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February 2015 Newsletter

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Justification

My Dear Family in Christ,

What is “Justification”? Why is justification necessary? Or is it? Who is justified? Let us explore these and probably many more questions relating to justification. Let us open our Bibles and learn what God has for us on this topic. However, let us start with a dictionary definition of justification.

1) a reason, fact, circumstance, or explanation that justifies or defends:
2) an act of justifying:
3) the state of being justified.

In a dictionary definition, you can see where the concept of justification or being justified, or someone justifying himself is all about trying to explain one’s actions to those who may not understand them. Such as, “Why did he kill that person?” Now we wait for his justification, or his explanation as to why he killed that person. If it was in self-defense, we consider him “justified” and let him go.

If it was premeditated and planned because he hated that person or wanted what he had, we consider his “justification” unwarranted or unjustified and he must pay the penalty for his crime. In our legal society we have courts of law that determine whether a person’s act of breaking the criminal law was justified or not. If the courts find his actions justified he is released and nothing more needs to be done. If the court finds his actions unlawful or unjustifiable then he will be found guilty and must pay the penalty.

Now, how does all of this relate to you and me in the eyes of God and His court? Well, first of all, “all have sinned”. Romans 3:23. Every single person on the face of the earth who has ever lived, except Jesus, has sinned. And what is sin? “Everyone who sins breaks God’s law, because sin is the same as breaking God’s law. 1 John 3:4.

Ok, we have all broken God’s Ten Commandments. At some point in time in our lives we have made someone or something our god. We have bowed down to our bosses by doing what they have asked us to do instead of being obedient to God. We have bowed down to money, influence and other things, such as church, and in so doing we have made them our god. We have broken God’s Sabbath. We have not honored our parents. We have committed sexual sins in our thoughts if not physically. We have killed people in our thoughts. We have stolen things, and people’s reputations, by our words and acts. We have born false witness against others to their harm by what we have said or what we did not say or do. We have coveted much in our lives. Hence, we are all sinners and stand before the judgment seat of Christ condemned as such. And since we are condemned, what is our punishment to be? “For the wages of sin is death. . .” Romans 6:23.

We all deserve nothing but death. Not one of us can stand before the Judgment Seat of God and justify ourselves or our actions. When we look deep into the Law and into our hearts, we find that our acts of breaking the law were done because we were selfish and did not love God or our neighbor as ourselves. Therefore, we must die. We are not fit for Heaven. Heaven is a place where no one thinks about themselves but only about their duties and responsibilities to God and each other. But God loves us so much, He says, “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” “I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD.” Isaiah 18:23, 32.

Therein lies God’s dilemma, how to save a guilty world. Lucifer thinks God should just do away with His law and let everyone live as they please (saved by grace). Without law, there is no sin. Romans 5:13. But as you and I know, a family, community, state or country without laws is a state of chaos, anarchy, revolution, pain and death. It is everyone for himself and no logical thinking person wants to live in that state. The people of the world yearn for peace, safety and prosperity in their lives. So much so, that the people of the United States of America wrote it into their Constitution. So if we sinful humans, who are so accustomed to doing selfishness, understand that we need law and order, would not our Creator recognize and have the same in His kingdom? I think so.

That is why not one sinner can go to Heaven. God kicked out all those who wanted to sin and think selfishly. The only people He can take to Heaven are saints. “Here is the patience of the saints, they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14:12. There are only two types of people in the world: sinners and saints. There are those who love selfishness and do what they want. And then there are those who strive to please God and are busy obeying His laws by loving God and others more than themselves. At the very end of earth’s history, the wicked will surround “the camp of the saints, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.” Revelation 20:9. The only ones in Heaven will be saints. The wicked will be destroyed. Those who live in obedience to the Ten Commandments without breaking them will live. They have spent their lives on earth developing every thought, habit and action to be in strict obedience to God’s Laws. They did not live trying to justify their sinful behavior or be acceptable to church.

“Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?” Romans 6:16. We are to bring “every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5. Jesus is our example. “Although He was a son, He learned obedience through what He suffered. And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” Hebrews 5:8, 9.

Now, that is the problem. God doesn’t want to see people destroyed for eternity, He wants everyone to be saved. How is that possible since everyone has sinned? Paul tells us that God “would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4. That is the key. What is the key? Knowledge!

Listen to God again from the Old Testament. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. Hosea 4:6. Jesus didn’t say we were to form a “relationship” with Him. He doesn’t tell us our salvation is in a church. He tells us our salvation comes through a knowledge that produces obedience to the truth.

Therefore, it is implied in these texts that there is a knowledge sinners can have that will lead to salvation and not destruction. What is that knowledge? We find in the New Testament where Zacharias prophesied of his son, John, that he would “give His people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins.” Luke 1:77. Ah, now we are getting somewhere. You see, knowledge of salvation would not do anyone any good if they were going to die anyway. After all, all have sinned, and the wages of sin is death, therefore, all will die.

However, God who loves us so much has provided a way of escape. Listen to Jesus as He talks to the Pharisees, the Sabbath keeping church leaders of His time, “You snakes, you children of serpents! How can you escape being condemned to hell?” Matthew 23:33. See, how can we escape being condemned? In that statement, there is implied hope of a way of escape. To the wicked it seems to be impossible. But listen to Hebrews, “how will we escape if we neglect a salvation as great as this? It was first proclaimed by the Lord himself, and then it was confirmed to us by those who heard Him.” Hebrews 2:3. Obviously there is a “great salvation” for us if we have the right knowledge.

So, what is that knowledge? It says in Hebrews that the Lord Himself first proclaimed it. What did Jesus proclaim? When we go through the teachings of Jesus, His teachings can be condensed down to three simple statements:

1) We must be perfect, Matthew 5:48. But how can we sinners be perfect? Jesus answers that question.
2) We must stop sinning, John 5:14. But how can we sinners who are in the habit of sinning, stop? Jesus answers that question.
3) We must keep the Ten Commandments if we want eternal life. Matthew 19:17. In other words, since sin is the voluntary breaking of the Law, obviously we must voluntarily stop breaking the law and voluntarily begin keeping it.

And that is what it all comes down to. How do we stop breaking the Law? There is only one way. Listen to Paul, “It is those who follow the Law, who will be justified.” Romans 2:13. James says, “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.” James 2:24. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21. Keep these texts in mind. They are very important. But we are going to divert our attention from these texts at this time and move in another direction. But don’t forget these texts. We will be back to put them in their proper place.

Since we have all sinned and deserve nothing but death, the only way we can be saved is for the Judge of the entire world to declare us “free from sin” or “Justified” from past sins. How does that happen? How can He forgive us the penalty of past sin? How can He cleans us and justify us from past sin? After all, we have done nothing that allows us to justify our sinful lives before God. Therefore, the only way we can be justified before God is for someone else to take our penalty: death.

And that is where Jesus comes in. Only One equal to the Law can take our penalty for those past sins. If you have committed murder and have been found guilty by a court of law and have been sentenced to death, only one equal to the law can pardon you. Your mother cannot pardon you. Your priest or pastor cannot pardon you. Even your attorney cannot pardon you. They may forgive you, but that is not a pardon. However, a governor of a state or the President of the United States, who are equal to the law, can pardon a law breaker.

Since the Ten Commandments are the written expression of God’s character, only God can pardon or justify a sinner’s past sins. Keep in mind, forgiveness and pardon are not the same. God is equal to the Law. Since Jesus is God and has the Ten Commandments written on His heart, He can justify us. However, there is yet another aspect to this that must be fulfilled. The wages of sin is still death. Therefore, in order for God to be just and still able to justify the sinner, there must be a substitute who takes the sinners penalty of death. That substitute is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ “was sentenced to death because of our sins and raised to life to justify us.” Romans 4:25. “Out of the suffering of His soul He will see light and find satisfaction. And through His knowledge His servant, the righteous One, will make many righteous, and He will bear their iniquities.” Isaiah 53:11.

There are three parts to Justification. The first is grace. God was not required to take our place in death. He could have left us to die. There was nothing in the law that said God had to give His life for us. Nothing! However, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. That is grace. Grace does not save us eternally, grace saves us from immediate death, the wages of sin, so that we can learn to believe in Jesus and receive our reward of eternal life. Matthew 16:27.

I know that there are some words I am using that will be very foreign to you such as “reward” and “work”. But these terms are in the Bible and we must face them and accept the truth. What did we learn earlier? That there is a knowledge that produces eternal life. If you are not being taught that special knowledge, you cannot have eternal life. Please listen carefully to the Bible and Bible only. Your church, pastor or denomination can’t save you.

As stated, the first part of our justification was “grace”. No one had to compel God to justify us. It was His love, His grace that motivated Him to begin the justification process. Grace is unmerited favor. There was nothing in us deserving of grace. There was nothing in us that initiated the justification process. Only by the grace of God can we be justified. Since grace is unmerited favor, it is given to everyone. That is how we know it cannot save one single person eternally since all are not saved. Justification and grace do not save us eternally. It is grace which leads us to phase two in our justification process.

In phase two, someone had to take our place and show us the way to eternal life. Jesus became the Way, the Truth to that one eternal life. John 14:6. For four thousand years after sin entered the world, man was not able to completely understand this grace. It was too awesome for the human mind to grasp. However, through demonstration it was possible to grasp a little bit of the plan of salvation and accept it by faith. Through the symbolisms, the rituals of sacrificing an innocent lamb, and other temple rites, the sinner could grasp, if but faintly, the plan of salvation. When a person sinned, he brought an innocent lamb as his substitute. The sinner had to cut the lamb’s throat in recognition that someday the Messiah would give His innocent life for the sinner’s penalty.

Even this ritual was not plain enough for the people to understand fully the sacrifice being made by God. So God called Abraham to sacrifice his one and only son of promise. For three days father and son traveled to the mountain of sacrifice. For three days the father’s heart was breaking within him. Every time he looked at his son, his heart was bursting with anguish. As he watched his son walking beside him, how could he give him up? How could he kill him? And when Isaac asked, “Father, where is the lamb?”, oh, how the heart of Abraham must have been pierced through as he stated, “God will provide a lamb.”

The time finally came when Abraham had to tell his son the plan. But Isaac was an obedient son. He did not run away. He obeyed and helped his father build the altar, arrange the wood, bind him and prepare himself for the offering. It was the same with Jesus. He did not run away from the Father’s plan. He lived in strict obedience to the Father’s will and cooperated even unto death. He loved us so much, He gave His only life for us. But God stayed the hand of Abraham and did show him the lamb as the substitute for the death of Isaac.

Now the descendants of Abraham could better understand the grace of God in their lives. Jesus would justify them by taking their place. Jesus would die for our sins. Oh what love. What anguish God was willing to go through for our selfish sins. What obedience was demonstrated!

However, the death of Christ does not save anyone. This is where phase three comes in. If the death of Christ saved anyone, it would have to save everyone, including Lucifer. But it can’t. Did you listen carefully to John 3:16. Let me share with you the most important part of that text. “So that everyone who believes in Him might not be lost but have eternal life.” The grace of Jesus only opens the door to eternal life. But He can’t make anyone walk through it. He can only stand at the door and knock. We must believe in order to have eternal life. That belief is more than a mental acceptance of a historical person. Believing in the historical person known as Jesus will not get you saved. It is more than just saying, “I believe”. Lucifer believes in Jesus more than you do, but he won’t be saved. James 2:19.

It must be a faith, belief, that motivates to action. Abraham believed in God so much that his faith moved him to obey the command of God even though it went against every human emotion. Jesus believed in His Father so much it moved Him to come down to this dark, sinful world to resist sin and die for us. So it must be with us. We must have that kind of faith in Jesus. You must “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12. “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” Hebrews 12:4. And Paul told Timothy, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord must turn away from evil.” 2 Timothy 2:19.

Now you understand the texts I asked you to keep in mind. Let us review them again. “It is those who follow the Law, who will be justified.” Romans 2:13. “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.” James 2:24. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21.

In order for us to be justified and to continue in justification, we must put an end to sin in our lives. We cannot continue in sin and expect to be continually justified. Does the Law justify us? Absolutely not. It is not capable of justifying anyone. It is just a law. “Since through the law comes knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20. It only tells you what you are obligated to do. Just like a stop light cannot make you stop. If you run a stop light and the cop pulls you over but gives you grace and lets you go after warning you, did the stop light justify you or give you grace? No, the representative of the law gave you grace. The stop sign only pointed out your duty. Your duty to stop and watch out for others to make sure no one gets hurt in an accident.

However, if the next time you come to the stop light you again refuse to stop, the cop will now hold you responsible for breaking the law. Your grace ran out. Jonah 2:8. You may have had a justifiable reason the first time, but now that you know that the stop light is there and know the law, you are responsible for obeying it. “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but only a terrifying prospect of judgment and a raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.” Hebrews 10:26, 27.

Let us understand that concept by going back to our example of the murderer who was pardoned by the Governor. If the man, after being pardoned, continues to murder, no pardon will apply to him. He will be condemned and will face his punishment. And even more so since he had an opportunity to change his life but refused to do so. How much more sever will his punishment be? It is the same with us. Jesus gave His life for us. But his death cannot save one sinner who refuses to stop sinning. “If we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.” Hebrews 10:26.

Paul told Timothy the same thing. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord must turn away from evil.” 2 Timothy 2:19. If we are calling on the name of the Lord, going to church, reading our Bibles and doing our Sabbath School lesson and Catechism, but are continuing to live in sin, none of that will save us. You will die. Our justification can only be activated and maintained as we maintain our obedience to the Ten Commandments as Jesus did. As Peter stated, to the throngs who listened to Him and the Apostles, “God raised up His servant, He sent Him first to you to bless you by turning every one of you from your evil ways.” Acts 3:26.

People are running around claiming they are blessed by God because of some worldly success and/or accomplishment. They claim that their church is blessed because of their worldly success and great numbers. Keep in mind, it was the devil who offered Jesus worldly blessings. Jesus refused them. God’s blessings are those that turn us from our evil ways. That is how we are justified. The wicked are not justified. Lucifer is not justified even though he believes in Jesus.

Only those who turn from their evil ways and look to the sacrifice of Jesus, in faith, as their parole, or justification from death, can live in justification. You must believe with all your heart and in that belief “Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you. Come close to God, and He will come close to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:7.

If you want to live in the justification of God and at last to receive your victor’s crown, “How blessed is the man who endures temptation! When he has passed the test, he will receive the victor’s crown of life that God has promised to those who keep on loving him.” James 1:12 How do we show our love to Jesus? “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:15. “The one who does not love Me does not keep My words.” John 14:24. Jesus kept His Father’s commandments. He became the living knowledge that we must put into our lives. He is the only Way, the only Truth to the one and only eternal life. No church, no pastor, no denomination can give you that way, that truth to that one life. Jesus and Jesus only. “Everyone who does not remain true to the teaching of the Messiah, but goes beyond it, does not have God. The person who remains true to the teaching of the Messiah has both the Father and the Son.” 2 John 1:8.

“Many look to their ministers to bring the light from God to them, seeming to think this a cheaper way than to be to the trouble of going to God for it themselves. Such lose much. If they would daily follow Christ and make Him their guide and counselor, they might obtain a clear knowledge of His will, and thus be gaining a valuable experience. For want of this very experience, brethren professing the truth walk in the sparks of others’ kindling; they are unacquainted with the Spirit of God and have not a knowledge of His will, and are therefore easily moved from their faith. They are unstable, because they trusted in others to obtain an experience for them. Ample provisions have been made for every son and daughter of Adam to obtain individually a knowledge of the divine will, to perfect Christian character, and to be purified through the truth. God is dishonored by that class who profess to be followers of Christ and yet have no experimental knowledge of the divine will or of the mystery of godliness.”{2T 644}

Jesus said, as He was leaving this earth, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations. . . teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19, 20. And what were the commands Jesus gave us to teach all nations? To be perfect, stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments to get our eternal life. Matthew 5:48, John 5:14 and Matthew 19:17. Anyone, any pastor, any church, any denomination that does not teach those teachings of Jesus is not of God. 2 John 1:8-11.

Now, how do we sinful humans keep the Righteous Ten Commandments in order to be justified? Only one way. We must humble ourselves before God, not a church, and recognize that it is not going to church that will save us, but going to Jesus. We must confess that we are sinners and recognize we need a power outside of ourselves to accomplish what God requires of us. The Jews thought they could save themselves by going to church and performing church rituals and rites. They couldn’t. They were destroyed. That is why so few will be saved. The majority of people are proud and arrogant and lazy. It is more pleasing to the human pride to go to church and be praised by men than to kneel before Jesus in confession of our sins. It is more pleasing to let the church tell us we are saved by grace, than to hear that we are deserving of death and must live in obedience to Jesus to get our eternal life. As Jesus said, “Behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Revelation 22:12.

Do you believe the teachings of Jesus? Do you believe that you must work for your reward? Jesus stated that few would be saved. In order to be a part of those few, we must “strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” Luke 13:24. Striving does not mean rushing to get to church. Striving (agonizing) means kneeling for hours before the Lord Jesus Christ humbly searching every corner of our hearts for sins that need to be confessed, repented of and turned away from. That can only be done when we place our will on the side of Jesus. When it is our desire, not to go to church, but to go to Jesus and be obedient to Him only, then we will activate justification in our lives.

Then He will send His Holy Spirit to us and will provide us with the power to accomplish our/His will. “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the full knowledge of the One who called us by His own glory and excellence. Through these He has given us His precious and wonderful promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, seeing that you have escaped the corruption that is in the world caused by evil desires.” 2 Peter 1:3, 4. We must stop sinning. You must come out of your corrupted, Catholic, Sabbath-keeping churches that are teaching you that you can live in sin and still go to heaven. That is how you are justified. Jesus has done His work. It is now time for you to do your work. Your work is to make sure every moment of every day you are obedient to the Ten Commandments through the power of God. “So then, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election certain, for if you keep on doing this you will never fail.” 2 Peter 1:10.

We can live in perpetual justification at the foot of the cross in total obedience to Jesus Christ. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. Jesus will cleanse us from all unrighteousness and pronounce us “justified” from PAST sins if we are willing to give up our sins and stop walking in them. He will pronounce us “justified” if we will walk as Jesus walked: perfect, sinless and holy. 1 John 2:6.

As we walk with Jesus, in total obedience, our characters will be washed in the blood of Jesus and we are looked upon as justified, cleansed and pure in the eyes of God. Our past sins are wiped away and the perfect robe of Christ’s character is wrapped around us. But only if we consent to live His perfect, righteous and sinless life.

Next month - Sanctification.

 

TIME WITH JESUS

My Dear Family in Christ,

So through the creation we are to become acquainted with the Creator. The book of nature is a great lesson book, which in connection with the Scriptures we are to use in teaching others of His character, and guiding lost sheep back to the fold of God. As the works of God are studied, the Holy Spirit flashes conviction into the mind. It is not the conviction that logical reasoning produces; but unless the mind has become too dark to know God, the eye too dim to see Him, the ear too dull to hear His voice, a deeper meaning is grasped, and the sublime, spiritual truths of the written word are impressed on the heart.

In these lessons direct from nature, there is a simplicity and purity that makes them of the highest value. All need the teaching to be derived from this source. In itself the beauty of nature leads the soul away from sin and worldly attractions, and toward purity, peace, and God. Too often the minds of students are occupied with men’s theories and speculations, falsely called science and philosophy. They need to be brought into close contact with nature. Let them learn that creation and Christianity have one God. Let them be taught to see the harmony of the natural with the spiritual. Let everything which their eyes see or their hands handle be made a lesson in character building. Thus the mental powers will be strengthened, the character developed, the whole life ennobled.

Christ’s purpose in parable teaching was in direct line with the purpose of the Sabbath. God gave to men the memorial of His creative power, that they might discern Him in the works of His hand. The Sabbath bids us behold in His created works the glory of the Creator. And it was because He desired us to do this that Jesus bound up His precious lessons with the beauty of natural things. On the holy rest day, above all other days, we should study the messages that God has written for us in nature. We should study the Saviour’s parables where He spoke them, in the fields and groves, under the open sky, among the grass and flowers. As we come close to the heart of nature, Christ makes His presence real to us, and speaks to our hearts of His peace and love.

And Christ has linked His teaching, not only with the day of rest, but with the week of toil. He has wisdom for him who drives the plow and sows the seed. In the plowing and sowing, the tilling and reaping, He teaches us to see an illustration of His work of grace in the heart. So in every line of useful labor and every association of life, He desires us to find a lesson of divine truth. Then our daily toil will no longer absorb our attention and lead us to forget God; it will continually remind us of our Creator and Redeemer. The thought of God will run like a thread of gold through all our homely cares and occupations. For us the glory of His face will again rest upon the face of nature. We shall ever be learning new lessons of heavenly truth, and growing into the image of His purity. Thus shall we “be taught of the Lord”; and in the lot wherein we are called, we shall “abide with God.” Isaiah 54:13; 1 Corinthians 7:24. {COL 24-26}

 

PRISON MISSION REPORT

JCPM,
This is a short letter to ask for your workbook of over 490 pages that was wrote by an inmate who was behind prison bars as myself. From what I was told, this book will change your life and will lay down the facts and only the facts about the truths of the Bible. I am very eager to obtain a copy of this book so please rush me the book. Also, I am unable to pay for this book, due to being indigent without any funds.
Samuel, LA

Pastor,
I would love to have your book, but at this time I cannot even afford 10 stamps. But if you are able to send me your book I do know before I get my certificate I will have sent to you the 10 stamps. But if not, may you please send me more information so that my walk with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gets that much closer and stronger? Thank you for your Introductory Issue booklet. May I be put on your mailing list?
Luis, CA

Dear Mr. John,
I am writing to you for one of a few different reasons. First of all, I just received a letter back from you yesterday and after reading your letter I spent the rest of last night re-reading “2nd Peter’s 8 Steps” for the third time. I love it. It has really opened my eyes to some things that I have been missing. For instance, the way I need to let God come into my life and clean me up and purify my heart. How I need to take my salvation seriously and make a decision to stop sinning against God. I am just a new Christian still, have barely gave my life to the Lord completely a year ago. But even now I know I’m ready to surrender my all to Christ. I have been locked up inside these prisons for over twenty-five years of living for Satan. It has never done me any good. Now that I’ve accepted Christ into my life, I am finally “free” on the inside and never felt better. Now I just need to learn the right way to live so that I can be pleasing to the Lord! Right now that is what is most important in my life. At the end of your letter you gave me five options of how I might obtain a copy of “Change Your Life Biblically”. Well, as of this time I am sorry but I have no way of sending you any money. I am indigent and have no one on the outside that I can get to send any either. All my family are either dead or no longer in touch with me. I would really appreciate it though if you could send me one. If I somehow do receive any stamps I will surely be happy to support your ministry. I can tell you are a true man of God and your ministry has helped many people in the same situation as I am in. Now that I have had a small taste of the eight steps to my Christian perfection I am in need of more. I know that I have a long ways to go yet, but I am finally on my way and that is the beginning of my journey.
Mark, CA

Dear Ron,
Thank you for the introductory issue. I look forward to receiving your book. But if I could be so bold and make a request from you. I would like for you and your followers to pray for me. I am currently in prison for something I did not do. But lately I’ve got closer to God and I pray for a breakthrough on my behalf. God revealed some flaws to me. I stepped out on faith and I believe God will make a way. He would not have shown me this if it wasn’t his intention to move on my behalf. I just want you and your people to touch or agree with me in this.
Ivan, NC

Dear JCPM,
I just arrived in prison to start a four year term. I came across your book on a table and have read through it. I love the book and would love to take the test and get on the list for pen-pals. But a lot of the book is missing pages. I would like to start a Bible study but I need more info. Can you please send me a book, “Change Your Life Biblically? I want to take the test and also get my own web page.
Manuel, CA

Dear Brother in Christ,
Could you please send me a copy of your book. I had checked it out from the library but I had to return it before I was done reading it. I also wanted more information on the website for getting Christian Pen-pals. I am serving a 30 month sentence. God is doing great things in my life and I just want to thank Him and you for serving Him.
Retha, OR

JCPM,
I am writing with the hope that you could mail me your free book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. A little about myself. I’ve been fighting with drug addiction for over 25 years. I’ve been in and out of prison over the past 20 years. Done 14 out of 20 in prison and may very well be on my way back. I can’t keep living this way. I want to start a new life with Christ. I hope your book will be of some help to me.
Christopher, VA

Dear Jesus Christ Prison Ministry,
I am a 46 year old Christian in prison. I have no brothers or sisters, aunts or uncles, cousins or grandparents or friends. My parents are dead. I am all alone and I am having a very difficult time. I would like to know, please, if you have any type of pen-pal list or people that I could write to.
Scott, CA

Hi Ron,
I hope everything is going well for you. I am writing to you to update you on the ministry Christ has for me here. I shared the 7th day Sabbath truth with a friend that I work with. He started to come to our church services on Sabbath. He showed up for 2 meetings then on the 3rd week Friday night I went to the chapel and he was up there and one of the Messianic Jews was talking with him and now he stopped coming to our meetings and now has joined them. They teach legalism that we need to still keep the feast days and that Christ died on a Wednesday. I was so upset. I even warned him of there false teachings. They are the very people that in Acts were trying to get people to circumcise. So please pray that his eyes be opened to their errors. I even made up a Bible study for him to do about the Sabbath and the New Covenant. Also, one of the Sunday church inmates have a Bible study on Friday nights. I was going to it until one of the videos they watched started teaching about the pre-tribulation rapture so I walked out and never went back. So he asked me why I haven’t been coming. I told him that I don’t believe that and now he wants me to share why I don’t, so I have made up a Bible study for him on the 2nd coming. Well, even after I gave him that Bible study he said that I let someone interpret the Bible for me. LOL. I shared how Psalm 91 is a Bible promise to help us through the great tribulation. He says cause it says from the news we are not going to be here. I started a Bible study to day with one of my softball teammates. Also, I am starting Bible studies with a guy Monday that lives in my dorm. My softball team is mad at me cause I’m not playing tomorrow cause it is the Sabbath. Also, it’s a game that if we win, we go to the playoffs and I’m one of the better players on the team. I have been giving out those flyers you sent. I have a Mormon neighbor and my bunkie is Jehovah’s Witness. My prayer is for them to receive the love of the truth. Then my other neighbor I sometimes catch listening as I read the Spirit of Prophecy books.
Jason, CA

Dear Jesus Christ Prison Ministry,
Well, to start this letter, I want to ask if you can send me a “Change Your Life Biblically” workbook? I really hope that you can send it to me soon. I appreciate it a lot. If you need my info I will write it in the back of this paper. Thank you for taking your time to read my short letter and I want you to know that you won’t be sending the workbook for no reason. I have gave my life to Christ and let His will be that I do.
Adam, CA

To Whom It May Concern,
I am incarcerated in Tennessee on a four year sentence. I have recently been saved and chosen to turn my life around and walk with the Lord. I am still a “child” in my faith and would love to expand my knowledge on Jesus and the Bible. I would like to enroll in any Bible studies you have to offer. Thank you and have a blessed day.
Tabitha, TN

Hello,
Your three-in-one book explaining all types of Bible doctrine and Christian theology designed for inmates with a cartoon cat on the front was changing my life. Then I ran into an old friend from three years ago when I used to run the streets. He was with the Spirit and hungry for truth but still in that old area. Praise God for both our progress. I gave him my book. I have no money but can I have another book? I wasn’t even half done. I will send some money when it comes. I am 25, still struggling with meth. Yet, God has made huge progress with me already.
Keven, CA

Dear JCPM,
I have recently turned my life over to our Lord Jesus Christ. Another inmate told me about your wonderful organization and I was hoping you could send me any Bible studies and/or literature you might offer.
Jeffrey, CA

Dear JCPM,
I am just starting my spiritual journey and would really like a copy of “Change Your Life Biblically”. I look forward to hearing back from you soon.
Donald, CA

Dear Brother Ronald,
I’m mailing you an offering. Work was cut short due to the supervisor going on vacation. But God Most High has blessed plenty still. I am fortunate enough to continue on with this, thankful to God for His reminder to give back what already belongs to Him. Everything is well in here. Plenty busy. Hurting souls in here. A lot of pain in here. It is mostly covered with a facade of gangs, addictions which include TV, food, gambling. There is plenty of work.
Frankie, CA

Dear JCPM,
I am serving a 15 to life sentence. I have been in prison 25 years. A brother gave me a copy of this newsletter and told me a little about JCPM. I’m also asking for a copy of your book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. I would like to receive the newsletter and hear more about your Bible studies. I would like to be put on your Christian pen-pal list. Yes, I am a Christian, a baby Christian.
William, CA

Dear Brother Ron,
Thank you for sending me your newsletter. I really like your series on “The Remnant Church”. I would like a copy of “Change Your Life Biblically”. Enclosed are 10 stamps.
Donna, CA

Dear JCPM,
I learned that faith is important to my Christian walk. Without faith it is impossible to please God. I need to believe God exists and I will be rewarded for it. Being an inmate I can relate to this section about prison. My faith in the prison system has led me to be obedient. So it makes sense that if I have faith in God than I should be obedient to Him. If I can follow the prison rules, than there is no reason I cannot follow God’s rules. Everyday I have to act faithfully in my actions. This includes being trustworthy, reliable and determined to do what is right. These traits have always been my strengths. When I went against my normal character and faith I ended up here. If I had actually trusted in God more, then my life would have taken a different path. But I have faith that God has put me in this situation so I can learn and teach others. I know God is using me as a servant to help others come to Him. I am a person that likes to study and learn. I learned that knowledge is an important key to my success. That is so true. If I would have been more knowledgeable about the laws, I probably would not be here. Self-control can be difficult at times for everyone. I know I struggle with it on a daily basis. Especially in this environment. I lean a lot on the Lord and ask Him to help me. When I committed my life to Christ I was saying no to ungodliness and worldly desires and instead committing to live an upright and godly life. Saying “no” to sin is not easy when there is so much temptation around me. That is why I spend time with God every day reading my Bible. I know with Him I can resist the devil. I realize the importance of being yoked to Him continuously. If I break the yoke then my life goes astray. I think brotherly kindness is so important. More people need to do this. I plan on doing volunteer work when I get out. I know I need to let my light shine on others. When I get out I need to help bring relationships back together. My family goes to church, but to me it just is a process. They don’t really know Jesus and His message. I will be God’s instrument to teach them about Him.
Miller, MN

Dear Ron,
I am giving my life whole heartily to God. I struggle day in and day out. I want to receive your workbook and earn a Bible. I am a drug offender, addicted to Meth, cooking meth and using recreational IV drugs. I don’t have much money, but I am willing to work and save money to build a better life, honest life.
Jason, IA

Dear JCPM,
I found a book of yours called, “Change Your Life Biblically” in our dayroom. I would be honored to receive my own copy and be able to grow in Christ. Anything to help me would be greatly appreciated.
Debbie, CA

Dear JCPM,
I write to ask if you can please place me on your mailing list to receive your newsletter.
Hernandez, CA

Hello Brother Ron,
I came across your book and I began reading it. “2nd Peter’s 8 Steps” is hard to go by, but I try. You know I’m in a place where there is a lot of sinning going around. As I climb those steps I come back down to “Faith” then I start climbing back up again. I really do want to change my life for Christ. Right now I have no stamps to send you, but when I come across some I’ll send you some. Well, I was saying, it’s hard and I find it hard to “walk” like how Jesus walked as a man. You know, Brother Ron, I was supposed to get out 2015, but I picked up another case in prison. But thank the Lord Jesus, the D.A. didn’t want to pick it up. Instead CDC just added more time. I lost 360 days. That’s almost a whole year. But at least I’m coming out. I’ve been doing good brother Ron. I’ve been doing a lot of reading from the Bible. I was helping my cellmate do some of his Bible studies and they seem pretty easy, I think.
Robert, CA

Dear JCPM,
Please send me your free book. And yes, I would also like to work in your ministry.
Mario, CA

Dear JCPM,
I am an inmate. I would like you to send me your free book offer, “Change Your Life Biblically”. And information on your ministry. Thank you and God bless you.
Terry, WA

Dear JCPM,
Would you be kind enough to send me a “Christian Packet” and sign me up to receive your newsletter?
Josh, WI

Dear Ron,
I am writing to you because I would like your “Introductory Issue” and your book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. I had received it before and I never got it finished before I was released. But I wasn’t strong enough to make it so now after 4 months out, I am back facing quite a bit of time. So I would appreciate it if you resent the book so I can get started. I am very thankful your newsletter was still coming to the prison even four months after I was gone cause I see what I need to do .
Scott, IN

Dear Ron,
I have been a prisoner for eight years now, going on nine. Before coming to prison and even during some of my prison time, I haven’t been too much of a religious man. Although I did accept Christ into my life before prison and at a time when I really didn’t understand what it meant and don’t think I really took it seriously. However I’ve grown up believing in God and His Son Jesus due to having religious family members that has encouraged me to go to church several times in my life growing up. So I wasn’t that uneducated on religion. I just didn’t understand or really want to get involved with it. I chose to walk the path I wanted to. Well, since being in prison for all this time and experiencing many things, I believe God has taken a hold of my life at one point in time. The Holy Spirit started coming to me off and on trying to guide me away from the sin that had held my life. Not really understanding it though, I kept ignoring it. But it never gave up. After some time of seeing where It was really leading my life, I submitted my life to the Lord and really accepted Him into my life. When I came across your little Introductory booklet where it says “your help is needed” I came to the decision to really want to help your ministry in any way I can, if I know how I can. If I can help you in any way, you may be able to help me in some ways. I really want to develop a way to help many come to know God while still in prison. But I only need help. Ron, I would really love to receive your book, “Change Your Life Biblically” and know how I can work for you in your ministry.
James, OH

Dear Ron,
I first will talk about what I learned in volume I. I have always been taught that to have eternal life that I had to be “saved by accepting Jesus Christ into my life”. Never did I hear that you had to obey the commandments to have eternal life. Once I read that, I had to reevaluate everything I had been taught. So the only way I can get to heaven is by keeping the 10 Commandments perfectly. That can be difficult to do but I know that I can do it with God’s help. Just like the prison rules, the Ten Commandments tell me what is right and wrong. If I keep the prison rules I am rewarded with good time credit. With the 10 Commandments I will be given eternal life. Getting out early is nice, but a much bigger reward is eternal life I will have with Jesus. I know that every day I have to do the will of my Father who is in Heaven. That means examining my thoughts and actions on a daily basis. I use the 10 Commandments as a guideline to follow. If I am still unsure, I will seek out scripture as well as the advise of a Bible leader who is committed to serving God. When I first was locked up, I experienced the New Birth. One of the first things I did is confess my sins. Then I repented and turned towards God. Yes, turning away from my sins was a difficult one for me, but it was necessary to put my life on the right track. The Holy spirit is the main reason I can keep myself from sinning. I feel the power of Him in my life daily. This volume gave me a better understanding of the Bible as well as a historical perspective. I never considered the Catholic Church to be practicing pagan rituals and teachings. I do agree that the Pope does view himself as God on earth. Only God can forgive sin. It was shocking to find out the church had killed over 70 million people during their 1260 year reign. God doesn’t want us to kill people. Another thing I learned was about the proclamation which included five main points. I agree that most churches teach about the gospel as the “good news” of Christ instead of teaching the eternal gospel. Instead they should be teaching to keep the 10 commandments and you will have eternal life. I had no idea that Easter was a pagan holiday. I have been celebrating that since I was a little kid. So this year I will not be celebrating Easter since I know the true origins of it. I definitely fear God. He has control of everything. He is the One who decides if we go to heaven or not. I have accepted the eternal gospel and have done my best to stop sinning. I know judgement time has begun. I don’t know when the world will end, but I want to do everything I can to be obedient to God so I will go to heaven. I think teaching people how to serve God is very important. That is a process I am working on here. The first step was to be obedient to the 10 Commandments and have a real good understanding of the Bible. Now the next step is to teach others about it. In this environment it can be a challenge especially with people who are Christians. They truly believe in Sunday worship no matter what you say. So I do the best I can by teaching about serving God to observing the Commandments. I start small by teaching one person at a time. This I found is the best way to bring people to God. And it is happening, but it takes time. Now to what I learned in Volume III. I wish we got back to having services in homes. I have experienced a church service in a home and it was so much better than a church one. I saw so much love for God and people wanting to help each other grow spiritually. Instead of gossiping about people they wanted to show brotherly love. The smaller setting allows people to express themselves about God. I agree we should be setting up educational systems in our churches. I grew up in a church and really didn’t understand the Bible at all. I started to learn more in college but now I have a much better understanding. But that took years of studying the Bible and I still have lots to learn.
Catharine, MN

 

Testimony for God's People

Welcome back to our “True Remnant Church” series. Again, let us begin with words from God through His modern-day prophet.

A union with Christ by living faith is enduring; every other union must perish. Christ first chose us, paying an infinite price for our redemption; and the true believer chooses Christ as first and last and best in everything. But this union costs us something. It is a union of utter dependence, to be entered into by a proud being. All who form this union must feel their need of the atoning blood of Christ. They must have a change of heart. They must submit their own will to the will of God. There will be a struggle with outward and internal obstacles. There must be a painful work of detachment as well as a work of attachment. Pride, selfishness, vanity, worldliness—sin in all its forms—must be overcome if we would enter into a union with Christ. The reason why many find the Christian life so deplorably hard, why they are so fickle, so variable, is that they try to attach themselves to Christ without first detaching themselves from these cherished idols.

After the union with Christ has been formed, it can be preserved only by earnest prayer and untiring effort. We must resist, we must deny, we must conquer self. Through the grace of Christ, by courage, by faith, by watchfulness, we may gain the victory.

And this is why Jesus is so adamant that we get out of our churches today. They are not leading us to “earnest prayer and untiring effort” in righteousness. They are entertaining us to death. They no longer point out YOUR sins. They are no longer admonishing you and preparing you for a life of sacrifice to work out your salvation.

Believers become one in Christ, but one branch cannot be sustained by another. The nourishment must be obtained through the vital connection with the vine. We must feel our utter dependence on Christ. We must live by faith on the Son of God. That is the meaning of the injunction: “Abide in Me.” The life we live in the flesh is not to the will of men, not to please our Lord’s enemies, but to serve and honor Him who loved us and gave Himself for us. A mere assent to this union, while the affections are not detached from the world, its pleasures and its dissipations, only emboldens the heart in disobedience.

Going to church and giving your “mere assent” to being a Christian and belief in Jesus will not save you. Letting the church be your god by giving your emotions, your “love” and your affections to your church, will not save you. You must get into your Bible alone, by yourself, and learn for yourself what God wants for you to do. Instead of going to church Sabbath morning, stay home, open your Bible and in quietness, gather your family around you and let God speak to your hearts. Learn what He wants you to learn.

As a people we are sadly destitute of faith and love. Our efforts are altogether too feeble for the time of peril in which we live. The pride and self-indulgence, the impiety and iniquity, by which we are surrounded have an influence upon us. Few realize the importance of shunning, so far as possible, all associations unfriendly to religious life. In choosing their surroundings, few make their spiritual prosperity the first consideration.

That is precisely what the churches are. They are “unfriendly to religious life.” Like the Jewish nation of Christ’s day, they are taking the people away from Jesus and putting the eyes, feelings, love and affections on the church. The church has become “anti” (in place of) Christ. All churches are “Catholic”: Church, church, church. They are not preparing you to know your Bible, to defend it and to live it.

Parents flock with their families to the cities because they fancy it easier to obtain a livelihood there than in the country. The children, having nothing to do when not in school, obtain a street education. From evil associates they acquire habits of vice and dissipation. The parents see all this; but it will require a sacrifice to correct their error, and they stay where they are until Satan gains full control of their children. Better sacrifice any and every worldly consideration than to imperil the precious souls committed to your care. They will be assailed by temptations, and should be taught to meet them; but it is your duty to cut off every influence, to break up every habit, to sunder every tie, that keeps you from the most free, open, and hearty committal of yourselves and your family to God.

Did you understand that? Are you ready to get a backbone and stand up and cut off every influence that is not teaching you how to prepare for the coming conflagration about to hit the people of God? If you find it hard to leave your church, it is because the church is in control of you. You have given your love, your feelings and commitments to the church and are no longer in control of your own will. You are lost.

Instead of the crowded city seek some retired situation where your children will be, so far as possible, shielded from temptation, and there train and educate them for usefulness. The prophet Ezekiel thus enumerates the causes that led to Sodom’s sin and destruction: “Pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.” All who would escape the doom of Sodom must shun the course that brought God’s judgments upon that wicked city.

My brethren, you are disregarding the most sacred claims of God by your neglect to consecrate yourselves and your children to Him. Many of you are reposing in false security, absorbed in selfish interests, and attracted by earthly treasures. You fear no evil. Danger seems a great way off. You will be deceived, deluded, to your eternal ruin unless you arouse and with penitence and deep humiliation return unto the Lord.

Again and again has the voice from heaven addressed you. Will you obey this voice? Will you heed the counsel of the True Witness to seek the gold tried in the fire, the white raiment, and the eyesalve? The gold is faith and love, the white raiment is the righteousness of Christ, the eyesalve is that spiritual discernment which will enable you to see the wiles of Satan and shun them, to detect sin and abhor it, to see truth and obey it.

And therein lies the trouble with our churches. They refuse to detect sin and abhor it. They talk about sin, they put on a good front, but they do not want to offend anyone since they need money. They are prideful, arrogant and “absorbed in selfish interests” no different than the Catholic Church. They refuse to “heed the counsel of the True Witness” to leave their churches and come to Him that they might receive “gold tried in the fire, the white raiment and the eyesalve”.

The deadly lethargy of the world is paralyzing your senses. Sin no longer appears repulsive because you are blinded by Satan. The judgments of God are soon to be poured out upon the earth. “Escape for thy life” is the warning from the angels of God. Other voices are heard saying: “Do not become excited; there is no cause for special alarm.” Those who are at ease in Zion cry “Peace and safety,” while heaven declares that swift destruction is about to come upon the transgressor. The young, the frivolous, the pleasure loving, consider these warnings as idle tales and turn from them with a jest. Parents are inclined to think their children about right in the matter, and all sleep on at ease. Thus it was at the destruction of the old world and when Sodom and Gomorrah were consumed by fire. On the night prior to their destruction the cities of the plain rioted in pleasure. Lot was derided for his fears and warnings. But it was these scoffers that perished in the flames. That very night the door of mercy was forever closed to the wicked, careless inhabitants of Sodom.

Your churches are asleep. Your churches are frivolous in their meetings about carpet, music, women’s ordination and so much more. All a distraction by Lucifer to keep the mind away from the voice of God. You who go to church do not realize the danger your soul is in. The warnings are nothing but fairy tales to you. There is very little time left to get your soul perfect before it is too late. You have been living in acceptable sin for so long that you will not have time enough to change your life when need be. Your church has truly lulled you to sleep. Please wake up. Get out and spend the time with Jesus. Turn off 3ABN and all the other TV channels. Go to our web site and listen to the voice of God to prepare you for eternity.

It is God who holds in His hands the destiny of souls. He will not always be mocked; He will not always be trifled with. Already His judgments are in the land. Fierce and awful tempests leave destruction and death in their wake. The devouring fire lays low the desolate forest and the crowded city. Storm and shipwreck await those who journey upon the deep. Accident and calamity threaten all who travel upon the land. Hurricanes, earthquakes, sword and famine, follow in quick succession. Yet the hearts of men are hardened. They recognize not the warning voice of God. They will not flee to the only refuge from the gathering storm.

Many who have been placed upon the walls of Zion, to watch with eagle eye for the approach of danger and lift the voice of warning, are themselves asleep. The very ones who should be most active and vigilant in this hour of peril are neglecting their duty and bringing upon themselves the blood of souls.

The prophet of God is trying to warn you, in as nice away as possible, to get out of your church. Your church is asleep. It is “neglecting their duty” and no longer is warning you what you must do to prepare to live perfectly, without sin, in order to meet the coming of Jesus. Probation is about to close. If you are not living the perfect, sinless life when it closes, you are lost. God raised up this ministry to bring you back to God. Will you be like the Jews of Christ’s day and harden your hearts against His calling?

My brethren, beware of the evil heart of unbelief. The word of God is plain and close in its restrictions; it interferes with your selfish indulgence; therefore you do not obey it. The testimonies of His Spirit call your attention to the Scriptures, point out your defects of character, and rebuke your sins; therefore you do not heed them. And to justify your carnal, ease-loving course you begin to doubt whether the testimonies are from God. If you would obey their teachings you would be assured of their divine origin. Remember, your unbelief does not affect their truthfulness. If they are from God they will stand. Those who seek to lessen the faith of God’s people in these testimonies, which have been in the church for the last thirty-six years, are fighting against God. It is not the instrument whom you slight and insult, but God, who has spoken to you in these warnings and reproofs.

God raised up this ministry to again bring before the people and the churches the Testimonies of God. The churches, for the last 100 years, have rejected them and only pick and choose what is acceptable to them. They are burying down deep those Testimonies that have to do with your eternal life. The church no longer teaches the teachings of Jesus to stop sinning, to be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments for your eternal life. Your church is “fighting against God”.

In the instruction given by our Saviour to His disciples are words of admonition especially applicable to us: “Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.” Watch, pray, work—this is the true life of faith. “Pray always;” that is, be ever in the spirit of prayer, and then you will be in readiness for your Lord’s coming.
This ministry was called to be a “watchman” on the wall. I blow the trumpet and have been given a message to prepare you for battle. But who is listening? Who cares? You love your churches. You love your pastors. You love being told you can sit in your church and be saved in your sins. Oh please, oh please, wake up and listen to the voice of God and God only.

The watchmen are responsible for the condition of the people. While you open the door to pride, envy, doubt, and other sins, there will be strife, hatred, and every evil work. Jesus, the meek and lowly One, asks an entrance as your guest; but you are afraid to bid Him enter. He has spoken to us in both the Old and the New Testament; He is speaking to us still by His Spirit and His providences. His instructions are designed to make men true to God and true to themselves.

Yes He is. He dictated the book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. Will you read it? Will you listen? Or will you continue your same old life of going to church, listening to your pastor, reading the church material and being put soundly to sleep? That is what the Jews did. They turned from the prophets and messengers of God and looked to the church, the denomination and their leaders and were destroyed. Please look to Jesus and Jesus only. Study His character and pattern your life after His. Listen to His teachings to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments for your eternal life. Those who do will be in heaven. Those who refuse will be destroyed.

Jesus took upon Himself man’s nature, that He might leave a pattern for humanity, complete, perfect. He proposes to make us like Himself, true in every purpose, feeling, and thought—true in heart, soul, and life. This is Christianity. Our fallen nature must be purified, ennobled, consecrated by obedience to the truth. Christian faith will never harmonize with worldly principles; Christian integrity is opposed to all deception and pretense. The man who cherishes the most of Christ’s love in the soul, who reflects the Saviour’s image most perfectly, is in the sight of God the truest, most noble, most honorable man upon the earth. 5T p 217 Chapter 24 – An Appeal.

I want to thank you for joining me in this series. This chapter, “An Appeal” is so string, each and every one of us needs to read it over and over again to make sure we are living as God commands us to live. If you have missed any of this series, you may read it all on our web site under the “newsletter” section.

 

Ministry News

For 18 years now, the Lord has been dictating and directing this little ministry. It has been a journey I never could have imagined. When the Lord called me to this and dictated and directed the book, “Change Your Life Biblically”, I never thought I would be doing this 18 years on.

The ministry started out in a tiny trailer up in Big Bear, California, you know, the kind where when you stand and put your arms out, you touch all walls when turning. :-) From there He moved us to a little mountain home. Then from there to a very old home in Yucaipa, California. It was there He told me to go back up into the mountains to buy a home.

I never thought it possible. But is the Lord’s arm too short? Of course not. Even though we had no money, were a nonprofit organization and had no credit, we bought a home. Then six months later He said to remodel. That took six months. The home was very lovely after that. But then He said to sell it. Wow, I loved the mountains. But when God says “move”, I move. The Lord sold the mountain home for a price no one expected possible. We moved into our present property at the direction of God. God has settled us in here so that we have been able, with the little studio-shed and office-shed we have, to put up over 300 videos and have reached over 23,200 inmates with books and materials. Now, I am waiting for the Lord to provide a young man, an inmate, to begin training to become the next director of this ministry. I am getting old. Please pray for God to touch the heart of a young man who would love to serve Jesus by bringing His love to inmates and the world.

This year I am sending out packets of flyers to about 2,400 prisons and jails. With your continued help we will be able to bring the truth to thousands of inmates this year. I want to thank each and every one of you for your love and support of this, God’s ministry for these last days of Earth’s history. Like the prophets of old, this ministry is standing on the walls and sounding the trumpet. Who will listen? For those not in prison, I have put up on our web site another video God has directed and dictated. It is called, “Watchmen on the wall”. Please enjoy it.

Love in Christ,

Ron