Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The Bridge - A Service For Ex-Offenders

I went to "The Bridge" a ministry for ex-offenders run by Glen Fitz whom I met on the Ooze. There were two speakers in addition to Glen that I truly enjoyed. The first was Brad Bier from Bethel Community Church and the other was Steve Johnson from New Beginings In Christ. In addition to the speakers, an inmate from a work program in the city read a letter from his 8 year old son and spoke a little on the power of redemption.

Worship was lead by a few kids from the Jesus People.

I think this was a group where one could truly find the "least of these." I met a fellow who told Brad and I that it was "hard being a Christian and making an honest living." I could relate, not so much on the honest living, but it is hard to be a Christian. He asked, "I don't know how you guys do it everyday?" and I thought, "It is hard everyday!"

It is intresting, Jesus promises my burden is easy and my yoke is light. A fact that I trust and at times seem to understand. However, on a daily level, it just seems more like work. I can relate. Up on the Ooze today I commented that relationship w/ Christ is like a marriage in the fact that it takes a lot of work, daily commitment to the work in fact. However when I look at my life before marriage, and look at it now, my wife is an "ease" to my burden. Christ's power is that kind of easiness.

I think this was a very disjointed post. But that's me tonight. All in all, it was a great meeting and I'll be back.

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