“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
I remember growing up, playing football and listening to RUN DMC. I loved both of them and went out of my way to learn more about them. I even dressed like RUN DMC with an Adidas jogging suit and gym shoes. I wanted to be like them.
Today, thinking about that time in my life came to me as I read Romans 5:8. God knew us before we were born and He loved us. Even when we turned our back on Him he still loved us and gave His son to die for us. This prompted me to ask myself, do I love Christ? I answered: I do! Then I asked myself, what do I know about Him?
- I know God created the world and everything in it. (Gen 1;1)
- I know that God gave His son Jesus to die so that I may live (John 3:16)
- I know that the only way to God is through His son Jesus Christ (John 3:3)
- I know that Jesus did nothing for Himself, only His Father’s will (John 6:38)
- I know that Jesus is my Savior (2 Sam 22:3)
- I know that I’m nothing without Jesus (John 5:15)
- I know that Jesus is humble (John 13:1-5), a Healer (Matt 4:23) and a Deliverer (Ps 18:2)
- I know that by grace I am saved through faith (Eph. 2:8)
I do not know everything about our Father, but I do know that with Him I have victory (1 John 5:4). Our father is showing me new things about Him every day and I am grateful. Today He shows me mercy and compassion as our relationship grows (Lam. 3:22-23). I am learning to depend on Him more and more, and my love for Him is growing stronger and stronger. The more he shows me, the more I know about Him, and the more I know about Him the more I love Him and the more I love Him, the more I serve- Thank you Jesus!
Yours in Jesus,
George Kevin Walker
“Swimming in Sorrow”
I swim in sorrow.
I drown in sin.
I lived for self.
I now die alone.
I long for freedom.
I pray for Grace.
I wish for anywhere.
I’m swimming in sorrow.
Drowning in my sin.
Heaven help me,
From the pain I have within.
by Evans Karson
“Never Mind the Darkness”
Never mind the sorrow and pain.
Never mind the Darkness.
Never mind the heartache and shame.
Never mind the Darkness.
For the light we seek is
Right before our blinded eyes
So now I never…mind
by Evans Karson
L. Hunter Tokar – Salvation Testimony
In November of 2005, at the age of 39, I died. It happened in a 6’x8′ super max cell at the Oakland county jail, where I was locked up once again and this time or several serious violent crimes.
The battle for my life began almost immediately upon me being placed in that cell. Honestly I was sure that I would take my last breath right there. Life for me was over, I had hurt everyone who had ever showed love toward me. For 20 years I wreaked havoc on several people’s lives from Detroit to Traverse City. If I could have stayed away from me, I would have. I had every opportunity in my life, raised by loving parents and never going without what I needed. I was the father of 2 beautiful boys whom I am proud to call my sons, and at the time of the arrest I was involved in the most amazing relationship of my life, with the most incredible woman I had ever known. Now that was all gone and I made provisions to die. I constructed a noose out of a piece of my bed sheet and tested it several times. No question it would work. That same day a religious volunteer just showed up and gave me a bible, so I began to read it. The battle had begun. The words began to come alive. I had read some of the bible before but this was different. I began to speak to God out loud and he began to speak to me through His word. And then after weeks of battling, it happened I gave up and I died. I surrendered. I don’t know the exact moment but I know it happened. It wasn’t the death I had planned it was the death God demands – to our old self (Romans 6:6). I didn’t stop breathing, but it was as if I began to breathe for the very first time. There was no one there to “witness” to me. There was no one there to lead me in a “salvation prayer”. But God was there and I was there and that’s all it takes.
It has been almost 6 years since then and I have not looked back. When I was “born again” I went ‘ALL IN” I jumped, He caught me. I have seen God do the most amazing things for me, in me and through me. Remember the relationship I mentioned earlier? Today that woman is my incredible, Godly wife Amanda. We were married in a prison visiting room on 7-7-07. Also, my parents are a huge part of my life and have truly given their lives to Jesus Christ. I also see my two sons Dakota and Damian regularly. They are 12 and 8 now and to listen to the honesty and innocence of their prayers when we pray together on visits brings tears to my eyes. Over these past 6 yrs my life hasn’t been perfect, there have been some tough times and things haven’t always gone the way I wanted, but I do know that He is in control and He will always do what is best for me. My part is to trust and obey and He has never let me down.
I never would’ve known what it meant to die in order to live but I found out in November 2005. Jesus said “We must be “born again” (John 3:7). The only way that can happen is to be willing to die to your old self, and willing to truly surrender to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I pray you won’t wait one more day. Numbers 6:24-26
With the love of Christ
L. Hunter Tokar
“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me besides the still waters.
He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:2-3
In these two verses, the same three words stick out to me. Those words are He leadeth me. Time after time in my life I have relied upon me but verse two says: “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me besides the still waters”. I do not know about you but when I rely on my decision making they always turn out in turmoil and heartache but when I follow Jesus He leadeth me to a green pasture. Have you ever see a green pasture or still waters? I have not, but through trusting Jesus I not only see peace, but am able to live it. I just want to thank you Jesus for being the foundation and giving me a new life by covering me in your blood.
Jesus knows the way —follow Him!
Yours in Christ
George Kevin Walker
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
I pray that these words find you and your family in the best of health and trusting in God if you are not. As I was reading the word for the day God put this verse on my heart. “Study to show thyself approved unto God”, this should be seen in my walk, my talk, in everything I do my actions should show that I am a child of God. “A workman thatneedeth not to be ashamed”, I work for the Lord now and I will never feel bad about speaking His word and doing His will. “Rightly dividing the word of truth”, I am to trust and obey His Spirit in me and to speak His word when He wants me to and speak it correctly. God is in control and I will sit back and let Him drive and I pray that you are doing the same. May God Bless you and Keep you in the palm of His hands. There is refuge in The Lord.
Yours in Jesus,
George K Walker
“…….and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.” Colossians 3:10
I am a New man because of Christ Jesus. The more I lean about the love of Jesus, the more I see things differently, the more I learn the more I speak differently, the more I learn the more I act differently, and the more I want to show my gratitude with service to Him.
Yours in Jesus