Pastor Stephen's Blog
Tuesday, July 12 2022
MCKERNAN FAMILY RESPONSE OF GRATITUDE & BLESSINGS!
This is the McKernan family whom we held a benefit for back on July 3rd, 2022, and our Church and surrounding community stepped up and blessed this family in a very special way. Scott and Angie wrote up a response, and they wanted me to share with all of you. See their words below:
If you would like to bless the McKernan family with monetary gifts, you can Venmo them directly @ScottMcKernan (The last four digits of the phone number is 8272.)
Also, McKernan Ministries is back in action Praise God! Scott and Jerry McKernan post their recordings on Wednesday nights, and you can follow them on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj1wCgjgiLLIQ5cJlB85HZQ
May God Bless You All!
Friday, July 01 2022
Jambalaya Fundraiser for the McKernan's
Our Fundraiser for the McKernan Family is tomorrow, Saturday July 2nd 2022 from 11am - 130pm!
Plates are 10$ each. Just drive through Live Oak Church's FLC to pick up yours. Pre-paid Tickets are welcome but not required!
Hope to see you then!
Friday, June 24 2022
Today was a great day for the McKernan Family! Thank you all for your continued prayers!
Scott was discharged from Rehab today, and his first stop was to visit Mom - Mrs. Jina. It has been more than 5 weeks since they have seen one another, and today, they were reunited! The attached pictures that the family took definitely captured the moment! They both had intense stories to share with one another, which included emergent, ambulance rides to two different Emergency Rooms, Hospital Admissions with Intensive Care Units stays, and a lot of surgery to boot (Especially Scott!)! Even though it has been a roller coaster ride with a lot of ups and downs for the McKernan Family, the Lord has not failed them! He has never left their sides!!
Deuteronomy 31 : 6 says:
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you;
He will never leave you or forsake you."
This reunion between Mom and Son could not have been anymore awesome! Angie McKernan said, "They were soooo happy! It was so sweet." Now that Scott has crossed the threshold to the door of his own home, not only does he recognize the blessing, but he can see just how far the Lord is willing to go with him. Please continue to pray for Scott and the McKernan Family. They have made it home, but there is still a lot of recovering to do. Thank you in advance for your prayers!
Saturday, June 18 2022
Tuesday, June 14 2022
Good afternoon everyone.
A specialist visited Scott regarding the continued problems he is having with his left hand. It was confirmed that he did sustain a severe injury to his wrist and hand at the time of the accident. The plan is for him to have surgery on his left wrist on Wednesday morning (6/15/22) to fix the problem. The surgery is called a proximal row carpectomy and a carpal tunnel release. This will free up some room in there to allow the nerve to be free from compression, and prayerfully it will relieve him of the burning in his palm and his middle 3 fingers on the left side. This surgery has a 6 week recovery. Unrelated - it is believed he will be in rehab approximately 2 more weeks.
Thank you in advance for your prayers for Scott and your continued prayers for the McKernan family.
Tuesday, June 14 2022
I completely understand a lot of people want to move on as if this pandemic is over and Covid is a thing of the past. In a sense, it has calmed down for a time, but the numbers of those infected now are increasing all around us, but I'm not hearing of any precautions, warnings or updates as we have heard so many times before. Well, guess what happened yesterday? I had an elderly lady in my office telling me her story, and it helped remind me that Covid is still lingering, that this demonic disease and this total mess of a virus has not finished it's nasty course just yet! This precious women lost her husband in May of 2022 to this terrible disease, and although he was not 100% healthy, he was triple vaccinated, and he had not completely recovered from his chemotherapy and radiation treatment for lung cancer. This stupid virus had more to say in their steadfast, Christian lives. Mr. Gary made it all the way through chemo and radiation for lung cancer treatment, and he even rang the bell in accomplishment of toughing it out and finishing his course in faith, only to succumb to this demonic virus that has been so eager to wreck the lives of anyone it can!
I am here to tell you "Keep Fighting!" "Do Not Give Up!" Our fight is not over!! You will know when the fight is over, so in the meantime fight the good fight of faith like never before! Stand Firm in the Word of God, and Trust that He will Redeem You! He will Relieve You once and for all when the time comes, and I do not believe it is too far in the distant future! He is not finished with His work here on earth especially in the Age of Grace that we are living in! He will let us know WHEN that time comes, so in the meantime, we have to keep fighting, we have to keep perservering, we have to keep being the salt and the light, and we have to keep leading people in the right direction and that is up!
Please continue to pray for the lost in Jesus' Name, and strive to leave your mark on this earth for His Glory!
Wednesday, June 08 2022
Wednesday, June 01 2022
I was able to check in on Scott McKernan this evening as he is recovering from his accident that occurred two weeks ago tonight. He moved to rehab this past Sunday, and they have been working with him since then, in order to strengthen him and help him return to baseline. Although he suffered some major injuries especially to his right femur and his left shoulder, apparently he has severe carpal tunnel syndrome causing terrible burning pain to his left hand. Please be praying that the Lord will put this fire out in Jesus’ name, so that he can rest and focus more on his recovery.
I have attached a picture of us together and him with his new prayer quilt - compliments of the Piecemakers at Live Oak Church! The quilt and the love that came with it, really encouraged him, and the horse-pattern and horse-power that came with it really refueled him for a continued good fight of faith on the rehabilitation unit! He and Angie wanted to thank everybody for their prayers and support during this trying time.
Update on Mrs. Jina - She is doing much better. She was able to go home over the weekend, and things seem to be moving in the right direction now. Thank you all for your prayers. Please keep them up now and in the days to come.
Monday, May 23 2022
Hello my friends. I hope this message finds you well.
Update as of Wednesday, May 25, 2022:
I made a pastoral care visit with Mrs. Jina in the latter part of the morning at her home. We had a really good visit. I was able to go over some good grief materials we hand out and use in our Grief Support Group, and we closed our pleasant meeting with prayer. As I left and headed towards church, I received a call from Jerry stating that something is wrong with mom, and could I go check with her. I turned around, made it to her home, and came in to find her in severe respiratory distress. She was breathing nearly 40 times a minute and her lungs were filled with fluid, and it all happened suddenly within 30 minutes me leaving from our last visit. Acadian came and rushed her the hospital. She was admitted to ICU where she is stable but not out of the woods by any means. This is devastating to the family, so please be praying hard for Mrs. Jina McKernan and the entire McKernan family too.
Together, these two brothers Jerry and Scott make up
MCKERNAN MINISTRIES - Feats of Strength to Further His Kingdom
Check out their YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mckernan+ministries
Sunday, May 22 2022
When we lose a loved one or friend, it always leaves us feeling one of two ways. We either feel like they have been taken from us or stripped away, or we may feel like we have been left behind – like they have gone away and left us. Either way, we feel hurt, we feel alone and we feel like we have a hole in our heart in the area that they once filled.
By March 1st, 2021, the death toll from the COVID-19 virus had risen to over five hundred thousand in the United States. Since February of 2020, I have conversed with many patients who had the virus that we were treating as well as a countless number of others who were family or friends of those same patients. Many times, I was the advocate for the patient, and I would serve as the go-between or spokesperson keeping the family updated with their need to know. In return, I would pass the patient the information and any belongings the family wanted the patient to have. For the last two years, I have worked with a wide range of medical professionals dealing with the virus, and we discussed the related symptoms, the various treatments and even the cases of those who died while under care. All of this information has proven to be so valuable and something you cannot put a price tag on. Now, I can use what I have learned to help so many others out there who have questions, who are unsettled and those who are struggling to obtain closure if they have experienced loss.
Understanding this virus from a variety of perspectives has been a true blessing and gift from God. It is not something I asked for, or even wanted to be honest, but it was something I was given. First, being a frontline nurse and caregiver has truly been an honor. This has been a call on my life since I was a child, and no matter what the sickness, being a caregiver and working to make any situation better has been my life’s mission—one patient and one family at a time. With that said, I now have the unique perspective of being a COVID-19 survivor too, having been a patient who had a severe case of the virus, with two emergent ambulance transports from home to the hospital, having two intensive care unit admissions and having had experienced the various breathing devices used to help those in respiratory failure— the vapotherm, the BiPAP, and even being intubated and put on the ventilator for more than a week. Lastly, I have been leading a grief support group and constantly ministering and providing pastoral care to the many families in our church and surrounding communities that have lost a loved one or friend. Serving in the roles of a nurse, pastor and patient in dealing with COVID-19, has given me a full multidimensional perspective, and I give glory to God for it all.
It has been a year and a half since my fierce battle with this demonic virus. My life is a testimony of what God can do with the worst of trials. Since wrestling with COVID, I am spiritually stronger now than I have ever been before. I trust God more, and I can usually see Him clearly in most all situations. If you have suffered loss, whether it was related to COVID-19 or any other disease or accident, I know you may feel it is dark, lonely and cold, but in due time, I assure you God will shine His light on your situation and call you out of this fog. Your grief is perfectly normal. It is a process, and it will be a journey. God will teach you some valuable lessons on your journey if you stay close to Him, and you allow Him to lead the way. If you are a family member or friend who is grieving right now due to the death of someone you loved, and you have been left behind on this side of heaven separated from them, my heart truly goes out to you. My prayers are with you, and I hope and pray my book has helped you.
Psalm 139:13-17 says, God ordains our days, and He has written them in His book before one of them came to be. I am so blessed now that I fully understand and constantly remember this verse. We are still here because the Lord is not finished with us yet. He will let us know when He is ready for either one of us. In the meantime, I challenge you get up each morning thanking the Lord for another day. Get dressed, be productive, and make things happen in Jesus’s name. Any guilt, shame or remorse you may have lingering, release it all to your heavenly Father and ask that He remove these burdens from you. Use your anxieties, your feelings of helplessness, and your deep pain caused by your loved one’s absence; bind it all together in prayer and ask the Lord to use it as fuel for the Holy Spirit’s fire inside of your life, so you will have the strength you need to tell your story and help others. I know it is hard, and I know it hurts. The Lord is right there with you with His arms opened wide. He wants you to come to Him. He is one prayer away. Talk to Him—He knows everything about you. Read His Word—it is full of faith, hope and love. Be comforted by the Scriptures—they were written for you. Find a good Bible-based Church to attend. Find a faith-based grief group in your area to connect with. All of these things will help ensure your successful journey, and God’s amazing work in your life.
Be Blessed My Friends.