It has been a long week. Father was diagnosed with cancer. He does not have long to live. Mother spent most nights crying on the phone to you, looking for support. And she wants to meet this weekend! She says you have always been logical one and now needs someone logical and not emotional to help her organize everything. And work. Work! It is the busiest time of year and with the new promotion, you want to show that you have earned it, but, on top of everything else, a major supplier has ceased production. It is a lot to handle on its own, yet now… You feel that you have not yet had a moment to yourself to process all that has happened, to cry and grieve, to handle things in your way. How are you going to get through this?
Over the course of life, everyone experiences a day, week, month, or year like this. It seems that everything that can go wrong does, and you are left to try and deal with it on your own. But you are never alone! You always have a friend standing right beside you. You can cry on His shoulder, lean on Him for support. When things get really bad, He will carry you through. There is just one catch…you must ask!
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29, ESV)
That friend is Jesus Christ! When we are overwhelmed with our problems, we can turn to Him for relief.
March is Spiritual Wellness Month! It is the month in which Spring officially arrives, even if the weather may not always agree. Spring, a season of renewing and planting. It is fitting, then, that in March, we also focus on our own renewal and planting. Do you have a blooming relationship with the Lord? Or does your relationship need some watering and growth?
Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. (1 Timothy 4:7-9, ESV)
A relationship with the Lord, does not happen overnight. We must plant the seed, water it, care for it, before it begins to grow and flower. Just as we go to the gym to train our bodies to be fit, we must also spend time with the Lord to develop our relationship, which will benefit us far more than physical training ever will.
This month, Spiritual Awareness Month, focus on your relationship with the Lord! No matter what stage of your relationship, it can always grow!
Did Abraham always know he was going to father a nation? Did David always know he was going to be king? Did Jonah always know he was going to be a prophet for the Lord? Did Esther know that her being queen was going to save the Jews from extinction? God had plans for each of their lives - and yours! Like Abraham, David, Jonah, Esther, we may not know the plans the Lord has for us, but He has one!
In the Old Testament, God spoke to reveal His word and His plans to His chosen. How does God speak to us today? From the scriptures! We can only learn to hear Him through study of His word! Let us help you in your study! Every year, we at The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, invite you to participate in our “52 Week Bible Reading Plan” (available here). By using this plan, you will, within one year, have completely read through the entire Bible! No matter if this is your first time - or one-hundredth time! - reading through the Bible, a daily study is the only way to hear God’s word!
Diligent study of God’s word does not end upon reading the Bible. As with any subject of study, once you have grasped the basics, you dig deeper and increase your learning! In addition to a brief commentary on each day’s reading, we also provide focus verses for each day. After reading the through the day’s passages, go back and re-read the focus verses. Contemplate on the questions asked. What questions does the text pose for you? Check back to our website, www.theforgivenessfoundation.org, for each day’s reading. If you miss a day, past commentary can be found under our “Scriptures” tab.
Additional, we provide a weekly verse or verses for study. Consider this passage each day as well. Pray, meditate, and reflect each day on the weekly verse or verses.
Our 2017 plan began on January 1, 2017, but it is never too late to join! The Bible is not a book to be read once, but a book to be read again and again (and again and again) - learning something new and gaining deeper understanding each time it is read! Join in our Bible study at any time and discover God’s plan for you!
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 11:17 am EDT
Paul David Storey is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Thirty-two-year-old Paul is convicted of the murder of 28-year-old Jonas Cherry on October 16, 2006, in Hurst, Texas. Paul has spent the last 9 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
Paul had graduated from high school. Paul was previously a truck driver and worked at Putt-Putt Golf and Games.
On October 16, 2006, Jonas Cherry arrived at his place of employment, Putt-Putt Golf and Games, around 8:15 am. He disabled the security alarm system at 8:43 am. Approximately ten minutes later, his co-worker, Timothy Flow arrived and found Jonas lying in a pool of blood in the officer area, clutching the key to the manager’s office, which was still locked.
Timothy was concerned the perpetrator was still in the building, so he returned to the parking lot. Seeing only his and Jonas’ vehicles, he re-entered the building and, believing Jonas to be dead, left the building again and called the police. Timothy waited in his vehicle for the police to arrive.
Police were informed that there were four VCRs set up to record the security surveillance cameras. One VCR was missing, two videotapes had been stolen, but the fourth was still operational, with a tape. On the tape, a red two-door Ford Explorer drove up the road towards the public parking area. A few minutes later, the vehicle left public parking and went in the direction of the employee parking area. Police released the video to the media.
March 17, 2017
Don William Davis is scheduled to be executed around 9 pm CDT, on, Monday, April 17, 2017, at the Cummins Unit near Varner, Arkansas. Fifty-four-year-old Don is convicted of the murder of 62-year-old Jane Martha Daniel in Rogers, Arkansas on October 12, 1990. Don has spent the lat 24 years of his life on Arkansas’ death row.
Don had a history of alcohol and psychoactive substance abuse. He also had a difficult and deprived childhood and was noted to have had a learning disability and a hyperactivity disorder.
On October 12, 1990, Don Davis broke into the home of Jane Daniel. Jane was discovered later that evening by her husband in the storeroom of the house. Jane had been shot once in the head, causing her death. Several items were also missing from the home including cash and jewelry. The gun used in the murder was stolen from the home of Jane’s neighbor. Davis had committed a series of burglaries prior to murdering Jane.
Davis was later arrested by police in Las Vegas. Several of the stolen items were found in Davis’ possession.
Don Davis was scheduled to be executed on October 21, 2015. His execution was stayed, along with several others, by a judge with the Pulaski County Circuit Court. The execution was stayed due to legal challenges regarding the execution drugs.
Bruce Earl Ward is also scheduled to be executed in Arkansas on October 21, 2015. As of yet, no information has been provided regarding the order in which the men will be executed.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Jane Daniel. Please pray for strength for the family of Don. Please pray that if Don is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, evidence will be provided prior to his execution. Please pray that Don will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.
March 17, 2017
Bruce Earl Ward is scheduled to be executed around 9 pm CDT, on Monday, April 17, 2017, at the Cummins Unit near Varner, Arkansas. Sixty-year-old Bruce is convicted of the murder of 18-year-old Rebecca Lynn Doss in Little Rock, Arkansas, on August 11, 1989. Bruce has spent the lat 26 years of his life on Arkansas’ death row.
Prior to his arrest, Bruce worked as a perfume salesman from his motorcycle. Bruce had previously pled guilty in Pennsylvania on a manslaughter change for strangling a women who had left the bar with him.
During the evening of August 11, 1989, Bruce Ward drove around Little Rock, Arkansas allegedly looking for a victim. Teenager Rebecca Doss was working the night shift alone at Jackpot, a convenience store.
Little Rock Police Sergeant Michael Middleton, during his patrol, noticed that there was no one behind the counter at the store and went to investigate. When he was unable to locate the clerk, he called for assistance. While waiting, Sergeant Middleton discovered Ward exiting the men’s bathroom. Sergeant Middleton asked Ward about the missing clerk. Ward responded that the clerk was in the store and that he had just had a cup of hot chocolate and that the clerk had given him the key to the restroom. Rebecca’s body was subsequently discovered on the floor of the restroom, strangled to death.
March 20, 2017
Ledell Lee is scheduled to be executed around 9 pm CDT, on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Cummins Unit near Varner, Arkansas. Fifty-one-year-old Ledell is convicted of the murder of 26-year-old Debra Reese on February 9, 1993, in Sunnyside, Arkansas. Ledell has spent the last 21 years of his life on Arkansas’ death row.
Ledell was abandoned by his father after he was born. He grew up with no father figure and came from a dysfunctional home.
Around 10 am on February 9, 1993, a man knocked on the door of William McCullough, Jr., and asked to borrow some tools, promising to return them. William gave the man a driver ratchet and a socket. The man never returned. William was later able to identifyy the man as Ledell Lee.
Around 10:50 am, Katherine Williams received a phone call from her daughter Debra Reese. A man had just knocked on the door and asked to borrow some tools. He left after Debra said she did not have any tools, however Debra remained uncomfortable. Debra promised to drive to Katherine’s house as soon as she finished curling her hair. Debra never arrived.
Andy Gomez lived across the street from Debra and observed a man, acting suspiciously, entering Debra’s home through the screen door. Andy later identified the man as Lee. When the man left 20 minutes later, Andy followed him in his car. Andy observed the man stop and speak with a women, who was also able to identify the man as Lee.
That afternoon, Debra’s body was discovered in her bedroom. She had been beaten 36 times with a tire thumper, which was given to Debra to use for protection while her husband was away. Bruising on her face and neck indicate that she had also been strangled. During the investigation, it was discovered that three one-hundred-dollar bills were missing from her wallet. The bills were part of stack belonging to Debra’s father and were in sequential order. Debra’s father had given three to her. Evidence showed that one of these bills was used by Lee to pay a debt at a Rent-a-Center.
As Lee was awaiting trial, he became the suspect in several other crimes, including the kidnapping and murder of 22-year-old Christine Lewis. Christine was abducted from her Sunnyside home in November of 1989, as her three-year-old child watched. Christine was strangled to death and her body left in the closet of an abandoned home. The jury was unable to reach a verdict in the trial and the state decided not to retry Lee after he received the death sentence for Debra’s murder. Lee was also convicted on three charges of rape
Lee was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death on October 16, 1995.
Stacey Johnson is also scheduled to be executed on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Arkansas. As of yet, no information has been provided as to the order in which the men will be executed.
Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Debra Reese, Christine Lewis, and all the women harmed. Please pray for strength for the family of Ledell Lee. Please pray that if Ledell is innocent, lacks the 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 Ledell may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.