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Addicted to Jesus

It was a Sunday afternoon, Jerry Phillips stood nervously in front of his parent’s home. The last time he had been home did not turn out well. He had been high on drugs and drunk. This lead to a confrontation with his father and his brother. His parents put him out and told him not return until he was clean and sober. He had returned clean and sober but he was not sure if his parents would welcome him home. Jerry hoped that they would, he had something to ask them.

He closed his eyes and said a silent prayer asking God to give strength. This wasn’t going to be an easy visit. After taking a deep breath, Jerry walked up to the door and rang the bell. Soon he heard someone walking to the door. The door opened and it was his Mother, Martha. Martha was surprised to see Jerry.

“Jerry, what a surprise. What do you want this time? The last time you were here you almost had a fight with your brother. Jerry, I don’t want any trouble.”

“Ma, I’m sorry about that. I promise, there won’t be any trouble. I’ve got something to tell the family then I’ll be gone.”

Martha motioned Jerry to follow her to the dining room. When they entered the dining room the family was sitting around the dinner table. He had not seen them in a long time, his father John, brother Frank and his wife Sue and his grandfather, Jack.

Everyone was talking when they entered but when they saw Jerry they became silent. Their stares made Jerry feel as if he was about to be cut to pieces by razors. He could sense their frustration and disappointment.

After a long period of silence, Jerry’s father spoke up. There was anger in his voice.

“What do you want? You only come by here when you’re in trouble or trying to get money for your addictions or for those fast women you fool around with. If that’s what you want, get out!”

Jerry was hurt by his father’s words, but he understood the anger. He had misused his family. He wanted his father to know that he was there for a different reason.

“Pop, I am sorry that I put the family through all of that. I came by to tell you that things are different. I do want something from the family and it isn’t money.”

Some members of the family were skeptical. Jerry had a history of substance abuse and he had hurt the family many times. They figured that he had not really changed.

Each time he had claimed that he had changed he always relapsed. Why would this time be any different? As far as they were concerned he was lying to them.

Frank was unsure. He looked at his brother with disgust.

“Don’t let him fool you. He’s an addict and I bet that he’s high on something. Come on Jerry, admit it, you’re high!”

Jerry stood erect and looked directly at his brother.

“Yes Frank! I am an addict, I’m addicted to Jesus!”

Frank didn’t believe him. He still thought that Jerry was not being truthful.

“Yeah, right. Jerry, I bet that you were in jail, that’s why we haven’t heard from you for a long time. I also bet that you got ‘jailhouse religion.’ It won’t last, you’ll go back to your old ways.”

Jerry had expected this reaction and it disappointed him. He couldn’t blame his brother for doubting him. He had played this game before. He wanted to convince them that this time it was real.

He explained that he had been in jail for drugs. This last time in jail was a wake up call for him. He was tired of being sick and tired. The life of drinking and drugs had ruined his life. While he was in jail one of his best friends had died of an overdose. Jerry said that he realized that if he did not make a serious change, he would also be locked up for a very long time or dead.

While in jail Jerry joined an A.A. support group and he had to acknowledge that he had a problem he could not overcome on his own. He had to turn his will and life over to the care of God.

When he got to the fifth step which encourages members to admit to God and to others their wrongs, he sought out the chaplain. The chaplain helped him to look to Jesus for grace and forgiveness and the chaplain encouraged him to continue with
A.A. and to find a spiritual home. He also encouraged Jerry to work with his sponsor
and to work the eighth step, make a list of those who had been hurt by his addiction and the ninth step, to make amends with those who have been hurt.

When he had finished his family sat silently.

“I don’t expect you to believe me. I want you to know what I’ve said is real.”

After he said this he broke down in tears.

“I’ve taken up your time. I’m here to ask your forgiveness. Last night I spent many hours on my knees asking God’s forgiveness. I know that I’ve hurt and disappointed you. I can’t take back what I’ve done but I can and will to make amends with you. I
need your prayers, I’m still and addict and I can relapse. Your prayers and support will help me to stay strong.”

Jerry’s grandfather stood up and walked to him and hugged him. Grandpa Jim turned and spoke to the family.

“I have been praying for this for many years. If Jerry is gonna make it he’ll need our love, forgiveness and support. It won’t be easy for him. It took guts for him to come here. Whatever it takes we gotta help him through, and we can’t let him give up.

I have something to tell you, something I’ve rarely shared with anyone. I was a lot like Jerry when I was young. I did my share of drinking and almost everything. After I hit rock bottom I got into A.A. and the church. They both helped me, it was tough but Jesus brought me through. If you won’t stand with Jerry, I’ll stand with him. I’m an addict too. I’m addicted to Jesus. He restored my life and he can do the same for Jerry.

M.D. Carter 05/13/2018

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You’ll make it through

Life’s journey has both joys and sorrows.
After the dark days, comes bright tomorrows.
None of us passes through without some scars.
Through the pain, God causes us to shine like stars.
Trust in him for he cares for you.
Have faith, you’ll make it through.

Perhaps you’ve had bumps along the way.
Have faith to meet the challenges of each day.
Grow strong through the struggles you face.
Rely upon God’s never ending grace.
Trust in him for he cares for you.
Have faith, you’ll make it through.

Maybe you’ve doubted God in times of strife,
And you’ve how he’s working in your life.
Remember that you are in the palm of his hand.
He’ll give you the courage to endure and stand.
Trust in him for he cares for you.
Have faith, you’ll make it through.

Press on, over every mountain and hill.
Through prayer, always seek God’s will.
When you’re depressed and feel alone,
Remember that God cares for his own.
God declares; “I will take care of you.
Have no fear. I shall bring you through.”

M. Carter 4/20/2018

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Run by God’s grace

Each of us has challenges to face.
All of us must run life’s race.
The paths we travel can be deary.
Many soon become weak and weary,
Never give up running the race.
Press on and go forth by God’s grace.

Setbacks will come and be hard to bear.
Struggles bring upon many worry and care.
Some wonder when the struggles will end.
When will they have peace and joy again.
Don’t allow setbacks to slow you in the race.
Rise above the setbacks and press on in grace.

Struggles can be blessings in disguise.
God places lessons before our eyes.
Through every struggle, always have faith and trust.
God is faithful, He will never leave nor abandon us.
He will supply the strength for the race.
God will bring us through by the power of his grace.

M.D.C 4/15/2018

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JESUS, SHIELD OF PEACE

Jesus, shield of peace, emfold me.
In your strong arms, always hold me.
Guide my feet along life’s way.
Be my strength for each day.

Jesus, may your presence surround me.
Give peace so troubles will not confound me.
When storms of trouble arise, be not far away.
Always be my everlasting hope and stay.

Jesus, shield of peace, fountain of grace.
Grant me endurance for the earthly race.
As I live, my songs of praise shall not cease.
When I die, I’ll be with you in the land of eternal peace.

M. Carter 01/22/18

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New of poetry-Jesus, We praise your name.

Jesus, we praise your name!
Have you just wanted to sing praises to the mighty name of Jesus? Hasn’t he brought you a mighty long way? This is a book of Christian poetry written by me. These are poems which praise that wonderful name. I invite you to read these poems and join with me in the songs of praise to Jesus.
I have included with this collection the story; “The Pilgrim’s journey.” It is the story of a man who struggles with his sinfulness and travels to find the Redeemer who will give him peace and rest. Throughout his journey, he is abandoned by friends, mocked by others, tormented by demons, and confronted by the devil. These obstacles do not discourage him. He is strengthened and encouraged by the Spirit and meets the Redeemer who restores and sends him back to his home to build the Church and proclaim the Gospel, He returns and finds rejection by some of the people but many receive the Gospel and the Pilgrim labors faithfully until he is called to heaven and finds rest for his soul.
Available at Amazon.com Mr. Michael D. Carter

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WHEN I GET TO HEAVEN

One glad day, I’ll see the King of Glory.
In heaven, I’ll rejoice and tell my story.
I shall see his loving face.
And praise him for his grace.

There will be no more sadness.
Only peace and lasting gladness.
I’ll join with the heavenly throng.
Sing heaven’s eternal song.

I’ll live forever in eternity.
What a great joy that’ll be.
There will no more fear.
Jesus will wipe away every tear.

I’ll lay my burdens down.
And claim my mansion and crown.
There will be sweet rest.
In Zion, the city of the blessed.

M. Carter 06/27/2017

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COME IN HUMBLE FAITH

Come in humble faith before Christ’ mercy seat.
Fall in adoration before his feet.
Worship him and bless the Redeemer from sin.
May the songs of praise go on without end.

Come in his temple to hear the Gospel story.
Lift holy hands and give him the glory.
Worship him and bless the Redeemer from sin.
May the songs of praise go on without end.

Come join believers in songs of adoration.
Honor and praise the God of salvation.
Worship him and bless the Redeemer from sin.
May the songs of praise go on without end.

Come to the table and eat the feast for the soul.
Eat his body, drink his blood and be made whole.
Worship him and bless the Redeemer from sin.
May the songs of praise go on without end.

Come and receive pardon and grace.
Be warmed by the radiant light from his face.
Worship him and bless the Redeemer from sin.
May the songs of praise go on without end.

Go with his Gospel to proclaim.
Declare forgiveness and life in his name.
Worship him and bless the Redeemer from sin.
May the songs of praise go on without end.

Michael Carter 06/18/2017

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The best of all, God is with us

When there is pain and sorrow.
God guides today and tomorrow.
Always have faith and trust.
The best of all, God is with us.

Troubles distress us.
God will strengthen and bless us.
Hold on with faith and trust.
The best of all, God is with us.

God renews us by grace.
Giving endurance for the race.
Press on with faith and trust.
The best of all, God is with us.

God saves us from sin.
Remember how good he’s been.
Live always with faith and trust.
The best of all, God is with us.

M. Carter 2017

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GREAT IS JESUS’ LOVE AND MERCY

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June 9, 2017 · 3:42 am

SAVIOR, WE COME

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