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Monthly Archives: August 2019

Revelation – William Walker

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“Revelation”
By William Walker
Muskegon Correctional Facility, Muskegon, MI

Life is rough, rugged and hard
Every step I take God is my body guard
Whether I’m strong or weak
He encourages me to continue, despite grief
Unlike a fair weather friend
Who fluctuates with the wind.
Controlled by the Spirit, tempted by the flesh
He revealed the journey that He knows best
Significantly has something stored for my life
So embrace the responsibility and sacrifice
Battling with the principalities in this system
Transformed my mind so I can see beyond prison
Always there through the sunshine and rain
Endured the pain inflicted by the best in His domain.
Thank you for restoring my soul
Eyes to see a vision I must shape and mold
Practicing the supernatural, forgiving those in the past
Embracing the ridicule
While the heavenly Father is directing my path
Just when I discovered the answer
My mom passed due to breast cancer.
Man, it’s tough losing family members every day
But instead of losing sight
I prostrate on my knees and finally pray.

Old to New – Gerord Robinson

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“Old to New”
By Gerord Robinson
Macomb Correctional Facility, New Haven, MI

I won’t fall nor stumble, but stay humble and content. I won’t fumble His word but I’ll keep a firm grip, pressing toward the goal which will save my soul. I was tired of my old self I didn’t want him no more, so I made a decision to change my life and I turned straight to the Lord. I got on my knees and surrendered and told Him to take control, because with Him leading me I’m going straight to the “gold.” With me leading myself I was going straight to the “hole.” The truth is me now and I’m letting it be told, be a “Message of Hope” and spread the Gospel. The old is gone the new become, new life in Christ, yes I’m a son.

Praise God!

Focus – James Kerbleski

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“Focus”
By James Kerbleski
Newberry Correctional Facility, Newberry, MI

Hey, I am standing right here, why can’t you see me? What’s the matter? Why won’t you come over here? It’s me. What’s happened, my friend, don’t you recognize me? Oh, no worries, I see you’re just out of focus.

Yes, I have been gone for some time now and as you have noticed I have quite a smile nowadays and that’s because I met someone and his name is Jesus Christ and He helped me refocus my life and now I know I don’t ever have to frown again, and he also told me you don’t have to either.

Giving My Heart to Christ – Brandon Farnsworth

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“Giving My Heart to Christ”
By Brandon Farnsworth
Macomb Correctional Facility, New Haven, MI

When I came to prison six years ago, I was a very mean person who didn’t care about anything. My mother signed me up to do a Bible study. I did one lesson and I said that’s not for me.

In August of 2014, I was lying down and this inmate came to my cell and said “Can I talk to you about God?” I told him I would listen, but I didn’t take it to heart. On Sept. 15, 2014, I had a life changing experience. I found out that my little brother was shot and killed. The next day I didn’t know what to do. Something in my heart told me to pray. I prayed and gave my heart to Christ. It felt like a one ton boulder was lifted off me. I went to church the next week and the chaplain gave me a packet that had an address on it for Bible studies. I wrote the Salvation Army Prison Correspondence Study Department. I finished the studies in 2015. I then wrote Exodus Prison Ministry to get studies from them, too. I am currently still doing them. I have also signed up for more studies.

I just couldn’t believe that God would save me. But He did. My life has been better over the years. I just feel the joy of Christ in me. I am happy.

In 2016 my grandmother passed away and I didn’t know what to do at the time. I pulled my Bible over and read what Job did. I prayed and prayed. Even though I know she is gone, I still feel her presence in my heart.

I pray that others in prison will feel God and trust Him.

Christ is Awesome – Brandon Farnsworth

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“Christ is Awesome”
By Brandon Farnsworth
Macomb Correctional Facility, New Haven, MI

My time with Christ is awesome. I pray and read daily. I spread the Word to others when I can. I love my life with Christ. I was blessed with 3 children. I pray for everyone that is locked up in the Department Of Corrections to one day get out and also spread the Word everyday on the streets.

A couple days ago my friend said she has cancer. I have prayed daily with her. We talk every day on the phone. I just pray everyone is going to be safe and sound. I also pray for the day we are released and are able to go to church and help others.

Praise Ye Thee Oh Lord – Tolan Duncan

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“Praise Ye Thee Oh Lord”
By Tolan Duncan
Macomb Correctional Facility, New Haven, MI

God is so good and I am thankful that He is in the restoration business. I recently had a visit from my mother and one of my sisters and it was a very interesting visit. There are a lot of childhood issues that are behind our adult pain and anger.

God knows what He is doing. We have to allow Him to do what is now best. Very often we can get in the way and stop the flow of blessings that is for us. I pray that you allow God to flow nonstop in your life. Sometimes we hold onto things for whatever reason, but it doesn’t make sense to God because He has forgiven us over and over again.

Can God find us faithful with the love that He has given us to share with others or are only willing to share this love with the ones that will respond the way we want them to? My family wasn’t happy when I told them that I wasn’t coming home to them, that I am coming home to the church – God’s people.

People are not going to be all right with your decisions, especially when they are not included because they don’t live the way you now live for the Lord. I told them that this doesn’t mean that I will not be involved in their lives. People (this includes family) need to know that you are truly all about God.

God has to be our first and as they continue to see your walk in the Lord they will begin to respect your God because of your newness in Christ. I am checking in and I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and I love you as I consider you as Christ has considered you.

I will let you go for now, please know in your heart that Brother Duncan is staying connected to you because we are the Body of Christ, let’s do our part and no one else’s part. I thank God for this new life that He has given me to live according to His will.

God’s grace is before us.

Seventy Times Seven – Amy Black

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“Seventy Times Seven”
By Amy Black
Huron Valley Correctional Facility, Ypsilanti, MI

God, from these drugs no one can hide.
No one can stop, despite how hard they try.
A lifelong habit.
They have to have it.

I pray for them all times of day.
forgave them when they lied every which way.
Forgave seventy times seven…
they’re yours, thank Heavens.

Why can’t I give them my strength?
You’re strength, my failure, back from the brink.
A lifelong habit.
They have to have it.

So many years I’ve cried for them,
my Lord & Savior, your Holy Spirit please send…
Forgive seventy times seven
They’re yours, thank Heavens.

God, if for them you have a miracle
show them your patience and love so empirical.
A lifelong habit.
They have to have it.

Please break these chains in Jesus Christ’s name.
Return strongholds to dirt from where they came.
Forgive seventy times seven
They’re yours, thank Heavens.

Help dry my tears, and make me free
Remind me every day to trust in thee.
A lifelong habit.
They have to have it.

I thank you now for your amazing grace
and the warm loving arms of your embrace.
Forgave seventy times seven.
I’ll see you in heaven.

A Long Ways – Amy Black

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“A Long Ways”
By Amy Black
Huron Valley Correctional Facility, Ypsilanti, MI

This wait is so long,
My beating heart so strong.
The quietness in my mind,
A way out try to find.
Do I take the pill
And choose to stay ill?

Do I turn quickly away,
Choose life one more day.
My fix today is prayer,
In my eyes are tears.

Don’t claim to be perfect,
Just versed in this subject.
Given the strength to retrieve,
Love of God to receive.

Eight years later, I struggle
Curled up, sleeping I snuggle.
Surrounded by the extreme contentment
Of my own peaceful element.

Never claimed to be innocent,
Sometimes even a little insolent.
My goal of freedom prevalent,
People drop off, that’s subsequent.

All the years I wept,
I’m back to myself, well kept.
God died on the cross,
So He’s my new boss.
Amen, amen, amen.