■ Johnny R. Woodard IV / Contributed
For anyone that has been rejected, cast aside, put-down, called crazy by family members while having low self-esteem, dealt with homelessness, struggled with drug and alcohol use, or is confused about which way to turn in this life, I’m called to tell you that Jesus Christ is the answer. I experienced all of those things at some point in my life before I gave my life over to Jesus Christ.
Now, I am not perfect by any means, but without Christ, I would not be close to where I am now. So first—before I even address myself—I must first give all the glory and honor to God my Father, and to my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
I was recovered by Jesus Christ. I couldn’t change my mindset or life on my own for the better, but Jesus Christ did.
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6 KJV).
For when we were lost, Jesus Christ died for us, but he did not stay dead, he is alive! And through him, we can live! We’re recovered through Jesus Christ!
I am redeemed by Jesus Christ. I tried to redeem and restore myself. I only made things worse on my own.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 KJV).
When I finally decided to totally allow the Lord’s hands to shape and mold me, I was redeemed and restored through him.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 KJV).
Redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, and redeemed by living our lives by faith in Christ Jesus. Redeemed, renewed and revived into a new creature through Christ Jesus.
“But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;” (2 Corinthians 1:9-10 KJV).
I am delivered by Jesus Christ every day. I choose Christ Jesus every day and it is truly about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who is our Lord and savior. He came here for all, lived for all, died for all, and rose for all victoriously.
We are dead in ourselves, but in Christ Jesus, we are alive and delivered!
RRDM’s mission is to recover the lost, hurt, broken and confused, so people can be redeemed through the blood of Jesus Christ and the word of God.
Our vision is to see God change lives from the ways of the world’s darkness to the marvelous light of Jesus Christ. By showing God’s love, compassion, and patience, we teach them how to share the love of Jesus Christ with others.
I am a simple servant of Jesus Christ that just wants to obey him.
I’m not doing anything special. I’m performing my reasonable service because I owe Jesus Christ my life.
So, I belong to him. I am called by God to transfer that same mindset to others. You are still loved to the highest degree by someone special, someone who says he will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5 KJV). Someone, who says I knew you before you were made in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5 KJV), and even in your short comings (Romans 3:23 KJV), I still died for you (John 3:16-17 KJV). I still advocate to the Father for you, because I still love you.
That someone is Jesus Christ.
So before I go, I want to thank some people in San Jacinto/Hemet area. When our family moved here in July 2013, these wonderful people received us with open arms and have been a blessing to us ever since:
Pastor Lowell and Audrey Thomas (Lighthouse Christian Church), Pastors Richard and Brandy Garcia, San Jacinto Unified School District, Valley Restart Shelter, San Jacinto Councilman Scott Miller, John Norman, Bishop Julian and Pastor La Keisha Richards (Going Beyond the 4 Walls Ministry), Pastor Mee Mee Taylor (Remnant of God Outreach Center), Pastor Willie and Alexia Oliver (Grace and Truth Worship Ministry), Steven Rose, Valerie Evans, Pastor Larry and Sheila Diggs (Light Of Hope Community Church), George’s Pizza, The Valley Chronicle, Namerrs Signs and Printers, The Community Pantry, Hope Foods, Cornerstone Church and Hemet Baptist Church.
And just like you have gone out, we’re going out, to bless others in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Son of the living God.
One last thing, we’re having an event from 6 – 10 p.m. on April 30 at George’s Pizza, 2920 E. Florida Ave., Hemet. It is our We Reppin’ the Gospel Karaoke Contest Fundraiser, so please come, participate and enjoy. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information, please call Sister La Verne at 951-487-5375.
Love you all in Jesus Christ’s name.
Johnny R. Woodard IV became the Pastor of Recovered Redeemed Delivered Ministry (RRDM) in San Jacinto in February 2017. Woodard also served in the U.S. Navy. He and his family moved to the San Jacinto/Hemet area in July 2013 where he started as a parent volunteer at the San Jacinto preschool. In September 2013, he graduated from People Helping People Christian Outreach Ministry Bible College & Minister In Training Program and was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In 2015, Woodard received the San Jacinto Unified School District’s Parent/Volunteer of the Year Award.