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In Review (2003)

In review! How often do we hear that at this time of year?
Newspapers, Magazines, Newscasts often review the year that has just
past. They look at all of the things that made the news, some good,
but most are not so good. It seems like the top stories at every
years end are the tragic ones, the ones that tend to make us forget
that there were good times too. When we arrive at mile stones such
as the beginning of a new year, we often look back to see how the old
was...in review.

I am sure Adam and Eve did. Oh how must they have reviewed that
fateful day when they found out that Cain had taken Abel's life. The
penalty of sin certainly was driven home on this day.

In Review....Noah must have done this many times in the time it took
to build the Ark. Years of being mocked. Years of telling about a
coming flood but only his family would listen. Yet how often do we
want to give up because we are mocked or attacked a few times? How
often are we discouraged when we do not think anyone is listening,
that what we are doing for the LORD is having any results because we
can only see one or two respond. Remember my friend, we are
responsible for doing what God wants, not for the results.

In Review....Abraham must have done this and asked "where did I go
wrong" when he realized Sodom was to be destroyed. He allowed Lot to
chose which land he would take and Lot chose to pitch his tent toward
Sodom. Remember my friend, the first step toward destruction is
to "pitch our tent toward Sodom"...to think about the pleasures
something will bring us and not for one moment consider the damage
these few moments of pleasure will cause. Sin always has a price and
it is always more then we can afford. We can see this in the Hidden
Cost of Sin:



Abraham must also have considered the result of not waiting for God
to fill a promise when he listened to Sarah and used her handmaiden
to produce a child that God promised to him and Sarah. We are still
see major results of this "review" in the Middle East today. Oh
don't be so quick to judge Abraham...how often do we try to force
God's promises instead of waiting for HIM to do it? Oh yea, we say
God helps those who help themselves..but this is not in the Bible.
God helps those who depend upon HIM. Yes we do have to be doers of
the Word and we do need to take action....but when God promises
something...God will deliver!

Job for one could look in review and not see anything that he did
wrong yet so many including his wife insisted he must have been
living in sin or the things he was going through would not have
happened. Is this happening to YOU my friend? Remember, God is in
control and nothing can catch HIM by surprise. If we are doing things
God's way, we will be mocked, we will be told we are wrong and that
God is not pleased. It happened to all of the prophets...and it
happened to JESUS! Did not our LORD tell us that we would suffer for
HIS name's sake?

Many others have looked at things "in review"! David, Joseph and so
many others but lets move on in our review.

In Review.....In looking over this last year for Shattered Men, there
have been many times we have been accused of wrong doing. We have
been accused of allowing sin in by allowing those that do not know
the LORD to use mild profanity in some post. We have been accused of
tolerating sin because will accept each person as they are and love
them unconditionally. We would like to point out once again that we
firmly believe in the words to the song...Just as I am without one
plea but that thy Blood was shed for me! We at Shattered Men firmly
believe it is our job to catch the fish...it is HIS job to gut them.
We do believe that if we will love someone unconditionally, that love
will draw them to our LORD and when they trust HIM for salvation, HE
will make a new creature out of them. In review..we have seen that
only two weeks ago when we taught on repentance in our Sunday night
chat. We were contacted by someone that night that vowed to destroy
this ministry. He contacted several others from the group to try to
discredit me personally and to cause doubt in this ministry. He
threatened to call my wife and in fact, that night he did call at
3AM. I answered the phone but by that time the Holy Spirit had
already been at work through those he had talked to before and as
well as being very angry, he was very confused as he found love being
returned for anger. By 4 AM, this precious person had trusted
Christ for salvation and the next morning, he informed me the anger
was gone..and it was replaced with peace.

In Review....We have had reports of those that had planed to take
their own life but they found hope here. We have had both men and
women come here very angry, and they have found peace. In review, we
have been able to do things in person...such as speaking at the
Million Dad March and finishing a book which should be out before
Easter.

In review, I personally have been blessed, and I personally am
humbled as I know none of this is from me. ALL of the credit goes to
Jesus Christ. HE is the focal point of this group. Oh over the
years "I" have had many attempts to start "my" ministries for the
LORD..but they were mine...this is HIS! This ministry is over 4
years old. Why has this one lasted when nothing else lasted more
then a few months? Well, read this to find out:

They Had Been With Jesus?

In review....we have seen men and women helped in this group...helped
not by changing the bias in society that has allowed abuse to go on,
that has made it possible to openingly discriminate against half the
population but by helping them to meet the prince of Peace and to
change their outlook on life. In Review, we see society is just as
evil as when we started this 4 years ago and in fact, it has gotten
worse with the passage of the Violence Against Women Act


and with family unfriendly courts and Child protective services which
sure seem to allow children in real abusive homes to stay and will
take them away from loving parents for little reason at all. We have
seen many reports of those who are suppose to protect our children
who will tell mothers that they will take their children away if they
do not leave their husbands. Yes we have seen some cases where this
was reversed also but the fact is that our society is getting much
worse. Were we not told that as it was in the day of Noah, so shall
it be in the end times?

In review....we often will look to see where to place the blame when
things go wrong. Oh radical feminist are responsible for the VAWA for
it was written by the National Organization of Women legal department
but who is responsible for these feminist? We see many things being
allowed that we know God is not pleased with. Almost every movie has
nude scenes. The "f" word will soon be allowed on broadcast TV and
what then, where will the new line be drawn or will anything go?

In Review...we ask you to look at:

2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will
humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their
wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin
and will heal their land.

Notice that this tells is that if God's people....Christians will do
these things, God will hear from heaven and will heal our land.

In review, let us all pray the psalmist prayer

Psalm 139
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my
thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way
everlasting.

I surrender all!
I surrender all!
All to thee my blessed Redeemer, I surrender all

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of
God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable
unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed
to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect,
will of God.

My Lord, I personal come to You asking You to search me. Reveal any
wicked way in me. I do want to humble myself in Your sight and to
turn away from anything that is not pleasing to You. I want to seek
Your face and I want to have You as the focus of this ministry. It is
not mine..it is YOURS. I confess that I am so unworthy and unable to
do this so it is only because of YOU that it has been working. It is
only because of YOU that we have seen results. My LORD…I know this
ministry is needed so if I am not doing it right, change me…or
replace me with someone that will reach out better then I can to
those who are hurting..to the outcast of society..to those that no
one else cares about. Lord, I would rather love the unlovable and
the rejected then to preach in the fanciest cathedrals. I do ask
that You do allow me to once again stand at the gates of Hell and to
be able to turn some away just before they would have entered..to
turn them toward….YOU!

Lord…we ask that all those who would come to Shattered Men will be
able to say…I was shattered…but then…JESUS!
 

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