Monday, May 20, 2019

God's agenda is always best

Baptism is a very special moment in a believer's life. It's often
the first act of obedience to Jesus Christ.
This past Saturday baptism and hitting the streets with our mobile kitchen were not on our list of things to do. Notice I wrote they were not on "our list."

The key to following Jesus is setting our agenda aside and being open to His. The agenda we set for each day may well be what Jesus wants us to do, however, we better be ready and willing to change as His Spirit leads.

"The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps." - Proverbs 16:9

A man we have known for a about eight years came to Love In Action on Saturday. It had been a a month or so since we had seen Jeff. The last time he came to LIA he finally surrendered to Jesus. Different battles have consumed Jeff over the years. He knows God's Word very well. It's putting His Word into action that's the key.

He finally got to the point of where he was tired living life his way, so he surrendered to Jesus. He asked me then if he could come back to LIA and be baptized. Well, that day was Saturday. After a rough couple of weeks, Jeff said he needed to be obedient to Jesus. "Can I get baptized today," he asked me. "Of course," I replied.

We close LIA at 2 p.m., so I started filling up the baptismal trough around 1:30. Some of our volunteers stayed to witness Jeff's baptism. It was one of those very sweet and yet powerful times. Baptism is a very special moment in a believer's life. It is often our first act of obedience to Jesus, and an outward witness of our decision to follow Jesus.

It's also a special moment for the person blessed to be doing the baptism. I don't take that honor lightly. To carry out my Lord's Great Commission always humbles me. Baptizing believers is part of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. It's one of my most favorite things to do.

After baptizing Jeff, we figured we would finish cleaning up and go home after a long, hot week. Then I received a phone call from a friend who works with the Dothan Fire Department. He said the Dothan High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes had some hotdogs to donate to us from the Dothan High spring football game. Bro. Dan drove to Rip Hewes Stadium to pick them up. He should have driven our truck.

There were hundreds of hotdogs and buns, 17 cases of water, and around a dozen boxes of potato chips. Wow! What a blessing!

Now what were we going to do? That decision was easy for Martha, Dan and me. God just blessed us with a lot of food, and the hotdogs needed to be used right away. So, we hooked the LIA Mobile Kitchen to our pickup truck and hit the streets with hotdogs and chips. We served hundreds of hotdogs. People were very happy and thankful to receive all of those bagged meals. We also blessed our friends at The Harbor Church will a bunch of hotdogs, buns and chips.

God's agenda is always best. As God tells us in Isaiah 55:8-9, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."

Let's always remember that and be open to everything He has for us to accomplish each day.

Here I am with my beautiful bride and Bro. Dan as we spend the second half of
Saturday afternoon serving up hundreds of hotdogs to those in need in Dothan.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Your support makes a big difference

Team LIA serving up delicious food through our mobile kitchen outreach.
People often ask where does our financial support come from? It comes from individuals and some churches and businesses, but the majority comes from individuals.
For those who give, we can't say thank you enough for supporting Love In Action with your prayers and finances. We couldn’t do this ministry without you. 

What does your giving do? In short, you help us proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through acts of compassion. We are able to have a facility for our homeless and needy friends in Dothan to come to for Bible study and discipleship classes; to be baptized; to enjoy hot, delicious meals; to take a hot shower; to have their laundry washed, dried and folded; to receive food and hygiene items from our food and hygiene pantries; to find nice, clean clothes; and more. Our facilities also host the Samaritan Clinic where the homeless come for free health, dental, and eye care. 

Your support helps us take food, hygiene items, and Bibles to the homeless at their camps and other locations, and to those living day-by-day in low-rent hotels.

Your giving helps provide hope to the hopeless through the love of Jesus Christ. Thank you so much for caring. Thank you for your generosity. You are storing up treasure in Heaven.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” – Matthew 6:19-20

If you haven't been a regular financial donor, we ask you to prayerfully consider doing so. You can mail your tax-deductible donations to: Love In Action, PO Box 85, Dothan, AL 36302, or you may give securely online via PayPal by clicking on this link,

Please keep us in your prayers. Thank you and God bless you all.

Monday, April 15, 2019

'Somebody is praying for me'

Don't underestimate the power of prayer or what it means to stop, take time and pray with someone.

Case in point, during a recent mobile kitchen outreach we met a man we had never seen before. We gave him a plate of food and offered prayer. As most people do, he welcomed the prayer. I asked him if there was anything specific and he just said, "everything." So, Martha and I began praying about "everything."

As we prayed, he started weeping, then he squeezed the to-go plate that held his hot meal. At that moment, the food didn't matter to him. God and the fact someone was praying for him were his top priorities.

His weeping increased as he said over and over again, "Somebody is praying for me. Somebody is praying for me." He was moved by the fact we were praying for him. He was at a point in his life where he didn't think anyone cared, so he was in awe there was a group of people who cared enough to come to where he was and pray.

Without any prompting from Martha or me, the man started crying out to God, "Forgive me God. Forgive me. I've sinned against you. Forgive me." The Holy Spirit was moving so strongly upon this precious soul that he had to cry out to God.

When we finished praying, I opened the Bible on my phone and showed him 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

He understood God had forgiven him, which made him start weeping again. While wiping the tears from his eyes, he thanked us. We all hugged and he started walking off. He made it about 5 yards and he started crying again. He thanked us again and slowly walked away.

That was a very powerful moment. We all thanked God for moving on that man's heart in such a mighty way. When we step out of what the world calls ordinary and live out the Great Commission, it's amazing what we see God do.

Let's stop trying to live an ordinary life as the world defines it and start living an ordinary life as God defines it. That life is living in obedience to Him under His Lordship. It's living out the Great Commission, understanding that it's not an event or specific outreach, but it's a lifestyle.

Living a life totally committed to God shouldn't be looked at by believers as out of the ordinary. It's what God expects. It's what He deserves, and what we should desire.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Don't miss what God is doing downtown

God is doing something very unique in downtown Dothan. It's something Martha and I have prayed for since first traveling overseas and experiencing powerful moves of God. We saw people so hungry for Jesus that nothing else mattered. Daily people thirsty for the truth received Jesus. Christians who desired nothing more than to bring glory to God and reach the lost. We experienced Acts 2:42-47.

We always return home praying that the fire, desire, hunger and thirst we saw there would come here. We are beginning to experience it here now. We are seeing people saved almost daily. Nearly every week we are baptizing people. We aren't seeing yet what we experience when spreading the Gospel among unreached people groups in Third World countries, but we're seeing the beginnings.

It started last year and has increased through the first three months of 2019. People we have long ministered to and prayed with have turned to Jesus. New people we just meet are giving their lives to Jesus. People who were never interested in Jesus are now seeking.

We've baptized hundreds of people over the years in oceans, lakes, ponds, swimming pools and 55-gallon drums. We've also borrowed baptistries at churches. But as more people started coming to Jesus, we needed to be able to baptize on our LIA campus. Now, thanks to Covenant UMC, we have our own baptismal trough, and people are following Jesus in baptism.

We shouldn't be surprised God is moving so mightily among the homeless and poor. Just read what the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:27-29, "But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God."

More of the Body of Christ is seeing that being a believer is more than going to a worship service once a week. We must get outside the walls and reach people for Jesus, and that includes reaching out to the "least of these" as Jesus describes in Matthew 25:35-40.

We have some awesome volunteers who are so faithful and dedicated to serving every week. Some on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Others on Wednesday and Friday for the mobile kitchen outreach, and some for the Samaritan Clinic. Some serve multiple times.

We praise God for each one. It's life-changing. As Pastor Matthew Barnett of the LA Dream Center said, "Once you put your feet in another man's shoes you will never be the same." That quote has stuck with me for nearly two decades. It's so true.

We need more volunteers; more believers who want to love on people and serve the homeless and needy in Dothan. We need more volunteers who want to go through our discipleship method Training for Trainers (T4T) and help us disciple more new believers. We need more volunteers who are willing to mentor those we reach.

If God is leading you to do any of that, please come. Feel free to email me at or call us at 334-494-4995.

The Holy Spirit is moving on hearts and drawing people to Jesus. Come experience it and be part of what God is doing. We read throughout the Gospels how Jesus chose the outcasts to do mighty works to and through. He picked fishermen and a tax collector to be His disciples. That's not what people were expecting.

He's doing the same today. The homeless and poor are considered outcasts by society. Jesus doesn't think that way. He's changing hearts and transforming lives, and bringing people out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

God's restoration power on full display

Tears of joy flowed all week. From an amazing salvation to family restoration, we witnessed the restoration of our God.

Thursday one of our homeless friends finally surrendered to Jesus after three-plus years of pouring the Gospel and love of Jesus into him. His decision reminded me that God never gives up on us. I wondered if he would ever give his life to Jesus. In fact, with his lifestyle, I thought he would end up dead without Christ. Thankfully, I was wrong. The Holy Spirit kept drawing him.

When he resurfaced about six weeks ago he was reading a Bible our friend Barbie Nolan from Covenant UMC had given him two years ago. He started quoting scripture to me. He had never read the Bible, much less quote it. He said Proverbs was messing him up, because he saw that he was the fool God talked about in Proverbs. The Word of God was drawing him. He said something has to change in his life. I told him Jesus was the only way, but he wasn't ready.

Then, on Thursday as he talked with one of our volunteers, he surrendered to Jesus. Praise God! Tears filled my eyes as I hugged him. A young man from The Ark was at LIA waiting for the Samaritan Clinic to open. He immediately started telling our friend about The Ark and how his life could be transformed by the power of God through their 12-month program. To my amazement, he wanted to go to The Ark.

You have to understand, this man never wanted anything to do with God even though we had prayed with him and showed him the love of Jesus for several years. Those were seeds of the Gospel being planted and watered. God truly brings the increase. (1 Corinthians 3:6)

By Friday afternoon our friend was in The Ark. Praise God! I'm not going to mention his name, but please pray for him. God knows who you are praying for. Jesus forgives, saves and restores us to the Father. Our friend is now restored to our Heavenly Father.

Friday evening we saw God restore a family. One of our homeless friends walked out on his family 23 years ago, his son was 4 years old. On Friday, his 27-year-old son and wife picked him up at Love In Action to begin learning about one another and becoming the father and son God meant for them to be. To God be the glory!

We prayed with the three of them and watched them drive off together. I couldn't keep the tears from streaming down my face. God's restoration is beautiful.

These were two of many amazing things God did last week. This ministry is hard. We constantly battle the forces of darkness as we reach into the enemy's camp to bring people into the light of Jesus. Weeks like this makes all the battles, heartaches and frustrations worthwhile. It reminds us God is at work in the midst of the craziness. We are reminded of 1 Corinthians 3:6, some plant and some water, but God brings the increase.

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