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Wednesday, June 24 2020

FALLEN

    That they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. II Timothy 2:26

    Upon my confession and repentance from my sins, I entered the chaplaincy program at the Tarrant County Jail and within two weeks I had my own cell block to preach in once a week on Tuesday nights.

    Although I had only ministered in one jail in Sherman, Texas, with Manna Ministry we went to many prisons in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. The Tarrant County Jail consisted of the old and the new jail and held about 4000 people at any time. I began in the old jail right next to the urinals. It wasn't a very glamorous setting for a man who had preached to hundreds, to say the least, but to be back in God's good graces it was Heaven!

    After a season in the old jail, they moved me out to a new jail housed in a warehouse called Greenbay on the north-side of town and it was wall to wall cells which you could see all the way through them to the other side. I was free to minister any time and had free reign to do almost anything, and it was wonderful to see and meet so many men who desperately needed Jesus! On Sundays, we met in the gym and preached to all who attended and many did.

    Remember the prisoners as if chained with them, those who are mistreated, since you yourselves are in the body also. Hebrews 13:3

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

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Wednesday, June 24 2020

FALLEN

    For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths. Proverbs 5:21

    Caught in the snare of the trapper, I struggled to get free but it overwhelmed me and I fell. The lady I fell in love with is my wife today and at the time she had no idea I was in love with her! I could have sent her away like the first woman but the pain was too great and I was blinded to the truth!

    Finally, I told her and that was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, maybe she felt the same for me, but when I told her it seemed she was in love too! Anyway, that was the end of a great ministry and although I downsized it and left my wife, I tried to save it, but like the Titanic, she went down to the depths of destruction and died!

    After almost twenty years of anointed ministry, lives changed, signs, wonders and miracles, I was finished and thought God was through with me, so I picked up a bottle to drown my sorrow and one day the Lord spoke to me, "Go to the county jail and become a volunteer chaplain!" I did and found out God wasn't through with me after all!

    His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, and he is caught in the cords of his sin. He shall die for lack of instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray. Proverbs 5:22,23

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

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Thursday, June 18 2020

FALLEN

    Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord with a pure heart. II Timothy 2:22

    Praise God He delivered me from certain destruction and I went on to see His glory in the many lives He miraculously changed in the ministry. Forgetting my vow to the devil, I figured that was the last of his schemes but was I wrong! One of the very next women to enter the program was the one I would fall with, not sexually by an affair, but by falling in love with her!

    Satan is a hunter and fisher of men, patiently waiting for his prey to be weakened, wounded or just worn down by his seductions. This was the fate of one of the greatest military commanders on the planet, King David, sweet psalmist of Israel, mighty warrior and as God described him, "A man after His own heart!" After many victories, killing Goliath, defeating thousands of the enemies of God and surviving the many attempts on his life by Saul, David had grown tired.

    It took years but Satan finally trapped David with an affair with his neighbor's wife, Bathsheba and so he took him down and nearly destroyed his life and ministry, never completely recovering, the consequences of his actions followed him to the grave. It also took the devil years to trap me as I saw in the woman who came in the program become my staff and I saw in her attributes I didn't have with my wife and I finally realized I was in love with her. I struggled to get free but the pain was too much to endure and finally I succumbed to the fact that I was held captive with no hope of escape from the devil's trap!

    Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. I Peter 5:8

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

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Thursday, June 18 2020

FALLEN

    For a righteous man may fall seven times, and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity. Proverbs 24:16

    Within 16 years of my conversion, God had blessed me with a training Center, church, and one of the largest and most successful ministries in the Southwest. I was truly blessed and everything was looking great until God began to deal with me about a longstanding heart problem!

    One of the very first young ladies who came to us at the farm stayed at our home and every morning I would spend time with her in the Word. She was very seductive and my marriage wasn't very strong to say the least, having married at the tender age of sixteen. I had no business going into a women's ministry, but there seemed to be supernatural grace available to protect me.

    One morning the young lady told me she was in love with me and it shook me to the core, never having been in love, I was about to experience something I knew nothing about. As my whole spiritual life and ministry passed before my eyes I struggled with this dilemma until the Lord said, "Get her out and send her away!" I did and by His grace nothing happened. And then I made a stupid mistake, I made an inner vow and judgment that would eventually come back to haunt me! I said, "Satan, you will never make me fall with a woman!"

    Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21

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

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Friday, June 05 2020

LOVE

    "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me." Acts 1:8

    The outpouring at Pentecost was the first "Corporate anointing" that empowered the first Christian fellowship to go forth and do the greater works of Jesus! At our new training center we too experienced this outpouring that settled upon the entire property, especially the ladies choir, and when people came on to the grounds many testified that they began to weep and were deeply touched by the Holy Spirit.

    This anointing comes from unity, consistency and a vision to obey the leading of God's Spirit. After we separated from Bob Phillips, God set us free from all conflict which came from two different visions and from men who were devoid of the love for others. The ministry thrived as we set about to train, equip, deliver and make disciples of those whom the Lord sent. The Lord supported us through the gifts and prayers of mostly the poor who would send in donations of $5 and $10 but God was always faithful!

    Manna Ministries became one of the largest and most successful Christian rehabilitation centers in the Southwest, ministering to adult women, juveniles and many who were stipulated from both probation and parole departments. We had a church that ministered to the ladies and their families and a food ministry that gave out truck loads of food to other ministries as well as needy families. The Lord had truly blessed us, but there was another storm brewing on the horizon!

    Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren (and sisters) to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil (anointing) upon the head, running down the beard  of Aaron (Royal Priesthood) running down the edge of His garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountain of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing-Life forevermore. Psalm 133:1-3

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

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Thursday, June 04 2020

LOVE

    Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Psalm 37:5,6

    One night Bob and Joe went to dinner with the Vice President, Dan Quayle and the Chairman of the board of Hallmark Cards and shared his vision to open women's homes around the world and when he finished testifying of the grace of God the Chair-woman wrote him a check for $50,000.00! 

    Bob told me that he was leaving Times Square Church to pursue his dream of being another David Wilkerson. Problem being, you have to have the anointing and the passion for people to pull it off, but I followed his lead and we began training staff for a home in Detroit. The home was given by a Pastor who was the son of the police Captain that helped David Wilkerson start-up Teen Challenge. The home was a two-story in the heart of an old neighborhood where the Detroit riots had broken out and at times you could hear gunfire at night.

    Divine appointment, maybe, discipline for me, probably, but the home opened and we started another in Houston and then found a huge facility in Ft. Worth for a training center. The Lord blessed the homes and people's lives were changed in spite of the difficulty of working with Bod and his people. Maybe the lust for money having one of the richest men in America on our board was my motive, who by the way never put another dime in the ministry because the SEC locked up his money due to insider trading that his pilot was involved in, so as the money ran out, so did Bob's vision and so it was back to trusting God!

    The steps of a good man are ordered (pre-arranged) by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand. Psalm 37:23,24

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

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Tuesday, June 02 2020

LOVE  

    Praise the Lord! Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Psalm 150:1,2

    Our ladies were singing in a church one Sunday in Southlake, Texas and the Associate Pastor of Time Square Church was there, Bob Phillips. I had known Bob when he had been involved with Milt Green and he was one of the best Bible teachers that I have ever heard. After the service Bob told me that he wanted to open homes around the country and invited us to come to New York.

    One of the desires of my heart was to meet Pastor David Wilkerson, founder of Teen Challenge and author of The Cross and Switchblade! I never dreamed I would help him open a women's home in New York. After our arrival, we were invited to have lunch with one of the elders, just an average Joe, but as he explained to us, he was a businessman with a small holding company that owned: American Standard Plumbing, (one of the largest in the world) Wrangler Jeans, Black and Decker, and Trane Air Conditioning, to name a few.

    Joe had just given the church a seven-story apartment building, brand new in the heart of Manhattan, worth millions to start a women's home called Hannah House. We worked with Pastor David's people and stayed in New York for a month until the facility was opened. It was the thrill of my life to work with the man who inspired me to go into ministry to begin with!

    Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Palm 37:3,4

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

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Tuesday, June 02 2020

LOVE

    "Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." Luke 12:27

    The stories of George Mueller and his faith to take God at His word inspired me for years, having to re-read his biography many times to build my faith, but God was always faithful! Our brief stay in Sherman was very fruitful as we learned many things about discipleship and faith.

    Our Jamaican staff lady formed a choir and we were invited to sing in churches, we opened a thrift store across the street, and a church and the Lord greatly blessed us, both financially and spiritually with many signs and wonders. This is not to say we didn't have problems because we were still in a spiritual war! One day a Warlock (a male witch who often leads a coven of witches) dropped off a witch named Ariel and told her she had five days to destroy our ministry!

    At night she anointed the home with urine, praying witchcraft prayers and cursing us but the Lord prevailed and on the last day of her stay at a picnic we surrounded her telling her that Jesus loved her and wanted to save her and she ran away screaming and said she was going to sacrifice a child, never to be seen again. The next week we received a letter from Teen Challenge warning all their homes not to take this woman! Praise God!

    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. I Peter 5:8

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

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