An Annointed Ministry
I am very honored to be on the rotation of Preachers who go to the “Home” every day to share the Word of God with the men who are striving to get their life back. Since my scheduled time falls on Monday morning, I sometimes wonder how effective I can be after pouring my heart and soul into our church’s ministries on Sunday. I can’t tell you how many times I have pulled into the driveway at the Home With a Heart completely drained from Sunday and then I begin to experience a renewing from the Lord.
There is a sweet anointing of God’s Presence ON this ministry! God has changed so many lives on this 30-acre campus and He continues to work in the men who find their way to this secluded spot on God’s globe. I can honestly say that each time I share at the Home I leave feeling full, inspired, and blessed. While there are many difficulties in a ministry like this, Alex Richey continues to be a “ROCK” as the Director and leader of the Home’s specialized spiritual investment. He along with his staff deserve the prayers and support of all Evangelical churches who are interested in seeing Men DELIVERED from addictions and restored to fruitful lives. Our church now has five graduates from the Home as faithful, significant members. We are blessed by their testimonies. Because we see them each week, we confidently tell people on a regular basis how they too can be DELIVERED from whatever has “Mastered” them by the Power of the Holy Spirit!
Our prayers will continually be extended towards heaven’s throne for this very effective blessed ministry.
Words From A Pastor
Why do I come to Home With A Heart? Simply, I believe God has directed me to be involved with this ministry in this way. I can see how God is using this program to influence and change the lives of many men. From these changed lives, I believe the next step is to build strong marriages and families. This is my contribution to the overall work of Home With A Heart.
I hope and pray that something we teach or discuss with the men will have enough of an impact on them to make a difference in the way they think and relate in the important relationships in their lives. It has been a joy for me to have a small part in what you are doing so well. God Bless you.
James Rudy Gray, D.Min., NCC
Pastor, Utica Baptist Church
Your life is God's Gift to you. What you do with your life is Your Gift to God!
Rev. James Ervin
My name is James Ervin Dyar. I was born December 23, 1959. 1 am the pastor of Red Hill Baptist Church in Pickens, South Carolina. I have been a Christian since March of 1972). 1 have been in the ministry since March of 1980. During my years of ministry, I have had some wonderful opportunities and met some very precious people.
Some of the precious people I have met in my years of ministry are:
Danny Barnes - Former Director of Faith Home (A Facility for Recovering Alcoholics) in Greenwood, South Carolina.
Richard Gardner - Director of the Good Samaritan Colony (A Facility for Recovering Alcoholics and Drug Addicts) in Mount Croghan, South Carolina.
John Brock - Former Director of the Home With A Heart
For the past several years I have been working with the Home With A Heart on a volunteer basis. Home With A Heart's eight week recovery program is Bible-based and Christ-centered. Since the Home With A Heart is a Bible-based and Christ-centered facility, I am delighted to be a part of this ministry.
Robert McGee is probably best known for his book The Search for Significance, which has done a masterful job with Dale McCleskey on the study Conquering Chemical Dependency (First Steps to a Christ-Centered 12- Step Process). It is my joy to get to go to the Home With A Heart on Friday afternoons to teach the Conquering Chemical Dependency (First Steps to a Christ-Centered 12- Step Process). Many people do not see any link between the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Bible; however, when we look at Conquering Chemical Dependency (First Steps to a Christ-Centered 12- Step Process) we find there are many links to the 12 steps.
If you are looking for a place to: break the cycle of addiction, invest financially or give of some of your time voluntarily, Home With A Heart is a great place to start.
Because of Christ,
Rev. James Ervin Dyar
Pastor Keith L. Bagwell
Chapters 51 and 52 of Isaiah give specific steps which believers can take when they feel discouraged and forsaken of God. This marvelous section is gathered around the phrase, “Listen to me” which is repeated several times. These give great insight into God’s program for the discouraged.
“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham you father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him that I might bless him and multiply him” (Isaiah 51:1-2 ESV).
“Home with a Heart” gives men who have battled addictions a chance to listen to a different voice; to listen to God instead of the voice that has been pulling on them throughout their often lifetime of struggle.
Notice the prophet says that if you are discouraged, look back and see from where you have come! Often we need to look back and see what has brought us to the point we are now. Even when we are discouraged, we need to look back. Men are taught at the “home” you may not be what you want to be, or even what you ought to be, but thank God you are not what you were! The eight weeks the men go through the Christian, biblical based program; taking one day at a time, they are reminded, “Has God changed you?” has he altered your inner life and changed your heart? “Home with a Heart” has that heart men like these need, the heart of God.
It allows them also to look ahead, God says, my righteousness draws near, my salvation has gone out… (Isaiah 51:5a). Look ahead! A new day is coming! God is at work. In 2 Corinthians 4 the apostle says, “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,” (2 Cor. 4:17). That is what lies ahead. We must go through darkness here for a while, but it will not last forever. Once in a meeting where people were sharing their favorite Bible verses, a man said, “My favorite are those verses that begin, and it came to pass.”
The psalmist says, “Even the sparrow finds a home…” (Psalm 84:3a). Thousands of men by God’s grace have come through this “home” that God has provided; giving each one a chance to look back and to look ahead and say with a voice of faith, “This too will come to pass.”
Keith L. Bagwell
First Assembly of God-Easley