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CMCA Journal exists to encourage and equip CMCA members as they fulfill the great commission in correctional ministry.

Volume 2 / Issue 3

September, October, November, December 2013

FROM EGYPT TO THE PROMISED LAND

    Editors:

    Editor in Chief: Carmen Warner-Robbins

    Assistant Editor:  Susan Cruz

    Managing Editor: Joy Dunning

    Board:

    Chaplain, Correctional Officer:  Diane Higgins

    President, CMCA: Michael Reighard

    Chief Chaplain for Bureau of Prisons: Michael R. Smith Sr.

    Chaplain, author: Lennie Spitale

    Chaplain: Joy Stevens

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Executive Report

    • Pressing Forward Executive Report "...you all gave me hope, you helped me so much, thank you so much!"In the days and weeks following the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, the disciples and other believers continued to worship in the temples. Gradually, they found themselves more and more at odds with others and began referring to themselves using a Greek word ekklesia (church in English) which meant ...

    President’s Message

    • From Bondage to Victory CircleofHandsBy: Michael Reighard   Listening to inmates’ testimonies of God’s grace and keeping power has long been an inspiration to thousands of people. As a correctional minister and chaplain for more than 30 years, I too, have been blessed and empowered from hearing of God’s deliverance and keeping power of His children. ...

    Feature Column

    • Disciple Talk: The Reality of Similarities AMessagefromourPresidentBy: Michael R. Smith, Sr.   The Disciple Talk column is committed to promoting a biblical conversation about ways the Great Commission is being fulfilled in the jail and prison setting through making disciples for the glory of Jesus Christ.   I recently preached during a communion service within a prison in North Carolina.  ...

    Theme Articles

    • Ministering with the Jeremiah 29:11 Promise BibleBy: Kristi Miller Probably like most correctional ministers, I use some form of Jeremiah 29:11 almost daily, even multiple times a day.  We deal with broken individuals who feel discarded by society.  Many of them are buckling under the weight of their own guilt and can’t see past their regrets and ...

    • Implications from Jeremiah 29:11 for a Practical Prison Ministry small rudimentary figures of man in paperBy: Pedro Ramirez, III A Plan Jeremiah shows in this passage that even though God’s people were in exile because of disobedience, God still had a plan for them.  Furthermore, Jeremiah announced that God would give them a future and a hope. A theological principle that can be drawn from this text ...

    Featured Articles

    • Saving Former Prisoners Hands_Breaking_FreeBy: John D’Amico   Prisoner re-entry—the process of leaving prison and returning to society—has become a pressing issue throughout the nation.  Former prisoners are returning home in large numbers, having spent longer terms behind bars than previous inmates in years past.  Unfortunately, the great majority of them will be unprepared for reintegration ...

    • The Molding of God God is loveBy: Brandon Warren The story of my life is the story of God molding me, according to His pre-established plan, in such a way as to be fitted for ministry to those in prison. My early years were full of turbulence, whether it was enduring the terror of my stepfather’s drug ...

    • A Beautiful Home Reentry_into_GraceBy: Leticia Chavez-Paulette   “Are you sure Lord?  You want me to do what?”  These are the questions I had for God when He told me I was going to work with women.  It wasn’t that I didn’t want be obedient, but I had just completed five years of incarceration. One year ...

    • Prison Seminaries: A New Direction for Correctional Ministry Stained_Glass_Dove_Blue_editedBy: David Graham   Exiles with Hope Billy leaves the cellblock with a commissary sack full of schoolbooks:  J.I. Packer on evangelism, an Old Testament introduction, and his most important text, the Holy Bible.  He carries the bag to a special education wing where, for 12 hours a day, he attends class, researches ...

    • Finding Rest for Your Soul heart-shaped hands holding one candle in darknessBy: Karen Swanson   How is your soul?  Are you feeling spiritually strong, healthy, and vibrant, or are you going through the motions of ministry and on the edge of burn out?  How do we find rest for our souls? This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ...

    • My Journey with Women Prayer ClosetBy: Carmen Warner Robbins As I come before our Lord in the serenity of this sacred place, I am worshipping our Lord for hearing my voice and listening to my words of praise. I am humbled as I recall the words of Psalm 100, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ...

    Upcoming Issues

    • Upcoming Issues Next IssueIn 2014, we will focus on different ways we can impact the world around us.  This theme will be explored through our various journal articles (see specific themes and Scripture passages below) and our 2014 Correctional Ministry Summit: IMPACT.  We hope you are blessed and encouraged as you work to ...
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