The Power of the Gospel

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First Corinthians 6:9-11, NKJV, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God…” So, what is God’s response to these sins? Judgment!  We will all be judged if we practice any of these things. To claim anything else is to compromise the truth of God’s Word, which clearly states, none of them “…will inherit the kingdom of God.” This is very serious, and should not be taken lightly!
As I conduct services and engage in one-on-one ministry at Macomb County Jail, I hear all too often of a man living with a woman to whom he is not married. Each will claim to be Christian, and even believe he or she will go to heaven. Then when I reveal First Corinthians 6:9-10, I’m in no way attempting to bring damnation to the person, but rather loving conviction – so that person can turn away from and repent of their sin, and embrace the only hope of salvation that is available to all of us sinners. That hope is, of course, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus’ own words in Luke 13:3, “I tell you no; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” He reiterates two verses later, in verse five, “I tell you no; but unless you repent…”
First Corinthians is clear about the eternal consequences for those who practice fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and the like. But – there is good news! No matter what the sin is, God has provided forgiveness, salvation and hope of eternal life to those who repent, who embrace the Gospel of grace.  Right after Paul identified those who will not inherit the kingdom of God, he said, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Cor. 6:11, NKJV
So – what should our response be to the fornicator, homosexual, adulterer, thief, or drunkard, etcetera? Our response should always be the Gospel. We should be equipped to confront him or her with the truth of the scriptures that condemns the behavior as sinful, yet points the sinner to the only hope of salvation through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ – leaving the results to Him!
Staying true to His Word,
Chaplain Steve Malek

Prayer And The Word

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 …but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” ~Acts 6:4

At the Macomb County Jail and Gateway To Glory aftercare program, we find ourselves involved in various forms of ministry from Angel Tree, book cart, one on one, Christmas and Easter Bags for the inmates and staff, etc.  But, we know what has to be central - without wavering and without compromise - that we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of God’s word.
This ministry was birthed out of prayer.   One amazing thing that comes to mind that shows the accuracy of that statement is the time my wife, Robin, was looking through some of the old Macomb County Jail Ministry Board meeting minutes. She discovered that the Board had been praying for an aftercare program and, lo and behold, 15 years later the Gateway To Glory aftercare program took on all the responsibilities of the Macomb County Jail Ministry!  Every second Monday of the month at 6:30pm, the Chaplain’s office holds a prayer meeting in the Training Room at the Macomb County Jail.  The focus is to bathe the jail, inmates, inmates’ families, staff and volunteers of the jail in prayer.
Regarding the “ministry of the word”, we believe the word of God to be more than just a text, it is truly a living document.  The Bible is the written, spoken and living word of God.  We know that our God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent and so is His word.  The Holy Spirit says he will bring all things [His word] to our remembrance, because He is not only multi-dimensional, but He transcends time.  He also literally implants His word in us.  James 1:21 says, “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”  We know the Word (Jesus) is the only one that can pierce and change hearts and lives, and we see this first hand at the Macomb County Jail through the tears of repentance and changed countenances of those ministered to.  

The aftercare residents were treated to a New Year’s Eve party by one of the Board of Directors.  This was a fun filled, safe alternative to what is “traditionally” a well-known drinking or partying night.  It was a great night, with great food and fantastic fellowship…not to mention good natured football rivalry!
The Jail Ministry continues to preach and teach the word of God to those who are hurting in the jail.  The administrative staff at the jail is also ministering to the families of those incarcerated through the phone calls we receive.  There is liberty in the name of Jesus and as we continue to boldly proclaim His name, souls are set free to worship Him, the Prince of Peace!
To all our residents, supporters, donors, volunteers, prayer warriors, Board of Directors and all who are a part of this organization called Gateway To Glory, we vow to give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.  Why?  Because it’s the only thing on planet Earth that literally transforms hearts, minds and lives. 
Glory be to God!
Chaplains Steve and Robin Malek