It’s always a source of immense joy and pleasure when you see
your children doing their part in expanding the Kingdom of God. Talking
to our daughter, Melodie, a short time ago (she is in
healthcare and takes care of developmentally disabled or challenged folks) she
was sharing her experiences with a middle-aged woman who was in deep
depression, fighting continually with demonic spirits and poor health. Melodie was able to talk to her about the Lord and ask her
if she’d ever had a relationship. The lady admitted that she grew up with
at least a cursory knowledge of the Lord and had at one time “been very
Melodie then began to pray over
her, rebuking the evil spirits and commanding them to depart. The woman’s
countenance changed almost immediately. Within a matter of minutes, she
was able to lead her back to a confession of Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.
I don’t remember whether it took place the next day or a couple
days later, but the woman suffered a massive stroke and passed
away. Melodie was quite emotional as she
expressed her joy at knowing that she’d been placed into this woman’s life at
the right moment so that she would not pass into eternity without having made
Jesus Christ her Lord and Savior.
left off last week talking about my mother’s penchant for entertaining folks –
she loved to “put on the Ritz” – the door of opportunity, and the influence it
gave her with the women on Saint Paul Island for whom “high society” was
nothing more than something you read about in books.
having grown up with a very wealthy step-mother who did her best to educate her
in etiquette and very proper appearances, was in her element. It was made
to order for her. The apostle Paul, in letters to Timothy and Titus,
makes reference to a bishop being "a lover of hospitality" or "given to hospitality."
apostle Peter, in his letters, instructs believers to "use hospitality one to another." (see I Timothy
3:2, Titus 1:8, and I Peter 4:9) I personally can't think of any
person who better exhibited this trait than my mother. She "used
hospitality" to minister the Gospel in ways she must have invented at the
direction of the Holy Spirit.
thing about it: when women begin to get excited about something, their husbands
always want to check things out. No
matter how retiring a guy might be, if his wife gets wound up about something,
and her excitement lasts more than a few minutes, a few days or a few weeks,
he's going to get curious. Aleut (the pronunciation, incidentally, is: al'leh.oot) men are just like
everyone else in this respect.
Ludy's husband decides to
check things out -- but not the way you'd think. It seems that Ludy and her husband had a daughter who lived in Seattle
(it may have been Anchorage, but memory says Seattle).
I missed telling you something important, and this is the place to stick it
in. I've already told you in a previous Coffee Break that Dad had passed
his tests and received his General Class Ham license while in Point Hope.
He was assigned the call letters, KL7-EGE. One of the things he'd done
was to rebuild an ancient linear amplifier capable of putting out a kilowatt of
power. He linked that to a Swan 500.
Coast Guard station had abandoned a three hundred-foot tower in favor of a
newer, more durable 600-foot tower. The old tower was lowered to the
ground with some assistance, and the Coast Guard commander gave it to Dad to do
with whatever he wanted. He disassembled most of the tower, but kept a
60-foot portion to put up a 40-meter quad antenna, along with some directional
inverted dipoles at other commonly used frequencies. (You Ham radio
aficionados know what I'm talking about.)
gave him some wonderful and very reliable radio communications which allowed
him to link up with people world-wide. It also gave him just about the
only means of reliable communications on the island with the outside world.
said all that to say this: Ludy's husband (we'll
refer to him as "Prokoff") wanted to make
contact with their daughter, and apparently there was some family emergency
involved. He came by the house one morning to ask Dad if it was possible
to get a message through to their daughter. Dad dropped what he was doing
and immediately went to the radio. Within minutes, he had established a
link with a Ham radio operator in Seattle who linked up with the phone system
and made the call to the daughter. Prokoff was
able to resolve some critical issues in a matter of minutes.
the phone patch was disconnected, Prokoff hung around
for a few minutes to talk. He obviously had a spiritual burden he was
carrying that he had not been able to deal with and chose that moment to unload
on Dad. Dad quietly listened, then asked if they could pray
together. It was a made-to-order opportunity. Before the morning
ended Prokoff had accepted Jesus Christ as his
personal Lord and Savior.
a long time, communications with the outside world was strictly limited to
postal mail. Telephones were a non-existent thing on Saint Paul Island,
except for intra-island governmental communications. HF radio communications
and teletype had been established on the island by the U.S. Army during the
Second World War, so it was possible to get a message off the island in
problem was that this was not a practical or easily accessible means for most
folks on the island. With Ludy and Prokoff's situation being handled as expeditiously as it
had, Dad's Ham radio suddenly became the "in thing." People who
had been banned by the Orthodox priest from coming to worship services at the
Assembly of God church could legitimately come to the Capener
home in order to make contact with family members who lived on the mainland, or
if they needed to order something from Sears or Safeway or whoever.
in turn, provided both Dad and Mom with the opportunity to invite the folks who
came over to stay for coffee and a piece of Mom's apple pie, or some Constant
Comment tea and cake around the dining table while the folks shared the Gospel
all seen it before, I'm sure. Whenever the Enemy seeks to prevent people
from seeing or hearing the truth and puts roadblocks in their way, the Lord had
a unique way of opening other avenues.
back to the 1960's for a minute. Remember the fight that raged in the
courts over prayer in school, and the ridiculous effort Madalyn
Murray O'Hair went to in order to argue that prayer in school was a violation
of her parental rights as an atheist? So what happened?
a heavily weighted liberal Supreme Court overturned centuries of accepted
practice and constitutionally guaranteed liberties and banned prayer in public
school. In 1968 when the Apollo astronauts made their first trip to the
Moon, while more than two billion people around the globe watched and listened,
Neil Armstrong read from the Scriptures, and prayed a simple prayer -- the same
kind of prayer that the courts said school children couldn't participate in.
always gets the last word! The more Satan seeks to prevent people from
hearing the truth, the greater number of new avenues of opportunity God
provides to and for hungry people. Satan thought he could stop several
thousand children from hearing someone pray, so God opened a way for billions
to hear. It matters not what Satan does, everything he does to block the
Gospel, everything he does to block prayer, everything he does to prevent God's
people from worshiping the Lord Jesus Christ will only backfire on him and
result in all the more people hearing and receiving the truth.
what happens to those people who allow themselves to become the tool of Satan,
and agree with his lies? In Madalyn Murray O'Hair's case, she vanished without a trace for years, and
eventually the police found what they believed were her bones in a shallow
grave in the Texas desert, having been murdered. The son she was so
anxious to "protect" from the Gospel grew up, came to know Jesus
Christ personally, and became a minister of that same Gospel.
to Saint Paul Island. Remember how I told you in Wednesday's post how the
lay reader in the Russian Orthodox Church was a falling down drunk? There
were times when he would show up for church services so inebriated he had to
hang on the lectern while he read the Scriptures to keep from falling down.
day came when he showed up at the Capener home (he
wouldn't dare come to any of the church services, of course)
because he needed emergency medical assistance, and Dad
could contact the hospital in Anchorage by Ham radio. On this particular
day, radio communications were spotty and it took several efforts to finally
get through. Meanwhile the reader (we'll call him "John" for
the sake of this story) sat next to Dad's desk and listened to the sharing of
later acknowledged that it was the first time in his life he'd actually heard
the plan of salvation and understood that Jesus Christ died for his sins; that
he could have a personal relationship with the Lord instead of a religious one
filled with dead form and ritual. "John" did not receive his
complete deliverance from alcohol that day, but he was set on a path that
eventually led to his total deliverance from the snares of addiction and drunkenness.
Orthodox priest was furious when he heard that his lay reader had gotten
"saved." As far as he was concerned, it was a personal slap in
the face. It mattered not that John continued to attend services at the
Orthodox Church. It mattered not that he continued in his role as lay
reader. It was the change in his life, his countenance, his home and
everything about him that bothered the priest.
recall how the Pharisees and Sadducees were angry over Jesus healing folks on
the Sabbath? (See, for example, Matthew 12:9-14; Mark 2:24-28; Luke
13:10-17) Remember how upset they were when Jesus forgave a man's sins
before healing him? (Matthew 9:2-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26) They
were angry because results were taking place through Jesus' ministry -- results
they had not been able to achieve through their religion and traditions.
teaching and preaching didn't fit their understanding of what should be able to
happen, and it made them afraid -- fearful that they were following a dead
religion -- and they couldn't have that! No. Huh Uh! No way!
John 5:16-17, we see how the religious leaders decided they couldn't have Jesus
doing all these things in their midst and demonstrating how dead their religion
and traditions really were, so they decided they would kill him. Whether
there was an overt effort on the part of the Russian Orthodox priest to kill
Dad and Mom is questionable, but he certainly did his part to drive them off
his anger over seeing the transformation of people in the community -- people
who had been lifelong members of his church -- the priest decided if he
couldn't keep folks from going over to use Dad's Ham radio for communication
with the outside world, he'd try something new. He decided to gather
together some of the young boys -- teenagers, actually -- in much the same way
the shaman had attempted at Point Hope, and use them for his ends.
rock-throwing effort began. In the middle of the night, Dad and Mom were
awakened to hear the rat-a-tat-tat of rocks pelting the roof of the
house. Dad got up and went to the door just in time to see a rock thrown
towards him. He ducked in time and the rock bounced harmlessly off the
side of the house. When he hollered at the boys who were throwing the rocks,
they dropped the rocks in their hands and scattered. Not before he
recognized a couple of them, however.
next morning, he went to the parents of the boys he recognized to report the
incident and advise them to keep a handle on their sons. A couple of days
went by. Dad and Mom were sitting at the dinner table when another
barrage of rocks came, this time breaking windows in the kitchen and one of the
time, Dad sprinted to the door and chased one of the boys down, grabbing him by
the collar of his coat. The boy was one Dad had seen the first
time. He marched the boy over to his parents' house and let them know
that he would not tolerate this. When he released his grip on the boy's
coat, the boy said to Dad, "I'm sorry, Reverend. Father Michael told
me to do it."
suspected it because of the priest's non-stop opposition to them and their
presence on Saint Paul Island, and the threats he'd leveled against the people
for any involvement with them. Now the time had come to pay a visit to
denial followed his confrontation. "The boys are lying," the
priest said. "I never told them to do any such thing."
thing, though. The rock bombardment stopped. For a few weeks,
anyway. Then it started again. It would be a single barrage
and the boys would run away. Sometimes it would be one or two boys
throwing just a few rocks, and other times it would be as many as six to eight
afternoon, Dad stepped out the back door in time to see the priest's son cock
his arm and let loose with a rock right toward his office window.
Crash! Bye Bye window. This time Dad took
out after the priest's son. The boy was pretty fleet of foot, but Dad was
no mean runner. He caught up with him and instead of taking him to his
house, he took him to the City Office where an Alaska State Trooper happened to
is where the story takes an unfortunate turn – and this is where we will pick
up next week.
I remind those of you in need of ministry that our
Healing Prayer Call takes place on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 PM
Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). (For those accustomed to our previous “every
Monday” schedule, we’ve had to pare down our schedule because of scheduling
conflicts.) Our call-in number is (712) 775-7035. The Access Code is: 323859#. For Canadians who have difficulty
getting in to this number, you can call (559) 546-1400. If someone answers and asks what your original call-in
number was, you can give them the 712 number and access code.
At the same time, in
case you are missing out on real fellowship in an environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call – usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference
number is (605) 562-3140, and the access code
is 308640#. We hope to make
these gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you
miss the live call, you can dial (605) 562-3149, enter the same access code and listen in later.
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