Saturday, June 2, 2012

Encouragement Letter From Elvis Netterville To An Inmate

Jail Ministry: Below is a letter of encouragement I recently sent to an inmate in my substance abuse recovery class in the Allen County Jail.

Allen County Jail
715 South Calhoun
Cell Block 6D
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Dear Mike:
One of my favorite men in the Bible is Joshua. I like Joshua because I like his manly attitude. God told Joshua what his attitude should be and he tells you and I what our attitude should be. God says in Joshua 1:9 (GW)
9 “I have commanded you, ‘Be strong and courageous! Don't tremble or be terrified, because the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.'”

God talks a lot about our attitudes. He talks about them a lot because our attitudes are important. Our attitudes will play a big part in how well or poorly we travel through this earthly life. Our success or failure in life will be in large part a reflection of our attitudes. We all recognize the important of a good attitude—but how does a person maintain a good attitude in those times when life gets really hard? How does a man keep a good attitude when he is incarcerated?

God is saying no matter how tough the situation you are facing—you are not facing them alone. You do not have to overcome them with your own smarts and strength. God is telling you and I don’t be afraid “…..the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.'”

My prayer for you is that you will continue to trust God and stay Strong and Courageous!

Your Brother in Christ

Elvis Netterville

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