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Good News (from the 2nd Quarter 2017 Newsletter)

 
 
 

 

 

From: John S.
Polk Correctional
Butner, North Carolina

Dear Sharon,

God, through you, made the impossible, possible and it blew my mind.  All these years I’ve been praying and begging for help and Jesus led me to “My Brother’s Keeper”, and that’s what you are, a Brother’s Keeper.

Thanks goes out to you for putting [publishing] my poem, “I Know You Can Save” [in “My Brother’s Keeper”, First Quarter, 2017] for others to read.  That’s what I’ve wanted for years, about 20 years now.  Praise the Lord, and if God don’t bless me anymore, He has overflowed my cup this time with love and grace, and mercy and you.  Thanks again.

Love, John

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From: Joseph M.
Mule Creek State Prison
Ione, California

Dear Christian Ambassadors,

Would you please add me/us to your current active mailing list, so that we might receive, “My Brother’s Keeper”?  We have had the privilege of receiving your esteemed periodical second hand, but if it is ok, we would like to receive it directly from you.  Thank you very much.

Sincerely yours, Brother Joseph

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From: Louis M.
Otisville Correctional
Otisville, New York

Dear Sharon and Alan,

Greetings once again in the precious and Holy name of our Savior “Jesus Christ” Amen.

May these words find all those under your loving care in the best of health, and continuing strong in their faith.

Thank you always for sharing all of the thoughts, ideas, love, and messages written in by many of the readers of “My Brother’s Keeper”.  It is spiritually uplifting and I equally share my love to (all) who struggle to keep it together, walk the walk, and just love the Lord.

Thank you again.  In Jesus Christ we are made whole.

Peace, Louis

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From: Rickey Stephens
California Medical Facility
Vacaville, California

Dear Sharon and Alan,

In Jesus’ name, I address the both of you this missive, praying that it finds you both in good health and doing the Creator’s will, which I’m sure you are.

I received the newsletter “My Brother’s Keeper” [first quarter, 2017] and I found myself really enjoying it.  It made me realize that whatever I’m going through, Jesus is in control and that if I trust in him with all my heart, in the end it will work out for the good.  That’s why reading “My Thoughts Are Not Your Thoughts” [by Sharon K. Griffee] touched me.

Also, listening to the letters of the brothers in the same position as me, made me pick up my Bible and start reading it, because I had stop reading it.

I was reading over “My Brother’s Keeper” and “Unconditional Love” [by Ellis A. Chen] really caught my attention.  It made me question myself about my relationship with Jesus and am I doing God’s will.  I’m a baby in Christ and there is so much I need to learn, because I find myself struggling carnally and holding on to my worldly ways.  I’ll be paroling in the next eight months and I don’t want to come back.

Sharon, you and Alan have what I want, and that is Jesus Christ.  I pray the work he has done with you and Alan, I want him to do that same work with me.  When I pray to Jesus, I ask him to come into my heart and life and change me. 

Well, let me bring this letter to a close, sending you and Alan my best wishes and that God continues to bless you and Alan.

Your brother in Christ, Rickey 

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From: Alexander G.
TDCJ, Gib Lewis Unit
Woodville, Texas

Dear Sharon,

Hi, how are you doing?  As always, I hope and pray this letter finds you in very good health, in Jesus name.  The same goes for everyone there at Christian Ambassadors.  As for me, well, I’m doing just fine thanks to God.

Just writing to thank you for sending me the [March] Spiritual Growth Lesson, Christ’s Sacrifice.  I enjoyed the lesson as also did my Bible Study group.  We are all thankful for what Christ Jesus did on the cross.

In your letter, you said, “A person who would follow Jesus must deny himself, his own ambitions, to truly find the awesome life Jesus offers.”  When I was out in the world, I went to mass on Sundays.  I did my daily prayers.  But the lure of having a fast car and money got me to stop all of that.  The devil had a stronghold on me.  It wasn’t until I came to prison that I started praying again.  I know God has forgiven me of my sins.

I would like to thank you Sharon and your ministry.  Without your help, I would still be lost out in the world.  May God bless you and your ministry.  Keep up the good work you are doing in Jesus’ name.

Your student, Alexander

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From: Steven H.
Ross Correctional
Chillicothe, Ohio

Dear Christian Ambassadors,

I can sincerely say that over the last three and one half decades, in which I’ve spent in prison, the good Lord has greatly blessed and cared for me, and has met all my needs!  Notice, I did not say anything about my wants.  In all honesty, the vast majority of my wants more than likely would not line up with God’s perfect will for me.

What has kept me going all these years is a good and healthy diet of the Word of God daily, in my personal relationship with God the Father.  This can only come with the reading and studying of the Holy Scriptures daily!

II Timothy 2:15 – “Study to show thyself approved unto God [not man], a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

One cannot know the Word of God, without studying the Word of God.  Also, one must meditate on the Word of God, to receive its richer and fuller meaning down into the depths of your heart.

Psalm 1:2 – “In his law doth he meditate day and night.

The Word of God is the keeper of your soul.

Psalm 119:11 – “Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

The Word is our light in dark places.

Psalm 119:105 “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

The believer needs the Word inside themselves.

Colossians 3:16 – “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

The Word of the Lord has never ending power to sustain joy.

I Peter 1:25 – “But the Word of the Lord endureth forever.”

Try out the spiritual food of God the Father, which is mighty in power, full of grace, mercy, and even sanctification.  Amen.

Brother Steven