From Pain to Power – Dr. Ron Archer

The “Trick” Baby by The Gideons International

Dr. Ron Archer’s testimony:

At the age of ten, living in the ghetto in Cleveland, Ohio, I held a gun to my head. I was ready to fire a bullet and end my life.

Fortunately for me, the gun had a hidden safety feature that I did not know about. The gun would not fire.

Why would a ten-year-old boy want to die?

The age of ten should be filled with dreams of becoming a football player, an astronaut, an explorer or a movie star.

I just wanted to die. But God had another plan.

A Family Comes Unraveled

My grandmother was an immigrant from Germany. And my grandfather was an immigrant from Cuba. It was in Cleveland, Ohio where they met and married. They had three boys and four girls.

Through a series of events, including a fight, my grandfather was convicted of attempted murder and was sentenced to prison.

When the story of his crime hit the newspapers, my grandmother lost her job.

Being a strong German mother, she began to work odd jobs such as cleaning bathrooms to support her seven children. But soon, she lost her health and was unable to work.

She had five operations, which left her maimed and deeply depressed. The family lost everything and was thrown into the streets.

My mother was the oldest of their children. She was stunning in appearance and was often told she looked like Elizabeth Taylor. A pimp in the community heard of her and offered my mother money just to have dinner with his male clients.

Eventually this led to her performing other favors for these clients and at the age of 14, my mother became a professional call girl.

Her three brothers had become heroin addicts and joined a gang called, “The Devil’s Disciples.”

With a father in prison, a mother in ailing health and no place to call “home,” the children’s lives were becoming unraveled. They fell prey to prostitution, drugs and violence.

Surviving Despite The Circumstances

At age 16, as a hardened call girl, my mom became pregnant with a baby conceived with one of her “tricks,” as they were called. Her pimp made it clear there was no time to have a baby because it would get in the way of his making money from her.

After several abortion attempts, my mother eventually gave birth.

Born prematurely with no pancreas, under-developed lungs and other physical deformities, the baby was not wanted and almost died of pneumonia.

That unwanted baby was me.

When I began school I was diagnosed with learning disabilities. I was a severe stutterer. I often saw my mom beaten by her clients. Many times they would beat me, as well.

By the age of ten I wanted to die.

Tragedy Turns Into Triump

In 1973 my life changed when my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Spears, volunteered to be my speech coach. She was a kind Christian lady who had no children. She gave me a Bible.

As part of my speech therapy, I would read the Bible aloud into a tape recorder. I have since learned that this Bible was a Hotel Bible that had been placed by The Gideons International.

Until then, I had never held a Bible in my hand.

I read this Bible every day for a full year. I read about a stutterer named Moses whom God used to bring people out of bondage. I read about a young shepherd boy who beat Goliath with a slingshot and a stone.

I began to understand from the reading of my Gideon Bible that God uses those who have been wounded very deeply.

I began to understand that life can be a mess, but with His help it can become a message.

I became a scholar, student body president and a young pastor. With that same Gideon Bible, I preached messages of hope and healing that led my mother, sister, grandmother, grandfather and other relatives to Christ through my church.

Bishop Ron Archer

Today with that same Gideon Bible, the Lord has helped me plant churches, preach revivals, author five books, host TV programs, advise world leaders and lead peace-keeping efforts in Africa and India. Hundreds of thousands have heard the gospel message because of that one Bible.

May God bless The Gideons International through the continued placement of His Word.

Yes I was born a “trick baby.” But through that one Gideon Bible, the real trick was on the devil.

This article was taken off the internet published February 22, 2013 by The Gideons International

This is my personal invitation to you:

A life transforming weekend with Dr. RON ARCHER – FRIDAY 14th September at 6pm and SUNDAY 16th September, 2018 at 7am, 10:30am, and 6:30pm

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EVERY LIFE is important to God…in the face of all odds he survived to tell his story.

There’s no pain that God cannot feel…there’s no hurt that He cannot heal. ALL THINGS work together for God’s purposes.

No matter whatever we are going through …God can use the pain and turn it to power. He can turn wounds into wisdom and failure to fortune.

What’s Your Thorn?

A thorn is a SHARP spike that protrudes from the stem of a plant. Roses are famous for having the sharpest thorns.

Paul the Apostle speaks of a “thorn in the flesh” that he called a “messenger of Satan”. My thought about anyone or anything being a “messenger of Satan” is quite disturbing to me.

All of us can relate to having thorns in our sides. Those annoying situations that stir up strife and discord in the family, at work, in the community, and in our private lives.

When we are experiencing a ‘thorn in the flesh’ people must see the supernatural strength of God flowing through us. For when we are weak, God promises to make us strong.

No one enjoys living with a painful situation… but that same pain is what will bring about God’s purpose in our lives. We must choose to become purpose driven and not pain driven.

We all have many reasons why we feel that we should not have to live with a difficult situation…but the truth is…God is more concerned with building our character which unfortunately takes a lifetime. But every day with Jesus gets sweeter than the day before.

In my personal life I’ve had days, months, years… when I felt like running away from ‘sharp spikes’ in my side that were very persistent and painful. But the truth is, I cried to God to remove the sharp spikes, but instead He gave me overwhelming amount of grace and strength to live with the pain making me into the woman I’m today.

So I put on my game face, muster up my strength, pray until something happens, knowing fully well that His grace is sufficient, and my strength will continue to be increased making me into a woman of greater influence…and I will not think I’m better than anyone.

Legacy

What are we telling our children or what are we not telling our children?

We are to tell our children that God is faithful and true in everything that He says and does. We can count on His promises – we tell them …then they will tell their children…and their children another generation.

Carrying on legacy demands that we share stories from past generations and ensure that the family values are passed down to future generations. People that do great things often leave behind a legacy.

It doesn’t happen by chance….otherwise it will die. It’s intentional.

Whatever we withhold will die. Whatever we share will live.

Our homes are in shambles and joy and gladness are cut off before our eyes…because no one is taking the initiative to teach the next generation.

Fools despise wisdom and instruction but wise people want to learn more, so they listen closely to gain wisdom.

We are living in desperate times. Immorality is rampant, and there’s a lack of respect in our homes killing off the next generation.

Our destiny and our children’s destiny are in our hands. Who is teaching our children? I hope that I can leave a legacy that my grandchildren will carry on.

Things we should be teaching our children:

If we think we are fooling God, we are only fooling ourselves. We will reap whatever we sow

Stop comparing yourself with others. Just look at your own work to see if you have done anything to be proud of. You must accept responsibilities for your choices

Bad things should happen to bad people, and good things should happen to good people. But sometimes bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people. This is not fair. It is still better to obey and respect God. Period.

There’s no one on earth who does good and never sins…but wisdom can make one person stronger than ten mighty men

It is better to be happy with what you have than to always want more and more. Always wanting more is like a bottomless pit – you will never be satisfied

Always remember that the LORD is with you. He is close by your side, so nothing can defeat you. Even at nights, He gives clear instructions.

Give up, Give in, or Give it all You’ve got…

I’m so happy that I was born long before the social media culture became a fad, before cell phones replaced quality family time, and when the internet was unheard of.

I’m grateful that I had a chance to build a firm foundation where integrity and family values played a significant part of my early years.

Those were days when our friends and neighbors were not our competitors. The truth is, those who had less than us played at our home, and those who had more – yep…they also played at our home.

I credit my Mom for building us a safe haven where everyone felt at home in our home.

The only pressure I had growing up was to hold fast to my spiritual values which was a very easy task since my siblings and friends shared the same values.

My confidence was nurtured by my amazing mother who understood without a doubt the value of her children maintaining a personal relationship with God…and she made it her priority.

Without a second thought – it is the only reason why I avoided having an identity crisis in my life.

If our values become twisted or bent out of shape; if we need to wear masks to hide our secrets; if we compromise our values to become part of the crowd…then there will be pieces of our lives that will never fit together leaving us feeling helpless and unhappy.

Our happiness is understanding that we have the power to choose what to accept and what we need to let go.

The secret to maintaining our peace is to turn down the volume of negative emotions and thoughts. Find your tribe and keep loving them. If you find yourself not blooming – change your environment. Time waits on no one – this life will soon be past.

I have proven over and over again that when I pray about everything – God gives me peace.

Knock Knock Who’s There? Friday!!!

Friday is the day when you are grateful that you made it through the week in one piece. It’s when we wait to exhale and get our smiles on.

Get ready to smile…

Dear whoever is reading this, I hope you have a reason to smile today.

Thanks for an awesome week with you. Without YOU there’s no ME.

Have a fabulous weekend and see you again on Monday.

What Comes Next after Godly Parenting

The awesome privilege we have as parents is the ability to guide our children in the right direction until they reach the age of accountability.

Bonus – to see them branch off into various pathways still keeping the path no matter how long and winding the road may have been.

Someone once said,

“The difference between school and life is that in school, we are taught a lesson and then given a test.

In life, you are given a test which teaches you a lesson.”

The truth is: Not all our children will stay on the same road that they started off. Some may take detours leading them to Pride Rock – a place where conflict, chaos, and miscalculations can jeopardize their future.

If perchance our adult children chooses to go on unfamiliar roads…we must daily remind ourselves that it’s totally out of our control. We didn’t cause it… it’s not our fault. We can’t change it, only God can. We can’t fix it, unless they want to.

Life gives a test and lessons are learned.

We pray that Jesus Christ Himself comforts and strengthens us in every good thing we say and do. God loved us and gave us His grace and comfort that has no end.

Stand strong and continue to believe the teachings that we gave them when they were with us. No parent is perfect. Our children make their own choices.

Bring More Laughter into Your Life – No, It’s NOT Friday

The easiest way to block stress is to learn to laugh more. Laughter is good for the heart and creates a positive state of mind.

After reading all that’s going wrong in the world, don’t skip the comics. A funny joke stays with you for the rest of the day.

Apreciate your friends who take time to share a joke, or two with you. It’s love in disguise.

Regardless of your age, your wealth, or lifestyle, things are good and life is better when you laugh.

In a Nursery School Canteen…
There’s a basket of apples with a notice written over it :
“Do not take more than one, God is watching”
On the other counter there’s a box of chocolates.

A small child went & wrote on it.
“Take as many as you want, God is busy watching the apples”…

Lesson – NEVER ACT SMART WITH Today’s Generation..!.! 😜😜

KID :- Why some of your hair are white dad…?
DAD : – Every time you make me unhappy , one of my hair turns white…
KID :- Now understand why grandpa’s hairs are all white…

Moral :- Don’t be over smart…
😪😪

Child : Mummy why Gandhi has no hair on his head…?
Mummy : Because he speak only truth…
Child : Now I understood why ladies have long hair…

Oops 😜😜😜

Teacher: How old is your father?
Kid: He is 6 years.
Teacher: What? How is this possible?
Kid: He became father only when I was born.

Logic!!👌😳

A bus full of housewives going on a picnic, fell into a river, all died .
Each husband cried for a week ,
one husband continued for more than two weeks !!!
When asked did he miss his wife so much ?
He replied miserably :
No my wife missed the bus !!!

😜😜😜😜😂😂

Dont laugh alone, share with others…