Martin Family Week (Part 2)

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The Word of the Lord

As we prayed this morning for Todd and Marita who pastor a church in inner city Baltimore, assisted by Chauncey and Gwen, the life-giving word of the Lord came to all of us.

A very popular TV crime drama series, set and produced in Baltimore, and entitled ‘The Wire’, shows how even good people get sucked into evil systems and patterns so that eventually everything is under a dark, devastating trajectory. “Whether one is a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge or a lawyer, all are ultimately compromised.”

In fact, the devil at times attacks our children with the thought that even they, godly people leading a good church, are all under a devastating power that sucks the life and hope out of them.

The devil tries to convince them that not only will their people not be able to escape his clutches but that they themselves and their children will be devastated by the city.

But the word of the Lord proclaims that “all things work together for good to those who love God.” All things, even bad things,evil things,destructive things, even our sins and failures work together under God’s direction for a good outcome.

The word of the Lord is “The favor of the Lord is on our children and grandchildren in Baltimore. God’s cycle is a cycle of blessing, not devastation. Everything is being drawn into the cycle of life and love, of blessing and transformation and redemption.

Lift up your heads with expectation. The glory of the Lord is being revealed in Baltimore. The glory of the Lord will be revealed in the lives of our two daughters and their husbands and of our seven grandchildren in the intercity of Baltimore and in the lives of those in their church and school.

Blessed be the name of the Lord!! It is not about the hopelessness of ‘The Wire’, it is about the power of the ‘Word of God’ to create and to transform all who are drawn into its mighty influence!

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