December 2014 Prison Ministry Update

Stumbling into GRACE:

Please pray for the Chaplains and inmates at St Clair Correctional and all incarcerated at Chtistmas

Originally posted on thehopeforlife:

It has been a very busy and interesting couple months at St. Clair Correctional. In the beginning of October, we were given a new State Chaplain. Chaplain Mark Michael came to us from Bullock Correctional where he was serving as a Correctional Officer. Chaplain Michael is a pastor of a church near Union Springs, Alabama and also an author of 5 books. Along with a leadership change there is always other changes as the new Chaplain seeks to put in place his vision for the chapel. As these changes take place there has definitely been some tension and uncertainty, thankfully things are starting to come together and calm down. Pray for Chaplain Michael and myself as we seek to work together to lead the church and advance the kingdom of God at St. Clair Correctional.

I want to thank all those who spend time praying for St. Clair, God has…

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CHRISTMAS: To Celebrate or Not?

Stumbling into GRACE:

The WAY to celebrate Christmas

Originally posted on His Eye Is On This Sparrow:

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I’ve given Christmas a lot of thought this year as there’ve been articles circulating Facebook and the internet for several months about Christmas being a pagan holiday that originated with the celebration of the birth of a sun god, and that the Catholics broke away from the Roman pagan sun-god roots and declared December 25th a day to celebrate the birth of Jesus instead. And much more. (I apologize for this being a little long, it’s a complicated subject.)

Then there’s the one of a tree taken from the forest and being covered with silver and gold. Of course, most think of Christmas trees, tinsel, ornaments, etc. I read those verses before in Jeremiah 10:3-5 and looked them up again. It speaks of the god(s) of that culture, a wooden statue carved in the image of a being or an animal then literally overlaid with melted silver or gold…

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Dear Papa,

Originally posted on disciplegideon:

waiting on the Lord

Introduction:

This post is from my heart. Most of my readers know that I fill my offerings with Scripture and base all of my teachings on the inerrancy of the Bible. This post is based in biblical truth, but rather like a tea bag infuses water to become tea, so will this post be infused with Scripture. I have had an epiphany. I won’t bother with Scriptural backing. If you need said proof, just ask in the “comments” section.

The Preface:

Today, as I sat and thought about my life and my relationship with God, I realized something very profound. God the Father has totally been ripped off!

What do I mean?

What I mean is that we are so dull of hearing, so hardened in our hearts, and so totally devoid of holy vision that we miss the whole point.

Most of us, and me included, point to Christ…

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For Jake

Stumbling into GRACE:

Please read this beautiful poem

Originally posted on Surviving The Switch:

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The broken mind… no asking why
You were stable and independent
All prior to this time
Then one day you woke only to find
The move of life tied forever to your beautiful mind
Cursed the stars bound to your view
The world spun fast, your mind never still
I hold you close as when you were young, your restless heart
Was broken by lessons learned
Never to fault always so hurt
Your peace was stolen
As this new journey was brought to your feet
Helpless by circumstances
Fearless of freedom
You beg for the peace
You reason without listening
So I tie you to hope
I bind you to faith
I carry your burdens
I give you your space
As a mother I wish for the helpless feelings and healing
But your mind will forever curse you with wrath and unreason’s
So how do I hold you safe for…

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the crossroads……

Stumbling into GRACE:

Anyone dealing with Mental Illness … PLEASE READ .. written from caretaker’s perspective

Originally posted on Surviving The Switch:

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I have to say there have been much heartbreak over the last few years of mulling through the up’s and downs of mental illness. However nothing can prepares you for the epic hurt of working through watching your own child struggle with the day to day awareness that his life is forever changed. In many ways Jakes progress has been great he is adjusting to the meds, working through the thoughts of his new found feelings and life lessons. But the brain keeps going on; his mind is moving at the speed of light every moment. It is so hard to watch him not be able to sit and watch a full movie, legs shaking back and forth, different version of his eyes fluttering as the brain races. He is in constant movement at all times, even when he is still noting in him is calm.
He is probably one…

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A Timeless Hope That Lessens the Sting . . . .

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Please pray for this Beautiful Family holding on to Gods Hope

Originally posted on hisglorysm:

I don’t remember the last time I was stung by a bee, but it alway surprises me when the intensity of the pain seems to take my breath away.  Almost comically, my next thought invariably is, “Man! I totally forgot how much a bee’s sting hurts!”

This past year, our family was stung hard by news that no one ever wants to hear.  Barely one year ago, our son Luke was diagnosed with cancer.  We had hoped surgery and radiation would take care of it, but this fall he had to receive twenty-one chemotherapy infusions.   The week of Luke’s last treatment, we were stung again when we learned that our daughter-in-love, Shannon (Luke’s wife), also has cancer that requires immediate surgery.

I have to be honest, when the paralyzing jolt of “cancer” hit, it stung us harder than anything else ever has. Feeling as if our world was falling apart, it…

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Giving Thanks

Stumbling into GRACE:

Happy Thanksgiving

Originally posted on plantingpotatoes:

1 Thessalonians 5:18 

 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Luke 17:15-16

15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

Ephesians 5:20

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

1 Timothy 2:1

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;”

Hebrews 13:15

“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

1 Chronicles 16:8-9

8 Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known…

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Purified by Hope

Stumbling into GRACE:

Hope’s Invitation

Originally posted on disciplegideon:

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Did you know that hope can purify you? The Christian walk is steeped in hope. Not by hope in general, but rather by a specific hope. I think most of us as Christians have many hopes: eternal life in heaven, meeting our loved ones in heaven, the hope that someone in our life who is lost will come to Christ, and the list can go on. But the Bible, more accurately, the New Testament, has a golden thread of a specific hope that is woven into the writings of our forefathers. It is almost like a hidden truth that must be excavated, like uncovering a hidden treasure. The reason for this is beyond my knowledge; although, conjecture leads me to propose that maybe some spiritual truths absolutely must be “mined out” by spending time in the Word, that maybe the Spirit has left clues throughout His inspired words for the…

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We Were Made For This

Stumbling into GRACE:

The Lord reminds us

Originally posted on Story of the Day--climbinghigher:

Story of the Day for Friday November 14, 2014

We Were Made For This

Eagerly practice hospitality.

Romans 12:13

Gander is a small, quiet town on the island of Newfoundland. All that changed on September 11, 2001. With planes used as weapons, the U.S., for the first time in its history, shut down the skies. All incoming flights from Europe were diverted to Canada.

The runway at the Gander airport shook as 747s began to make emergency landings. Within three hours, the airport was crammed with 38 jets and over 6,500 passengers. Instantly, the area swelled by 60% in population.

Pilots and crews filled the local hotels, but where do you put so many thousands of stranded passengers? The local residents mobilized for action.

All high schools, church basements, and meeting halls within an hour from the airport were opened to provide housing. Many residents opened up their homes.

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Spiritual Stepping-Stones . . . .

Stumbling into GRACE:

Stepping Stones

Originally posted on hisglorysm:

While thinking about spiritual stepping-stones earlier in the week, I remembered some very special stepping-stones off the coast of Cornwall, England.  Named after a legendary giant named Bedruthan, we took our children to see the rocky formations the giant supposedly used as stepping-stones to cross the bay. The view was spectacular as we stood on a cliff several hundred feet above the Bedruthan Steps–imagining the giant crossing the bay toward us against the setting sun.

Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall, England

Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall, England

The Bible does not mention stepping-stones, but it does talk about running a spiritual race that God has laid out for us.  One of my favorites is found in Hebrews 12:1,

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us . . …

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