A CHRISTIAN MISSION
April 2017 Newsletter
A Word From Our Director ~ Pastor Andrew Pistone
The story is told of a judge presiding at a court in the poorest section of a city. It was a bitterly cold day during the hardest years of the Great Depression. A haggard, shabbily dressed old woman was brought before him. Charged with having stolen a loaf of bread, she made no attempt to deny the charges. She said that her daughter's husband had abandoned the family; her daughter was sick, and her two grandchildren were starving. However, the victimized shopkeeper refused to drop the charges. He felt he needed to make an example of her because they lived in a particularly rough neighborhood and he wanted the others in the community to know that he was serious about upholding the law.
After hearing her story, the judge let out a deep sigh. Looking at the woman, he told her that the law left him no alternative. She was guilty, and the penalty was ten dollars, (an obviously impossible amount for the woman) or ten days in jail. But, as he pronounced her sentence, he pulled out a ten dollar bill and gave it to the bailiff to pay her fine. Then, with a bang of his gavel, he declared that he was fining everyone in the courtroom fifty cents for living in a city where a poor woman had to steal bread to feed her starving family. Within minutes, the overwhelmed woman left the courtroom carrying $47.50 that had been collected from petty criminals, traffic violators, on-duty police officers, and even the irate grocer.
That old woman must have gone home exhausted from the roller coaster of emotions she had experienced, yet delighted at her totally unexpected, good fortune. She had escaped a penalty she legally deserved and received an unexpected and undeserved blessing.
As Christians, we experience both grace and mercy. We deserve judgment, but if we are followers of Christ, God has shown mercy to us, and we have been delivered from that judgment. In addition to mercy, we have also received grace – which is God's blessing to us – even though we don't deserve it. Mercy spares us from judgment and grace is the undeserved blessing.
2 Corinthians 8:9 says: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.”
Jesus came from heaven to earth to live among sinners, be abused, taunted, beaten mercilessly, and ultimately crucified as a common criminal.
Thank God that His death was not the end of the story. He rose from the dead to complete what He came to earth to do; and that was to extend the ultimate gifts of mercy and grace to those who would receive the gifts.
If you wonder why we celebrate Easter, it is because of the grace and mercy that was extended to sinners just like me - who repented and found that wonderful Savior who forgave me of all my sins.
Matthew 28:6 says: “He is not here, for He has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where He lay.”
Easter is all about an empty cross and an empty grave; and because they are empty, our lives can be full…if we repent of our sins, trust in Him alone for our salvation, and live our lives in obedience to Him.
He is not here, for He has risen – Praise God.
Verses of the Month
But the angel told the women, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here!
For He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.” Matthew 25: 5 & 6
DOOR OF HOPE THRIFT STORE UPDATE
We have Gift Certificates for sale, stop by and purchase one to help support the Mission.
We continue to be blessed by your generosity day in and day out. Thank you so much for your donations.
We are in need of good furniture and antiques that you might want to donate to our ministry, and of course - we continue to take ALL donations with much thankfulness. We can also accept cars, trucks, RVs and boats.
Don't forget that ALL proceeds from the Thrift Store go directly to support the ministries of the Door Of Hope Mission.
We will be happy to pick up your donations, and – if you need a receipt for tax purposes - we can provide one for you. You can also drop your donations off to us at the store.
Please come and visit the Door of Hope Thrift Store. We are located at 1611 E 8th Street Odessa, TX 79761.
Our hours for shopping are Monday - Saturday from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Please visit us on Facebook : www.Facebook.com/DoorOfHopeThriftStore
Also our website for the Thrift Store is online please visit it: http://www.doorofhopethriftstore.com
We are still in need of your household items for the store. You can be confident that your generosity will go to help people here at the Mission and the needy in our community at large. We are very thankful for your donations to this ministry. If you have a car, truck or RV, we can take those as well.
All donations are tax deductible, if you would like for us to come and pick up your donation please give us a call 432-337-8294
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If you would like to financially help support the ministry of Door of Hope Mission please send a check to
P.O. Box 1789, Odessa, TX 79760 You can also donate on-line here on our website.