Jacob Berry Ministries

December, 2013 Newsletter

BEAUTY FOR ASHES

Each evangelistic trip this year came with its own adversity, however, we continued to fight through the last three months of sickness and weather to carry the hope and warmth of the gospel to those in need of encouragement and to those who had hearts that were as cold as the weather outside.

The fires of revival melted the snow in a small community in Indiana as people gathered in their elementary school gymnasium for services. I may not have been able to play city league basketball with my friends when I was in elementary school, but the Coach of Heaven put me in and gave me the privilege to preach about doing it His way in the game called life and two lives were drafted to the winning team. As I thought about the struggles I had as a child not being able to play on the court with my friends, I BOLDLY say, “TAKE THAT DEVIL! I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PLAY ON A COURT, BUT THANKS BE TO GOD, I CAN PREACH ON ONE!”

I was privileged to preach in a new church closer to home in the state of Arkansas. The Lord met with us and ministered to the church and reminded them of His Great Love and to keep praying until He answers.

After we left the Ozarks and returned home for a week, our new pastor asked me to preach a combined youth service with our church and our neighboring church. God honors His people when they come together and dwell in unity. Four young men accepted Christ and courageously stood before their peers and acknowledged the Lord as their Savior.

Following the energetic meeting with the young folks, electricity was in the air as we went to the 4th Annual Sunflower State Camp Meeting in Derby, Kansas. The people were truly plugged into Heaven. It was HIGH VOLTAGE from the beginning to the end. The power of God was so strong, it might have been a “shock” to some folks, but I personally like to be jolted by His power every now and then. I was honored to preach Thursday night of this electrifying meeting and two people were glorious saved.

We set out on Thanksgiving day for services in the back woods of Tennessee. The gracious pastor met us and lead us to the church. Although the church is hard to find for flatlanders like us, God definitely knows where it is because His presence is felt each time we have been there. Sunday morning one young boy made the trip he will never soon forget for at the altar his life was forever changed.

As we reflect on this past year, Ulcerative Colitis didn’t destroy us, sickness didn’t hinder us, my grandma’s open heart surgery didn’t stop us, but it all only refined us and made us stronger and more determined than ever to come forth as beautiful as pure silver.

I am reminded by the prophet Isaiah that Jesus came to give us Beauty for Ashes. Though we may have walked through the fire, we were not burnt. Instead, we came forth shining like the sun with the oil of joy adorned in the garment of praise for His glory!
Isaiah 61:3 (KJV)

3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

Thank You to all those who make this ministry possible through your many prayers and your gracious financial support!

Merry Christmas,

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