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Deceived Part 3 – Richard Wiseman

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“Deceived part 3”
By Richard Wiseman
Newberry Correctional, Newberry, MI

Conclusion

Study the Bible and you will see clearly that we must repent to be saved. It’s not just turning from sin. It’s turning toward God.
It is one thing to live a life of repentance, relapse here and there, confess and continue living a life of repentance. It is a completely different thing to continue sinning deliberately, not exercising self-control.
We are called to repentance. So please ask yourself – Am I deceiving myself into thinking I’m saved without it? Look into Matthew 13:5-7 and 13:20-22 and test yourself to see if you are one of these types of soil.
Do I keep living in what I know is sin day after day, confessing but not repenting? Is that how it works? Have I repented and changed the way I think and act?
Let’s not forget James 1:22 “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” And James 2:14-26 how “faith apart from works is dead.” And what about Hebrews 10:26 “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.”
Father God,
I am crying out to you now. Please hear my prayer. I recognize my need for your son Jesus Christ to be my savior. I confess being a sinner. I understand the penalty for sins is death and eternal separation from you and I don’t want that. From the bottom of my heart, I’m sorry and I ask you to forgive me. I invite you to come into my heart. Please expose my sins to me. I hate them. Sanctify me. Help me to learn and live a life of repentance and obedience to you. Conform me to your will, no matter what the cost is. Teach me to have a relationship with you and others. I believe in Jesus that he is Lord and that you raised him from the dead. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Now, if you said that prayer and meant it, submitted your life to Christ and obey His commands, you’ll live a life of repentance and obedience to God’s word. We stand united with God. We love what He loves and hate what He hates. We put on the whole armor of God! We fight the good fight! Run with endurance the race that is set before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus the founder and perfecter of our faith!
Ecc 12:13-14 “Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment with every secret thing, whether good or evil.”
Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Listen to what the spirit says to you. Do not be deceived.

Deceived Part 2 – Richard Wiseman

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“Deceived part 2”
By Richard Wiseman
Newberry Correctional, Newberry, MI

So, what must a person do to be saved?
If we go back to the verses we started this lesson with in part 1 (John 16:24; Eph 2:8; Romans 10:13; Romans 10:9 and 1 John 1:9) we find one element of salvation missing.
Many people have said the sinner’s prayer. Many people say it every time it’s offered. It is possible that if you’ve said that prayer the person who led you through it told you that if you said that prayer and meant it you’re saved and going to heaven.
Let me be clear. The sinner’s prayer can be a step toward salvation. Revelation 3:20 suggests an appropriate response to hearing God ‘knock at the door.’ “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him and he with me.”
Romans 3:19 says, “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline so be zealous and repent.” We see here that repentance should accompany this prayer.
Too often however the sinner’s prayer is an impulsive response to an emotional experience such as a good sermon or a praise and worship service, a tough time in life or maybe trying to make a deal with God.
Matthew 13:5-7 (parable of the sower) shows us a picture of people who would say the sinner’s prayer but later refuse to follow through with repentance and obedience to God. In Matthew 13:20-22 we see that these people were never saved. Repent means to turn from sin. We resolve to reform our lives and to feel sorry for what we’ve done. We take action to correct what is corrupt and defective to make our lives better by removing faults.
The God’s Word Translation (GWT) replaces the word repent with “change the way you think and act.” Try putting that phrase in every time you read the word repent.
We stop ignoring and making excuses for sin and begin the process of sanctification, purging all deliberate sin from our lives and looking for sin we never recognized.
Somebody says, “Well I just can’t stop…whatever.” Or “This temptation is just too much for me.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 says different. “God is faithful and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability.” There are no excuses for deliberate sin.
In Acts 2:14-36 Peter preaches what is arguably one of the greatest sermons ever preached. Verse 37 picks up with the people’s response, “Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’ And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.”
In Matthew 3:2 and 4:17 the first recorded words that both Jesus and John the Baptist preached are the same exact words, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
After praying the sinner’s prayer and meaning it we must follow through with a new life of repentance and obedience to God.
This lesson is concluded in “Deceived part 3.”

Deceived Part 1 – Richard Wiseman

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“Deceived part 1”
By Richard Wiseman
Newberry Correctional, Newberry, MI

People like to quote verses like:
• “Ask and you will receive” (John 16:24)
• “For by grace you have been saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8)
• “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13)
• “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)
• “because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
Great verses full of meaning and truth. Fundamentals of salvation.
People also argue and push their opinion on: how old the universe is, whether dinosaurs were walking the earth millions of years ago or not, what color skin Adam and Eve had, and whether God really listens to every prayer or not.
The Bible doesn’t tell us everything. It does however tell us everything we need to know.
Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” One person says this was part of the first day. Another person says the first day doesn’t start until verse 3.
The point is, we only know what He’s given us. Whether it’s about heaven, hell, Himself, creation or whatever. When we argue about such things it is counterproductive. It is foolish to argue a point we cannot intelligently support.
2 Timothy 2:23 says, “Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.” So, should we be silent on such matters? Absolutely not! If we can support our point of view with biblical facts we have a responsibility to correct those in error. Otherwise redirecting the conversation to topics that Bible is crystal clear on, such us Jesus, repentance, faith, love and righteousness is a great option.
2 Timothy 2:24 continues, “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness.”
We should stop arguing. Show love in spite of our differences. Focus on salvation and sanctification. Paul goes on to say, “God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth and they may come to their sense and escape from the snare of the devil.”
So, what must a person do to be saved? This lesson continues in “Deceived part 2.”

Joy Comes In The Morning – George K. Walker

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“Joy Comes in the Morning”

Dear friends,

I love the Lord and HE loves the world and wants everyone to know who HE is and to live and not die. He gave me this scripture this morning and I wanted to share it with, I pray that it blesses you.

“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

Never do we want to be on the receiving end of God’s anger but even in that by us being HIS children that only lasts a moment. HE is even merciful in His anger towards us. That is why in His favor we have life, we are His so we have favor upon us every step we take. Weeping cannot have a hold on us but joy (singing) His praises and love cometh every morning – every moment of our lives.

So please my friends be ye encouraged in the LORD and the power of HIS might. Know that even in HIS wrath HE shows us mercy.

God Bless!

George K. Walker

The Words Of My Mouth – George K. Walker

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“The Words of My Mouth”
By George K. Walker
Macomb Correctional, New Haven, MI

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, 0 LORD, my strength, and my redeemer” Psalm 19:14.
Dear Family,

This scripture has been on my heart for a while now. Every time I read it I think on it and ask myself, “Are the words that come out of my mouth acceptable to the LORD?” To answer this question I asked myself, what does David mean when he says: “Meditation of my heart?” Well, I looked up meditation and it said: to consider or think over carefully; contemplate, to spend time in quiet thinking: reflect. Now I know that what comes out of my mouth is what is in my heart. So what David is telling us in this scripture is to think on the things of God and His Word, to constantly reflect on His scripture until they are coming out of our mouth. Then we will know that our words, which are His words, are acceptable in His sight. “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” Psalm 1:2.

I pray that these words, along with the newsletter, bless you!

Your Family in Christ,
George

The Testimony Of The Lord Is Sure – George K. Walker

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“The Testimony of the Lord is Sure”
By George K. Walker
Macomb Correctional, New Haven, MI

“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple” Psalm 19:7.

I was sentence to Life without the possibility of the parole for first degree murder, but my life is serving God thanks to the blood of Jesus.

I looked up the word testimony and it said: firsthand evidence, a public declaration of religious experience. So I prayed and asked God to give me something that would be both powerful and plain so that people would come to Him. this is what He gave me:

Everyday, He gives me new mercy and shows me compassion. I took part in a crime that took an innocent man’s life, his family will not be with him on holidays or birthdays, but God still loves me enough to wake me every morning and forgive me. The life I was living was worse than the people who spit on Jesus and crucified Him, because I believed in Jesus and still turned my back on Him. But He still loved me and forgave me and kept me alive. Even when I do not deserve it, He uses me to get His word of forgiveness and love out to people. While I am writing this there are so many emotions running through me. They make me want to cry for how I treated my Lord Jesus Christ, but in this, I hear His voice saying: “My child, I love you and nothing you do will stop me from loving you.” And now I understand His word that says: “His peace surpasses all understanding.” This is a testimony to the forgiving power of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. what He has done for me, He did for all.

The God Of All Comfort – George K. Walker

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“The God of All Comfort”
By George K. Walker
Macomb Correctional, New Haven, MI

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Where do you go to be comforted? When my daughter was a baby, the only place she would sleep at night was on my chest. We tried to put her in a crib but she would cry and I could not stand to hear her crying. So she could sleep comfortably at night, I would have to lay on my back all night holding her on my chest. It was a little uncomfortable for me, but to comfort my daughter was the #1 priority.

In Matthew ch 27, verses 26-30 and 46, Matthew (paraphrasing) tells us about what Jesus went through for us before He was crucified. He says, after Pilate released Barabbas, he scourged Jesus and then he delivered him to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, (the governor’s court yard) and they banded together and stripped Him of His clothes and put a scarlet robe of Him. Scarlet is a color used especially in clothing, often designating royal honor. So the soldiers were mocking Jesus by doing this. Then they put a crown of thorns on His head, and a reed in His right hand and bowed before Him saying: “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spit on Him, took the reed from Him and smote Him on the head. They were trying to break my Jesus. Then Jesus cried with a loud voice “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is to say “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” It is safe to say that Jesus was uncomfortable but He knew that His suffering would bring us comfort. Thank You, Jesus.

So my question to you:

Are you uncomfortable for Jesus?

My Feelings? (Or Be Obedient To God – George K. Walker

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“My Feelings (or Be Obedient to God)”
By George K. Walker
Macomb Correctional, New Haven, MI

This morning I woke up not feeling my best because I am in prison, and it is another holiday that I am not with my daughter and grandchildren. I always remember that my actions caused me to be in this situation. Usually when I feel this way, I start to praise God for His love and forgiveness; this always changes how I feel. This day I didn’t do that. I asked myself this question: do my feelings come before being obedient to God? I told myself sometimes they do and I asked for forgiveness from God because, as a child of God, I am in control of my emotions and not them me.

So I pulled out my bible and my concordance and I looked up the words feeling and obedience so I can start reading every scripture that has either of these words in them. Before I could read one scripture, I noticed right away which one is most important to God. Feel was in there seven times, feeling was in there twice, and felt was in there five times, for a total of fourteen times. Obedient was in there sixteen times alone but it has seven other forms to it, obedience twelve times, obeisance nine times, obey sixty-nine times, obeyed forty-one times, obeyedst two times, obeyeth three times, and obeying three times. Obedient is in the Bible in one of these forms one hundred and fifty-five times. The Word of God makes it crystal clear that obedience to God is more important than how I feel. “And being found in fashion of a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8)

Amazing Grace Is His Call – Loren Slough II

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“Amazing Grace is His Call”
By Loren Slough II
Thumb Correctional, Lapeer, MI

Amazing Grace is His call,
Stories of His life will pierce your heart wall,
Come and follow me, is all he asks,
With Him you can accomplish any task,
I will carry you through it all,
Accepting this, you will be made ten feet tall,
Searching the scriptures you will find you are not alone,
The Holy Spirit is his phone,
Answering it will always change your tone,
Sinful nature is how we were born,
Accepting Jesus all of your sin will be torn,
Blessed assurance is what he will give,
Being called to Heaven, and having a chance to re-live,
Blood is the price he paid,
After death he had no place to be laid,
Isaiah 53 foretells his pain,
All the torture and torment, we were his only gain,
Still some just can’t see,
That God gave the Universe Jesus, to save you and me,
We all were to be lost since our birth,
Only Jesus, seen how much we were worth,
So share your story of Jesus breaking your wall,
Showing his Amazing Grace to one, to all.

God Bless You

Stop Fornicating – Terri N. Reese-Green

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“Stop Fornicating”
By Terri Reese-Green
Women’s Huron Valley Correctional, Ypsilanti, MI

Today’s sermon is “Stop Fornicating.” We live in a world today that says if it feels good do it. The word of God talks about a place that is a habitation or devils. And the word of God says in Revelation 18:2-3 and he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying Babylon the great is fallen and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit and cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication and the kings of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. Commentary say merchants in the Roman Empire grew rich by exploiting the sinful pleasures of their society. Many business people today do the same thing. Businesses and governments are often based on greed, money and power. Many bright individuals are tempted to take advantage of an evil system to enrich themselves. Christians are warned to stay free from enchantment of money, status and the “good life.” We are to live according to the values Christ exemplified: service, giving, self-sacrifice, obedience and truth.

Terri