Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Remembering Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship and Colson Center for Christian Worldview, went home to be with the Lord this past Saturday, April 21.  As a volunteer in a prison ministry, I have a greater appreciation of Chuck Colson's work than was ever possible just a few short years ago. I knew Colson had become a strong Christian doing great work in prisons, but I knew little about the totality of his work. 
I think history will show that Colson was one of the most influential and effective Christian   leaders of our time.

After a 2010 meeting with the President of Prison Fellowship, I began to follow Colson's ministries more closely.
In 2011 I heard Chuck Colson preach. I consider it a privilege to have experienced his keen intellect,
his joy for the Lord and his passion in serving God's Kingdom.
He enriched, enlightened and blessed legions of lives.

Charles W. Colson, former aide to President Nixon, converted to Christianity after being indicted for obstruction of justice in 1974 (Watergate) but prior to being sentenced.

At the time he stated "I have committed my life to Jesus Christ. I can work for the Lord in prison or out of prison, that's how I want to spend my life".
As inmate 23227 he served 7 months in prison.
You can read the story in his book Born Again.
I was barely a teenager during the Watergate years but the events were memorable. What an amazing transformation into a prolific evangelist and Christian leader. "Chuck's life is a testimony to God's power to forgive, redeem and transform".
He experienced God's AMAZING GRACE and Chuck Colson chose to live life for the Lord. 

Although he has entered into glory, Chuck's message and ministries will live on
and continue to have an eternal impact for good.

Click on the links below to discover the rich and wonderful world of Chuck Colson- making "the invisible Kingdom visible."
Watch the interesting and beautiful video tribute to Charles W. Colson below.  

Eternal Impact-Ministry Focus on Chuck Colson  Good overview with links
Worldview Basics of What, Why plus Colson
The Manhattan Declaration - Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty
Colson Center for Christian Worldview
Prison Fellowship ,  Doing the Right Thing
BOOKS by Chuck Colson ,  Book Loving God,
Book Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. (note- Colson read Mere Christianity. It's logical and well reasoned arguments were influential in leading Colson to Christ ) Top Media Posts on Chuck Colson and his legacy
Make a Memorial Gift to the Charles Colson Legacy Fund

"One of the most wonderful things about being a Christian 
is that I don’t ever get up in the morning and wonder if what I do matters. 
I live every day to the fullest because I can live it through Christ 
and I know no matter what I do today, I’m going to do something 
to advance the Kingdom of God.”
- Charles Colson

His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; 
you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. 
Enter into the joy of your lord.’  Matthew 25:23

Blessings Psalm 128

While exploring God's word today on the topic of blessings, I loved what God has to tell us in Psalm 128. 
As I read it, I smiled and felt peace, love and gratitude warm my heart,mind and soul.
The poetry of this lovely Psalm truly allows you to feel God's intimate and tender love for us all. 
I wanted to share it with you.   

May you be encouraged!

1 Blessed are all who fear the LORD,
   who walk in his ways.
2 You will eat the fruit of your labor;
   blessings and prosperity will be yours.
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
   within your house;
your sons will be like olive shoots
   around your table.
4 Thus is the man blessed
   who fears the LORD.
 5 May the LORD bless you from Zion
   all the days of your life;
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem,
 6 and may you live to see your children’s children.
   Peace be upon Israel

Psalm 128

What does the Fear of the Lord mean?

There are two kinds of "fear" of the Lord in Scripture. One positive and the other negative.
The information is very interesting
See my post The Fear of the Lord-What Does it Mean? 

Interesting historical note-  
This Psalm is called a Song of AscentsI did not know what this meant, so I decided to find out. This is a title given to 15 of the Psalms, 120-134.
Some Bible translations call them Songs of Degree, Songs of Steps or Pilgrim Songs.

The New Living Translation uses "A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem."
Research suggests that these were sung by people going up to Jerusalem to attend the three pilgrim festivals (Deuteronomy 16:16or 
sung by the priests as they ascended the fifteen steps to minister an the Temple in Jerusalem.