Prison Mission Report
Ron,I am a new person in Christ. I have recently started a Bible study, However, I would enjoy your book. I would like to complete the lessons and receive the certificate.Maxwell, CO
Dear Friend,I would like to get the Bible study you offer to inmates. I like to study God’s Word. I have been with Jesus for 13 years now. God has blessed me with many Christian friends. I have been in prison for 15 years. It took for me to come back to prison for the third time to open my heart so the Holy Spirit can come in and make some wonderful changes in my heart. I am looking forward to getting your Bible study. A brother on the unit told me about your prison ministry.Gordon, WI
Ron,I would like to begin by saying how much I appreciate the book. It was put together in an easy, informative and engaging manner. After completing the book I put it away to reflect. But once I pulled it out it felt as if it was a different book. It took me a bit but I figured it out. My moods changed what I was reading. Certain parts meant more or were relevant to what I was thinking or feeling. The other aspect is how the book simplifies a lot of Bible passages and makes them apply to today’s world. The one thing I’m trying to learn more about so I can understand it for myself is faith. Faith is something I know and don’t know at the same time. Faith is what I need but I don’t have any idea on where to get it or how to recognize it if I get it.Warren, OR
Dear Ron,Many people don’t read the book or take it seriously since you wrote the book and know that it was dictated to you by God and that it’s the real deal. All I can say is, thank you man, really. That book has really made an impact on my life. I’ve learned more in just a few months reading “CYLB” and communicating with you than years of going to church and whatever else I was doing. So, Thank you. I’m enclosing some stamps.Gregory, CA
Dear Reader,I was wondering how I go about to getting a book from you about changing your life? My brother writes to you and tells me you are awesome. So, I was just wondering how to sign up with you.Jesus, TX
JCPM,I’m a new Christian who is anxious to learn more about God. I would like to do your Bible study program.David, NE
Hello Ron,I am 39 years of age. I have 5 kids. I came across this booklet that was supposed to be given to someone that went home. My name was called for mail because I was moved to his cube. So, if this booklet fell into my hands, then I am guessing it must be God’s plan. I have been in and out of jail since the age of 14. I don’t want to be this person anymore. I want to be there for my kids. I need a lot of help but I just don’t know where to start. This time down has been stressful for me. My son’s mother got sent to jail. I ask for your prayers.Fernando, NY
To the Prison Ministry,I have no idea why I’m sending you this letter, or why I got a newsletter from your group since I never wrote to you. But I’m going to tell you something strange. This is the only reason why I’m writing to you. I just got done doing a 10 year term and now I’m back doing almost a 15 year sentence. I’ve grown up in the church and my uncle had his own church. I loved it as a kid. As I grew up, all I wanted was a good woman who lives in God’s light and to have kids to share the same. I’ve done now all of these years with no one or nothing. I’ve never even gotten a letter. I come from a good big family and it’s left me bitter. I asked God to show me something and that night I got your newsletter. Perry, WA
Dear JCPM,If possible, send a copy of your “Change Your Life Biblically” book. I’ve always enjoyed reading biblical literature.Brian, TN
Hello,I would like to request a Bible study course and would greatly appreciate it. I am at the moment getting closer to God and need to learn more about Him.Abraham, CA
Dear Ron,More beautiful knowledge about true life. I learned about a sanctuary place. I love the fact that you wrote “An interesting point is that they were not to make this sanctuary as they wanted it, but only as they were directed. They were to make it ‘exactly’ as they were told”. Now I understand that people who build things, they build on their own “not” as God said. I find these pages were mind blowing especially when I read about sins, our sins. How we are building our own book of sins and they are being recorded. They never go away until your time comes. If you stop sinning, then from there only your records can be destroyed. I was shocked when I read this. I sat back and started to remember all the sins I have logged into my book and how devoted I will become to make sure those sins are destroyed. I know that confession means nothing at all because if you continue to keep sinning, it defeats the purpose of confessing. I now know that because we can be perfect just as Jesus was. What really tripped me out is when I read about the Scapegoat. I was like WOW, I never even heard this before. That really had me thinking of all these new truths you have been teaching me. I’ve been learning so much and not only learning, but actually putting in the footwork and applying in my life. I always told myself, Why do people only remember you for the bad you done, but never the good? I always hear this a lot. Now, because of your book, you have answered my long lost question. I agree 100%, we must not crucify the Son of God all over again. This is what the Catholic Church is teaching. Like I said, they do it in ways so people won’t understand there true meaning. Everyone is being lead wrong and it is sad that they don’t realize it. When I was young I would go to church and receive the Mark of the Beast. I was a Catholic growing up but never understood anything at all. I just remember them putting ash on my hand and forehead. When I read this, I could not believe it. How can people be so evil to teach these things that are wrong and misguiding us at a young age believing that we will be saved when in reality we were being destroyed. Your book continues to build me into a soldier of God. A son of God. Thank you for this beautiful information. Daniel, IL
Testimony for God's Children
Standing firm for Jesus is not something one sees very often. Most carry the name of Christian, but few carry the burden of that name. Jesus carried the burden. He didn’t care about “names”, titles or labels. It was all about the action. What we do, not what we claim.
It really does come down to trust. Do we really trust Jesus? Do we really believe in the “Word” of God? Do we have faith that what He says He will do? I don’t think many have that faith. Most put on a show and go to church, but few actually step out in faith to live in obedience to the Word of God.
Every day our trust in God is tested. You may not even recognize it. I know I don’t. At least not at the time I am being tested. Later I look back and see an opportunity missed. I’m trying to spend more time in the atmosphere of heaven in order to be alert to the moving of the Spirit of God. Soon we will be standing before judges, tribunals, governors and magistrates. Have you been developing real trust and faith in God that will carry your through that time?
The Sacrifice on Mount Carmel
Elijah demands a convocation at Carmel of all Israel and also of all the prophets of Baal. The awful solemnity in the looks of the prophet gives him the appearance of one standing in the presence of the Lord God of Israel. The condition of Israel in their apostasy demands a firm demeanor, stern speech, and commanding authority. God prepares the message to fit the time and occasion. Sometimes He puts His Spirit upon His messengers to sound an alarm day and night, as did His messenger John: “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.” Then, again, men of action are needed who will not be swerved from duty, but whose energy will arouse and demand, “Who is on the Lord’s side?” let him come over with us. God will have a fitting message to meet His people in their varied conditions.
Are we displaying a “firm demeanor” to those around us, letting them know that we are representatives of the Lord God? Are we “men of action” in this day when the world around us has gone mad with sin? Or do we cower and keep silent? Or, do we actually love sin so much we don’t care about the sin in the world? Are you living in such a manner that your words and actions are demonstrating the concept “Who is on the Lord’s side”? Are you inviting people to “come over with us”? Are we giving people a choice by living sinless, perfect lives? If they see no difference in us, what choice do they have?
Swift messengers are sent throughout the kingdom with the message from Elijah. Representatives are sent from cities, towns, villages, and families. All seem in haste to answer the call, as though some wonderful miracle is to be performed. According to Elijah’s command, Ahab gathers the prophets of Baal at Carmel. The heart of Israel’s apostate leader is overawed, and he tremblingly follows the direction of the stern prophet of God.
Are you sending messages throughout your associations to come to your home to watch our videos, listen to our Bible studies or through the book, “Change Your Life Biblically”? Do you live in such a way that they will come?
The people assemble upon Mount Carmel, a place of beauty when the dew and rain fall upon it causing it to flourish; but now its beauty is languishing under the curse of God. Upon this mount, which was the excellency of groves and flowers, Baal’s prophets had erected altars for their pagan worship. This mountain was conspicuous; it overlooked the surrounding countries and was in sight of a large portion of the kingdom. As God had been signally dishonored by the idolatrous worship carried on here, Elijah chose this as the most conspicuous place for the display of God’s power and to vindicate His honor.
Jezebel’s prophets, eight hundred and fifty in number, like a regiment of soldiers prepared for battle, march out in a body with instrumental music and imposing display. But there is trembling in their hearts as they consider that at the word of this prophet of Jehovah the land of Israel has been destitute of dew and rain three years. They feel that some fearful crisis is at hand. They had trusted in their gods, but could not unsay the words of Elijah and prove him false. Their gods were indifferent to their frantic cries, prayers, and sacrifices.
The forces of wickedness may seem imposing. They may try to intimidate you. They may be all dressed up and make a show. But are you willing and able to stand up in the power of Jesus, keeping your calm dignity?
Elijah, early in the morning, stands upon Mount Carmel, surrounded by apostate Israel and the prophets of Baal. A lone man in that vast multitude, he stands undaunted. He whom the whole kingdom has charged with its weight of woe is before them, unterrified and unattended by visible armies and imposing display. He stands, clad in his coarse garment, with awful solemnity in his countenance, as though fully aware of his sacred commission as the servant of God to execute His commands. Elijah fastens his eyes upon the highest ridge of mountains where had stood the altar of Jehovah when the mountain was covered with flourishing trees and flowers. The blight of God is now upon it; all the desolation of Israel is in full view of the neglected, torn-down altar of Jehovah, and in sight are the altars of Baal. Ahab stands at the head of the priests of Baal, and all wait in anxious, fearful expectation for the words of Elijah.
Some have judged me by my “coarse garment”. I do not have fancy clothes. They are not expensive. I use them until they are worn out. My standing with God is not by the clothes I wear or the food I eat. My standing with God is the commission He has given me. I must “execute His commands”. The churches, pastors, ministers and denominations have torn down the “altars” of God. Every truth that God commands has been torn down and stepped on. People are waiting in “anxious, fearful expectation for the words” of God. Will you give it to them?
In the full light of the sun, surrounded by thousands,—men of war, prophets of Baal, and the monarch of Israel,—stands the defenseless man, Elijah, apparently alone, yet not alone. The most powerful host of heaven surrounds him. Angels who excel in strength have come from heaven to shield the faithful and righteous prophet. With stern and commanding voice Elijah cries: “How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.” Not one in that vast assembly dared utter one word for God and show his loyalty to Jehovah.
We stand “defenseless” against the world. We do nothing to hurt those who have been deceived. We do not defend ourselves or our churches. I have the “most powerful host of heaven” surrounding me. How long will we “halt between two opinions” in our lives? Let us stand up for Jesus and proclaim His truth.
What astonishing deception and fearful blindness had, like a dark cloud, covered Israel! This blindness and apostasy had not closed about them suddenly; it had come upon them gradually as they had not heeded the word of reproof and warning which the Lord had sent to them because of their pride and their sins. And now, in this fearful crisis, in the presence of the idolatrous priests and the apostate king, they remained neutral. If God abhors one sin above another, of which His people are guilty, it is doing nothing in case of an emergency. Indifference and neutrality in a religious crisis is regarded of God as a grievous crime and equal to the very worst type of hostility against God.
Our churches, denominations, pastors, ministers and teachers are all indifferent and stand neutral in today’s religious crises. They just want to “get along” and not “rock the boat”. Their love of pride, ease, self and money has totally blinded those who are supposed to be shepherding the flock of God.
All Israel is silent. Again the voice of Elijah is heard addressing them: “I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let Him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken. And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.”
The proposition of Elijah is reasonable. The people dare not evade it, and they find courage to answer: The word is good. The prophets of Baal dare not dissent or evade the matter. God has directed this trial and has prepared confusion for the authors of idolatry and a signal triumph for His name. The priests of Baal dare not do otherwise than accept the conditions. With terror and guiltiness in their hearts, while outwardly bold and defiant, they rear their altar, lay on the wood and the victim, and then begin their incantations, their chanting and bawling, characteristics of pagan worship. Their shrill cries re-echo through forests and mountains: “O Baal, hear us.” The priests gather in an army about their altars, and with leaping, and writhing, and screaming, and stamping, and with unnatural gestures, and tearing their hair, and cutting their flesh, they manifest apparent sincerity.
The morning passes and noon comes, and yet there is no move of their gods in pity to Baal’s priests, the deluded worshipers of idols. No voice answers their frantic cries. The priests are continually devising how, by deception, they can kindle a fire upon the altars and give the glory to Baal. But the firm eye of Elijah watches every motion. Eight hundred voices become hoarse. Their garments are covered with blood, and yet their frantic excitement does not abate. Their pleadings are mingled with cursings to their sun-god that he does not send fire for their altars. Elijah stands by, watching with eagle eye lest any deception should be practiced; for he knows that if, by any device, they could kindle their altar fire, he would be torn in pieces upon the spot. He wishes to show the people the folly of their doubting and halting between two opinions when they have the wonderful works of God’s majestic power in their behalf and innumerable evidences of His infinite mercies and loving-kindness toward them.
Many are seen on TV and the internet acting as if they have to “make” their god obey them. They “push” their god to do what they want. Their god is not my God. He answers my prayers. Why? Because my prayers are in harmony with His will. It isn’t my will I want done, only His will.
“And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.”
How gladly would Satan, who fell like lightning from heaven, come to the help of those whom he has deceived, whose minds he has controlled, and who are fully devoted to his service. Gladly would he send the lightning and kindle their sacrifices; but Jehovah has set Satan’s bounds. He has restrained his power, and all his devices cannot convey one spark to Baal’s altars. Evening draws on. The prophets of Baal are weary, faint, and confused. One suggests one thing, and one another, until they cease their efforts. Their shrieks and curses no longer resound over Mount Carmel. With weakness and despair they retire from the contest.
We do not need to dance, shout, put on a show, scream, wave our arms or make long prayers. Turn away from all that and turn to Jesus in quietness.
The people have witnessed the terrible demonstrations of the unreasonable, frantic priests. They have beheld their leaping upon the altar as though they would grasp the burning rays from the sun to serve their altars. They have become tired of the exhibitions of demonism, of pagan idolatry; and they feel earnest and anxious to hear what Elijah will speak.
Elijah’s turn has now come. “And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: and with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water. And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that Thou art God in Israel, and that I am Thy servant, and that I have done all these things at Thy word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that Thou art the Lord God, and that Thou hast turned their heart back again. Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, He is the God; the Lord, He is the God.”
Are we repairing the altars of the Lord in our lives? Much of true Christianity has been broken down in our lives. Let us rebuild. Let it be known that we are servants of the true God and that we do everything in our lives according to His Word.
Elijah at the hour of evening sacrifice repairs the altar of God which the apostasy of Israel has allowed the priests of Baal to tear down. He does not call upon one of the people to aid him in his laborious work. The altars of Baal are all prepared; but he turns to the broken-down altar of God, which is more sacred and precious to him in its unsightly ruins than all the magnificent altars of Baal.
I think we find the “altars of Baal” far more attractive and precious in our sight than the altars of God. The altars of Baal dazzle and entertain. The altars of God are quiet, simple and fill the soul with peace.
Elijah respects the Lord’s covenant with His people, although they have apostatized. With calmness and solemnity he repairs the broken-down altar with twelve stones, according to the number of the twelve tribes of Israel. The disappointed priests of Baal, wearied with their vain, frenzied efforts, are sitting or lying prostrate on the ground, waiting to see what Elijah will do. They are filled with fear and hatred toward the prophet for proposing a test which has exposed their weakness and the inefficiency of their gods.
Yes, the world is “filled with fear and hatred toward” those of us who live in obedience to God. But don’t worry about them. Stop looking at them. Stop talking about them. Look to Jesus. Talk about Jesus. Put your whole life into obedience to Jesus and watch your life come alive.
The people of Israel stand spellbound, pale, anxious, and almost breathless with awe, while Elijah calls upon Jehovah, the Creator of the heavens and the earth. The people have witnessed the fanatical, unreasonable frenzy of the prophets of Baal. In contrast they are now privileged to witness the calm, awe-inspiring deportment of Elijah. He reminds the people of their degeneracy, which has awakened the wrath of God against them, and then calls upon them to humble their hearts and turn to the God of their fathers, that His curse may be removed from them. Ahab and his idolatrous priests are looking on with amazement mingled with terror. They await the result with anxious, solemn silence.
After the victim is laid upon the altar, he commands the people to flood the sacrifice and the altar with water, and to fill the trench round about the altar. He then reverentially bows before the unseen God, raises his hands toward heaven, and offers a calm and simple prayer, unattended with violent gestures or contortions of the body. No shrieks resound over Carmel’s height. A solemn silence, which is oppressive to the priests of Baal, rests upon all. In his prayer, Elijah makes use of no extravagant expressions. He prays to Jehovah as though He were nigh, witnessing the whole scene, and hearing his sincere, fervent, yet simple prayer. Baal’s priests have screamed, and foamed, and leaped, and prayed, very long—from morning until near evening. Elijah’s prayer is very short, earnest, reverential, and sincere. No sooner is that prayer uttered than flames of fire descend from heaven in a distinct manner, like a brilliant flash of lightning, kindling the wood for sacrifice and consuming the victim, licking up the water in the trench and consuming even the stones of the altar. The brilliancy of the blaze illumes the mountain and is painful to the eyes of the multitude. The people of the kingdom of Israel not gathered upon the mount are watching with interest those there assembled. As the fire descends, they witness it and are amazed at the sight. It resembles the pillar of fire at the Red Sea, which by night separated the children of Israel from the Egyptian host.
The people upon the mountain prostrate themselves in terror and awe before the unseen God. They cannot look upon the bright consuming fire sent from heaven. They fear that they will be consumed in their apostasy and sins, and cry out with one voice, which resounds over the mountain and echoes to the plains below with terrible distinctness: “The Lord, He is the God; the Lord, He is the God.” Israel is at last aroused and undeceived. They see their sin and how greatly they have dishonored God. Their anger is aroused against the prophets of Baal. With terror, Ahab and Baal’s priests witness the wonderful exhibition of Jehovah’s power. Again the voice of Elijah is heard in startling words of command to the people: “Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape.” The people are ready to obey his word. They seize the false prophets who have deluded them, and bring them to the brook Kishon, and there, with his own hand, Elijah slays these idolatrous priests.
The judgments of God having been executed upon the false priests, the people having confessed their sins and acknowledged their fathers’ God, the withering curse of God is now to be withdrawn, and He is to renew His blessings unto His people and again refresh the earth with dew and rain.
Elijah addresses Ahab: “Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.” While Ahab went up to feast, Elijah went up from the fearful sacrifice to the top of Mount Carmel to pray. His work of slaying the pagan priests had not unfitted him for the solemn exercise of prayer. He had performed the will of God. After he had, as God’s instrument, done what he could to remove the cause of Israel’s apostasy by slaying the idolatrous priests, he could do no more. He then intercedes in behalf of sinning, apostate Israel. In the most painful position, his face bowed between his knees, he most earnestly supplicates God to send rain. Six times in succession he sends his servant to see if there is any visible token that God has heard his prayer. He does not become impatient and faithless because the Lord does not immediately give the token that his prayer is heard. He continues in earnest prayer, sending his servant seven times to see if God has granted any signal. His servant returns the sixth time from his outlook toward the sea with the discouraging report that there is no sign of clouds forming in the brassy heavens. The seventh time he informs Elijah that there is a small cloud to be seen, about the size of a man’s hand. This is enough to satisfy the faith of Elijah. He does not wait for the heavens to gather blackness, to make the matter sure. In that small, rising cloud his faith hears the sound of abundance of rain. His works are in accordance with his faith. He sends a message to Ahab by his servant: “Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.” 3T 279-286.
The rain will come in your life when you quietly live in obedience to Jesus. Confess your sinful life of living for your own beliefs, opinions and desires. Slay and destroy everything sinful and of the world in your life. Turn to the Word of God and live by every word Jesus spoke. God will send thunderstorms of His blessings to your barren soul.