I'm always seeking to know if I'm in God's will in my stewardship of SOCPM especially when it comes to the courses being taught. In lesson two of R. C. Sproul's teaching series "Prayer" he mentions two items specifically. Praying the Psalms and reading the Bible with an objective of know the attributes of God.
SOCPM just completed teaching from the book 'Praying the Bible' by James and Joel Beeke which has a major emphasis in praying the Psalms. The next discipleship class being taught by SOCPM come January 2016 is 'The Attributes of God' a Ligonier teaching series by Steven Lawson.
Coincidence? Perhaps the evil one is saying it was, but I prefer to believe it was God confirming SOCPM is indeed in His will.
To Him be the glory,
Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries
Prayers of Praise
SOCPM was blessed with financial resources to purchase 107 copies of 'Developing A Healthy Prayer Life' by James and Joel Beeke as gift books to the graduating SOCPM Discipleship students of 'A Soldier's Call to Know How to Pray'.
124 students are scheduled to receive certificates fro completing SOCPM classes this term.
On December 6th I gave a message to inmates at DeKalb County Jail on repentance based on 'The Five Marks of Repentance' a publication by J. C. Ryle. I truly felt the Holy Spirit used it to mold the hearts and minds of the inmates to come to a knowledge that salvation involves repentance and is not simply truing over a new leaf in life.
Prayers of Supplication
For my son Cameron's salvation. Pray God will draw Cameron closer to Him each day and will do a great transforming work in Cameron's heart, soul and mind that someday Cameron will have a God glorifying testimony. His continued sobriety and finding peace in is day to day activities.
That God will draw close and grant mercy to those students who are not saved.
A request from Dixon for copies for NKJV study Bibles. Please pray for a gift to SOCPM or financial resources to by at minimum a case of them.
I've submitted several curricula topics as possible 1 or 2 days seminars to the Assistant Warden of Programs Cameron at Dixon after doing so I unexpectedly met the IDOC's Deputy Director Northern District Gomez and expressed my hopes of presenting these seminars. He plans to talk with Dixon AWP Cameron and Sheridan Warden Robinson about the seminars. Please pray they will see the need and ask me to start developing a plan to present the seminars.
I submitted a request to Chaplain Toney of Louisiana State Prison aka Angola on partnering with SOCPM in the developing course material using existing curricula and the wisdom and experience of Angola's inmate pastors to develop the presentation towards the life of prisoners.
I'm looking to develop report queries, additional dB tables and review and as needed redesigning the user interface to SOCPM db. However my skill sets are limited in dB design as are my skills in the database software Filemaker software. Filemaker is very versatile software package but I'm not getting all the potential and benefits with my limited skill set in db design and Filemaker. Please pray God will bring forth a person with experience in both the design and use of Filemaker.
A God glorifying relationship with staff in Illinois Department of Corrections.
Develop partnerships that God will bring forth a number of solid Bible teaching churches to partner with SOCPM building a wide range network throughout the state of Illinois to bless and be a vessel in the sanctification of paroling SOCPM students.
God will increase my faith and trust in Him to raise the monthly support from individuals, churches and businesses to cover increased ministry expenses including the funds to still pay myself a small salary when the financial reserve is depleted.
Faith, wisdom and organization in my preparation of the new discipleship course 'A Soldier's Call to Know the Attributes of God' starting January 2016.
The DVD player purchased by SOCPM for Sheridan has not been found. The cost was under $40 and I could really use one and am thinking of purchasing another one. Please pray for discernment if it is worth doing so and if I do it will be actually delivered and put in place in the conference room. fro SOCPM's use.
That SOCPM through it's partnership with Sycamore Baptist will find a means in addition to preaching the first Sunday of the month, to start teaching SOCPM classes in DeKalb County Jail and or start pastoral visits with the inmates.
That I personally continue to grow in my knowledge of God's Word to glorify Him personally, but that I will teach others what has been entrusted to me all for the glory of God.
If not a current SOCPM ministry partner please prayerfully consider on how you can help SOCPM equip inmates to be men of God and to respond to the charge to be a Soldier of Christ.
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