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By Pastor Chris

A THANKFUL PERSPECTIVE

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Back in the 1980’s, I was in jail and through the window slit in my cell, I could see the 87 Freeway. There was a traffic jam and I thought: “I would love to be in a traffic jam right now.”

Recently, I was at a prison where the leader of the church during the first chapel service has a sentence of 40 years to life. The leader of the church during the third chapel service has a sentence of 30 years to life. Just after the second chapel service in this prison, a man approached me for prayer because he was going in front of the Prison Board. His prayer was to have his sentence lowered. He is presently serving a sentence of 180 years.

It is all about having the right perspective. You may be thinking, “I am not like those people.” But consider the man who told me that while he was driving drunk and blacked out, he hit someone and killed the driver. Because he had a prior DUI in college, he is now doing life in prison while he has a wife and kids at home.

I know another man who is doing a double life sentence. He told me that he was in a major traffic accident, and I could see the scaring over his eye. He was driving while drunk and hit another car, killing two people.

Of course, I’m not saying that bad behavior is ok. What I am saying, however, is that that tragedy could have happened to me and some of you.

I have heard of people who are concerned about not putting enough away for retirement. Yet these incarcerated men are not able to put anything away for retirement.

So let us praise God in all circumstances! An excellent time to praise God for what he is doing through Mercy and Grace is at the Mercy and Grace Ministries Banquet and Celebration!  It is on November 5th and I’d love for you to join us!  Sign up at our website, which is www.mercyandgrace.org. May God continue to bless you!

In Christ,

 

Pastor Chris

 

In Christ, Chris

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