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Lifting Up A Snapdragon
Psalms 147 (ESV)
1 Praise the LORD!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.
6 The LORD lifts up the humble;
he casts the wicked to the ground.
Our experiment planting Snapdragons last year
turned out to be a beautiful success for our flower garden. My
wife Lisa and I decided we would plant them again. We began
the process of planting new Snapdragons.
Things were going well, quickly digging holes,
removing the young plants from the plats, placing them in the newly dug
holes and filling up the gaps with fresh soil; we got into a routine.
By the thirtieth plant we got careless and broke one of the stems
holding up the plants first tender blossom in our dig, separate, plant
and fill routine. Thirty-five healthy young Snapdragons reaching for the
sun and one broken blossom, bent over pointing towards the ground, a
casualty of our carelessness. Being the garden pessimist of the
back-yard garden team, I was waiting for the young blossom to die and
fall off in the days to come.
A week later, on a Sunday, I visited my broken
Snapdragon to see if the blossom had fallen off yet, but I saw the
flower facing the sun, again. Though the stem was still broken,
its flower was healed as it faced the sun, again. It was as if
some invisible gardener had "lifted up" the beautiful blossom on the
broken stem to rebuke my pessimism.
Often we have experienced brokenness because of our
own carelessness and thoughtless reliance upon routine. Sometimes
it is at the hands of others who were equally careless with words or
actions. The world may seem like it was waiting for our hopes and
dreams to be destroyed because we have been broken, but for those of us
who have struggled to keep our eyes fixed upon the Son, the invisible
gardener of our souls has lifted us up and healed us, again and again.
We may still bear some of the scars of our brokenness, but we no less
blossomed in His light. For this we can sing praises to our God.
II Corinthians 4:9 (ESV)
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing
power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but
not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not
forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body
the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in
by Pastor John
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The Power of Prayer
more praying there is in the world, the better the world will be, the
mightier the forces against evil everywhere. Prayer, in one phase of its
operation, is a disinfectant and a preventive. It purifies the air; it
destroys the contagion of evil. Prayer is no fitful, short-lived thing.
It is no voice crying unheard and unheeded in the silence. It is a voice
which goes into God's ear, and it lives as long as God's ear is open to
holy pleas, as long as God's heart is alive to holy things. God shapes
the world by prayer.
Prayers are deathless. The lips that uttered them may be closed to
death, the heart that felt them may have ceased to beat, but the prayers
live before God, and God's heart is set on them and prayers outlive the
lives of those who uttered them; they outlive a generation, outlive an
age, outlive a world. That man is the most immortal who has done the
most and the best praying. They are God's heroes, God's saints, God's
servants, God's vicegerents.
A man can pray better because of the prayers of the past; a man can
live holier because of the prayers of the past; the man of many and
acceptable prayers has done the truest and greatest service to the
incoming generation. The prayers of God's saints strengthen the unborn
generation against the desolating waves of sin and evil.
Edward McKendree (E. M.) Bounds
Holy Hands member, Dee N.(center),
finds herself at the center of care for the homeless.
Dee is our minister to the homeless
and is the volunteer cook, counselor and chauffer for the
homeless in Albany, Georgia at the Albany Rescue Mission.
Special guests Jose and Lois are becoming
regulars at Holy Hands.
Jose loves to play the tambourine with Pastor John during our praise
and worship. Lois loves the "Children's Sermon", sitting next to
Pastor John at the altar.
Matthew 19:13 Then children were brought to him
that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the
people, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do
not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
I understand why Jesus loved children.
- Pastor John
Who We Are: A Christ
Centered, Bible Based Spirit Filled Fellowship of worship
and mission to the world beyond our doors.
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Turned Back Ministries and Blog
This is a support group for ex-offenders who have found Christ in
prison and have turned back to glorify God by helping each other
in their re-entry into society. It is moderated by Chaplain John
Warrener, prison chaplain and pastor of Holy Hands Christian
Luke 17:15-19 (NLT)
One of them, when
he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting,
"Praise God, I'm healed!"  He fell face down on the
ground at Jesus' feet, thanking him for what he had done.
This man was a Samaritan.  Jesus asked, "Didn't I heal
ten men? Where are the other nine?  Does only this
foreigner return to give glory to God?"  And Jesus said
to the man, "Stand up and go. Your faith has made you well."
is a treatment program in Cuthburt, Georgia, whose goal is designed
to currently help restore and reunite 22 mothers and their 32
children? Their aim is to provide sane in-treatment whole family
living units which have come to blows with this ravaging storm of
addiction. They provide a way out—there is a solution!
This is a
program, where mothers gain an intense understanding of their
addiction and how to utilize new life skills. They learn how to cope
with emotions, feelings, and practical and applicable skills are
How you can help Restoring
Broken Hearts and Broken Lives.
Seven Wonders of the
Waiting...destination "life's purpose"
analogy has just occurred to me. Let's call it flight #171
destination "life's purpose". Departure time 7:05, it is now 8:15
the plane is packed and still you haven't taken off...
Holy Hands Assembles Hygiene Kits
For Albany Rescue Mission
New Poem by Janice A.
Something To Believe
I was a child born of inner turmoil.
The depths of my soul were filled with
anger and despair. I was awakened at
night with nightmares of terror.
I would lie in my bed pleading with God
for the noise to stop, but He did not hear my plea.
My mother would often tell me- there was no use to
call on God because He would not help, that He would
just turn away, so my belief in Him faded, and I took the road
to bitterness and destruction that ended me into a life centered
around addiction, this I thought was the way!!!
I went through many years of searching for my way.
During my path to destruction,
I have hurt many that came in my way.
And I begged and pleaded with God to plan my way,
And this time He heard my plea.
He took me by the hand and showed me the way.
Today I can say that I am a proud member of AA.
Sometimes I go through trials and tribulations and
it seems like it is never going to end.
But as I grow and prosper in the life of the Lord,
my life will become much simpler to endure.
The pain and sorrow that lives in my heart will
soon fade away.
The love of the Lord will fill my life with much
love that will last for eternity.
The promise that God makes to me here on
earth is that He will give me everlasting peace
and harmony within my soul that not even
Satan himself can take away.
BRIDGING THE WORD IN
Holy Hands reach out to the Hispanic community in
We will be sponsoring a new Spanish Bible Study at
Lee State Prison. Our goal is the bridge the language gap
through Bible Study and help Hispanic prisoners join the general
Christian community at prison the prison worship services. The
prison Study leader is a member of both the Hispanic community and a
worship leader for the general community.
We have purchased a Case of 24 Reina Valera Spanish
Hardcover Bibles and equipping the leader with videos, DVD's and
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