I learned through my years as a vocational minister that ministry is messy. Like, nasty, gross, heartbreakingly messy. I've sat on the couch for two hours with a young man who was holding a loaded shotgun who wanted end his life. I've stood behind a highway patrolman as he told a family that their father had been killed. I've walked with students through rape, incest, substance abuse, and much more. It's never easy but a minister's job is to be an open door, to pour God's truth into whatever situations walks through the door.
Well, just because I'm not on staff at church doesn't mean that ministry isn't messy. This weeks The Harvest story comes from a young married man in Maryland. "First off I love the show! You guys were shooting those hogs out of that helicopter and it was incredible. I have to figure out a way to do that some day! At the end you talked about how sin can start out small and then grow into something big, kinda like how the hogs have done in Oklahoma. Well, God really spoke to me about that. I don't really go to church and I really don't know who to turn to about this so I just thought I would email you and ask if you would pray for me. I'm married and I love my wife but I have a problem with pornography. My wife knows about it and it's ruining my marriage. Man, I need prayers. I also need advise on what to do. Can you help me?
Messy right? What followed was lots of emails and eventually phone calls on how to begin to replace the need for pornography and replace it with a need for Jesus. A full blown Gospel presentation and the young man's life was changed! God is in the business of taking bad situations and making beauty from ashes. This guy had grown up in church but fallen away. He used an episode about eradicating hogs to stir his heart to eradicate the sin of pornography from his life. It's amazing how God works. We through it out and let the Holy Spirit do the rest. So thankful to be used by God and that our show could help this young man overcome this sin and help save his marriage.
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Author Brad Clay is the host of Final Descent Outdoors and a licensed and ordained minister in Oklahoma. Brad served for 12yrs in vocational ministry before stepping out to do full time outdoor ministry in 2013. Brad resides in Edmond, OK and is married with four children.