A Full-time Independent Chaplain
Serving Care Facilities In Southwestern Pennsylvania
For More Than 24 Years
NOVEMBER 22nd; LORD'S Day (Sunday); 2020.
THIS WEEK'S HYMN. “Beneath The Cross Of Jesus” by Miss Elizabeth Clephane (1830-1869). Miss Clephane wrote this elegant Hymn in 1868.
THIS WEEK'S THANKSGIVING. There are answers to Prayer last week. 1. Several have returned from the Hospital. 2. A former Resident in one of Dr. Spence's Care Facilities sent a Card and a Gift. 3. A Family of a former Resident sent a Letter and a Gift. The head of this Family was working extra and remembered the work in the Care Facilities. Nehemiah 12.31 says: “Them that gave thanks.”
THIS WEEK'S PRAYERLIST. These Prayer Requests have been made by different Residents and Staff in the Care Facilities. 1. Those who are in the Hospital. 2. Several are concerned for their Families. 3. Some are making lifestyle changes because of changes in their health. 4. Those who are sad. 5. A Lady with swollen feet. 6. A Gentleman who missed the Church Service. His was not well. 7. Several with special requests. 8. A Lady who was closely hearing the Sermon last week. 9. A Gentleman who often attends the Church Service. II Chronicles 14.11 says: “Help us, O Lord.” *In the Thanksgiving and Prayerlist sections, the names of the people have been withheld to protect their privacy. Nevertheless, the Thanksgivings and Prayer Requests are real and actual. Respect for privacy is also the reason there are usually no photos of Residents on Dr. Spence's website.
THIS WEEK'S COLPORTAGE REPORT. An extra effort is presently underway to get as many of Dr. Spence's Printed Sermons in as many Care Facilities as is possible. This quarter 3,000 copies are being distributed by hand. All financial contributions toward this endeavor are gratefully received. 1. Last week, besides Dr. Spence's visits in his weekly Care Facilities, on one of his days off, he conducted a Colportage Day. On this day, 204 Printed Sermons were distributed in 2 Gas Stations and 14 Care Facilities located in Pittsburgh, Whitehall, Bethel Park, and Blawnox. Some Notes on this day— First: The Colportage Work remains chiefly focused on Pittsburgh. Second: When the Printed Sermons were brought to the door of one of these Care Facilities, the Aide was particularly glad. He asked for Prayer. He desires Salvation. He said he will be keeping in contact. 2. Would you read a King James Version Bible, New Testament, or the Book of Psalms in Braille? These dear Books are gently used. They come in all sizes. Different Residents have given these Books to Dr. Spence during the past year. If you or someone you know would use one or two of these Books, please contact us. The Books and postage are free.
SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST. Please pray for the Residents in the Care Facilities these days. After serving as an Independent Chaplain in Care Facilities in Southwestern Pennsylvania for more than 24 years, I have seen firsthand from a spiritual perspective the devastating toll the government impositions regarding the virus have had on the Elderly. Since the Care Facilities have been forcefully closed, many Residents have lived day and night under the darkest cloud. Many are now engaged in the most difficult struggle of their lives. Many have passed away. There needs to be an immediate change. Every Care Facility ought to be allowed freedom to do what it thinks best. Isn't caring for the Elderly their business? The will of the Residents' themselves should be regarded. If that can't be, the will of the Residents' Families ought to be consulted. There are many Residents these days who sadly sit in front of the News nearly all day. They have a most depressing mental diet of virus statistics almost every hour! With Church Services and Activities taken from most of them, the Residents don't have precious Truth, inspiration, or good thoughts flowing into them. The Elderly need our Prayers. https://apnews.com/article/nursing-homes-neglect-death-surge-3b74a2202140c5a6b5cf05cdf0ea4f32
TIPS FOR THE TIMES. *This section is specially intended for those who are presently experiencing a tremendous inward struggle because of the virus impositions. Question. How can I survive in a Care Facility these days? Answer. 1. Attend to your soul. Make your peace with GOD. If you don't have peace with GOD, how can you have any true peace? Don't assume you are right with GOD. No one ever became right with GOD by assuming. Be honest with yourself. Have you confessed your sins to GOD in Prayer? I give you an assignment. And if you don't have a Bible, please contact me. I'll ship you a Bible free of charge. Read I John 1.9. Have you taken JESUS as your personal SAVIOUR? Read Acts 16.31. Do you live an obedient and holy life? Read Hebrews 12.14b. 2. After you make your peace with GOD, be careful to walk with GOD. Walk with GOD every day. Begin the morning with Scripture and Prayer. Psalm 5.3. Every evening, return to THE LORD again. Matthew 14.23. Throughout the hours of the day, be tender-hearted to avoid sin. Proverbs 23.17b. 3. Keep a schedule. Time well spent brings joy. Rise at the same hour in the morning. Proverbs 6.9; Genesis 19.27; 28.18; Exodus 8.20. Those of you who are Elderly, I ask you, didn't you do this during your working and happier days? My favorite part of the day is the morning. It is incomparable. Plan different activities for yourself. I Chronicles 22.16b. Read. Draw. Do you have a window? Look out a window at GOD'S Creation. I know many of you like birds, squirrels, and deer. Proverbs 6.6 says: “Go to the ant; consider her ways.” Matthew 6.26 says: “Behold the fowls of the field.” Matthew 6.28 says: “Consider the lilies of the field.” Even Matthew 13.3 says: “Behold, a sower went forth to sow.” If possible, plan a purposeful conversation with someone. Do you remember the good old Puritan rule for conversations? I admire it. If you can't receive or do good in a conversation, don't be a part of it. 4. Drink a lot of water. 5. Do you have access to Braggs' apple cider vinegar? Read up on it. You and I know many make fun of these things. But we both know that many of the old tonics work. Let them laugh! There will be more Braggs for us! If you and your Physician approve, take one or two teaspoons every day. Perhaps one in the morning and the other in the evening. Dear Friends, I apologize for what you are going through. There really could have been a better approach to this virus. I regret you bear the thorniest part of these overreaching impositions. But since this is the way things are, get a resolve and a purpose in your soul. I am persuaded, you Elderly are well acquainted with resolves and purposes in the soul. Know that the Devil is not careless to watch for his opportunity. He would particularly tempt you now. Be careful to mind the admonition of the Apostles. James 4.7 says: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Ephesians 4.27 says: “Neither give place to the devil.” And even if you are weak in mind and body, and you don't think you can resist, then you be sure to look to THE LORD Who is able to give Light in darkness. Zechariah 14.7.
IN THIS WORLD, there often arises temporary situations and unique circumstances. People necessarily leave their Homes and move into Care Facilities. Others are confined to their Homes. Very frequently, these people, spiritually, fall between the cracks. They are forgotten and forsaken. For more than 24 years, Dr. Spence has served as a Personal, Domestic, and Care Facility Chaplain meeting the spiritual needs of many of these people. James 1.27 says: "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." If you have questions or comments, or if you are interested in Dr. Spence's services, please contact us. Dr. Spence seeks to answer calls here in Southwestern Pennsylvania. However, he tries to go wherever he is requested.
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