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Walk With The Redeemer

https://www.pexels.com/photo/2-people-walking-on-grass-field-in-front-of-mountain-during-sunrise-167914/John 1:29  “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

Dearly Beloved:  May God’s grace, peace, mercy and redemption be ever upon you.  May you bask in the glory of the Lord for all eternity.

I remember what it was like being unsaved.  That was about four years ago.  Boy, what a confusing time it was.  I remember feeling so cold and lost.  Each day just dragged into the next.  I was always stressed out and worried.  I ran with sinners and lowlifes.  Thus, I was always paranoid that one of them would backstab me or cheat me.  Yes, sir, I remember like it was yesterday.  Often times, I didn’t live day by day, but from one drink to the next.  I remember not having a sense of direction, feeling like I was wandering aimlessly.  I remember the pain.  Lord knows, I was hurting so bad.  The pain was deep and excruciating.  I remember feeling like my only reason for being was to provide for my family and find ways to numb the pain.  I remember chasing false remedies.  I remember grasping at what I thought was a cure, only to find out it was nothing but a deep, dark pit – a vast expanse of nothingness and solitude – a cold dark place where once you were trapped, you felt as though there was no way out.  Every time you tried to escape it, the pit got deeper.  I remember how scary that was.  I remember how hopeless I felt.  I lost faith in everyone and everything – (more…)

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The Urgent Call

https://www.pexels.com/photo/man-s-hand-in-shallow-focus-and-grayscale-photography-167964/Dearly Beloved:  May God’s grace, power, love, peace and joy be ever present in your life.  That is my great hope for all of you.  You will notice a pattern in my recent posts.  I have been more evangelical as of late.  God has inspired me to plead with both the unsaved and His lost, wayward sheep.  I have been praying: “Lord, help me to reach them; give me the words, Father.”  My heart is burdened for you all.  This election has brought out the worst in many of my American countrymen and women.  I am seeing a great split and division in the church.  It is true that a lot of what we are seeing is nothing new, but never has it been so out in the open.  As I searched for answers, I went to the only place where they can truly be found, The Bible.  I read the sermon on the mount – Matthew chapters 5 thru 7.  I was drawn to it like a moth to flame.  It is there where the true fundamentals, essentials and principles of Christianity can be found.  It is there where no Christian, neither conservative nor liberal, can deny the Lord’s message to us all.  It is there that we can all agree despite our differing doctrines and denominational lines.  For it is there where our core values intertwine…or at least, they should!  It is in those verses of scripture that I believe we can be united and find common ground. (more…)

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Separation From God = Death For Democracy

https://www.pexels.com/photo/silhouette-photo-of-a-man-standing-on-the-edge-of-the-mountain-139573/Philippians 2:14-16  “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”

Dearly Beloved:  May God’s grace, peace, wisdom and love be ever upon you.  Democracy in America is slowly dying as a result of our separation from God.  Do you know what communist countries have in common?  They are by and large atheist.  Because of that, they are far more restrictive.  You see, absent a faith in God, it has been shown that mankind is more likely to be immoral and thus more likely to be unlawful.  Freedom without morality leads to chaos.  When man has faith and a sense that God is watching, we are more likely to be moral and law abiding without the need of a restrictive government.  America has endured for centuries due to the fact that we were by and large a Christian nation.  That is now changing.  As more and more of our citizens deny God, we are becoming more chaotic and thus our freedom is being stripped from us as our government tighten its grip on us.  We are on the verge of imploding. (more…)

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Now Is The Time

https://www.pexels.com/photo/black-and-white-sport-fight-boxer-3797/Mark 16:16  He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

Dearly Beloved:  May God’s grace, blessings, love, peace, wisdom, mercy, and most importantly, salvation be ever upon you.  For all of you out there who have not made the most important decision you will ever make – NOW IS THE TIME!!!  It is time to choose JESUS.  You can’t afford to keep stalling and being indecisive.

Let me tell you a story.  When I was a kid, I loved boxing.  I watched it faithfully with my dad.  I always wanted to make my dad proud and I knew how much he loved boxing; so, at the age of twelve, I went to a gym and started training to be a fighter.  I was devoted.  I trained hard.  My trainer started taking me to fights.  He, himself, was a pro fighter at the time.  I trained and sparred for four years until I started to see an ugly truth: boxing is rigged, for the most part.  I am not knocking the greats.  They were indeed truly greats, but what I came to see is that if you yourself were not especially talented, you were little more than a prop for those who are.  You see, in boxing, mediocre fighters are pitted against talent-less fighters in order to boost their ratings and make them look like contenders.  And, when they are ranked high enough, they are then put in the ring with a monster who they stand no chance against.  Bets are placed, insiders who set up the fights make money hand over fist and most of the fans are none the wiser. (more…)

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Do Not Return Evil For Evil

https://www.pexels.com/photo/yellow-lantern-near-body-of-water-during-night-63507/I Peter 3:8-9  “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.

Dearly Beloved: May God’s grace, peace, mercy and tolerance be ever upon you.  The past four days have been difficult.  The prison that I am in is one of the most oppressive in Massachusetts – second only to D.D.U. (Disciplinary Detention Unit) where men are kept in solitary for as many as 10 years.  Recently, Channel 5 News in Massachusetts did a story about drugs being smuggled into this prison.  They focused on the visitors who smuggled drugs, but of course failed to mention the guards.  Just last month, a large alleged smuggling ring, which was allegedly headed by an officer, was busted.  That was kept silent and never made the news.  After the news aired, the story about drug smuggling visitors (which, by the way, only make up about 5% of all visitors), the oppressive totalitarian administration here has decided to try and make all visits non-contact.  That means that the 90 to 95% of visitors who do not smuggle drugs will have to suffer for the few that do.  In an act of protest, the kitchen workers refused to go to work.  That is maybe 30 men out of 1000. As a result, the whole prison has been locked down for 24 hours a day.  That is mass punishment and it is illegal under the U.S. Constitution.  The prison is flexing it’s muscle and as per usual, it is overreacting.  By the way, there are no new policies to curb officers from smuggling drugs.  In fact, it seems to me, in my opinion, that the timing of the visitor news story was designed to draw attention away from the guards smuggling drugs in.  This is all political and we inmates suffer over the games played by the administration. (more…)

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Lean On Me

https://www.pexels.com/photo/hand-with-oil-pastel-draws-the-heart-6333/Romans 5:1-5  “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Dearly Beloved:  May God’s peace, grace, mercy and love be ever upon you and may you share it with one another.  Oh boy, what a month!  My dear friend, Erica, died and now my beautiful and precious Goddaughter and niece, Kyrah, is fighting for her life.  She has been med-flighted to Boston by helicopter and as I am writing this, she is on life support and in a coma.  Kyrah was born with a heart defect where only one side of her heart works.  She has been a miracle child since she was born.  She is only sixteen and she has had more than five open heart surgeries.  People with her condition usually don’t live past thirteen years old.  Ever the fighter, Kyrah has defied the odds.  Throughout her life, doctors have been stunned at the level of energy Kyrah has.  Most kids with her condition are weak and tired all the time.  Not Kyrah.  If you didn’t see her scars or heard her story, you would never know that she has a heart condition.  Her strength and energy are remarkable even for a healthy person.  Kyrah has always been an inspiration to all of us who know and love her.  I believe that that is exactly what God intended her to be. (more…)

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Love In Spite Of Hate

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Mark 2:17   When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Dearly Beloved:  May God’s mercy, grace, wisdom, love and understanding be ever upon you.  I want to start by sending my deepest and sincerest sympathy and condolences to the family of my dear sweet friend Erica L.  It is with a heavy heart that I report that my friend Erica lost her long and hard fought battle with opiate addiction.  I had an overwhelming urge to call one of my family members a few days ago.  That family member was very close to Erica and battling the same addiction.  When she answered the phone, I began talking to her about her addiction.  I told her I loved her very much and that she needed to get help.  I asked her, “What is it going to take to wake you up?  Please get help. I am praying for you.”  That night, Erica overdosed and I was so sad and angry.  I called that same family member when I heard the news the following morning.  “You see?”, I yelled.  “What did I tell you?!   (more…)

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Prosperity Vs. Avarice

God's Plan versus My PlanJeremiah 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)

Dearly Beloved:  May God’s love, grace and peace be upon you and may you prosper in the Lord.  Amen!
It seems today that everyone wants to be wealthy, but not everyone understands what that means.  You can be wealthy with material things, yet poor in the spirit.  Likewise, you can have an abundance of the Holy Spirit beyond measure and yet be physically dirt poor.  I would choose the latter over the former any day of the week and twice on Sunday.  For, what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet has not love?  God is love and love is God.  Without love, without God, it is pointless to exist and you shall forever feel empty and incomplete.  Now, let me be clear…God wants us to prosper both spiritually and sometimes financially.  He wants all of our needs met both physically and spiritually.  That is a fact.  Solomon and David are prime examples of the wealth God can lavish on His children.  When you are a child of God, you are meant to prosper.  Of course, there are times such as in the case of Job when suffering may be part of His plan.  In His infinitely divine wisdom, He sometimes allows folks to be physically poor.  Just as steel needs to be pounded and tempered, so too must God’s children in order to gain strength and wisdom. (more…)

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Undefeatable In CHRIST

MLKquote_OnlyLoveCanDriveOutHateRomans 12:21  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

May GOD’s strength, power, light, wisdom and glory be ever upon you all.  I have a confession to make.  My last post, “Unchain Your Heart“, was written over a year ago.  I have several backup posts in case I were unable or unwilling to write.  I was in a bit of a funk.  All the racisim and violence taking place in my country has deeply affected me.  Let me give my belated condolences to all the families of all the victims whether they were police officers or citizens.  The racial issues in our justice system are very personal to me as a person of color who is currently being railroaded and shafted by this wickedly unjust system.  It really struck a nerve in me and I could not write because I was so emotional that I would not have been able to serve GOD the way that I should.  As the violence continued down south, a decision was made in my appeal.  The judges found all kinds of excuses as to why it is okay to use someones skin color against them at trial.  They had little to back up their decision, so they included things that were not even argued at trial to justify their awful and politically motivated decision.  I expected that.  There is a terrible sickness in this country.  Racism is a plague.  People who turn a blind eye to it and pretend that it doesn’t exist are afraid. (more…)

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Unchain Your Heart

https://www.pexels.com/photo/silhouette-man-person-stars-12567/Hebrews 2:15  “…and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

Dear Readers:  Many of us spend a great deal of our lives in bondage, chained down by sin, pain, shame, loneliness and sadness.  I tell you that even though I am in physical bondage, I am freer than most people outside of the prison in which I reside.  Though my body is confined, I am spiritually free.  Indeed, I feel more free than I ever did in the outside world.  Hallelujah!  Praise God!  My mind has been unlocked.  My heart is no longer encased.  My soul has escaped the confines of death; for I am eternal in Christ Jesus.  That means that I shall never taste death, nor shall I ever know defeat.  I have not attained such on my own.  I traded my old life for a new one by accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  From the moment I first believed, I became eternally free.  Praise God!  And, I have never looked back.  My eyes stay on heaven and the glory of the Lord. (more…)

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God Loves America

pexels_woman-women-united-states-of-america-flag-92730Dearly beloved:  May God’s peace, mercy, love, light, blessings and grace be upon you and may GOD bless America, land that I love.
My country has not always been good to me nor I to it, but I truly Love America and at least part of her loves me.  Any true blue U.S. citizen holds a special place in his or her heart for this great nation.  I must admit that I am very afraid for my beautiful country.  I do not normally get involved in politics on this site, but l feel compelled to speak my mind.  There is a menace who threatens every ideal, every value that we hold dear and his name is Donald Trump.  I am afraid because many right leaning Christians seem to be ready to vote for the Donald, as he is arrogantly referred to.  Having no other choice of republicans to choose from, there seems to be a growing contingent among Christians who are willing to vote for Trump.  Despite the fact that he is clearly not in line with Christian values, Trump teaches hate and discontent.  He is a step backwards not forward for us.  I’m not saying Hillary is the right choice either, but she does not scare me in the way Trump does.  This fourth of July, as I reflect on the majesty of this great nation, I cannot help but fear for her future. (more…)

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Psalm 73:21-24  Thus my heart was grieved, And I was vexed in my mind.  I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.  Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand.  You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.  

Dearly Beloved:  May God’s mercy and prosperity be upon you.
So many people are ignorant of the truth; blind to the facts of reality.  Billions of people do not know JESUS or His Word.  They are ignorant of the truth.  Such ignorance leads to eternal separation from GOD.  I can assure you that there is nothing truly blissful about being separated from GOD.  I never felt more alone than when I was separated from the truth that is JESUS CHRIST.   Back then, I felt only momentary happiness.  I searched for bliss unsuccessfully.  Being a father brought me immense joy, but there was always something missing…something that I needed to feel complete.  I tried everything – women, substances, money.  NONE of it made me happy.  I bought doodads and trinkets, all manner of luxuries.  Nothing I tried worked.  I was ignorant and blind.  But, for all my ignorance, I felt nothing resembling bliss.  I felt damp and cold.  I was shrouded in darkness and in desperate need of light.  I never once felt settled.  Nothing in my life was safe or secure.  Do any of you feel like that right now?  Are any of you lost?  Is there an emptiness inside of you that seems as though it can never be fulfilled?  Do you feel unbalanced?  Are you thirsty and hungry for universal truth?  Do you lack a sense of purpose?  Are you missing the final piece of the puzzle that is existence?  You’re not alone.  I know how you feel.  I used to feel the exact same way. I can empathize with you.  You are plagued by an awful and destructive disease called ignorance.  The bad news is it is debilitating and leads to death.  The awesome news is it is curable. You don’t have to spend the rest of your existence in your current condition.  What you need is a huge dose of the gospel of JESUS CHRIST.  That is the only medicine that can cure your disease.  Nothing else will work. Believe me, I tried.  I was chasing foolishness.  It was utterly absurd.  All I did was make futile attempts to find lasting joy, real joy.  Sound familiar?  I was doing nothing more than running in circles, chasing a fantasy. Until the LORD, He changed everything.

Once I learned the truth, I was finally free from the chains of ignorance. A whole new plethora of possibilities was suddenly opened to me.  I have been awakened by the light.  I am no longer blind.  I see things clearly now.  My perception of reality has been forever altered for the better.  Doors that I never even knew existed are open to me now.  Things that I could not fathom in my wildest dreams are happening to me.  Yes, its true that I am physically in chains, but I am mentally and spiritually freer than I have ever been.  “How?”, you ask.  I am no longer ignorant to the one and only truth that truly matters.  I know the the truth about JESUS and the truth has set me free.  HALLELUJAH!  PRAISE GOD!

One cannot truly and fully elevate and grow without knowing the truth.  Ignorance is a leg iron that holds unbelievers back.  It keeps them from receiving their inheritance.  They are cut off from blessings and positive opportunities.  The dark is blinding.  Walking in it handicaps people.  It throws them off course. Why do you think it is that so many people lack a sense of direction and purpose?  Because they are walking blindly in total darkness.  They can’t see where it is that they are going.  They think that the misery that they feel is all there is to life.  To them, life is nothing more than a compilation of setbacks, challenges, heartache, loss and ultimately death. They don’t understand that there is so much more than that.  There is joy, there is purpose, meaning and blessings.  They can’t see it because they are in the dark.  And thus, they are the opposite of being blissful.  They are depressed and they live each day mourning the loss of the fantasy life they dreamed of living.  All the hopes they once had have long since evaporated into the ethereal.  They are miserable.

Ignorance is not bliss.  It is a gloomy death sentence.  Many of you can relate to what I am saying.  You once were ignorant, but you don’t have to be any longer.  No, sir.  I know a way that you can turn that frown upside down.  I know a way that you can illuminate the darkness so that you can see your path clearly.  Open up the Bible, read it and receive the light of the truth.  You need the gospel Truth to set you free.  You need JESUS to light your way.  Why would you keep stumbling blindly in the dark?  Now, I will admit that the path to the light is not an easy one, but it is well worth it.  It’s rewarding and paved with glory.  There is plenty of JOY to be had in serving the LORD.  All you have to do is truly want it with all your heart, mind and soul.  If you will only submit and admit, then ask for forgiveness, you can be whole and enlightened.  Let the LORD shake off your ignorance so that you can be truly blissful.  Use the following prayer as a guide.  Say it to the Lord; mean it, live it and breathe it.
“Dear Jesus, I know that because of my sin I need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died on the cross for my sins. I believe You rose again so I could live with You. I want to stop living for myself and start living for You. I want Your peace in my life. I want forgiveness for my sins. Please come into my heart and change my life. I want to live with You forever. I want You to be my Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
If you said it and you meant it; if you gave your heart to JESUS, then you are my brother or sister and I welcome you to the light.  HALLELUJAH!  PRAISE GOD!  AMEN!  If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please contact us.  We want to hear from you and assist you.
May GOD bless and keep you!  May you break the chains of ignorance!  May you forever walk in the light and be blissful!  Amen!
Love in Christ,
Randall
(A Man whose chains of ignorance have been broken by the Light)

Ephesians 4:17-32
This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

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