December 26, 2012
Re: January 2013 Newsletter
I pray that you had a blessed Christmas and will have a prosperous New Year.
You may be thinking about resolutions for the New Year. If you are, I have one to suggest to you. If you are not, I have one for you to consider. The resolution that I propose is supernatural in nature and, if taken seriously, will assist you in accomplishing the other resolutions you have made for yourself. Too good to be true? Absolutely not! This resolutions foundation is taken from the word of God, the Bible. In fact, this resolution is the word of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33, ESV) Simply stated seek God’s kingdom with all your heart and the desires of your heart will be granted you. (See Matthew 6:25-32)
There is nothing more important than developing an intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I encourage you to dedicate 2013, to getting to know Jesus up close and personal. I know you will be glad you did.
Fast and Prayer - Beginning January 2 and ending January 11, we are fasting and praying for God’s direction and provision for the ministry of TFFCM. We encourage you to join us. You may pray. You may fast. You may choose to fast and pray. Do not be intimidated by the idea of fasting. Fasting does not mean that we are asking you to give up food and drink for ten days. We are asking you to prayerfully forego something that is meaningful to you for ten consecutive days as you join us in prayer. For example, if you drink a glass of chocolate milk every day – you may fast by giving up that glass of chocolate milk for ten days (knowing you will crave it daily). You may want to ask your children to join you – use this as an opportunity to share your love for Jesus with them.
From January 1, 2012, through December 21, 2012, TFFCM shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with 18,958 people throughout the world. TFFCM is engaged in ministry with two churches in South Africa, a Brazilian youth ministry, a Turkish ministry, and the counseling of several individuals throughout the world. The Forgiveness Foundation A Prison Release Ministry (TFFAPRM) shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with 3,299 men and women on death row in the United States from January 1, 2012, through December 21, 2012. TFFCM/TFFAPRM participated in a ministry event in London, England, giving out 203 Bibles with TFF's 52 Week Bible Reading Plan. for God’s direction and provision for this ministry.
Executions Scheduled For January 2013
Three men and one woman are scheduled for execution during the month of January 2013:
January 8 – Mark Spotz, Pennsylvania. Execution stayed to allow time for Spotz to make appeals to Federal courts. Mark received three death sentences and one life without parole for murdering three women and one man during a four day killing spree in 1995.
January 16 – Ronald Post, Ohio. Death sentence commuted to life without the possibility of parole by Governor John Kasich, following the recommendation of the Ohio Parole Board, because of numerous attorney errors during sentencing phase of Post’s trial. Post brutally murdered a motel desk clerk in 1983.
January 16 – Robert Gleason, Virginia. Gleason murdered three men, two of which were fellow inmates at different Virginia state prisons. Robert has stopped all of his appeals and asked Virginia to execute him.
January 29 – Kimberly McCarthy, Texas. Kimberly is convicted of murdering an elderly woman, to rob her. Kimberly has been implicated in, but not charged for, the murders of two other women she cared for.
Please pray for Mark, Ronald, Robert, and Kimberly. Pray for salvation if unsaved, peace if saved, and if any of these men or woman are innocent that it be discovered before they are executed. Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ died for the forgiveness of Mark, Ronald, Robert, and Kimberly’s sin at Calvary. All that remains is for them to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, to receive the free gift of salvation and eternal life. Please pray earnestly for these men, keeping in mind that in God’s eyes, murder is a sin and in the eyes of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, and Texas, murder is a crime that, in these cases, is punishable by death. At Calvary, over 2,000 years ago, Jesus accepted the punishment for the sin of the murders these men are convicted of committing and now they need to accept the salvation and forgiveness Jesus desires to give them.
Please check our website, www.theforgivenessfoundation.org, for additional information on Mark, Ronald, Robert, and Kimberly, and the most recent information regarding stays of execution and additional people being scheduled for execution during the course of the month.
In order to reach the men and women on death row, TFFCM must purchase supplies like all other non-profit organizations and businesses. We need your financial support to purchase the supplies we need. Each month we use postage, paper, envelopes, and toner for our printers, electricity, telephone, and internet charges to take the love of Jesus Christ to the men and women on death row by the mail and to over 132 countries through our website. We need your assistance to share the Gospel. Prayerfully consider a gift to support TFFCM. You may make your gift online by going to our website, www.theforgivenessfoundation.org, click on the PayPal logo and follow the instructions. If you prefer, you may mail your gift to:
The Forgiveness Foundation
100 2nd Street NW
P. O. Box 2634
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
In closing, I thank you for your prayers and financial support. I close with John 3:17, “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” (ESV)
Rodney Rexrode, The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries
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