Wigs Word of God Today 6-10-2013
A man Redeemed encouraged by Kairos Prison Ministry.
Blessed be the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, Who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God. Second Corinthians 1:3-4
Second Corinthians 1:1-7, Psalm 34 & Matthew 5:1-12
If you look back over your life peering into the difficulties, disasters and dangers you seemingly overcame in the midst of denying the One and Only True God, you’ll notice a quiet encouragement from He Who paid the Ultimate price for your sin void of judgment covering you in forgiveness calling you home. It may have taken years for you to recognize Him but He was there encouraging you to repent from your struggles giving in to faith, hope and love by His Saving Grace.
Over this past weekend I am reminded of a man by this Scripture I met who like many of us allowed Satan to run his desires into a misery of doing things that were not only sinful but lacked any good judgment one would eagerly say if they peered into his sinful thoughts of crime and selfishness. This man happened to make more money than the Governor of the state he worked for as its tourism director yet he had a passion for robbing banks that included doing whatever it took to get away with them even to the point of hostage taking in his flee for safety.
This man got down on his knees asking Jesus to come into his life being obedient even after being sentenced to ninety-nine years. Ultimately, he would serve two years at the “Rock” changing his desires to ever commit a crime again focusing his surrender by the prison ministry he attended where he found no one judging him or despising him but encouraging him to the point of complete obedience.
Yes he served more than two years, but the Kairos Prison Ministry made such an impact on his heart by the love love listen listen approach he accepted the smiles as genuine ultimately winning respect of the Parole Board as a man of faith sorry for his crimes obedient to Christ’s Call praying to end his time where God then would continue to use him for His Glory.
This man said he owes his life to Kairos for he believes he would still be serving his 99-year sentence if he hadn’t attended Kairos Number 13. Not only did he win his freedom by his remorse and diligence of serving God by God’s Encouragement, Ken Cooper served as Kairos Weekend Leader at Union Correction Institution #40 also writing a book of his Redemption titled “Held Hostage.” Below you’ll read my poem reflecting his testimony to us while I attended Kairos Leader Training this past weekend. I pray we can all see this type of encouragement from God even if you feel you are living out a life sentence for your past sinfulness and stupidity. Amen.
We ask in prayer: Dear LORD, we pray to always live our life encouraged by Your Truth. Prayers for Dr. Cruz-Peluca. Greg Bishop has our constant prayers. Novena prayers day seven for “Poppy Juan Cruz’s “health. LORD from Psalm 124:8 I chant- “Our help is in the Name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
I am yours in Christ,
†Spirit led God inspired Christ fed†
Double Life Given to Christ– In honor of Ken Cooper
Forgotten and lost?
From sin totally rotten
The hearts of prisoners
Write Christ’s Gospel unforgotten
At the feet of Satan
We shake our dust
In Christ’s Name
We surrender our lust
Kairos grads I greet
Debriefed by Christ’s release
The Word of God to repeat
Into practice by Kairos relief
Release not a man of hate
Allow not his pride to state
Pointing in haste to seemingly relate
I know not why I release his fate
Crying to be washed in Light
His Blood to cleanse my fight
Bank robbing was my delight
Double Life Given to Christ
© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins June 10, 2013 @ 7:03 AM EST