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Go Deeper – Leave the Shallow End As we move on to I Thessalonians Chapter 4 – Paul is asking and urging or beseeching or pleading – and whenever Paul speaks like this he normally has something significantly important to say. He had taught these believers in Jesus how to walk with God, and how to live for God, in that brief spell he had with those who came to faith in Jesus Christ – and now he is asking them to go further. He wants them to walk with God – to make progress – to have movement forward towards a goal. He had instructed these disciples of Jesus how to live and walk in a way that would please God - now he is encouraging them to go deeper and leave ‘the shallow end’. Our lives should be becoming more and more in tune with the Will of God. It must never be – what I want to do – but what His will for me is. Paul’s feet were firmly planted on spiritual ground. You are doing fine. Now go further – walk and serve with purpose and make your life count for God. Verse 2 – You know what we taught you – you know the instructions or commandments we passed on to you. What he had received from Jesus Christ he passed on and taught and shared. Verse 3 – These spoke of the will of God – and he is returning to this theme of being holy. If a man wants to know something of God’s will, and something more of God’s will, this is how to discover what God’s will is for your life. The commandments will guide you in the Will of God and they will help you to become holy and enable you to become holy. Paul is always looking for growth and development in individuals and in fellowships – and throughout the whole Church of Jesus Christ. Continue to grow. Continue to make steady progress. Walk humbly but confidently, in uncertain times. Our conscience is never enough. We need something more. We need the Word of God. Man has always needed this Word. Jesus made that so clear too. Discipleship and holiness are not optional extras. Paul was never satisfied with converts. He sought to make disciples. He points them to high moral standards and values. His desire is to produce disciples with character. The ambitions and desires of society can colour our thinking and cause us to compromise. We need the Word of God to live straight. The task of the Church of Jesus Christ is to line people up with God’s Word. Avoid – or abstain from – sexual impurity and immorality. The word means - ‘make a clear break’ from that way of living. Paul is teaching us about walking in innocence and purity – this is not thought much of by the world in these current times God is more interested in your character than your career – more interested in your progress than your popularity. “Loving Father – we see in the Scriptures that there is always so much more – show me where You wish me to serve – and how You want me to serve. As I feed upon Your Word day by day – as I read the Bible – speak with me – speak to me – through the sacred page – and open me more and more to the wonders of Your grace and love and blessing – through Jesus. Amen” (This week's "Word from Scotland" - previous articles may be found at Studylight.org and liveasif.org in the 'Archives' - warmest greetings, in Christ Jesus.)
JE SUIS AMBASSADEUR DE Jésus du ministère international de la voie saints des prisons à Dschang. Dieu a mis dans mon coeur la passion des prisonniers et des démunis. Ambassadeur de Jesus
Friends,kindly extend your support by providing us with cash transfer to buy food and medical items for four hundrend prisoners from sierra leone,west afriFriends,kindly extend your support by providing us with cash transfer to buy food and medical items for four hundrend prisoners from sierra leone,west africa.
If anyone feels that they could inspire my little brother that’s in jail, and be a Godly influence to him. He really needs some penpals and could really use some encouragement and Godly correspondence and hope. Let me know and I’ll give you his info if you wanna write him a letter. If God puts on your heart to write him. But above all that, please pray for him. His name is John. I love him and he has a really good heart, we’ve just been through a lot of stuff in our life and he made mistakes. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me. Matthew 25:36
“Lead Me throughout This Coming Year” We have been reading the opening words of Psalm 90 – a prayer of Moses, the man of God. Do you wish to be a man of God – a woman of God? What are your hopes and prayers and longings for this New Year? Might that be one of them? I learned recently how ‘God’s man’ and a ‘Man of God’ are not necessarily the same thing. As we come before our Creator God, and our loving Saviour, Jesus Christ, what is uppermost in our hearts and minds? When God created man He made us perfect and placed us in a perfect garden – or parkland. I have put you in there to enjoy it - do not spoil it - do not ruin the world I created. Have you ever seen someone's garden which has been ruined by mindless vandals? That happened to God's perfect garden. There are no secrets hidden from God – all you do - all you say - the way we treat people - all that is seen by God, and known to God. Our sins are seen by God - even when we think HE may not be looking. You can decide you are going to give yourself to seeking wisdom - the Bible will enable you to become wise. Let God’s wisdom consume you – and saturate you – and be bathed in the wisdom of God - and people will be amazed when you are called upon to make some vital decision. Perhaps, when they are in some difficulty they may approach you for help - because they know you to be someone who is wise - and you are wise with the wisdom of God. That does not just appear overnight. We have to work at it - and God does not share His secrets with lazy people. Study the Word of God - and become WISE. That can be one goal for these coming weeks and months. Do make sure you are in the Word of God every day – read part of the Bible every day. I keep hearing of some Christians who do not do this. Remember that old poster – that old ‘Wayside Pulpit - “Seven days without the Word makes one weak”. How do you handle time? Many people find they have problems handling money - but even more people find it hard to handle time. Use your time - do not waste it. Verse 10 – This decision was made following Creation when man had fallen and sinned. This is not an aspect of truth which is readily accepted and acceptable – how strange. Some may be totally unaware of it – and will be, if it is not taught in places of worship. I will give them 70 - or 80 years - if they have the strength? The cause of death is SIN. Moses, the man of God has faced up to that. What would you say would fulfil and satisfy you when you reached the end of your life? A happy and useful life! Moses could have said that – but Moses realised that he could have neither without God. Verse 11 – Moses asks the question. Who considers the anger of God? Moses mentions various vital areas in the opening words of Psalm 90 – do check them out. Verse 12 – Teach us – to value our days – we need wisdom. We need YOU to put us in your school in Your classroom. The final section of the Psalm is how to live a happy and useful life. Man wants to be free to live as he chooses! People think God is going to limit us and restrict us - No. Teach us to number or value our days. We need to be taught that. Moses prays for wisdom from GOD. People are talking about making medical advances - and living longer and longer - as if there was no SIN. God has said – God has spoken – God has set the limits - and these cannot be changed. Moses knew there were pleasures and enjoyments away from God. We so need God - and Moses prays that. Have compassion. Be merciful. In verses 13 to 17 – We read of God’s Mercy – RELENT - come back and show us your mercy – remove from us Your Hand of Judgment. Verse 14 – Satisfy us in the morning - and we can be glad all our days. What an offer - our God can satisfy us as no-one else can. Moses would recall how the manna fell in the morning - and nourished the people during that day. Teach us to number our days. Verse 14 – Moses prays for - satisfaction in God. God, bring a new day – let this chapter in our lives come to an end and start a new fresh chapter! As a people – Help us to sing again. Verse 16 – Work in us O God – let the people experience Your favour and Your mercy and Your grace. Verse 17 – Moses prays for transformation by God – put Your hand upon our hand. The wisdom of God is so different from worldly wisdom, and pleasures and riches. The Psalms are not only rich for meditation - but so relevant for our every day living, as disciples of Jesus. In these closing words there is this sense of usefulness – of lasting usefulness – of leading a positive and practical life. We all want to do something worthwhile. We want to do something that will last. People scratch their name on a tree or a piece of stone somewhere - they want their name to last. Before you can do anything useful - you have to be usable. Grace first - His favour first - then He can make what we do useful and valuable. Moses prays for grace – for the favour of God - and he prays that God would show us what He wants us to do. We do not have all the answers – this is where we need humility. God has so much to give us - and when HE gives, HE is so generous. Jesus comes offering us abundant life - life to the full. The Christian Life is NOT something dull and dreary and restricting and limiting - No, it is the very opposite. Ask Jesus to show you what HE wants you to do - with your life - with your talents and abilities and gifts. Yes - make your life count for God - and remember people are watching how you live - and listening to the things you say. Your testimony can be at stake, when you may not realise it. This Psalm, like life, is solemn and serious - though saturated and laced with encouragement and joy and love, and the grace of Jesus Christ. “Loving gracious heavenly Father – I pray about these days and weeks that lie ahead – as I read Your Holy Word, guide me and lead me – help me to find anew, light and direction and wisdom, as I read the Scriptures – put Your Hand upon mine – put Your hand in mine – and take me onward, step by step – in Jesus name I pray. Amen.” (This week's "Word from Scotland" - previous articles may be found at Studylight.org and liveasif.org in the 'Archives' - warmest greetings for 2020, in Christ Jesus.)

We help restore justice and healing to families and communities in response to crime. Prison Fellowship International is a global association of 120 national affiliates, working with the assistance of over 45,000 volunteers, to promote human dignity and the transformation of prisoners.

Prison Fellowship International is the world's largest and most extensive criminal justice ministry.

Mission: The mission of Prison Fellowship International is to proclaim and demonstrate God's love by reaching out to prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families, victims and the community. PFI is a ministry of transformation and reconciliation. The heart of Jesus' teaching is love and forgiveness - living in peace with God and with one another, even those who offend us.

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After completing 15 weeks of group therapy sessions, 110 participants from families of genocide survivors and genocide perpetrators from Nyanza District in Rwanda graduated from the second and third rounds of the Mvura Nkuvure, which traslates to "heal me I heal you".
📷: Prison Fellowship Rwanda

A big congratulations to Mary, who recently completed The Prisoner's Journey facilitator training in Western Australia. She will become Australia's first indigenous administrator. PF Australia recently unveiled The Prisoner's Journey: Indigenous Edition, which will be offered to the indigenous populations within Australian prisons. This was an important step for PF Australia as Aboriginal populations are disproportionately more likely to be incarcerated.

In an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus among the prisoners, Prison Fellowship Honduras recently delivered biosafety equipment to P.N. de Juticalpa. Every day Prison Fellowship national ministries are doing what they can to ensure that prisoners are not simply locked away and forgotten. Find out more at pfi.org.

Prison Fellowship Malawi has been caring for the children of prisoners to ensure their health and safety, as they are more vulnerable and susceptible to poverty, sickness, and abuse. This can mean everything from providing handwashing products to rebuilding crumbling homes. None of this would be possible without the generosity of CPP sponsors. If you are interested in finding out more about CPP or sponsoring a child, visit pfi.org!

Reintegration for a released prisoner is difficult. There are limited job opportunities and the stigma of being formerly incarcerated to contend with. This is why our national ministries are working to provide training and opportunities to prisoners. Being able to find a job and support their families makes it less likely that they will need to return to a life of crime simply to survive. This picture is from a graduation that Prison Fellowship Cambodia facilitated for prisoners who were graduating from electrical installation and air conditioner maintenance programs.

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Strength for Samuel - Prison Fellowship International

Samuel in Colombia is no stranger to difficulty. At five years old, he faces physical challenges and developmental delays due to complications at birth. http://ow.ly/2GBb30r1ElX

pfi.org Samuel in Colombia is no stranger to difficulty. He faces physical challenges and developmental delays due to challenges at birth that affected his brain.

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Strength for Samuel - Prison Fellowship International

Samuel recently joined Prison Fellowship Colombia’s children of prisoner sponsorship program, which has provided additional support to help lift their burdens. http://ow.ly/CzPE30r1ElW

pfi.org Samuel in Colombia is no stranger to difficulty. He faces physical challenges and developmental delays due to challenges at birth that affected his brain.

Mitchum’s Transformation - Prison Fellowship International

“As I listened to and watched the videos and participated in The Prisoner’s Journey, I found out who Jesus really is,” says Mitchum. http://ow.ly/8Z9I30r3IcL

pfi.org The Prisoner’s Journey® evangelism and discipleship program is changing hearts and minds across the globe. The program was recently implemented in the Caribbean region. Mitchum, a prisoner in the Caymen Islands, says before taking the eight-week course, he worried a lot and regularly felt depress...

We’re hiring! PFI is looking for a dynamic, detail-oriented Grant Proposal Manager to manage the research and writing of high level proposals and reports to drive major gifts fundraising for our organization. Interested? Know someone? Apply now by clicking the link below. Or, send resumes to PFI’s Talent Manager, Haleigh Ellingsen at [email protected]

Grant Proposal Manager: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/1952563287/

We all know how scary a toilet paper shortage at the grocery store can be, but imagine facing one in prison. Prisoners are already vulnerable to the spread of illness due to close quarters, so access to hygienic supplies can be a matter of dire consequence. Our national ministries have been working to provide basic hygiene essentials to prisoners around the world.

Mitchum’s Transformation - Prison Fellowship International

Mitchum, a prisoner in the Caymen Islands, says before taking the eight-week course, he worried a lot and regularly felt depressed and confused. http://ow.ly/Zkeq30r3IcM

pfi.org The Prisoner’s Journey® evangelism and discipleship program is changing hearts and minds across the globe. The program was recently implemented in the Caribbean region. Mitchum, a prisoner in the Caymen Islands, says before taking the eight-week course, he worried a lot and regularly felt depress...

Each and every day, our national ministries are caring for the children of prisoners. Children with a parent in prison face unimaginable challenges and an increased risk for abuse, exploitation and incarceration themselves. To find out more about what we are doing to care for them, visit https://pfi.org/what-we-do/rescuing-children/
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We are proud to partner with Biblica to bring the hope and joy of the Gospel to prisoners around the world!

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In Chile, the women of the APAC Femenina de Frutal made masks for city hospitals to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19. ❤️

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"Redemption Song"

"But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the Almighty
We forward in this generation
Triumphantly
Won't you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
'Cause all I ever have
Redemption songs"

An inspiring TED Talk from John Legend and James Cavitt to bring attention to the need for transformation and redemption within the criminal justice system.

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ted.com John Legend is on a mission to transform America's criminal justice system. Through his Free America campaign, he's encouraging rehabilitation and healing in our prisons, jails and detention centers -- and giving hope to those who want to create a better life after serving their time. With a spoken-...

Mitchum’s Transformation - Prison Fellowship International

Your support helps prisoners, like Mitchum, discover the healing power of the Gospel. http://ow.ly/V0I530r3IcJ

pfi.org The Prisoner’s Journey® evangelism and discipleship program is changing hearts and minds across the globe. The program was recently implemented in the Caribbean region. Mitchum, a prisoner in the Caymen Islands, says before taking the eight-week course, he worried a lot and regularly felt depress...

Participants in restorative processes appear to have significantly different conceptions of fairness than those of the traditional system when it comes to achieving justice for the parties. Studies show that victims and offenders are more likely to be satisfied with participation in a mediation program, and to experience a greater sense of fairness, than with participation in traditional processes.

Find out more at restorativejustice.org

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Seethal’s Restoration - Prison Fellowship International

Twelve-year-old Seethal remembers the day the floodwaters seeped into her home and rose. http://ow.ly/Game30qYkEs

pfi.org In October 2019, India receive the heaviest monsoon rainfall in 25 years, leaving homes, shops, and hospitals waterlogged and many families in danger and displaced.

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Strength for Samuel - Prison Fellowship International

Samuel in Colombia is no stranger to difficulty. At five years old, he faces physical challenges and developmental delays due to complications at birth. http://ow.ly/tQ5k30r1ElV

pfi.org Samuel in Colombia is no stranger to difficulty. He faces physical challenges and developmental delays due to challenges at birth that affected his brain.

Mitchum’s Transformation - Prison Fellowship International

Can peace be found in prison? According to Mitchum, yes. http://ow.ly/hqNJ30r3IcK

pfi.org The Prisoner’s Journey® evangelism and discipleship program is changing hearts and minds across the globe. The program was recently implemented in the Caribbean region. Mitchum, a prisoner in the Caymen Islands, says before taking the eight-week course, he worried a lot and regularly felt depress...

RestorativeJustice grew out of a number of reform movements of the past 35 years: the informal justice movement, the victim rights movement and the restitution movement (designed to alleviate the burden put on the judicial system by incarcerative responses to crime). ⚖️

Check out our Instagram to learn more: https://www.instagram.com/prison_fellowship_intl/

Prison Fellowship Liberia recently held a small graduation ceremony for prisoners in Harper Central Prison. They received certificates and Bibles for completing The Prisoner's Journey 8 week course. ❤️

Check out our Instagram story this week as we unpack where Restorative Justice agrees with and differs from basic concepts and practices in the criminal justice system. ⚖️

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The Centre For Justice and Reconciliation: restorativejustice.org

We are so grateful for everything that Prison Fellowship staff and volunteers do everyday to serve prisoners and their families. This is the love of Christ in motion! #restorativejustice #rememberthoseinprison 📷: Prison Fellowship Rwanda

"I mean, sometimes I ask myself, what if? What if we didn’t go to the sponsorship table? What if we had decided to completely ignore the call? I really feel like we would be missing out on so much physically, spiritually, emotionally." Chris and Janelle share their sponsorship story. To learn more about how PFI is serving the children of prisoners, visit https://pfi.org/what-we-do/rescuing-children/

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Strength for Samuel - Prison Fellowship International

Samuel recently joined Prison Fellowship Colombia’s children of prisoner sponsorship program, which has provided additional support to help lift their burdens. http://ow.ly/SYCo30r1ElU

pfi.org Samuel in Colombia is no stranger to difficulty. He faces physical challenges and developmental delays due to challenges at birth that affected his brain.

Restorativní justice

🗨S restorativní justicí jsem se setkala prvně v roce 2012 v praxi projektu Prison Fellowship International vytvořeném legendou restorativní justice Dan van Nessem „Zacheův strom“, nyní nazývaném „Building Bridges“.

🗨Po dobu 8 týdnů se k restorativnímu dialogu schází 6 nesouvisejících obětí a 6 vězňů, kteří hovoří o odpovědnosti, přijetí viny, zbavení se falešné viny, odpuštění, náhradě a spravedlivém narovnání.

🗨Projekt přináší hluboký vhled do bolesti obětí i situace pachatelů, pochopení, co zločin působí jednotlivcům i komunitě a přemýšlí, jak vrátit vše co nejblíže stavu před zločinem.

🗨Protože mohu v praxi (v ČR od 2015) sledovat pozitivní dopad restorativního dialogu a jeho neobyčejné výsledky, věřím plně ve smysluplnost pronikání restorativní justice do justičního systému.

🗨Restorativní justici vidím, vnímám jako příležitost zavádění alternativních přístupů v soudnictví, dále jako účelnou pomoc obětem, vyřešení jejich potřeb a bolestí, zároveň jako možnost změny pachatelů a příležitost pro spravedlivé vyrovnání. Restorativní justice je pro mě spravedlností budoucnosti.

👉 Říká o svých zkušenostech Gabriela Kabátová z Mezinárodní vězeňské společenství, z. s.

Souhlasíte s jejím názorem? Dejte nám vědět v komentářích. 🙏

Some have suggested that restorative justice might be better described in terms of values rather than through definitions or principles. For more information about the values of restorative justice, check out our Instagram story this week!

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Strength for Samuel - Prison Fellowship International

True Strength: Samuel's mother is raising a child with special needs while his father is in prison. http://ow.ly/HGzK30r1ElT

pfi.org Samuel in Colombia is no stranger to difficulty. He faces physical challenges and developmental delays due to challenges at birth that affected his brain.

Restorative justice repairs the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders, and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational! Check out our Instagram story to learn more!

Interested in Restorative Justice, but not sure what it means? Check out our Instagram story each day this week for a breakdown of the 4 Pillars of Restorative Justice! We will be walking you through the fundamentals step by step.

Information is sourced from restorativejustice.org

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Seethal’s Restoration - Prison Fellowship International

Swept Away: When Seethal lost everything in a monsoon, her sponsor stepped in to help. http://ow.ly/Wtvj30qYkEr

pfi.org In October 2019, India receive the heaviest monsoon rainfall in 25 years, leaving homes, shops, and hospitals waterlogged and many families in danger and displaced.

We have some exciting things in store for Instagram! We are sharing a series that breaks down the essentials of Restorative Justice. Check out our Instagram story each day next week for a new installment! Information is provided by the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation - restorativejustice.org #restorativejustice #peaceandhealing #criminaljusticereform #rethinkjails

They're on a roll! PF Colombia delivered over 700 rolls of toilet tissue to prisons who were running short on supplies. #restorativejustice #rememberthoseinprison

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Seethal’s Restoration - Prison Fellowship International

After losing so much, Seethal’s family and PF India prayed for God’s provision. He answered their prayers through Seethal’s sponsor, who provided a special monetary gift. http://ow.ly/HUP530qYkEq

pfi.org In October 2019, India receive the heaviest monsoon rainfall in 25 years, leaving homes, shops, and hospitals waterlogged and many families in danger and displaced.

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Prison Fellowship International is the world's largest and most extensive criminal justice ministry. We help to restore justice and healing in response to crime for all those impacted: prisoners and their children and families, victims of crime, and communities. We do this through humanitarian outreach and Bible-based programming both inside and outside of prisons. To learn more, visit pfi.org.

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