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4612 cdd Heart of Compassion
Cyber Daily Devotion
Volume 19 Number 121
Scripture: Psalm 145:88
“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy” NKJV
Hello, my name is Apostle Pettie Berry from Healing, Restoring, Compassion, Worship Center. (HRCWC) in Locust Grove, Georgia. Everyone calls me Apostle Berry. I was born in Locust Grove number four of nine children. Two boys and seven girls. My dad was in construction and mom looked after us.
We were a church family when I was growing up. We were made to go to church. I was the youngest boy and all the girls fussed and watched over me. By the time I was twelve when we came home from church I would copy the preacher and the girls were the choir. We played church.
We played church for about a year with me as preacher until others in church leadership noticed and began encouraging me to become a Pastor. I said no way, once, twice and three times. Then I started running from this call.
In high school I stepped out of my preacher box and began running with the party crowd. Eventually I left school before graduation. I got a job, met my wife and we married. We had two children. I started a guy prayer group of 12 which evolved over the years and now 6 are preachers and 6 are deacons — the Lord watched over all of us.
I was still running away from my call to be a preacher. My wife became angry at me and left. I tried to reconcile with her and she shot me in the chest. She left me for dead. My whole life passed before my eyes. Then I found myself being rescued in a tunnel with an open door at the end. On the other side of the door was darkness and a very strong wind. I was being moved toward the door when it slammed shut. Then I heard “It’s not time for you to go.”
Then I stood outside my body and watched as a surgeon tried to remove the bullet from my chest. I said, “That’s not me?” “That’s not me?” “That’s not me?”
Then the surgeon moved a tube into my chest and the bullet was released into the tube. I went home coughing blood. The Lord was still watching over me and I healed and went back to my rebellious life. I learned nothing from this experience.
My rebellion and running from God continued as I was driving my car one day. I rounded a turn and my car skidded out of control, spun around seven times and hit a tree. I should have been killed instantly but for God!
I recovered from the car accident and still did not heed the warning that the Lord wanted to use me for His Kingdom.
Then I was caught red handed selling drugs for cash. I was sentenced to five years in prison. As soon as I entered prison I started attending Bible studies. I grew in the Lord. After about eleven months I told the Lord I was done running from Him and if he let me out of prison I would serve him.
Two weeks later, unsolicited by me a letter arrived from the Prison Authorities and I was released after serving just less than one year. I kept my promise. I gathered my Bible thumping friends together and we bought a 60-foot x 30-foot tent. We traveled around Georgia preaching, teaching and setting the captives free form every kind of debauchery. We did this for five years until we started a small church in Locust Grove.
Church was held in my small engine repair shop. We started small and it grew, and it grew and spilled over throughout the neighborhood. Eventually one service was not enough.
Then I met a preacher who was retiring and when we met and shook hands he said, “I have been waiting for you. Please take my church that I may retire.”
The Lord has rebuilt my entire life — My new wife is Eloise. And this new Cross is a confirmation that we are in the right place at the right time.
Our ministry is one of prayer for the sick and a heart of compassion for healing. We are here to set people free as we are defining with purpose the eight steps that each must take:
Heal – To be free from evil.
Erase – To eliminate completely.
Evict – To expel, reject, remove.
Repent – To feel sorry and contrite.
Forgive – To willingly forgive and let it go.
Replace – To restore, return and make good.
Renounce – To give up or put aside voluntarily.
Recompense – To repay, compensation and reward.
My favorite Bible verse is: Romans 8:28 “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” NKJV
This means that the greatest thing that ever happened, happened for me too when Jesus took my sins away. Jesus loved me so much that it is beyond comprehension. The Cross gives everyone a new start. I was no exception. When I met Jesus at the Cross it pieced to the depths of my soul. It was awesomely powerful! No other man has suffered and died for others like that. But my Jesus did it for me.
This Cross planted today means Jesus is alive. He Forgives and here is your new beginning no matter what you have done. You’ve heard about Jesus, now come and see for yourself what He can and will do for you.
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Prayer: Father thank you for a heart of compassion that reflects Jesus for all to witness the King of Kings. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
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