Have you noticed that in our daily walk with God He meets us where we are, not where we wish we were or where we want to be? So it is with our students. In this issue of BLESSINGS FROM PRISON you will find three testimonies from students who have completed “Doing Time with Jesus”, a course specifically designed for prisoners. See how our gracious Lord met them where they were and led them to a closer walk with Him. Praise His Name!
What comes to your mind when you think of the love of Christ? Is it one of the great hymns of our faith, such as F. M. Lehman’s “The Love of God” or Charles Wesley’s “Amazing Love”? Is it one of the great love chapters in the Bible, such as First Corinthians 13 or First John 4? In this newsletter Rodger Turley, the director of Write-Way Prison Ministries, directs our thoughts to the greatness of His love as it relates to those who are incarcerated. As you read, our prayer is that your heart witll be aligned with ours in reaching those individuals with the Word of God.
Do you remember singing the chorus “Thank You, Lord” when your salvation was new and fresh? Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul, Thank you, Lord, for making me whole; Thank you, Lord, for giving to me Thy great salvation so rich and free. This is the sentiment our students express when they experience the joy of their salvation as they study the Word of God! Read what they say…….
Luke 15 records three parables of Christ – the lost sheep, the lost coin, the lost son – that tell us how much God values each person and what rejoicing there is in heaven when a sinner repents. In this issue of “Blessings From Prison” are recorded the testimonies of several men and women who have repented and have caused great rejoicing in heaven. Let us join in that rejoicing!
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplish-ing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11, NASB) This is a promise from God’s Word that we claim at Write-Way as we send the Bible correspondence courses to our students. This month we rejoice in the 69 students who accepted Christ as their Savior. In addition we rejoice in the spiritual growth of our students who already know the Lord.
The Psalmist declared that God’s people should “Give thanks to Him, bless His name, for the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100:4b, 5) Join us in thanksgiving and praise for the great lovingkindness and faithfulness that He showed to Write-Way Prison Ministries throughout 2015. We are excited to see what He will do in 2016! May He find us faithful.
What is in a name? At this season of the year we exult in the name of Jesus. Matthew exulted in this Name in his gospel. In the first chapter we find Matthew declared Jesus to be the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. (1:1) He recorded that Joseph was told to “call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins”. (1:21) He noted that Isaiah had foretold that His name would be “Immanuel, which translated means, ‘God with us'”. (1:23) Paul later declares that “at the Name of jesus every knee will bow….and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”. (Philippians 2:10-11) Let us exalt His Name together!
The weeks from Thanksgiving to Christmas are often times when we reflect on God’s rich mercies and grace that are ours through Jesus Christ – and we respond with thankful hearts. Our students are no different. They also, even though in prison, respond to God’s mercy and grace with thanksgiving. Many of their expressions of thanks are included in this newsletter. To God be the glory!
One thing we do for our students is pray for them. We pray for salvation for those who do not know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and we pray that those who already have put their faith in Him will grow in their Christian walk and witness. Our students also know the value of prayer. In this issue we invite you to see their hearts as they entreat our Heavenly Father on behalf of their loved ones and as they praise God for Who He is and what He has done in their lives.
In the currrent newsletter, WPM Director Rodger Tukrley offers some thoughts on Psalm 126:6 and how it relates to the mission of Write-Way Prison Ministries. Please take a moment to reflect on this verse with us. Next, enjoy the testimonies of our students and rejoice with us as we see God at work in them – from an eleven year old nephew of a student to a graduate of our program to one of our Spanish students preaching in the prison chapel service. To God be the glory!