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The Joseph Experience

Gen. 39:7-18
The life of Joseph is one of the most remarkable stories found in the Bible. His life is a mixture of sadness and glory, of pain and of success. As a result, Joseph’s life contains many lessons from which we all can learn. One of those lessons is found in this passage, Gen. 39:7-18.


In these verses, we find Joseph at one of the lowest moments of his young life. We find him as a young man, having been sold into slavery into Egypt. There, he is purchased by a man named Potipher, and in Potipher’s house, Joseph quickly rises to a place of authority and prominence. However, Potipher’s wife has eyes for Joseph and attempts to get him to commit adultery with her. He refuses and actually has to run away from her, leaving his garment in her hand, Gen. 39:7-13. His coat had gotten him into trouble again. After she has been spurned by Joseph, Potipher’s wife accuses Joseph of attempting to rape her. Her husband, who is a high ranking Egyptian official, has Joseph thrown into the King’s prison.
Now I know it sounds like Joseph was “set up” and wrongfully sent to jail or prison. But, through it all, God allowed Joseph to learn some valuable lessons in life to make him a better person.


Now, Joseph wasn’t alone in having to go through a prison experience. In fact, many of the great men of the Bible found themselves in one prison or another. For instance, there is Samson, Daniel, Jeremiah, Hosea, John the Baptist, John, Peter, Paul, and Silas. Many of the Lord’s greatest servants had to go through the prison from time to time. In each of these prisons, the Lord revealed His power and providence on behalf of His servants.


We all find ourselves in prison from time to time. The prisons of life may not always be a physical jail experience but sometimes a spiritual one. Often, the trials, valleys and troubles of life can be compared to a prison experience. These times can cause us great problems, but they can also be the means to great success for the Lord. However, the prisons of life do not have to defeat you! God often leads us into the prison experiences of life so that we might thrive in His work and to His glory.


What I want to briefly show you through the experience of Joseph, is, if you’re a born again, converted Christian, that no matter what may come your way, you can have victory and become a great witness for God.
Let’s look at some facts about Joseph and his prison experience. There are some truths taught here that teach us How To Thrive In The Prisons Of Life.


PRISON IS A PLACE OF OPPRESSION. The Bible tells us that Joseph was “bound” in the prison. He had lost his liberty and was held against his will. It was a place of harshness and suffering that brought pain into the life of Joseph. However, Joseph was going to learn the powerful lesson that a person who’s life is lined up with the will of God is abundantly free despite the walls that surround him!


You see, the difference in a true born again child of God and the rest of the world is while they struggle through their difficulties, the child of God can rest in the sure knowledge that God has us where we are for His own purposes and that when we are walking in His ways, we are free despite the prison we find ourselves in at that moment.


Next, PRISON IS A PLACE OF OBSCURITY. When Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and then when he was locked up in the prison house, it must have seemed to him that all those dreams he dreamed as a younger man had really meant nothing, Gen. 37:7-10.


He had dreamed that God was going to make something special out of his life, but here he is going nowhere fast. It must have seemed like God had forgotten all about Joseph. Surely, Joseph felt alone, deserted and defeated by the trials and problems he faced.


The prisons of life can leave us all feeling that way. When the problems of life mount up against us, it is easy to feel like we have been deserted by the Lord. When we are thrown into one of life’s prisons we tend to feel forgotten and overlooked by the Lord. The devil uses those times to whisper his lies to us and he says, “Well, if God really cares about you then why are you going through this valley?” Or, “You trusted God, and what did it get you but trouble. let me remind you that God does care! Others may forget about us, but God knows exactly where we are and what we’re facing. In fact, we have His promise concerning this matter in Luke 12:6-7; Heb. 4:15.


PRISON IS A PLACE OF OPPORTUNITY. In prison, Joseph had the great privilege of learning some valuable lessons about God. He learns about God’s Presence, God’s Providence, God’s Purposes and God’s Power. He learned lessons that could not have been learned under more pleasant circumstances.


The trials of life teach us lessons about God that cannot be learned any other way. Think about it, Daniel could not have learned of God’s power over the lions unless he was first cast into the lion’s den. The 3 Hebrew boys could not have learned that God was able to deliver them from the fire until they had been cast into the furnace. The Disciples would never have known that Jesus could still the storm until they found themselves in the midst of it. When we go through the prisons of life, we learn that God is with us, that He is able to sustain us, that He is greater than our problems. We learn the truth that the prisons of life are not designed to stop us, but to strengthen us!


PRISON IS A PLACE OF OBEDIENCE. Notice that even in the prison, Joseph remained faithful. For him, it was just another place of service. Joseph was a man of integrity, who was going to remain faithful to the Lord despite his circumstances. We don’t find Joseph sitting in his cell whining about how unfair everything is. We find him being a man of God, even when nothing is going his way! We can be in submission to God’s will for our lives, or we can be in rebellion to His will. The whole idea here is summed up in one word “faithfulness”. God’s desire for each of our lives is that we be faithful to Him and His will every minute of every day, regardless of what we are going through.


Finally, THE PRISON IS A PLACE OF OVERCOMING. Joseph remained in this prison for at least two years, probably for a while longer. However, while he was there, God greatly used him. Joseph glorified God while he was there and that the Lord used him to touch the lives of the other prisoners. Eventually, the day came when Joseph was delivered from the prison. In less than an hour, Joseph went from being a prisoner to being the Prime Minister of Egypt, Gen. 41:38-45. His life changed in an instant of time!


As we pass through the prisons of life, God is merely training us. God uses the difficulties of life to grow and teach us so that He might use our lives in a more wonderful way than would otherwise be possible. We must learn to yield to the Lord’s work in our lives and trust Him to have His way in us and through us. He knows where He wants us and He knows what He would have us do. We need to learn to trust Him and experience the best He has to offer us!


The Scriptures tell us to “repent ye therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out…” And, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” If we want to be victorious in the prisons of life, we have to truly know Jesus and what his will is for our lives.

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Sabbath Day or First Day. Which Is right?

The first thing we need to understand is that Sunday is not simply a Christian version of the Jewish Sabbath or Day of Rest. Far from it.
The observance of a weekly day of worship, whether it be Sunday, Saturday, or any other day, should never be allowed to become a matter of religious legalism. The Apostle Paul warns us against this specifically in Colossians 2: 16-17 when he says, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.”

There is no New Testament evidence whatsoever that working on Sunday is sinful. Oh, and by the way, if it is wrong to work on Sunday, it is equally wrong to cause someone else to work on Sunday. (i.e. going out to eat or going shopping on Sunday, etc.)

Christ has set us free for something better: namely, the pursuit of holiness and fellowship with the living God as a daily lifestyle. Our highest calling is to glorify God every day of our lives, while also setting aside special times for worship with fellow believers (Hebrews 10:25). Our goal is to say, with the Psalmist, “I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1).

Under the old covenant with Israel (Ex. 19; Heb. 8:6, 7, 13), the Sabbath day was extremely strict. Not only was no work to be done by the Israelites and their children, they also were to give rest to all in their households—servants, livestock, even sojourners (Ex. 20:10). God even gave regulatory laws over what could and could not be done. For example, if one even went out to gather sticks on the Sabbath in order to kindle a fire (Num. 15:32-36; Ex. 35:1-3), he was to be put to death (Ex. 31:14-15; 35:2). Jesus, himself, was condemned for picking corn on the Sabbath day and healing a man on the sabbath. But, what did he tell his condemners? The Sabbath was made for man not man for the Sabbath. Also, in the 10 commandments, the only one of the commandments that was ceremonial was “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy”. It was also the only one of the 10 that was not moved over to the New Testament. All 9 others were moral laws. And we see in Colossians 2:14 the scriptures declare, “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was
contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” Jesus nailed all the ceremonial laws to the cross.

By the way, under the Old Testament, the sabbath day began on sundown Friday and ended on sundown Saturday. Do you seventh day sabbath believers observe it like the Jews did (and some still do)? If not, than what’s the point?

I do believe that Sunday should still be a day of rest and no unnecessary work.  However, certain 24/7 occupations such as police, fire, emergency services, military, security services, health care and elder care services, etc. are necessary for the protection and service of people.  Therefore it is not a sin to work on Sunday. Oh and by the way, I’d rather have Christians in these positions than non believers, wouldn’t you?

Now some may use what we’ve been talking about here merely as an excuse to lay out of church to work on Sunday (because it pays better). That is not a reason to miss church when it is not necessary. Remember, God knows and sees the heart of a person and He cannot be fooled by flimsy excuses! We all will be held accountable at the Judgement for what was necessary and what was unnecessary and how we influenced others by our decisions. Remember, there is a big difference between a reason and an excuse!

When Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week, things changed. Christ, the second Adam, “finished” (John 19:30) the work that the first Adam failed to do (Rom. 5:12-19). Because of that pivotal event, the church determined that for Christians under the new covenant, the day of worship and celebration of the Lord’s grace in Jesus Christ was to be the first day of the week, Sunday: “From the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, [the Sabbath] was the last day of the week; and, from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week, which, in Scripture, is called the Lord’s day, and is to be continued to the end of the world by Christians.


So, to sum up, why do we worship on Sunday and not Saturday?
• The first day of the week was the day on which our Lord rose from the dead (John 20:1; cf. Ps. 118:24).
• The first day of the week is called “the Lord’s day” (Rev. 1:10; cf. 1 Cor. 16:2).
• The first day was the day traditionally on which the Holy Ghost was poured out on the church (Acts 2:1-36). [The Christian holiday of Pentecost is celebrated on the 50th day (the seventh Sunday) from Easter Sunday.]
• Just as on the first day of creation God made light and separated it from the darkness, we gather on the first day of the week to celebrate the light of the gospel in Jesus Christ, who has separated us from the world of the darkness of sin (John 1:5, 9; 3:19; 8:12; 2 Cor. 4:1-6).

Romans 13:9
“ For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Not all of the 10 commandments was listed here but the Sabbath day certainly wasn’t mentioned.

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Do You Really Know Who Jesus Is?

Do you really know who Jesus is?  He’s not some demeaning words written on the bathroom walls, used as a bi-word, or spoken in slander by some reprobate.

Jesus didn’t belittle people or bully them, or call them names, except in the case of the religious pretenders of his day when he called them “Pharisees,, hypocrites. like unto whited sepulchres, (or tombs) which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.”  Jesus wasn’t a bully nor a pushover.  He was kind to people, even if he didn’t agree with them.  He didn’t shun people even if he didn’t agree with them or agree with how they appeared or were dressed.  Jesus didn’t even teach us that we need to demonstrate how spiritual we are by how high we jump, how fast we run, how loud we shout or even how much we speak in tongues. Jesus gave us an example that we should be like him in every respect.

Jesus was the type of person who would walk up to Buddha or Mahammad or any other religious leader of the day (and today as well) and say, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No man can come to the Father but by me.”  He would walk up to the average religious zealot of the day and say, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Jesus wasn’t a wimp or sissy, or a pushover either.  He went into the temple And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: and when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money (extortioners), and overthrew the tables.  He even stood in their way so they would not bring any more contraband into the temple to blaspheme and shame his Father’s house.  Jesus was a man who withstood beatings and physical abuse like no other has ever done, yes lived through it all only to be nailed to a cross and live for at least 3 hours until he died.  And he did it all just to save you and me from an eternal punishment in a lake of fire. Yet Jesus, today, is probably the most hated name in our nation and the world all because he preached against evil and sin and against racism and evil government officials and anyone else or anything else that was and is unlike the Holy nature of the one true God.

In the Book of John, chapter 6, verses 35, 41, and 50, Jesus spoke these words, “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” “ I am the bread which came down from heaven.”  “This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.”

Many think they know who Jesus is. The King James Bible describes who Jesus is The Holy Scriptures refer to Him by many names: Alpha and Omega, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Prince of Peace, The Good Shepherd, Chief Corner Stone, Bread of Life, Savior of the World, The Light of the World, The Way, The Truth and the Life, Messiah, Wonderful Councilor, Anointed One, The Lord of Glory, The Holy and Righteous One, The Express Image of the Father, The Word Of God, just to name a few!

Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace.  Jesus loves us so much that through His death and resurrection has given us his peace. He has put his peace in us. He is our Salvation that came to save us from the troubles of this world. In this world, there is so much going on but as we fix our eyes on Jesus his peace that is in us will help us to be overcomers.

Jesus said in John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Luke 4:41 lets us know that even the devils know who Jesus really is.  It explains it like this. “And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.”

In Matthew 16: 13 -17 we know that the Apostle Peter knew who Jesus was. “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” Peter knew who Jesus was!

In the Upper Room, after Jesus rose from the dead, Jesus told doubting Thomas to put his hands in the nail scared hands and side.  What did Thomas say? “My Lord and my God!.  Thomas knew who Jesus was!

Even Muhammad recognized Jesus for who he was though he didn’t follow him.  Muhammad, Islam’s Prophet, believed Jesus was sent by Allah to be the Messiah, miraculously born of the Virgin Mary, who brought the Gospel, who died, and raised from the dead, then ascended into heaven to be with Allah.  Jesus would become an everlasting blessing to all mankind! Muhammad even said that “Jesus is a messenger of Allah, who is to be believed” (4:171). He even said, “Allah gave to the world Jesus, exalted him above all others, and supported him with the Holy Spirit as proof of his sovereignty” (2: 253*).

 Remember, however, Muhammad is dead and buried in the ground in Medina.  Jesus is alive in Heaven with God, our loving Father.

Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, believed Jesus was the MessiahAllah’s anointed messenger.  Allah’s people (Muslims) are told to listen to Allah’s messengers (Koran, 4.171; 5. 111*)..

If Muhammad’s followers really listened to their prophet, studied the Gospels, and gave their heart to Jesus, they would know who Jesus really is.

We need to have a revelation of Jesus Christ! A revelation of Him will transform a person, a family, a marriage, and even a CHURCH! If your church needs to be changed, focus on revealing Jesus Christ! Seeing Him will transform the lives of those that behold Him!

God’s Glory will change the crack addict, the junkie, the pusher, the pimp, the prostitute – and it will transform the believer into an ever increasing image of Jesus Christ! Husbands, wives, and kids need to see it! Our government needs to see it. Our nation needs to see it! And we, the Church, really need to see it! preachers need to see it, teachers need to see it. We all need to see the glory of God – God in His holiness and splendor! Then we can really know who Jesus really is.

That’s the answer to the dilemmas facing the world and the Church. It’s not our preaching, It’s not our our shouting, It’s not our dancing in the Spirit, and it’s not even our speaking in tongues or prophesy. All these things are good if ordered by the Holy Ghost. What we all really need is a supernatural manifestation of the Power and Presence of Almighty God through Jesus Christ!  That changes lives.

Jesus is to be worshiped above all others; revered above others. The world is always trying to put others above Jesus; politicians, religious figures such as Mohammed, Bhudia, entertainers and movie stars, the Pope, even many times the Pastor.  But when all is said and done, they will all be dead and gone.  There’ll be nobody left but Jesus.

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

We can also know who Jesus is NOT.  Since Jesus is the express image of God the Father, and He came to do the will of the Father, we can know that He did not come to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it.  He did not come to condemn but to save.  John 3:17 says, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

So, how do you get to know The Way, The Truth, and The Life? The Holy Scriptures tell us in Ephesians 2:8 & 9, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Acts 2:38 says, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Acts 3:19 tell us, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”

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Kentucky Castle Doctrine & Right To Self Defense

Kentucky Castle Doctrine (Use Of Force)
503.020 Justification — A defense. In any prosecution for an offense, justification, as defined in this chapter, is a defense. Effective: January 1, 1975 History: Created 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 406, sec. 27, effective January 1, 1975
503.050 Use of physical force in self-protection — Admissibility of evidence of prior acts of domestic violence and abuse. (1) The use of physical force by a defendant upon another person is justifiable when the defendant believes that such force is necessary to protect himself against the use or imminent use of unlawful physical force by the other person. (2) The use of deadly physical force by a defendant upon another person is justifiable under subsection (1) only when the defendant believes that such force is necessary to protect himself against death, serious physical injury, kidnapping, sexual intercourse compelled by force or threat, felony involving the use of force, or under those circumstances permitted pursuant to KRS 503.055. (3) Any evidence presented by the defendant to establish the existence of a prior act or acts of domestic violence and abuse as defined in KRS 403.720 by the person against whom the defendant is charged with employing physical force shall be admissible under this section. (4) A person does not have a duty to retreat prior to the use of deadly physical force. Effective: July 12, 2006 History: Amended 2006 Ky. Acts ch. 192, sec. 3, effective July 12, 2006. — Amended 1992 Ky. Acts ch. 173, sec. 2, effective July 14, 1992. — Created 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 406, sec. 30, effective January 1, 1975.
503.055 Use of defensive force regarding dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle — Exceptions. (1) A person is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if: (a) The person against whom the defensive force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcibly entering or had unlawfully and forcibly entered a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle, or if that person had removed or was attempting to remove another against that person’s will from the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle; and (b) The person who uses defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or had occurred. (2) The presumption set forth in subsection (1) of this section does not apply if: (a) The person against whom the defensive force is used has the right to be in or is a lawful resident of the dwelling, residence, or vehicle, such as an owner, lessee, or titleholder, and there is not an injunction for protection from domestic violence or a written pretrial supervision order of no contact against that person; (b) The person sought to be removed is a child or grandchild, or is otherwise in the lawful custody or under the lawful guardianship of the person against whom the defensive force is used; (c) The person who uses defensive force is engaged in an unlawful activity or is using the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle to further an unlawful activity; or (d) The person against whom the defensive force is used is a peace officer, as defined in KRS 446.010, who enters or attempts to enter a dwelling, residence, or vehicle in the performance of his or her official duties, and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person entering or attempting to enter was a peace officer. (3) A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a felony involving the use of force. (4) A person who unlawfully and by force enters or attempts to enter a person’s dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle is presumed to be doing so with the intent to commit an unlawful act involving force or violence. Effective: July 12, 2006 History: Created 2006 Ky. Acts ch. 192, sec. 2, effective July 12, 2006.
503.080 Protection of property. (1) The use of physical force by a defendant upon another person is justifiable when the defendant believes that such force is immediately necessary to prevent: (a) The commission of criminal trespass, robbery, burglary, or other felony involving the use of force, or under those circumstances permitted pursuant to KRS 503.055, in a dwelling, building or upon real property in his possession or in the possession of another person for whose protection he acts; or (b) Theft, criminal mischief, or any trespassory taking of tangible, movable property in his possession or in the possession of another person for whose protection he acts. (2) The use of deadly physical force by a defendant upon another person is justifiable under subsection (1) only when the defendant believes that the person against whom such force is used is: (a) Attempting to dispossess him of his dwelling otherwise than under a claim of right to its possession; or (b) Committing or attempting to commit a burglary, robbery, or other felony involving the use of force, or under those circumstances permitted pursuant to KRS 503.055, of such dwelling; or (c) Committing or attempting to commit arson of a dwelling or other building in his possession. (3) A person does not have a duty to retreat if the person is in a place where he or she has a right to be. Effective: July 12, 2006 History: Amended 2006 Ky. Acts ch. 192, sec. 5, effective July 12, 2006. — Created 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 406, sec. 33, effective January 1, 1975.
503.085 Justification and criminal and civil immunity for use of permitted force — Exceptions. (1) A person who uses force as permitted in KRS 503.050, 503.055, 503.070, and 503.080 is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person against whom the force was used is a peace officer, as defined in KRS 446.010, who was acting in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law, or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person was a peace officer. As used in this subsection, the term “criminal prosecution” includes arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting the defendant. (2) A law enforcement agency may use standard procedures for investigating the use of force as described in subsection (1) of this section, but the agency may not arrest the person for using force unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used was unlawful. (3) The court shall award reasonable attorney’s fees, court costs, compensation for loss of income, and all expenses incurred by the defendant in defense of any civil action brought by a plaintiff, if the court finds that the defendant is immune from prosecution as provided in subsection (1) of this section. Effective: July 12, 2006 History: Created 2006 Ky. Acts ch. 192, sec. 6, effective July 12, 2006.
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Hypocrites Video


https://youtu.be/gDzGZk1ELVM

Hypocrites
Words & Music: Don Woolett
I saw an old friend the other day And struck up a conversation.
Then, I felt the Spirit move on me To offer him an invitation.
I said, “How about going to church with me. Our preacher preaches great!”
He said, “No thanks. I haven’t got the time. It’s those hypocrites I hate.”
He said, “There’s too many hypocrites in church, so I’ll stay home and pray,
Or maybe I’ll run down to the lake To fish and relax that day.”
I said, “OK. I see what you mean, But let me tell you this;
All the hypocrites aren’t in church. Some are right there where you fish.”
You can go to Wal Mart, target, Or McDonalds anytime
And shop or eat with hypocrites. There’s always some in line.
You can find them at the ball game. Ride with one in a car.
They’re at the movies and the social club And drinking at the local bar.
So, no matter where you go You’ll probably find a hypocrite.
But, I’d rather sit with one in church Than in the bottomless pit!
So, come and go to church with me. Get on your knees and pray,
Then there may be one less hypocrite To deal with every day.
(CH) I’d rather go to church with a hypocrite Than to go to hell with one.
At least in church I can find relief But in hell, they’re overrun.
Yes, there may be hypocrites in church But when all is said and done,
I’d still rather go to church with a hypocrite Than to go to hell with one.
This story has a moral. It’s plain as it can be;
Hypocrites are everywhere, I’m sure you will agree.
So, don’t fall victim to the line They’ll throw you everyday.
Just stand up tall, look them in the eye, And smile and say,

(CH) I’d rather go to church with a hypocrite Than to go to hell with one.
At least in church I can find relief But in hell, they’re overrun.
Yes, there may be hypocrites in church But when all is said and done,
I’d still rather go to church with a hypocrite Than to go to hell with one.

© 2010 Don Woolett,/DewCrest Publishing, P.O. Box 337, Hodgenville, KY 42748
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A carrot, A Stick, & A Long Ear Mule

“And these are the children of Zibeon; both Ajah, and Anah: this was that Anah that found the mules in the wilderness,….” (Genesis 36:24, KJV)


Down through history, mules have had a bad rap in life mostly because of their long ears, big nose, loudmouth and stubbornness. Actually, mules are some of the most intelligent animals on the planet. Unlike their human counterpart, mules are very smart. They are thinkers. They instinctively size up a situation and take the most direct path. They are wary as they use their ears to listen and scope out what is going on around them. They are rarely deterred once a decision is made. They either plant their feet, refusing to move, or go in the direction they choose. They are strong and can carry a lot of weight. Their bray is like a funky sort of yodel. The markings around their eyes can make them look surprised and ridiculous. Their ears go up like a bunny rabbit. They are just a crazy looking cross between a horse and a donkey. The skin of mules is thick and highly resistant to heat and rain. To defend itself from predators, a mule kicks with its hind legs, and it can do so from all directions.


President Ronald Reagan officially proclaimed October 26th as the date of National Mule Day; the day a Spanish donkey arrived in America in 1785.
Mules can either be driven by beating them with a stick, or by dangling a carrot in front of them on the end of a long stick just out of their reach. They keep moving forward thinking they are going to reach and eat the carrot. Sometimes they do get hold of enough of that carrot to further whet their appetite for more. So, they keep moving forward. That old mule is unsatisfied and wanting more. So, they keep moving forward even if they are headed to a cliff.


The “mules” in the church are the same way. They’re people with a mule’s mentality. Their stubbornness overrides their common sense. Their big ears hear just enough information to want to spread it around, with their big mouth, to anyone and everyone who they can find to listen, even if it slanders or destroys some body’s reputation. But they don’t care because they want to hear and to tell some new thing. They don’t care if the information they heard is not the full story or if it’s even true. They spread it anyway even if they must add a little bit to what they heard. It gives them the feeling of superiority. It gives them the feeling of power. They think they know something no one else knows. They feel like it’s their civic duty to catch someone doing something they think is wrong or not to their petty specifications. Then, they’ll stand up in the congregation and pray a pious prayer or lay on the alter and speak in tongues (?) so everyone can hear. They want to show everyone how spiritual they are.


When I was a boy growing up on a small farm, my daddy had a pair of mules he used to plow with. There were many times my dad would try to get those mules to move or work and they would just stand there, firmly planted, not seeming to listen to anything he had to say. I’ve seen him take a tobacco stick or a board and beat those old mules until they decided to move. He’d beat them trying to get them to move until big whelps would rise on their posterior.


You usually didn’t want to get too close to a mule’s posterior either. If you did, that old mule would show you what the meaning of the saying “kick like a mule” really meant. An old mule, however, will kick anything and everything they can even if it meant hurting someone who was trying to help them.


Many times, dad would let the mules out to pasture. When it came time to put them back into the barn, or catch them to do some work, they would run from him and not let him near them. Dad would go into the house and get the old sixteen gauge with number six shot and cut down on them out in the field. He could then walk right up to them and catch them. Many times, those mules would run into the barn after their experience. Dad would rake the shot out of their anatomy, harness them up and go to work. I’ve seen the phrase “Stubborn as a mule” come to life many times down on the farm. I look back and I can feel sorry for those old mules knowing what I know now.


As stated before, a mule is mostly known for their stubbornness. A mule’s stubbornness is actually caused by confusion and cautiousness. However, because of the characteristics and looks of a mule, as you can see, they can be compared to the characteristics of many people in the church world today.


Now, let’s go back and look at something. Anah found mules in the wilderness. Spiritually speaking, there are still mules in the wilderness today! And, that is where they belong.


The wilderness, by the way, is a waste place. I don’t believe God’s true church is a waste place or a dry place or a desert. Through all the ridicule, all the talk and putting down, I still feel our Holiness churches are right. I’m for the Holiness brethren that take a stand and live for God. I’m for the Holiness sisters that live right, walk right and dress right and do right. I’m for the Holiness young people that will walk right and do right and separate themselves from the world and give their heart and life to Jesus. If we’ll do that, we’ll not have a waste place or a dry place; we’ll have a glorious place.


I believe the Bible says there will always be wolves invading the sheep; dressed like a sheep; trying to look like a sheep; acting like a sheep. But the wolf cannot dress good enough to pass himself off as a sheep. No matter how you dress a wolf, that wolf has some characteristics that a sheep does not have. If you look closely, you’ll find you can’t pass a wolf off as a sheep. So are the ways of a mule.


Anah found the mules in the wilderness and that’s where they’re supposed to be, not In God’s house, around God’s alters except when they’re trying to get straightened out, repent, and really get right with God.


The Bible tells us that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. Witches are servants of Satin, not Almighty God. It looks like God would let a rebellious person into Heaven just as quickly as he would a witch. Also, stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. With that in mind, let me tell you how to spot a mule in the church among you.


When I drive down the road and look out in a field and spot Tennessee Walkers, or an Appaloosa, or palominos, and then amongst them see one with ears stuck up about four inches above the rest, something says to me, that’s a mule.


We can look around in the church and see them there. Those big ears are just listening for everybody else’s faults and failures. They want to be the first one to tell the newest thing that Bro. So, and So slipped and fell or done. They’re the first to grab the phone and gossip to everyone who’ll listen. But usually, the faults they have are worse than the faults they were talking about and spreading rumors about. Those old mules can knock someone down then kick them when they’re down and feel good about it.
Let me tell you this. I do not believe there is any place of the world or anyone in the world anywhere authorized to straighten out the Church’s problems.


The next way you can tell a mule is by its big mouth. You can hear him bray farther than you could hear a freight train whistle in the hills on a frosty morning. Remember Mars Hill in the book of Acts? All those people wanted to do is to hear and tell some new thing. I call them the Mars Hill Bunch. There are a few in our churches that probably could have lived there and done right well. I’ve known of some preachers that could have pastored the Mars Hill bunch because they would fit right in.


Number three. A mule’s face doesn’t even look like a horse’s face. Those old mules have a Big sad, long face. You would think they just came from a funeral every time they came to church. They never have anything good to say about anything. Aw, but they’re so “humble”, you know. But you never hear them brag on the preacher or his sermon. Nothing ever excites them. When the preacher starts preaching Bible Holiness, they usually look at some other person and say, “Boy that preacher really stepped on your toes, didn’t he?” Never looking at themselves in a spiritual mirror. Long faces. Always putting things down that the church is doing. Not satisfied with anything. Forever finding fault with almost everything. A continuous negative attitude.


Number four. Mules have big noses. They can sniff out gossip then blow it back out on anyone they can just to see how much poison they can spread.


Psalms 32:9 has something very interesting to say about mules. It says, “Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.”


The Navy branch of the service called the “Seabees” had a unique slogan during World War II, “If it’s difficult, it will take a day or two. If it’s impossible, it will take a little longer.” We can pray those old mules out of the church, or, pray until they turn into a palomino or a Tennessee Walker or anything other than a mule. We don’t need mules in the church. Mules belong in the wilderness not the house of God. It may seem impossible or take a little longer, but the church can successfully deal with those ole mules; those gossipers, and complainers, constant troublemakers and their negativism. And, if they won’t change, pray them back into the wilderness where they belong.


You know, we can enjoy our salvation. We should not come to church just to put on a show or be above everybody else. We don’t need clicks in the congregation, superior attitudes or performers in our pulpits. But one thing about it, we should enjoy our salvation regardless of how many mules there are in the wilderness, or regardless of how many mules invade the good land of the glorious church.


God has instituted the church to be a glorious place; a place where we can come to worship and fellowship with one another in peace and harmony. The church should be a place where we can escape the worries and miseries of the world. The local church assembly should be a place where we can come together, sing songs of Zion, be able to pray the prayer of faith with other likeminded Brothers and Sisters, hear the word of God taught and preached under the anointing of the Holy Ghost; and have joy.


There will be a judgement day after a while. That old mule, along with that wolf I was talking about earlier, will never see the gates of Heaven unless they’re converted and changed by the blood of Jesus Christ and God’s Holy Ghost. The Scriptures says “ye must be born again” to see the kingdom of God. Except you repent, ye shall all likewise perish. God must get hold of that old mule and change that old long face, those long ears, and big mouth.


Are you a mule wondering around in the wilderness? Are you following a carrot on a long stick dangling in front of you? Are you a gossiper and a tale bearer or are you a prayer warrior? Are you someone who, although you may not agree with everything, will pray about a situation and have faith that God will work it out?


Jesus said, in Matthew 7:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heaven laden, and I will give you rest.”


If you’re a mule in the congregation, call on God, in true repentance, and ask Him to help you make the right choice to change before it’s too late. Hitch yourself to the alter and pray through.
Send those old mules back into the wilderness where they belong.

Bro. Don Woolett 03/2020 (Adapted from a message by Bro. Roger O’Quin)

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Victim Or Victor

Romans 8:35-39

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

A story is told of baby elephants in the circus world coming under the “chain of control”. Immediately after birth, the baby elephant’s leg is chained to a stake. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot tug free. Soon the young elephant stops pulling against the stake. He accepts as fact that he has no power to become free. Over time, the elephant matures in his body, but not in his mind. Although he possesses the physical power to free himself with ease, he continues to remain close to that stake that had him bound even though he could be free if only he would try.
Most people in one form or another have been a victim. A victim usually lives in fear & unbelief. They relive over & over what happened to them constantly trying to figure out how to fix their situation wishing that it had never happened. Without realizing it they become just like that baby elephant in the circus; trapped in the past. Never trying to move forward from the stake in which they were chained. Always reliving the past in their heart & mind.
The deep secret of victims living in the past is they want to see those that have caused their pain, to suffer as they have.
You don’t even have to have a crime committed against you to find yourself living in the “victim mentality”. In John chapter 5:1-9, (read it) Jesus found a man by a pool, where he & many others lay sick & diseased in various ways. The location was Bethesda, a supernatural site where an angel would come down & stir up the waters. When this angel would swoop down & touch the waters, the first person to get in was healed of whatever disease they had. Talk about an amazing opportunity for instant healing! Jesus walked up to a man who had been afflicted with an infirmity for 38 years & asked this question, (verse 6) “Wilt thou be made whole?” or as we would put it, “Do you want to be healed?” Jesus gets right to the heart of the matter.
Anybody in their right mind would quickly say, “YES!” But we don’t see that, instead the man starts giving an excuse explaining why he’s been in this condition for so many years, 38 to be exact. John 5:7 says, “The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.”
Jesus’ question did not ask for the man’s story. He only ask for a “yes” or “no”. Why would he not say “yes”? Instead, he gives a list of reasons why he hasn’t been able to get into the pool.
Think about it, if he desperately wanted to be healed he could have found someone to help get him to that water! After all, he found someone to get him to a porch near the pool of water. The Bible doesn’t really say what was truly in his heart, but many times even without realizing it we tend to live as a victim even when help is within reach.
Jesus ask the man the question & rather than giving a direct answer the man gave his long reason/excuse. Let’s take a look at (verse 8) to see what Jesus did at this point. “Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”
In spite of the man’s lack of understanding the delivering opportunity that was before him, Jesus was still willing to reach out to him with an offer of complete deliverance. I know Jesus reaches out to those who trust him. Is spite of the reasons we give for not surrendering to God’s will in our life, Jesus wants to offer us the same opportunity of deliverance. This man needed a physical healing, but the greatest healing/deliverance any of us could ever get is ‘spiritual’ deliverance. We must be saved! We cannot make it out of this world safe without Jesus. Let’s look at how this man responded to Jesus’ invitation to healing.
(verse 9), ” And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.” Praise the Lord this man realized he had met the master of deliverance! What about you?
God is actually interested in all around wholeness. For most, we think the story is over & we move on to the next event, but Jesus actually runs into him at the temple & gives him very interesting instructions. (verse 14), ” Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” Jesus was making sure he understood that he was healed, but that if he didn’t watch out the sin issue could rise up again, & he would be sicker than before. After this the man went out & told all he could about Jesus & how he had been delivered. Not only did he tell about it, he lived it. Now that is real deliverance!
It appears to me that one of the sin issues this man carried was that he saw all of life as a victim, which gave no room for love, hope & faith to operate fully in his life. When we live as victims, we carry unbelief, which denies the possibility of our situation being changed. We lose hope & believe the lie that we have no more options. Just like the man who was healed, we need to understand that we need to live as a “Victor”, not as a “Victim”. Oftentimes, part of our healing process involves renouncing the sin of the “Victim Mindset”.
What about you? Are you ready to get rid of that “Victim Mentality” that keeps you bound in sin? Which will it be for you?

Debbie Woolett

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FREEDOM IS UNDER ATTACK!

Congress just introduced a bill misnamed the “Equality Act” that will unleash the most radical, anti-religious discrimination America has yet faced.

It attacks religious freedom, free speech, privacy, and women’s rights—all in one bill! The impact of it will be widespread—affecting churches; religious colleges and universities; public, private, and Christian schools; curriculum; religious and private organizations; employers; employees; individuals; foster care and adoption; shelters; local, state, and federal entities; privacy; women’s rights; and much more!
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Congress just introduced a bill misnamed the “Equality Act” that will unleash the most radical, anti-religious discrimination America has yet faced.

It attacks religious freedom, free speech, privacy, and women’s rights—all in one bill! The impact of it will be widespread—affecting churches; religious colleges and universities; public, private, and Christian schools; curriculum; religious and private organizations; employers; employees; individuals; foster care and adoption; shelters; local, state, and federal entities; privacy; women’s rights; and much more!

IF the religious institutions refuse to change their doctrine and policies to accommodate the entire panorama of sexual deviance, they will be punished. The “Equality Act” REVOKES religious freedom exemptions and protections.

If schools refuse to hire a crossdresser, a pedophile or a goat lover, they will be penalized. I know this sounds absurd–but, sadly, it’s true.

If schools refuse boys in girls’ locker rooms, they will be penalized.

The bill will also transform curricula. If Christian schools teach there are only two genders, they will be penalized. Whatever would raise concerns regarding race will do so even more for LGBTQ and abortion.

The “Equality Act” is not about equality. If it were, houses of worship would be exempt and religious freedom would not be set aside. And innocent children would not be killed by abortion.

The bill is a massive expansion into every corner of our lives.

This bill shreds the very foundations of our country. By codifying paraphilias and abortion into legal protection, the bill will be a direct assault on our Judeo-Christian values and our unalienable right to religious freedom.

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Advantages Of Being A Born Again Christian

1. Eternal Life and freedom Through Jesus Christ.

Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Jesus, in his great intercessory prayer to the Father, tells us the key to eternal life. In John 17 verse 3, he prays, “And this is life eternal that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

But, how can man come to know the only true God and obtain eternal life? The only way we and all mankind can come unto our Heavenly Father and know Him, and thus obtain eternal life, is to come unto the Lord Jesus Christ and know Him. “[Jesus Christ] was the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Messiah of the New. Under the direction of His Father, He was the creator of the earth. …

“… He gave His life to atone for the sins of all mankind. …

“… He was the Firstborn of the Father, the Only Begotten Son in the flesh, the Redeemer of the world.

“He bodily rose from the grave to ‘become the firstfruits of them that slept’ (1 Cor. 15:20).

“… He will someday return to earth … [and] rule as King of Kings and reign as Lord of Lords. … Each of us will stand to be judged of Him. …

Let me share some more verses about eternal life through Jesus. John 5:39-40, ” Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” 1 John 5: 11-12, ” And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. “ Hebrews 5:9=, ” And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” John 3:36, ” He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life…”

2. Daily benefits

Ps. 68:19 tells us, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.” This is the very thing I’m talking about today; God’s benefits to us as true converted children of God. His benefits are unending.

3. Peace

Jesus is called the Prince of Peace. In Phil 4:7 we read, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Again in Rom. 1:7 the Bible tells us, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Jesus is our true source of peace; peace of mind, peace in our spirit, peace in time of trouble and adversity. He is the only true peace that can be found anywhere.

4. Safety

Jesus provides protection and defense in time of trouble. Ps. 91:, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. … “

5. Protection and shelter

Just like providing safety, Christ is a shelter in the time of storm. The Bible teaches that he is our advocate or lawyer and will protect us from danger and harm if one has truly been born again.

The Scriptures tell us in Psalm 62 verse six, “He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense;…” Then again in Proverbs 24: 29, the Scripture says, “Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.” Jesus is our ultimate protection.

6. A personal relationship with the Creator and designer of the Universe.

I’m glad that I have a personal relationship with the grand Creator and designer of the universe. Every born again, saved Christian, can have that same relationship. That is one of the greatest advantages of being a born-again Christian; that personal relationship with the Saviour. Another advantage, here, is the privilege of being able to talk to God the Father directly and one on one in the name of Jesus. Jesus Christ is our mediator and if we pray in the name of Jesus, we can have our requests answered. (Mark 11:24)

7. Healing for body and mind

Exodus 15:26 tells us, ” If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.” Again in Ps. 147:3 we read “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”

To sum up, there are many more benefits of being a born again Christian that I haven’t already mentioned.

The first, and foremost, benefit of being a Christian, however, is that we belong to Jesus. In Him, we have eternal life, and in this world, we have a peace and joy that is beyond anything the world can offer. In Jesus we have hope, and we have the strength to face whatever comes our way.

The list of benefits is endless. The Lord has given us so much. He pours out blessings every day. He is the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17), and with His sufficient grace (2 Cor 12:9) and His power living in us (Col 1:27), we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).

Again, Psalm 103 goes on to list the many benefits we are to remember:

He forgives our iniquities (vs 3)
He heals our diseases (vs 3)
He redeems our lives from destruction (vs 4)
He crowns us with loving kindness and tender mercies (vs 4)
He satisfies our mouth with good things (vs 5)
He renews our youth (vs 5)
He executes righteousness and judgment for the oppressed (vs 6)
He is merciful, gracious, and slow to anger… (vs 8)
He is forgiving and forgetting of our sins (vs 9, 12)
Psa 103:12, ” As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”

When we truly understand and believe that our sins are forgiven, “as far as the east is from the west,” we find rest.

God tells us that we:

have been washed clean by the blood (Rev 1:5)
are clothed in the righteousness of Christ ( 2 Cor 5:20)
are sealed (Eph 4:30) by the indwelling Holy Spirit
are taught and directed (John 14:26, John 16:13) by the Holy Spirit’s power
are promised eternal glory (John 10:28, John 17:22)
In closing, the benefits of being a Christian out-weigh any benefits of living a life of sin. God changes your perspective and outlook on life itself. And, no matter what, God has your back!

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“I Was In Prision…” (Prison Ministry)

Matt. 25: 31 – 46 & Matt. 28:19 – 20. & Heb. 13:3
These scriptures and others well sum up the reason for A Christian Jail & Prison Ministry. Throughout the Bible are examples, descriptions, and commandments about prisons, prisoners, bondage, captivity and slavery. The Bible mentions prisoners, prisons or imprisonment more than 130 times. Though a jail or prison ministry is not a calling for everyone, it is a calling none the less, and a very important and essential one at that.
My wife, Debbie, and I have been in, or associated with, jail and prison ministry for over 13 years. We’ve seen lives changed and people saved, never to return to incarceration again. It has been one of the most rewarding ministries we’ve ever experienced. I, myself, have worked as a deputy jailer which has given me some valuable insight into jail and prison life.
Statistics from several years ago can be frightening; and they’re much more prevalent today. The statistics I saw said that 1 in every 32 American adults is in jail, prison, or on parole. 46% of inmates were incarcerated for an offense of violence. 64% of prison inmates are of a racial or ethnic minority. Only 28% of jail inmates are there on their first offense. In addition, according to Crossroads Prison Ministries, 2.2 million people (other statistics say 2.3 million) are imprisoned in the United States. Of those 2.2 million, 40% of prisoners have little experience studying the Bible; 95% of prisoners eventually will be released. A Barna research study indicates that 75% of released inmates will commit another crime and be returned to custody. However, only 14% of inmates involved in a regular, organized study of the Bible will return to prison. Some of these statistics are eye-openers to say the least.
So, why would anyone want to minister in a jail or prison? All the inmates mentioned above were created by God, to have a relationship with God. Jesus Christ was crucified to redeem them all. Therefore, we are commissioned by God’s Word to serve them by bringing them the gospel and giving them the opportunity to worship. So, how do you affect the lives of 2.2 million incarcerated people? One inmate at a time.
As Christians, we must see people where the world sees statistics. To do otherwise is to reduce inmates to something less than beings created in the image of God.
A jail or prison ministry has the potential to change lives, restore families, and make communities safer. You see, a jail or prison ministry is a field ripe for the harvest. Many inmates have hit bottom, ruined their families, and wrecked their lives. According to an article in “By Grace Today” magazine, John 8:36 tells us that only those who have the Son are “free indeed.” So, if the Lord uses prison to get someone’s attention and introduce them to the gospel, then so be it. If a person’s soul is set free from the power of sin and death, it doesn’t matter if their body remains behind bars. This powerful truth is perhaps what motivated Paul to say, “Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; But the word of God is not bound (or imprisoned). (2 Timothy 2:9).
Just like a missionary to foreign lands, the Christian jail or prison volunteer or Chaplain is entering a foreign land, a land with different customs, cultures, and government. We need to understand that. It may not be easy in many cases, but it’s still a calling. We have no absolute constitutional right to minister in correctional facilities; we are permitted to be there, guests of the administration, subject to the rules of the facility. By the same token, while inmates have a constitutional right to practice their religion, there is no obligation for correctional facilities to permit volunteers into the facilities. You have no absolute right to be there. It’s only by God’s grace, many times, that we are permitted.
Remember the verse in 1 Cor. 3:6 which said, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase”? In a jail or prison ministry, we can plant the seed of the Word of God into their hearts and minds, or we can water those seeds where someone else has planted, but in the end, it’s God who gives the increase of our labor. But, without planting and watering, there would be no increase.
Remember the parable of the sower and the seed in Matthew 13? A sower sowed some seed. Some fell by the wayside as it surely will be in a jail or prison. Some seed fell on stony places and among thorns, as it will surely be in jail or prison, where some inmates will hear and believe for a period, but the word won’t be planted deep in the heart, or, someone will come along and cause them to deny the word. But then some seeds sown will fall on good ground, take root, and spring up into a productive life in Jesus Christ. That’s what I’m talking about.
The Chaplaincy Training Library form the Chaplaincy Training Institute put it like this: “Christian Chaplains are an extension of Christ’s ministry to all people. There is a common misconception that Chaplains have left the real ministry to do social ministry. This could not be farther from the truth. Jesus did make a habit of regular synagogue attendance, and he often taught there (Luke 4: 16-24). However, most of His ministry was very much outside the walls of the institutional “church.” He taught on the seashore, he taught on mountaintops, he taught over dinner tables, and he taught along the roads as He walked. Additionally, He did not limit His ministry to devout Jews, but befriended sinners and tax collectors, healed Romans and Samaritans. He preached to crowds of mixed Jewish and Gentile ancestry.” Boy, that sure goes against the grain of some church members today!

Here is what Frank Mastrolonardo, Senior Chaplain, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has to say, “Jails are full of people with lots of time and little distraction. They come to Bible study, church services, or Fundamentals of the Faith classes curious and looking for answers. They are often desperate and broken, and the Lord has used their circumstances to prepare them to receive the gospel. It seems like every week someone behind bars asks me, “What must I do to be saved?” Answering that question is the biggest joy of my life.”
Need I say more?
Don Woolett.
hpcjailministry@gmail.com

Some suggested reading:
“Thinking About Jail and Prison ministry; A Guide For The Lay Volunteer” by Larry Nielsen
“I’m Not Coming Back!” John Sala Story. Published by International Prison Ministry.
Publications by Gregory Von Tobel from prisonersforchrist.org/store

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