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Monday, July 13 2020

DESERT

    Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5

    For the past few months, I have shared almost thirty-five years of my journey with Jesus, through the good, bad and ugly and it has brought back many memories of His grace and mercy. The Lord has been leading me from this point to share the "Dynamics of Discipleship" that we all need to know as His body!

    The main reason for all the miracles, signs and wonders that I was able to see and experience had to do with one important thing, the ministry of availability! I didn't have any special gifts or anointing that others have, but I did something that not many have done, I made myself available to the Lord! This is the very beginning of true discipleship, being led to follow Jesus!

    Hopefully, within the next devotional teachings, I can impart what the Lord did in me and through me to help you be all that you can be in Him! You are an important part of His body, more precious than gold, and anointed with His Holy Spirit to do the greater works that He has ordained for us all if you will only trust and obey His leading!

    The steps of a good man (and woman) are ordered (established) by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Psalm 37:23

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Friday, July 10 2020

DESERT

    Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness. Psalm 37:3

    Doug the Barber was just a good ole country boy who lived and worked in a small country town and raised some cows, cut hair, and drank beer! There wasn't much else to do, so once a week Doug and I went to the sports-bar (a ramshackle old metal building) and played pool.

    For years I was full of vision and passion, always seeking the Lord for opportunities to minister and to build up His kingdom, but now I felt the wind had gone out of my sails and my spiritual life was empty! Shipwrecked on the rocks of hopelessness! Anyway as Doug and I played pool I began to pray for him to become convicted of his lifestyle and come to the Lord. It wasn't long before he began to ask questions about the Bible and then one night I noticed he was drinking a Diet Coke.

    I asked him if he had been convicted of drinking beer and he said no, he was convicted of not spending time with his family! I didn't lead him in a prayer or baptize him, I just kept sowing seed and eventually, the Lord saved him. You know Jesus knows how to save folks! Doug now witnesses and shares his faith with every man in town who comes for a haircut! All glory to God!

    Delight yourself also in the Lord, and he shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Thursday, July 09 2020

DESERT

    "Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you." Genesis 12:1

    We were downsizing from a 3500 sq. ft. five-bedroom home with a pool, a 2000 sq. ft. metal building on 2.5 acres to a 500 sq. ft. one bedroom apartment in Mary Ann's hometown, Yorktown, Texas next to her mother.

    Talk about culture shock, there I was sitting in the kitchen staring at a computer I didn't know how to operate and I didn't type and the Lord said, "Write!" So by faith, I began to write down what the Lord gave me, hundreds of messages and teachings that His Holy Spirit was dropping into my spirit. It wasn't long before I needed a website to contain all the Lord was giving me and so a company in Georgia developed one for me and I am using them today after almost fifteen years.

    Yorktown was mostly Hispanic and about 90% Catholic without much going for it, a sleepy little town in South Texas full of drugs and crime. After thirty-five years of sowing, reaping, and gathering fruit for God's kingdom it looked as though my ministry was finished and I was all alone in another world! My only escape was playing pool with the town barber at a newly opened sports bar, just me and Doug!

    Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord, and teach out of Your law, that You may give him rest from adversity until the pit is dug for the wicked. For the Lord will not cast off His people, nor will He forsake His inheritance. Psalm 94:12-14

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
 

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Thursday, July 09 2020

RESTORATION

    "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit." John 3:8

    After we saw one of the greatest miracles ever, a man raised from the dead, our church began to have internal problems of strife and division. One of the parents wanted me to marry their son and his girlfriend who he had previously raped and I refused. They left and someone else married them and shortly after they divorced.

    The winds of change began to blow and I was becoming restless and knew we were going to leave on a journey into the desert! The church closed and the men's home and we began to sell everything on the property. We had numerous sales and finally an auction to eliminate everything we could. When God begins to move and His cloud lifts you know there will be a change coming!

    This wasn't the first time I sold everything to follow Jesus so I knew what to expect and was excited to be in His perfect will. Wealth and property don't matter when it comes to serving God, but pleasing Him is of the utmost priority!

    As you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything. Ecclesiastes 11:5

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Thursday, July 09 2020

RESTORATION

    And God said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" So I answered, "O Lord God, You know." Ezekiel 37:3

    Mary Ann and I followed the family to Eric's room and we all gathered around his bed. When the respirator was taken out, his eyes popped opened and we saw that God had done a great miracle of restoration. We were not praying for him to be revived with brain damage, we prayed for a complete restoration of his mind, body and soul!

    Within three days Eric was back at our home lifting weights and working out and was even involved in a sting operation with the local narcotic boys, helping them bust his drug dealer. Not long after this great miracle Eric joined the Army and went to Iraq and after his tour of duty he came home and I married he and his fiance and they now have a son and newborn twin girls, God is good!

    Eric and his family, his parents and grandparents are all life-long friends and we all will never forget this great miracle of God's grace and mercy! Eric works for his father and is doing well as a husband, father and man of God! Praise the Lord! "With God all things are possible!"

    "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Come from the four winds, and breathe on these slain, that they may live." ' " Ezekiel 37:9

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Thursday, July 09 2020

RESTORATION

    The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Job 33:4

    Our little church met at the hospital filled with faith, hope and love for Eric and there was a Spirit of peace that permeated the entire waiting room with our people reaching out to others who were also there visiting their loved ones!

    We all with one heart believed the best for Eric, even though his situation was grave at best, but we went down to the chapel to have a prayer service for him trusting God for a miracle. On the way to the chapel the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, "I want you to go to Eric's room and blow the breath of life into him!" I thought to myself, I have never heard of that but I am willing to try anything at this point. I entered the room and he was on a respirator with no visible signs of life, so I breathed on him and proceeded to the chapel.

    There is power and anointing available when the body of Christ stands in agreement believing God for miracles and we certainly needed one now in order for Eric to live. At the end of the service Eric's Doctor called his father on his cell phone and asked that the family come to his room so that they could take him off of life support and in the natural that means, the end! But we don't serve a natural God, we serve a supernatural One!

    Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ who witnessed the good confession. I Timothy 6:12,13

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Thursday, July 09 2020

RESTORATION

    For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption. Galatians 6:8

    Eric had secretly called his old drug dealer and had him drop off $200.00 of heroin and cocaine in my mailbox, a deadly mix in which he shot up at 1:00 am. Normally heroin will make you sick at first and with such a lethal shot Eric aspirated and choked to death.

    When I found him at 7:00 am he had dried blood on his shirt, so I figured he had been dead for several hours! I had never lost anyone in all those years and I wasn't about to now as the Spirit was welling up in us all to pray and intercede! In about 45 minutes breath came into his lungs even before the ambulance arrived but he was still in a coma.

    The paramedics examined him but by the look on their face you could tell they didn't have any hope for him, so they took him to Harris Hospital where he was put on life support. We called our little church and told them all to meet at the hospital to have a prayer meeting. They all showed up in faith and hope and we all gathered together in prayer!

    He who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. Galatians 6:8

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
 

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Tuesday, July 07 2020

RESTORATION

    Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleaness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery. Galatians 5:19,20

    The Greek word for sorcery translates, pharmakeia, where we get our modern-day word pharmacy and believe me the devil has a pharmacy in which he doles out poison of all types to anyone ignorant enough to try it! There is an epidemic in America in our youth who are hooked on heroin and a new drug, called Fentanyl. (Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine. Pharmaceutical Fentanyl was developed for pain management and treatment of cancer and is deadly when misused!)

    Eric and his friends got caught up in the flood of heroin being pushed to high school kids who were easy prey looking for a good time. One night Eric, who was the only kid living with us at the time stayed up late with a pastor friend of mine who was visiting us on his way to California. They were singing and playing guitar and then finally retired about 1:00 in the morning. I was to wake the pastor up the next day so he could proceed on his trip.

    Our home had four bedrooms and a living area downstairs and a master bedroom upstairs so at 7:00 am I went downstairs to wake the pastor and there was Eric sitting on the couch fully dressed, so I slapped him on the shoulder and said, Eric what are you doing up so early? When I got no response I noticed dried blood on his tee-shirt, so I laid him out on the floor and saw that he was dead! I immediately woke Mary Ann up, called 911 and we all began to pray!

    Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. Galatians 6:7

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
    Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
 

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Tuesday, July 07 2020

RESTORATION

    "Do not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!" John 4:35

    Again, the Lord had given me the desires of my heart with a perfect place to live and minister to those He sent. Whenever I was contemplating on a home I would always look to see how many people could live there, and how it could be used for ministry, I guess I was brainwashed, actually, heart washed by His blood and mind renewed!

    The little church grew and many were transformed by God's word and we baptized many in the pool and His grace was upon us. One of the family's who came had two sons and the oldest had been hooked on heroin several times and we took him in believing God to set him free. Heroin is a vicious beast that starts out with a euphoric sense of peace and tranquility but as little as 3-4 shots can addict the unsuspecting with a horrible withdrawal.

    Many of the ladies we ministered to in the women's ministry were given heroin by drug dealers and pimps to addict them and hold them captive and then would send them out making them prostitutes. Eric, the boy who came to get free in our home was buying heroin from this same type of dealer, a dangerous thing for a young, naive white boy to do. Little did we know that a spirit of death was about to strike one of ours in the dead of night!

    For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Tuesday, July 07 2020

RESTORATION

    "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you. 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water." John 4:10

    We began a homegroup with parents of addicted teens and before long we had about 60-70 kids showing up, some smoking dope outside, others making out in the cars, and some just coming to find out what was happening at the group, but as wild as it was, the Holy Spirit was definitely drawing them!

    Although many just came to see their friends they definitely had the word planted in their hearts and some were saved, others convicted and still, others delivered. Anyway, it was a very fruitful ministry that eventually turned into a church. We moved the church out to our home on the west-side where we had a 3500 square foot, five-bedroom home on 2 acres, and a 2000 square foot metal building in the back.

    It was the perfect setting, private, in a wooded area with room to take in young men addicted to heroin! The first five young men were friends and all got their dope from black dealers on the south-side of town. On Sundays, we assembled as a fellowship with mostly parents of addicted teens, and during the week we ministered to their sons in our home, dealing with their addictions, it was a divine appointment!

    "Whoever drinks of the water I shall give him will never thirst. But the water I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Tuesday, July 07 2020

RESTORATION

    For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. I Timothy 2:3

    One of the greatest harvests is the prison system where there are tens of thousands of murderers, rapists, armed robbers, pedophiles, and serial killers! My kind of folks! Crazy you say? Maybe, but Jesus said to go to the least of these! I did and it was the greatest blessing of my life! Finally, a captive audience!

    Felix, another one of Mary Ann's cousins from her hometown came out of a bar one night when he was a young man and the police began to chase him to arrest him for a DWI. Felix ran home and went in and the cop followed him into his home and Felix shot him dead! Felix was sentenced to death and sent to the Wynne Unit in Huntsville, Texas. It wasn't long after his arrival that Felix gave his life to Jesus and his death sentence was commuted to alife where he has resided for the past fifty years.

    Years ago I visited Felix and he was involved in the chaplaincy program there in the Wynne Unit, one of the oldest penitentiaries in Texas that opened in 1883. Felix was a changed man, a new creation in Christ and it is a shame that he has not been able to parole out in all these years, but praise God he knows the One who holds the key! If you have never been involved in prison or jail ministry you are missing a great blessing and if the Lord leads, please, by all means, go and you will be changed forever!

    For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all to be testified in due time. I Timothy 2:5,6

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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