But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 1 Corinthians 1:23
We had a good visit to Okaloosa Correctional Institution in Crestview, Florida. Benjamin Gilley, Mike Overman, Gary Ginsky and I made the trip from Pensacola. We had two services, the first in the Main Camp and the second in the Work Camp.
At both places we led the men in the Lord’s Supper and preached. In addition we added some singing. Since Brother Gilley was with us, he led the singing and sang a couple of specials himself. He also led our “team” as we sang a special. We were a bit off key, but I think we were a blessing anyway!
I did a few of my “gospel illustrations” (illusions) as well as tried to tell a few jokes (tried is the key word here!). The men always enjoy my illusions but not my jokes. They even went so far as to buy me a joke book as a gift a couple of years ago. Brother Gilley says it’s in the “presentation”, which in my case must be awful.
As always, Chaplain Bland and the men of Okaloosa were very hospitable and gave us a big welcome. It is a great priviledge and opportunity for us to minister in prison. We not only get to preach and teach, but minister as well. For example, one of the men had just lost a niece and asked me to pray with him. The men were very attentive during the preaching and we got to fellowship some after each service.
As we began each service, I commented on 1 Corinthians 1:23. “But we preach Christ crucified.. ” To the Jews (and anyone else) , who trusts in their religion, a stumbling block. To the Greeks, who trust in their science and philosophy, foolishness. Let us never stop preaching the Christ who saves from Hell and gives eternal life!
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans1:16