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Mighty To Save, Pt. 2 – Calvary Temple Sterling VA Juvenile Detention Center Ministry

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I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel.  I hope you find the following story to be a blessing.

My heart breaks for the many youth in our culture who are lost.  Some have grown up in the church and been drawn away by the secret power of lawlessness.  Others have never even heard that Jesus loves them.  They don’t know that they can be free from the bondage of this world.  That they don’t have to be alone and lost anymore.

Last week I shared some of the painful details from my son’s rejection of Jesus and choice to follow after the baser things of this world.  It is a heartbreaking time for us and I only gave you a small glimpse into the battle we’ve been a part of.  But God is faithful to us and His grace is sufficient.  This week I want to talk about one of the ministries of Calvary Temple which focuses on the troubled youth of our community: the outreach in the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center.

Volunteers visit the detention center twice a month for Bible study, mentoring and counseling with the kids.  Then a special guest speaker from the ministry visits once a month. Recently God used one of the guest speakers to bring a word that would touch the hearts of many.  The boys were amazed with this man’s testimony and it had a powerful impact on them!  They could not believe how God could use someone with this man’s background in the kingdom.

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At the next Bible study, two of the volunteers, Mark and Shelly, had over twenty boys in attendance and they discussed the guest speaker’s testimony.  They shared with the boys that God is looking for people that He can show himself mighty through, that they were all candidates if they could open their hearts to Jesus and let Him in!

Mark started off sharing the parable of the sower .  God is the Sower.  The Word of God is the seed and the condition of man’s heart is represented by the ground the seed falls on.   Then Satan comes immediately to steal the word being shared.  Mark told the kids that they needed Jesus in their hearts and not in their heads.  The wages of our sin is death but God gave us the free gift of salvation so that through believing on and committing to His son Jesus we can be reconciled to Him.  Only then can we receive the ability to do what He asks of us and love Him with all our hearts.

We are broken and lost without Jesus in our hearts.

Parable of the Sower Puppet Show from Calvary Temple VA Children’s Ministry

At the end of the meeting, Mark shared that nothing, no man, no devil could keep them from coming to God but the Lord would not force His way into their hearts.  When they were asked if any of them wanted to receive the free gift of salvation and give their hearts to the Lord, immediately 5-6 hands went up! And by the time Mark had asked their names, 10 hands were up!  Ten souls won for the kingdom from one man’s testimony.

Be sure to read last weeks post: Mighty to Save, Pt. 1

and next week’s post: Mighty to Save, Pt. 3

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

Mighty To Save Pt. 1 – Calvary Temple Sterling VA Juvenile Detention Center Ministry

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I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel.  I hope you find the following story to be a blessing.

Being a parent is hard.  And one of the hardest trials a parent has to face is raising a rebellious child.  My own son decided that he didn’t want to serve God when he was 14.  He wanted to leave our church and go to public school to get some street cred so he could impress other rebellious kids.  We were devastated but we wanted him to come to the realization for himself that he needed Jesus.  His first day of public school, the first kid he met offered him ecstasy and he accepted it.  He was instantly addicted.  If he could get his hands on it he would take it.  He didn’t run with the wrong crowd – he WAS the wrong crowd – and the first time he ran away from home was on my birthday. Happy Birthday to me.  Sometimes parenting stinks. get a dog

His school called us in several times and told us that we must be the problem because his behavior was so dangerous and erratic.  A child wouldn’t run away from home unless it was a bad home life – right?  Within two months he was expelled because they couldn’t control him either.

horror sectionOver the next year he was constantly high.  He ran away from home repeatedly.  We had regular visits from the Sheriff’s office and Social Services accusing us of being bad parents.  We expected to be arrested every time there was a knock on the door.

He found a family that believed his fictional sob story about how bad his life was living on the mean streets of Cascades in Loudoun County and they took him in.  They became his enablers as he sat in their house playing video games and getting high every day while they were at work.  His sad day brightened up when their teenage daughter came home from school every day.  I’ll let you connect the dots.  This helpful family assisted him in applying for emancipation on the grounds that we, his parents, were abusive.  We took him to meet with a child psychologist and she wanted to institutionalize him for being a narcissistic sociopathWith the course that he was on he was either going to kill himself or someone else or end up in prison.  The only thing that saved his life was an intervention at Teen Challenge.

Teen Challenge was like a cross between a Juvenile Detention Center, a Military School and a Bible based Rehab Center.  The year and a half he was there was the best time we ever had with him.  He was off the drugs, he repented for all the pain he had caused us, he even counseled with other parents who were bringing their kids to Teen Challenge and encouraged them that they were doing the right thing.  But the change didn’t last.  Within a year of coming home he had run away again and was back on drugs.  He turned 18 about six weeks after leaving and then there was nothing we could do but pray. Four years have gone by and I’m still believing for his salvation.  The passage of scripture the Lord has put in my heart is:

Zephaniah 3:17 – The Lord your God is with you; He is mighty to save.  

I’m believing for my son’s salvation and my heart goes out to other parents who are going through similar circumstances with their children.

God was the perfect parent and both of His kids rebelled.  You are in good company.

In part two we will take a look at a Calvary Temple outreach to the Juvenile Detention Center where the lives of kids just like mine are being saved from a life of drugs and destruction.  Stay tuned.

Check out Michael W Smith’s video Mighty To Save

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram