#4 — MY SON IS A HURRICANE NINJA

#4 — MY SON IS A HURRICANE NINJA
“He led me to a place of safety; He rescued me because He delights in me.” (2Samuel 22:20 NLT)

I’m typing this today (using my feet) from, Dripping Springs, TX. We have been here since the Sunday night (one month ago) when we were rescued from the second shelter. My son, Jared, and his wife, Rachel (with their 4 boys), have a wonderful home with 9 acres of Hill Country beauty, and we are grateful for everything they do for us. The reason we haven’t been home yet is because Margie is extremely allergic to mold, and I cannot risk my health by breathing where there’s mold. OK, I said all of that as my introduction for this chapter. Here we go….

When we were at the two shelters, Margie and I were trying to think of someone that could come and get us. Sweet little Adalie was exhausted and so were we. Everyone we thought of was either flooded in or the roads getting to us were flooded. We had been talking back and forth with, Jared, who wanted to come three-and-a-half hours to get us… IN A HURRICANE! There were still bands of incredible torrential downpours coming down. Margie told Jared, “Please don’t come now, it’s too dangerous. Roads are being closed everywhere, and even Josh and Courtney can’t get to us.” His reply was, “Mom, me and my friend, Joel, are coming to get you guys in his truck, and we have a metal boat in the back in case we need it. See you soon!”

Let me tell you how serious this was. There was a Policeman nearby when Margie was talking to Jared on FaceTime. After the call she looked at him and asked him if he thought it was safe to drive from the Austin area to our location. He said there were roads closing and he wouldn’t make it through Houston for sure. Then Margie asked him if HE would try to convince Jared. After talking to Jared, the Policeman said, “Um, well, he’s pretty determined to come. Good luck!”

Six hours later, there they were, Jared and Joel walked into the lobby of the 2nd shelter. By then, Courtney and Jayce (who also had water throughout their house) had found their way to meet us. Lots of tears when Courtney was reunited with Adalie. Jayce, whose a fireman and a paramedic, stayed back so him and Joshua could make rescues and help others. All the rest of us piled into the truck and headed to Dripping Springs. Every time we came to high water all you could hear was Margie and Courtney praying like crazy. They had us covered. It was amazing to watch Jared and Joel as they maneuvered cautiously. And, yes, there IS an app. for that. When we pulled into Jared’s house he looked at his phone and said, “They just closed the main highway… AFTER we passed through!” Luck? No. Favor? Yes.

In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen

#1 — THAT VOICE ON THE INSIDE OF YOUR BRAIN

#1 — THAT VOICE ON THE INSIDE OF YOUR BRAIN

Well, as you might already know, I haven’t posted much since Hurricane Harvey came through town. I haven’t posted much because there is so much to post. So, I decided to start writing and post whatever comes out.

I have lived in the Friendswood, Alvin, Dickinson area for 55 years and I have never been flooded, never told to evacuate (voluntarily or mandatory) and, certainly, never had to be rescued from my home… “because the only ones who have to be rescued are the people that don’t have a clue or they’re not paying attention. RIGHT?” W-R-O-N-G. Sooooo, wrong!

You know that “voice” on the inside of your brain, the one that showed up in your late 40’s or early 50’s, yeah, that one. I’ve heard it can show up in the 20’s and 30’s too. Regardless, that “voice” is NOT God. That’s an imposter trying to convince you that you still have “it,” whatever “it” is. “It” made sense to me. Our house never flooded, and in fact, no one ever floods in our entire subdivision. PLUS, we have a two-story house so we could always live up there. After all, I’m the man who takes care of my family… well, OK, she has to bathe me and dress me, but I’m still… well wait, she also feeds me through a tube, but I could do it if I wanted too….all I would need is two new arms. So, we’re OK. Umm, one more thing… I can’t walk, so the upstairs might not work out for us. Oh, and I need help in the bathroom, my medicine, my breathing exercises…. AND THAT, MY FRIEND, is when I realized “we should get help.” And help came from everywhere, by everyone. I will tell you about that in the next one.

In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen

 

Whaaaaaat? Oh yes God did…

 

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I went to ALS clinic yesterday for a check-up… I GAINED 5.8 pounds (1st time in 2 years). My breathing (which had declined) went UP 30-40 points on every test. Plus, they’re installing a foot-pedal on my chair so I can drive with my feet. And I will say it again, NOTHING is impossible with God! Luke 1:37. I’M ON MY WAY, TO SEE THE DAY, WHEN I TRAVEL THE WORLD… GOD’S POWER DISPLAYED!

Thanks for your continued prayers!

In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen

Prayer and Dirty Feet

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In John chapter 13, Jesus washed the disciple’s feet to show them the “almost lost art” of serving others. It was an act of humility when Jesus voluntarily did the menial work of a slave; He set the example for us to follow. Serving instead of being served.

When I was camp director at Victory Camp (victorycamp.com) for 12 years, the BEST services we ever had were the foot washing services. Our teenage counselors would pray while washing the feet of the children in their group. The prayers were from their hearts and often became prophetic words for individual children. The innocence and faith of the children was revealed when they asked their counselors, “Will you sit down so we can pray and wash your feet?” I have rarely seen so many tears and visible compassion, along with the Spirit of God, as lives were changed in the counselors and the children.

How can something like that happen by washing a bunch of dirty children’s feet on a hot Texas summer night? It happened because the counselors (leaders) were willing to put their needs on the back-burner so they could make a difference in someone else’s life. They didn’t use their “title” to show the children who was in charge. They made the CHOICE to serve, instead of being served. They were just like Jesus…. and the results were their proof.

“So if I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you must wash each other’s feet. I’ve given you an example that you should follow. IF YOU UNDERSTAND ALL OF THIS, you are blessed WHENEVER YOU FOLLOW MY EXAMPLE.'” (John 13:14-15, 17)

I would love to hear from some of the VC counselors, interns and staff about what YOU experienced at those foot washing services!

In Him,
Pastor Kevin Kinchen

You can make it IF…..

If you are a healthy person today, you need to thank God for it. If you know me I think you will agree that I’ve had my share of battles with physical afflictions. People often ask me how I handle all the major afflictions with such a positive attitude. My answer is, “Well, I tried depression but that didn’t work out for me.” But, I do know what DOES work……

1. I know God is NOT the one behind the affliction….it is the enemy, satan, who is responsible for the affliction. God is not wishy-washy! And if people have a mindset of, “IF it’s God’s will, He will heal me” then you are playing some kind of spiritual lottery. A man with leprosy told Jesus, “Lord, if You are willing, You can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing, be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. (Matt. 8:2-3) Jesus annihilates satan’s attempts!

2. I’ve found tons of promises concerning healing, and I stay focused on those promises of God; promises that are in His Word, the Bible. Jesus ALREADY paid the price and gives those who BELIEVE in Him, total and complete access to claim every promise. He (Jesus) has given us that free access….but, WE have to find the promises in the Word and believe, accept, and receive everything Jesus has for us.

3. Over the last 30-plus years, I’ve learned that, “The ONLY power the devil has is “The power WE give him when we CHOOSE to believe his words over God’s Word.” We have been given the power and the authority over the devil when we do what Jesus did. He used God’s Word when He was challenged by satan. He would say, “It is written……….” He’s given us that same authority.

4. Believe that you already HAVE your healthy body. My definition of faith is: “What you do with what you don’t have.” When I look in the mirror it’s obvious I don’t have that healthy body yet. BUT…..I CALL MYSELF HEALTHY! Why? Because God gives us His ability to create SOMETHING out of NOTHING using our WORDS; just like He did when He created the heavens and the earth and everything else.

So, since I know God is on my side, I know He wants me healthy, I’ve found and believe and receive His promises, I know my authority over satan, and I proclaim my victory by faith, as I speak His promises which creates my actual health…..with all that how could I NOT be joyful and positive? I choose to have a positive attitude. I only have bad days when I get spiritual dehydration. How do I handle that? Simple. Like a kid on a hot summer day, I apply a generous dose of my “Son-screen” (those 4 points) and reapply as needed.

Enjoy the video of healing verses and a song of restoration by my friend, Ryan Bell.

In Him,
Pastor Kevin Kinchen