all or nothing

All or Nothing

Sometimes, we extremists are criticized for lack of moderation. We throw ourselves into most things we do that we want to do. When I was a problem and addicted alcoholic, I drank to excess on every occasion. And, once I started the process of binge or session, the end was I often passed out, ended […]

human brain

The Threshold of the Mind

Preston and Anabel Gillham wrote a little book called A Study of the Mind. In their opening statement, they state, “Spiritual battles are won or lost at the threshold of the mind, not the mind”. They go on to stay that once you allow a thought to enter your mind, the battle is over because […]

Jail Ministry

Least, Last & Lost

I attend a large affluent church in an affluent or rich neighborhood. Most all of the people who are members drive nice cars, have nice jobs or own their own businesses. The real givers in that group support a very hefty budget and continuing building program. There are countless programs to attract more members of […]

Compassion

You Gotta Have Heart

For twenty eight years I was a full blown practicing alcoholic and drug addict. I sobered up in Alcoholics Anonymous and through myself into that program as well. That is sort of the way it is with us all or nothing types. We liked to go all in all of our endeavors; all of the […]

Prisoner Behavior Modification

Behavior Modification

Recently, I spoke to a family member who had served some time in state jail here in Texas. Mostly, a state jail is a prison for drug violators and combines a sort of behavior based rehabilitation program with jail time. It is called a treatment program, but is more about helping a person get some […]

Salvation

A Process of Salvation

Sometime ago and a few years into my salvation experience, I realized there really was a specific plan for my life. God didn’t save me (or any of us) to teach us how to make lots of money or find out how many kids we could have. He had a very narrow and self serving […]

How you or your church can have a prison ministry.

How you or your church can have a Prison Ministry

Prison Evangelism has on it’s database approximately 2200 individual state prison units, Federal prison and detention centers and county jails. This number grow constantly as we strive to include all who are incarcerated. On a permanent basis, there are some 2,000,000 residents of these facilities. We see this as a wonderful opportunity to take the […]

A Hole in the Soul

My affliction is alcoholism. You might call it addiction or disease or any number of labels that are thrown around today, but essentially it has been my symptom of my personal hole in the soul. Those of us with a hole in the soul might manifest in alcoholism, binge shopping, over spending, over eating, excessive […]

Christian Ministry Complexity

Keep It Simple For Non-Believers

We continue to force feed to non-believers terms like “the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ”, propitiation, “atonement for our sins”, “redemption”, “salvation”, ”blood of the lamb” and all the other terms we as Christians toss around in hymns and conversation as we discuss our faith with one another. The problem is, the people we need […]

Dying with Jesus

Dying with Jesus

As a new Christian, I was exposed to a number of scripture verses about dying. They talked about dying to self, the old self dying, and being crucified with Christ. Early on, I didn’t know exactly what that meant, but I kept wondering about when, where and how that death occurs. The verse of Galatians […]