This is the most important publication I have ever made here or anywhere else over the course of my life. If I were to die today and these were the last words that I would get to share with the Human Race, then I would be most satisfied for all eternity in the knowledge that my last moments on Earth were well spent. This publication is offered as an eternal act of praise to give glory to God for the marvelous things has had done and the way he made good use of a wretched Sinner…
It was another Friday Night in Federal Prison but it was no ordinary night at all. I was doing the things that Inmate Number 12506-018 would normally do only the events that would happen this Friday Night would change my life forever. I do mean that in every sense of the word. Nothing would be the same again for me ever and by that I mean throughout all eternity.
Actually I have been shown recently that my instruction really began at the age of Two Years believe it or not but it was on a particular Friday Night in the Fall of 1991 that something big happened. I was at the weekly Toastmasters Meeting down in the Education Center and the final Table Topic tossed out by the Topic Master was a big challenge… “I’m an Atheist. I do not believe in the existence of God but I know that a lot of people in this room are willing to gamble their lives on the idea that God exists. I want a true believer to do their best to convince me that God exists”. That is quite a challenge and you have only Two Minutes to make your point.
I cowered in the back of the room. I had no idea how to respond to that challenge and knew I stood a good chance of making a fool of myself while doing a great disservice to God if I responded in any way. I sat there and let other people respond. A type of panic began to set in and it seemed like my every nerve ending was on fire. I knew that God was watching me. I knew that God was watching me during all those years that my parents made sure that I was immersed Christian instruction. My Mother was my Sunday School teacher in the Lutheran Church. When she re-married I was 6 years old. She married a Sunday School Teacher in the Southern Baptist Church. With their combined income they could afford to send us kids to Catholic School starting when I was 7 years old. I spent my childhood immersed in Christian instruction and for a while was even a Preacher in our backyard Church, something the kids in the neighborhood enjoyed doing. Everybody got a chance to preach.
Now here I was at 26 years old, sitting in the back of a room filled with Federal Prisoners, paralyzed by the thought that if I did speak it would be a calamity. I mean after all, who was I to talk about such things? I had made a nice mess of my life in spite of all the opportunities I had to do otherwise. Why would anything I had to say be of positive benefit to anyone?
That’s exactly what the Enemy will scream in your ear at a crucial moment in any battle when you are about to get the upper hand if you will just find the courage to move forward into the battle and fight.
The Topic Master was about to close out the last topic of the night. “Is there anyone else”? Suddenly that seat I was in started feeling hot, so I stood up and went forward. I gave it my best effort. I remember the high points of what I said. I wasn’t sure if it made any sense to anybody. It turns out that it did make sense to the judges enough to declare me the winner of the Table Topics portion of our weekly meeting.
Later that night back under lockdown after lights out, Old Man Cato came up to talk to me. Cato was a Veteran Paratrooper of the 187th Regimental Combat Team from the Korean War. He said to me; “I knew you weren’t going to keep your mouth shut. I was waiting for you to speak”. I do remember the look on his face as he turned to look at me as I walked to the podium. “I know you are a Christian, you never needed to tell me. I know by the way you carry yourself and the way you treat other people”. It was the greatest compliment that I have ever been paid in my life. From that day forward I knew if I passed through this life with people knowing that about me then I will have lived a good life and would have accomplished something.
I have spent the rest of my life in an endless pursuit of sharpening my argument to prove the existence of God. For a while I spent some time communicating with an incredibly scary Monk of the Order of the Reed who got me turned on to St. Thomas Aquinas. I wanted to digest all that I could that would help me prove to people who doubt it that God really does exist.
It was years ago here when I made an attempt to present the argument but allowed by own personal emotions to inject politics into the discussion. It was when the Revo was young. It was all Politics and History all the time back then. We really didn’t discuss matters of Faith then as we do now. This fact stands as evidence of how much better we have gotten over the years. Politics will suck the life out of you. Sharing your Faith with others breathes life into everyone.
The Christian is called to do much more than prove the existence of God. The Christian is commissioned to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a world that really needs to hear it. How many years would I spend learning how to prove the existence of God and how many more years would be required to be able to show others without any doubt that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, who came here to teach his children the most important things they could ever know and then subject himself to the punishment that we deserve for our Sins but for which he paid an eternal price to erase if only we would accept the gift that he freely offers? How would I do it?
The answer is that I can’t. The Holy Spirit has to do that for me. The first time I saw the movie that is presented here this afternoon, I was filled with happiness. Every time I see it the same thing happens. It incorporates the many different elements that I have made in my presentation of evidence that proves the existence of God and takes it into much greater depth and detail. The camerawork is in many cases totally breathtaking. It gives glory to God by capturing the things he has so wonderfully made.
This movie features many Atheists. Many of them are well known and you will easily recognize them. Others are just people who encountered Dr. Ray Comfort and were gracious enough to spend some time in conversation with him on camera. In this movie you will see how lives can be changed when they encounter the Truth. It’s a beautiful thing.
As for me, when I saw this movie I realized that all that I have learned to provide as evidence to prove the existence of God was condensed down into a presentation that lasts about an hour. I learned that this tool is a very powerful tool. I was then reminded by the work of the Holy Spirit how my passion to share the message of this movie began 25 years ago in a Federal Prison. Strangely enough, at the same time I was also reminded how I spent the early years of my life without a Father in my house but when God provided a man to raise me, that man insured that I was properly instructed in the things that would save my life in the years to come as well as save my Soul for all eternity.
I had only to ponder briefly why it was that God reminded me of those things after I watched this movie for the first time. I was being called into Christian Ministry. It’s been a little more than a year ago when I became a mentor for incarcerated Juvenile Offenders. God had reminded me that it was the Holy Spirit that moved me to speak at that Toastmasters Meeting 25 years ago and it was the Holy Spirit that drove me to continue to gather the evidence I needed to share with others. That evidence I have gathered is meant to be shared. God reminded me of what it felt like to not have a Father, like a lot of the boys in our facility here. God reminded me how important it was to have been provided a Christian man to help raise me and get me pointed in the right direction. God let me know that it was time for me to share the Love that he has given me all throughout my life with some boys whose lives can be changed forever if I will be obedient to my calling and share his Love with them.
That’s what I did this morning. For the very first time I taught the Sunday Morning class out at the correctional facility here. I will do my best to insure that the time they spend incarcerated here will be as life changing for them as the time I spent locked up 25 years ago. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything in the world. It helped to change my life forever. I want these young boys I deal with to leave their term of incarceration with something that will change their lives forever and put them on to a path toward a productive life. I want them to have the touch of the Holy Spirit. Today has been a very big day.
I hope that you will enjoy this movie and share it with others.
You might be instrumental in changing someone’s life for the better by doing so.