Jason and I were honored to return to Redeemer Lutheran in Fridley, MN for my 5th ministry trip at this location. This time was a bit different in that I was invited to speak at all four Sunday morning services in addition to an evening schedule so I ended up ministering eight times total plus Continue reading
Reflections – Memorial Day 2013
Doug Stringer – Turning Point Ministries, Houston, TX
As Americans, we will gather for times to reflect and honor the lives of fallen men and women who served our nation, and we do so with great gratitude. They fought and gave the greatest sacrifice for our freedom. Likewise, each day there are men and women whose life message speaks of great heroism. They include first responders, valiant firemen, policemen, rescue workers and citizens who rush to the rescue of victims. At great risk, some even give their own lives in the process of trying to save others. Each of these public servants, volunteers, and everyday citizens become modern-day heroes — Patriots.
What is a Patriot? One definition of the word states that a patriot is someone who feels strong support and is a strong defender of and for his or her country. There have been patriots throughout our history, dating back to the birth of our nation, who defended not only our land, but the values and freedoms we hold dear. The freedoms and liberties we so enjoy in the United States of America did not and do not come cheaply. There is a high cost of freedom. I remember when my stepfather was stationed at the Oak Harbor Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island in Washington State, there was a large billboard just outside the base that read, “Pardon the Noise, it’s the sound of Freedom!”
The heart of our nation remains patriotic, not just through those who give their lives on foreign shores, but the many unsung heroes as well-teachers, doctors, nurses, pastors, and other community leaders, who serve just because they love their country. Jesus said true greatness is found in serving others (Matthew 23:11). I can think of many friends who serve by washing the feet of others every day. These are the ones I think of when I think of a patriot.
Jesus set the greatest example for us and in His words, “Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for the sake of his friends” (John 15:13). And following the Lord’s example, there are brave men and women who daily lay their lives down for their neighbors, their community, their country. We honor and remember each of them this Memorial Day. And as we do, we continue to lift up those who are serving our nation even today on foreign soil and at home. We lift up those in the military as well as first responders. Let’s remember in our prayers the recent victims of natural and man-made disasters in our nation. And we are thankful for all who are serving them each day bringing hope and healing.
Let us give thanks on Memorial Day and every day for this land that we call, home.
I have been blessed to receive more and more praise reports of healing that happened at the Methodist Church in Houston where I was honored to minister last weekend. God is amazingly sweet to so many people. What a joy it is to minister in this capacity. I hope to post more of these after I return from my current trip to Minnesota.
And then since sending out my blog post about “Walking in present truth even when Continue reading
I took this picture in Nebraska last week – our path can be full of beauty if we believe God is working in our lives through faith.
When was the last time you asked God to do something impossible, something out of the ordinary? I believe that one reason we don’t see God do great things is because Continue reading
There is so much to share about the wonderful amazing and anointed ministry in Houston Texas so Continue reading
The River is coming with the Revival Culture Immersed in the River – so start to wade on out and expect Jesus to meet you in the river! He is carrying the Holy Spirit on Him according to what was recorded at his baptism where the Holy Spirit remained on Him. (see John 1:33) Its time to Splash! Get your Friends wet who have not yet experienced the power of God in the River.
May 17 – Kingdom Encounter in Bellevue, NE – Healing Emphasis
May 18 – Travel Date to Minnesota –
May 19-21 – Ministering Eight Services at Redeemer Lutheran in Fridley, MN.
May 22 – 23 Travel Dates to Omaha – possible ministry in Northfield, MN
May 24 – Ministering at Eagle’s Nest Worship Center, Omaha, NE – Young Adults
May 31 – Kingdom Encounter, Bellevue, NE – Revival Culture
June 1 – Healing Service at Beautiful Savior Lutheran, Omaha, NE – 9:30 a.m.
June 2 – Omaha House Church, Morning Service
June 7 – Kingdom Encounter, Bellevue, NE
June 9 – Ministering at Trinity Hope Foursquare Church, Omaha, NE
June 12 – 16 Ministering at Lighthouse Fellowship and Southwest Kansas Aglow in Hugoton, KS
June 17 – Visit with Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
June 21 – Kingdom Encounter, Bellevue, NE
June 23 – Ministering at Assembly of the Saints, Omaha, NE – Morning Service
Let the River Flow!!!
THE RIVER IS COMING:
We believe that a new wave of God’s presence is about to hit, so I have placed some key natural pictures in this article to demonstrate what we are sensing in the Spiritual. The bible says first the natural and then the spiritual, so we are believing for something spectacular to happen soon.
For all my new friends who follow me, I periodically put out a ministry report highlighting various ministry events, and sharing upcoming opportunities. Galatians 6:10 says that as you have the opportunity, do good unto all men, especially the household of faith. Folded into this report Continue reading