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Active Frontline Ministries Monthly Message
Men of Valor & Power Ministries - Monthly Message
Poem by Danny Dean
Exhortation by C. Ross Jr.
“The Voice of Truth” - Tiffany Brown - WWIH
“The Core of Sin” - Rev. Leroy Ford
“Like Christ, I want to be like Christ” - Rev. Darnell Johnson
Unspoken Words by B. Henry
Gosp. Ent./News - Javoni Jones
“Faith on Faith” - Michael Beard
“Faking & Shaking” - Joseph Evans
“Embrace Grace” Pastor Ricky Barnett
“Somebody is Listening” Michael Howard
Exhortation - John Sanchez
Special Prayer Need - Joseph Evans
Exhortation - David Brooks
Exhortation - Samuel Harris
“Don’t look back” - Minister Antonio Oesby
Testimony - Michael Beard
Prayer Concerns, Suggestions, and Praise Reports
“God shows no personal favoritism” - Pastor Decaso Woods
Trivia Answers/New Trivia Questions/Did you know/ Christian humor/Truth’s
Helpful Hints for Inmates and their families
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March 15, 2013
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our faith is futile, and we are still in our sins (1 CorinthiI’m in a program here at ans 15: 17). We should truly the Eastham Unit from The seek ways to show God how Therapon Institute called: grateful we are for the risen “The Spiritual Dynamics of Christ! Criminal Recovery and Relapse Prevention” taught by Through my worship Dr. Paul Carlin. In what I (lifestyle) I try to show my believe is our last phase of gratefulness to Christ each the program we’re learning day. Something that was “character building” traits. taught in class today was, Today’s trait and study was when we’re not being grateon “gratefulness”. All to ful you’re expressing often, even as Christians, “entitlement”, which means we fail to show or express you feel someone owes you our gratitude toward oth- something. Being incarcerers. For the most we reated it took me awhile to serve these expressions for learn that nobody owed me Thanksgiving or maybe nothing! No correspondChristmas. Especially as ence, no money, no visits, believers in Christ, everynothing, because I put myday we should be able to self here. So any of those demonstrate an attitude of things I receive I need to gratitude! find a way to express my gratitude. Which I someAs we embark upon times fail to do. the same is “Easter Sunday” many will with God, with what He try to show their grateful- chose to do for us, He owed ness by buying new clothes us nothing, but He chose to and showing up at church send Christ that we may be for the first time all year. saved. What we do in return When in fact, the resurrec- will express our gratitude or tion of Jesus Christ is our entitlement. something we should be grateful for each and every In closing, please know that day, for scripture tells us, I’m very grateful for each that if Christ is not risen, and everyone of you who
have contributed to this ministry, in whatever way it has been. I pray that God will show Himself mighty in all of your lives. Be Blessed! V.L. Wilson Sr.
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The mission of “The Day of the Lord Ministries” is to embrace offenders, ex-offenders, and their family members with love through the various groups under our umbrella; to assist them in becoming equipped with the things they’ll need to be productive citizens, and loving family members.
Membership in The Day of The Lord Ministries includes all persons participating in any of the stated Ministries who choose to embrace our stated vision and values
To be an instrument through which the power of the Holy Spirit can minister to offenders, exoffenders, and their family members. Causing them to be self confident as they learn their purpose; to develop a new attitude toward their circumstance and rise above it.
“…… You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! …Mark 16:6 “WHAT IS EASTER?” Easter is another money making holiday! This holiday is when millions of consumers go out and buy “new” clothing for them and their families. This is when you can go into any church and it will look like a fashion fair, from the youngest to the oldest. This is also when Easter candy is sold, and more than the usual amount of eggs are sold for the Easter egg hunt. But, this is supposed to be the day we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. I was astounded while doing a study of the Book of Acts to find the word Easter (KJV 12:4). But I was more astounded to find out that the word has nothing to do with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Greek work for Easter is “pasha”, and when translated means “Passover!” (Exodus 12:1-28, 43-51). According to this information I’m dumb founded as to how Easter got affiliated with the resurrection of Christ. As I wrote about the Christmas celebration, we all must be fully convinced for ourselves as to why we celebrate holidays associated with Christ. I didn’t have anyone to teach me the meaning of the Christians holidays; I had to learn on my own. Now that I know I view them in a whole new light. I don’t bash anyone who esteem these days above other days of the year. I make sure I thank God daily for the birth, death, and resurrection of His son Jesus. My deepest apology to anyone who may be offended by this devotional and the one about Christmas. I’m merely trying to give you something to think about, and study for yourself (2 Timothy 2:15). As I stated in an earlier devotional, “know what traditions to follow!” Be Blessed! Virgil L. Wilson Sr.
Larry “LB” Barker Vernon & Lora Falls Michael & Sandra Howard Alberto Prado Virgil & Shy Wilson
Kristen Bonnee Jo Linda Gibson Darnell & Amber Johnson Dale & Ann Taylor
Joseph Junior Evans Cliff & Yolanda Gordon Dionicio & Nanncy Martinez Sandra Wilbanks
Remember it's not about us, it's all about Him!
ACTIVE FRONTLINE MESSAGE FOR MARCH There’s a famous quote from a guy that says something like: “The world is an evil place to live, not because of the people who do evil, but because of those who do nothing about it.” Which are you? Active Frontline Ministries Beto One
MEN OF VALOR & POWER MINISTRIES WORDS TO MOTIVATE: Close your eyes men for a day and do your everyday activities without opening them. The same way it’s impossible for you to do that, is the same way with your spiritual eyes - don’t you think it’s time for you to open them for your family’s sake? Rev. Darnell Johnson As another day dawns, I must give thanks for He shook me awake once more. I pray this day, that you will guide my steps and prepare me for what’s in store. You’ve set my path, as you want it to be, but left the choices up to me. You will not force me to do right, for you’ve promised I would be free. I can run this race with victory in mind, but I can’t win without you near. I can’t defeat my obstacles in life, if I approach them in the spirit of fear. My confidence is strong for I know my place, as I bow humbly upon my knees; I rebuke you Satan, in the name of Jesus. For you, I strive not to please; I lift up my hands in worship to you; and with my voice I sing a song, I keep on my lips, all day long. A prayer before your throne again I thank you for this wonderful day and the grace you so freely give; for the strength to carry out my daily tasks, and for this earth in which we live. By: Danny R. Dean Goree Unit Dear Mr. & Mrs. Virgil Wilson Grace and peace to the ministry, all is well, I’m writing to let you know my address has changed for better, I’d like to send a shout to YOU Virgil man, because you kept it real in spite of what people may have said. You doing you, as the say! I’m glad to have met a brother like you and I hope to see you in the future. Man I made parole! I’m in Beaumont in the program. Skinny probably already told you, last time you and I talked was about “cultivating” Man that’s what's up and then you left man, for those that are on the Michael Unit you know what I’m talking about “ORDER”. Anyway Man to YOU and YOUR WIFE, keep me in prayer. Man, stay strong and I LOVE YOU MAN!!! I got 6 months and for those of you who have been gone along time in the same boat staying out is the main thing. Once again, Mr. & Mrs. Love you both...you both have been a blessing to a lot of men & women...INCARCERATED. PS: I’d like to send a shout out to SKINNY, D.RAY, THE UNIT, LIL KEITH MR. C. ROSS JR.
The Voice of Truth Things that are happening to our family at this time remind me the story of David and Goliath. A more modern form of that story is the movie Facing the Giants. An under dog team that is divided and has no unity is brought together by a coach that has everything falling a part in his life until he gets a revelation to start a revival through out his team. It spreads through the school like wild fire and the out come is this small divided team comes together not for a coach or themselves, but for faith in God. This small unknown team yet unified after this miraculous revival (David) comes up again this team that out weights them and out numbers them 3 to 1 (Goliath). They are all going for the State Football Championship. The underdogs come out on top, but the road was not easy for them to get there. They all had to dig deep and hear the Voice of Truth. The gracious words of Jesus Christ. Life is like the football teams journey. As Christian's you are always seen as the underdog by the lost. Knowing this we have to pull together and become one team for Christ. He is our quarterback that will throw us a big touchdown to win the most important game of our human lives. That win is called Salvation. As a teammate of Christ I am reminded from his word that I cannot win this game alone. I need his words for encouragement, but also I need those who are around me to be on that same team. We need to love one another and to hold each other accountable. We have to practice to have a unified team. I know that it is funny for me to use football to make my point ,but it worked with me whenever I saw the movie. It caught my attention and brought it to light because sports always catch your attention. Our family is going through a situation at this time that I will ask you to pray for. I lean on God's words as my encouragement to praise the Lord in this dark storm. My husband is going through the Alpha program at this time and we have been going every Thursday to be with him for Bible study. We were studying about the armor of God. How we have to put this on everyday to face the secular world. I have to admit that I get caught up in my job or in myself and start to loose that armor. I have cracks in this armor. I start to slip in everything that I do, that is until the Lord knocks on the door of my heart and wants to know what am I doing? Why haven't I spent time with him? These questions are asked whenever my life is sliding down this hill and I don't feel like myself. I take his grace and mercy for granted. God gives us such a beautiful gift everyday we wake up and take another breath. Do not take these things he gives us for granted. Cherish each blessing he sends your way. David was not afraid to defend himself. He had his battle armor on, the Armor of the Lord. Keep this armor close to your hearts. "Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." Ephesians 6:11 (1) The Belt of Truth: Focus on Jesus Ephesians 6:13-14. (2) Breastplate of Righteousness: Keeping your Relationships Right Ephesians 6:14. (3) Boots of Gospel of Peace: Get involved in service Ephesians 6:15. (4) Shield of Faith: Keep Trusting God in Difficult Times Ephesians 6:16. (5) Helmet of Salvation: Win the Battle of the Mind Ephesians 6:17. (6) Sword of Spirit: Know your Bible Ephesians 6:17. I encourage each of you to work on this everyday. I will make you a promise that I will work on mine more. I hope each day you are blessed. Remember the man who came and died for each one of you, that was stretched east to west on a wooden cross on Calvary. God bless each of you. Tiffany Brown Isaiah 40:31 P.S. I want to say a big I love you to James Brown and God Bless each one of you at the Carol Vance Unit. Keep the faith and I know each one of you are such a blessing to me.
THE CORE OF SIN God speed family, I write you this month with a desire to reveal a thing to you. Did you know that the core of sin is death? But there are series of things attached to the core, that bring you to the place of death. let’s look at Romans 8:1-16. The Word of God reads, There is therefore (now) no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. I like the word “now” in this verse, because if you are now in Christ. You should not be walking after the things of the flesh. Let ole preacher break that down for you! when you openly confess, “I am a Christian!” You have openly said, “I now proclaim to walk after and in the things of Christ. So I do not follow lust anymore. I do not follow lying and cheating people out of my best. I don’t walk in selfishness and continue to play in the things of the flesh. You may say to me, “Preacher you are being kind of hard on a brother and/or sister, don’t you think? I’m glad you asked my brother and sister. Because you are right, if you do not settle into following what Christ said. Study His life, His attitude and labor of love. To you it will always be hard. So often I hear Christians say, why you judging me? I’ll say it’s not me judging you, it’s the condemnation of a Holy God looking through me at you who is judging!” Because you are following your flesh and as you do so there is always condemnation. But look at verse 2. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath (made) me free from the law of sin and death! “If the power of God’s law is real and it is, why are Christians still living in sin? The answer is simple, we are walking after and enjoying living in the flesh! You see, if I have an old car that’s all beat up and do nor run. When I take it all apart, put in new parts, rebuild the engine and give it a new paint job. That car has been made new. It’s not the same old car, the frame or body is the same but overall made new. When we come into Christ the Spirit of God gives is a overhaul. Making us new, so why are we continuing to seek after a broken vehicle? I have the privilege of being in a season to be around a lot of people. So many different mindsets, beliefs, opinions and struggles. I’m being blessed to hear so many stories. Within all of this, I’m spiritually seeing so many, “blindfold incarcerations!” Because what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh; 4) that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5) for they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the spirit. 6) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God. That word enmity means, hostile. So to be carnal minded, is to be hostile against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. This is saying, as you live in the flesh, you are hostile towards God and you forbid to obey His law for the season to which you walk in hostility! It is not likely that you can focus in on God’s word and act out in sin. Because if you are focusing on the Word in the hour of temptation. The Spirit of the Lord will lead you away from the temptation if you want to go! A part of the problem with the world today us; most people do not want to fully follow God’s word. so we go through life giving into our flesh and hurting everyone around us! So how do we get out of this thing called flesh? First we have to willfully want to die to our flesh. That for many people will seem boring! The truth of the matter is’ it’s for your own good that you give up your right to enjoy the sinful pleasures of your flesh! So, in verse 1), If you walk in the spirit you will not go to hell. 2), To follow the law you must give in to the Spirit of God who makes the law in you simple to follow. As you abide in Christ you’ll slowly be made new. 3), By man living in the flesh and it’s desires to be hostile towards God. He send His son to overcome the law of the flesh. 4), That what God intended the law to do Christ fulfilled. Now we are free from the blindfolds of the incarcerations of the flesh. As Christians, we have to seriously want to do better! We have to want God to live in us, Want to walk in His will, in His statue and fully enjoy the benefits of fully living free of the struggle of this out of control flesh. You and I must make up our minds, to stop playing and take life seriously. People need us to walk up right! we need it ourselves, so we’ll stop falling for anything the Devil throw at us! The core of sin and it’s blindfold incarceration is us not giving in to the spiritual death of this flesh! Rev. Leroy Ford
LIKE CHRIST, I WANT TO BE LIKE CHRIST! Do you know where the word “Nike” comes from? Yes, the shoe company Nike. Well what if I tell you it comes from the Bible? Maybe that explains why they’re still the number 1 shoe and clothing company in the world. But before I get into explaining how the word Nike is in the Bible. I’ll like to bring up a sports icon that Nike still til this day sales his brand of shoes. That is none other than Michael Jordan. This is the man who defied the law of gravity by floating from the top-of-the-key to the goal to dunk a basketball. He has a song that goes: “Like Mike, I want to be like Mike!” But I say, why would you want to be like a man that defied the law of gravity when you can be like the one that created gravity? “Like Christ, I want to be like Christ” Nike took this word that’s in the Bible to promote their shoes and clothing. When in fact that word Nike is found only one place of the entire Bible and that place is 1 John 5:4 which says, “for whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the VICTORY that has overcome the world—our faith.” the word victory in Greek is Nike. For all my Bible Scholars the Strong’s Concordance number is G3529 “NIKE” which means victory or a better statement...of success. Nike shoe company use the word to say you will have victory or success in wearing our products. But the Bible said you have Nike (victory) in your faith - in Jesus! I don’t know about you, but I’ma have to say sorry Nike shoe company with your shoes and clothing you say, “just do it!” I say only in Christ. You say, like Mike, I want to be like Mike. But I say, like Christ, I want to be like Christ...Mike never allowed the lame to walk, but Christ did...Mike never set the people free from sin, Christ did. And I’m sure when its time for Mike to die, he will be buried and that will be it, but with Christ He died, was buried and was raised on the third day and is sitting at the right hand of God! Like Christ I hope we all want to be like Christ! Rev. Darnell Johnson M.V. P. Ministries (Men of Valor & Power)
Unspoken Words For the time that you took from your life, just to entertain a wretch like me; For the time that you elevated my spirits and once again released them & set them free. For the time when you first found me, desperately lost & in complete despair; For the time when you were standing beside me, and I didn’t recognize, that you were standing there. For the time when you gave your last, just so I’d have a chance to live; what a wonderful thing to do for a friend, with so much, but yet so little, to give. For the time that I went astray, looked around, & you were still standing there, with compassion, with gentleness, with kindness, it’s truly “agape-love”, that’s beyond compare. What does all of this gibberish really mean, or, what an I truly trying to say? Is that I deeply love you, with the “love of Christ,” now run, go ahead & have yourself a blessed day. B. Henry Eastham Unit
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“EYES THAT SEE, EARS THAT HEAR” But blessed are your eyes for they see and your ears for they hear. Matthew 13:16 (WORD OF THE MONTH) Praise God to all my brothers and sisters in Christ in and out. First I would like to thank God for giving me this opportunity to apologize for my January 2013 behavior in that month’s newsletter write up. I do apologize to my Mentor Virgil Wilson and his lovely wife; Shy, I apologize to all my fellow brothers on the Eastham Unit for such behavior. I was wrong and I do apologize to you all and all I have offended, PLEASE forgive me, that will never happen again and as of now God is blessing me abundantly with my kids, reunited with long lost music associates, friends, and I’m now writing and recording songs for my daughter’s music CD via phone. I have a lovely female music business partner which is also the co-manager of my son and daughter’s music career. Their music production is being done by professional producer Charlie Ray of Da Hit Makaz, I’ve talked to all of them via phone, in the process others are getting touched and blessed. I say all that to uplift and encourage those who feel that cannot continue to use the gift God has given and blessed you with such as your talent. I boast in the Lord, not me or man. I’m promoting Christ, and God is promoting my music. He will give you the desires of your heart, but we must stay in line with Him. I got out of pocket, got in the flesh and acted out on it (believe me God spanked me hard for that, and Virgil and Sis Shy, and a few of the brothers too) and I learned a valuable lesson, don’t let anyone steal your joy, and don’t give the devil no glory. We are victorious in Christ Jesus. Shout out to: Bro. Yuri founder of Active Frontline Ministries who’s on Beto Unit and the concerned brother; Minister Oesby: both that was in the Feb. 2013 newsletter issue. You both have really encouraged me, as well as got on my case with Christian love! Thank you both so much! Love you brothers! Please I ask everyone to keep each other in prayer and keep supporting The Day of the Lord Ministries, God has blessed Bro. Virgil and Sis. Shy Wilson with an awesome ministry because they is about God bizz so He’s taking care of their bizz. I love you all in Christ Jesus. Really I do! (If anyone wishes to contact me, please do so through “The Day of the Lord Ministries”. GOD BLESS
PS) The Gospel Ent./News of the month: (The Mighty Fine Oba (Pat Freeman) of Buffalo, New York with professional RNB Singer Fantasia who just went Gospel with a new gospel CD in the works. You see how God works. They were both at the Pre Super Bowl game event in New Orleans showing some godly love. So, HATS OFF and BOW DOWN to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, He’s making moves world-wide. So stay tuned for more Gospel Ent./News in next months issue of the April newsletter. AMEN!
FAITH-TO-FAITH I quote from Faith to Faith a daily guide to victory. “Thank You, LORD, in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you;” 1 Thessalonians 5:18, notice that this scripture instructs us to give thanks “in” all things not “for” all things, when tragedy or temptation strikes, we are not to thank God for them. He is not their author. He’s the one who provides our way of escape from them, and that’s what we’re to thank him for. If you read the four gospels, you’ll find that, Jesus never gave thanks for sickness or death; instead when He encountered them, His response was to overcome them by God’s power. So give thanks as Jesus gave thanks nor for Satan’s activities but for the victory God has given you over them: John 11:1 -48. God Bless You! Michael L. Beard Coffield Unit) I once was blind but now I see! *FAKING & SHAKING* Throughout our walk in life, we have been “faking & shaking” because we chose to live life the way we want to. We have been “faking & shaking” because we won’t live up to our full potential in Christ Jesus! Because we are living up to our full, full potential for the world, doing ungodly things under the sun. not caring how it will effect the people around us! Satan will step up his game to try to discourage the Christian to stop what they are doing for the Lord! It’s not a full sin to get knock down, it’s a true sin if we don’t get back up… Hope for Christian is a certainty— because its basis is Christ. It’s hard waiting for an answer from “The Great I Am.” We as Christian need to stop “faking & shaking” and stand firm on God’s Word, and spread it with boldness… Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity (2 Timothy 2:19) Stop! “faking & shaking” by living life as homosexuals, fornicators, adulterers, and etc; Satan has placed a veil over our eyes to prevent us from seeing the true extent of the truth! Not a novice, lest being lift up with pride he fall into condemnation of the devil. (1 Timothy 3:6) Stop! “faking & shaking”, trying to fit God’s Word into our own preconceived notion...God don’t need to punish people for sin - sin is its own punishment, devouring us from the inside. It’s not God’s purpose to punish us; it’s His joy to “Heal” us from sin… Christ came to live His life inside us, so we begin to see with His eyes, hear with His ears, touch with His hands, and think like He do!! Remember this, although Christian live in this world, our allegiance is to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!! Trust the present and power of Jesus in the midst of life’s storms. STOP “FAKING & SHAKING”!!! … Written By: Joseph Junior Evans #604541, Michael Unit Writing for the Lord Ministry
Today, “Embrace Grace” in 2013 “this message is from the Abundant Grace Fellowship Community. Hello brothers and sisters in Christ. Happy New Year from Pastor Ricky Barnett and Partners with Common-Unity Ministries. My question is “Can I keep it real”? Deep down inside can you honestly say, to yourself, I am a follower of Jesus Christ? Next what are you doing or not doing to follow the plan of Grace? Let us go to scripture - Heavenly Father give us an outpouring of Your Spirit as we glean Your Word for ways to understand the Gospel. As we learn more about Your Grace, release us from pride and help us to serve You. give us Grace to be obedient to Your Word in the Powerful Name of Christ Jesus. AMEN. Galatians 1:6-10 is where I would like to start. Vv 6-10 relay a powerful message. I am reading from the King James Version: v6. I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: v7. Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. v8. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. v9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. v10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Now, once again can I keep it real? Far too many believers are saved by Grace and live by the Law. Far too many believers are in bondage and want others to follow them. So, what are you saying Pastor? We need to Embrace Grace in 2013 and shift to freedom. Paul wanted the Galatians to know that they had quickly deserted the True Gospel message. The Galatians were defecting from God to another Gospel. The Greek word for another is (heteron), this means “another of a different kind.” The Judaizers gospel is not the same as Paul preaches here. This is the summation of verse 6, look at verse 7, Paul affirms the True Gospel is preached and says there is not another. The Greek word here for another is (allo) which means “another of the same kind.” So when legalist try to proclaim the message of salvation it was vastly different from the true one. Legalism is living by a set of rules. Brothers and sisters are we living by rules? Are we imposing rules on others? Do we try to make people follow rules to be a part of our church? Bible Study Groups? Even our inner circle? When we put a set of rules with the message of salvation it is not a Grace relationship. To Embrace Grace in 2013– we must stop trying to impress people with our behavior - in verse 10, Paul said if he was to please men, he should not be a servant of Christ. Following a list of rules to obtain salvation is not a grace relationship. My relationship with God is based on grace, not rules based on performance. Yes, I am created in Christ Jesus unto good works… (Ephesians 2:10). I do good works because I’m saved, not to be saved. God does not change me to love me, He loved me to change me. In 2013 Embrace Grace and go forward not backwards to the law. The Law reveals and arouses sin, the law educates you to sin, sin wants to rebel at the law. You can not live out your Christian life on law and grace, that would make you a spiritual adulterer. Grace is… Christ taking you to God. Christ did not just die for sin, He died for you and me, He died in our place. The grace line is broken when someone babe you to follow rules this is how cults get started. Romans 2:4 says...the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance. As we step into 2013 Embrace Grace, let us go with our eyes and ears open to received the knowledge and the wisdom that comes by the revelation of that grace. We must go forward, walking in every grace-directed step that the Lord has given us. now let us stand and declare together; 2 Corinthians 9:8 (The Amplified Bible). God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. We access this grace by faith...ready to believe God, to do His will, and take what he has for you. Please forgive others as God, for Christ sakes has forgiven us. That’s my message! Embrace Grace, 2013 Pastor Rick. Common-Unity Ministries Become fully aware of who you are in Christ Ricky Barnett #01541732 Beto Unit, 1391 FM 3328 Tennessee Colony, TX 75880
SOMEBODY IS LISTENING - BRO. MICHAEL HOWARD IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE!!! 2 Corinthians 11: 2-5 Paul makes it clear: I am jealous over you with godly jealousy for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles. Then Paul goes on to say in 2 Corinthians 11: 13-15: For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. Now then, my brothers and sisters I greet you with peace and blessing from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. A special shout out to my Big Sister Shy Wilson and husband Brother Virgil Wilson. This message is for the spiritual family of TDOTLM and The BIC Family. As I try to find words to express my thoughts, as I read the newsletter, as I read my cards-letters from BIC. I see sincere love, I see some sincere letters and shout-outs, I see sincere devotion to put out the word of God. Then I ask myself: What is wrong? I ask myself is anyone else paying close attention to detect the Spirit of God in some of the messages? Man of God! Wake up out of that sleep - wake up out that sleep!!! Luke 13:18 What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed a man took and planted in his garden and it became a tree and the birds of the air perched in its branches. Luke 13:19 What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough. To go a little further to make the point about the kingdom of God. The mustard seed was the smallest seed sown by farmers in Palestine in Jesus day. Yet in a very short time it grew to be the biggest of all plants that develop from the seed. The point of the parable is that the power implicit in the kingdom of God is like the power inherent in the mustard seed. It has a small and humble beginning, but results in a large and significant consequence. Likewise, the kingdom of God is like yeast that penetrates the dough. A small amount of leaven will effect a whole mass of dough so as to be sufficient in a short time to feed a large company of people. Man of God! Man of God! Man of God!!! Some are being deceived by the enemy. Some are worshipping things not of God. Some have allowed Satan to slip in. The prince of the air is winning on our youth, our family, our wives. This is not a game brothers. Some of us thinks that God eyes are closed. God is a jealous God - He is not asleep. Our mission is to up lift the church (bodies) not tear them down. Our mission is to save our children not lead them to idolatry, because when we glorify and praise the things that is not of God we have fail to lead out children. When we have committed fornication and defiled the temple of God - we have fail as a husband, when we lie and be dishonest, cheat, rob, steal - we deceive ourselves. Man of God! Man of God! Man of God!!! Some have given up! Some have quit, some have fell to the waste side because they are weak in the Body of Christ. The enemy see you, the enemy been waiting for you because you are weak in spirit. Now the enemy will use you because you have chose the things of the world over Jesus. You have allowed yourself to be fooled thinking God has allowed you to prevail. God do not dwell in any place where there is sin or darkness. Anything! Anything that glorify this world is of darkness...and God can’t dwell there, so just like these rappers and R&B singers selling their souls to the devil you have Christians doing the same thing because they allow this secular music into their churches and homes. CONTINUE ON NEXT PAGE
SOMEBODY IS LISTENING - BRO. MICHAEL HOWARD … … CONTINUES IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE!!!
This stuff is of Satan and that is the reason you are being used my brothers. Take a look at yourself in the mirror. You are being used by Satan if you even think for one second God is praised and glorified with worldly things. This was the reason for the parables of the mustard seen and yeast. Listen my brothers, we need to stop fighting and start operating in the Holy Spirit. Jesus likened the kingdom of God to a mustard seed, one of the tiniest of seeds. When cast into the ground, it produced a shrub, but not a tree. Therefore when Jesus said that this seed produced a large tree. He indicated that the growth was highly abnormal. It was big enough for birds of the air to lodge in its branches. The thought here is that Christianity had a humble beginning, small as a grain of mustard seed, but as it grew it became popularized, and Christendom as we know it today developed. Christendom is composed of all who profess allegiance to the Lord, whether or not they have ever been born again. The birds of the air are vultures or birds of prey. They are symbols of evil, and picture the fact that Christendom has become the resting place for various forms of corruption. The second parable likened the kingdom of God to leaven which a woman placed in three measures of meal. It’s believed that leaven in the scripture is always a symbol of evil. Here the thought is that evil doctrine has been introduced into the pure food of the people of God. This evil doctrine is not static; it has an insidious power to spread!!! The reason we fail as men of God because we have been played out of position, my brother. The real men keep pushing forward toward “JESUS” and all you real WO-MEN whom are bending over backwards to please the one you love with no accountability - please stop. We are grown men, if prison can’t break us from being a child… what IN HELL do you want, when HEAVEN has ALL you NEED??? AMEN? Love you Big Sis Shy, keep pushing it!!! They will know we are Christians by our Love. Brother Michael Howard Goree Unit - Trusty Camp To my beautiful WIFE, QUEEN & SNOW BUNNY SANDRA HOWARD “YOU ALWAYS UNDERSTOOD” When I was home and came in at 5:30AM and had to be at work at 7:00AM; no time for love, hug or kisses, you would go fix me breakfast and a lunch; YOU ALWAYS UNDERSTOOD, whenever I was too busy to just call home to let you know I was ok; “YOU ALWAYS UNDERSTOOD”. I can say I love you, I can say I’m sorry a million times, you don’t ever ask me to do that, because “YOU ALWAYS UNDERSTOOD”. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for you being by my side these 22 plus years Baby. Your HUSBAND, KING, & CHOCOLATE STAR; MICHAEL HOWARD
To: The Day of the Lord Ministry Hello! May God continue to bless you and this ministry, for I can tell you this! God is present and working through you. Let me explain: Back in 2007 I was in a SUPERMAX, SPER SEG. I was writing a female friend and asked her to help me find my best friend for I heard he was given a life sentence. Me and this person grew up since kids and was always with one another. We grew up fast, and bad. So it was no wonder that her I stood in Super Seg, 23 hrs a day in a cellblock, no windows and nobody to talk to. I did 10 years flat in that God forsaken tomb! Anyways the female had 3 people with the same name and in prison so I wrote all 3. I got a letter from my lost best friend! I was so happy, I was kind of stunned when he told me he was married, and happy and he was a Christian. I didn’t understand the Christian way of life so I took it as he finally started to pray. Well I wrote him about all the crazy episodes and chaotic times of our lives and he told me; “John I don’t want to talk about any of that or even think about those times, so don’t write me about that stuff.” I got mad, this guy was the first to show me how to steal cars, the guy who showed me how to weigh drugs so the profit was always double. We did drive by’s, we did everything together and now he’s telling me this? I never wrote him again. I lost my only friend, don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of acquaintances, but never did I call them my best friend. He was like my hero, and I was his. We both came from broken homes, raised in the streets. Well let me get to the point: I recently gave my life to God. YES ME!!! It still seems hard to grasp and it ain't easy! So here I am in my cell one night walking back and forth and my cellie has this pamphlet on the table. He said he didn’t want it. It wasn’t even open, and I can honestly say this: GOD kept me in a state of curiosity. I burst it open and began flipping through it, reading small portions of it, but I’d push it away. Only to be sent back by GOD. I went through it maybe 4 or 5 times reading this or that, until there in my face I read my best friends name! it was giving a special thanks to a group of people and this is where I seen: ESMERALDA & MICHAEL SCHWARTZ. GOD IS GOOD!!! I’d like you to send Michael a copy of this letter if possible and let him know I am almost home, but that I want to ask him to forgive me for turning my back on him. I also like to let him know I gave my life to God in October 2012 and that I love him, and seen his cousin Jessica awhile back. So you see, GOD is at work through you and your ministry. I’d like to be included in your receiving of the pamphlets. If possible? THANKS John Sanchez Reason: Love In Christ!!! Dear The Day of the Lord Readers: I’m coming to you from the Heavenly Father through our Lord Jesus Christ. I let myself get discouraged because I haven’t heard from anyone and I allowed the devil to enter my heart. it is to the point that I don’t know what to do any more, you see, I don’t want to make excuses for what I have done...at times it seem like I’m all alone in the lions den where I’m being squeezed all around me from my adversary the devil. Right now, I’m so convicted with the self pleasure of the imagination to I just want to cry, it seem like at time I can’t get pass what I’m going through. I can’t talk to some of the brothers in the church because I feel lost and confused to the point of quitting! I’m truly hungry for the Word of God and what I need to do is reexamine myself because I truly want to glorify God in every way. I’m coming to every brother and sister in Christ to pray for me that God may strengthen and keep the fire in my heart burning that I may be a glorification to His Holy Word. I’m asking for forgiveness from any and all that I may have hurt in my life along the way; I am truly, truly sorry!!! Love In Christ Brother In Christ Joseph Junior Evans #604541 Michael Unit
Greetings: My Beloved Sisters and Brothers It Bless me to have this privilege to share a word from God to help you to be blessed and to be a blessing to someone else. I want to talk to you about “building up”. The word build is an architectural word that means to “cause a building to stand”. It means to lay a good foundation. In the natural realm it is always important to leave yourself the ability to add to your building in case you need to expand in the future. If you have outgrown your spiritual house the Holy Ghost gives you the resources to add on to meet your demands. If you are building up your spiritual life. Stand strong against giants who will come against you. God is leading you to be fruitful. God want us to be able to call fire down from Heaven. Persevere in prayer, build up yourself praying in the Spirit, your current spiritual house might be too small. Excel in spiritual gifts that build up the church. Most of all make sure your spiritual house is built on the Rock and that Rock is JESUS. (Luke 6:48) Michael Unit Minister of Music David Wayne To my brothers and sisters in Christ in and out of prison: This is something we got to look at, ponder on, and truly think about. First read 1 Corinthians 10:13. Its for temptations, trials and tribulations that I’ve been through. I’m tired of fighting and I let God take control of my life. In a culture filled with moral depravity and sin-inducing pressures. Paul encouraged the Corinthians about temptation. He said (1) Temptations (Trials and Tribulations) happens to everyone, so don’t feel alone and singled out. (2) others have resisted temptation and so we can too. We can also overcome (trials and tribulations). (3) Any temptation (and trials and tribulations) can be resisted, because God will show us a way out. Trust and believe in Him and listen to Him and stay in prayer and meditation. (4) Recognize those people, places, things and situations that brings strife into your life and surroundings. (5) Turn to the Lord when things isn’t right or right in your life. He has all the answers to your questions. (6) Choose to do the right things in life. (7) Pray for better relationships with our Lord and for our relationships with our friends, girlfriends, and wives. Read 2 Timothy 2:22 Samuel Shout out to Jameca Mitchell Communication: is the key factor in our relationship. Talking about things in an adult manner and not ignoring or just giving up on a person, because of a past relationship. If separation is the answer, still have a positive conversation and open communication and understanding and find solutions to the problems. If two is truly loved and have God in their hearts, they don’t give up and let go, they don’t run, they find solutions and compromise through the love of Jesus Christ. Don’t quench your life with bitterness. We’re living for God daily and we both been hurt, but we both is counseling each other to make a better life for us and our children. (1) Imitate Christ’s compassionate forgiving attitudes. (2) Let Godly love guide this relationship and our families. (3) Let the peace of Christ rule in our lives. I truly love you and I’m willing too do what is right in God’s eyes and yours. Samuel
Greetings my beloved brother’s and sister’s in Christ. Today I come yo share with you a sermon I preached on last year (2/21/12), here at (USP-Coleman-2), before a congregation of my Christian brother’s, as well as many non-believer’s who happen to be nearby. Just as I preached the word on that day, so shall I deliver it to you today...verbatim. Be Blessed! “But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt” (Genesis 19:26). “DON’T LOOK BACK” Dearly Beloved...my brother’s in Christ...men of God. I stand here before you today, to minister to you about the danger and consequences of looking back - when we ought to be looking ahead. As we read in the aforementioned passage of scripture, “Lots wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt!” She lost her life simply because she wouldn’t (detach) herself from what was behind her. now when I began putting together this sermon I had no idea of just how personal of a message it would be to (me). As I studied scripture to ge more familiar with the story concerning “Lot and his wife,” and what actually brought about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, I became impregnated with deep concern. Why? because I don’t want this message to be received by any of you, as just another average sermon—because it’s not! It’s a message geared to “deliver those who are in spiritual bondage; give strength to toe weak; motivate those whose faith is failing them, revive the spiritually dead.” I anxiously desire that lives be changed. The time is (now) that we have a real experience with (Jesus), because when we abide in Him and He in us, “change is subject to follow.” It is absolutely impossible to have an encounter with Jesus and remain the same. The same as it’s impossible to submerge yourself into a pool full of water, and not get wet. Ponder on that with me for a moment. Imagine if you will, “GOD” being that pool of water. You submerge yourself into Him, and are no longer dry, but now very wet. Allow me to amplify this mental visual for you. not only are you now wet (physically), but the clothes you have on have become wet as well. soak-n-wet! What am I saying? Simply this - “after hearing this message today, not only do I desire that you experience change, but that (EVERYTHING) attached to you be changed as well. Whether it pertains to (FAMILY, BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS, MARITAL PROBLEMS, COURT CASES, HEALTH ISSUES, ADDICTIONS, FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES, or even a change of LOCATION).” However, in order for “CHANGE” to show up in your life, “you must first get into the pool of Jesus...and get Soak-n-Wet!” “But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt” Here we have a situation where the city “Sodom” in which Lot, his wife, two daughters, and two sons-inlaw are living, and they’ve just been instructed by the two angels of the Lord to flee Sodom, for they were going to destroy it (v. 13). Now Sodom was a city known as “a symbol of evil,” because there was not one ounce of good that came from it. And perhaps, the (only) two reasons why Lot wasn’t destroyed along with that city, is because of...1). Abraham (his uncle) pleaded with God on behalf of him and his family...2). Because “he didn’t look back!” In Genesis thirteen, we read that Abraham and his nephew Lot departed from Egypt, and entered into Negev, and from Negev, they went from place to place until they came to the place Bethel - to the place in between Bethel and Ai, where Abrahams tent had been earlier, and where he had first built an alter. As Abraham and Lot dwelled there, quarrelling broke out amongst them, because the land could not support both of them together, because their possessions were so great. So to defuse the problem, they agreed to separate...go their separate ways. Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan Valley was fruitful, so he chose that whole plain for himself, and Abraham lived in the land of Canaan. Now take note of this, because I’m going somewhere with all the information I’m giving you. CONTINUE ON THE NEXT PAGE
“The place where Lot chose for himself was (near) Sodom (v.12) and (v. 13) clearly tells us that (Sodom was wacked).” What’s my point? I’m so glad you asked. Now turn with me to Genesis 19: 1-2. As we can see here in these two verses, “Lot has gone from living (near) Sodom, to actually becoming a resident. And just for the sake of argument, even if he weren’t a resident, he had no business (sitting in the gateway of the city).” The “gateway” was known as the place where people came to (hang out or meet up with the homies). But if you know that Sodom is wicked, “then (why) would you sit so close to (sin)?” that’s another sermon, at another time. Though the Bible doesn’t share in detail what influenced Lot to change (Locations), we can definitely read between the lines. It’s quite obvious that whatever was happening in Sodom at the time, eventually intrigued his interest and drew him in– taking along with him his wife and two (virgin) daughter’s. I can only imagine some of the things Lot and his family (might) have been involved in, because there’s just no way you can dwell inside a room full of smoke, and not come out smelling like smoke…(figuratively speaking). “But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt” Because of the wickedness that defined Sodom, God decided to destroy it. The angels of the Lord took hold of Lot’s hand, his wife hand, and his daughter’s hands, and led them safely out of the city (v.16). Then one of the angels told them to “feel for their lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain (v.17)” I can picture in my mind the image of Lot and his family fleeing for their lives. And while they’re on the run, Lot’s wife is thinking (heavily) about all their possessions, friends, and lifestyle that she’s having to leave behind. She is trying to be strong and stay the course of moving forward, (but) the attachment she has to what’s behind her won’t allow her to; therefore, she looks back and turns into a pillar of salt. Men, God will lead us out of an ugly situation, but it’s up to us to keep moving in the direction He’s paved for us. “Clinging to what’s behind you…(the way things used to be)...unhealthy relationships, bad habits, et cetera, are sure to kill you—if not physically, then definitely spiritually. Though some of us here today look alive outwardly, inwardly we’re as dead as a heart with no beat.” And why is that? Because many keep looking back. Mentally and emotionally you’re consumed by what’s behind you...your loyalty to the wrong things and people; your inability to get past the abuse you experienced as a child and perhaps even a young adult; the disappointments and betrayals you suffered by those whom you thought really loved and cared for you; the bitterness and unforgiveness you have towards either one of your parents...if not both; and/or maybe your reason for looking back is because you’re afraid of change! Whatever your story might be, you mustn’t...we mustn’t...allow what’s behind us, to stop us from getting to that place in front of us. that which is behind you, is behind you for a reason. God saw that as long as it remained a part of your life, “you would never be able to experience life.” Let me briefly testify to you. for as long as I can remember, life has always looked (ugly) to me. From the tender age of three on up, I’ve been used and abused in more ways than one. And when it came to (love), I feared it more than I desired it, because of the pain that always attached itself to it. For a long long time, “PEACE” was none other than a mere word to me, for “PEACE” was something I hadn’t yet experienced. I was paralyzed by defeat, because all I could see were dark clouds surrounding me. But because of “GOD”S GRACE,” today I see myself as an overcomer. Now that’s not to say that I’m not (tempted to look back) from time to time, because I am. “I’m still healing!” However, I (choose) to stay the course and not look back, because I don’t want what’s behind me to be the cause of my death. “God is leading me somewhere, and by His grace, I will continue to follow His lead.” And I encourage each and every last one of you to do the same.” Keep looking forward...moving forward...and don’t look back!” Peace. Your Brother In Christ, Minister Oesby Mr. Antonio Oesby #13350-007, FCC, USP-2, PO BOX 1034, Coleman, Florida 33521
TESTIMONY BY: MICHAEL BEARD On or about, October 31, 2012, I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into my life as my Lord and Savior. I’m just a beginner, others and I have saw a major change in my life and conduct & thoughts. I was under the impression that the whole world was against myself, I know some of you brothers & sisters can relate to that. So I encourage you all that don’t know “JESUS” to get familiar with Him. You can tell Jesus you have faith in Him through a prayer like this: Dear Jesus, I’m sorry that I sin and I know my sins keep me from you. I believe you are God’s son and I put my faith in you to take my sins away so God today I ask you to forgive me for all the bad things that I have done. I trust Jesus to save me from my sins. When you trust Jesus you are forgiven and will someday live with God in Heaven; my love for Him is genuine, your majesty is amazing! Remember, have compassion for one another, love as brothers and sisters, be tenderhearted, be courteous not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling but on the contrary blessing knowing that you may inherit a blessing for He who would love life and see good days let him refrain his tongue form evil and his lips from speaking deceit let him turn away from evil and do good, let him seek peace and pursue it for the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are open to their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. 1 Peter 3, 11, 64
PRAYER CONCERNS, SUGGESTIONS, PRAISE REPORTS MATTHEW 6: 9-13 - THE LORD’S PRAYER “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory, “let us remind ourselves in our prayers of the VICTIM’S OF NEW TOWN SCHOOL, and their LOVED ONES, may GOD BLESS YOU and give each & everyone of you the strength to carry on forever in our Father’s name we pray each day. AMEN “Our Father draw me to yourself. Remind me that only in you will I know the real joy and satisfaction that my heart long’s for. Help me to look beyond the surface things of life to what really matters, open my eyes Lord to people around me, help me to see them as you do above; give me the wisdom and strength to take action, so others may see the depth of your love, Lord, you know what is best, and your desire to lead us in path’s that are right and good. Give us the courage to trust and to follow you in the ways of righteousness for your names sake. AMEN GOD BLESS YOU: Mr. & Mrs. Virgil - Shy Wilson PS: I should receive a response from parole sometime in March.
“GOD SHOWS NO PERSONAL FAVORITISM!” Some people soar to higher limits in life by letting God handle their boundaries, some people don’t soar at all, but they anonymously do not weary; while others may just walk, and never soar or run. There is a course in life where people here in America have jotted down and capitalized it’s name the word reputation by making themselves seem better than others. In advancements they use their career positions or degrees to make themselves seem of higher value that others. There’s nothing wrong with having a good career position or degree, but please remember what Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. it’s not what you are that matters the most, it’s whose you are that matters the most. Do you know you are God’s “child” created in God’s image through Jesus Christ for good works? I did a research on a topic where America stated there are three types of people in this world; one is the high class person who owns their own home, have their own business, also owns a classic car, finished college and have a degree. Two middle class people are those who own their own house and car, works for a living, is in college to become a high class person. Three lower class people are people who rent to own home or rent apartments, work day to day to receive a pay check, may or may not have a car, they may or may not have finished high school. David said in Psalm 19:9-10 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgment of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10) More to be desired are they than gold yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honey comb. I’ve learned the hard way there will be high class people who will try to… downgrade; so I had to remember silver or gold I may not have, but what I do have I give in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Acts 3:6. In Galatians 2:6 says: But from those who seemed to be something whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows no personal favoritism to no man-for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me. Do you remember the story of Jesus and Peter where Peter turned around and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them? Immediately Peter said to Jesus Lord who is the one who betrays you? Peter seeing him said, but Lord what about this man? Then Jesus said to Peter if I will desire that he remain till I come, what is that to you? Follow me. Brethren and Sisters no matter what, do what God has you to do. if a person is using God for riches, or their profession the wrong way for riches not being godly. Pray to God first, ask Him for help, then move when God says move. If God doesn’t say anything to you, ask God what is it God your trying to teach me from this matter. In closing, can you honestly say to God the only riches I want more from you. God is your love and all your righteous fruits of the spirit only through Jesus. Men and women you can have all the knowledge, gifts, and obedience, but if you don’t do all these things with godly love your labor is futile, meaningless yo God! Which is better, doing things for God with godly love? Or Doing things for men or women to please them? I’ll let you decide. AMEN Pastor Decaso Woods FROM THE HEART MINISTRIES Please read Proverbs 23:4-5 and 1 Timothy 6:17 Special Shout Outs to Mr. Virgil & Mrs. Shy Wilson, my prayer is for both of your love increase for God and Jesus, others and each other, and that God will continue filling you both up with all the fullness of God’s love. God please continue to bless Mr. & Mrs. Wilson entire family and The Day of the Lord Ministries. Thank you both for helping me through another year. Your labor is not in vain! In Jesus Name, AMEN (Psalm 37:5) To: Rev. Darnell Johnson and Amber Johnson. Thank you Amber for making Rev. one of the most happiest man of God. Rev. loves to talk about you Mrs. Johnson how God blessed him with a Wonder Wife! Keep up the good work, thank you Rev. for using your olive oil to anoint me. God bless your ministry the “MEN OF VALOR AND POWER” Ministries. my prayers goes deeply out for you both! (1 Peter 3:1-7, 1 Corinthians 3:9-11)
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DID YOU KNOW? Most dinosaurs lived to be more than a hundred years old. Modern marathon races are based on the Greek messenger Pheidippides’ 22 mile run from Marathon to Athens in 490 BC. He ran nonstop, delivered his message, and then died of heat exhaustion. Although most people think cucumbers are vegetables, they are actually a fruit. Philip Petit of France was arrested in New York for an unusual trespassing crime. He had stretched a rope 1350 feet above the ground between the two towers of the World Trade Center, and crossed it seven times.
TRUTH’S TRUTH: Negativity has sweet way of sounding intelligent sometimes. You know, I hear a lot of people say the phrase, "It's my time." The truth of the matter is, your time came when you were BORN. It's always been your time. Don't ever think otherwise. TRUTH: A person full of happiness is not a person in a certain set of circumstances……… but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
W.W.I.H. Wives with Incarcerated Husbands
Provide a support group for women who have husbands/spouses incarcerated. Meetings held monthly to encourage and lift the wives of incarcerated husbands. (Refreshments typically provided) Please contact Shyrolon “Shy” Wilson at the ministry’s PO Box or have your wives to call (214) 462-2009 for more information or directions. NEXT MEETING: 3rd Friday of EVERY month @ 7:00PM Building the Kingdom Community Church
Smokey John's BBQ, Great Food • Great Service • Since 1976 1820 W. Mockingbird Lane • Dallas, Texas 75235. Phone: 214-352-2752 • Fax: 214-3525496 … 7-9 every Thursday night. Free food and fellowship for ex-offenders and families. One Man’s Treasure Clothes Closet 519 E. I-30 Suite #211 Rockwall, TX 75087 (214) 697-5152 (For those paroling to the Dallas area only)
The Job Lead Generator: Victor Pratt Criminal B 6011 Harry Hines Floor 7 #112 UT Southwestern (214) 648-1740 criminalbackgroundjobhelp.com
BIC (Bound in Christ) BIC is founded by Liz Compton and is a support group for men and women… meetings are held every 3rd Sunday at Saturn Road Church of Christ 3030 Saturn Road Garland Texas 75041 (972) 271-2444
P.W.C. PRISON WIVES CLUB FREEDOM LIFE CHURCH 2435 E. Hebron Pkwy. Carrollton, TX 75010 NANCY FRAMPTON (972) 235-0955
Concerned Christians for Inmates P.O. Box 101094 San Antonio, Texas 78201-9094 NEED ENCOURAGEMENT, HOPE LETTERS OR PEN PAL A CUP OF WATER MINISTRIES P.O. BOX 161759 FT. WORTH, TEXAS 76161-1759
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The Day of the Lord Ministries, Newsletter: “The Spoken Word” has experienced amazing growth! PRAISE GOD!!! With all the inmates requesting to be added to the mailing list, we’ve reached almost 500 “snail mail readers”, our postage expenses have increased tremendously. We do not solicit cash donations, but there are so many other ways that you can get involved and help. Pledging 10 x $0.66 stamps ($6.60) will help us reach more and more brothers and sisters in white. The next time you go to the post office… please ask for an extra 10 x $0.66 stamps and just put it in and envelope and send to: The Day of the Lord Ministries PO BOX 543004 Dallas, TX 75354 Thank you for your pledge. Together we can make a difference. _________________PLEASE SEND BOTTOM PORTION WITH YOUR DONATION_________________ Name:___________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________________ City: _________________________ State: _________________ Zip Code: __________________________ # of stamps donated: __________
Big Sis, Shy , I just want to say thank you for all you do for the wives out there. You are awesome! Sandra had fun at the dinner - she was so full she could barely talk to me on the phone even though she shouldn’t do it to that extreme - the women out there deserve to enjoy themselves. Thank you and TDOTLM and BIC for doing what you do for mine. Love ya’ll. Brother Michael Howard Mr. Lemar Ervin (My Big Brother) CONGRATULATIONS: you made it this time! God blessed you Bro. Everything will be OK. Do your thing and the right thing. I’ll be free physically one day, but I’m free spiritually Bro. I love you and I need you strong for Mom also. She is watching over us. God has plans for us Bro. Love Ya Lil Bro Samuel THIS GOES OUT TO MY VERY OWN AMAZING, WONDERFUL, UNIQUE, SWEET, SEXY, LOVING HUSBAND, KING, and CHOCOLATE STAR!!! BABY, I TRULY LOVE AND ADMIRE THE “MAN OF GOD” THAT YOU HAVE BECOME. I ALWAYS KNEW YOU WAS CAPABLE OF BEING THAT KIND OF MAN. And YOU ARE MY ONE AND ONLY, MY “EVERYTHING”! I KNOW GOD IS ABOUT TO OPEN THOSE DOORS FOR YOU AND BRING YOU HOME TO BE WITH US! THIS IS WHERE YOU BELONG, RIGHT HERE WITH ME AND YOUR SONS. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THAT MAGICAL MOMENT TO HAPPEN. IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING. BUT, WE’RE ON GOD’S TIME! I JUST WANT YOU AND ME TO STILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY OUR LIFE TOGETHER, SIDE -BY-SIDE, HAND-IN-HAND. IT’S OUR TIME TO SHINE DOING GOD’S WORK. WE WILL KEEP GOD 1st. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD IN OUR LIVES! PRAYER DOES WORK! I LOVE YOU MICHAEL WITH ALL MY HEART AND SOUL! YOU ARE MY BIRTHDAY PRESENT! I CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE MY CAKE AND ICE CREAM WITH YOU! COME GIVE ME MY HUGS AND SWEET KISSES!!! I MISS YOU SO VERY MUCH! HURRY HOME BABY! YOU’RE ALL I WANT AND NEED. YOU KNOW THIS ALREADY THO. BABY, BABY, BABY! I’LL SCREAM IT FROM THE MOUNTAIN TOP JUST HOW OUR GOD HAS SHOWED GRACE AND MERCY UPON US! OUR NEW LIFE AND JOURNEY IS WAITING JUST AHEAD! COME ON HOME AND LET’S BEGIN! I LOVE YOU! I LOVE YOU! I JUST CAN’T SAY IT ENOUGH! DO YOU FEEL WHERE I’M COMING FROM? YES, CAUSE OUR HEARTS BEAT AS ONE HEART! ONE LOVE! FROM YOUR WIFE, QUEEN, AND SNOW BUNNY!!! XOXOXO MRS. SANDRA HOWARD YOURS 4 LIFE!!!
Give yourself a standing ovation. The first fact is that your steps are ordered by the Lord, carefully observed and arranged by God Himself. They are designed to achieve a special purpose in your life. The Bible says if God is for you who can be against you? so you must rejoice because you are in step with the beat of Heaven and the Purpose of God. The second fact you ought to rejoice because you are pursuing a goal that defies human manipulation. Your blessing rests in accomplishing the will of God. Love; Michael Unit Minister of Music David Wayne Bro. Horace, I felt the lost of our family member last year. Keep your head up and keep God first and He will make everything alright. God bless you from your brother in Christ. Bro. Royester Jones Thank you Day of the Lord Ministries for all that you do for the incarcerated Bro. & Sis. in Christ. “A word for the First Lady @ Born Again Ministries” The word of God says in the Book of Proverbs 18:22: whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord. Honey I’m glad I found you and obtaineth the favour of our Lord Christ Jesus. One thing I do know is that you’re my soul-mate (why) because when (God) took that one (rib) from me He (God) made you! I love you Honey. Your husband: Pastor Donnie Smith Jr. Born Again Ministries Stringfellow Unit To: CW Minister Marshall Wortham, God bless your new ministry “TAG TEAM MINISTRIES’. Acts 7:48-50 To: Michael Kimmel; I speak these blessings over you in Jesus name, God is not finished with you yet! GO - preach God’s word with godly love to people you know and don’t know. pray and preach to your family, OK? Please read entire Chapter Psalm 118. To: Rev. Willie Henry Jr. Thank you for always speaking blessings in my life. John 16:33
NOTICE TO THE DAY OF THE LORD MINISTRIES PUBLIC PEOPLE A Texas prisoner, confined in the Wynne Unit of TDCJ in Huntsville, TX is seeking public people who understand the loneliness incarceration can bring, people from all walks of life, active and available to write letters, wanting to provide encouragement, friendship and share faith in God our Creator, through Jesus Christ who redeem us from sin. Interested individuals should write to: Royester Jones #1573066 Wynne Unit—TC-3-104 810 FM 2821 Huntsville, TX 77349 “NO gifts or money needed—only you as a friend in Jesus Christ” The spirit of the Lord God is upon me...He has sent me...to comfort all who mourn. (Isaiah 61: 1, 2b)
SON When I call you my “Lil Man” you’re probably thinking “aw, come on, Dad”! Because you’re a strong man now, but I was blessed to have your Mom carry you for nine months and I loved you before I even knew you...from the moment I set you on your feet, you’ve stood solidly on the ground, GROWING IN POWER and CONFIDENCE with the strength to let others lean on you when they’ve needed too. LOOK EVEN ME “YOUR STRONG OLE MAN” I’m so proud of the you man you are and who you have become. You and Junior are the son’s of my spirit and of my heart. Love Dad. Cedric Stanton #1577824, Hughes Unit Heaven-O-GiGi: I just want you to know how much I love you. when I have you on the phone my heart leaps within my chest. Your laugh is like water to my parched lips. To hear the joy in your voice tells me that you’re in sweet fellowship with the Lord. One day I’ll be able to hold you longer than two minutes. We’ll swing the sunrise up and we’ll swing the sunset down. Then, we’ll thank God for letting us grow old together. WOW!!! I love you! Love you 2 Life Michael HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAREST SANDRA!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU… FROM ALL YOUR SISTERS AT WWIH!!! WE LOVE YOU
A LITTLE LOVE STORY Alice, Once upon a time, on a day that looked like any other day, someone like no one else came along and made life into something that would never ever be the same...THAT’S YOU, That’s MY LIFE. That’s why you’ll always be the only one for me. I love you and miss you with every breath in me… FOREVER YOURS, CED. SR. HUGHES UNIT Michael Kimmel, God bless you little bro. you are always in my prayers. Satan better watch out cause he just don’t know...what he thought was going to destroy you, it only prepared you to be a destroyer of Satan's kingdom. Let GOD build you as I know He is and come out of there tarring Satan's kingdom down!!! Love you brother! -Rev. Darnell Johnson Beautiful, How’s my lovely wife doing? Next month God says the same we will be having an early anniversary. Mom’s retreat and marriage seminar, Baby I truly can’t wait… I love you my spiritual-mate! -Your Husband
Michael, My husband, best friend, companion, my baby and so much more you are to me who knew that God would allow our paths to cross as young kids only to one day be joyfully married – it isn’t about the amount of words it is the sincerity behind them and when it comes to you honey, I only have sincerity, devotion, commitment and love to give that is the truth….I love you so much forever it is true and only for you sweetheart! Your wife and best friend Ez SHOUT OUT TO MY NEPHEW (CASEY TYRONE OESBY) Young man, to be given this opportunity to connect with you, is truly a blessing. Words cannot describe how grateful I am at this very moment. Though we have yet to actually meet one another, I want you to know that I am already honored to be “your uncle”, and hopefully as you grow to know me, you too, will be just as pleased to be “my nephew”. I hope you enjoyed the birthday card I made especially for you. my goal was to put a “smile” on your face and hopefully I accomplished just that. “I LOVE YOU!!!” Your Uncle Antonio Oesby A.K.A. Minister Oesby
To: Mrs. Beautiful Yellow Bone, Hey my love angel, my heart is yours for eternity and beyond. Baby God has our lives planned already with love, happiness and joy forever. And truthfully I already know our relationship is going to be the bomb Baby stay strong for Daddy because Daddy’s staying strong for you. No matter how bumpy or ruff the road get’s God is walking with us constantly. Our happiness, love and joy will come in the morning. I love you Mrs. Robinson...FOREVER! Your Husband, Mr. Michael Robinson SHOUT OUT TO MY EXTENDED FAMILY (MS. GEORGIA MAYBERRY) “FAMILY,” I embrace this moment to say - “THANK YOU!” I thank you for the (smile) that you recently enamored my face to give way to. Your very presence in my life, has opened up the door of opportunity for me to (finally) be able to connect with my sister and nephew, and for that, I am forever grateful. The three of you are a “WONDERFUL” addition to my life, and I give God all praise...glory...and honor for being the bridge that has brought us together. It’s amazing how He answers prayer’s - even those that we haven’t even prayed yet. As we love forward in His grace, may (HIS LOVE) be our guiding light. Once again, “THANK YOU!” and God Bless. From my heart to yours, Antonio Oesby A.K.A. Minister Oesby MAURICIO R. BROOMFIELD -HUGHES UNIT I TRULY THANK GOD FOR OUR SECOND CHANCE TO GET IT RIGHT...ITS ALMOST OVER. ITS COUNT DOWN, RONELE , WHERE HAS THE TIME WENT. EVEN THOUGH A LOT HAS CHANGED OVER THE LAST 9 YEARS, GOD IS STILL GOOD ALL THE TIME. GOD HAS NOT BROUGHT U THIS FAR TO LEAVE U... YOU HAVE ANGELS IN HEAVEN WATCHING OVER U AND PRAYING FOR YOUR WELL BEING, GRANNY CHATMAN, PAPA BROOMFIELD AND GRANNY BROOMFIELD, AND YES BIG MOMA, SO DONT GIVE UP AT THE END , BECAUSE GOD HAS KEPT U AND WILL CONTINUE TO GUIDE U...
SHOUT OUT TO MY SISTER (ROBIN OESBY) Beloved, truly “prayer changes things.” I remember a time when we had (no contact) with each other at all, and now we do. “TO GO BE THE GLORY!” No matter how big or small the steps are, I’m just grateful to be making progress, I don’t expect the flower to blossom overnight, but with proper nurturing, I know that it will blossom. And I am so excited, because my heart aches to share that “brother and sister” bond with you. I love you more than you’ll ever know, and that’s the way it’ll always be...until I breathe my last breath. Take care! Your Big Brother; Antonio Oesby A.K.A. Minister Oesby Michael B. Robinson -Coffield Unit Its Spring Time! , Let’s rejoice with gladness for the change in the SEASON.. Like the season change, our situation and future will also change.. .With every change, Brings brighter days, sunshine, and new today's to enjoy the beauty God has created . FOR every change also brings a new devil and, higher mountains to climb.. In due season A CHANGE WILL COME FOR MICHAEL AND MICHELLE ROBINSON, It's COMING, VICTORY. I love u Michael with every change and storm that may come our way. Keep the faith, Keep pushing, Keep Believing,, And yes God will do the rest. YOURS, MICHELLE ROBINSON Michael David Reynolds~ My Forever Love: This is my prayer for you~ Lord~ Oh how AMAZING You are. There is absolutely no one like You. I'm so grateful for what You're doing in my marriage. I lift up Michael to You. Let him see that You can create him to be a mighty weapon in Your hands that destroy the forces of darkness that hold your people captive. I thank You for his anointing that will shift the atmosphere in the very environment he is in and cause Heaven to come to earth so that each inmate, guard, warden and all who he comes in contact with, WILL experience a supernatural encounter with You. And this encounter will cause them to change FOREVER. I thank You that You are training our men in white to REIGN for Your glory. Develop them to be mighty men for Your plans and purpose. Deliver him from hurt, unforgiveness, past disappointments, rejection, perverted ideas provided by the enemy, fake friends, heartbreak, chaos and dirty distractions from Satan. Cause the PURPOSE that You've placed in him to RISE up and pursue DESTINY. I'm so grateful for my man of God. Make him strong FOR LIFE. In Jesus' Name, I believe, amen. Remplissez Mon Coeur DeVotre Amour We are saved.....TO SERVE, Your wife, GiGi
WITH MUCH LOVE ALWAYS, YOUR MOM AND FAMILY
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR SANDRA - HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO U!!! As I told you at visit, I was being a servant of God and missed the Valentine’s shout out, but see, I never seen God’s plan...Baby! This is confirmation to wait on the Lord. February 14 was Valentine’s Day. March 14 is your birthday. I missed the shout out on Feb. 14th to give it “ALL” to you on your birthday! And, I KNOW you understand! I LOVE YOU SNOW BUNNY! From: your Husband, King & Chocolate Star, Michael!!!
The Day of the Lord Ministries celebrates March Birthdays Deana Barnes Papa Jimmie Jones Tony D. Wilson Joyce Wallace Lora Maddox JC Bowens Jr. Nelson Wallace III Sandra Howard Demarco Guillory Jimmy Nash James Maddox Ocie Taylor III Joel Ramos Wilbert Lee Jermon Burkhalter Travis Jones David Rothschild Ashley M. Wilson Ernestine Culton
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SALVATION IS FREE! Thinking of you on your special day and sending warmest thoughts your way. Asking God to hold you near and bless you with each passing year. God Bless you on your birthday. -Virgil & Shy Wilson