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JIM ROGERS

Open Door Community Church, Breezy Point, MN

I recently found three letters my nephew wrote to his dad (my youngest brother). “Dear Dad, I just got off the phone with you, and I’m so sorry about my sister and girlfriend. I couldn’t stop crying until I remembered Jeremiah 29:11.” “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” He had been crying because his dad told him his sister left home. She chose to chase the ways of the world, and his girlfriend will not surrender to get help from all her addictions. My nephew had walked away from that kind of lifestyle, so as he stands on the outside, looking in, he can see what a mess his life was. He said to his dad, “God’s Word and praying stopped my tears and calmed my heart.”

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“You will be proud of me dad. I re-dedicated my life to Jesus Christ. I have been studying God’s Word for the last two weeks. I miss you dad, and my uncle, my sister, and my girlfriend, but God helps me with my feelings of doubt, sorrow and pain. And God humbles me.”

“Dad, it’s amazing how many answers God has in the Bible, for all the questions I have.

“Before, I was always looking in the wrong places. Now I have all the answers in the Bible, and my most valuable treasure is the Bible. All this time it was right before me. I’m sorry it took so long for me to find the answers.

“It’s so good to hear from you dad. I have been working so hard, and studying God’s Word. Things are going good here. I’m in a good place. I just fill my time with the Lord. My time is the Lord’s time. Tomorrow we are going to raise funds for Teen Challenge.”

“Dad, we demonstrate faith just by the fact that we are involved in a recovery program. If we didn’t have faith in the promise of a better future, for our families, and ourselves, we wouldn’t put ourselves through the hard work and pain involved in recovery. But as time passes, we may grow discouraged at the length of the process. We may have our spirits dampened by the ups and downs along the road, feeling our faith ebb more often than flow. Some people report instant release from their addiction, but for most of us, it will take faith and patience, to inherit the promise of new life.”

John 13:34, Jesus says, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” “Dad, I’m learning about God’s perfect love. Trying to love, without first receiving God’s love, is like trying to water something with a hose that’s disconnected from the faucet. There is a boundless reservoir of love available to us; but without receiving the love of God, in Christ, we will quickly run dry.”

My nephew’s letters, words and actions are the proof that he has had a change of heart. He now loves God, instead of the world. His life is a reminder for us, of what can happen when we focus on living God’s way, not our way. My nephew’s life is a testimony of what happens when the transforming power of God gets “a grip” on your life.

What has a grip on your life? Are you searching for something, looking for answers, or confused? Open Door Community Church will have the door open for you on Sundays, at 10 a.m., at Breezy Point City Hall. We will look at God’s Word because He has all the answers!

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