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Monthly Archives: December 2016

What are You Expecting from God? – George K. Walker

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“What are You Expecting from God?”
By George K. Walker
Macomb Correctional, New Haven, MI

Expect – to believe that something will occur and wait for it to happen. David said his expectation is from God. He was not specific in how or what he was waiting for. In everything and in all areas of his life he lived it in expectation from God. here are some things that we can expect from God: Love – Eph. 5:1-2, Forgiveness – 1 John 1:9, Eternal Life – John 3:15, Peace – John 14:27, Hope – Rom. 15:13, Liberty – Gal. 5:1, Patience – Ps. 37:7. Walk in your expectation and then testify to God’s goodness.

We Have an Advocate – George K. Walker

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“We Have An Advocate”
By George K. Walker
Macomb Correctional, New Haven, MI

Advocate – one who intercedes for another. Christ interceded with the Father on behalf of sinners. “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” 1 John 2:1. Jesus Christ is our bridge to the Father. He is the only way that we can be saved and have eternal life. Through His life, death, burial and resurrection we have salvation and a room in the father’s mansion in the heaven. Hallelujah – thank you Jesus!

Three Reasons You Should Celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ – George K. Walker

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“Three Reasons You Should Celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ”
By George K. Walker
Macomb Correctional, New Haven, MI

The birth of Jesus gives us HOPE!
Scripture tells us to “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you” 1 Peter 3:15. Hope is the first reason to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. 1 Timothy 1:1 says: “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and the Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope.” Jesus Christ is our hope and without his birth we would not have his resurrection. 1 Peter 1:3 says: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” The birth of Jesus Christ had to happen so that His death on the cross of Calvary, (for the sins of the world), and His resurrection, (which gives us eternal life), is our Hope of glory.

Jesus Christ gives us the hope of being reunited with family. Jesus Christ gives us the hope of everlasting life with our Father in heaven. As Christians we live in hope because of what God has done in Jesus Christ through His birth, life, death and resurrection. I ask you to please know that none of this could happen without the birth of Jesus Christ.

The birth of Jesus Christ had to happen so that we could have Eternal Life!
To spend eternity with our Father in heaven, we first have to believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins. John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” To believe is more than just agreeing in your mind that Jesus is God. It is putting all your trust and confidence in Him and His life-saving work on the cross. It is giving up control of your life to God and allowing the Holy Spirit to be in charge of your present and eternal plans. Believing in the death of Jesus Christ on the cross lets us know that His powerful words are reliable and we would have no eternity in heaven without the birth of Jesus Christ. He had to be born to die for the world’s sins.

Jesus says in John 17:3: “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” Jesus tells us how to get eternal life. He tells us to know God the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ. The birth of Jesus Christ enables us to have a personal relationship with God through his death and resurrection. Thank you, Jesus!

The birth of Jesus Christ shows us how to Give!
In 1 John 5:11 John tells us: “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” The best gift that we could ever receive, God has given to us in His Son – Jesus Christ. With Jesus Christ we get the free gift of forgiveness, love, mercy, grace, eternal life with the Father, and hope. Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection were given as a ransom for us all. Matthew 20:28 says: “Even as the son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Without the birth of Christ, we could not have the resurrection and new life. God knew that mankind would be overtaken in our sins and that His Son Jesus would have to give His life, so that we could be reconciled back to Him. From this we learn that Jesus gave it all for us. Acts 20:35 says: “I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” So celebrate the birth of Jesus today because HE was born to give you life – Amen!

He Came to be Our Savior – George K. Walker

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“He Came to be Our Savior”
By George K. Walker
Macomb Correctional, New Haven, MI

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

Dear Family:

I pray that you and your family are together, thanking God for each other and thanking God for His son Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection. This Christmas is a time to celebrate Jesus’ birth because without Him being born we could not be forgiven and reconciled with the Father. The only way that we can have eternal life is by confessing our sins and believing that Jesus Christ died on the cross for us. There is no other way to have eternal life.

My Bible for Matthew 1:21 says that Jesus’ name means “Savior” or “The Lord saves.” Jesus was born to save us and He did this because He loves us, He is obedient to the Father and we are not capable of saving ourselves. One of the best decisions we can make is to turn our lives and our will over to the care of God. Just think about this-no matter how good we think we are living we cannot eliminate sin from our lives. Only by believing in the life saving work of Jesus Christ and submitting to God’s will can the Holy Spirit work in us and then sin will be conquered. Jesus didn’t come to help people save themselves; HE came to be our Savior! This means choosing Him and trusting in Him for everything.

So thank Jesus Christ today for dying on the cross for your sins and then ask Him to take control of your life. Then celebrate the victory that Jesus has given you­ Amen!

I pray that these words bless you!

Merry Christmas!
Be encouraged in the Lord,
George K. Walker

Testimony – Damitrice Vann

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“Testimony”
By Damitrice Vann
Macomb Correctional Facility, New Haven, MI

Dear Family of God:
I pray that all is well with you and yours. Currently, I am incarcerated for a crime I didn’t commit nor had any involvement or knowledge of. I have always had a relationship with God so when all this happened to me in 2010, I instantly prayed for help throughout the entire five months that I was going through the arrest/trial process. Although I was convicted of this crime, I didn’t curse or give up on God. My faith stayed strong. I did continue to ask God why is this happening to me, but talking to my sister she said why not you. Jesus went through things and he did no wrong. Further down the line I petitioned multiple innocence clinics organizations and everyone denied me due to over booking or because they deal with cases with DNA/physical evidence only. The Michigan Innocence Project was the only one that sent me an application but also informed me it would be at least two years before they would look at my appeal. About four years later, I had assumed they could not help me, so I tried to hire a Private Investigator. One told me “five hundred dollars to start” which I didn’t have; another told me two hundred and fifty dollars, which I was going to go with, but he then informed me he was too busy to take me on at the time. Around a week after he wrote me saying such, I got a call to go and pick up legal mail and Lord behold, it’s from the Michigan Innocence Clinic telling me to send them all my paperwork, they were considering handling my case. A month or two later I sent them some new evidence I received. A couple days later I got a Jpay letter from them saying call us. When I spoke to them they informed me that they looked over the paperwork and my case should be a “slam-dunk!” winner. They reached out to one of the top law firms in Michigan and discussed my case with them, and they decided to represent me “pro-bono” that’s right for FREE! My point is God will always make a way, our plans may seem right but if it’s not what God wants he will intervene. Proverbs 3:5 and Jeremiah 29:11. I want to encourage you to stay strong in your faith. Walk with God, even though we may not understand why things are happening it’s all to God’s Glory! Pray and Praise God always!

The Plan – Hunter Tokar

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“The Plan”
by Hunter Tokar
Carson City Correctional Facility, Carson City, MI

THIS WAS NOT THE PLAN! I can hear Joseph yelling that at the top of his lungs. If not him then Mary for sure. They had a plan! In love, engaged to be married, making plans for the wedding. Life was great and moving along according to plan. Now here’s an angel explaining that God has a plan and Joe and Mary are a part of it. GREAT NEWS, right? Yeah problem is that Mary’s pregnancy, through the Holy Spirit, appears to others as the result of infidelity and at the very least will bring an end to the engagement and public disgrace for life. Can’t you just hear her screaming, “THIS WAS NOT THE PLAN!” Look at Luke 1:38. There’s her response, “I am the Lord’s servant…” What? That can’t be right. Read it again. And look at, Matthew 1:24 “Joseph took her home to be his wife.” Come on man this has got to be fiction. No one does that. Well actually they do. And they did.

This wasn’t “The Plan” for my life. I had a plan, others had plans for me, and my wife had a plan for us. This was not it. All of those plans were altered because I made choices that were not in line with “The Plan” and I have now been in prison for over 11 years.

So now I have a new plan. My plan now includes God and His plan for my life. I now include God in the making of my plans and allow for Him to alter that plan as He sees fit.

God did not put me in prison. It makes me crazy when people say that. Once again, GOD DID NOT PUT ME IN PRISON. I put me in prison. God allowed me to exercise my will and here I am. Welcome to “free will”. But now I have a choice, I can include Him in my plan or not. I am excited about what God has done and continues to do in my life and my plans are now in line with His plans. My purpose every day is to live out His plan for my life.

Joseph and Mary had a plan and when God informed them of His plan they adjusted theirs and because they did we read of and benefit from their faithfulness to His Plan.

God has a plan, a specific plan for each of us. Jeremiah 19:11 makes that clear. The Bible as a whole makes it clear. So go ahead make your plans. We need a plan. BUT, be sure to include God in your plan and be ready to adjust your plan should it become clear that God is leading you another way. May our response be just like that of Mary’s, “I am the Lord’s servant…”

Merry Christmas,
Hunter

Tapestry – Todd Graham

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“Tapestry”
By Todd Graham
Bellamy Creek Correctional, Ionia, MI

You bring joy to my heart to stay
And peace that will never go away
A promise that will last all my days
And from Your path I will not stray
You are the air that I need
By Faith my spirit can breathe
Your laws and statutes I’ll heed
In Your tapestry my heart weave

Verse one:
I must look up to You
To keep from looking down on others
In everything I do
You teach to love all as my brothers
Even with all my faults
I’m accepted into Your family
Save me from sins assault
Your blood has cleansed and set me free

Repeat chorus . . .

Verse two:
I await Your return
Look forward to Your trumpets blow
My soul for You yearns
Eternal life I will soon know
All will accept You as Lord
Then begin to sing a new song
Take the Bible as Your Word
As You blot out all that was wrong

Repeat chorus . . .

Bridge:
The sky will part
As You repair every heart
A new world starts
From me you’ll never depart
They sky will part
As You repair every heart
A new world starts
As You repair the world’s heart

Repeat chorus . . .

When You See A Rainbow – Anthony Pallitto

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“When You See a Rainbow”
By Anthony Pallitto
Muskegon Correctional, Muskegon, MI

Whenever you see a rainbow in the sky, do you think it was because it just stopped raining? This stems from the story of Noah and the great flood upon the Earth. (Gen 9:1-17) Granted, rain and the rainbow doubtless existed long before the time of Noah’s flood, but after the flood the Rainbow took on new meaning as a sign of the Noahic covenant. The premise of the story is that God would not ever again send waters over the Earth to destroy all of life. So, the Rainbow is God’s promise to all of his children to never send a flood to destroy all of mankind or the creatures that crawl upon the Earth.

Now I would think that this is something To Be Grateful for…

God is good, All of the time

We Belong – Todd Graham

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“We Belong”
By Todd Graham
Bellamy Creek Correctional, Ionia, MI

We belong to His Light, we belong to the Father
We belong to the life of His Word without falter
We can never deny and should always embrace
The love and forgiveness He gives in mercy and grace

It was not a trivial thing that His Son did
A message broadcast to all there was, nothing hid
He hung on the tree with arms spread from point A to B
The Beginning and The End died so I could live free

All creation now sits in eager anticipation
Because at His death the renewal process had begun
He’s listening for the Father’s command to complete
Return in His full glory and then Satan defeat

We belong to His plan though we may not understand
We simply need to keep our focus on the One Man
Follow His example given the best that we can
As He intercedes for us at the Father’s right hand

What is Fellowship – George K. Walker

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“What is Fellowship?”

by George K. Walker

Macomb Correctional Facility, New Haven, MI

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin” 1 John 1:7.

There are many ways to fellowship. We are going to look at some today in hopes of us all learning to be better at it.

  • We (believers) share fellowship in the Gospel. “And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you” 1 Corinthians 9:23. Paul is saying that all believers participate together in the saving power and message of the good news.
  • Believers have fellowship with the Holy Spirit. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” 2 Corinthians 13:14. This is important for unity in the church.
  • We are called to fellowship with Jesus Christ. “God is faithful by whom ye were called unto fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord” 1 Corinthians 1:9.

These are just three examples of fellowship. There are many more in the Bible: Fellowship with each other in the church – Acts 2:36-46, Fellowship with God and not the devil – 1 Corinthians 10:18-21, Ministering to the saints – 2 Corinthians 8:4, The right hand of fellowship – Galatians 2:9, Fellowship of His suffering – Philippians 3:10, and being thankful for fellowship with the brethren – Philippians 1:3-6.

Fellowship is essential in our knowing and fulfilling the purpose God has for us. There are three things that we must spend time doing: Reading HIS word, Praying, and Being with the brethren. Fellowship is about believers growing together in the Word of God so that we can be unified in delivering the gospel of Jesus Christ. One of the best ways to do this is by spending time with each other.