A Father's Call

Friday, January 25, 2008

Cherry Street Bible Church Men's Ministry

Recently, We have been holding meetings on Wednesday Nights to develop our Men's ministry at the Cherry Street Bible Church. Jesus has blessed this ministry by prodding the hearts of 10 men to take time out of their busy schedules to come together and build up and encourage one another. We are blessed with men of different ages to help glean wisdom and understanding from the experience of others. I thank Jesus for this opportunity to learn from others who love the Lord.

I have been reading inspirational messages that have been posted on the net and found this one very encouraging. The title is;

Letter To Death-Row Inmate

A letter written to a person on death row by the father of the man whom the person on death row had killed:

You are probably surprised that I, of all people, am writing a letter to you, but I ask you to read it in its entirety and consider its request seriously. As the father of the man whom you took part in murdering, I have something very important to say to you.

I forgive you.

With all my heart, I forgive you. I realize it may be hard for you to believe, but I really do. At your trial, when you confessed to your part in the events that cost my son his life and asked for my forgiveness, I immediately granted you that forgiving love from my heart.

I can only hope you believe me and will accept my forgiveness. But this is not all I have to say to you. I want to make you an offer: I want you to become my adopted child. You see, my son who died was my only child, and I now want to share my life with you and leave my riches to you.

This may not make sense to you or anyone else, but I believe you are worth the offer.

I have arranged matters so that if you will receive my offer of forgiveness, not only will you be pardoned for your crime, but you also will be set free from your imprisonment, and your sentence of death will be dismissed. At that point, you will become my adopted child and heir to all my riches.

I realize this is a risky offer for me to make to you -- you might be tempted to reject my offer completely -- but I make it to you without reservation. Also, I realize it may seem foolish to make such an offer to one who cost my son his life, but I have a great love and an unchangeable forgiveness in my heart for you.

Finally, you may be concerned that once you accept my offer you may do something to cause you to be denied your rights as an heir to my wealth. Nothing could be further from the truth. If I can forgive you for your part in my son's death, I can forgive you for anything. I know you never will be perfect, but you do not have to be perfect to receive my offer.

Besides, I believe that once you have accepted my offer and begin to experience the riches that will come to you from me, that your primary(though not always) response will be gratitude and loyalty. Some would call me foolish for my offer to you, but I wish for you to call me your Father.


I was blessed to find this posting at the following address;


If you have a moment and need encouragement or a new look at the gift you have been given, it is worth the read. But I warn you, keep a tissue handy.

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