The Prison Calendar that Revealed God:
Happy Tuesday everyone! Thanks for taking the time to read my second blog post on The Remedy Network.
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of speaking at a Celebrate Recovery meeting at Spirit Life Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Celebrate Recovery is a biblical program that helps people overcome their hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 20 years ago, Saddleback Church launched Celebrate Recovery with 43 people, and is now in over 20,000 churches. It’s a program designed to help those struggling by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through a balanced recovery process.
Last week, I attended testimony night, where a member from CR speaks about their journey through the program and how God has moved in their life. On this particular night, Gary was speaking about his struggle with drugs, alcohol abuse and his journey with methamphetamine. He allowed me to share his story with The Remedy Network.
Gary was admitted into the Jackie Brannon Correction Center in McAlester Oklahoma in 2011, which changed his life forever. Gary told the crowd that even though he was in prison, he met with God every chance that he could. Here is a picture of the Prison Calendar that showed chapel services inmates could attend:
Religiously, Gary always attended the 6pm service at Jackie Brannon, hungry for the word of God. With tears in his eyes, Gary proved that God could still work miracles in life even when it seems like you are at wit’s end. Gary testified that it was there in prison where God changed his life forever and showed him his great love and redemptive work.
I am so grateful for Gary’s story. No matter where we are in life, God is still beckoning us back to into his arms. There is nothing that we can do that can separate us from the love of God.
Whether you have a great relationship with God the father, or whether you feel miles away from him locked away in a prison cell, know that this is true: God loves you more than you can image. You are not at the end of the road. Even if you’ve exhausted all your strength, or have turned away from God, there is still hope.
Ephesians 2:4-5 says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ.”
Wherever you are in your journey, this is not the end of your story.
-J. Caleb Perkins
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