Dear Lighthouse Trails:
Greetings in the Name that is above all names! I received the literature you sent to me [donated by a LT reader]! I am so very thankful for all the books, booklets, and tracts that you have sent to me over the years. Your ministry has been a blessing to many of us doing time behind prison walls in here. I always make sure I share with the guys in the Bible study group I lead what you sent to me. Believe me: I can absolutely guarantee you that everything you send will always be put to good use! It will be for the glory of God and the edification of the Body of Christ. And for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Again, I must tell you how some of us have been touched by the grace of God. There was a guy here who thought he was very tough. He loved to fight, worked out all the time, and had all kinds of tattoos all over his body. One day, he came to my room. We were talking about God and Christianity. He was trying to equate Christianity with so many “great and outstanding religions in the world.” (What a huge mistake!) He was actually trying to engage me in an argument. I told him that I did not (and do not) argue about the Scriptures or God. I have too much respect for Him to bring Him down to the level of a carnal argument. Then, I proceeded to say to him: “You can argue until you are blue in the face . . . but there is one thing you cannot do.”
He said, “And what is that!?”
I said to him: “The fact that Jesus Christ loved you enough to die for you on the cross! You cannot argue that fact! No other religion or religious leader ever did that! Deal with that!!” He looked at me for what seemed an eternity . . . and then left.
The next morning, as soon as they unlocked our doors, he rushed to my room, and with a big, fat tear running freely on his face, said to me: “You messed me up!! I could not sleep at all last night! I stayed up all night long weeping like a child.”
Needless to say that everyone took notice that the big, muscular, macho, tough guy was still weeping . . . Only the Love of Jesus Christ can do that to a hard heart and “tough” guy in this life! He gave his life to the Lord, and it was my privilege to disciple him, as he became my best friend! I could tell many more testimonies like this. God has not changed HIS agenda just because we have!!! He is still in the business of saving human souls from an eternity in the bowels of hell. The Holy Spirit still uses us (and who are we for the God of the universe to see fit to use us? Who am I???) to bring people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ! I say all of this for the Glory of His Name.
And remember: You all have a part in the ministry behind locked doors in prisons all over the world! For that, I say, “Thank you . . . from the bottom of my heart.” God bless you all!
Always and only because of His Grace!
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