting and give us feedback on how we’re doing. Here’s one from Vivian.

Dear Jannice and Curtis,

I’m thankful you are helping reconcile in many communities. I pray God will use you to bring peace in many troubled areas of our nation. I pray, too, that those with whom you have worked will think of peaceful responses to troubled people. I know I have opportunities in my small area of influence to encourage those I see each day, to show love and kindness.
God bless you!

She was alluding to the massacre in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

In the funeral services for 41-year-old Reverend Clementa Pinckney, he was quoted as having said, “We all have a sense of history, but our own view of history.”

President Obama said, “If we can tap grace, everything can change.” He went on to say, “We’ve had many civil rights bills but it’s not in bills, it’s a heart thing. It takes action.”

What kind of action does it take to have a more peaceful society? And what kind of heart does it take?

Here are just a few passages from the Word of God that point the way in answering these two questions.

The apostle Paul wrote about the kind of heart Christ wants us to have. In 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 he wrote, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God was making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

A good ambassador properly represents his leader and his country. Jesus is our leader and king. We represent him wherever we go. Our greatest desire should be to live as he lived (Jesus in us) and show the world the heart of God. The country we represent is heaven. Doesn’t your heart just beat to see our Master in heaven and hear him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant…”?

The action that we must take daily is to love and treat every human being with dignity and respect. We must see everyone we meet as a child of God. And even though they may not have come to Christ, the hope is that they all will. Because Jesus loves every one of us, and while we were yet sinners he died for us all.

What a blessing it has been to see God’s grace in action during the last month in Charleston, South Carolina. May that same grace, love and peace of God always dwell in our hearts.

Blessings to you all,

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July 2015 Monthly Letter

July 1st, 2015

Dear Family of Reconcilers,

Charleston Massacre-WebI’m sure that your heart is broken over the horrifying massacre that took place during bible study at the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, by 21-year-old Dylan Storm Roof. It was classified a hate crime.

As one who works in the Ministry of Reconciliation, a ministry that promotes love and peace and unity, it was truly heart-breaking. And it is a strong reminder of the work that still needs to be done. And the more we witness incidents such as this that more it reminds us of the need to “bear down in prayer and longing for ‘thy Kingdom come.’”

One of the main questions that have been asked in light of this tragedy is “How are family members able to say, ‘I forgive him for what he did?’” And especially since he didn’t ask for forgiveness and showed no remorse for this horrible crime.

The answer from scripture, and the life and death of Jesus for our sins cry out “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” And that includes all sins. It is not always an easy task but God gives us the strength. And those parishioners at Emmanuel AME showed us all a sterling example of Jesus’ command.

Another question that people often ask after tragedy like this, especially at church is: Why did God allow this to happen to these good servants of His? Are we not safe even in church? The answer in scripture is “time and chance happens to all men.” Therefore, we all walk with God on a daily basis as individuals without comparing ourselves to others. He works with each of us personally. I love the following passage of God’ love and assurance at times of tragedy and suffering:

2 Corinthians 4:17: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

Verse 18: “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”(KJV).

I would like to close with this quote I heard from author Steven Estes, who said: “God allows what He hates to accomplish what he loves.”

And as Jesus prayed to the Father before His crucifixion, “That they all may be one as we are one, Father, just as you are in me I am in you.” John 17:21. We know that He loves reconciliation.

Thank you all for standing with us as we seek to share the gospel of Love, Peace and Hope.

May He richly bless and keep you.

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June 2015 Monthly Letter

June 1st, 2015

Dear Reconciler Team,

A few days ago, I had the privilege of discussing the Ministry of Reconciliation with our ORM Chapter Leaders. We meet from time to time by phone and occasionally in person to discuss the Ministry and its relevance. It’s a great blessing to have a team of men and women who have a passion for the Ministry. We understand first and foremost that Jesus has called us to have a special focus on this Ministry; Colossians 1:19-22 and Ephesians 2:14-18.

One of the key topics we discussed was police-community relations. It’s a hot topic, as we all know from a constant news cycle. And since we, you included, specialize in helping people to come together and reconcile their differences, I’d like to share some thoughts from two Police Officers whom I admire and have shared reconciliation work with.

(L-R) Bernard Melekian and Sean Thuilliez

(L-R) Bernard Melekian and Sean Thuilliez

Here’s an excerpt of a message sent to me by Santa Barbara, California Under Sheriff Bernard Melekian, as a matter of advice when meeting with police officers on police-community relations. He stated, “I think if you can do what you do best, which is to humanize every person involved, the situation will unfold as it should. They will not want to be blamed, but if you can make a distinction among the people who are protesting, that is, those who are in pain from decades of injustice, and those who are simply parading for the cameras, you will start them on the road to reconciliation. The people who are left will be those who live there, and those who police there.”

Next is a message from Sean Thuilliez, Commander of Beaumont California Police Department: “Some of the discussion items could include transparency, trust and ethics. I would recommend that the police departments have a website where the public can access information about arrests, reports, events, but also they should post the good the officers do in the community. These positives could include bike giveaways, charity work and so on.”

Since this is such a hot item, I think it is good for us law-abiding citizens, who are lights of the world and salt of the earth, to “always be prepared to give an answer to every man that asks you of the reason of the hope that lies within us.” 1 Peter 3:15.

ORM Chapter Leader Louis Davis, Elder in Southern California wrote: “I would like to point out the fact God is in charge and appoints law enforcement officers. However, they are not above the law, and when caught (breaking the law) should pay their penalty.”

I think it’s appropriate to end this letter by quoting a well know pastor and reconciler, Dr. Martin Luther King. He said this in his famous I have a Dream Speech: “I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places shall be made straight; and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.” His message was, and is, that all men are created equal and are to love one another. And of course that includes all women. That, by the way, is Christ’s message.

Thank you all for believing in, practicing and supporting this very important message of reconciliation.

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May 2015 Monthly Letter

April 29th, 2015

Dear Reconcilers,

The call to action that ORM received after Director Curtis May’s meeting October 6, 2014 with St. Louis’s North County Police Chiefs and their Command staff was the need for more community involvement in reconciliation. Evangelist Vivian Dudley, director of One Church Outreach Ministry, invited Curtis back to help achieve One Church’s primary goal of becoming more reconciled among themselves. Unfortunately, Evangelist Dudley who arranged the meeting was unable to attend due to recent surgery.

On April 10, ORM Curtis May led a seminar titled “Reconciling the Church” from 9 a.m. until noon with lunch and discussion following. It was held next door to Ferguson at Believers Temple Word Fellowship (BTWF) in Dellwood. Though I had hoped to see many attendees for this event, the 20+ participants included leaders of many ministries who were able to engage in a very meaningful roundtable discussion. Curtis May discussed the areas of broken relationships, the cycle of oppression and the road to reconciliation, with special emphasis on police-community relations. After viewing the ORM video “A Time to Reconcile,” Pastor Jose Aguayo facilitated a time in which participants shared what was in their hearts.

Curtis and Jannice May pose by a statue of Dred and Harriet Scott

Curtis and Jannice May pose by a statue of Dred and Harriet Scott

In addition to our host, Bishop Calvin Scott of BTWF and on the One Church board, other participants included Pastor Jose Aguayo (director of Dorea Ministries and on the One Church board), Dr. Rance Thomas (director of North County Churches United for Racial Harmony and Justice), Dr. Howard Nelson (president of the Ferguson Ministerial Alliance), Dr. Lynne Jackson (director of the Dred Scott Foundation and great-great granddaughter of Dred Scott), Lakricia Cox (co-chair of the Community Relations focus group for ONE Ferguson), Dr. Anastasia Syes (Christian Coalition of America—Missouri branch), along with several members of New Creation in Christ (NCC) and a few prayer warriors and area pastors.

Howard Nelson wrote, “Good to hear personal stories that I don’t hear that often as a white person. Good video. Good discussion. Well organized. Well worth the time.” Most participants felt the same. NCC pastor Karl Reinagel said, “For me it was good to see these key folks coming together in the same room to share ideas and working together to talk about bridging the racial divide.”

On Saturday, GCI congregation New Creation in Christ invited Curtis and Jannice to a finger food potluck at the church. Drs. Thomas and Syes again joined them for a follow-up discussion led by Curtis May on Ally Building giving helpful specifics on how each person can become equipped and engaged in the ministry of racial reconciliation. Dr. Syes commented, “The two day event was a thought provoking and awesome experience. I pray that it will birth action potential among leaders in the various sectors of the St Louis community.” Amen to that. It is my hope that the seeds that were planted will bear much fruit in the months and years ahead.

After the meeting Curtis and Jannice were able to visit the Dred Scott statue outside the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. Carla Reinagel reflected with sadness that in the Civil War 750,000 Americans died and 150 years later we are still fighting the very same war. Are all men created equal? This question has not been fully answered by more laws and regulations. It is clearly a spiritual issue and everyone must search their heart, intentionally treat their family and neighbors with love and respect, and insist that their community does the same.

Thanks to ORM some of the modern day Christian soldiers are progressing in the goals set out by community leaders and are better equipped to engage the scourge of racism in the St. Louis area.

Grace and peace!

Written by Pastor and ORM Chapter Leader Karl Rienagel


April 2015 Monthly Letter

April 7th, 2015

Dear Reconcilers,

Kathleen Hart

     Kathleen Hart

We just completed another successful Connecting and Bonding Conference weekend for Ministers’ Wives. It was put on by my wife, Jannice. God blessed us with good weather safe travels, and fantastic messages to take back home. The feedback was very uplifting and positive. By the way, I was one of the blessed listeners who worked on the PA system.

On our trip back from the conference, Jannice and I stopped by the home of dear friends of ours—Dr. Archibald Hart and his wife, Chaplain Kathleen Hart. Every time we end up stopping by their home, we gain some nuggets of wisdom and understanding. And sure enough, being that it was close to Easter, Kathleen had already put together packets of scriptures on the topic of the Lord’s Supper and Easter, including Old Testament prophecies and New Testament fulfillments on the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus! I would like to share them with you. The scriptures Kathleen highlighted are:

HE SUFFERED AND DIED FOR ME

He Himself bore our sins in calvary1_webHis body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. Galatians 2:20

God so loved the world (me) that He gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

You were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, a Lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1:19

You are not your own; you are bought at a price, therefore honor God with your body. 1 Cor. 6:20

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness…..If anybody does sin, we have One Who speaks to the Father in our defense, Jesus Christ, The Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 1:9—2:1, 2

JESUS, I BELIEVE, I RECEIVE, I GIVE THANKS, I REJOICE.

Regarding the Ministry of Reconciliation, God is continuing to bless us with opportunities and take us to places where we can share His message of Reconciliation. One such place is St. Louis, Missouri. You may recall that I was asked to speak to Police Officers in Florissant, Missouri, which is next to Ferguson. God blessed the meeting and it went well.

Now on the weekend of April 10-12, I have been requested to speak to some of the St. Louis Police Officers, including at least one Chief, and community leaders. I am also scheduled to speak to the GCI Congregation, pastored by Karl Reinagel. He and his wife, Carla have done a lot of prep work between the community and Police in the St. Louis, Ferguson and Florissant areas. I commend them on their hard work!

Thank you all for your loyal support and your fervent prayers for the success of the Ministry. Hope you have or had a wonderful Easter Season. God bless you all.

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