Woke up this morning on a very spiritual high (most mornings I am just on the way up the mountain), and felt like I was sitting on top of a mountain just gazing out on what was a beautiful landscape made by that brilliant artist, Jehovah Creator. Somehow in the midst of hurricanes, floods, fires and the current level of political upheaval, God showed me a peace that definitely passed one's understanding.
Last night we baptized one of the men from SLR who had been speaking about Jesus since we first met a few months ago. He asked me to pray with him beforehand and he was balling tears of remorse and joy simultaneously. He was re-committing his life after many years of addiction and sang for us with a voice that could shake the walls of heaven.
There are way more moments of storms in this ministry than sunshine, so when one comes up you let it linger. I can recall looking out over that portable Baptistry to a crowd of his peers cheering, that the fields are ripe for harvest, there are so many people seeking to change and find peace with a God they may not even know yet.
So, we are Moving On Up at ATB, opening our new Wednesday meeting at 8 PM at Campus to anyone wishing to join us. Previously it was only the SLR folks and a few of our regulars but we are expanding to now have a Sunday Class 9 AM, a Monday meeting at 7;30, and the Wednesday meeting. This is in addition to the 3 weekly groups we now do on site at either SBS or SLR.
You see, the flow of drugs and alcohol never stop, so to must the spirit of love and grace from God flow through this ministry as often as possible to be an alternative to this epidemic we face. There are plenty of natural disasters daily with us, so we need more heroic individuals who want to move on up with us.
I say heroic because this is not for the faint of heart, but for those who realize they may not get through to 9 of the 10 folks they work with, but for the one who makes it, well we'll just have a party to celebrate. As a matter of fact when our guy came out of the water last night, he looked out at his peers and asked anyone he had harmed or had a grievance to forgive him. That's Moving On Up!
I know God was smiling, and had one heck of a party up in heaven last night, it says so in his biography!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.