I work with people in addictions and compulsive behaviors on a weekly basis with a ministry I serve with and participate in at TPCC called Celebrate Recovery. I have seen lives changed because of love, the love of God and his faithful followers. I have the experience of my belief that God can change the worst of sinners in my own life. Coming to Las Vegas I see the evidence of lives changed because of love, lives so full of brokenness and sin patterns. It is so amazing to see just how far God will go to show a wayward child the love He has always had for them.
It has been a strong reminder that no one, absolutely no one is too far gone for God to reach. That means even my brother, someone who really close to me. My brother is 37 and has been struggling with addictions and crime since age 12. I have seen its devastating effect on my brother’s health and our family. I struggle with the faith to believe that my brother can change. Year after year of the same old drama that my brother’s lifestyles brings starts chipping at my hope of my brothers salvation. This trip has giving me the renewed hope to start praying for my brother and begin loving him instead of judging him and his lifestyle and thinking negatively about his future. My brother will most likely never respond to the gospel if I nag him or shake my head at him. I need to love Him with the love Christ has given me. I am grateful God has renewed this in me before I had lost all hope of my brother coming to Christ and gave up completely!
To God be the Glory forever and ever!!!!