Welcome! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. If not in person, maybe over the phone or social media. You may be able to identify with many prisoners who had nobody to call. They’ve burned all their bridges. In 2015, let’s trust God for a better New Year for us all.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” 1
A Future and a Hope…
Things may seem pretty hopeless starting off the new year. You may find yourself lacking vision for the future. I’m asked often, “Charles, how do you do it after all these years? It can’t be easy.”
Welcome Beloved! Like never before in the history of mankind, Bible prophesy is being verified by headline news: Ebola, ISIS, Wars, Financial Crisis, Race Riots in Ferguson, Volcanos, Earthquakes, Tornados, Forest Fires, Flooding, Famines, Hurricanes, Mass Shootings and Droughts to name a few. It is very possible that these are the birth pains before the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who prophesied,
“And you shall hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nations will go to war against nation, and Kingdom against Kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.” 1
Last Days Ungratefulness…
Since I live in a glass house, I am the last person that should be throwing stones. It may seem to you like the apostle Paul is throwing stones when you read what he wrote about the conditions of the last days.
Thank you for all the wonderful praise reports concerning the renewed website. We have added several letters to "What People Say." We're so humbled by the amazing results.
"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!" 1
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The Lord is always speaking to us as we spend time in prayer, God's word and meditation. As He speaks to you, it helps to speak His word aloud for it to be confirmed in your heart.
Welcome! It is always such a blessing to share my heart with you. God is doing such an amazing work in my life and in those around me. The apostle Paul said,
“You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.”1
PASS IT ON…
What a joy it is for me to be able to pass on to you things that mean so much to me. It doesn’t cost me a thing to be a blessing in that way. The healthier we are internally, the more we desire to share it with others.
This could be called the gift of ‘helps’ mentioned in 1st Corinthians 12 verse 28. Since we have the Holy Spirit (our Helper) living in us, He has birthed a desire in us to be a help to others.
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2
Welcome. I pray that God’s goodness will become real to you this year, and that His love will be experienced deep in your heart. The psalmist David said, “I would have fainted, unless I believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.”1
The purpose of this website is to show you the goodness of God. As members of the body of Christ, we represent Jesus Christ on Earth. “And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the Devil, for God was with Him.”2 So what would Jesus do in 2014?
Seek and Save The Lost…
First, He would tell everyone that He came 2000 years ago to seek and save the lost at the cross.3 That He died there fore their sins and rose again to give eternal life, which was in expression of His love for them. This is the Good News:
Welcome! It is wonderful to hear from so many who are being blessed by God through this website. “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with the joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.“1
YOU ARE LOVED…
My heart goes out to those of you who are not experiencing love of any kind. It could be that past hurt and rejection has robbed you from the awesome power of God’s healing love.
Because of your childhood, you may find it hard to accept love. I could have benefited from more hugs and kisses myself. By my teenage years, I felt that love was a physical need, not realizing love’s spiritual side. Though as a child I sang “Jesus loves me this I know”, I didn’t know real love – the God kind of love.
Welcome! It is always a privilege to share with you each month. In the United States of America, a week is set aside each year to focus on those victimized by crime. Although it is all about the victims and their families, some share their hearts with groups of inmates in prison, especially in California. This is not only a healing balm for the victims, but for the inmates who get in touch with their feelings, gain compassion and learn to empathize.
VICTIMS’ RIGHTS WEEK…
This week was a three day event in April for those housed at Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP), especially for those involved in the Victims Awareness Offenders Program (VAOP). Each day, Staff members escorted family members of victims into the chapel to speak to a group of inmates, but none were victims of inmates at MCSP.
Some question the ability to trust an inmate in such a setting. But be assured, the three VAOP learning phases equip the men with four core values: respect, care, trust and humility. We have learned to listen intently and to ask appropriate questions when called upon. Our motto is: “NO MORE VICTIMS!”
The men were mesmerized by the sharing of members from four organizations:
Welcome. Let me ask you a question: “Can I have your permission to be loved, forgiven and healed?” I hear you say, “You don’t need my permission!” That’s exactly right. Yet millions are held captive under guilt and condemnation by others for past mistakes. When freedom is readily available, Jesus said, “…you will know the truth, at the truth will set you free.” 1
Permission To Be Loved...
Like myself at one time, you may find yourself under such tremendous guilt and condemnation from others, that you need to give yourself permission to be loved, forgiven, and healed by God.
Once you receive Gods love and forgiveness, “…there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” 2 Guilt and condemnation perpetuate the cycle of sin, whereas His grace, His blood, and His righteousness liberate and provide freedom from a sin consciousness.
Welcome! My goal is to effect the way people see God. I hope these monthly views and the rest of this website will help illuminate the revelation of Jesus Christ. My desire is to always have others feel loved and to help them understand God loves them.
A LOVING RESPONSE…
It is always such a blessing to hear how God uses this website to touch lives with His love. Remember, “This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1
Many people find my address on the Internet and write me personally. This is what my Christian brother, Matt, wrote:
“I grew up in a home where unhappiness was common. Love was seldom shown, nor was ‘I love you’ ever spoken. I grew up with a low self-esteem and became a driven individual who could not accept even the slightest amount of failure in my life.
Welcome! It is wonderful to know that you come to this website each month to check out what’s new. Remember, we are not be a product of our past circumstances. We choose to live a life and life more abundant in Christ Jesus, our Lord. 1
Our Identity: Spirit, Soul & Body
My latest eBook, Our Identity: Spirit, Soul & Body, isn’t all that new to me. For almost four decades I have continually reminded myself of who I am, what I have, and what I can do in Christ. By faith in God’s grace, I have been able to overcome my past, live in the now and see a glorious future and purpose for my life.2
This eBook has three parts: I wrote Part 1 in 2004. Part 2 was a work for three years in the early 80s, but I’ve taught Spirit, Soul & Body all over three years. Part 3 is a living testimony of how I’ve applied these teachings in my life. Altogether, along with 18 charts, it makes a presentation of our identity in Christ that I believe will be a blessing.
At the end of each chapter, you’ll find confessions of who you are, what you have, and what you can do. These are given so you can remind yourself of your covenant with God. As you do, you’ll be able to project these truths to others so their way will be illuminated as well.