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SPIRITUAL WARFARE

Scripture tells us that this planet is the backdrop for a Spiritual Battle. No where in the United States have I seen evidence of this fact than on Skid Row in Los Angeles. The carnage from this battle lines the streets with human suffering, godless injustice, moral debauchery, and levels of misery that should turn the stomach. However, we are called, as children of the light, into the dark places on this earth. Where darkness is prevalent the light shines brightest. Homelessness is the number one problem in Los Angeles. It is the outcome of a Spiritual Battle between God and Satan, good and evil. We need to bring the good news of Jesus Christ into Skid Row and when we do the light always sh

Next Generation

Since focusing on the needs of families at Hope Gardens this past year one of the most exciting things we have seen God doing was the hiring of a Youth Leader and the forming of a comprehensive youth ministry. Check out Geoff’s summer summary. "There’s an excitement and anticipation among our Hope Gardens kids who are now returning to school. There’s also a sadness, as they leave behind a summer of unforgettable memories and growth. My prayer for our kids is that the growth wouldn’t cease as school begins, but that they would continue growing in their relationship with the Lord throughout the year. Summer 2018 saw over 60 Hope Gardens kids attend summer camp. Although this summer included c

THE GOSPEL IN-DEED

You may remember the update on Larry I shared a few weeks ago. Larry got back from his trip to his mother’s funeral where he saw family from all over the country that he hasn’t seen in over 40 years. After he shared with me about the trip I let him know that I have some friends who have been praying for him and wanted to help him in a practical way. If you recall, Larry needed to buy a bus ticket to attend his mother’s funeral in Texas. He sold his TV but only got $30 for it. Here’s a cool thing that happened… His pastor at the church found out and the church paid the balance of the bus ticket! When I talked to him on his return I informed him that I had three people who offered to replace h

NOT ASHAMED (but a little afraid)!

Niguel is new at the Mission and attended the Deed and Truth trip to Pacific Coast Church in San Clemente for a Worship and Water Day at the Beach. Little did Niguel know how much water he would encounter! Pastor Mark at PCC preached a gospel message and gave an invitation to receive Christ at the conclusion. Niguel made that decision in his seat. Then the pastor mentioned that those who received Christ could come Wednesday night to be baptized as a statement that you are not ashamed of your relationship with Christ. Niguel came up to me after the service and told me the news! I rejoiced with him just like they were doing in heaven over one sinner who repented. That made him smile. Then he

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