Garland Family Prayer Letter (September-October 2018)

2 11 2018

Greetings:
We hope you are growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Street Ministry:
I feel like we have had more people listening to the preaching at the bus station in Downtown Bakersfield. So many of the people there are in the grips of drugs. My heart is so burdened for the hold these sins have in their lives. We gave out 154 tracts as part of our street ministry in September and October. We were also able to provide clothes to 300 needy people and provide food to 59 homeless folks.

Prison Ministry:
Lancaster: I have not been able to go into Lancaster for the moment because my clearance expired. The Christian chaplain is on medical leave which slows down the process. Please pray that I can get that clearance again by the end of the year or January of next year.

I sure miss my brothers at the Church of Emmanuel there in Lancaster. One blessing I heard was that on a recent cell to cell search on A yard all of the Christians were clean of any contraband. Since the guards are skeptical of “prison conversion” it was a blessing to hear that the Sgt. in charge commended the church leaders for the faithfulness of the men.

North Kern: My Friday night Bible study has gone well as we are still working our way through Colossians verse by verse. 1 new man joined us recently so it’s a blessing to see new growth to the group. Most of the time when I arrive the men are outside singing together which is a blessing to see. We go verse by verse and they seem to be learning and growing from it. Pray that more men will arrive on the yard and join our group.

The yards have been on lock down a lot the last 2 months which limited my access. I was able to preach to 39 men and we sent a Spanish Bible to an inmate who requested one. The yards are open now so pray as I spend a lot of time with the men in the various yards.

Other news: As most of you know my mom moved in with us in August of 2017. She had lost the ability to speak and became bedridden. My wife faithfully served as her full time caregiver and loved her like her own mother. With a sad heart I wanted to report that mom passed into glory September 30th. We were with her when she passed and I was able to preach her memorial service.

In that same month the Lord opened to us a ministry to orphans that we have long prayed for and we took 2 foster children into our home. They have been a joy and although they may leave us one day we are thankful for this new ministry. The children are 2 and 3 years old. Pray for us as we try and show the love of Christ to these children who have been through much suffering in their few short years.

Please consider supporting us financially as well as with your prayers as we desire to serve the Lord full time in the Gospel ministry. There are so many people who need to hear the Gospel and so little time to labor and serve the Lord in this life.

You can give a tax deductible donation online by clicking on the “Donate” tab at the top or to give by check simply make the check out to Revival USA with Lighthouse Gospel Ministries in the memo section. You can mail it to us at:

Lighthouse Gospel Ministries
400 McKee Road
Bakersfield, Ca. 93307

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” C.H. Spurgeon

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Garland Family Prayer Letter (July-August 2018)

16 09 2018

Greetings:
We hope you are growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Street Ministry:
We have seen good crowds at the Courthouse and the bus station. It seems we have one-to-one conversations at the Courthouse every week. We gave out 424 tracts as part of our street ministry in July and August. We were also able to provide clothes to 250 needy people.

Prison Ministry:
Lancaster: I have had a little trouble getting into two of the yards. The officers keep finding reasons to cancel services but the other two yards have been going well. I have seen a few new faces and a few of the men have been sharing stories of opportunities they have had to witness on the yard. It has also been a blessing to see a few of the men released and find good churches to get involved with.

North Kern: My Friday night Bible study has gone down in attendance since the prison transferred most of my regulars, but the group that remains has been very faithful which is a blessing. We go verse by verse and they seem to be learning and growing from it. Pray that more men will arrive on the yard and join our group.

Reception yards have been amazing this summer. It feels as though every time I preach one of the men tell of how they were dealing with the topic I preached or they had read the passage I preached recently. It not only confirms to me that I am preaching according to the Spirit but that God is working in the hearts of these men by preparing them for the preaching.

I faced several times that the yards were closed for various reasons but Praise the Lord it didn’t last long. The Lord allowed me to preach to 208 men and give away 40 Johns/Romans, 80 Bibles and 165 tracts. I saw 5 men call on the Lord for salvation and 9 men were stirred about their souls but had yet to come to Christ.

Please consider supporting us financially as well as with your prayers as we desire to serve the Lord full time in the Gospel ministry. There are so many people who need to hear the Gospel and so little time to labor and serve the Lord in this life.

You can give a tax deductible donation online by clicking on the “Donate” tab or to give by check simply make the check out to Revival USA with Lighthouse Gospel Ministries in the memo section. You can mail it to us at:

Lighthouse Gospel Ministries
400 McKee Road
Bakersfield, Ca. 93307

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” C.H. Spurgeon





June 2018 Prayer Letter

1 07 2018

Greetings:
We hope you are growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Street Ministry:
We have seen good crowds at the Courthouse and the bus station this past month. While preaching at the bus station we have see many people gather to hear the preaching after we start. Some pretend not to care but we notice them move closer to hear. We gave out 370 tracts and 2 Bibles as part of our street ministry in June. We were also able to provide clothes to 150 needy people.

Prison Ministry:
Lancaster: I am seeing amazing spiritual growth among the men as well as a hunger for the Word. I have seen first time visitors in each service this month and more of the men take up the challenge to pray better. Several men have had life sentences lowered in answer to prayer and others have been fighting sins and have seen victory over those in response to their prayers. We were also able to send 4 books to inmates seeking help with spiritual growth.

North Kern: I have seen God prepare hearts in certain men before they came into chapel. My Associate Pastor got to start coming in with me and he has been blessed by being among the men there. I have seen men stand up in services and confess their sins. A great moving of God is going on. I was able to preach to 144 men this month.

One former pastor felt he could never be forgiven but we went into Romans 8 and he was greatly comforted that God is willing to forgive. Another man was worried God wouldn’t forgive a murderer so we went into the many murderers in Scripture who found forgiveness in Christ. 5 men confessed they were not ready to give up their sins but they felt convicted about them so pray God moves them to repentance and faith. I gave away 22 Bibles and 174 tracts to the men in the prison this month.

Please consider supporting us financially as well as with your prayers as we desire to serve the Lord full time in the Gospel ministry. There are so many people who need to hear the Gospel and so little time to labor and serve the Lord in this life.

You can give a tax deductible donation online by clicking the donate tab at the top of this page or to give by check simply make the check out to Revival USA with Lighthouse Gospel Ministries in the memo section. You can mail it to us at:

Lighthouse Gospel Ministries
400 McKee Road
Bakersfield, Ca. 93307

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” C.H. Spurgeon





Was Judas Saved?

14 06 2018

A question I have heard many times is whether or not Judas who betrayed Jesus was saved. He was chosen to be an apostle, and preached along with the other apostles. When they performed miracles Judas performed them right along with them. Does this mean he was saved? The answer is clear from Scripture and that answer is no. The Bible says that it would have been better for him to have never been born.

The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.” (Matthew 26:24-25)

We are also told that Judas was possessed by Satan which I believe is not a possibility for a believer.

Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.” (John 13:26-27)

Jesus called Judas a devil.

Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.” (John 6:70-71)

Jesus Himself said Judas did not believe.

“But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.” (John 6:64)

We are not told that he went to heaven in fact the Scriptures seem to hint otherwise.

“That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” (Acts 1:25)

We don’t see the fruits of repentance in his life. Judas kept the money for the ministry of Jesus and was a thief.

“This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.” (John 12:6)

Why would Jesus appoint an apostle who wasn’t a believer? The answer is to fulfill prophecy.

“While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.” (John 17:12)

Some would say Judas repented so he must have been saved. The word repent in the New Testament means a change of mind. When Judas returned the money he changed his mind but it wasn’t Godly repentance. Godly repentance works life but worldly repentance works death which is exactly what happened to Judas.

“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10)





March-May 2018 Prayer Letter

7 06 2018

Greetings:
We hope you are growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. This update will cover March through May because we got a little busy and haven’t had a chance to update.

Street Ministry:
We were blessed to join some friends in Fresno for an outreach among the needy. We fed 250 people and we were able to provide clothing for 300 people. We gave out 636 tracts, and 13 Bibles.

Prison Ministry:
In Lancaster I am seeing amazing spiritual growth among the men as well as a hunger for the Word. I am holding 4 services a month currently and wish I had time for more. Some of the men have begun witnessing to their loved ones while others have taken up my challenge to pray better and are experiencing answers to prayer.

One man bore testimony before a State committee testifying that it was his salvation that turned him from a constant offender to a man of honor. He pointed out that before he was saved he had constant behavior issues but since his salvation in 2011 he hasn’t had one mark against. He told them it’s the power of the Holy Spirit not education that will change men.

At North Kern I continued my discipleship class teaching through the book of Colossians. We started in February and we are still in Colossians 1 so it’s a pretty in depth study. We are seeing amazing growth in their lives as well. One man was struggling with a false doctrine and was able to settle it on his own through prayer and study of the Word. It was a blessing to see him stand on his own that way.

1 man trusted Christ and I was able to give out 300 Johns/Romans as well. I was able to preach to 239 inmates. God has blessed me with a fellow laborer named Gerry. We have done street evangelism together for years and now he is preaching in the prison as well. It’s a blessing to see the Lord burden others for this needy field.

Other News:
In May I was able to attend the Master’s Men conference in Fresno, California. It’s a blessing every year to come together with other men for singing, preaching and fellowship.

Please consider supporting us financially as well as with your prayers as we desire to serve the Lord full time in the Gospel ministry. There are so many people who need to hear the Gospel and so little time to labor and serve the Lord in this life.

You can give a tax deductible donation online by clicking the “Donate” tab or to give by check simply make the check out to Revival USA with Lighthouse Gospel Ministries in the memo section. You can mail it to us at:

Lighthouse Gospel Ministries
400 McKee Road
Bakersfield, Ca. 93307

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” C.H. Spurgeon





New Missionary Video

8 03 2018

We put together a new video to introduce our missionary work. A special thanks to Myke Diego of Redwood Baptist Church for putting it together.





Praying with Meaning

9 02 2018

The prayer of Jabez became a popular prayer among evangelical Christians. I’m not saying his prayer was bad for him to make but I question the motivation of Christians making that their prayer today. The reason I believe that most people love the prayer is its request for physical prosperity. An increase in land and territory. In our day of the prosperity gospel we are taught that the ultimate sign of Gods blessing is material and physical abundance.

Not too long ago I was listening to myself pray and was disappointed at the shallowness of my prayers. I noticed that those around me were praying the same way I was. My prayers were limited to what amounts to memorized dialogue such as you would see in a movie. When praying for the offering “Lord bless this offering bless the gift and the giver.” When dismissing the service “Lord dismiss us with your blessing and bring us back to the next appointed service.” What was strange was that 5 different men could pray and say a slight variation of the exact same thing.

Private prayer seemed almost worse. Saying the same things time and again. Asking for the simplest things without much thought. “Lord bless so and so” and “Lord if it be your will do such and such” “Lord provide their needs” Lord put a hedge of protection” “Lord bless the pastor” “Lord bless the church.” I readily used the word bless without much definite description. This made the blessing so general if it didn’t happen I wouldn’t know it.

Then I read some of the prayers of Paul and I realized how empty my prayers truly were. Listen to the Apostle pray:

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.” (Colossians 1:9-11)

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.” (Ephesians 1:15-19)

I quickly realized how shallow and non-specific my prayers had been. I had been asking God to bless people in some general sense or to expand their material blessing without ever giving thought to the weightier matters namely their spiritual understanding. So let me encourage you to listen to yourself pray and ask yourself is your prayer a sign of unbelief? Are you praying in generalities because you’re afraid God won’t answer it?

Does your prayer only center on physical needs and blessing? These are hard questions as praying is almost an art form we have spent our lives perfecting so that we can impress those around us but are we praying to man or to God?








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