The Walking Dead Pt.1 Lucy DuBose

My heart has been extremely heavy the last couple of weeks. I know that across our country we are dealing with a severe opioid epidemic that is taking lives every day.

I can only speak about what I see in my community, and my heart is breaking and angry all at the same time.

The state of individuals using drugs has become completely ridiculous. I say this as one who was addicted in the past myself and who has been working with those caught in addiction for fifteen years. I am not being insensitive. I have dedicated my life to helping individuals find freedom from addiction through the only one who can transform a life, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our team is constantly on the streets loving and ministering to those whose lives have been ravaged by sin and addiction.

Even when we are about our daily routines we see people all over the city completely out of it, holding onto poles to not collapse; sitting and nodding until their heads have hit the ground; frozen in the middle of the sidewalk without moving; women walking the streets involved in prostitution to support their habits, and the guy who once was just someone to keep her safe has now become the one she needs protection from. It is a sad situation. It’s not only in downtown Camden, it is throughout our city and surrounding areas.

It is like literally living out the TV show “The Walking Dead.” It has been very troubling to me to know that this is becoming the norm for our children to see people so high that they can’t hold themselves up. This in no way is a hate statement against those using, because I was there at one time in my life.

My heart aches that people are so hurt that they would rather live life in a coma state because their realities are so bad. I’m angry because our children are becoming accustomed to drug addiction being part of their everyday lives.

I believe, as a Christ Follower and one who believes every word of the Bible is true, that we are living in the last days. I believe that there is a God and there is a devil. I would have never thought that drug addiction would play such a big part of the enemy’s plan to steal, kill, and destroy us, but it is happening all around us.

The world is doing the best they can to try and combat addiction with all of their methods and I am not against them; some of their methods have saved people, but those methods are not enough. The only way for real transformation is to introduce individuals to their Creator.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

My hope is for each person to understand the profound love that God has for them. To understand the plan that He set into motion so long ago to save them from not just the hell that some live on this earth but the hell that is waiting for eternity if the simple yet profound choice of believing in Jesus and the cross is not made before departing this earth.

It is with great urgency that I call out to all the believers who truly know God, who believe that He is able to transform, heal, and deliver. Please do not stand idly by while Satan kills our children and sedates them to sleep, while life passes them by until suddenly they are lying on the ground fighting for their last breath while Narcan is being administered to try and save their lives.

We have the answer, Jesus came and died on the cross for All of us.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Yes, even the one who is living on the street and hasn’t bathed in days and smells like hell because all he/she does is get high, Jesus loves him or her. They are part of the All.

For all Christ Followers, it is time to come out of our comfort zones. Whatever the cost. Open your mouths and share the Gospel. God is ready to pour out His spirit. We have the answer.

“‘In the last days,” God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” Acts 2:17

We can no longer watch from the sidelines and say nothing. Let’s begin to share the truth of God’s word and set the captives free.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.” Luke 4:18

It is believed that in the last days, as the world is getting worse and evil seems as if it is winning, a great revival will explode. That revival begins with you and me seeking God in prayer and sharing the Gospel with all whom we come in contact.

Please intercede with me in prayer for those who are lost in addiction. Yes, they need our practical help, but more then ever they need a spiritual touch from the only one who can save their very souls.

Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

#FOCimpactingCMDforGOD

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The Walking Dead pt.1 by Lucy DuBose

My heart has been extremely heavy the last couple of weeks. I know that across our country we are dealing with a severe opioid epidemic that is taking lives every day.

I can only speak about what I see in my community, and my heart is breaking and angry all at the same time.

The state of individuals using drugs has become completely ridiculous. I say this as one who was addicted in the past myself and who has been working with those caught in addiction for fifteen years. I am not being insensitive. I have dedicated my life to helping individuals find freedom from addiction through the only one who can transform a life, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our team is constantly on the streets loving and ministering to those whose lives have been ravaged by sin and addiction.

Even when we are about our daily routines we see people all over the city completely out of it, holding onto poles to not collapse; sitting and nodding until their heads have hit the ground; frozen in the middle of the sidewalk without moving; women walking the streets involved in prostitution to support their habits, and the guy who once was just someone to keep her safe has now become the one she needs protection from. It is a sad situation. It’s not only in downtown Camden, it is throughout our city and surrounding areas.

It is like literally living out the TV show “The Walking Dead.” It has been very troubling to me to know that this is becoming the norm for our children to see people so high that they can’t hold themselves up. This in no way is a hate statement against those using, because I was there at one time in my life.

My heart aches that people are so hurt that they would rather live life in a coma state because their realities are so bad. I’m angry because our children are becoming accustomed to drug addiction being part of their everyday lives.

I believe, as a Christ Follower and one who believes every word of the Bible is true, that we are living in the last days. I believe that there is a God and there is a devil. I would have never thought that drug addiction would play such a big part of the enemy’s plan to steal, kill, and destroy us, but it is happening all around us.

The world is doing the best they can to try and combat addiction with all of their methods and I am not against them; some of their methods have saved people, but those methods are not enough. The only way for real transformation is to introduce individuals to their Creator.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

My hope is for each person to understand the profound love that God has for them. To understand the plan that He set into motion so long ago to save them from not just the hell that some live on this earth but the hell that is waiting for eternity if the simple yet profound choice of believing in Jesus and the cross is not made before departing this earth.

It is with great urgency that I call out to all the believers who truly know God, who believe that He is able to transform, heal, and deliver. Please do not stand idly by while Satan kills our children and sedates them to sleep, while life passes them by until suddenly they are lying on the ground fighting for their last breath while Narcan is being administered to try and save their lives.

We have the answer, Jesus came and died on the cross for All of us.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Yes, even the one who is living on the street and hasn’t bathed in days and smells like hell because all he/she does is get high, Jesus loves him or her. They are part of the All.

For all Christ Followers, it is time to come out of our comfort zones. Whatever the cost. Open your mouths and share the Gospel. God is ready to pour out His spirit. We have the answer.

“‘In the last days,” God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” Acts 2:17

We can no longer watch from the sidelines and say nothing. Let’s begin to share the truth of God’s word and set the captives free.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.” Luke 4:18

It is believed that in the last days, as the world is getting worse and evil seems as if it is winning, a great revival will explode. That revival begins with you and me seeking God in prayer and sharing the Gospel with all whom we come in contact.

Please intercede with me in prayer for those who are lost in addiction. Yes, they need our practical help, but more then ever they need a spiritual touch from the only one who can save their very souls.

Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

#FOCimpactingCMDforGOD

Taking a look at The Good, The Bad and The Ugly in our lives.


Last night at our FOC addictions meeting, we continued with our “Taking Inventory” lesson. We have been taking a look at The Good, The Bad and The Ugly in our lives.

What does the word inventory mean? 

The dictionary defines it as a complete list of items, such as property, goods in stock, or the contents of a building. Synonyms: list, listing, catalog, record, register, checklist, log, archive; make a complete list of.
We were challenged to make time to be alone with God and allow him to search our hearts and bring to light areas in our lives that he is pointing out to us.
I have taken inventory many times and every time I do, I am always amazed at all of the things still there that I didn’t see before. Either I ignored them because they were too painful, or I was blind to the truth. Many times we have blind spots.
Recently I had a dream that I was living in a large house with many rooms, but I was only living in some of the rooms. There were other rooms filled with things, but I was afraid to go into them.
The Lord showed me that those rooms were hurtful memories from the past that I had closed the door to so I would never look at them again because they were so painful. In the dream, I was no longer afraid, and I was able to go through the rooms and salvage all of the good stuff I could use today and leave the bad behind.
There are good treasures in the past that sometimes we lock away with the bad.
Not all of our past was bad. If we look close enough we have plenty of good memories. Many times the bad ones taint our perceptions and we can see no good. God doesn’t want us to live in the past, but He doesn’t want us to ignore it. He wants to heal it.

Many think that by ignoring the past they are fine or can deny that the past had major effects on them.

It is only by sitting in the presence of Jesus and allowing Him to begin the work of truly exposing our hearts that we will ever be healed. Jesus wants us to live healed and be made whole so that we can live free, abundant lives here on earth.
That doesn’t mean a pain-free life, because to be quite honest, good, bad and ugly happen every day. However, when we are connected to the healer, the Lord Jesus Christ, we can make our accounts short by taking daily inventories and not allowing hurt to fester too long.

Hurt that lies dormant will turn to resentment and bitterness. We will not be able to live abundant lives if we are weighed down with hurt.
We cannot fulfill our true purpose if we do not allow God to heal us.

Jeremiah 29:11 says “He has plans to prosper us..for hope and a future.

But many still will not allow God to walk through the rooms of their lives and expose the hurt and damage that was caused.

For some of us who have had vices in our lives, whether addictions, habits, or habitual sins, we know that the root is so much more than the exposed problem.

That is exactly what inventory does. It gives God the opportunity to check us. I like to say, “Check yourself before you wreck yourself.
Today would you sit and make a commitment to God and someone else that you will find time to sit quietly with God and allow him to show you areas that he wants to heal.
Our group is starting with a small task. This week we are writing down ten things we like about ourselves and ten things we don’t.

I challenge you to begin.

Feel free to join us with your list next week.

God bless, and thank you for reading
Lucy DuBose

Night Outreach 5:00pm

 
Want to make a difference? Become a Volunteer. Join us on SUNDAY @5pm for prayer at: 

Calvary Assembly of God                                      4921 Camden Ave.                               Pennsauken,NJ 08110 

If you’re interested in serving please call our volunteer hotline: 856-FOC-4821 or Email us: focvolunteercoordinator@gmail.com

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Here is your chance….

 To make a difference and become a Volunteer. Join us on SUNDAY @5pm for orientation: Calvary Assembly of God (4921 Camden Ave Pennsauken,NJ 08110) 

Our 3 serving sites:
East Camden: 7 Eleven: 27th and Federal.

Downtown Camden: The Transportation Center

North Camden: Northgate: 7th and Pearl

If you’re interested in serving please call our volunteer hotline: 

856-FOC-4821 or Email us: focvolunteercoordinator@gmail.com

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This could be YOUR day

   

Hold on tight God has not forgotten you. He wants you to take a step towards freedom. 
FOC Addictions Victorious Meeting will take place TODAY @ 12noon at the Riletta Cream Library 852 Ferry Ave. Camden, NJ 08104 (between 8th and 9th street) 
This meeting is for anyone who is in need of support while trying to overcome a life controlling addiction or family members on the other side of addiction. A lite lunch will be served.   

Here is your chance….

 
To make a difference and become a Volunteer. Join us on SUNDAY @5pm for orientation: Calvary Assembly of God (4921 Camden Ave Pennsauken,NJ 08110) 

Our 3 serving sites:

East Camden: 7 Eleven: 27th and Federal.

Downtown Camden: The Transportation Center

North Camden:  Northgate: 7th and Pearl

If you’re interested in serving please call our volunteer hotline: 

856-FOC-4821 or Email us: focvolunteercoordinator@gmail.com

#FOCimpactingCMDforGOD

ACTION ALERT: FOC Support Meeting at 6pm

  FOC Support Meeting will take place TONIGHT @ 6pm at the KROC Center located on 1865 Harrison Ave. Camden, NJ. This meeting is for anyone who is in need of support while trying to overcome a life controlling addiction or has a family member struggling with addiction. Refreshments will be served.  

Here is your chance….

  
To make a difference and become a Volunteer. Join us on SUNDAY @5pm for orientation: Calvary Assembly of God (4921 Camden Ave Pennsauken,NJ 08110) 

Our 3 serving sites:

East Camden: 7 Eleven: 27th and Federal

Downtown Camden: The Transportation Center

North Camden: Northgate: 7th and Pearl

If you’re interested in serving please call our volunteer hotline: 

856-FOC-4821 or Email us: focvolunteercoordinator@gmail.com

#FOCimpactingCMDforGOD

FOC AV Meeting at 12noon

 Hold on tight God has not forgotten you. He wants you to take a step towards freedom. 

FOC Addictions Victorious Meeting will take place TODAY @ 12noon at the Riletta Cream Library 852 Ferry Ave. Camden, NJ 08104 (between 8th and 9th street) 

This meeting is for anyone who is in need of support while trying to overcome a life controlling addiction or family members on the other side of addiction. A lite lunch will be served.