God's Gift of Love

 

Dear Friends of IPM,

This month we celebrate the birth of our wonderful Savior. The Apostle Paul expressed the heart of this glorious celebration when he exclaimed, 'Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!' (2 Corinthians 9:15).  The gratitude to God being declared in this verse is for the gift of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

This gift of God's Son is the ultimate demonstration of the love of God. 'For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life... In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him' (John 3:16 adn 1 John 4:9). We are delighted to be sending the good news of God's love gift for mankind to prisoners near and far. Those who receive Christ as God's redeeming gift of love find life eternal and life abundant in Christ. 

On of the implications of this love of God toward humanity is that we who know the Lord are to be expressing His love toward one another. 'Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another' (1 John 4:11). 

Expressing God's love is such a high priority in the kingdom of heaven. 'But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection... And above all things have fervent love for one another, for 'love will cover a multitude of sins' ' (Colossians 3:14 and 1 Peter 4:8). Love (like truth) is one of the supremely important matters in all that we do. 'Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal... Love never fails... And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love' (1 Corinthians 13:1, 8, and 13). 

Multitudes of inmates need to hear of the love of God for them. They need to see Christians demonstrating the love of God toward them. This is the motivation behind our 'Forgotten Prisoners Christmas Project,' sending boxes of Bibles and books to prisoners all across our nation. Pray with us for the salvation of unsaved inmates and the edification of believing prisoners. 

Praising God for Your Partnership in the Gospel of Christ,

Dini Hoekstra

(for all of our “Chaplain Ray Family” and the IPM Team)

 

P.S. Our appreciation gift for you this Christmas: The Cross is God's Christmas Tree, by J. Vernon McGee, and The Story of Jesus (in English and Spanish). 

P.P.S. Please continue to pray with us for the thousands of prisoners across the country who will receive IPM books through our 'Forgotten Prisoners Christmas Project.'   

 

        

 

Sharing God's love with inmates by blessing them with IPM testimonial and devotional books for their spiritual growth and edification. 

 

Merry Christmas

Happy New Year


Jesus' Birth and Life Foretold In Scripture



                                          

'For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace' -Isaiah 9:6

In 'The Cross is God's Christmas Tree,' J. Vernon McGee looks at Christ's first coming and life as foretold in Scripture:

'But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler of Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.' Micah 5:2

'And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.' Isaiah 11:1, 2

'Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.' Isaiah 7:14 

'And she shall bring for a Son, and thou shall call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people form their sin.' Matt. 1:21

To request the appreciation gift for December, 'The Cross is God's Christmas Tree' & 'The Story of Jesus', you may contact us at office@chaplainray.com






Letters from Prisoners

Grateful Prisoners Touched by Chaplain Ray

and IPM


 

Thank You for Helping to Change My Life


Dear IPM,

Thank you for responding to my letter. It touches me to know that someone really cares. I have read three of your books and each one pulls me closer and closer to Christ. On the back of one of the books it says that if I need a Bible study book, that you will send me one. That will help out a lot. I just wanted to say thank you all for helping to change my life. My soul was doomed for hell. Thank you for giving me the chance to have my name written in the Book of Life. I want to tell you how God saved me. Please write back. 

Jarvis A., Indiana Prison

 

 

Reaching the Outcasts 

Thanks for such an encouraging letter. It brought lots of hapiness to my heart knowing as the body of Jesus how we can intercede for one another and know that we serve a mighty, loving, powerful, working God! I pray God will continue to use IPM to reach the 'outcasts.'

Reynaldo P., California Prison

 

IPM is Truly a Blessing 

I just want to thank you for everything that you do for inmates who are behind bars. It is truly a blessing for us to have godly people as you doing what you do. You're bringing us closer to our Lord. Have a blessed Christmas to all of you. You are in my prayers. 

Ninas W., California Prison

 


I Am Seeking for Your Help 

Dear Friends, I have a life sentence. I am now 63 and in a wheelchair. I am a war veteran with PTSD. I am not a Christian, but I am trying to read the Bible and find God. I have cancer now also. I get confused a lot, so I am asking for your help. Please, may I receive a Bible Dictionary/Concordance to help me understand wht the Bible teaches? Thank you very much,

Robert H., Maryland Prison

 

IPM prayerfully responds to every prisoner who writes to us. We bless them with an encouraging letter and a variety of biblical resources, such as: Bibles, Bible Dictionary/Concordances, Testimonial and Devotional Books, and other Bible Study helps.

We invite you to partner with us in Proclaiming Christ to those behind bars. To place a donation, please visit our website @ chaplainray.com

 



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