The American criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in 1,833state prisons, 110federal prisons, 1,772 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,134 local jails, 218immigration detention facilities, and 80 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in the U.S. territories. But people go to jail 10.6 million times each year. ¹
You all know I am not one who is a lenient forgive and forget kind of person when it comes to criminal justice. Yet our current system seems to be geared towards a never-ending cycle of recidivism. There are expectations, mainly through the work of faith-based groups like Prison fellowship. Here is one story.
INSPIRING HOPE THROUGH TRANSFORMATION
Kathy Vosburg’s first time inside a prison was at a Prison Fellowship Academy® graduation in October 2006. While visiting the original Academy at the Carol S. Vance Unit, one man told her, “We have never, ever known in our entire lives the unconditional love like these mentors and these volunteers show us while we’re here at the Vance Unit.”
That memory stuck.
Today, Vosburg is the founder of CrossWalk Center in Houston, Texas. A local, faith-based parachurch organization founded in 2016, Crosswalk offers safe, sober transitional housing, reentry and spiritual counseling, and living-wage employment placement services.
In late 2019, Prison Fellowship began a formal partnership with CrossWalk Center
American Minute With Bill Federer
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York.
He was baptized at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Hyde Park, New York.
Roosevelt was home-schooled till age 14 when he was put in an Episcopal boarding school in Groton, Massachusetts.
The school’s headmaster, Rev. Endicott Peabody, preached that it was a Christian’s responsibility to help the less fortunate.
Peabody later officiated Roosevelt’s wedding and visited him as President.
Roosevelt described Rev. Peabody as “the biggest influence in my life,” adding:
“As long as I live his influence will mean more to me than that of any other people next to my father and mother.”
About 25,000 members of the National Guard are streaming into Washington from across the country — at least two and a half times the number for previous inaugurals. And while the military routinely reviews service members for extremist connections, the FBI screening is in addition to any previous monitoring.
FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event…
So does this mean if you are a Conservative, a Constitutionalist or a Republican in the Military watch out!!!
One of my friends Laszlo sent me this Psalm the other day with the third verse highlighted; Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation (help). (AMP). The last dozen-plus years in our political climate and especially the past election cycle have been a clear reminder of this.
Maybe it is because I am old enough to remember the days of civility and reason in the houses of congress. When bi-partisanship, for “The Good of the People” and “In God We Trust” really meant something.
Some thought Obama was the coming savior and his legacy was that of failure after scandal. President Trump’s unpolitical style and lack of decorum caused both sides of the aisle to dislike him. Both men of great power and yet in them both was found no hope or lasting help. Joe Bidden will be the same or worse.
The psalmist makes it clear that the only true help, the only one we can truly trust in count on day after day is God, v.5; How blessed and graciously favored is he whose help is the God of Jacob (Israel), Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
Today’s question is simple, have you surrender to the call of the Holy Spirit? Have you placed your trust in the one and only who will never disappoint? The time is now and Christ is waiting.
‘Live Together as Brothers — or Perish as Fools’
He only flew to Seattle once. It was early November of 1961 — two years before the young civil rights leader would give one of the most famous speeches in history. At just 32, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. hadn’t won his Nobel prize or written his letter from a Birmingham jail, but word of the influential pastor had spread. Out west, thousands of miles away from the powder keg of boycotts and unrest, things may have been calmer, but plenty of people were still hostile to King’s message. They thought it was too radical, too revolutionary. So, they did what the forces of bitter intolerance have perfected today: they canceled him…
** Our nation is in trouble and we have a choice to make: Christ or chaos. The direction our nation takes will be determined in large part by whether or not the people of God listen to the direction God has given.
If you missed my Sunday morning message at Jefferson Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, “Listen! Are You Listening?” check out the video below. **
There Is No Apolitical Classroom
Presented by Max Eden
Do you know what’s going on in your kid’s school? The three R’s—reading, writing, and arithmetic—have taken a back seat to a fourth R. Max Eden, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute explains what that fourth R is, and why it’s so destructive. Watch now.
CNN’s Jake Tapper questioned my commitment to Democracy.
I lost two legs for Jake’s right to say whatever the hell he wants, but let’s be clear: that free speech also protects the Republicans he is so eager to condemn for asking Constitutional questions about the election.
Watch it here:
Dr. King and the Nature of Law
In an eloquent defense of life, marriage, and religious liberty known as The Manhattan Declaration, authors Chuck Colson, Professor Robert George, and Dr. Timothy George wrote, “There is no more eloquent defense of the rights and duties of religious conscience than the one offered by Martin Luther King, Jr., in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”
This morning among my devotionals and bible verse reads was this gem. It got me thinking about all the grumblings or murmurings I have done this past year. Not intentionally mind you but I am sure some of my posts related to my frustration with the current political climate in America came across as grumbling and murmurings.
It is human nature to complain. I do not think it is biblically wrong to complain, I but I strongly believe it is biblically wrong to grumble and murmur, v.14.
In context, Paul here v.12-18 is explaining how we as Christians ought to live. The emphasis is, look at what Christ has done for us, and you are complaining about a little difficulty in life?
Again even applying outside the Spiritual, we can point out the issues of the world without seeming like just another angry complainer. Of course, God through Paul does not leave us on our own, v.15 prove yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish in the midst of a [morally] crooked and [spiritually] perverted generation, among whom you are seen as bright lights [beacons shining out clearly] in the world [of darkness].
In other words, if you are going to open your mouth do so in such a manner that Glorifies God and edifies the body of Christ (the church).