Wednesday, May 27 2020
Through wisdom, a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. Proverbs 24:3,4
The story of the Good Samaritan pretty well explains residential ministry, but to the worldly eye, why in the world would anyone want to fill a home with a bunch of women who for the most part were rebellious sinners, drug addicts and prostitutes? Because these are the true riches of the kingdom, the jewels in your crown!
As I said, the board was mostly wealthy businessmen and always looked at the bottom line, although they were missing the point when it came to true profit! The women's home was a loser in the eyes of those who didn't have a heart for the unlovely, the true riches of the kingdom given to those who have eyes to see. The board met weekly and I had heard enough of their grumbling about the expenses of the women's home so I made them a proposal.
I told them if they would pay my salary (the only one I took in 40 years) and pay the lease on the Sherman House for six months I would take the ministry and raise our own support. They all said yes and so they kicked us out from the dock to sail the seas of humanity on our own with Jesus! Who, by the way is all we need! When the first rolled around I went to the accountant's office to pick up my salary and the rent when he told me in essence, "The divorce is final!" ADIOS! So we left, dusted our feet, and sailed on in Jesus mighty name!
Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, "Surely we did not know this." Does He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin