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Father to the Fatherless

It's the time of year in which we celebrate our parents. We've already celebrated Mothers Day and now it's time for Fathers Day. God's Word gives us these instructions within the ten commandments: “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live…
By Rick Admiraal, pastor of New Life Prison Community, a prison congregation in Newton, Iowa.  It's the time of year in which we celebrate our parents.  We've already celebrate… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/06/father-fatherless/

Words Matter!

Words matter! They contribute to shame. Shame can propagate unhealthy behavior. It inhibits healthy growth and transformation. We who serve prison congregations strive to bring the light of Christ that offers mercy, forgiveness and the promise of new b…
by Rev. Terry Schjang, New Beginnings Worshipping Community, Denver Women’s Correctional Facility, Denver, Colorado  As I stood on the west steps of the capital building in Den… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/08/words-matter/

Holy Rehabilitation!

..."Only God can put those pieces back together, only God can heal a broken, wounded heart, only God truly rehabilitates. But as the church (inside and out) we get to be instruments of that healing. Healing comes as we gather as a church and pass the pea…
By Rev. Diane Harrison, Grace Place UMC inside the Tennessee women's correctional facility   This spring we were told that all the women at the prison where my congregation,… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/06/holy-rehabilitation/