Do you aspire to be a “better Christian?” Do you want to deepen and strengthen your relationship with the Lord? Well, I’ve got good news for you! It is possible! In as little as one year, The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries can help you transform your relationship with the Lord!
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8)
Right there! That is how you are going to grow and deepen your relationship with the Lord! You have to take the first steps and draw near to Him! You have to actively seek after a relationship with the Lord. How?
A great starting point is simple: daily study of His Word, the Bible. God has given us the Bible as a history book, a textbook, a praise book, a philosophy book, a book of warning of the coming future, and so much more! By following along with our “52 Week Bible Reading Plan” (available here), daily study will allow you to completely read through the Bible in one year. It is perfect for beginners who don’t know where to start, or for those who have already read the Bible a couple dozen times. Each reading, each study can bring new meaning and realization.
The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries wants to help you! Each day, we will post a summary of the day’s reading on our website, www.theforgivenessfoundation.org. We will also post specific verses to focus on each day. Read through the entirety of the day’s reading. Then come back and re-read the focus verses. Prayerfully contemplate the questions asked about the reading. If you miss a day, don’t worry! Past commentary can be found under our “Scriptures” tab.
Our 2018 Daily Bible Study begins on December 31, 2017, but join us anytime! So, are you ready to deepen and strengthen your relationship with the Lord this upcoming year? Then let’s go!
Updated: December 13, 2018
Please pray for these men and women. Pray for salvation if unsaved, peace if saved, and that the innocent shall be revealed before they are executed. "The Lord is slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." (2 Peter 3:9 ESV).
Due to ongoing legal challenges, Ohio has rescheduled multiple executions, multiple times. Beginning with 2018, this list contains only current Ohio executions. Click here for more information about Ohio's legal challenges.
December 15, 2018
Blaine Keith Milam is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Twenty-nine-year-old Blaine is convicted of the murder of 13-month old Amora Carson in Rusk County, Texas, in December 2008. Blaine has been on death row in Texas for the past eight years.
Blaine did not have a prior prison record. He dropped out of school after the 4th grade and was not working at the time of his arrest, although he had worked previously. According to Blaine’s mother, Blaine stopped maturing emotionally at the age of 12 and used methamphetamine off-and-on. Blaine took the death of his father hard, twice trying to commit suicide. At the time of the murder, Blaine was on probation for solicitation of aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14.
Blaine Milam and Jessica Carson met in January 2008, and became engaged on prom night. When they met, Jessica had recently had a child, Amora, with another man. Shortly after becoming engaged, Carson moved in with Milam.
At 10:37 am, on December 2, 2008, police received an emergency call from Milam. His first words were “My name is Blaine Milam, and my daughter, I just found her dead.” By the time police arrived 20 minutes later, two ambulances were already at the scene. Police found EMTs standing in the doorway of the master bedroom, in which Milam and Carson were kneeling over an infant on the floor.
The first responding police officer observed that the baby was bruised and not breathing of moving. Another police officer arrived and Milam and Carson were separated for questioning. Milam told the police that the couple had left the child sleeping in order to walk up the road to talk to a man about clearing some land for them. Upon their return, approximately one-hour later, Milam stated that they “found the baby in that condition.” Milam was cooperative with the police, giving consent for the search of his car and home.
What does receiving a personal letter mean to you? How does it make you feel? When we look at a return address and realize that the letter is from a friend, we feel loved. We cannot wait cherish every word in the message held inside! In today’s fast-paced world, letter writing is quickly becoming a thing of the past, yet for some, the men and women on death row, it is the only way they can communicate with the world. Since March 8, 2005, The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries has strived to give the over 3,000 men and women on death row the same feeling that you have when you receive a letter; loved. Our letters carry more than just the love of every member of The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries’ team, which include the individuals (like you!) who help finance the letter writing ministry. Our letters also, and more importantly, carry the love of Jesus Christ! In each letter, we share how much Jesus loves them. He has already paid the debt of their sin, the debt of the murders for which they are convicted. We share with them that Jesus has freely paid that price, and that they are forgiven! They must only accept Jesus Christ’s forgiveness, making Him Lord of their lives! The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries works toward honoring the “Great Commission,” with our mail ministry to the men and women on death row. View our donations page to discover how you can help The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries minister to the men and women on death row.
December 17, 2018
Robert Mitchell Jennings is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Sixty-one-year-old Robert is convicted of murdering Houston Police Department Vice Officer Elston Howard on July 19,1988 in Houston, Texas. Robert has spent the last 29 years on Texas’ death row.
Robert was conceived as a result of rape and his mother frequently blamed Robert for her failing to complete her education. Robert changed places of resident frequently as a child and had no lasting, positive adult influence in his life. He did not graduate from high school, dropping out of school in the ninth grade when he began using drugs, however he obtained his GED (general equivalency diploma) while in prison. He also completed over forty hours of college credit. Robert entered the juvenile justice system at the age of 10. As an adult, Robert had served time for aggravated robbery and burglary with intent to commit theft.
On July 19, 1988, two months after being released from prison, Robert Jennings robbed an adult movie theater. He then entered an adult bookstore, planning to also rob it. Upon entering the bookstore, Jennings saw that the clerk was being arrested by a Houston Police Officer, later identified as Elston Howard. Jennings shot Officer Howard four times, including twice while he was on the floor. Jennings proceeded to rob the store and escape. Officer Howard died from his wounds.
Jennings escaped in a vehicle with getaway driver David Lee Harvell. When Jennings told Harvell that he had shot a security guard, Harvell ordered Jennings out of the car. When Jennings refused, Harvell shot Jennings in the hand. Jennings was arrested later that day at the hospital.
Jennings was convicted and sentenced to death. Harvell was also arrested. He was sentenced to 55 years in prison.
Jennings had been given a previous execution date in 2016, however that date was stayed for unspecified reasons.
Please pray for the peace and healing for the family of Elston Howard. Please pray for strength for the family of Robert Jennings. Please pray that if Robert is innocent, lacks to competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Robert may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.
Only through a relationship with Jesus Christ can anyone hope to separate themselves from the power of sin in this world. Through Him, all things are made new. For a complete listing of readings, please download our Bible Study.