vision and make it plain..." Habakkuk 2:2
I was challenged 30 years ago by the great truth - “heal the broken-hearted,
and...set at liberty those that are bruised.” This truth became the vision and
foundational principle of this ministry. And so, the word “liberty” became the
hallmark of the ministry name.
My passion for the immediate years ahead is to see the Liberty Vision modeled by
Liberty Christian Fellowship - reaching out in love and compassion to those in
need by means of the various Liberty Ministries.
Having travelled in more than 75 countries of the world, I have observed one common denominator - human hurt! Everywhere people are hurting for one reason or another.
In Luke 4:18 we read that Jesus was anointed “to preach the gospel to the poor; to
heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those that are bruised....”
Our lovely Lord has not changed! He still touches and heals lives today, and binds up broken hearts.
However, He blesses others through us!
He has no hands but our hands to touch and heal the broken in heart, in mind, in body and in soul. He has no feet but our feet, to go into the towns and cities and find the
wounded and bruised and bring hope and healing to them. He has no eyes to see the
poor and down-trodden but our eyes. He has no ears to hear the cry of the
lonely, disappointed and disillusioned but our ears. He has no voice but our voice to speak words of encouragement to those who are
grieving the loss of family, friends and home. He has no voice but our voice to bring comfort to those distraught parents, whose
marriages are in need of hope and healing, and whose children have fallen prey to
drugs and alcohol - so many Families are in trouble! Are we willing to to speak words of comfort to those who are grieving the loss of
family, friends and loved ones? Are we willing to use our hands and feet to go and minister to those who have fallen prey to the destructive influences of drugs and alcohol?
Are we willing……?
The Bible clearly teaches, that
as we bless others, we are blessed!
The Lord Jesus on one occasion was criticized by the Scribes and the Pharisees. They said, “This man eateth and drinketh with sinners.” Little did they realize that they gave Him a great compliment; for He said, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” It is so very wonderful to realize that the Lord God of heaven and earth would eat and drink with the poor and the downtrodden – the Sinners!
All people long to be loved, accepted and forgiven by both God and Man!
The Bible says, “…when Jesus saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them…” – Matthew 9:36. The organized church must make a greater impact on this generation – to do so, it too must be moved with compassion and aspire to the greater challenges confronting us. Over fifty years of ministry, I have received some criticism as most have, and I can say thank God it has been mostly constructive. I have also received many compliments and most of them genuine I believe. However, the greatest compliment I ever received was from my good friend Pastor David Struggnel, who when introducing me as the speaker for the Sunday evening service at his Church in Surrey, introduced me not as Dr. Steeves, but as Mr. Compassion. I can truly say this was the greatest compliment I have ever received!
Let us all pray and strive as best we can to follow our Lord’s example of compassionate service!
Most hurting people do not want sympathy or pity, but rather just to know that someone cares!
“We worship Him best when we serve Him most” – Mother Theresa
People don’t really care how much we know, until they know how much we care. Our generation will only come to God, when it see new demonstrations of the great love of God in practical ways!
Dr. Duane F. Steeves, DD
Liberty World Ministries is the practical expression of the vision and the call!