REFLECTIONS

REC-ROOM MEETING SCHEDULE

FOR THE MONTHS OF SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER SEPTEMBER 5, 12, 19, 26 OCTOBER 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 EACH THURSDAY AT 7 P.M. LIFE CHANGE BAPTIST CHURCH 1000 N. TEXAS – BUILDING 103 SPEAKERS September 5 – Craig Smith September 12 – Mark McDonald September 19 – Wayne Anderson September 26 – Rick Connell October 3 – Mark Jones October 10 – Jami Butts October 17 – Brian Townsend October 24 – Mark McDonald October 31 – Craig Smith

REC-ROOM MESSAGES ON THE INTERNET

In 2003 we began a weekly meeting we called the REC-Room (REC meaning Re-Entry Chapel.)  Through the LOOPS in-prison seminars we learned that many people who became Christians in prison were prone to return to the old life after being released.  Since most of the new Christians were not from church backgrounds, they had no idea of what to look for in a church.  With the help of some ex-inmates we started a weekly meeting that was to be a bridge to local churches.  The meeting consists of refreshments, music, a speaker and fellowship.  Along with presenting the gospel, we worked at finding employment opportunities, vocational training, transportation and financial assistance. Northside Bible Church in Oklahoma City asked us to tape these programs and they are now placing them on their website, RightDivision.com.  You can find the programs under the Leland Maples Audio Lessons link: https://rightdivision.com/contributors/leland-maples/lessons and at https://vimeo.com/channels/loopsministry

Announcements

REC-ROOM MEETING SCHEDULE FOR THE MONTHS OF SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER SEPTEMBER 5, 12, 19, 26 OCTOBER 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 EACH THURSDAY AT 7 P.M. LIFE CHANGE BAPTIST CHURCH 1000 N. TEXAS – BUILDING 103 SPEAKERS September 5 – Craig Smith September 12 – Mark McDonald September 19 – Wayne Anderson September 26 – Rick Connell October 3 – Mark Jones October 10 – Jami Butts October 17 – Brian Townsend October 24 – Mark McDonald October 31 – Craig Smith
REC-ROOM MESSAGES ON THE INTERNET In 2003 we began a weekly meeting we called the REC-Room (REC meaning Re-Entry Chapel.)  Through the LOOPS in-prison seminars we learned that many people who became Christians in prison were prone to return to the old life after being released.  Since most of the new Christians were not from church backgrounds, they had no idea of what to look for in a church.  With the help of some ex-inmates we started a weekly meeting that was to be a bridge to local churches.  The meeting consists of refreshments, music, a speaker and fellowship.  Along with presenting the gospel, we worked at finding employment opportunities, vocational training, transportation and financial assistance. Northside Bible Church in Oklahoma City asked us to tape these programs and they are now placing them on their website, RightDivision.com.  You can find the programs under the Leland Maples Audio Lessons link: https://rightdivision.com/contributors/leland-maples/lessons and at https://vimeo.com/channels/loopsministry

ANNOUNCEMENTS

KEEP LOOKING UP
KEEP LOOKING UP! JOY UNSPEAKABLE I am fascinated with the joy demonstrated behind bars and razor-wire fences. The system has gone to much expense to make inmates look uniform, but God won't allow it. You can always tell those who have a relationship with Jesus Christ. In jail cells and prison yards, you meet people from all walks of life, different from every other inmate, yet they seem to fall in three categories. Two of these categories seem logical to me and are about what everyone expects on their visit to jail or prison. First, there is the cold, hardened, cynical look. They trust no one, especially some outside "do-gooder" carrying a Bible. Unfortunately, this group is the largest and fastest growing of the three groups. They have seen double-tongued and double- minded people in churches, government, schools and business. As one police officer said recently, “These inmates steal, we confiscate!”  These men believe in the Golden Rule, "Them that have the gold, rule." The second group has the look of defeat, distress and despair. Their eyes are so “hopeless.”  They do the same thing every day, at the same time, at the same place, the same way and this routine has no hope of changing for years to come. It is easy to say: IF YOU CAN'T DO THE TIME, DON'T DO THE CRIME! I would not debate this issue with any law-abiding citizen, but I would point out that all of us have made bad decisions and were we to have the opportunity, we would surely make some decisions differently. So would many of these that are incarcerated. The third group is less in number than either of the first two groups, but what a blessing they are to us who get to visit them. They wear the same uniforms and perform the same routines. They, too, have witnessed man's inhumanities and truly miss their loved ones. THEN WHY ARE THEY SMILING? Their eyes are clear and vibrant. Their smiles are real. Listen to them sing "How Great Thou Art." Hear them pray and praise. Listen as they rejoice in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and see their faces radiate the glory of a loving Father. "But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: how shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?"       2 Corinthians 3:7-8 Law only brings condemnation. Even God's law, the Mosaic Law, which was "holy, just, and good" (Romans 7:12) would be "done away" by the glory of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul says the two glories do not even compare. It is like a white dog lying in a field of snow. By comparison, the white dog no longer looks very white. ABOLISHED! Religion has tried to retain the old law. Frustration, worry and daily struggles have imprisoned the mind and spirit of the normal Christian.   We cannot let go of the past; we are weighed down with the present and thoughts of the future overwhelm us. We keep trying to legislate things to be right and they keep going wrong. God's law was not given to change anyone, but to show that they needed changing.  Christ not only fulfilled the law (Matthew 5:17-18,) He then abolished it!  Evidently, He was through with it and so should we be.      2 Corinthians 3:13; Ephesians 2:15; "done away,"      1 Corinthians 3:7, 11 What freedom Christ brings!  Prison walls can't prevent it and the free world can't guarantee it.  What a paradox!  The most joyful Christians seem to be found in the most un-enjoyable places. Only the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ can do that. "...and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is LIBERTY."    2 Corinthians 3:17 (caps mine) Thank you, God's children in prison, for showing us His glory. Keep Looking Up! In loving memory of Leland Maples