Although frequently lacking of late, my prayer time seems to have acquired a second wind. Recently I was convicted by how often I've been neglecting prayer, either by lingering too long on my bunk in the morning, or by drifting off to sleep before saying my prayers at night...
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners,
but fellow citizens with the saints, and of
the household of God.
Lately it has been impressed upon my heart to try to encourage the men who are part of my fellowship group by stressing that through faith in Jesus Christ, we are now members of God's royal family...
Casting all your care upon the Lord,
because He cares for you.
I Peter 5:7
Our scheduled team of volunteer ministers did not show up this morning. This particular group comes from Queens County, a borough within New York City...
This afternoon we had our quarterly elders meeting in the chapel. An elders meeting is when a handful of supposedly more mature and spiritually grounded Christians who've been serving the Lord for a number of years, get together to discuss church business...
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.
When one is in prison, you learn to be ready for anything...
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye
steadfast, unmovable, always abounding
in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye
know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
I Corinthians 15:58
I know that no matter what difficulties I may encounter on any given day, I have the victory through my Lord Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, my faith has been getting challenged a lot more than usual, or so it seems...
This morning around eight o'clock the building I live in began to fill with smoke. The contents of a cell on the first floor was ablaze...
Darryl is a 23-year old black man whom I met while attending a class on domestic violence. I think he signed up for the class in order to help himself come to an understanding of his own life, and to perhaps sort things out. I took the class to learn something that might be useful to me later on...