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March, 1998: Prisoners of Hope

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Prisoners of Hope

As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. Return to your fortress, 0 prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. (Zech. 9:11-12)

How grateful I am to the Lord Jesus Christ that he would have me share in the work of his kingdom, particularly in prison ministry! Read more

The Touchable

I am new to the Reformed faith. Since my conversion, I have noticed a great need that I believe is not being adequately met by the Reformed circle of believers (at least here in Oklahoma). Being a new believer, I asked a friend who is not, "Why are the prisoners left untouched?" (That is, why is there minimal, if any, involvement in the lives of incarcerated or released persons by Reformed churches?) This guy has been a Reformed Christian for twenty-five years. I thought he would know. His answers, though plausible, left me asking myself the same question. At length, I came up with some answers.

To start with, the prisons are full of people who have committed heinous crimes. Murderers, rapists, child molesters, and even bogus check writers fill the state prisons. You know what they are like. You watch the news. It's best they are left alone. Read more

Curse or Consecrate

Conflict can be seen in two ways that are fundamentally different. One way is to look at it as an inevitable negative experience that we should simply endure. The other view of conflict sees it as an opportunity that God can use to accomplish much good.

How I Got Involved

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A Vision for the Ministry of Mercy

What if federal, state, and local social programs were to shut down? How well would Presbyterian and evangelical churches be able to handle such a crisis? It would not be a pretty picture! Sadly, I might thank the Lord for the existence of liberal churches and parachurch organizations if such a scenario unfolded. The sad fact is that Orthodox Presbyterian churches are poorly positioned to identify social trends, blueprint a comprehensive plan for a ministry of mercy, and implement such service as commanded by our Lord.

My People Are Lost without a Vision

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