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Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Greatest Love – Stephen Wright

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“The Greatest Love”
by Stephen Wright

Lost in this world, feeling so alone
Looking around, not sure what I can call my own
There’s a hole in my heart that’s always been there
It’s so painful that I give in to despair
There has to be something that can make me feel alive
Something worth living for, something for which I can strive
So I open a book that’s been around for years
And as I read, my eyes fill with tears
You see, there was this Child born so long ago
Who gave us something more precious than even gold
What He gave He gives to all of us
I can never repay Him but try I must
This book is the Bible, the Child is Jesus Christ
And now to say “thank you” I give Him my life.

We Are Going To Die – Terri N. Reese-Green

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“We are Going to Die”

by Terri N. Reese-Green

There is a thief that is coming to your house and we know what thieves come to do. Now, if I knew the thief was coming to my house, I would be waiting for him with the police. Because I know that he is coming to take all of my goods, things that I love like my t.v. and radio, any money that is in the house, whatever he can get his hands on he is going to take. But what if I am not waiting for the thief? He is going to come in my house and my goods is what he is going to get and maybe even my life.

John 10:10 says the thief cometh not but for to kill steal and destroy but I come that you might have life and have it to the fullest.

Look for the thief to come to your house but please get with Jesus first. Give him your life today because today is all that we have. Yesterday is gone. We can’t get it back and, well, tomorrow is not promised to us. Today is the day of salvation.

Oh Lord (Part 3b) – Harold Lee Wilson II

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Oh, Lord

(Part 3b)

Hey Bro,

Dad ran out early this morning – something about averting a biological crisis in Argentina?! So, I happened to pick up the mail today and saw your letter. pops is always talking about how excited he is when he hears from you, so I thought I’d write back this time since I’m sure it can feel pretty lonely in that place and you’d like some mail.

Wow! You sure do hit some pretty big topics on the head in your letters, don’t you? I mean, I know you’re writing to Him, but slow down and breathe, will yah. (This might be the first step in sleeping better at night; the whole, “Let go and let God” thing).

I’m glad to hear you’ve started to dig down deep and find out some things about yourself. I know what that’s like. I had to dig pretty deep to find the courage to go along with Dad’s “Ultimate Salvation Plan.” It can be pretty weird, some of the things you discover (or re-discover) about yourself. If more people had the gall to do what you’ve started to do, a lot of the wars, drug use, crime, hatred, fear and confusion of the world would come to a screeching halt.

What do you mean “you’re a twisted person”? You don’t know what “twisted” really means, brother. I’ve seen into the hearts and minds of some people so evil I’ve cried. Sure, you may screw up or have a few dents and bang-ups in your life, but you have nothing on the darkness that fills some people’s souls. You are at least working to be more like me; these people run away from me as quickly as possible. There is real evil in the world and you, Harold, are definitely not it!

You don’t get it, do you? God loves you. I love you. Nothing you could do could ever take away that love. You may be struggling in your faith, but that doesn’t disqualify you from having Dad write you back (or, me, in this case). But, further still, you have been blinded by the devil of one very important fact. You are seeing you – the world – through the eyes of someone who often quickly sees the evils of yourself and the world. When you look at you, you judge yourself based on what you’ve done. You make what you’ve done define who you are.

You know what Dad sees when he looks at you? I can tell you it’s not that oily darkness you do. He sees perfection in progress. He sees someone who loves Him and His people. He sees a sinless child, someone who may “flub up” as you put it, but someone who He can’t help but smile at and forgive the instant forgiveness is sought. And he sees someone not covered in evil oil, but precious blood shed by someone else who also loves you unconditionally.

You don’t have to be good enough, bro. Let me handle that for you, okay. That’s one burden I love to bear for you.

As far as all the decisions you make on a daily basis, I don’t see why you’re stressing over them. Pilot or flight attendant? Blonde or brunette? Pizza or ice cream? Gay or straight? Left or right? Doesn’t matter nearly as much as the important decision you made. You chose to become my brother. That is the decision that will always sit in the forefront of Dad’s mind when He thinks of you.

Well, I gotta run. Gotta meet some friends at a bowling allet tonight. (I hate playing with Elijah. I swear he cheats somehow!) Write back soon. As I said, Dad loves hearing from you.

Love yah,

Jesus

 

Oh Lord (Part 3a) – Harold Lee Wilson II

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Oh, Lord

(Part 3a)

Afternoon God,

Just sitting here listening to Smile FM, working on my Greek, and decide to take a minute to write. I’m not doing too bad today. Slept kind of crappy last night. Not sure why – dreams, worries, thoughts…? It seems that I’m always thinking about something. I even find myself arguing and debating with myself at times. There are a lot of choices to make each day, sometimes it like too many.

I’ve been doing a lot of introspection lately. As you can imagine, I don’t like some of the things I have discovered about myself during my exploration. Man, I’m a twisted person. I kind of feel like one of those poor ducks affected by an oil spill. I feel this dark, greasy, ickiness covering me from head to toe. (I don’t think Dawn dishwashing liquid will be able to get rid of these stains). I can’t comprehend why you respond to letters from someone like me, let alone even allow me to write you in the first place. I’m not exactly the picture of a Bible-liver.

I know I’m not perfect. That’s a given. I also know I’m not meant to be perfect until Jesus comes back. But there’s a big difference between knowing something to be true and actually believing and living it out. I find myself screwing up a lot, and I end up beating myself up over it. Then, I’m silly enough to believe if I don’t say anything to you about it, then you’ll not notice it or will forgive me of it anyway. But, even if you do forgive me, I find myself holding on to the wrong, using against me when I flub up again.

“See, I knew you couldn’t stop.”

“You’re just a worthless person.”

“You’re never going to change.”

“God can’t love someone like you.”

And worse, I have come to believe a lot of these things. I’m not good enough for your grace. I’ll never make it into heaven. I mena, I live a life that I’m sure you don’t approve of. I do things that I’m sure make you cringe. Some of them I can’t stop. Some of them are so much a part of me I fail to see a reason to put an end to them. Some I do without thinking. Some I do without even realizing I’ve done them. I’ll never reach the level of worship I know you want. I’ll never be as reverant as I know I’m supposed to be. How could you look at me and see me worthy of what Jesus did for me?

I’ve always wondered if I am doing the right thing, living as I am living. I’ve heard many conflicting “truths”; I don’t know which is true. Do you truly love everyone, or do you hate gays? Do you watch closely those who follow you, or do you turn you back on us when we slip? Do you take into consideration our wants, desires, goals and aspirations, or do you stick only to your plan and never divert from it? Do I have to work my way to heaven, or is the work already done?

I guess I don’t really know enough about you – the true you – to be able to live joyfully and happily. I worry so much about messing up that I often end up doing exactly what I was trying to avoid! Oh, man – what a life I’ve made for myself! Help me out, will yah?

Thanks and love,

Harold Lee

Oh Lord (Part 2b) – Harold Lee Wilson II

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Oh, Lord

(Part 2b)

Hey Buddy,

Wow! Two letters in the same week?! I am both completely amazed and utterly elated that we will be able to continue our missives. I love hearing from you. Believe it or not, you matter to me a great deal. You are special and I’m so excited to watch you grow – in your personal life, your relationships, your faith, and your journey of self discovery. In the wonderful words of the very talented Dr. Seauss, “Oh, the places you’ll go.”

The unknown can be pretty scary, can’t it? I, personally, have never experienced such. But, I have experienced the fear and trepidation my children feel when they thinkn about “tomorrow,” “next week,” “this year,” and even “eternity.” It pains me to go through this for a few different reasons. (I’ll get into that in a second). You have always had a fear of “the dark” and the unknown. Why do think that is? Could it be a desire to be in complete control of your life? Or, a fear to release any control to another. (They may sound like the same thing, but if you look closely and think about it, they are actually pretty different).

One of the reasons it hurts me so much to feel the worry you have about the future is it makes me believe you don’t trust me. I know that sounds a little whinny, and I apologize for that. It’s just that, when you worry about things you aren’t sure of, like what may happen in regards to work, money, food, clothes, and the like, I begin to wonder if you have, in a sense, forgotten about me. I am God after all. I speak and universes pop into existence. Do you not think that I can simply think about what you need and make it happen? As I said, you are important to me. So, I’m going to be sure to take advantage of every opportunity presented to show you the truth in this statement.

But, this comes with a condition. The phrase, “God helps those who help themselves” is a very accurate statement. Sadly, it is also commonly and completely misunderstood and misrepresented. I don’t require you to do anything in order to help yourself. A parent doesn’t require a child to do anything to be sure he or she is provided for, do they? Of course not. All I require of you, what this hopelessly misconstrued statement means, is that you must understand one simple fact: I am God; things happen because I will it; and, when they don’t happen, it is not because I have become blind to your needs, but that it is not the proper time for you to experience what I have for yu.

I know it sounds a bit haughty or selfish, but I know all there is to know, so, with that knowledge, my Ultimate Plan is all that matter. My plan starts with the day you were born and ends when you are with me here in heaven for all time.

So, being worried…the other reason it affects me so much is because it is, in all its essence, a sin (I know, I know, such an ugly word). In my Big Book to you (aka the Bible) I make it clear that I dress, feed, and take care of you. Take a second and check out what I told Luke to write in his gospel. Jesus makes it clear in chapter 12, verses 22-31, that I will provide all that you need – food, clothing, health. You shouldn’t be worrying about anything. If you focus on me – allow me to and trust me to do all I promise to do – then and only then, will I actually be able to do so. If, instead, you continue to fear the future and think you have to everything on your own, my hands are tied. You take away my will and replace it with your own. You forget my promises and fill yourself with pessimism, instead.

Just imagine knowing everything that is going to happen. Don’t you know that you would live a life of terrors and confusion? I allowed Adam and Eve to eat fro the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil so that would recognize sin as sin. Think if I allowed them to eat from the Tree of All There Is To Know! You wouldn’t fear the unknown any longer, instead, you’d fear what you know. So, I guess I have to ask you to trust that I know what’s best for you to know and what I know would be terrible for you to learn.

So, don’t worry about tomorrow. Today has enough things for you to do and deal with (yea, I went there!) Trust me to do what I said I would do and the fear and the unknown will become a hope of what is to come, I’m here for you, always and forever. Don’t forget that!

All my love,

God

 

 

Oh Lord (Part 2a) – Harold Lee Wilson II

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Oh, Lord

(Part 2a)

Hi God,

It should come as no surprise that I decide to come back and write another letter to you. After all, you are the one with all of the answers, right? I know I have a lot of questions that I don’t understand, a lot of thoughts I would like a bit of clarification on. Of course, I only expect answers to those things you feel I’m ready to hear, but I’m hoping that one day you’ll trust me enough to give the true, hard-hitting answers to me.

I’ve been doing some thinking lately about my life. I know that entails a lot, but I guess more along the lines of the future – my future. No, I don’t expect you to tell me what my future holds or what is going to happen the next day or year of my life. I’m speaking more on the lack of direction I have in my life. It’s almost as though I’m in a room with hundreds of doors, each leading to some important aspect of what lies ahead, and I am being forced to choose one.

Frankly, this scares the crap out of me!

You’ve given me many blessings and talents. I can write well. I love music and art. I am learning multiple languages. I’m great with computers and people. I’m good at math. I mean, you have allowed me to learn quickly and develop a great variety of skills that I can use. You have truly shown me your grace, love and power, and for that I thank you immensely.

But, the scary part in all of this is my feeling of hopelessness. Even with all of these talents, I don’t know which one I am supposed to stick with. I worry about what I am going to do for work. How am I going to afford clothes, food, and a place to stay? What will make someone want to hire me? What are my true, greatest strengths and weaknesses? How will I know which way to go day-to-day?

I often find myself confused. I know I have the ability to spread the word about you through my writing and talking. And, I truly want to do something like this. But, what about a real job in the real world? I don’t want to become one of those televangelists who make all their money preaching (and, sometimes, I think only for the purpose of making money). That doesn’t seem like a job I’d be good at (or would feel ethical doing).

I wish there was a way I could get a job that still allows me to be true to my faith while making enough money to survive in today’s world…

I guess what I’m saying is that I feel lost and confused. There may be a great change in my life in the few months, one I’d like to start to prepare for. But, I’m not sure I can (or even should try to) if I find myself more lost about what to do each day that goes by. Sometimes, I wish you would simply make the decision for me. Life would be so much easier.

Love ya,

Harold Lee

Faith – George K. Walker

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Faith

“And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace; but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.” Luke 18:39

How much faith do you have? Do you believe God for your healing, or the doctor? Could you please read Luke 18:35-43. The blind man had faith in Jesus for his healing. Notice the man was blind so he did not see any miracles of healing that Jesus did. Everything he knew of Jesus had to come by his hearing. Whether someone told him what Jesus did, or he heard for himself, he believed without seeing.

The may sound a little off, but I think we all should believe more in what we hear instead of what we see. In Matthew 11:15 Jesus tells us, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” If we pay more attention to what we see, especially in the world, we will not hear the Holy Spirit. We must keep our ears open to the word of God and He will tell us how to see everything – Amen!

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17

by George Kevin Walker

Spiritual Fight – Terri N. Reese-Green

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“Spiritual Fight”

by Terri N. Reese-Green

Praise the Lord everybody. For many years we observe the Lord’s Supper, we also partake of the Lord’s Supper. When myself and the devil gets into a spiritual battle I can’t throw the cracker and the juice at him because it is just a symbol of the body and the blood. Since I know that, that wouldn’t do any good. Let us just eat and drink the Word of God daily. Let us do this in remembrance of Him and His death on the cross. Whenever we get into a spiritual fight with the devil throw the Word at him.1Corinthians 11:23-26; John 6:57 says the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the father so he that eateth me shall live by me.

 

 

Knowledge of the New Creature – Terri N. Reese-Green

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“Knowledge of the New Creature”

by Terri N. Reese-Green

Before I came to prison I had a good time saying what all was mine. My house, my truck, my body, my job, everything was mine. My life. But studying the word of God the truth told me that nothing was mine. The Word of God says therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature and old things are passed away and behold all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). I have a little bible in my pocket and I keep my ID in it. This tells me that I am in Christ. You should not be able to see me. Therefore nothing is mine. It’s all His. Why? Jesus woke me up this morning and put my feet on the floor. Without Him doing that I would not have a day. It’s not mine. It’s His. Colossians 3:3 says that for you are dead and your life is hid with Christ. Also 2 Corinthians 5:21 says that he became sin for us who knew no sin. So begin to thank Jesus for everything you think you have because it’s all His.

God bless you

 

What I Can’t See is Present – Terri N. Reese-Green

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“What I Can’t See is Present”

Psalm 23:64

by Terri N. Reese-Green

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.

I see that man or woman following me on the freeway. In line at the bank. In line at the store. In the Valley. Huron Valley. They follow me in the gate. I can see all this but what I can’t see is goodness and mercy is following me. So it’s hard to believe God but I can believe everything I see. The only thing is the Word of God doesn’t lie. Romans 3:4. If God said goodness and mercy is following me even though I can’t see it – I should believe it.