The Power Of The Cross

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When the Apostle Paul went to the great, intellectual, Grecian city of Corinth, he said, “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”  (I Corinthians 2:2).  When Paul did his best to describe what his message was, he said, “…we preach Christ crucified…”
To the people of Corinth, the preaching of the cross was foolishness, nonsense.  But Paul said, “The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”  In that great intellectual city the cross of Christ was a stumbling block to the Jews and sheer stupidity to the Gentiles.
This gospel of Christ and Him crucified is still foolishness to millions who are perishing all over the world.  I believe that the answer to all the world’s problems can be found at the foot of the cross!  It’s where we find healing, forgiveness, reconciliation, salvation, eternal life for all who believe, and it’s all wrapped up in the greatest act of love mankind will ever know.
At the Macomb County Jail, we adhere and align ourselves to Romans 1:16:  “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…” (and puts their trust and faith in Him). 
Former President Andrew Johnson once said, “We look forward to the day we can nail our flag below the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  As Chaplain I will dedicate myself to always stand behind the cross, kneel beside it, and lay prostrate before it, continually being reminded that it is where my Savior suffered, bled and died for me!
The Gateway residents had a fantastic time at the Wild Game Dinner put on by Lakeside Assembly of God Church.  The fundraiser proceeds raises money for 7 local missions (Gateway is one of them) through the selling of the dinner, silent auctions and a live auction.  This year, Lakeside had a keynote speaker, Jimmy Gretzinger from Michigan Out of Doors.   He spoke about a trial he endured last year, and how he and his family were able to get through it.  He said that only through having a firm foundation in Christ did he and his family overcome, and he admonished everyone in attendance to stand firm with Christ, because trials will come and it is Christ who holds you during the storms of life.  It was a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to our loving Lord.  All of the residents of Gateway (and some of their mentors) were in attendance.  Several remarked about how timely the message was and were really blessed by Jimmy’s ability to share so frankly about his personal life. 
The Apostle Paul had a firm foundation which was not shaken through the many trials he endured.  We, too, will continue preaching Christ, Him crucified and Him raised from the dead.  He is our solid foundation.  We serve a Living God!  “For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.” (Romans 6:9)
Glory be to God!
Chaplain Steve Malek