Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.

       Today as a celebrate a milestone in my life I give praise and honor to a person that has been instrumental in my life The Rockfor the last 26 years. That person is Dr. Dana Caron. Dr. Caron came into my life around the last quarter of 1987 after I arrived in Austin, TX to address a 10 year drug problem. Dr. Carson was in school at the time and as I remember it was traveling back and forth to school. Even though he was traveling he was about to embrace me in a way that no other spiritual leader has.  I said that to say, he was able to pour into me the wisdom of God on a level that I have rarely encountered. This is no discredit to other spiritual leaders because every leader has a certain gift and his gift is extraordinary.

This brings me to my first point of using the passage Jeremiah 3:15 is that the pastor that God gives has to have the heart of God. We know that God’s heart is evangelism. This was demonstrated when members of Praise Tabernacle were on sixth street witnessing the gospel that night I was on my way to possibly get into some more trouble. This has to do with knowledge and understanding because providing the wisdom to be able to communicate the plan of God is a lost art in the church today. Just think, dose the church that you attend now teach you how to evangelize or do you just hear about it in a message over the pulpit. Hum??? OK, I know people don’t do that anymore. But food for thought, they were killing people for preaching Jesus in the times that we read about. There were wars, homosexuality, politics, people trying to make money, false prophets, and all the things that you deal with on a daily bases but yet they felt that they needed to do it. Just went on a bike ride, I’m back.

My second point is ” to feed you”, I think you Dr. Carson for you constant feeding. Day and night you inhaled the things of God and you made sure that you communicated the things of God to us. At that time in my life I was like a sponge that had been emptied of all the junk that was in me. You filled me with the things of God. As a result, my life has continued to prosper. I don’t have enough time to share all the blessing that God has sent my way and continues to release in my life. As I continue to work to manifest that thing that God has called me to do, the solid foundation that was laid years ago keeps me stable in life, in faith, and in career.

Thanks Dr. Carson

About Marlon Martin

Marlon Martin first turned his life over to the care of God in 1987 when he attended an alcohol and drug treatment center. Through his commitment and service to God, he was delivered from a 10 year drug addiction. Equipped with the word of God, Marlon returned to the field of addiction where he was trained as a License Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). He worked as an LCDC at the Austin Recovery Center, while at the same time working as a counselor at Praise Tabernacle where he helped establish their Restoration Recovery Class. He also worked at a non-profit organization, ACTS (Assisting Communities Toward Success) where he was the program director of their counseling center, Soterion. As founder of MK Martin Ministries Inc., Marlon has been working with rural churches by establishing their presence on the internet and teaching the members how to have a greater commitment to the Lord and better service to their local church. Marlon has worked to serve his community for the last 26 years. He has volunteered with public and private facilities such as drug and alcohol treatment centers, local schools, and local prison facilities. In the past 17 years, through preaching and teaching, Marlon has assisted the men at the Travis County Community Justice Center where he has had the privilege of seeing hundreds of men turn their lives over to God. Since then, Marlon has joined forces with the Carl Vance Unit in Sugar Land, TX to assist with a class on marriage through “The InnerChange Freedom Initiative” and has been certified by the State of Texas to work with those who are in the criminal Justice system as a “Certified Criminal Justice Addiction Professional”. With his passion for the things of God and through God’s favor, Marlon has truly strengthened the body of Christ.

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