Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hope of Heaven

We had prayer group yesterday at the prison.  Our Tuesday group is called New Life in Prayer.  Desmond says it was the best group meeting he's ever attended.  Those are lofty words and we give all the credit to God.  We prayed together, sang worship songs and studied the Word.

The day's topic was our Hope for Heaven & how that inspires us to live each day for Christ.  Here are the key verses ~ "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,  who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body." (Philippians 3:20-21)

These verses are a great encouragement for the prisoner and also for us.  (They're also favorites of Pastor Art)  
Hope energizes us to walk 
each step for Jesus!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Today at the prison the topic of the day was Love: God's love for us, self-love, our love for others.  It is difficult for many of the guys to consider themselves worthy of God's love because they carry a lot of shame.  We talked about having our true identity wrapped up in the fact that we are loved by God as a father loves his children.  Many Bible verses came to mind in our group discussion including the two greatest commandments given to us by Jesus.  Other Bible passages mentioned were: Romans 5:8, Psalm 136 and the entire book of I John.

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Rick

Song for the Day - Your Love by Brandon Heath.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Turning over a New Leaf

The other day I was looking at the New Life logo and thinking about what it means.  I was reflecting on the Leaf.  It's green and it symbolizes New Life - New Life in Christ.  

Then I thought about the expression: Turning over a new leaf.  That's what we hope for in serving the prisoners.  We hope that each one will turn over a new leaf.  The Bible word for this reality is repentance.  Jesus said, "Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is near."  (Matthew 4:17)