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485 | If He’s Saul, Why Do I Have to Be Steven?

February 21, 2020 Friday, 9:30 p.m. Letter #485: If He’s Saul, Why Do I Have to Be Steven?   Dear Family, The past few days have been some of the most dramatic, surreal days I’ve experienced in my life, and I felt God walking with me every step of the way. But before I get to what happened on Tuesday …

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484 | Cobb Salad with a Side of Squirrel

February 20, 2020 Thursday, 12:30 p.m. Letter #484: Cobb Salad with a Side of Squirrel   Dear Family, I’ve only been here at Avenal State Prison for two-and-a-half weeks, but God has already blessed me with beautiful indicators of His love for me. These all came in the midst of arguably the most difficult trial I’ve faced since coming to …

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483 | Dysfunction Junction

February 14, 2020 Friday, 9:00 p.m. Letter #483: Dysfunction Junction   Dear Family, In all my time in prison I have rarely felt so clearly the hand of God at work in the circumstances and situations. With so much resistance in my own heart and mind about moving to this prison—for education reasons and health reasons primarily—God worked through your …

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482 | It’s No Promised Land, But There’s a Giant

February 9, 2020 Sunday, 9:30 p.m. Letter #482: It’s No Promised Land, But There’s a Giant   Dear Family, Today’s church service was a beautiful combined service with the Spanish brothers leading worship in English and Spanish, and an outside guest preached. It makes me look forward to helping the English ministry build a worship team, since the current group …

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481 | Moving Day

February 3, 2020 Monday, 9:30 p.m. Letter #481: Moving Day   Dear Family, Moving Day. Yesterday was spent making sure goodbyes were said to inmate friends and staff, an odd ceremony of sorts I’ve not experienced except when leaving a country at the end of a missions trip. When else, where else, would you have just spent weeks in a …

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480 | Anticipating the Move

February 2, 2020 Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Letter #480: Anticipating the Move   Dear Family, I have not met a single inmate who likes to move from one prison to another. You’d think that years in captivity at one zoo would make the tiger antsy for a road trip of any kind, a chance to see the urban jungle just beyond …

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479 | Celebrating a Life

January 19, 2020 Sunday, 10:30 p.m. Letter #479: Celebrating a Life   Dear Family, Yesterday was the date we set for Daddy’s memorial service, once he finally moved up to be with the Lord. Knowing he was going to die soon, we’d discussed as a family in late November how we would have his service in early December, but God …

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478 | Speech Impediment

January 12, 2020 Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Letter #478: Speech Impediment   Dear Family, Greetings! Yes, I’m back to writing regularly—lucky you, eh?—now that this past Friday marked the end of one long, grueling chapter of my educational saga. I’ve finally completed enough classes in the last year-and-a-half to earn at least four more AA degrees (I’m petitioning for a fifth) …

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477 | A Parting Gift

September 9, 2018 Sunday, 7:00 p.m. Letter #477: A Parting Gift   Dear Family, A few weeks ago, I sent out an urgent prayer request for the brother of a friend of mine. At the time, with a rare disorder plaguing his lungs, Sean’s brother, Prince, was put on life support. Every effort to combat the escalating issues within his …

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476 | Final Chapter … Next Book Begins

August 5, 2018 Sunday, 9:30 p.m. Letter #476: Final Chapter … Next Book Begins   Dear Family, Greetings! It has been quite a while since I have written one of these letters to you. Originally designed to keep my family up-to-date on what was going on in my life along my prison journey, it soon branched out to include friends …