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But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake
of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing
value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things,
and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not
having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith
in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may
know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being
conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so
that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren,
I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting
what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal
for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
--[Philippians 3:7-14, NASB]--
started out as a focused
ministry to inmates in one particular federal prison. Initially, certain inmates came to me for
input on specific doctrinal issues so the division in that prison between diverse perspectives
on those issues would be reduced. God expanded my ministry beyond just playing peacekeeper
between Christian inmates into a ministry where we researched and wrote papers on important
and sometimes divisive doctrinal issues, and God simply carried on the ministry from there.
We are thrilled to see God expand our ministry from initially just writing papers for our
fellow inmates to now assisting inmates in their efforts to disciple other inmates. And it
seems we are about to be seeing God take us another step forward into supporting church
But please understand that Prison Papers is simply a support ministry in that we support
other ministries that have established themselves in the eyes of God and man as effective
tools for the expansion of the Church - the Bride of Christ - the Family of God.
The reason we support other ministries is NOT that we don't want to communicate with or
benefit other believers. It is instead the fact that all discipleship efforts fit best
within the confines and structure of an existing local Church body. Certain denominational
and doctrinal influences give color and tradition and nuance and nurture to all ministry
efforts, and especially to discipleship efforts.
wants to support those
influences and those efforts to the extent that they honor God and help Believers become
more Christ-like. We take the position that Christian growth occurs best when in the context
of the local Church, and we want to support the ministries of those local Churches.
But it is difficult to belong to, and especially attend, a local Church body when one is in
prison. So we at want
to support prison ministries, as the prison ministry is often the only bridge between the
inmate and the local Church body. In addition, as an inmate's ministry expands and becomes
more effective, God will lead other inmates into that ministry. This will result in the
spread of the Gospel and the addition of new members in the Body of Christ, and ultimately
in the local Churches.
We at want to support
and assist that growth to the best of our God-given talents and gifts and abilities. We
want to be there for you.
Most of our resources are available at no charge. If you are a legitimate ministry to
inmates, either a jail or prison, we invite you to contact us so we can provide our materials
at no charge.
If you are a ministry arm of a local Church and have no real discipleship ministry,
let us show you how our ministry materials can assist your ministry in its growth