Mike Pearl did a teaching series on Addictions and the Brain. It was quite an interesting and life transforming topic. He showed how certain chemicals are released in the brain when we have experiences that cause an emotional response. There are many addictions that people develop and many ways people are controlled or imprisoned by them. In fact, when the brain is unusually stimulated it can create pathways that keep a person in bondage because they cannot get pleasure any other way. He showed how to overcome the addictions by realizing the power we have from Christ to overcome—creating new pathways to replace the wrong ones. There were many people who had addictions and wanted to be freed from them. Some did not realize how twisted their minds had become. Men who used pornography were confessing and were getting on a road to recovery. This message was sent from God to set the captives free. Marriages were healed and families restored.
Go Ye To the World…
Not only did we get the blessing of hearing the powerful messages of freedom in Christ, we were given testimonies of many missionaries from around the world. It was a bold message of what we could be doing to reach the lost for Christ. How we could do something each day to make a difference in other’s lives. We live in an age that is highly driven by excess and want, selfishness and ungratefulness. The human creature is always striving to fulfill its own needs. As followers of Christ, we must think outside the box—we must consider others. We need to love them the way we would wish to be loved. When we love our neighbor as ourselves, we can make a difference. People are in need all around the world. There are hurting and lost people right in your own neighborhood. These are all people who Christ died for. Sometimes it just takes someone who loves them enough to take the time to share the good news to get them to a place where they realize their need for a savior. Most of us were there once. We know the emptiness and fear. The guilt or shame. We need to share the hope and peace we have experienced in Christ with others. Even the people who build walls of pride around their hearts. They say they are good and they are fine—that they do not need Christ. The word of God—these words do not go out void. They may think we are crazy, but one day they will remember how you shared those words with them even though you knew they would reject them. It all matters so please never become discouraged.
I used to share the gospel with others and they would spit in my face or cuss me out. I had people tell me that I would be alone with my Bible and that no one will love me. How wrong they were!! There were times I stopped sharing Jesus with others because so many people reviled me. I wanted to give up trying to reach them. It is easy to give up when others just hate God and you for delivering the message. It is not easy. 9 out of 10 times people will roll their eyes and scoff at you. That doesn’t stop me today. I won’t let it. When I see a person I see someone who Christ died for. I see a person that will spend eternity in the lake of fire because they reject truth.
We saw Missionaries from around the world tell us their vision and how God is using a small person like themselves for a Big purpose. The people are hungry for freedom. Watch this video. It is about a man named Rick Batson. He is a friend of ours and we enjoyed his presentation of the gospel at the Shindig. He was a drug dealer and beer joint owner turned prisoner. He got saved in prison and His life was transformed into something worth something to God. He became a vessel for the gospel. So many of us feel like we cannot make a difference. God does not call the equipped—He equips the called!
I guess there were men and women just crying listening to my testimony and while my knees were shaking, I felt His light shining around me and out through my many cracks. I enjoyed hearing other people’s testimonies and it was so encouraging to meet people that read my blog who were there. They tell me how it has changed their lives. So humbling to me. One young mother sat at my booth looking at my book and preordered it. She longed to read it and I could see she needed to read it. I handed her one. The next morning she told me she found my book life transforming and healing to her marriage. That morning she had repented to her husband and the bitterness they may of had was washed away with love. Love covers a multitude of sins. Without love we are nothing. Praise God that He can use my book to help people. I praise God that He was with us at the Shindig and that lives were changed for the Glory of God. It was precious.
I was able to make some appearances each night as “Granny” homesteader. I danced the jig to toe tapping blue grass music. It was a fun time. At one point I sang a raspy note and made Mike Pearl fall right off stage. Soon I will post the video clips just for fun!