Monthly Archives: April 2021

Keep Going – Raymond Carr


“Keep Going”
By Raymond Carr
Lakeland Correctional Facility, Coldwater, MI

Early one Sunday morning, I felt a pull that lured me out of bed, So, out of bed I am, but I didn’t stop there. This pull, pulled me to the kitchen, where I ate breakfast for the first time in years. It’s something, this pull has been tugging at me for some time now.

But, on this Sunday, I didn’t pull back and this pull, pulled me to church, but I didn’t stop there.

The pastor seemed as if he was preaching specifically to me. Then, the pastor opened the doors of the church and that pull tugged at my heart. This pull, pulled me to the front of the church, where I was Saved By Grace and received the gift of eternal life, but I didn’t stop there.

Now that I have been saved and blessed with salvation, I know that I had to keep going because this pull is pulling at my spirit. Then, I heard a voice say, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” And in my study, I found in II Peter 1:5 that Peter told us to be diligent in adding to our faith virtue and to virtue knowledge. When we give our life to God, it doesn’t stop at the altar. We are children of God now, and we must go from glory to glory.

So, grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and forever. Amen. Keep going.

II Timothy 2:15 & II Peter 1:5, 3:18

Living Word – Nolan Hall


“Living Word”
By Nolan Hall
Parnall Correctional Facility, Jackson, MI

Lord I feel like I’m being ignored. Please speak to me and don’t overlook.
A gentle wind comes through her kitchen window, opening the pages of a book.

Bernadette, being curious, goes to kitchen, seeing the Bible opened yet unsure.
The mightiness of the Father, Son and Spirit was directing her to scripture.

This woman realized she needed to read the word of God and it must be her choice,
To take time away from worries and cares of this world to hear His voice.

Bernadette was amazed at the awesome power as the pages turned.
If you want to hear God’s voice it’s all throughout the Bible, she soon learned.

Pages turned to the book of Job. She read of his suffering with no help from his friends.
Learning faith and trust in God is a must regardless what’s happening.

Then the pages turned to the book of Psalms for comfort in times of struggle and distress.
Bernadette opened her heart and soul to the creator and her sins she confessed.

Next the Bible opened to Proverbs because in our walk there will be doubt and strife.
These living words provided moral instruction, applying divine wisdom to her daily life.

Bernadette was directed to the Gospels, reading of Jesus the Eternal King, the Christ.
With tear-filled eyes reading of a love so great with the Son and his sacrifice.