Looking Ahead to 2021
Isaiah 41:17 & 18
The poor and needy seek water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. I, the LORD, will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the barren heights, and fountains in the middle of the valleys. I will turn the desert into a pool of water, and the dry land into flowing springs.
We've all heard the saying, "You might be the only Bible some folks will ever read." So we need to be something worth reading! We must make ourselves available to be that shelter for a non-believing friend? The word *oasis* has a refreshing sound to it, does it not? It means a retreat, a Haven, or a sanctuary. In 2021 God is calling each of us to be that oasis in the desert to people all around us. We could be coming into a time in America when people are looking and searching for that life giving water. We need to be able to point people to the source, and that source is our Lord Jesus Christ.
God has given Lonesome Road Ministries a new home here at 107 Sycamore St. in Keenes, IL. I believe God has anointed this place to be an oasis for all the lost and hurting people in this area and also for all those all across America. God has not forsaken us, He is raising up those who will say here am I Lord use me! God is building an Oasis right here in this our new Church home. He is raising up Chaplains for the road through our Channel 21 Ministries Chaplain program to be an Oasis for those hurting souls who are lost and lonely out there on that Ole Lonesome Road. We are looking for those men & women who wants to be used out there on the road.
God is saying to each of us, as for you my chosen ones, I have called you back from the ends of the earth so you can serve Me. For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. Do not be afraid for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. I never want to forget where God found me. A 43 year old drug addict & alcoholic truck driver. I was at the bottom sinking deep into the miry clay when I had no where to look but up. I cried out to God and He saved me, set me upon the Rock (it was a setup), cleaned me up and established my goings. Over 25 years ago on August 13,1995 God saved me and I said here am I Lord Use Me!!!
God has brought us a long way and He ain't through with us yet! We have now officially moved into Lonesome Roads new home that God has provided for us through the generous donations of the Lonesome Road Ministry family. Now we are in the midst of remodeling this Church which has been empty for the last 5 years. We are painting, putting new floors down in the offices, fellowship hall, bathrooms, and looking forward to remodeling the sanctuary in 2021. We are planning on having a Church on the Road that the Lonesome Road Ministries Families can call home. Our plans are to have a place where we can have testimony services, Music services and preaching services from some of the Lonesome Road families from around the Country. An Oasis in the desert for all who are lost and searching to find life giving water that only our Lord Jesus Christ can provide.
Here is what the Lord is saying to His people for 2021, Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned,and the flames shall not consume you for I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not see it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild beast will honor Me, the jackals, and ostriches for I give water in the wildernesses and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise. We are looking ahead to 2021 and the Next Level that God has called us to...
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I logged over 4 million miles as a truck driver from 1972 - 2007 and I have written a lot of it in my songs. God has taken me off the road and put me into full time ministry, but I still have a heart for all you drivers out there.