Posts Tagged ‘Christ’

This guy, Jonah Hadley, Big Pastor J, headed off to Wells Maine to start a church. Keep his travels in prayer, pray to keep his family safe and pray for the lost to be found up in Maine.
6 years ago I was lost. I was a bottom feeding self induced drug addict paving my own prison pathway to destruction and death.
I was in the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center trying to find out why and how I got to such a rock bottom in my life after a 10 year addiction to opiates and other drugs. Well that sentence explains the rock bottom. I needed help and I needed it fast.
One night at the Salvation Army, during a meeting that we were required to attend, in walks Jonah, this big dude, full head of hair, bible on his side and a determined stare. Here we go right?
He started to speak and all of a sudden my ears opened up. Now I wasn’t new to this Christian thing, I’ve been one most of my life, just never walked my talk.
Jonah started spitting truth. Right from his heart. No beating around the bush, no watery phrases or advice of the world; he gave a short testimony and went on to talk about how you can basically become free from this so called ‘disease’ of addiction. There are about 100 guys in this room, and hearing Jonah speak like he was talking directly to me or someone one on one in front of so many roughed up men, was impressive.
God used Jonah to get to me, as well as so many, God also used the program, its counselors and as a matter of fact, other addicts as well.
Jonah would come in once a month to the rehab and keep offering this freedom. He kept offering the Word of God and freedom through Christ and how simple it was.
Me and a bunch of others would eventually attend service, meetings at Calvary, which is now Great Rock Church. There we met other addicts, other people with issues just like us. A real down to earth community of believers.
I always thanked Jonah for his sincerity and his honesty although he always told me “it isn’t me brother, it’s the Lord”… I said I know man, but you chose to allow Him to work through you, and for that I thank you brother.
I can proudly say Jonah is a true friend. Always there to listen and definitely there to tell you how it is! He’s all about Truth, accountability and telling it how it should be but from the heart and most of all from the Word of God.
Thank you for being there for me brother. Thank you for hearing me when I was down and hearing me when I am up. Thank you for your strength and your faith that is displayed for myself and others to live and learn by. A true leader, made through discipleship from other strong leaders as well.
We’ll be visiting you soon up in Maine brother and will enjoy many more years together in His Light.

We’ll be keeping your path and your family in prayer. I know God has big things coming for those who keep the faith!!
My pastor, my friend, my brother. Godspeed.
“May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26

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Believe it or not, we ALL have a responsibility in one form or another!

We all have this title, whether we are responsible for someone or something or are held accountable for our actions. Responsibility comes when we become equipped with the ability to be reliable and trustworthy.

Sometimes responsibility is suddenly fixed upon us. Such as having a baby. The responsibility of becoming a mom or becoming a dad. When a family member passes away. The responsibility of taking over the finances or taking care of another family member. Inheriting a family estate or business. Being responsible for business decisions. Ensuring clients and employees alike are being satisfied. The responsibility of keeping order in a leadership position.

Where ever we go, we are responsible for our actions. Knowing that there are consequences when we mess up or lose control. Consequences for making bad decisions. How we affect loved ones. How we influence and set examples for our children. How we affect our parents, our friends, our brothers and our sisters.

I have the responsibility as an uncle to set an example in which my nieces and my nephews will hopefully be proud of. I will hopefully set a positive example of what an uncle should be and how an uncle should act. This will only benefit them.

I am saying this because many of us have the responsibility of being a mom and the responsibility of being a dad. We have the opportunity to guide our children in the right direction and to become the best illustration of what a parent can be. A parent of valor. A foundation of what our children may become. Every move we make affects our children in one way or another.

Just like at work. The way we act and the way we handle problems engraves an image on our superiors as well as our fellow employees . We are responsible for the tasks given to us. We are held accountable for our actions and will have to deal with the consequences.

I know many times people become selfish in their addiction. It’s just the way we become in our obsession. We get so selfish and all we think about is what benefits us. We only look out for number one. Ourselves. Priorities and responsibilities are secondary. They are an afterthought; a reconsideration. Our children, our family; our loved ones become inferior, second place runners up.

In recovery, we start putting ourselves aside. We start learning to become responsible for things. We learn to become the leadership figures we once were. Parents. Brothers and sisters. Aunts and uncles. Friends. Employees. I think we need to step back quite often, and realize that we are, in so many ways, an example to many people around us.

We will never be perfect but we can certainly live life, teaching, leading and setting good examples drug free. If we fall, we get back up, dust ourselves off and move forward. Staying down affects us and in turn affects everyone around us.

We need to take control of our responsibilities and act as though we are responsible and accountable to God Himself. “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” 1 Corinthians 3:16. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

Giving our lives to Christ allows us to live by faith and makes us responsible, gives us integrity, makes us honest, sincere and makes us people of valor. We become transformed by the renewing of our minds. We learn to become humble, teachable and patient. We rely on Wisdom to make decisions. We become God’s temple and we become more than conquerors!

Become Free! Become the Difference!