March 2010

What a blessing it is to share another monthly view, affirming God's love for you. An affirmed person knows the love of Jesus and expresses God's abounding love even in an emotional way with something as simple as a hug or a kiss. The apostle Paul commanded the church at Rome, Corinth, and Thessalonica to "Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss."1

The Unaffirmed Person

An unaffirmed person has never felt genuine care and concern from a mature adult. Can you find yourself in this partial list of characteristics of an unaffirmed person?

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April 2010

It is so exciting to share God's abounding love through the monthly view. I'm so thankful for your response. If you would like it placed on the website, make the subject: What People Are Saying. It is my prayer that what you say will be a blessing to others around the world.

Study Chart Booklet

Update: August 2014 - This booklet is no longer available in black and white. We are working on a new download in color. When this is ready, we'll add a link to it. Thank you!

Praise Report

"My name is Jeremiah, and I'm a graduate student at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. I'm getting my Masters in Performance Studies, and I'm in the processing of preparing for my graduate recital speech. I just wanted to contact you and let you know that your story greatly impacted my life so much so that I'm going to share it as part of my recital speech.

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June 2010

Welcome to this month's view. I'm glad to hear that you enjoy not only the views, but the entire web site. As you read, I pray that God's love will be revealed to you by the Holy Spirit.1 Remember, "We love God because He first loved us."2 We are beloved by God!

Do you find it hard to stay focused on your relationship with the Lord throughout the day? If so, one way to focus is by listening to contemporary Christian music on KLove. com. As you do, God's word of love and grace will renew your mind to the finished work of Jesus, producing a sense of righteousness and perfect peace.3

"Therefore by Him [Jesus] let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name."4

Serenity Prayer

My mother's favorite prayer was the Serenity Prayer. Often, she would pray it out loud to overcome as things got too tough for her to handle. I recall her cry:

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August 2010

It is wonderful when you visit our site for a word of encouragement. It is important for us to remember that in these troublesome times, "The Lord is our strength and song, and has become our salvation...This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it...Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever."1

Rejoice in the Lord...

It could be that you find very little to rejoice about these days. Maybe you have not experienced your deliverance the way the above verses depict; but rejoice anyway, because the provision for your salvation was given 2000 years ago through the finished work of Jesus Christ. He died and rose again for your salvation, freedom, and rejoicing.

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October 2010

Welcome to the website. Our prayer is that you may experience God's love, and let it flow out through you to someone else. We'd love to hear from you, so we can add your comments to What People Are Saying. As you respond, we are able to determine the effectiveness of this outreach.

A Sense of Lack

Many hurting people respond to this website, saying they have no spirituality, but desire to know God. One young lady said she just wasn't getting "it," asking: "Am I a lost soul?" Another woman asked for "a word of wisdom," while seeking a closer walk with God. They all share one thing in common -- a sense of lack.

One man wrote about the many "atrocities of life." I reminded him that man's problem is sin. In the beginning, God crowned man with glory and honor,1 but he chose to turn against God and do his own thing. As a result, all these atrocities begin to rule the lives of mankind. "When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone."2

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December 2010

Welcome to this month's view. I know that many of you are hurting because of unmet needs during this Christmas season. Some of you are frustrated because of unmet expectations. Or you may be living in fear because of insecurity. Regardless of your need, the answer is to "...come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace [ability] to help in time of need."1

Emotions That Destroy

While on death row in January, 1972, my counselor wrote this about me - "the All-American boy."

"What events transpired, and what emtional concepts were set in motion prior to his decision to leave that life-style and set of values for the totally foreign experiences of the drug-culture is unknown. He cannot yet verbalize it, and, in fact, may not even be consciously aware of it. There is no doubt that something or someone propelled him to totally immerse himself into this new life-style."

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February 2009

This month’s view is for all those who see themselves in the Valley of Decision during these trying times. You may be looking for answers, similar to the main character in the classic novel Pilgrim’s Progress. He found something either missing or present in his life while searching for the truth on his way to the Celestial City. He eventually finds absolute truth, love and forgiveness in God’s Word – the Bible. His progress through life is being portrayed in a new movie by the same title.

Absolute Truth

I hope it doesn’t take terribly destructive circumstances for you, as it did for me, to realize that God’s Word is truth. There was a way that seemed right to me, but the end was death.1 I searched for answers in anything and from anyone who crossed my path. While running from God, I tried to convince myself with various philosophies and false doctrines that I was okay, but found out that only the Bible holds the answers to a righteous relationship with God.

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April 2009

The purpose of the monthly view is to reflect God’s love and glory. As Christians, we are mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him and reflect His glory even more.1

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My Latest Photo

Sometimes it isn’t appropriate to reflect God’s glory in prison. For instance, we are asked not to smile in our mug shots, because we’re supposed to be a hardened criminal. I comply, but I’m smiling on the inside because the Holy Spirit lives in me.

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June 2009

The purpose of the monthly view is to share how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. He shows His great love for us by having sent Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, He will certainly save us from His eternal wrath.1

Links For New Visitors

Shadow Steal Interview
Miracle of Forgiveness
Love is All You Need

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August 2009

It is always a joy to share my view each month. This joy comes from the Holy Spirit, who is leading me to suggest a few testimony links to remind you of the ministry mission, to reaffirm the apology for my actions in 1969, and to encourage you to keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.1

Suggested Links

This may be your first time to visit us. You may need a little help finding your way around the site. Here are a few links that share the testimony of Jesus Christ in my life:

Victim or Victor Cost of Forgiveness
Let’s Get Real Ten Times Higher
California Dreamin’  

Our Ministry Mission

Our mission is to enlighten others to the need for prison outreach. We seek to help build the church behind prison walls that will not only affect the way prisoners see God, but their families as well.

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September 2009

Welcome to this month's view! It is my prayer that you are in the best of health; in spirit, soul, and body. As the Apostle John writes, "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers."1 In other words, our prosperity and health depends upon the condition of our soul [our thoughts, choices, and emotions].

Tell A Friend or Foe

This website proclaims the prosperity and health of the spirit, soul, and body, flowing through a personal-loving relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. We were privileged to share the Good News of Christ with tens of thousands of individuals who hit this site hundreds of thousands of times during last month's 40th anniversary. The response was amazing!

Since Christ came into my life thirty-five years ago, I am surprised when people write, only now hearing of my salvation. This enforces my belief that the power of Christ's testimony to save even a former Manson family member is important in order to foil the belief that the devil got the last word in my life; "...because greater is God in our lives than he that is in this world."2

Will you work with us to tell your loved ones about the power of God to save the lost? This ministry started in the late '70s, when the Lord revealed to me that He desires for the Good News about my salvation to be shared more than the bad news the media publishes concerning the Manson family murders.

If you agree with this vision, please pass along our web address to your family and friends. This can be done through a praise report by e-mail, through Facebook, Twitter, or however you desire to spread the Gospel message. Let us proclaim, "That we may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all the Lord's wonderous works."3 Amen!

From the Mailbox

It's my privilege to share a few excerpts from the letters of those whose souls are prospering and in health, as well as other exhortations, so that you may rejoice with us in the Lord.

Malta, MT - I thought about you all day as I drove the tractor, so when I came home, I knew I needed to write you a letter. You are in my prayers, and I am so happy to have you to write to and have you as a friend. Through you, I see "THE MOST HIGH GOD" clearer, and that makes me happy.

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May 2010

It is always exciting to hear that you look forward to each month's view. I pray that God may always be glorified, and not myself, because of what He has done in my life. Jesus made it quite clear that "...apart from Him, we can do nothing."1

Sharing God's Grace

As a follower of Jesus, my purpose is to share God's grace, which is His favor and ability working through me to do what I can't. The apostle Paul provides an example: "...whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out His special favor on me--and not without results. For I worked harder than all the other apostles, yet it was not I, but God who was working through me by His grace."2

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July 2010

It is such an honor to have you return to the site once again. I will be reporting on the death of a dear Christian brother who went home to be with Jesus. In light of his passing, I will share the importance of believing in Jesus for eternal life. As Jesus prayed, "...this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."1

Norman Ezell's Passing...

normanEzell-2010bOn May 8, 2010, Norman Ezell stepped into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. "For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down--when we die and leave these bodies--we will have a home in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God Himself and not by human hands...For we will not be spirits without bodies, but we will put on new heavenly bodies...Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord."2

I met Norman in 1966, where he and four other men played in a rock band known as the "Five Americans." They were riding the wave of Beatle mania, with their forty hits like "I See The Light" and "Western Union." Then, in 1977, a couple of years after we were both saved, we met again when he visited the prison chapel with Teen Challenge as a music minister. It wasn't long until we were best friends. In 1979, he was my best man.

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September 2010

This month's view asks the two most important questions concerning your future and hope that you need to consider. It is extremely important to "...always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear."1

Two Important Questions

A dear friend, named Lyle, recently shared in a letter how he felt led to ask his neighbor this first question: "Have you come to a place in your thinking where you know for certain that when you die you will go to Heaven?" His neighbor wasn't certain, like many who I have shared with over the years.

Here's another question: "Suppose that you were to die today and stand before God, and He were to say to you, 'Why should I let you into my heaven?' What would you say?"

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November 2010

This month's view finds me rejoicing with you who have received Christ as your righteousness, but sad for those who trust in their own good works, instead of Christ's finished work on the cross for their salvation. "God, our Savior, showed us His kindness and love. He saved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of His mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit."1

Awake, O Sleeper

Recently, a poll showed that only a small percentage of Christians read the Bible. Matter of fact, it showed that atheists and agnostics knew the Bible better than most. No wonder the apostle Paul paraphrased the prophet Isaish, saying: "Awake, O Sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light."2 It is the light of God's word that is a lamp to our feet, and a light to our path.3

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January 2009

As the media bombards your mind with the failing economy, you may question your faith during these times. You may find yourself turning to God for answers, unlike in the good times. May this be your wake up call for a Happy New Year: learning to trust in God’s sufficiency. The Lord says, “My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.”1

Happy & Blessed

One economist suggests that you turn off the media, which may help, but Jesus says, to “…seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”2 Isn’t that great advice?

Again, Jesus says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”3 The word blessed literally means “happy, fortunate, blissful.” Pastor John MacArthur says, “Here ‘blessed’ speaks of more than a surface emotion. Jesus was describing the divinely-bestowed well-being that belongs only to the faithful. The worldly idea is that happiness is found in riches, merriment, abundance, leisure and such things. The real truth is the very opposite.”

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March 2009

This month’s view continues with God’s absolute truth, love, and forgiveness for us all, by sharing His gift of absolute righteousness, peace, and joy. The Apostle Paul teaches, “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”1

Absolute Righteousness

The study on righteousness is endless, but simply put, our God [Yeshua-Tsidkeenu], in Judea-Christianity, is our righteousness.2 “God alone made it possible for you [and I] to be [righteous] in Christ Jesus [through His death, burial, and resurrection]. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable [righteous] to God. He made us pure and holy, and He gave Himself to purchase our freedom [from sin and spiritual death].”3

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May 2009

The purpose of the Monthly View is to remind you how the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob sees things, because of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Long ago, the prophet Micah cried: “Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity…because You delight in mercy…You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”1

Dealing with Memories

On a recent doctor’s appointment, the physician said, “Can I ask you a personal question?” I agreed, so he asked: “How do you deal with memories?” I let him know of my faith in the blood and righteousness of Christ. I explained to him how I take authority over thoughts, reminding myself that I am a new man because of Christ and that old things are passed away,2 now an entirely new identity from God’s word rules my mind.

As the analogy goes, “Birds may fly over your head, but you don’t have to let them build a nest in your hair.” It is the same with thoughts. They will come up, but you don’t have to let them rule your mind, emotions, and actions. “Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts…and let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise.”3

The secret is simply to cast down foolish thoughts and to replace them with God’s word. The Apostle Paul explained how a war is going on for our mind, saying: “We are human, but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods. We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds. With these weapons we break down every proud argument [imagination] that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons, we conquer their rebellious ideas [even memories], and we teach them to obey Christ.”4

Be Covenant Minded

Dealing with memories is not easy, unless you receive a new heart and mind from God. The prophet Jeremiah spoke of a new covenant, saying: “I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people…for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD, For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”5

As I reflect upon my life, there are many more good memories than there are bad ones. Besides, if God does not remember my sins, why should I. It is understandable to remember your sins if you have not received pardon and forgiveness from God, but “…if you confess your sins to God, He is faithful and just to forgive you and to cleanse you from every wrong.”6

After you receive Christ, it is your responsibility to renew your mind from bad memories with God’s covenant. I pray that you may “…be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s holy people, who live in the light. For God has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and He has brought us into the Kingdom of His dear Son. God has purchased our freedom with His blood and has forgiven all our sins.”7

In Remembrance

Many of you took communion last month at the Easter service. You may recall the words of Jesus, “Do this in remembrance of me.” Let me refresh your memory: “And Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it and gave it to them saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ Likewise, He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.’”8

It is very important to take communion in remembrance of Jesus, not in remembrance of your sin. The Apostle Paul teaches: “For if you eat and drink the cup unworthily [not understanding the Lord’s body], you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. That is why many of you are weak and sick and some even died. But if we examine ourselves [in Christ], we will not be examined by God and judged in this way.”9

Next time you take communion, do not examine your sin, but remember your righteousness, because of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”10 The Apostle Paul says, “Examine yourself to see if your faith is really genuine. Test yourselves. If you cannot tell that Jesus Christ is in you, it means you have failed the test. I hope you recognize that we have passed the test and are approved by God.”11

Receive A Pure Heart

As you see, memories can be thoughts of past sins. We overcome them by remembering our identity with Christ’s righteousness, because of our new covenant with God through the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Similarly, the law of God brings a sin consciousness to mind, whereas the Holy Spirit brings a righteous consciousness. Jesus taught, “…when the Holy Spirit comes, He will convince the world of sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.”12

The Psalmist David is an example of one who cried out to God in his sin, saying: “For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me…Purify me from my sins, and I will be clear, wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh give me back my joy again, you have broken me—now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me.”13

The Lord desires to give all of us a pure heart, clean of guilt, shame and past memories of sin. David was “Under the old system [law and ordinances], the blood of goats and bulls…could cleanse people’s bodies from ritual defilement. Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our hearts from deeds that lead to death [sin consciousness] so that we can worship the living God. For by the eternal Spirit, Christ offered Himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.”14

A Prayer For You ...

Father, Your Son, Jesus told us that if two of us agree down here on earth concerning anything we ask, that You would do it for us. I agree with Charles that Christ’s body and blood cleansed my heart from past memories of sin. I take authority over these memories in Christ and declare that I am right with God because of the blood of Christ. I commit to remembering moment by moment that the body and blood of Jesus Christ provided my healing and forgiveness of sin. I thank you Father for my freedom from sin’s penalty. I rejoice in my salvation. Thank you Jesus and Holy Spirit for living in and through me! Amen!

Scripture References:

1 Micah 7:18, 19
2 2 Cor. 5:17
3 Col. 3:15, 16
4 2 Cor. 10:3-5
5 Jere. 31:33, 34
6 1 John 1:9
7 Col. 1:11-14
8 Luke 22:19, 20
9 1 Cor. 11:29-31
10 2 Cor. 5:21
11 2 Cor. 13:5, 6
12 John 16:8
13 Psa. 51:5-10
14 Heb. 9:13, 14

Acknowledgement: A special thanks to Sherry for transcribing this months view!


July 2009

It is always a joy to share a monthly view from my prison cell. The thought that these writings can go around the world is amazing. It is even more amazing, plus it humbles me, to think that anyone would show concern for me after all these years of incarceration. I am so grateful for your kind and loving response, which I believe flows from our God in heaven.

Most often asked question…

“What is your day like?” My days are routine, but that can be healthy. We’re not forced to get out of bed, but must if we want to eat. After breakfast, those who do not work or go to school are free to go back to bed or to the yard. I’m awake by 5 a.m. for an hour of devotion and prayer before breakfast.

With two hundred and forty other prisoners, I live in one of five large buildings on the yard. There are double cells around three sides of the building, except for forty men, who are double bunked on the central dayroom floor. Because of overcrowding, the gym is also filled with men on triple bunks.

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November 2009

This month, I encourage you to celebrate the joys of Thanksgiving with family and friends no matter what has happened in the past. The Scriptures say, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."1

Manson Documentaries

Many of you have contacted us regarding the recent Manson documentaries. In fact, over forty thousand have visited our site with more than one and a half million hits during August and September. I cannot get cable, so I was unable to view the History channel, but I did receive several comments by letter; one will be shared later.

I understand that one documentary is named after my book "Will You Die For Me?" It features Catherine Share, a former Manson family member, who is now a born-again Christian. I hear that she verifies the facts in my book, confirming its truthfulness. I feel this is why viewer comments are more favorable towards this program than the one called "Manson," where I am told the actors are unrealistic.

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October 2009

It is such a privilege to take the message of Jesus Christ around the world through the Monthly View. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Gentiles. For in the gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, 'The just shall live by faith.'"1

Mailbox Testimonies

Last month's letters drew a wonderful response. Here is another one that came my way:

Green Bay, WI - Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I felt moved by the Holy Spirit to write this letter in hopes that it will lift your spirits to know that you have lifted mine! I was reading your story on the internet, out of idle historical curiosity, when I came across the part where it said that you had a conversion to Christ many years ago, and have taken up your Cross to follow Him as a fellow minister of the Gospel. This brought me great joy!

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