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The hidden half of domestic violence

How to have eternal life


There is a Balm

Many of those I meet have or are hurting for various reasons. Many have been
hurt and hurt badly by those who should have loved them the most, sometimes by
those who wear the name "Christian". Some of these even call themselves
"reverend, pastor, rabbi, priest, bishop or any number of names that they use to
say they are the leadership for whatever religion they belong to. Whatever name
they use, they should promote healing yet many cause trauma to those they should
be serving. Many want to be served since they do not understand that we are to
serve them, not them serve us. Most do not understand that being in leadership
should not be a should be a calling. You see, I firmly believe that
being an ordained pastor (as I am) should not be something other humans be they
a college, or church leadership is something GOD does. GOD is the one
who really ordains us although I have been ordained by human standards, I was
ordained by GOD long before that.

I have been working with those who have been abused for 11 years. I have been
finding that I have more come to me saying they have been abused by the church
more then those who have been abused by other humans. Many were abused by their
family first and then abused by the church they went to for help after that.

If any of this applies to you, I want you to know that there IS help for you. I
have seen so much healing in Shattered Men and other areas I have been able to
work in but each area has one thing in common, there is a balm that will help.


Any of various aromatic resins exuded from several trees and shrubs, especially
the balm of Gilead (Commiphora) and related plants.

An aromatic salve or oil.

A soothing, healing, or comforting agent or quality.

It is not only those who are still in abusive relationships that need this balm,
often those who have are in jobs that are helping others such as those that wait
on tables, work in hotels and motels, hospitals and nursing homes and even the
good pastors and a host of other jobs we did not mention. I know of many times
I have needed to reapply this balm and the balm I am talking about is a very
precious balm....the Balm of Gilead. Let me show you a song about this balm

Sometimes I feel discouraged and think my work's in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again.
There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul.

If you cannot preach like Peter, if you cannot pray like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus and say, "He died for all."
There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul.

Don't ever feel discouraged, for Jesus is your friend;
And if you lack for knowledge, He'll never refuse to lend.
There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul.

Those who know me know I have been having a liberal application of this balm in
the last two months. I also know that the times I have felt discouraged, the
LORD has sent those who out of the blue (in more ways then one) have said
something that encouraged me without them knowing it, often when I needed it the
most. One of the most precise times, and I can not remember the exact time or
reason but it was shortly after the creation of Shattered Men, someone told me
the best thing anyone could ever say to me....they said "I see Jesus in you"
Yet I know I have failed so many times too, especially in the last couple of
years with several medical problems but the LORD is always faithful and HE will
only let HIS children go just so far before HE hauls them back saying "That is
Enough" I also know that often this is because of the prayers of others so it
is VERY important to pray one for another and especially for those you know that
do not know Jesus yet.

Perhaps you are one of those that do not know the Lord yet...that is you do
not know for certain that you will go to heaven that you will have eternal life.
If so, you could well be reading this right now because someone has not given up
on you, that someone, it may be a father, a mother, grandfather, grandmother,
sister or brother or maybe your son or daughter. You have this chance once
again because someone is praying that you will accept the LORD but this door
could close at anytime so this may be your final chance to accept the LORD.

Don't put this off for another moment, Do it now as you read this:



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