Jesus Christ Prison Ministry

July 2019 Newsletter

 

  • The Last Journey
  • Prison Mission Report
  • Testimony for God's People
  • Ministry News

 

The Last Journey

 

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Church members sit in church listening to their pastors talk on and on and on saying absolutely nothing that has to do with changing the life in order to live in Heaven.  Pastors, churches and denominations are struggling to find something “new” to keep their members firmly seated on the pew.  They dig deep into history or eschatology to keep their members thinking they are actually “learning” something that will get them into Heaven.  If they should run out of “new”, fascinating or different topics to keep the members mesmerized, churches resort to fan-fare, entertainment and show.  None of it will get you into Heaven.

Jesus could have made the sun stand still for days, if a “show” could have gotten the people into Heaven.  He could have made all the fish in the Sea of Galilee jump out onto land for the people to take home and eat.  But He didn’t.  The armies of Rome could have been laid low by a wave of His hand.  But He didn’t.  None of that would have brought the Sabbath-keeping, tithe-paying, church-going people one step closer to Heaven. 

Think about the knowledge Jesus could have given the Sabbath-keeping, tithe-paying people of His day.  He could have taught them how to build automobiles, airplanes and battleships.  He could have introduced our modern weaponry to them.  Think of the vast sums of knowledge on health He could have revealed.  But He didn’t.  Why?  None of that will get you into Heaven. 

Modern advances in science, education, medicine and health were at His disposal.  But He never revealed any of it to the people of His day.  Everything they needed for eternal life had already been given to them in the Old Testament.  There was absolutely nothing new for eternal life that needed to be added.  NOTHING! 

And yet, I do not know of any pastor, church or denomination that is actually teaching the teachings that lead to eternal life.  Today, most do not even teach from, let alone read from, the Old Testament.  The devil, through the churches, has done a magnificent job in keeping people from the Old Testament.  Jesus taught the people to go back to the Old Testament.  Everything Jesus taught is in some way a take on the Old Testament.  Paul and all the apostles taught from the Old Testament.  They did not teach it was done away with.  They taught it for eternal life.  There was no “New Testament” for Jesus, Paul or the apostles to teach from.  There was no need for a “New Testament” for eternal life.  Paul, and the writers of the “New” Testament, simply brought up-to-date the stories and admonitions of the Old Testament for the people of their day to understand.  They were just following the example of Jesus.  Nothing new was added.  After all, the Bible condemns adding or subtracting from God’s Old Testament Word for eternal life.

Paul is now ready to take his last major journey.  He realizes there is so much that needs to be made plain to the people.  Five of his 13 books were written from prison.  These books are very different from all the other books he wrote.  But the devil did not want Paul to write these books.  He was determined to destroy Paul before he could write them.  Let us now join Paul on this momentous journey to Rome.

Acts 27:1 to Acts 28:31

When it was decided that we should sail to Italy, Paul and some other prisoners were transferred to a centurion named Julius, who belonged to the emperor’s division.

I would assume that Paul was thankful to be on the move.  Locked up in the palace jail for two years probably was not the most comfortable.  His movements were probably restricted.  Being on the move must have been a welcomed change.

After boarding a ship from Adramyttium that was about to sail to the ports on the coast of Asia, we put out to sea. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, went with us. 

An inmate’s life is a very lonely life.  Most inmates find relationships with the outside world diminishing as time goes by.  After a few months or years, most family and friends have forgotten them, moved on or died.  Life moves on for those on the outside while those on the inside are abandoned.

Praise God for men like Aristarchus.  He was with Paul in Ephesus when the city broke out in a riot.  Those looking for Paul found Gaius and Aristarchus and dragged them into the amphitheater.  Aristarchus did not desert Paul.  After the uproar was quieted and the mob disbanded, Aristarchus left with Paul for Macedonia.  He was a true friend and refused to leave Paul alone on his many journeys.  And here again we find him, unwilling to leave Paul, even in the face of hardships, trials and persecutions.  How I wish I had an “Aristarchus” to stand by my side and help me.  Life is hard carrying the burden of this ministry all alone.

The next day we arrived at Sidon, and Julius treated Paul kindly and allowed him to visit his friends there and receive any care he needed. 

I am so amazed at the kindnesses shown to Paul by the pagans.  Julius, a centurion with the responsibility of many prisoners, still took the time to show great care to Paul.  That level of care and concern is rare in the prison system.  I do admit, God provided a few correctional officers during my time in prison who showed care and concern.  I thank God for good people.  This shows the true character of Paul.  His gentleness, kindness and levelheaded commonsense came from his commitment to Christ.  Paul was no longer the brash, hothead ready to drag men and women before a church tribunal.  No, after years spent in the service and presence of Jesus, he was humble and full of love.  Even a pagan centurion was able to see and feel what the church could not. 

Another interesting observation, I never hear Paul complaining.  Inmates love to complain.  Each one thinks his situation is different from everyone else and he has the “right” to gripe and complain.  Paul never thought of himself.  He followed the example of Jesus.  Before meeting Jesus, he was a child led about by the church.  He griped and complained about those who refused to believe and act as he or his church did.  But after meeting Jesus, he realized that no other person on the face of the earth had as much to complain about as Jesus; yet he did not.  No one has ever put up with more abuse than Jesus; yet he did not gripe or complain.  Paul learned that as we keep our eyes on Jesus, serving others as He did, we have nothing to gripe or complain about.  God will take care of us.

After putting out from there, we sailed on the sheltered side of Cyprus because the winds were against us. 

In our many travels as Christians, the winds of life can be against us.  Those winds are permitted by God in order to develop the character needed for Heaven.  It wasn’t the theological arguments, debates or knowledge Paul needed.  It wasn’t miracles he needed.  What he needed, as each of us, were character developing winds in his life.  We must learn to trust God and obey His every Word.

We sailed along the sea off Cilicia and Pamphylia and reached Myra in Lycia. There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship bound for Italy and put us on it. 

In my own life, in this ministry, the sailing has not always been smooth.  The winds have been challenging.  So little funding to purchase equipment, keep it repaired and running, gas in the car, lights and hot water, food in the refrigerator and supplies to send out God’s messages to inmates.  (Here, Duke is looking to see what’s for breakfast.) 

But through it all, I can look back and see my character developing and changing in preparation for Heaven.  It is a process.  As Jesus told Nicodemus, the Spirit of God is like the wind you cannot see but is definitely felt.  I started writing this in December of 2018.  2018 was a most amazing year.  I look back upon it and wonder how Jesus did what He did.  My faith grew tremendously in 2018.

We sailed slowly for a number of days and with difficulty arrived off Cnidus. Then, because the wind was against us, we sailed on the sheltered side of Crete off Cape Salome.  Sailing past it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near the town of Lasea. 

At times, it seems as though this ministry is sailing slowly.  At times, I wonder if we are ever going to make headway.  However, as I look back over 21 years, I see the Lord’s wonderful hand in it all.  I am so thankful that He also cares enough about me to prepare my character for Heaven.  It isn’t just about doing the work for God, it is about constantly finding those little hidden sins that need to be eradicated from the life.  I thank God for His “Fair Havens” to park my soul and rest in Jesus.

Much time had been lost, and because navigation had become dangerous and the day of fasting had already past, Paul began to warn those on the ship, “Men, I see that during this voyage there will be hardship and a heavy loss not only of the cargo and ship, but also of our lives.” 

I understand.  Sometimes Jesus warns me it is too dangerous ahead and we need to take a break.  God knows what is coming.  All we need to do is wait on Him.  But if we continue in our own headlong pursuit of “I want to do it”, then hardship and heavy loss may be encountered.  

But the centurion was persuaded by the pilot and the owner of the ship and not by what Paul said. 

Many times I have warned others of the hardships and heavy losses ahead, but few have listened.  There are those who continue to let their egos, pride and arrogance lead them into the dangers ahead.  My soul is bowed down because of their unwillingness to listen to the messages God is giving them.  So many turn their ears to the “professionals”, the “captains” of their churches, denominations and the world for advice.  Few are opening their ears to what God is saying.

Since the harbor was not a good place to spend the winter, most of the men favored putting out to sea from there on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix and spend the winter there. It is a Cretian harbor that faces southwest and northwest. 

How true in our lives!  We look around and feel that our present situation is not as pleasant as we would like, therefore, we covet some other place or something else.  Coveting is the devil’s trap.  It is a mirage that keeps us grasping for what is not there.  We refuse to go to Jesus, instead, we take a vote and see what the majority want.  After all, we don’t want to look like the oddball out, do we?  While all the time, Jesus is holding out His hands for us to come and abide in His “Fair Haven” of rest.  He is the only one who can bring us peace and security.

When a gentle breeze began to blow from the south, they thought they could make it to Phoenix, so they hoisted anchor and began sailing along the shore of Crete. 

Oh yes, many have rejected this little ministry because they began to feel the gentle breezes from the devil encouraging them out of God’s safe harbor.  The churches are constantly blowing a gentle breeze over their congregations in order to make them think they have what they want.

But it was not long before a violent wind (called a northeaster) swept down from the island. 

However, sooner or later, that gentle breeze will turn into a “northeaster” and lives will be in great danger.  It is amazing how our egos, pride and arrogance can keep us from common sense.

The ship was caught so that it couldn’t face the wind, and we gave up and were swept along. 

I know many who turned from the safe harbor of this ministry and were caught up so that they “were swept along” to destruction.  How sad.  My heart aches in astonishment.  When will people listen?

As we drifted to the sheltered side of a small island called Cauda, we barely managed to secure the ship’s lifeboat. 

Instead of floating gently in God’s harbor, many are drifting along in the storms of life trying to secure their life to the things of the world.  They won’t hold you.  There is nothing secure outside of Jesus to anchor upon.  We have our “lifeboat” with us and think we can survive the storms of life.  We have our churches, our savings accounts, our retirement accounts, our families, our homes and a great job.  But all of that is temporary and in a flash of lightening, or a crashing wave, can be taken away.

The ship’s crew pulled it up on deck and used ropes to brace the ship. Fearing that they would hit the large sandbank near Libya, they lowered the sail and drifted along. 

I know inmates and non-inmates who are in a raging storm, but instead of finding the safe harbor of Jesus, they pull up everything they can around them, brace their lifeboat and drift about waiting for something better to come along.  And all the time, Jesus is waiting for them.  But they are not interested in such a boring, safe harbor.

The next day, because we were being tossed so violently by the storm, they began to throw the cargo overboard. 

And yes, the storms of life can get so bad, people start throwing their things, spouses, children and friends overboard.  They just refuse to get it.

On the third day they threw the ship’s equipment overboard with their own hands.  For a number of days neither the sun nor the stars were to be seen, and the storm continued to rage until at last all hope of our being saved vanished. 

Many sit in prison, on a street corner or in church without any light of hope in their lives.  They have lost the navigational “Star” in their lives and are being tossed about in the storms of life.  The storm of life around them rages on until at last all hope vanishes from their lives.  All because they refused to listen to the message God has given them through His servants.

After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood among his shipmates and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have sailed from Crete. You would have avoided this hardship and damage. 

Therefore, God sends this ministry with a message of encouragement.  Yes, they should have listened.  Yes, they should not have set sail on their own course.  Yet, God is willing to save them if they will do what He commands.  So much hardship and damage could be avoided in our lives if we would just listen to Jesus and live in obedience to Him.

But now I urge you to have courage because there will be no loss of life among you, but only loss of the ship. 

God is encouraging us to let go of the world and the things of the world.  This world and everything in it will be destroyed.  If you let them go, you will save your life.  

For just last night an angel of God, to whom I belong and whom I serve, stood by me and said, ‘Stop being afraid, Paul! You must stand before the emperor. Indeed, God has given to you the lives of everyone who is sailing with you.’  So take courage, men, because I trust God that it will turn out just as he told me.  However, we will have to run aground on some island.” 

We can take courage in God.  He knows the future.  He knows the island we are going to “run aground on”.  If we listen to Him, obey His Word, all will be fine.  God will save our lives as we sail with Jesus and those who are His messengers.  Of course, sailing with Jesus means letting go of the things of this world.  The people of this world have no clue that the blessings they are now enjoying are given because of God’s few servants around them.  Take away those servants and they would lose those blessings.  So few realize how much their prosperity is dependant on those who serve and obey God.  And yes, sometimes we do have to “run aground” to find God’s peace.

It was the fourteenth night, and we were drifting through the Adriatic Sea when about midnight the sailors suspected that land was near.  After taking soundings, they found the depth to be twenty fathoms. A little later they took soundings again and found it was fifteen fathoms.  Fearing that we might run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and began praying for daylight to come. 

Even after God has encouraged us to stay with His boat, His plan for our lives, we still feel the necessity to take “soundings” in our lives and fear the depths of the unknown below and ahead.  Yes, there will be lots of rocks we might run into in our lives, but if we will stay firmly in God’s hands, all will be well.  God’s “daylight” will come to our lives as we live in obedience to Him.  Therefore, stay firmly aboard His ship called “Obedience” and don’t try to save yourself by going to church.

Meanwhile, the sailors had begun trying to escape from the ship. They lowered the lifeboat into the sea and pretended that they were going to lay out the anchors from the bow.  Paul told the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men remain onboard, you cannot be saved.” 

Churches and religious institutions are all trying to save their own lives.  They are all trying to escape the ship God has for them.  Yet, unless you remain where God commands you, you cannot be saved.  You can pretend all you want to be doing it God’s way, but it won’t work.  All the church-going you do, all the religious activities you do, none of it will get you into heaven.  Only by living in obedience to Jesus Christ will you make it through the storm.

Then the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and set it adrift. 

Sometimes, going against your own “common sense” is the only way to survive.  Obedience to God is contrary to worldly “common sense”.  The world is under the control of Lucifer.  It is smoke and mirrors.  The only way to reach Heaven is by living in obedience to Jesus Christ no matter what you think, feel or understand.  Cutting loose the worldly “lifeboat” can be scary, but it is the only way to trust in Jesus.  Many times in this ministry, I was sure what God had asked me to do was totally “crazy”.  And it was, by common sense.  However, by being obedient, all has worked out just fine.  Twenty-one years now, and this little ship is still secure in the safe harbor of God.

Right up to daybreak Paul kept urging all of them to eat something. He said, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have been waiting and going without food, not eating anything.  So I urge you to eat something, for it will help you survive, since none of you will lose so much as a hair from his head.”  After he said this, he took some bread, thanked God in front of everyone, broke it, and began to eat.  Everyone was encouraged and had something to eat. 

All sinners are onboard a ship that is sinking.  All sinners have gone without the food of God for a very long time.  To survive, we all need to partake of God’s food.  It will nourish us and strengthen us to survive the coming breakers we must  cross to get to Heaven.  The Word of God, not man, is our only hope of salvation.

There were 276 of us on the ship.  After they had eaten all they wanted, they began to lighten the ship by dumping its cargo of wheat into the sea. 

And yes, to get to Heaven, we must get rid of the baggage in our lives.  Old habits, material things that are sapping us of our duties for Jesus.  Old ideas and opinions must be cast overboard in order to “lighten the ship” for Heaven.  Our characters need to be lightened by throwing this world’s baggage overboard to rise to Heaven.

When day came, they didn’t recognize the land, but they could see a bay with a beach on which they planned to run the ship ashore, if possible. 

In our lives, we may not recognize Jesus as our Saviour, however, if we can see the peace, joy and happiness He wants to give us, maybe we can run our ships into His beach and find rest.  Each of us is to be a “fair haven” to those around us.  We are to represent Jesus, inviting those around us the opportunity of finding the true “Fair Haven”.

So they cut the anchors free and left them in the sea. At the same time they untied the ropes that held the steering oars, raised the foresail to the wind, and headed for the beach. 

But again, the path to Heaven is a very narrow path.  It keeps getting narrower as we approach the gates.  We must cut loose from everything this world has to offer.  The worldly things only weigh us down.  Cut it all loose and raise the foresail into the winds of the Spirit of God and let Him move you into the safe harbor of Jesus.

But they struck a sandbar and ran the ship aground. The bow stuck and couldn’t be moved, while the stern was broken to pieces by the force of the waves. 

Yes, there are obstacles ahead.  The devil does not want you finding the safe harbor of Jesus.  He wants to sink you in his sandbar of feelings, emotions, drugs, alcohol, sex, church and the material things of this world.  Your world may seem like it is going to be broken to pieces, but you can depend on Jesus.  He has a plan for you.

The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners to keep them from swimming ashore and escaping, but the centurion wanted to save Paul, so he prevented them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land.  The rest were to follow, some on planks and others on various pieces of the ship. In this way everyone got to shore safely. 

Again, the devil would rather kill you than for you to find the peace, safety and rest on the shore of Jesus.  But you can jump from this world and leave it behind.  Jesus will see you safely to His “Fair Haven”.  Jump from your church now!

When we were safely on shore, we learned that the island was called Malta. 

According to an encyclopedia, the name “Malta” means either “honey-sweet” or “haven”.  Paul’s experience across the Mediterranean Sea in that little boat, as a prisoner of Rome, is an awesome metaphor for the Christian life.  Even if we are a prisoner of this life, God will watch over us until we reach our “honey-sweet haven”.  How sweet that will be!

The people who lived there were unusually kind to us. It had started to rain and was cold, so they started a bonfire and invited us to join them around it. 

And yes, when we get to the safe harbor Jesus has provided for our lives, we can warm ourselves by the fire of the Spirit of God.  I like being warm.  I don’t like being wet and cold.

Paul gathered a bundle of sticks and put it on the fire.  A poisonous snake was forced out by the heat and attached itself to Paul’s hand. 

Paul was not one to sit down and let others do the work for him.  He didn’t say, “Where is the local church for me to go sit down in”.  He was a Christian and knew his duty.  As a Christian, he was to serve, not be served.  He got up and began gathering wood for the fire to warm up the other prisoners and guards.  But again, the devil is always trying to attach himself to us and keep us from doing our duty.  Don’t worry about the devil and his obstacles in life.  I’m learning that myself.  Just shake off the devil’s problems into the fire of God’s warmth and keep serving.  God will take care of you.

Just as Paul had to stand before Nero, God had a plan for my life.  I didn’t know what it was for the first 40 years of my life, but God took care of me through all the storms in my life.  Let’s see, I totaled out about four cars, two motorcycles and one airplane.  Two of the car accidents, along with the airplane crash, should have been fatal.  I didn’t know I had narcolepsy.  Now I do.  I almost died scuba diving.  The devil tried to kill me in prison.  Through it all God has taken very good care of me because He had a work for me to do and I am willing to do it.

In one of the car accidents, the car took out twenty feet of guardrail, went over the embankment, flipped and rolled.  Not a scratch on me.  Those who saw it did not think anyone could survive.  The other one was coming down a mountain road and we flipped and rolled.  I only had a cut knee.  The airplane crash, well, as you see, even the FAA said we should have burned up.  I came out with a broken back.  But today, I am very healthy and even jogging.  There are no excuses in God’s world for not living in obedience to Him.  He can take care of you if you surrender to Him by living in obedience to Him.

When the people who lived there saw the snake hanging from his hand, they told one another, “This man must be a murderer! He may have escaped from the sea, but Justice won’t let him live.”  But he shook the snake into the fire and wasn’t harmed. 

The world may look at the snakes and obstacles hanging from you and come to the wrong conclusion, but what others think is not our problem.  We just keep going about our duties and let the Lord take care of the rest.  In time, people will see the truth.

They were expecting him to swell up or suddenly drop dead, but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god. 

We can do much good in a world of rain, cold and sorrow.  Let us do all we can to bring to those around us the warmth, comfort and joy the safe haven that Jesus provides us.  

The governor of the island, whose name was Publius, owned estates in that part of the island. He welcomed us and entertained us with great hospitality for three days.  The father of Publius happened to be sick in bed with fever and dysentery. Paul went to him, prayed, and healed him by placing his hands on him.  After that had happened, the rest of the sick people on the island went to him and were healed. 

Interesting to note that Paul did not ask what the religion of Publius was.  He didn’t give him the “cold shoulder” because of his pagan ways.  Paul didn’t try to bring Publius to church.  Paul was a Christian, and in return for the hospitality of the islanders and the governor, Paul returned the favor by giving what he could.  I think that in our lives, we too often overlook wonderful opportunities to bring glory to God.  We look upon the outward appearance and forget to see the warmth radiating from a heart of love.

The islanders honored us in many ways, and when we were about to sail again, they supplied us with everything we needed. 

What goes around, comes around.  These pagans were good to the crew of the ship and Paul was good to them.  In return, they repaid with an outpouring of thankfulness.  Let us do all the good we can to those around us for the glory of God.  On the other hand, the people who belonged to the Seventh-day, Sabbath-keeping, tithe-paying church were trying to kill Paul.  How sad.  Let us love everyone as Jesus does.

Three months later, we continued our sailing onboard an Alexandrian ship that had spent the winter at the island. It had the Twin Brothers as its figurehead.  We stopped at Syracuse and stayed there for three days.  Then we weighed anchor and came to Rhegium. A day later a south wind began to blow, and on the second day we came to Puteoli.  There we found some brothers and were invited to stay with them for seven days. After this, we arrived in Rome. 

How wonderful it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.  The Bible is so full of love, warmth and kindnesses.  We need to do more study of the Bible, not for theology, but for the love, warmth and kindnesses that will bring peace and joy to our hearts.  The safe harbor Jesus offers us starts in our hearts.  That safe harbor is always revealed in acts of love and kindness to others.  In your life, be somebody’s “safe harbor”.  

The brothers there heard about us and came as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and felt encouraged. 

I am always thankful for those who welcome this ministry into their hearts.  The love they give me is wonderful.  I get too many cold shoulders and sharp winds of criticism.  But the gentle breezes of love, comfort, support and appreciations are truly heartwarming.  

When we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself with the soldier who was guarding him. 

I have a feeling the soldier guarding Paul became a Christian.  Sitting around listening to and watching Paul all day would be heart changing.  His assignment was probably the easiest he ever had.  Not a worry in the world.  This was one prisoner who would be obedient and not try to escape.  Would you?

Three days later, Paul called the leaders of the Jews together. When they assembled, he told them, “Brothers, although I haven’t done anything against our people or the customs of our ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans.  They examined me and wanted to let me go because there was no reason for me to receive the death penalty in my case.  But the Jews objected and forced me to appeal to the emperor, even though I have no countercharge to bring against my own people.  That’s why I asked to see you and speak with you, since it is for the hope of Israel that I’m wearing this chain.” 

He was a true Christian.  Unlike church people, Paul had no ill feelings toward his people.  He loved them and wanted to see them saved.  Paul was living the truth of Jesus, “love your enemy” and “do good to those who hate you”.  That he did.  

The Jewish leaders told him, “We haven’t received any letters from Judea about you, and none of the brothers coming here has reported or mentioned anything bad about you.  However, we would like to hear from you what you believe, because people are talking against this sect everywhere.” 

Could that be said about you?  No report or anything bad to be said about you?  Are you willing, right now, to change your life and find the safe haven in obedience to Jesus.  He will bring you through the storms of life and take good care of you.  Get out of your church, go to Jesus, trust and obey.

So they set a day to meet with Paul and came out in large numbers to see him where he was staying. From morning until evening he continued to explain the kingdom of God to them, trying to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and the Prophets. 

That isn’t done much anymore today.  Our churches try to separate the Old Testament from the New Testament.  They do not want you to know that Jesus is the same God in the New as He was in the Old Testament.  How could they have known Jesus was the Messiah of the Old Testament?  He lived the Old Testament perfectly.  So simple.  He was sinless, perfect and commandment keeping.  

Some of them were convinced by what he said, but others wouldn’t believe. 

Same today.  Very few, said Jesus, will believe.  The majority are all caught up in their churches, their religion, their feast days, their own prideful and arrogant beliefs and opinions.  But to believe the simple truth, that would be too humbling.

They disagreed with one another as they were leaving, so Paul added this statement: “The Holy Spirit was so right when he spoke to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah!  He said, ‘Go to this people and say, “You will listen and listen but never understand, and you will look and look but never see!  For this people’s minds have become stupid, and their ears can barely hear, and they have shut their eyes so that they may never see with their eyes, and listen with their ears, and understand with their heart and turn and let me heal them.”’ 

The same is true of our churches and their members today.  They truly have, voluntarily, shut their eyes and ears.  Their minds have been turned off to Jesus because their minds have been turned completely over to the church system.  Like the Seventh-day Adventists of Paul’s day, the churches today, all of them, are refusing to look to Jesus for the truth.

You must understand that this message about God’s salvation has been sent to the gentiles, and they will listen.” 

And yes they are.  Very few church people listen to this ministry.  Even fewer of those who go to church on Sabbath.  They are all about church, pride, arrogance and their own traditions and ceremonies.  How sad.  But the “gentiles” are listening.  They may sit in a cell, but their hearts are firmly sitting with Jesus.

For two whole years Paul lived in his own rented place and welcomed everyone who came to him.  He continued to preach about the kingdom of God and to teach boldly and freely about the Lord Jesus, the Messiah. 

Paul is soon to stand before the most powerful man on earth.  He is not worried one bit.  Instead of finding a good lawyer to represent him, he was finding hearts for the Kingdom of God.  Instead of writing arguments to be presented in his defence before the emperor, he was writing letters to God’s people and encouraging them to stand firm before Jesus.  He never thought about himself or his future.  It was just one day at a time, one heart at a time.  He did his duty for God and left his future in the hands of God. 

I see again where Paul taught “about the kingdom of God” and not about building or joining any church.  The “Kingdom of God” is within you, said Jesus.  And so it is.

For twenty-one years now this ministry has been preaching about the kingdom of God.  I try to teach it boldly and freely.  I pray the Spirit of God will be able to touch more hearts, open more ears and eyes.  Please pray with me for that to happen.

 

Prison Mission Report

Ron,

I would like to continue Bible studies with you.  I’ve also sent along my do-defendant’s name.  Could you send her one as well?  I have two more co-defendants - one is my brother and the other is her brother.  Could you send them your Bible study as well, please.  We are all locked up for first degree murder.  Myself and the other males have an attempted first degree murder charge as well.  Your Bible study will be what introduces them to Christ. 

Jason, IL

 

Hello,

Yes, I would like to continue my learning with your Bible studies.  After reading your intro issue, I been floored.  I’m now fixing to be 48 years old.  God been dealing with me for a long, long time.  It’s amazing, you talked about people teaching on Paul’s teachings.  I went to one of those here on the dorm and got bad vibes.  So, I don’t attend but only once in a while.  For the simple fact that it’s been all about the letters to the church and not so much about Jesus.  I ask God to fill me with His Spirit and guide me in His God’s Truth. 

Peter, TX

 

Dear Ron,

I would like to continue my study and request the workbook, “Change Your Life Biblically”.  I really enjoyed the work and your story.  Thank you for bringing the light into my life.  To me, the theme of this is all about what you do and how you live your life.  It’s important to understand Jesus’ teaching as described in the Word.  But more importantly the physical actions you choose everyday.  How you act.  What you do.  Do you help others?  It’s about following His teachings in your everyday actions.  I also am a member of narcotics anonymous and see many similarities in the 12 steps as I do in the teachings of Jesus.  Basically, being a Christian is not all talk, it requires work.  It’s a lifestyle change and the rewards are tremendous.  I really enjoyed the reading and think it’s awesome what you do.

Mark, CA

 

Dear Ron,

The main thing I learned about was the Old Testament.  I always believed that the Old Testament was done away with at the cross.  I realize now that the New Testament can not exist without the Old Testament.  I learned also that it is possible to live a perfect, sinless life now.  That same Spirit that was in Jesus also lives in me.  I know through faith that there is nothing more powerful than the Spirit of God.  With your help and Scripture, I know now that we can do all things through Jesus Christ. 

Jesus, TX

 

Dear Brother Ron,

I just read your introduction issue that was someone else’s.  Your story was truly inspiring.  I would like to take your Bible study coarse, please.  Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. 

Jason, CA

 

Dear Ron,

I thank you for your quick response to my letter 3 weeks ago.  I have enclosed the answer sheets.  Also, I have enclosed some stamps for the ministry to help those who also want to learn and do the God’s Word.  I thank God for the simplicity that is Jesus Christ and the simplicity that you have gathered in the resources to distribute to all who are seeking.  I would ask for you to pray for me to be this light, to live, promote, teach and support to bring more precious souls to God by doing the Ten Commandments, being perfect and stop sinning.  The 8 Steps have fortified that the Word of God is more than intellectual.  It is action.  It is one thing to academize faith, but it is commitment to our Father and Jesus to do faith.  It is not enough to read the Word of God.  As James spoke, “I will show my faith by my works”. 

Michael, CO

 

Ron,

Hello Brother.  I just finished reading “History of the Ministry”.  I would like to continue in the Bible study.  As I understand, it starts in 2nd Peter.  I like the way that sounds.  I am in reception and am participating in a group type devotional so I can share these teachings with the guys.

Daniel

 

JCPM,

Through this little book, I’ve learned the importance of the Old Testament.  I have to admit, that before doing this study, I didn’t pay much attention to it even though I’m currently doing a study in the book of Job as an activity I’m involved with through my Aunt’s church in Pennsylvania.  While doing this study and reading the material, it’s helped me to see where I’m lacking in my Christian walk.  I’m now putting more effort in everything I do in Jesus’ name.

Jeff, OH

 

Ron,

I was talking to my friend and he was telling me about you and your program.  I couldn’t help but to get super interested in all of it.  I am new in my faith and in place like this it is hard to get away from all the crap which I’m sure you know.  However, when I’m reading the Bible or talking to people of the faith, it helps my time pass by.  I find myself thinking that maybe I could reach out upon my release and preach a little myself. 

Nathan, ID

 

Ron,

I have read the “History of the Ministry” and would very much like to continue in Bible studies.  Thank you for the opportunity to learn more about God.  May He keep blessing the ministry always and forever.  I look forward to studying the word which by the way am studying now.  I have been keeping the Sabbath for almost 2 months now and find it very fulfilling for this is the rest the Lord wants for us. 

Richard, TX

 

Ron,

I received your pamphlet, “The Habits”, and man, it is so powerful.  I am starting to read my Bible in a whole new way now.  I already knew that something was wrong and missing in the things the churches and services were teaching and preaching in here.  And the Spirit was also telling me that the Ten Commandments were not done away with.  Up until last week when I received this issue, I was so confused as to what “Law” or “Laws” they were talking about as far as being done away with.  Your pamphlet has cleared all this up for me.  Like I said, I felt it already, but I believe God used you to show me that I was on the right path.  After I get done reading through this issue, I’m going to go and read all about the other 4 laws.  This way when I start preaching the Ten Commandments, I will know how to defend and back up what I am saying.  I am happy to inform you that I belong to none of the churches here.  I never had and I thank God He has allowed me to see the things that are wrong in every single one of them.  Last week, I was asked if I would like to bring the Word to one of the services.  I said, “Yes”.  I plan on speaking on living the perfect, sinless and holy lifestyle that God wants us to live.  I will let you know how that goes.  I’m going to prepare myself using your pamphlets.  I thank God for your ministry.  May He continue to bless you.

Armando, NV

 

JCPM,

I’m lost for words.  This booklet was overwhelming.  Almost everything that I thought I was doing right, was wrong.  It is helping me realize a lot of things that I would have never thought.  I would like to learn more, please.  Thank you for everything that you guys do for us. 

Marcelino, CA

 

Dear Jesus Christ Prison Ministry,

I was hoping you could provide me with your “Change Your Life Biblically” book.  I am a new brother in Christ and I am looking to expand my knowledge of the Lord.

Steven, IN

 

Dear Ron,

My brother,  and I say that with the most intimacy.  After reading Jesus Christ Prison Ministry’s Introductory Issue, that had been sent to another inmate, I felt extremely connected with you.  Let me start by saying, “Thank God for you”.  I’ve been waiting to get connected with a ministry and I feel strong about you.  I have spent the last 20 years in prison.  I’m looking forward to starting a brotherly relationship with you.  Could you please send me your Bible study and a copy of your book, “Change Your Life Biblically”?  Please mentor me.

David, CA

 

JCPM,

Here are some more names for you.  I want to tell you, thank you for this book, “CYLB”!  Not only did you break the Bible down, but it has helped me to understand the truths of God and His Word.  I have been using this book, “CYLB” in the call outs - where I give words of encouragement to my fellow brothers who believe the same way you even believe.  We have been keeping the Sabbath-Saturday and we also have been doing our very best to obey God’s commands.  Your book has been helping all of us out and even people here in this prison are like, “Wow! this guy is a child of God for real.  How can I get a book?”  Even in here, Brother, many have been deceived.  It is sad that only a few ill be saved.  You are right about the churches fallen into pagan teachings.  It is sad to see churches preaching “Jesus” but not the true/real Jesus.  It is sad that people will preach that you have to go to church for salvation, and even to receive God.  You are right, brother, nowhere in Scripture does it say that we are to go to church for our salvation.  And once again, I agree with you when you had mentioned that there was no church building for Adam and Eve to worship in.  Man thinks since he made man-made churches that man can worship any way he wants.  Not true.  Not biblical.  What they do is entertain, like you had said.  Their man-made churches glorifies themselves, not God.  Even in here you can see the counterfeit from the real.  Where is the true gospel at?  That is what I asked myself.  And here comes your book and materials.  Amen to that.  God is still answering my prayers brother.  He has blessed me to be in contact with you.

Phillip, KS

 

Hi,

I want to know if you can please send me any books or Bible courses?  It would be of great help for me.

Guillermo, CA

 

JCPM,

Greetings.  I just received your “History of the Ministry” introductory issue and read it along with a friend.  We want for you to please send us the Bible study.  I pray that God continues to bless your ministry with all the resources you all need so you can continue to teach His Word.

Guillermo, TX

 

Ron,

I have received your booklet and I would love to participate in “Bible study”.  Please send me everything that I have to do to get closer to Jesus Christ.

Samuel, PA

 

To Whom It May Concern,

I received your address from a friend at our chapel last weekend.  I asked him about getting a Bible and Bible courses.  I’m 57 years old and I’m doing a 30 year sentence.  I’ve done a little over 16 years on it already.  I’ve very seldom been to a church and never even owned a Bible, much less read one.  So, I’ve got a lot to learn.  But I’m willing to learn.  My friend wasn’t able to tell me much about your ministry, so I was hoping you could send me more information on your ministry. 

James, FL

 

Brother Ron,

I just received the 2nd Edition CYLB book.  Thank you so much for the opportunity to earn it.  I really enjoy it.  A couple of the brothers here in my facility enjoyed it too.  We agree how much more the 2nd Edition stands out compared to the original study book.  It is really great.  The new CYLB book is a wonderful asset to have and I really appreciate it so much.  It helps me to stay on track.  It keeps me digging for truth.  I will continue my studies and do my best to help others understand the real true teachings of Jesus.

Jon, CO

 

Dear Ronald,

I am really interested in what you can teach me.  I have a lot of questions about God.  I hope maybe you could answer.  I don’t have a very good support group.  My family and I don’t get along as well as we should.  I could use all the help I can get.

Anthony, ID

 

Ministry,

Wow, thank you very much for your Bible study.  I’m currently trying to finish the questions.  This book has changed my mind set and put my heart and mind in the proper direction.  I’ve read my Bible a few times and decided to follow my own analogies.  A lot of us seem to do that.  Before I got this book, I knew I wanted to go home and help people.  Looking back, I realize it’s the only thing in my life that has any value.  Everything else has been selfish and fruitless.  I’m working on passing your message on.  Talking in here can be difficult for me.  But I’m trying.  Maybe it’s better to let your book do the talking for me.  You seem to have a strong and direct message that is loud and clear for any Christian, no matter where they might be at in their faith.  I’m not trying to burden your ministry with more bills, so I’ve included a check to help buy more books.  Even if it only saves one soul, it’s well worth it to me and God. 

James, PA

 

Dear Ron,

I got a letter from you last week.  As well as the 2nd Peter’s Bible study.  Thank you for the calendar that was enclosed with that.  I know this is all a lifetime process.  I am a lot more aware of my behavior and the joy I feel in my life on a daily basis.  I’ve sent a couple of more baby Christians your way.  Anyway, I can’t wait to get out of reception.  Having you and your ministry in my life is what’s going to keep me focused and peaceful.

Mike, CA

 

Dear Prison Ministry,

Could you please send me “Change Your Life Biblically”.  I’ve received information on this study from another inmate.  He mentioned to me some things that I need to know for my salvation.  Having and obeying God is very important to me.  I want to be able to learn and pass the correct message on to those around me.

Miguel, PA

 

Hello,

I would like to receive the “Change Your Life Biblically” book.

DeQueese, OK

 

Hello,

I’m writing you to return this flyer that was given to me for the “Change Your Life Biblically” workbook.  Also, I would like to learn more about your ministry.  “Everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”  Matthew 7:8.  I read that verse a couple of days ago, then prayed asking the Lord to show me to the right fellowship for me.  And believe it or not, the next day your ministry’s address was handed to me out of nowhere by someone I don’t even know.

James, CA

 

Hello,

For so long, 38 years to be exact, I’ve felt lonely and lost.  It wasn’t until now that I’ve reached rock bottom.  My journey has been lonely and devastating.  I’ve lost loved ones behind my choices, decisions that only hurt the people I love.  Now, I’m here doing a 21 year sentence with 7 more years to go.  I’ve witnessed the acts of God in my life and the Holy Spirit has made a work in me that is beyond understanding.  Please send me a Bible study to proceed in my learning the Word of God. 

Alex, CA

 

Hey Guys,

I’m a newfound Christian.  I’m trying to turn my life around and give it all up to God.  A friend told me to reach out to you guys for assistance on becoming a better Christian.  Anything you guys can help me with, that would be amazing.

Dylan, ID

 

JCPM,

Now that I’ve finished the “2nd Peter’s 8 Steps”, will you please send me the “Change Your Life Biblically” Bible study.  Its opened my eyes to how I can change my thoughts and my ways and live the life that God and Jesus want me to live.  I learned that even though I have sinned and ended up back in prison, this isn’t the end of the world for me.  God and Jesus Christ have forgiven me and I just need to forgive myself and keep working hard and persevering through it.  This is just a small speed bump in a long road that is my life.  I can get through this.  After all, I do have God on my side. 

Jessica, AZ

 

To Ron,

Lately, the last three churches I’ve been to in prison are really bad.  They are not followers of Christ.  They are followers of the other guy.  I feel that when Christ speaks, that is what really needs to be listened too. 

Glen, CA

 

Dear Brother Ron,

I just received your introductory issue to your ministry.  I enjoyed it as well as other women.  Your story, what an inspiration and testament to the power of prayer and God’s love for us.  After reading all the testimonies, I’m excited to see how much more I can explore and understand the Bible.  People like you are what make the world great.  Proof we are all children of God.  I would be honored if you would send us the Bible Studies.

Sarah, CA

 

Brother Ron,

Thank you for both of your letters.  I apologize if I seemed to be talking too much about “money” concerns.  I would be so graceful for you to send a CYLB book to my family.  Thank You!  I’ve been digging into CYLB and it has been extremely useful in trying to bring others to the truth.  I can say that it’s proven to be eye opening to some.  But to others, it has revealed something deeper.  It is so great because the layout and the outline of how you put together is much easier of a tool to teach with.  Again, thank you for your help and support.  I will keep you updated and in the “know” of how everything is going.

Jon, CO

 

Dear Ron,

So here are some names that I hope will take this as serious as I do.  I’m curious as to how many will finish the first booklet to get “Change Your Life Biblically”.  People seem a little skittish to hear the Word.  I mentioned my relationship with God to another inmate and he says, “Don’t assume your relationship with God is better than mine.”  I gave it a second to think about what to say to that.  A ffew minutes later I replied, “Don’t assume your relationship is right with God.”  I decided to go to church with him.  I haven’t been to Sunday church since I started your book.  I already knew from your book and the past attendance of church what might be said.  Of course, it was the same thing.  Forgiveness through Jesus.  No mention of obedience or the 10 Commandments.  He actually said, “It’s a sin not to sing”.  I noticed how proud people are to sing the loudest, clap the loudest.  Of course, I noticed people who had very nice crucifixes around their necks.  I reminded my friend of the commandment about no idols.  It feels wrong.  It feels like paganism to me.  You have showed me how to love Jesus with this book.  Maybe for now I’ll lean on your teachings and lean on the Lord to help get the correct message out.  How did we get so lost? 

James, PA

 

Hello Ron,

I received a letter from you as well as the book, “Change Your Life Biblically”.  Thank you very much for the cool bookmarkers.  God is truly working in my life.  I read the Bible every day and right now I’m in the book of Ester.  I’ll be starting on “Change Your Life Biblically” starting tomorrow.  I pray all the time and I have a good cellmate here at reception.  Soon as I finish the next Bible study I’ll send it. 

Mike, CA

 

Hello JCPM,

I’m striving to become a better man.  I want to improve the quality of other’s lives as well as my own.  To educate myself on what I need to do here on earth before my time is up so that I can enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  I was on the recreation yard this morning when one of my brothers in Christ approached me and shared with me his knowledge of the Jesus Christ Prison Ministry.  I was interested in the organization and open to the assistance that you guys could provide me with.  I would like to have a copy of your workbook. 

Kenneth, CA

 

Dear Ron,

When I came to prison, all I knew was sin.  It was normal for me to sin.  Even while I was incarcerated I was sinning.  Then I realized that I was tired of being locked up.  And this was about five years into my sentence.  But I still didn’t know how to make it on my own.  I was still using drugs and doing what I wanted to do.  I thank God everyday for what I learned from “2nd Peter’s 8 Steps”.  I need to go into strict training to be obedient to His commands.  I need to stay away from bad company and turn away from sin.  I need to stop letting all the small things bug me and humble myself.  I think this was a great Bible study.  I learned a lot from this study and would love to continue studying.  Please send me the next book.

John, VA

 

Hello Ron,

I very much enjoyed the introductory issue.  Yes, I would like very much to continue with Bible studies.

Michael, CO

 

Dear Ron,

I recently received and read the History of the Ministry.  I would like to further my pursuit of getting closer to God.  Please forward me the Bible studies.

Willie, IL

 

Dear Ron,

Thank you!  I have received and read the “History of the Ministry”.  I am eager and excited to continue my learning.  My friends would also like to share Bible studies. 

Runner, KY

 

Hi,

I received a booklet from you talking about your time in prison and the struggles that you overcame through your faith in God.  How you used a negative situation and turned it into a positive one.  I would love to get closer to God and all He has to offer me as a Christian believer.  I am very interested in your Bible studies and what you have to offer me.

David, CO

 

Hi,

I was referred to you guys by a friend.  I am interested in the “Change Your Life Biblically” workbook.  I would highly appreciate it if the workbook could be sent to me. 

Jose, AZ

 

Ron,

I received your introductory issue.  But I was running with the wrong people.  I have stopped running with them.  It was so hard to get them to understand that I was done with that life style.  I was going through my paperwork and found your issue.  When I woke up this morning, I read it and really enjoyed it.  I have been locked up for 8 years and have a couple left to do.  I don’t understand why it took me so long to want to change my life around.  Now I have started reading the Bible.  I am really interested in doing your bible study.

Rocky, VA

 

Hello,

I came across one of your workbooks, “Change Your Life Biblically”, on the shelf.  I would like to receive one of my own.  The book on the shelf has already been used.  I want to be able to answer the questions and put my own thoughts in your books as well.

Chelsea, TN

 

Dear Ron,

Enclosed please find the names of those of us who would like to enroll in your Bible Study Course and receive the CYLB.

Samson, TX

 

Dear Brother in Jesus Christ,

I received the handbook you sent me and it was amazing how you got your ministry.  God has blessed you so you can be a blessing to others.  I am writing because I am interested in the Bible study that you offer.  Here I send you back the forms so you can process them and send me the courses.  I want to learn more and more about Jesus so I can do His job.

Antonio, VA

 

Dear Ronald,

What a relief to hear from you.  Your letter is very encouraging to give me more ambition to even study harder.  “Change Your Life Biblically” is very interesting. 

Ivan, CA

 

Dear Ron,

This Bible Study was by far the most challenging, entertaining, terrifying and helpful that I’ve ever been a part of.  The Bible has never been broke down to me and it’s honestly terrifying to know that I was headed in the wrong direction while calling myself a “Christian”.  A lot of the info in CYLB is new to me.  I’m very glad that it was revealed to me through you and your book.  A lot of us today are living the wrong way.  The correction on the Sabbath day was also interesting because I always believed that Sunday was the true Sabbath.  That is what I was taught as a child.  So, again, thank you for breaking that down to me and helping me understand.  Your book has changed my life more than I’m able to explain right now.  The Bible study was like a beacon of light to me.  I’m usually always down and out in here.  I’m currently in Solitary Confinement.  Therefore, it gave me something to do during the day.  Thanks for blessing me with the “true” knowledge that I know today.  Completing CYLB is probably the best thing that I’ve ever accomplished in prison.

Jeremy, TX

 

Dear Ron,

I received the Introductory booklet issue.  Thank you.  I read the whole thing and it warmed my heart.  Your fearlessness is inspiring.  I have previously completed a few other Bible studies and would like to request your Bible studies.  I love the fact that to your ministry the Sabbath day is Saturday and not Sunday.  I personally believe that it’s Saturday.  Also, I got another inmate who is interested in receiving the introductory and studies. 

Jose, AZ

 

Testimony for God's People

My Dear Family in Christ,

I receive many letters from inmates asking, “How do I keep the Sabbath in prison?”  Most have never been taught the reverence, sanctity or holiness of God and cannot fathom how to keep the Sabbath.  I love them dearly.  Their hearts are so willing to be obedient to Jesus.  How different from those who go to church.  Church members have grown up going to church instead of going to Jesus.  There is no desire to live the holiness of Jesus.  It is all about looking good for the church.  Therefore, it is a joy when I can share more fully the concept of “keeping the Sabbath holy”.  Enjoy the following article on keeping the Sabbath holy.

How Shall We keep the Sabbath?

God is merciful. His requirements are reasonable, in accordance with the goodness and benevolence of His character. The object of the Sabbath was that all mankind might be benefited. Man was not made to fit the Sabbath; for the Sabbath was made after the creation of man, to meet his necessities. After God had made the world in six days, He rested and sanctified and blessed the day upon which He rested from all His work which He had created and made. He set apart that special day for man to rest from his labor, that, as he should look upon the earth beneath and the heavens above, he might reflect that God made all these in six days and rested upon the seventh; and that, as he should behold the tangible proofs of God’s infinite wisdom, his heart might be filled with love and reverence for his Maker.

It is almost impossible to “look upon the earth beneath and the heavens above” while sitting in church.  Come to think about it, it is impossible to behold the tangible proofs of God’s infinite wisdom while sitting in church.  Church is an invention of the devil, brought to perfection by the Catholic church and copied by the Protestants and Messianic worshipers for the purpose of keeping your eyes and hearts firmly set on man, sin and this world.  Nothing about “church” has anything to do with eternal life.  Going to church is not a blessing to man.  It is very hard to “rest” while rushing to get to church in order to show off your “righteousness”.  Get out of church and go sit at the feet of Jesus.  Rest in His love.  Spend the Sabbath listening to Jesus from His Word and Nature.

In order to keep the Sabbath holy, it is not necessary that we enclose ourselves in walls, shut away from the beautiful scenes of nature and from the free, invigorating air of heaven. We should in no case allow burdens and business transactions to divert our minds upon the Sabbath of the Lord, which He has sanctified. We should not allow our minds to dwell upon things of a worldly character even. But the mind cannot be refreshed, enlivened, and elevated by being confined nearly all the Sabbath hours within walls, listening to long sermons and tedious, formal prayers. The Sabbath of the Lord is put to a wrong use if thus celebrated. The object for which it was instituted is not attained. The Sabbath was made for man, to be a blessing to him by calling his mind from secular labor to contemplate the goodness and glory of God. It is necessary that the people of God assemble to talk of Him, to interchange thoughts and ideas in regard to the truths contained in His word, and to devote a portion of time to appropriate prayer. But these seasons, even upon the Sabbath, should not be made tedious by their length and lack of interest.

It is obvious that our churches today are not of God.  They do not lift the mind of man to God, but to man and the works of man.  Man is glorified.  Man is honored.  Man is revered for his music, entertainment and genius.  But none of our churches are lifting the hearts and minds of man to contemplate the goodness and glory of God.  Get out of your church and go meet with God in a park, a meadow, a beach, a mountainside or some place where God can be seen in His nature.  You can “assemble” in any of those places to share the goodness and glory of God.  Notice, the necessity of meeting is not to listen to a minister babble on and on.  It is for each person in the “assembly” to “interchange thoughts and ideas in regard to the truths contained in His word, and to devote a portion of time to appropriate prayer.”  None of that is being done in churches today.  When was the last time you stood up in your church and interchanged your thoughts and ideas in regard to the truths contained in God’s Word?  It isn’t allowed.  If you go to church, you are being brainwashed, controlled and taken to hell.  Get out now!  Go to Jesus and open His Word and listen to Him.  You don’t need a church or denomination telling you what you need to hear.  Let Jesus do that.

During a portion of the day, all should have an opportunity to be out of doors. How can children receive a more correct knowledge of God, and their minds be better impressed, than in spending a portion of their time out of doors, not in play, but in company with their parents? Let their young minds be associated with God in the beautiful scenery of nature, let their attention be called to the tokens of His love to man in His created works, and they will be attracted and interested. They will not be in danger of associating the character of God with everything that is stern and severe; but as they view the beautiful things which He has created for the happiness of man, they will be led to regard Him as a tender, loving Father. They will see that His prohibitions and injunctions are not made merely to show His power and authority, but that He has the happiness of His children in view. As the character of God puts on the aspect of love, benevolence, beauty, and attraction, they are drawn to love Him. You can direct their minds to the lovely birds making the air musical with their happy songs, to the spires of grass, and the gloriously tinted flowers in their perfection perfuming the air. All these proclaim the love and skill of the heavenly Artist, and show forth the glory of God.

Take your children out of church and take them to Jesus in His nature.  Teach them how to “see” Jesus and His love in His created works.  Let the clean air of a park, beach, meadow or mountainside fill their lungs and cleans their bodies.  The artificially air of church is destroying their lives physically and spiritually.  They are looking to man in church instead of looking to Jesus.

Parents, why not make use of the precious lessons which God has given us in the book of nature, to give our children a correct idea of His character? Those who sacrifice simplicity to fashion, and shut themselves away from the beauties of nature, cannot be spiritually minded. They cannot understand the skill and power of God as revealed in His created works; therefore their hearts do not quicken and throb with new love and interest, and they are not filled with awe and reverence as they see God in nature.

In church, we are surrounded with incorrect ideas of God by looking at the frailties of man.  We see their defects of character, glory in their honor and genius and sit around talking about man, church or denomination.  None of that will draw us closer to Jesus.  It will only take our minds and reverence away from Jesus.

All who love God should do what they can to make the Sabbath a delight, holy and honorable. They cannot do this by seeking their own pleasure in sinful, forbidden amusements. Yet they can do much to exalt the Sabbath in their families and make it the most interesting day of the week. We should devote time to interesting our children. A change will have a happy influence upon them. We can walk out with them in the open air; we can sit with them in the groves and in the bright sunshine, and give their restless minds something to feed upon by conversing with them upon the works of God, and can inspire them with love and reverence by calling their attention to the beautiful objects in nature.

Oh no, we take our children to church where their attention is called to the “beautiful” objects of church and man.  Our children learn early to look at the clothes church members are wearing, gossip about what this one is doing, eating and wearing.  The minds of our children are totally on the world.  Get them out and take them to Jesus.

The Sabbath should be made so interesting to our families that its weekly return will be hailed with joy. In no better way can parents exalt and honor the Sabbath than by devising means to impart proper instruction to their families and interesting them in spiritual things, giving them correct views of the character of God and what He requires of us in order to perfect Christian characters and attain to eternal life. Parents, make the Sabbath a delight, that your children may look forward to it and have a welcome in their hearts for it. 2T 582-585

The children will not be taught how to obtain the “perfect Christian characters and attain to eternal life” in church or our educational institutions.  The churches don’t even believe in perfection of character.  They refuse to teach the teachings of Jesus to live the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life.  It is nothing more than services, traditions, ceremonies, feast days, foods, clothes and rituals.  Get out of your church now or be forever lost.

 

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I want to thank each and every one of you who are supporting this ministry so consistently.  Over the last few months, a few donors have stopped supporting this ministry.  Almost $1500 a month has disappeared over the last year.  Some, I think, have gone to sleep in Jesus.  Others found something more entertaining.  Others were offended by the truth.  Truth can hit home.  However, because of your love and support, we are able to reach hundreds of inmates each month. 

Yet, not just inmates, but we are also able to put truth up on the internet over a broad spectrum of media sites.  We have thousands of people who are following us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, You Tube and our own web site.  Then, as we put up our “posts” each day, many more are sharing our post on their web sites, which in turn are being shared over and over again.  God is so good.  And all of this is because of your support. 

Keeping our web site active is not cheap.  Accessing the internet is not cheap.  Our monthly expenses require lots of funding.  However, we are about $10,000 away from paying off our solar panels.  When that is done, we will no longer have any “utility” bills.  Since we are all electric here, we pump our own water and heat it with electricity.  Our monthly “utility” would run about $700 a month.  With the solar panels, it is $0.0 a month.  We have all the power we need to keep the ministry up and running.  We can now print our literature without worrying about the monthly utility bill.  Maybe there are some willing to help us pay off the last of our solar panels. 

God bless you.

Ron

 

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I thank each and every one of you who loves Jesus so much that you continually, every month, sacrifice for this, His little ministry. So few love the truth. Your help is greatly needed at this time. Please remember us at tax time.
Love in Christ,
Ron