image_pdfimage_print

Monthly Archives: October 2018

Why You Should Trust the Lord – George Walker

image_pdfimage_print

“Why You Should Trust the Lord”
By George Walker
Muskegon Correctional Facility, Muskegon, MI

“As for God, his way is perfect the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him” Psalm 18:30.

The word tried means found good, faithful and the word buckler means a small round shield worn on the arm. Not only is God’s way perfect but He is a faithful shield that we can trust in whenever adversity comes. This Psalm was written by David, a servant of the Lord. He spoke these words to the Lord after He delivered him from his enemies.

So we are to thank the Lord, in our adversities, for delivering us. He is our faithful shield that has been tried and victorious in everything. Our Father has one million wins and zero losses. We are winners because of who our Father is. Jesus assures us that we have won when He gave His life for us on the cross.

So be encouraged in our undefeated Father who can’t lose so we can’t either.

Do We Reverence God? – George Walker

image_pdfimage_print

“Do We Reverence God?”
By George Walker
Muskegon Correctional Facility, Muskegon, MI

“Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” Hebrews 12:28.

I pray that you are thankful and grateful for the breath of life He has given you. It is truly an honor to live this day for Him. The word reverence means respect or honor paid to God. When we respect God we know that we live, move and have our being because of Him. Sin separated us from God but Jesus’ blood brought us back to Him. So without Him we can do nothing.

When we honor God we will submit to Him and to other believers. A letter from Paul, while he was in prison, to the church at Ephesus tells us: “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” Ephesians 5:21. Fearing God is having respect for what Jesus did for us and living our lives according to His Word.

David tells us in Psalm 25:15: “Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.” When we look to God for everything He will not let us down but lead us into good and never evil. Be encouraged in the Lord, He deserves to be first in our lives.

Seasoned Speech – Kesia Malone

image_pdfimage_print

“Seasoned Speech”
By Kesia Malone
Huron Valley Correctional Facility, Ypsilanti, MI

As Christian and bondservants of the most high God, we need to let our speech be always spiced and seasoned with answers that will oppose sin and preserve from the corruption thereof.

Let it be Holy, wise, gracious, Christian, savory, wholesome, courteous, respectful, desirable and worthy of being kept in the memory of others.

Backsliding – Joseph Jones

image_pdfimage_print

“Backsliding”
By Joseph Jones
Marquette Branch Prison, Marquette, MI

My cup hasn’t runneth over in a long time. Those who know me, know I’m pretty stoic and steady. That was until I transferred away from the facility I was extremely comfortable at. During the time of the move, I moved to a prison so far away it’s in a different time zone (thankfully Ojibway is closing down), my study Bible tore in half, I got robbed and then went to the hole, and then I transferred again. I stopped reading and studying the Bible. I basically used my daily bread for a calendar. Slowed down on prayer and meditation, and my fellowship was nil. When I got transferred here (Marquette) I didn’t get the job I really wanted and I got denied an opportunity to get back into Leader Dog for the Blind dog program.

The devil was working and winning against me. I backslid. I was heading down a very destructive path. I was feeling alone, persecuted, down, and selfish. When a buddy asked if I wanted to go to a Keryx event? Sure, nothing better to do. I honestly did not know exactly what I agreed to. Brothers, let me proclaim; everyone, if you have the opportunity to participate in Keryz or an event like it, do it!! That turned out to be exactly what I needed. I got up this morning and meditated on the daily bread and read my new Bible.

Keryx gave me the shot in the arm I needed. One of the many lessons I learned this weekend was that I was living in fear of God within the tallest imaginary walls I could create to stay safe, I was not living in love with God. If you’re in trouble, you hide from your parents. I knew I was not being a good Christian, and I thought He was mad at me. I was hoping God would forget about me. That was not the case. He was patiently waiting for me with open arms. I needed the kick in the butt to get in gear. Thank you God for always being there and not holding grudges. I know I do not deserve your blessings, but because of your love and I’m working on living in love with you, we will move on in the right direction.

In here, there is not a lot of goodness to keep us on the right path. There is a lot of darkness to pull us astray. I was weak and let my selfishness and pride pull me away from God and His work. Guys, friends, brothers, this was a wakeup call for me. Be steadfast in your walk. Our ministry is filled with dangers and obstacles that we cannot do alone. I was afraid and did not ask for help. Reach out to our community and ask a brother if he’s OK, then ask a friend if he needs to talk. Maybe you won’t have the right answer, but we both know who does.

This Is Your Season – Walter Bass

image_pdfimage_print

“This Is Your Season”
By Walter Bass
Muskegon Correctional Facility, Muskegon, MI

Stay prayerful and faithful. Whatever your situation or circumstance has been or is, God is getting ready to see you out of it. God is getting ready to bless you. God is getting ready to do miraculous things in your life. This is your season.

Scripture says “let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” (Heb 10:23). We need to know that the answer to our situation and circumstances lies in the very promises of God. We have to remind ourselves that if God bought us to it then God will bring us through it. God hasn’t brought you this far to abandon you now. “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion” (Phil 1:6).

I want to tell you today that God’s grace is unyielding. I want to tell you today that God’s mercy is without error. I want to tell you today that God’s love is without pause. I want to tell you that when you’re feeling lost or alone, when you’re feeling tired, when your strength is tapped out, when your joy has been stolen and you feel robbed and cheated by life, I want to tell you that trouble doesn’t always last

Jesus said “come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” I want us to remember that God’s grace is sufficient for us because God said that his power is made perfect in our distress.

Whatever your situation, whatever your circumstance, if you are feeling down or depressed or simply dissatisfied with the way things are going in your life right now, God wants to turn it around for you. This is your season. Stand on the word of God right now and ask him to take over. Stand on the word of God and ask him to see you through your situation. Stand on the word of God and ask him to see you out of your circumstances.

Lastly, whatever it is that we go through in our life, we give God glory, we give God praise and we thank him for his grace and mercy. May God be with you all.

My Father – Michael Rasmussen

image_pdfimage_print

“My Father”
By Michael Rasmussen
Kinross Correctional Facility, Kincheloe, MI

My Father is bigger than your father
And let me tell you why
Everything you see
Around you and me
He built from sea to sky.
My Father is bigger than your Father
And let me tell you when
Before creation
Though all temptation
For He has always been.
My Father is bigger than your father
And let me tell you where
No place on the ground
But He’s all around
In fact, He is right here.
My Father is bigger than your father
And let me tell you how.
It is by His Word
That He can be heard.
Do you believe me now?

Just Do It – Paul Bero

image_pdfimage_print

“Just do It”
By Paul Bero
Saginaw Correctional Facility, Freeland, MI

This is one way God has used me in my 35 years of prison. It was a 2011 cold December evening. I was on my bottom bunk. My TV was on and I had my headphones on, just chilling out, not really watching TV, just laying there in my bunk.

All of a sudden, I heard these words “Create salvation tracts.” I looked at my TV and looked around the room. My bunkie was gone. I laid back down. All of a sudden I heard “Create salvation tracts.”

I did not hear those words with my ears, yet I heard them plain as day.

“That was weird,” I thought and laid back down, this time to watch The Wheel of Fortune on TV. I soon forgot the words I heard.

For the next two or three weeks, it was like those words, “create salvation tracts,” haunted me. I just kept thinking then. Finally I said, “Ok God, I’ll create salvation tracts. I’ve no idea how, I’ve no idea what I’m doing, but I’ll do it.

I borrowed a typewriter and typed up some scriptures about salvation. I made photocopies and I’d hand them out. Then I began to add them to mail I sent out. But I was thinking they needed artwork, so now I drew things on the front, colored them and handed them out. This went on for a few months, but I felt like it was not enough, so I sat down and I wrote more than 80 letters over a three-week period to churches and to ministries across the USA. I got two responses out of more than 80 letters. One church in Michigan wrote me and told me not to waste their time. One ministry in New Jersey told me they had never been in the tract area so they politely said no.

Being stupid, I wrote the New Jersey ministry again and said “just because you’ve never tried printing tracts does not mean you shouldn’t. The man wrote me back and said, “Okay we will try it. Send me half a dozen of your tracts and we’ll see how it goes.”

A few months later, he sent me high quality tracts he had made. They had my artwork in full color and the messages professionally printed at a print shop. He told me they printed 5,000 of each at a cost of $300 per 5,000 or a total of 30,000 tracts for $1,800! I could not believe it.

The church he belonged to handed the tracts out in the streets of New Jersey. They handed out close to a thousand of my tracts. He told me some people came back asking for extras. At the end of the day, the church people said they had not seen even one of my tracts on the ground or in a trash can.

The ministry continued to hand out tracts but mostly mailed them out. A couple months went by and that ministry asked me for more of my tracts to print. Then a ministry in Pennsylvania began to print and mail thousands of my tracts. Later a third ministry got involved.

As of 2017, the first two ministries moved onto new things. But from 2010 to 2017 more than 850,000 of my tracts had been printed and sent all over the world.

If you think I am bragging, you are correct. I’m bragging that God used me. I love it when I’m at work for the Lord. Some people ask me how much money I made. Ha. I spent money on my tracts and I’ve not made one penny nor am I trying to make a penny. All I want is to work for the Lord while I’m on this earth.

Like I said, I heard those words “create salvation tracts” not with my ears but a voice from within. I believe that was the Holy Spirit. I see myself as a type of Jonah.”Jonah, go to Nineveh.” “Oh no, not me!”

But God put Jonah in Nineveh anyways. I thought creating salvation tracts was the nuttiest idea in the world, but God got what He wanted.

Don’t be like Jonah or me if God is telling you to do something. Just be sure it is of God and then do it. Test it; do it. Never let it be done if it really isn’t from God. And I doubt that God will want you to create tracts. That was for me to do. God might want you to just talk to a lonely, lost soul to be friends with, someone everyone hates. God might want you to write a nice letter to someone you hurt. God might want you to buy a tube of toothpaste for “one-tooth Harry.”

Pay attention to what God has for you to do and do it. If no one thanks you, it’s okay because you did it for God.

What Are You Expecting From God – George Walker

image_pdfimage_print

“What Are You Expecting From God?”
By George Walker
Muskegon Correctional Facility, Muskegon, MI

“My soul, wait thou only upon God: for my expectation is from him.” Psalm 62:5.

I looked up the word “expect” and it said: to believe that something will occur and wait for it to happen. In this Psalm, David’s expectation is from God. His everything is in God, in all areas of his life he is expecting God to show up. David knew that God was going to be his defense and rock so in his waiting he claimed the victory.

David trusted in God at all times for his deliverance from the enemy. This is a good example of how we are to walk out our lives in faith claiming victory. David tells us in Psalm 62:8: “Trust in him at all times: ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.” He is our refuge, pour out your heart to Him and He will respond. Put your whole heart into your relationship with Jesus and live in expectancy and watch what He will do.

He loves us more than we will ever know. God bless you.

Picture Frame – Tadario Sims

image_pdfimage_print

“Picture Frame”
By Tadario Sims
Muskegon Correctional Facility, Muskegon, MI

Think about you being the picture and God being the frame. Amen. Now just think about where your life was at before giving your life over to Christ Jesus. Amen. Look at all the pictures that you took in the world and put them side to side with the picture God took of you and put in His frame. Look at the past old person you use to be, to now the new person that you are today. Amen.

The pictures look so different. The new person in the frame Of God has light and all of the old pictures of you are all in darkness and has no life in them at all. Yes, God is with you and you with God but you are still in the world and around worldly things that are in darkness, but as long as you stay in prayer with God He will keep you from all of the darkness and evil of this world. Amen.

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe (Proverbs 29:25). And to say that, is to say this out of the book of 1 John 2:15,17. Do not love the world or anything in the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. Amen.

So next time my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, keep The Father God first in your life, and he will show you the way your life should go in this time we are living in. Amen.

All Alone – Tadario Sims

image_pdfimage_print

“All Alone”
By Tadario Sims
Muskegon Correctional Facility, Muskegon, MI

Do you ever feel like you are all alone sometimes or you’ve felt like that all your life?

Well it started for me when I was a little boy at the age of three years old. I always had mom around but dad was not there so much. But when he did come around and stay at the house for the night, I would sleep in the same bed with him right next to him holding his hand to let him know not to leave me without taking me with him. But as always when he left the house he left all alone and left me feeling all alone. I needed my dad but I guess he didn’t need or want me in his life.

So over the years I started looking into my friends’ fathers for the relationship I wanted out of my dad so I wouldn’t feel all alone. But I never found that relationship in any other man that had come into my life when I was a child. So I was still feeling all alone. So I went to the streets and that didn’t get me anywhere but in prison.

It took me going to prison to find my real Father and his name is Jesus Christ. When I gave my life over to God and came to have a relationship with Him like I always wanted from my dad he gave me more than what I can ask for – more than out of an earthly father.

That is the day I stopped feeling like I was all alone. That’s when Hebrews 13:5 set in on my spirit. Jesus lets us know he will never leave us nor forsake us. Amen. And if you go down to 13:8 it says Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever Amen.