Happy Father’s Day! It always amazes me to read the responses from the website. This month I share a letter from Michael, who asked me to share a Scripture that has helped me through difficult times. That was easy for me to answer; it’s Romans 8:28, 29.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
From the Mailbox…
“I wrote because I read you’re a Christian, and I thought you could help me out. I was born in Virginia, raised in a small town in MA, and at age eleven, we moved to Greensboro, NC. After high school, I joined the Marine Corps. I was with an infantry battalion stationed in 29 Palms (CA). I served two tours of duty in Iraq in ’03 and ’04. The war was both traumatic and rewarding. It made me feel how fortunate I was to be both born and raised in the U.S.A.
Happy Resurrection Season! It’s always a joy to bring forth the monthly view, especially during Easter. Unlike C.E.O.s (Christmas Easter Only – Christians who worship only twice a year), we’re to celebrate daily the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. For example, listen to the apostle Paul,
“I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!” 1
Youth for Christ Response…
Here’s a request from Justin, a minister to jailed juveniles, while working with Youth for Christ.
Happy Valentines! Isn’t it wonderful to know that we are so loved and forgiven by God. Before receiving His grace, our hearts were filled with guilt and shame, but now His faithful love fills that emptiness.
“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” 1
An Insightful Response…
Here's a letter from James in Canada, an elementary school teacher for 35 years, writing,
Happy Thanksgiving! What a wonderful month to focus on thanking God for his incredible work of grace in our lives, culminating on Thanksgiving Day with family and friends. This is the key to tangible, everyday joy.
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.” 1
Be Thankful for Everything…
We are called to live a joyful life, always prayerful, and giving thanks in everything, which is God’s will for our life. Being thankful releases the gift of the Holy Spirit (God’s continual helping presence in our lives), instead of stifling Him by our complaining.
Welcome! We’re looking forward to another exciting month of ministry with new articles and brochures. One is called The Christian’s Toolbox, as a reminder to renew your way of thinking with core beliefs.
“…let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then, you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” 1
Our Core Identity…
Our core is the center of our being. As Christians, the Holy Spirit lives in our core. He empowers us to live an abundant life. Before He came into my heart in ’75, I was accustomed to living in the flesh (self), but now I have “…the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2
Welcome! I'm humbled to receive letters daily from those viewing the website, then asking for advice concerning their circumstances. For me, overcoming life’s struggles takes place by renewing the mind, creating emotional security through faith in the power of God's grace.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths." 1
A Compassionate Response...
"First, I'm very excited to be writing you. What kind of things help you therapeutically to keep you sane? I found painting really soothes my mind and helps to suppress my two problem emotions, which are rage and sadness. I struggle with legal problems, and mental and physical health issues daily. I'm always looking for ways to positively help me to cope with those things.
Welcome! We are receiving a wonderful response to last month's view. Many of us are ashamed of our past, but because of God's amazing love and grace, we walk in authority over the debilitating effects of guilt and shame.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old is gone; a new life has begun!” 1
A Wonderful Response...
After viewing the website, it's important that we hear from you to know that you are listening. Under What People Say, we share many responses, but here's one from Gwen now.
“I just finished reading your book “Will You Die For Me?”. It was interesting to see things from your perspective. Obviously, your crimes were horrible, but not beyond forgiveness and redemption as you discovered. I came to understand how they happened. In fact, I could have easily been one of you, falling into living among you all if I've been in the same place at the same time.
Welcome! The most important aspect of our lives must be to share God's love with others. This may be difficult, but it's easy to share this website with someone, print and pass out brochures or be involved some other way. Let us proclaim:
“That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.” 1
God's glorious love...
I am so humbled to hear from Mark in Australia of how God has changed his life through the testimony of Christ in my life.
“Greetings brother. It's important to me that you know what a positive impact your story has had on me. In short, it was through you that I found the Lord.
Welcome! God's forgiveness is so amazing. The more forgiveness-conscious we become, the more we experience healing and freedom from every bodily ailment, mental and emotional oppression, and destructive habit. The Psalmist David was well aware of the healing power of forgiveness, saying,
"Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all of your diseases." 1
God's Transforming Power...
Here's a wonderful praise report from a Kentuckian named Elka, who wrote to me in prison.
“I just want to thank you for your honesty and for your testimony. For a very long time I've felt that something was urging me to listen to your side of the story. A few days ago, I was able to view your testimony on line. I'm so glad that you're so open and truthful, but most of all, that you're saved. Your line my life is a very long story, & I can absolutely tell you that God used your testimony and example to show me and save me from many things, that I was at war within myself.
Merry Christmas! I pray the Holy Spirit will help you realize that Christmas is all about celebrating the birth of our Lord and King, Jesus Christ. Listen to the angel Gabriel speaking to Mary before His birth:
“You will conceive and give birth to a son and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his kingdom will never end!” 1
Joy To The World...
Many of us are familiar with the Christmas lyrics, “Joy to the world, the Lord has come, let heaven and earth rejoice.” As you look around the world today, especially with the recent terrorism in France looming in our minds, the reality of joy seems far off. As our hearts break with the people of France, the victims, their families and loved ones, our thoughts and prayers go out to them.