In preparation for our latest film project I’ve done a lot of studying on the negative effects a father can have on a child. I heard one person even say that they believed the root of most people’s problems was some sort of “daddy issue.” I’m not sure if that is true or not. But apart from opinion and academic analysis I do know what I’ve personally seen. Be it from talking to inmates, ex-inmates, drug users, alcoholics, or problemed people with a lot of money and a good job, almost all of them say they had a father that didn’t care, gave up on them, was totally self-absorbed, cared only about their next bottle or high, was abusive, or completely absent from their life while growing up. These people usually end up exactly like their messed-up father or sometimes worse. On the other hand, I have a hard time relating to these people because my father was a great model of the character of our heavenly father, God. And, he still is a great model as we serve together in ministry on a regular basis. If we as fathers won’t make it a priority to model the character of Jesus Christ to our kids then we are willingly creating another self-absorbed generation of people full of hate, anxiety, selfishness, distrust, and dis-unity. As a father your greatest potential for spreading Jesus is with your kids. Happy Father’s Day! Please consider becoming part of a Rescue Team - Mondays, 6:15 PM @ Watered Gardens! Because His Grace Is Amazing, Matt M.
I heard it said recently that everyone is being forced to draw lines and choose sides right now. Will you be scared of the virus or not? Will you wear a mask or not? Will you think poorly of others who do or don’t? Will you take a stand or not? Will you protest or not? Will you support the president or our government or not? Will you despise those who do or don’t? The world is literally screaming at you right now. There is such an overload of very strong voices that it seems there is no peace on earth to be found and certainly no unity. With all this in mind, this week, the Watered Gardens Rescue Teams with Journey Church went to the corner of 7th Street and Range Line Road and we prayed. We JUST prayed, twelve of us joined hands in a circle for over an hour. We weren’t there to take a stand or protest or get people to think we were super righteous. We simply prayed over our city in one of the busiest spots in our city. No agenda. Just simply, humbly, and obediently offering our sincerest feelings to God on behalf of Joplin, our state, and our nation. I had chills quite a lot of the time, not from a virus, but because the weight of what we were doing was so real that it touched me so deeply. We got honks in support and expletives yelled at us both. The only thing that mattered was just us and God in that moment. How can we expect to reach this city or this country if we are not praying together like this? Who is with me? Please consider becoming part of a Rescue Team - Mondays, 6:15 PM @ Watered Gardens! Because His Grace Is Amazing, Matt M.
There is a house in Joplin, a place known to manufacture and sell drugs, that we have visited often during our Watered Gardens Rescue Team outreach. For whatever reason from time to time someone at that house will receive some sort of assistance from the shelter and then we end up with that address for follow-up evangelism. The tiny house is packed full of people all the time, the majority of them obviously high. Sounds like something from a movie or TV, but this is the surreal real thing. This week we pulled up and I said to myself, “oh dear, this place again?” There was a young man, 20’s, in the front yard bleeding badly with a fresh wound yelling at someone in the house. There was a man on the porch high as a kite on drugs. A woman was very angry and yelling obscenities at the guy bleeding. Another woman appeared leaving the house whom I believe was a prostitute. This is a very, very, very dark place. What this house needs more than anything is the Light of Jesus Christ. As these people are not likely to accept a bible study invite they need humble Christ-like people to penetrate their darkness with the Light. Interestingly, the lady I believed to be a prostitute saw us on the sidewalk praying over the house and asked for prayer…prayer that she could get off of drugs and have a normal life. Carrying the Light of Jesus Christ into a dark place. You and I are called to do this wherever we are at. Please consider becoming part of a Rescue Team - Mondays, 6:15 PM @ Watered Gardens! Because His Grace Is Amazing, Matt M.