Questions from the Peterbrian

The Department of Corrections has announced that 1000 Class-D felons will be released to save the Commonwealth money.  The DOC Division of Probation and Parole will monitor these inmates and find jobs and housing.  The Commonwealth will save 12 million dollars in this move.  Sounds like good money management giving nonviolent offenders a new chance and the Commonwealth finding them jobs and housing.

However, the Commonwealth has done a poor job in rehabilitating inmates.  Generally, released inmates are either dropped off at the bus station with a ticket to a city in Kentucky, or left outside the booking door at Hopkins County Jail to fend for themselves.  There are 157 churches listed in the Madisonville phone book.  Of those 157, I can realistically refer our inmates to two (2) churches who are willing to help.  However, these two churches have office hours from 9 to 3 Monday through Friday and those inmates who have needs are generally released at midnight or 7:00 a.m.  Therefore, the same saints are called upon to shelter, feed, and try to find other satisfactory accommodation.  I am thankful for those saints who answer the call.

Get to the point, Pete.

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Teaching and Baptizing

Matthew 28:19-20: Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.  Amen.   (KJV)

At the last Presbytery meeting one of the voting members praised the newly formed church in Murray for baptizing five members on Easter Sunday and stated that his church hadn't baptized that many in the last five years.  I must admit that I wasn't shocked or amazed; however, it did bring a smile to my face knowing that we are doing what our Lord Jesus commanded.  First Pres is reaching out to all people and teaching them the Word, sharing what He has taught us, and baptizing.

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Come Holy Spirit, Grant Wisdom and Understanding

Colossians 1:9-12  New International Version (NIV)

9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[a] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[b] to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light.

Footnotes:  a.  Colossians 1:9, Or "all spiritual wisdom and understanding."   b.  Colossians 1:12, Some manuscripts "us".

What a wonderful prayer for all of us!

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Kingdom Living, But Whose Kingdom?

"Tell my people of their sins! They act so pious. They come to church every Sunday and Wednesday. They seem delighted to learn all about me. They act like a righteous congregation that would never abandon the laws of God. They ask me to take action on their behalf, pretending they want to be near me. 'We have fasted before you!' they say. 'Why aren't you impressed? We have been very hard on ourselves, and you don't even notice it!'"

"I will tell you why!" I respond. "It's because you are fasting to please yourselves. Even while you fast, you keep oppressing your workers. What good is fasting when you keep on fighting and quarrelling? This kind of fasting will never get you anywhere with me. You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance, bowing your heads like reeds in the wind. You dress in burlap and cover yourselves with ashes. Is this what you call fasting? Do you really think this will please the Lord?"

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