Monthly Newsletter-April 2012
Easter Sunday will be a special Lord’s Supper and dedication of our new Sanctuary and facility unto the Lord. It took Solomon seven years to build the Lord’s Temple, “The House Solomon Built”. It took seven months to build this house of refuge, “The House Recovery Built”. We are very thankful to so many folks who labored and sacrificed so much time, money, and materials. The Recovery Church is making an impact in our community and giving the devil fits. The Kingdom of God has invaded the dark places of Stephens County and is tearing the devils strong holds apart one heart at a time. Each of you are a part of this great work.
Joe, Martha, Sharon, and Lloyd
Tuesday March 27th, Joe Norton director of the Pardon & Parole Office, and Martha Ray, Sharon Cain, and Lloyd Wiggins of Stephens County Drug Court, were our quest as we had a small dedication ceremony. The parole office and drug court gave us a tremendous amount of community service laborers. We work very closely with these wonderful men and women helping to put lives back together. This community is blessed to have folks like these who give, give, and give of themselves. They care, they don’t just talk about how to improve our community, they do it by investing their lives in the lives of those deemed hopeless by society. God bless and increase this tribe. We love each of you.
Amanda Thomas Mural
Woman at the Well
Amanda Thomas stands beside the mural she painted for our Sanctuary. The mural represents what The Recovery Church is all about. The woman at the well signifies broken and hopeless lives being transformed by one encounter with Jesus. The shame and quilt are gone, and new life begins! Thanks you Amanda we are very proud of you!
Second Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The second annual Easter Egg Hunt was a huge success with over 70 kids and 1500 eggs. We used this opportunity to teach the kids about Jesus and what Easter represents. We had fellowship, food, music, and a lot of fun with great surprises for the kids and everything pointed these kids to Jesus.
Second Annual Easter Egg Hunt
David, Justin, and Shelly Wren from Just Bling It brought a show for the kids, “Guys for God”. David does some incredible magic tricks as he tells different Bible stories all pointing to Jesus. His best is the fire eating act at the end! Kids both young and old loved it. Good seeds were planted in a bunch of kids Saturday. Thank you guys it was GREAT!
Harold Green -Jail Chaplain
Harold Green rededicated his life to God several months ago and Tuesday March 27th it was my honor to baptize him. He is helping me in the jails and is truly a blessing to the guys. He baptized 6 men in the jail Thursday, it was a very emotional time for all of us, Harold couldn’t hold back the tears. It was his first time to baptize someone and it really touched his heart! We are still doing several seminars by Duane Sheriff Ministries in the jails and the Lord is changing many men’s hearts. It is good to have Jody Price back in with us again. F.L. Estes, Jim McNair, and Dave Horn and staff do a tremendous job keeping this work moving forward. Please keep them in prayer, the devil would love to destroy this work. This jail is one of the best in the state and God has used it in a mighty way these past several years to spark a revival in Duncan.
“New Youth 317”
The Recovery Church announces “New Youth 317”. A new youth ministry ages from 12 to 18 that meets every Tuesday & Saturday 7 PM. Joe & Melody Horton along with Sony & Mike Mullins are bringing a new kind of youth ministry to Duncan. More in next months newsletter. Call or e-mail for more info. Developing a page on web site soon that will have a calendar of events. Help us Spread the word. We are after those who feel neglected and forgotten.
For Weekly Events Calendar go to the Web Sitewww.deliveredfrommeth.com and click on Recovery Church. Calendar Posted Weekly. Also enjoy many video testimonies and audio sermons.
In closing I’d like to share the story of “The Keeper of the Spring,” He was a quiet forest dweller who lived high above an Austrian village along the eastern slopes of the Alps.
The old gentle man had been hired many years earlier by a young town council to clear away the debris from the pools of water that fed the lovely spring flowing through their town. With faithful, silent regularity he patrolled the hills, removed the leaves and branches, and wiped away the silt from the fresh flow of water. By and by, the village became a popular attraction for vacationers. Graceful swans floated along the crystal clear spring, farmlands were naturally irrigated, and the view from restaurants was picturesque.
Years passed. One evening the town council met for its semiannual meeting. As they reviewed the budget, one man’s eye caught the salary figure being paid the obscure keeper of the spring. Said the keeper of the purse, “Who is the old man? Why do we keep him on year after year? For all we know he is doing us no good. He isn’t necessary any longer!” By a unanimous vote, they dispensed with the old man’s services.
For several weeks nothing changed. By early autumn the trees began to shed their leaves. Small branches snapped off and fell into the pools, hindering the rushing flow of water. One afternoon someone noticed a slight yellowish-brown tint in the spring. A couple days later the water was much darker. Within another week, a slimy film covered sections of the water along the banks and a foul odor was detected. The millwheels moved slower, some finally ground to a halt. Swans left as did the tourists. Clammy fingers of disease and sickness reached deeply into the village.
Embarrassed, the council called a special meeting. Realizing their gross error in judgment, they hired back the old keeper of the spring . . . and within a few weeks, the river began to clear up.
Fanciful though it may be, the story carries with it a vivid, relevant analogy directly related to the times in which we live. What the keeper of the spring meant to the village, Christian servants mean to our community. The preserving, taste-giving bite of “salt” mixed with the illuminating, hope-giving ray of “light” may seem feeble and needless . . . but God help any society that attempts to exist without them! You see, the village without the keeper of the spring is a perfect representation of our community without the salt and light of God’s servants (Matthew 5:13—14). Many of you support this work and we are tremendously grateful. Our ministry is very laborerous with a lot of needy folks. We had to purchase a van, and the much needed expansion was very expensive so your continued support is greatly appreciated. God is making a huge move and His kingdom is going to conquer this war on drugs in our community.
Loving God-Loving People-Serving Both-While Serving Our Community. Changing Our World One Heart at a Time. The Recovery Church
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Dennis & Debbie Hall Ministries
The Recovery Church
Stephens Co. Jail Chaplain
P.O. Box 2117
Duncan, OK 73534