Monthly Archive: May 2016

Love Or Hate ? John 4:7-8  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

Dearly Beloved:  May God’s grace, peace, love and glory be ever upon you.  I want to talk to you about the oldest and most lethal disease known to mankind.  Hate!  It is a disease that is both deadly and highly contagious.  Hate and evil are one.  If we embrace hate, then we embrace evil.  When we allow hate to take over our minds, we become accomplices to evil.  The very act of hating invokes evil in us and gives us license to condone the darkness of this world.  Hate turns us into instruments of evil.  We become mindless tools and pawns.  As if black clay, we can be shaped, molded and ultimately malformed by hate.  I have been faced with so much hate these past three and some odd years.  Only love can shield us from hate.  If it were not for the love of Christ, I may have been consumed by hate; enveloped in the total darkness of evil.  I may have become spiteful and devoid of light; angry and full of pain.  My heart may have been a sub-zero slab of stone.  Let me tell you, my beloved, it is so easy for any one of us to fall victim to hate; so easy to succumb to the darkness – especially when we are faced with such great adversity such as I am now.   (more…)

Suicide Is Never The Answer

II Corinthians 4:8-10  We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”

Dearly Beloved:  May the blessings of the Lord be upon you.  This post, I am sad to say, was inspired by a very tragic event – suicide.  A few days ago, a man killed himself in the next cell block over from mine.  I did not know him, but his death never-the-less has deeply affected me.  All life matters to God.  This man’s death has hit home for me as an incarcerated man.  You see, it was the despair over his circumstances and the gloominess of confinement which swallowed that man’s life.  He allowed it to consume him.  He succumbed to his suffering and the brutally unjust nature of this world.  It was satan who caused him to destroy himself.  He manipulated him into doing the unthinkable.  We (all of us) are in danger of succumbing to the despair and suffering we face in this world.   (more…)