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Monthly Archives: February 2019

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words – Carl Nunnery

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“A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words”
By Carl Nunnery
Farmington Correctional Facility, Farmington, MO

I bet you could walk up to anyone on the street who is carrying a wallet or a purse and you could find they all have one thing in common; they all will have at least one picture of someone. Why do you suppose that may be? The answer is that picture was of someone that they considered very dear to them, and that picture would serve as a reminder of what this person means to them.

Jesus tells us in Luke 22:19 during the Passover supper with his disciples,”this do in remembrance of me.” They obviously did not have the benefit of the Polaroid camera to produce a lasting photo, but they did do things to remember Jesus Christ.

In Psalms 112:6 it says,” the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.”

None of us has an accurate photograph of what Jesus looks like, but if you can recall when you went to your local church, they may have had a statue of Jesus, a picture of Jesus or a display of Jesus on the cross with a crown of thorns on His head. These are not to insinuate this is what Jesus looks like, but to remind us of the suffering He endured, and the man who lived and died and was raised back to life for us.

Many books, movies and pictures help keep us in remembrance of the life of Jesus, for His reasons of becoming a man, for His work in giving us the word of God, for teaching us who God is, and most importantly, for showing us the enormous amount of love He has for each of us.

In John 1:1 it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Then we read in John 1:14 where it says, “and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” It is evident Jesus is God in human form and from this we know God is the author of the Bible (Heb 12:2).

In 2nd Peter 1:21 it says, “holy men of God were guided by the holy spirit.” The Bible is not man’s inspired word, but God’s inspired word. In 2nd Tim 3:16 it tells us,” all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, and reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

The Bible is the undisputed words of God. My point is this, when you see a picture of Jesus, it reminds us of so much, not of what Jesus looks like, but who Jesus is and what he did on the cross. When you see Jesus you see the word of God.
So when you see a picture of JESUS, you can say without a doubt, a picture is truly worth a 1000s of words – GODS WORDS!

Keep Going – Walter Bass

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“Keep Going”
By Walter Bass
Muskegon Correctional Facility, Muskegon, MI

One day while exercising, me and my friend implemented jogging into our routine. I’m a big guy and ex-football player but running or jogging during a workout wasn’t fun or exciting as playing the actual game.

We decided to do this run at the end of an already strenuous leg workout and I was feeling the workout throughout my whole body. Simply walking was taking extreme effort. As we started the jog, it was our plan to do just one lap, but the run started to get good despite muscle fatigue. Turning the last corner of the track, I picked up speed and began to pump my legs as fast as I could to get them to go. After about 10 good strides, I was out of air and my leg muscles burned and screamed for me to stop. I was nowhere near the finish line. My workout partner, who is at least 115 pounds lighter than I am, was right there with me stride for stride but was clearly holding back.

With my eyes fixed on the finish line I heard “keep going.” I kept hearing it being repeated through the gasps of air I was sucking in at this point. I must have sounded like a train coming because people walking on the track heard me coming and stepped to the side. “Keep going” is all I heard. That day I never made it to the finish line before stopping. However it became part of our routine. The next two weeks I heard the same “keep going” but it wasn’t after the first lap, it was after the first mile.

Life sometimes gets that way. We feel tired and exhausted and want to stop. Although I stopped short the first time around, my labor was not in vain. I was able to run 2 miles where I once couldn’t run 1 lap.

In our life with Christ, sometimes we hesitate or give up because we are fatigued with people or problems and we see no results from the work we do. Don’t let the lack of results keep you from doing good and serving God. We must do the work of good while we have the opportunity, knowing that our work will have eternal results.

1 Corinthians 15:58 says “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain”.

I just want to encourage you today to keep going. Whatever your situation or circumstances are right now, keep going. No matter how tired you are, keep going.

Brothers and sisters, our labor is not in vain. Let’s hold on to the faith we profess and keep going. May the grace of our Lord Christ Jesus be with your spirit and may his peace and mercy be yours abundantly.

God Qualifies the Chosen – George Walker

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“God Qualifies the Chosen”
By George Walker
Muskegon Correctional Facility, Muskegon, MI

“Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:10.

I am glad to be chosen to be a servant of The Father. I have been thinking about a saying I heard in my Ministers in Training class: “God doesn’t choose the qualified, He qualifies the chosen.” God does not use the likely person to deliver His Word but the downtrodden, the murderer, the alcoholic and the drug user. He does not always choose the one who is the smartest or the super intelligent either.

Moses said unto God, “Who am I that I should go unto Pharaoh.” Moses thinks he is not capable for the task that God is telling him to perform. Look at what our Father tells him: “Certainly I will be with thee.” The Father is telling Moses I will never leave you nor forsake you, My Word will not return unto me void. Basically God is saying I will fight (speak) for you, trust me.

Moses feels unqualified but God qualifies him because He chose him. When our Father tells us to do something, He gives us Himself which makes us more than capable to fulfill His request.

B.T.W.O.E. Believe The Word Over Everything! Be encouraged and always ready.

Don’t Let Your Journey Last Too Long – Walter Bass

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“Don’t Let Your Journey Last Too Long”
By Walter Bass
Muskegon Correctional Facility, Muskegon, MI

Through God’s instruction, Moses led the people of Israel in their escape from Egypt.

Israel started out on a journey that was only suppose to last for 11 days, but because of their rebellion and disobedience they ended up wandering in the wilderness for 40 years.

My brothers and sisters, don’t let your journey last longer than it has to. Don’t let your rebellion and disobedience cause you to wander in the wilderness. We must listen to the word of God and do what He instructs us to do. God has placed a calling on your life. He has instructed you on how to conquer your problem, but because you perceive your problem to be bigger or greater than God, you allow the problem to constantly exist.

When the people of Israel became scared Moses said to them “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.” Ex 14: 10-14

Each one of us has a our own journey to walk. However, on that journey when we are faced with problems and difficulties, we have to remember that our God whom we serve is a God that says He will never leave us and that God is bigger than any problem that we may face. Remember that God is with you on your journey. It is on this journey that we must listen to the word of God and follow His instructions and not our own fears. Don’t let your journey last longer than it has to.

“Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.”

May the grace and mercy of God be yours in abundance.