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Michigan woman credits discipleship courses for her 'daily armor'
When a pastor mentioned The Discipleship Place to Kim Jackson, the idea of taking courses did not appeal to her. Seven years later, she’s completed every course and credits the program for providing her a strong foundation amid the “dark” world she encounters in her work.
Jackson, who is the director of outreach at Journey Church of the Nazarene in Franklin, Ohio, thought taking courses through The Discipleship Place meant she would be preaching. When her pastor approached her with the idea, she said no, and he challenged her with the idea of a local minister’s license.
“’You can put me on the street corner and I’ll talk to drug addicts, I’ll help trafficking victims any day,” Jackson told her pastor. “’But I’m not standing up in front of people on a pulpit.’ We just kind of laughed about it.”
She decided to jump into the courses. Even though she was not totally committed to it initially, something clicked. Soon, she passionately completed the entire program.
“Some of the hardest classes, that I just wanted to throw across the room are the ones that God has used the most in my life,” Jackson said. “They’re the ones that I’ve worked through, and it’s come back full circle. I’ve been blessed beyond what I thought I would be just from the lesson.”
Jackson volunteers with people who come from dark places. She helps prisoners rehabilitate and re-enter society as well as working with victims of sex trafficking. Even though she is surrounded by dark experiences on a daily basis at work, the lessons she learned have strengthened her faith and given her a foundation to stand on amid the darkness.
Outside of the general courses that are available, she makes it a point to attend every webinar. A webinar on discipling through grief and prayer is a lesson she utilizes every single day. As she works with inmates, addicts, and victims of sex trafficking, she recalls plenty of those lessons that help her assist the people.
“It’s part of my armor,” Jackson said. “I put on the armor of God every day before my feet hit the floor. [In my world] we have to have people brave enough to put on the armor. And that’s one thing I feel like the discipleship place does.”
The lessons Jackson learned through these courses have impacted and changed not only her life but the lives of others as well, including her husband.
“My husband has gone through every single class just to see what I’m doing, and it’s been huge for him,” Jackson said. “The transformation in him was really exciting to see.”
Jackson said she would go to the altar before she started taking courses and ask the Lord to use her as He pleased. The result has been a journey where she has seen the Lord use her in ways she never imagined
“We’ve had baptisms where they had ankle bracelets on, that we’ve had to hold their leg out of the water to keep from getting electrocuted,” Jackson said. “There are some crazy things that we’ve done, but God has been right in the middle of it all.”
by Daniel Sperry for Nazarene News 26 Mar 2021
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This weeks topic is:
❓❓ Bible Trivia ❓❓
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1. Q: What four books tell about Jesus life on Earth?
2. Q: What was most likely the first of Paul's letters written?
3. Q: Even though Abram and Sarah were too old, what did God promise them?
4. Q: What did Joseph’s brothers tell their father had happened to him?
5. Q: When the Egyptians tried to follow the Israelites through the Red Sea, what happened? 6. Q: What garden did Jesus go to when he prayed after the Last Supper?
7. Q: Who gave Jesus a crown made of thorns? A: Roman soldier
8. Q: What happened to the temple curtain when Jesus was killed?
9. Q: What was rolled away from the entrance of the tomb?
10. Q: What day of the week did Jesus rise back to life?
Answers will posted on the next Newsletter.
Last weeks anwsers:
1. Q: What is the shortest book in the Bible?
A: 3 John
2. Q: Who did God tell to build an ark?
3. Q: What was the second son Abraham had?
4. Q: How did Esau provide food for the family? A: He hunted.
5. Q: Who got Joseph thrown into prison by lying about him? A: Potiphar’s wife
6. Q: What was the final plague that convinced Pharaoh to let the slaves go? A: The firstborn son of all Egyptian families died.
7. Q: What city did God make the walls fall so Joshua and the Israelites could conquer it?
8. Q: When the Philistines came to attack the Israelites, who mocked God and challenged them? A: Goliath the giant.
9. True or False: Jesus was an only child. A: False - Jesus had brothers and sister
10. Q: What did Jesus do at the Last Supper to his disciples? A: Washed their feet
The Circus is Coming
When my son, William, was young, we belonged to a small country church. On Communion day, deacons would pass around the “bread and juice.” One Sunday, we attended a church out of town that was more formal. What our church called bread and juice, this one referred to as elements, a word William didn’t understand. As Communion began, the pastor said, “If the deacons will come forward, the elements will pass among us.” William was suddenly excited and I didn’t know why. Then he leaned toward me, whispering something that caused me to burst out laughing. With all eyes on us, I took him by the hand and we made a hasty exit. All the way to the car, he protested. “Mom, we’re going to miss the circus. The pastor said the elephants were going to pass among us!”