Jail Ministry

The evening at the Knox County Detention Center was a tremendous blessing. The Lord allowed me to share with several men the Word of God, spiritual encouragement, and prayer.  The Lord laid on my heart to read to many of the men a Psalm from the book of Psalms. I prayed for the Lord to let me read the Psalm which would speak directly to the heart and soul of  each man.  Many of the men received a New Testament Bible and a new believer took a new believer guidebook in helping him on his Christian walk. I left rejoicing and praising God that men behind bars are more free, by Jesus Christ, than they were on the outside.

Cumberland Strip Evangelism

After leaving the Knoxville Detention Center, the Lord gave me the physical, spiritual, and emotional strength to top off the night by Evangelizing down on the Cumberland Strip.  Handfuls of tracts were passed out. I had a variety of tracts from different organizations and businesses.  When I finished handing out tracts, I stood on two different street corners and started reading the Bible.  After the second place I stood was directly across four bars, a Taco Bell, and a liquor store.  One man kept yelling at me as he walked by…..”No one can hear you, no one can hear you!(He was singing the statement over and over.) I called out to him that “Jesus loves him” and “I follow Jesus and not him by obey his Word to publicly proclaim his Word in the streets”.

Another man walked by and in a cadence he was yelling at me to, “Shut Up! Shut Up! Shut Up!” I called back saying, “Jesus Loves you.”

Both men entered the bar of their choice to fill themselves with alcoholic spirits instead of choosing to continue to listen to the Word and be saved and be filled with the Spirit of God.

One incident that shook me as I was walking down the strip was seeing a young person that attended our church. The young person was with a group of friends. They waved and smiled at me as we walked by each other. I gave them a gospel tract created by some Calvary Chapel people.  The tract is called “The Man of Salvation”. For some reason seeing this person down near the bar areas concerned me and I quietly prayed for them.  I do not know why they were out in the college bar section as I knew they were of high school age.

Conclusion

It brought  my attention to see how the men in jail for the crimes they have committed have a more willing ear and broken heart to love of God and the Gospel. The men with a personal walk and repentance in Jesus are truly free.

It also brought my attention to see how people going to bars and elsewhere in public are very closed to the Gospel message.  They believe they have found freedom in having the ability to do whatever they desire and with no care for the consequences following feeding on the flesh.  Sure, many like the church friend I saw participating in  negative worldly activities, may feel that by going to church on a Sunday or any other religious ritual then be able to do whatever their heart desires the rest of the week.

These bar hoping people are not truly free. They are  in chains and prisoners to their flesh than those behind jail bars finding true freedom in Jesus Christ. My old worldly days was going to church on Sundays and Wednesdays followed by going to alcohol bars and strip joints on the rest of the week.

God’s Word speaks on having a “fence rider”/”one foot in church the other in the world” mentality.

Luke 16:13 (New King James Version)

13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon.”

Matthew 12:33 (New King James Version)

33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.”


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This week marks my 4th year anniversary of living in Knoxville. It was God that brought me here, used all situations to make a firm commitment to my Jesus through repentance and faith of my Lord and Savior, Jesus.

As many of my normal readers are aware, the first Friday of every month is when the “artsy” people come and show off their talents. Jim and I meet an array of people enjoying the downtown festivities. This week I received  a handful of tracts from Acts Tracts. For those interested in the number of tracts we handed out, I estimate around 25.(now the number of people reading the tract: I know there was a lot of people downtown so let us just say we will have to wait til Heaven to find out how one tract given to a person affected other people!

One gentleman walked up to me and inquired about my tracts. He told me and from talking with him, he is a brother in the Lord. He is from North Carolina visiting his son.(His son attends one of the local bible colleges in the Knoxville area.) Bill was telling me he was looking at different tracts to give to people. I gave him two different tracts(different creators of the tracts).  He also told me he is also involved with the prison ministry and missions. I told him about the Acts Tracts as a good suggestion. It is encouraging to encourage another brother or sister in the Lord to follow the Great Commission.

Many fear getting rejected by the masses as a reason to not going out evangelizing.  Just remember persecution comes with the territory of being a follower in Jesus.

2 Timothy 4:2(HCSB/Holman Christian Standard Bible)

“proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching”

Do you enjoy a product in your household? If it is a helpful item, do you tell others the wonders of the product? Now lets bring this to a spiritual standpoint. If you proclaim the title, “Christian”, then what is the hold up of not sharing your faith in Jesus.? People’s lives depend on Jesus. Putting their faith in Jesus means they can give their sins over to Jesus in exchange for his righteousness. Thereby not being found a guilty sinner at the Day of Judgment.

You don’t have to stand on  a street corner with bible verse signs.(Unless the Lord guides and provides you to do it.) He may just assign you to a family member, co-worker, friend, an acquaintance, etc. As a believer, he will give you the words to say as you are led by the Spirit of the Lord(Zechariah 4:6).

You can even just place Salvation Gospel tracts in public locations. There is no limit to how God can lead you to share the Gospel in confrontational and non-confrontational settings.