A man Redeemed encouraged by Kairos Prison Ministry.

Wigs Word of God Today 6-10-2013

A man Redeemed encouraged by Kairos Prison Ministry.

Blessed be the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, Who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God. Second Corinthians 1:3-4

Second Corinthians 1:1-7, Psalm 34 & Matthew 5:1-12

If you look back over your life peering into the difficulties, disasters and dangers you seemingly overcame in the midst of denying the One and Only True God, you’ll notice a quiet encouragement from He Who paid the Ultimate price for your sin void of judgment covering you in forgiveness calling you home. It may have taken years for you to recognize Him but He was there encouraging you to repent from your struggles giving in to faith, hope and love by His Saving Grace.

Over this past weekend I am reminded of a man by this Scripture I met who like many of us allowed Satan to run his desires into a misery of doing things that were not only sinful but lacked any good judgment one would eagerly say if they peered into his sinful thoughts of crime and selfishness. This man happened to make more money than the Governor of the state he worked for as its tourism director yet he had a passion for robbing banks that included doing whatever it took to get away with them even to the point of hostage taking in his flee for safety.

This man got down on his knees asking Jesus to come into his life being obedient even after being sentenced to ninety-nine years. Ultimately, he would serve two years at the “Rock” changing his desires to ever commit a crime again focusing his surrender by the prison ministry he attended where he found no one judging him or despising him but encouraging him to the point of complete obedience.

Yes he served more than two years, but the Kairos Prison Ministry made such an impact on his heart by the love love listen listen approach he accepted the smiles as genuine ultimately winning respect of the Parole Board as a man of faith sorry for his crimes obedient to Christ’s Call praying to end his time where God then would continue to use him for His Glory.

This man said he owes his life to Kairos for he believes he would still be serving his 99-year sentence if he hadn’t attended Kairos Number 13. Not only did he win his freedom by his remorse and diligence of serving God by God’s Encouragement, Ken Cooper served as Kairos Weekend Leader at Union Correction Institution #40 also writing a book of his Redemption titled “Held Hostage.” Below you’ll read my poem reflecting his testimony to us while I attended Kairos Leader Training this past weekend. I pray we can all see this type of encouragement from God even if you feel you are living out a life sentence for your past sinfulness and stupidity. Amen.

We ask in prayer: Dear LORD, we pray to always live our life encouraged by Your Truth. Prayers for Dr. Cruz-Peluca. Greg Bishop has our constant prayers. Novena prayers day seven for “Poppy Juan Cruz’s “health. LORD from Psalm 124:8 I chant- “Our help is in the Name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

I am yours in Christ,
Thomas Cruz†Wiggins
†Spirit led God inspired Christ fed†
Ephesians 6:17-20

Double Life Given to Christ– In honor of Ken Cooper

Forgotten and lost?
From sin totally rotten
The hearts of prisoners
Write Christ’s Gospel unforgotten

At the feet of Satan
We shake our dust
In Christ’s Name
We surrender our lust

Kairos grads I greet
Debriefed by Christ’s release
The Word of God to repeat
Into practice by Kairos relief

Release not a man of hate
Allow not his pride to state
Pointing in haste to seemingly relate
I know not why I release his fate

Crying to be washed in Light
His Blood to cleanse my fight
Bank robbing was my delight
Double Life Given to Christ

© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins June 10, 2013 @ 7:03 AM EST

About Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins

My name is Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins. I first recognize Christ as my Savior in all things. I am married to my best friend and Soul-Mate in Christ, Antonia Cruz-Wiggins. I am a University of Florida graduate of Public Relations, a US Navy Veteran and a Montessori Elementary School Teacher. I love life and God's help of living it! I follow the Light of Christ in everything I do! I love writing poetry about the Lord and I create a new poem from each Scripture I discern in my daily mediations. You can almost follow the poem by looking at the readings for each day. I started sharing this small yet personal scripture study four years ago when one day I was reading the bible and the Holy Spirit moved me to share the verse with a group of about 40 Christian Men in my Emmaus Ministry who get together weekly to celebrate the Lord and talk about His Truth. Since then the number of people I share my study with has grown to over 650. I enjoy an open loving dialog about anything I write and I have strived to write what I know the Lord wants me to share steering clear of offending anyone’s spiritual beliefs because I share my work with people I meet in public when I strike up a conversation about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It took almost 2 years to begin writing what the Holy Spirit leads me to say. I believe that all Christians must unite as One Body of Christ’s Love to accomplish the joy of living with love, honor and respect. I reach out to Humanity to share His Salvation be it Baptist, Catholic, Protestant, Episcopal or any other religion or belief. I seek to mirror His Compassion, His Simpleness, His Charity and His Love. While I am Catholic, I believe we must all unite in the Lord to become One Body in Christ to bring our children back to The Church. I am humbled to share my study with you. Please feel free to comment any time. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is my Joy because I am a Disciple of His Truth. I am honored to share my Bible study with anyone you may recommend. As always, I remain, Yours in Christ, Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins
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