Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about? Ps. 1
https://vimeo.com/180408431 Bobby and Shakky
https://youtu.be/bJQ4AodnKUY Jimmy D
.The door blew open
.Jesus Christ super star
.Healed from leprosy? ‘take 2’
.Is this how Bobby’s ex found him?
.Jimmy saw the country star!
.Men and Leopards
.The Black bishop
These videos were off the cuff- taken over a couple of days.
But you can see a theme- that the guys brought up on their own.
I added a few verses that relate [below].
You have seen some of the guys before-
And not so well.
I never planned on making any videos from the start.
In 2014 when I was in North Bergen- I just started making a few- from an old phone/camera-
And over time it became part of the ‘community’-
So- hopefully you can gain some insights into ‘real life’.
Many of the stories of people who have been on the road to recovery- then messed up- you hardly ever get to hear from them again.
I have had friends in AA- when their relatives relapsed- they told me ‘I will not speak to them again- and whenever they want to talk- I will offer them the program- and if they say no- that’s it’.
I felt that was strange- because in one case- a father told me this about his son.
Because his sponsor gave him that advice.
So- hopefully you can benefit from all of their stories- the good- the bad-
And at times- the ‘ugly’.
ONE MORE- I added this note right before I post.
I realize it’s possible for some who are very into AA- to say ‘see- all of the people John is trying to help- thru Christianity- have relapsed’.
First- that’s not true.
One of our first ‘church members’- in Kingsville- who had a long prison record [drugs] is doing great- has been free for many years.
Got his degree- while in prison- and is a counselor for the County [working with other ex- cons].
Second- we should not try and evaluate the authenticity of any movement- based on one person [Like- let’s see if John ever relapses].
I have said this many times- if you look at the history of recovery- over thousands of years [yes- Noah got drunk!]
The recovery rate for those ‘in the church’- meaning they found God- is actually higher than AA.
Now- some of my AA friends were shocked when they heard this [the recovery rate in AA is about 7 %- 10 % -about the same as other addiction recovery treatments].
So- I refer those who are not aware of all of the other statistics- to read more into it- to learn more about the entire field.
Third- Jimmy was doing AA- Shakky did try it [at first he told me he never was in it- but later I found out he was].
I don’t think Bobby ever tried it.
Actually Jimmy avoided me at one point- because he knew I was not ‘into AA’.
I think a sponsor might have told him that.
He relapsed a while back- while doing the program.
So- none of this is simply ‘John’s view’-
The Christian ‘movement’ has been bringing people to recovery for hundreds of years before AA was around.
This is not my point of view- it’s documented fact.
Isaiah 54:16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
[Funny- Jimmy brought up this verse and I quoted it.
This morning- as I was reviewing the videos and adding the notes-
I took a break to read my morning chapter- I have been reading one chapter a day in Isaiah- and sure enough- the verse was in this morning’s chapter- Isaiah 54]
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matt. 10:28
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1st Jn. 4:18
Isaiah 54:1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
Isaiah 54:2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
Isaiah 54:3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
Isaiah 54:4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. Is. 48:10
26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Gal. 5:22
Note- Please do me a favor, those who read/like the posts- re-post them on other sites as well as the site you read them on. I deal with issues at times that it would be beneficial for some of you to download and save the file from the Word Press link. This creates a permanent record. The on-line videos are only good if sites are not hacked- which has happened in the past. Thanks- John.#