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“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28
Standing Firm

Welcome to the Lord’s Gym Ministries’ blog. Here you will find updates on the good things God is doing in Cincinnati and the Greater Tir-state area. You’ll also find words of encouragement and learn about how you can have a part in God’s grand plan for our community.

Give Your All

"Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, 'Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.'" Mark 12:43-44

Anette or “Auntie” as she’s known at Lord’s Gym is quite a lady. She doesn’t have much but what she does have she’ll share. She has time, she’ll give you that whether it be in the form of sitting and chatting at the Price Hill Family Activity Center or traveling by bus to downtown Cincinnati to make sure her “less fortunate friends” have something to eat or the resources they need.

Auntie is a sweet woman. A loving woman. She’s had a tough go of things. Several years ago she lost one of her sons to the the streets. That’s why, she says, she does what she does. She spends her time helping others — giving them all she has in hopes their lives will change.

Auntie’s way of life is much like that of a widow woman that Jesus makes note of in Mark 12:41-44. The Scripture reads: “Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

“Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.'”

What an absolutely beautiful gift. This gift is truly from the heart because it’s so self-sacrificing. It’s also reminiscent of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, as well as the sacrifice He calls us to make — to live for Him. To live for Him means to follow His example to love and give selfishly of ourselves. Thank you Auntie, for the reminder.

If you’d like to become a part of the Lord’s Gym Ministries mission to transform lives for the glory of God, visit www.LordsGymMinistries.org. Learn how you can volunteer and give. Please, remember us in prayer, that’s the No. 1 thing you can do for our ministry.

Three Things Jesus Was Thankful For

What Jesus was thankful for...

Prayer: “So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard me. I know that You always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that You sent Me.'” John 11: 41-42

Wow. Have you ever stopped to think about how amazing it is to be able to pray to God? Through prayer we have a direct connection to build a relationship to the Almighty – the very Creator of the heavens and earth. What a beautiful thing.

Daily Provision: “And He directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He game thanks and broke the loaves…” Matthew 14:19 

“Then He took the seven loaves and the fish, and when He had given thanks, He broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people.” Matthew 15:36

We need to follow Jesus’ example and rely on the Lord for His daily provision for our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. We also need to give thanks and praise for all He has given. Remember, it’s not about getting everything we want. It’s about getting what we need. Sustainment from the Lord God, our Father.

The cross: “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to His disciples saying, ‘Take and eat; this is My body.’ Then He took a cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you.'” Matthew 26:26-27

Jesus knew what was about to come. He, however, accepted God’s will and He saw the big picture. His sacrifice would save the world. “For God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Honoring Our Panthers

Let's Go Panthers...

Last week Lord’s Gym Ministries held a banquet honoring the Panthers football players and cheerleaders. It was an exciting night for the kids and their parents, as well as the coaches.

“It was a great season,” said Chaplain CJ. “We were honored to serve the kids and community. Challenges came but we overcame, and we had a blast.”

For parents like Katie, who had three of her children in the program, the season meant a lot.

“My sone wants to be a professional football player,” she said. “So, he had to be apart of the program this year. It’s really a great thing. It gets the kids out of the house, outside and keeps them from trouble. I’ve noticed a difference in my kids, a big difference.”

For the players like Saul it’s all about having fun – and learning some great life skills.

“I learned how to hike the ball,” he said. “My favorite thing is tackling though. And I made friends.”

Wayne, 8, said he enjoyed all the activity, especially running and hiking the ball.

“I like the coaches a lot,” he said.

Another mother, Kayla said the football program has created a community.

“It’s really brought everyone – parents and kids – together,” she said.

Tamika who’s son was involved in the program said it’s all about making “connections.”

“The Lord’s Gym really cares about the community,” she said. “They care about my son, my family. Their support has been really good for us. The football program is a life changer. The kids aren’t bored, they’re staying out of trouble. The sport teaches them important life skills and best of all they’re learning about God through prayer and devotions.”

FAC Renovation Update

A Message From Scott Bowers...

I am excited to share with you that the second (and final) phase of the Price Hill Family Activity Center renovation project began Tuesday Oct. 19. The goal is to have it completed no later than April 18, 2022. Keep in mind that the place has been completely redesigned with a new HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, Lighting, and more structural repairs.

The end result will be a blessing to the families of Eastern and Lower Price Hill as well as the city of Cincinnati.

A Big Thank You to the investors and volunteers who made this possible.

Stay tuned for regular updates and plan to attend our open house in late spring/early summer. Stand Firm.

– Scott

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Aruna Project

From Chaplain Lynn...

By providing empowerment through employment, the Aruna Project creates lifelong freedom marked by holistic care for victims of human trafficking. Their products are crafted in freedom by skilled Artisans who are finding their voice, experiencing independence and growing with a sisterhood of others who have overcome. 
 
A good friend introduced me to former Bengals player Vinnie Rey who worked with Aruna Project in the past. Vinnie then connected me with Aruna Project CEO Ryan Berg so that we could collaborate to make an impact in human trafficking here in Cincinnati. Although we both have different challenges in our attempt to make a difference in human trafficking, what’s the SAME is that these women need their dignity and honor restored.
 
Ryan believed that one way we could accomplish this is by generously donating 60 Aruna Athletic Drawstring bags filled with hygiene kits put together by Missio Dei. We loaded a few boxes filled with these precious gifts to distribute from our STORM bus that we take out a few days during the week. A picture speaks a thousand words and you can see the joy that immediately filled our friends hearts once they received these precious bags. 

Go Tell It

A message inspired by our friend Floyd

Floyd is a big man. At first glance, his presence can be a little intimidating. But once you hear that jovial belly-shaking laugh and see that angel smile, you know He’s a man of God.

Floyd has been coming to the Covington Lord’s Gym for a year now. He’s a regular and a big help at the gym. Floyd loves the gym and encourages everyone there in their walk with the Lord.

According to Floyd, the Lord’s Gym is God’s place. “When I first came in here, I said ‘Wow!’ I could just feel the Spirit. This is the place to be cause this is where God is.” And that’s just where Floyd wants to be — walking with the Lord. His zeal is infectious. Floyd is a living and breathing example of Jesus and He said he wants to be more like Jesus everyday. He’s getting there for sure. And here’s three things we can learn from Floyd’s walk with the Lord.

  • Seek and You will find. Floyd a man in his senior years, said he thought he knew it all. Until God. “I found out I didn’t know a thing. God’s been teaching me.” The top thing he’s learned is that when you need for help… ask! “The Lord is always willing to help us. He is the Shepherd Who takes care of His flock.”
  • Put your love into action. Floyd said another thing He’s learning is to express “love for your brother and sister, not just with words, but action.
  • Tell everybody. Finally, Floyd said the Lord wants him to “tell everybody” about His love. “Jesus’ love is the most important thing.”

What are you waiting for? Seek the Lord, put His love into action and tell everybody about the love of Jesus!

Welcomed Volunteers

A Message from Chaplain Danny...

Last week we were privileged to have at the Family Activity Center in Price Hill these wonderful Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati Foundation volunteers. They helped us put the finishing touches on our center remodel starting soon! Thanks to my great friend and brother Daniel Minera, Executive Director for including us on Hispanic Volunteer Day.
God is good! We invite you to take part in the good things our good God is doing in Price Hill. To volunteer, visit https://lordsgymministries.org/volunteer/

A Comeback Story

From Chaplain Lynn in Price Hill...

Everybody loves a come back story and my guy Robert Reynolds is a come back story in the making. After being beat down by life and taking a few heavy blows from some bad decisions, Robert is now making right his wrongs. He is currently working full time and has his own place and vigorously training several a days a week desiring to make it as professional boxer. Robert is a true example of what we mean when we say “the Lord’s Gym is where people grow STRONG in the Lord”.
Many churches often do well when it comes to salvations and baptisms. Both of these are very important however discipleship many times is put on the back burner because of the hard and sometimes dirty work of walking along side of someone and investing in their spiritual growth. Pastor Tom Sherwood of People’s Church House2House however loves rolling up his sleeves and being intentional about discipleship with our friends at the Lord’s Gym. I remember one of our friends asking Tom who he was and what makes him important, maybe this post speaks to that to some degree ☺️

Sowing the Seed

From Chaplain Danny...

Coach Chris gave the devotional and Assitant Coach Leon did the closing prayer.🙏🏾🏈
Title: “Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭41:1‬ ‭(NIV‬‬)
The kids read heard King David’s regard for Mephibosheth, a crippled man. David allowed Mephibosheth to always eat at the King’s table. (2 Sam. 9)
The kids discussed other ways they can have regard for the weak: standing up for kids who are bullied and respecting grandparents.

Meet STORM Chaplain Lynn

Leaving the 99; seeking the one...

Meet STORM Chaplain Lynn

Chaplain Lynn, 43, came to the Lord’s Gym came to the Lord’s Gym Ministries several months ago. He is the chaplain of our mobile ministry — STreet OutReach Ministry that serves women trapped in human trafficking.

“The STORM ministry is by far the most exciting part of working for the Lord’s Gym,” Lynn said. “It’s something about ‘literally’ leaving the 99 to go after the ONE and reminding them of their worth, value and how much they’re loved no matter how stuck they feel in the pig’s pen of addiction and prostitution.” 

Lynn said he came to Cincinnati with his wife and two daughers to work at Lord’s Gym Ministries because God showed Him how and where he needed to serve. Previously, he was working on a youth ministry in Northwest Florida, with a ministry I worked with in Cincinnati some years ago.

“I didn’t see it before, but I clearly see it now, Jesus started His ministry declaring He was anointed to ‘preach to the poor’ and as He was ending His ministry, He reminded us of the importance of ‘the least of these,’” he said. “If serving them were important to Jesus then serving them should be important to me.”

Lynn said that he accepted Christ at about age 12. After wrestling with the call of God on his life as a teenager, however, he finally “surrendered” to Christ at 19.

He said that Psalm 27 is his go to book of the Bible and “just so I didn’t forget I have it tatted on my left forearm.”

Pslam 27

“The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.

One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.
For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me;
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not leave me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation.
When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the Lord will take care of me.

Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.

Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!”

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