Monthly Archives: May 2010

Uplifted voices at mission open house

A group of Christian singers from Montgomery, Ala., gave a presentation for us on Memorial Day, the last day in May. The youth choir from Aldersgate United Methodist Church joined us for lunch and sang for our men, workers and … Continue reading

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Donated computers to help men study, find work

God in His providence has opened the door for a joint-venture between the Union Gospel Mission and Tennessee Temple University; to provide an opportunity for our men to work towards their college degrees while participating in the programs offered by the mission. Tennessee Temple University has donated seven computers which our men will also be able to use to seek employment, contact with the outside world and find other opportunities. The computers were installed in a room off the dining area in the basement of our main building. “The computers are for the distance ed classes at Tennessee Temple,” said James Lawrence, 35, night manager who has been in and out of UGM for the past five years. The computers will “further the guys’ education, give them skills and better equip them to be out in the real world, getting a good job so they can support themselves and getting themselves out of the situation they are in.” Tennessee Temple is a Christian university and “there is that spiritual aspect that is needed,” James said. Online classes began in mid-May.

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An issue of blood

By Jon Rector

The homeless men staying in our mission are plagued with the sin problem no less, and probably no more, than you or I. The difference is that their sin problem has cast them into poverty and desperation. Sin is a disease for which only the goodness and mercy of God through Jesus Christ can provide a remedy beneficial to the sinner and glorifying to Him.

Some of our men have been plagued all their lives with yielding to temptation, selfishness, a refusal to make commitments or to be bound by their promises or a refusal to earn their own bread. Clinging to sin is a sign of a rejection of God; men are in our program cannot avoid being confronted by God’s requirement that they repent daily of their sins and work diligently to ward off the vices and temptations to which they have for too long yielded. Some have been buffeted by the sin disease and been in ruin for two years, some for 40.

Christ’s encounter with the woman who suffered an issue of blood for 12 years is helpful in seeing more the goodness of God and the right state of the heart that this good woman had.

Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for 12 years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew rose. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If only I may touch his clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.

Jesus, knowing he had been touched by her, asks who touched him.

But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and

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