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Read this important message if you struggle with an attitude toward our political leaders, including our president.
Most people grossly underestimate the value of inmates in our jails and prisons. Jesus pointed out that ministering to them may well be ministering to Him (Mt. 25:39-40). I see them as gold mines. I’ve never seen more gifted, talented, intelligent, and yes, godly men, than I have in the jails and prisons I visit. The “revolving door” idea many have of men who never change may be true of the majority, but there are those who after the 50th time in jail finally metamorphose into their purpose in Christ.
We on the outside have it way too easy, and our “Christian lifestyle” is too often simply the convenience and blessing of following spiritual laws that work, and not the product of being birthed (metamorphosed) into a new dimension (spiritual) through co-experiencing our death and resurrection with and in Christ. That’s why the New Testament teaches so much about the relationship between suffering and the kingdom of God. Paul taught that “we must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). Why? Because in the "comfort zone" we don't really know ourselves, too easily misjudge and criticize others, and have little motivation to seek to be intimate with God. To renew your understanding of jail inmates, read Jail and Prison Should Produce More Men of God in America than Bible Colleges and Seminaries; Why Don’t They? Then pray about your own involvement and listen for the answer.
Latest article (Sept. 23, 2011), Addictions Are Not Your Real Problem, part two, The Power of Forgiving, is the second of three parts concerning the cause of addiction, which is the real problem. Part one has to do with The Fear of God. It amazes me that so many people seem to be desperate about an addiction, but have no desire to live in obedience to God. For this reason I believe addictions are the best thing that ever happens to many people because it hopefully drives them to get to the root of their real problem--God! Part three will deal with finding our purpose in life. Part two, forgiving others, deals with the depth of the problem and its solution in God's method of dealing with it, including my own experience of unforgiveness and how deeply it infected me.
I want to keep the following article on the "home page" because it's so important for obvious reasons: Speaking the Truth, begins with, and is actually the title of, a powerful chapter from Robert Lupton's book, Theirs is the Kingdom. I added my own article after it and pass it out at the jail and prison facilities where I hold my Bible studies. I hope I didn't distract from his chapter, which is complete in itself, and reveals the huge problem among the inner-city poor, and may be much more widespread than that, which is why I added my input. Read it, see how it effects you, and share with anyone you think might benefit from it.
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