Reflections

Pastor Marshall Brandon
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Reflections | February 14th, 2013

Reflections

PrisonSunday morning was a time of reflection for me. As each hour unfolded I remembered the many places where God has been faithful to me.

First thing I reflected on was my personal family and my spiritual family. In my reflections I remembered how God had called and delivered me from a life of self-destruction. I was living a life of lying, stealing, cheating and drug addiction. As I prepared to go to our place of worship, I reflected on how God has poured into me and given me the privilege to serve Him as a pastor.

When I arrived at church after getting things ready for our 11am service (we meet in a school and have to set up our equipment each week), I attended marriage/divorce class at 9am and I was reminded once again through the teaching and testimony of God’s faithfulness in delivering me from my sin and brokenness. I was encouraged as I left the class and reflected on how He restored my broken marriage with forgiveness and grace. I am so thankful that by God’s grace we have been married for 38 ½ years.

My next reflection was a flashback from the past. I went to Lorain Correctional Institute to proclaim the gospel. As I walked through the gates into the prison, I remembered 40 years ago. I went through the gates of prison in shackles and handcuffs. I was stripped naked, and sprayed with bug spray. The shame, fear, and humiliation were overwhelming. But this night because of God’s love, grace and forgiveness, I walked into this prison with a Bible, feeling free and unshackled with the good news of the Gospel:

Hello men. My name is Marshall Brandon and I’ve come to share with you one of the greatest sentences written in the history of mankind: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. -John 3:16-17

 

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  • Darleen Grimsley

    I have a son who is a drug addict. But by God’s grace he is pulling through all that. Day by day. God’s Grace and Mercy is showing him. It took about 12 yrs for him to get messed up. Well it will take a while for him to become what God wants him to be. Does not him quickly. I just pray others who know him will continue to pray for God’s forgiving Grace. It will take awhile for his friends and family to love him again. Or should I say accept him again. I just take day by day to support his change. Prison was life changing in many ways. Some good and some messed him up. He was tormented there but God still won the battle. Praise God. Keep praying please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paula.k.collins.7 Paula Kechisen Collins

    So thankful for you and your ministry Marshall. It is so apparent in your zest for the LORD the gift you have received of grace and your willingness to do his work. Thanks for your willingness to be transparent and share so deeply and so openly with the world.

  • John

    It leave me wanting to hear more. For whatever reason, the last several weekends have led me to reflect on the prison ministry of Johnny Cash. Here is a quote from him: ” I have tried drugs and a little of everything else, and there is nothing in the world more soul-satisfying than having the kingdom of God building inside you and growing.”

  • Tony

    WOW! I couldn’t have said it better, Gods Grace and Mercy is evident in your life and so needed and desired in mine! Thanks for sharing Pastor!!

  • Darleen Grimsley

    We have all been shackled with a bondage in our lives. But, but God’s amazing grace he his delivered us from that bondage and being a prisoner in our own fears. But he redeems us from that once we ask for his Holy spirit to come in and set us free. Amen

  • Jim

    Beautiful. Thanks.

  • Louie Berrodin

    God Bless you Brother!

  • tom scott

    Isnt the good news of Christ sooo freeing. There is freedom, the kind that is so undescribable, in his word. Whether behind bars or not, he lifts us up when we need him most, we dont deserve it but he does. Love you Marshall…..

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