Banner of Truth Prison Ministry

I would like to call your attention to a letter that an incarcerated brother in Christ has written to the Banner of Truth on account of their generosity in giving books to the inmates. This letter was posted on Steve Burlew’s blog Trophies of His Grace and can be read here. Steve is the manager of the North American branch of the Banner and has done a tremendous job of advertising for one of the best (if not THE best!) book publishers. The letter is beautiful and encouraging. What struck me was the way that this prisoner, Daniel, found joy in reading the word of God and the great books that Banner publishes. I realized that he and I find joy in the same things–but he rejoices in it more because of the privilege afforded him in prison. But it also struck me that because of the richness of Scripture and good books about Scripture and Jesus Christ Daniel and I can be in two totally different environments, with completely different circumstances, and still rejoice in the same thing. What a great Savior we have, who has done this work of grace in our hearts. What a testimony to His grace and power this letter is. How often I take for granted the blessings that I have. How many times have I neglected those things that are meant to bring supreme joy to the Christian. The other amazing part of this letter was the way that Daniel expressed his affection for the brethren who had shared these things with him. He expressed a prayerfulness reminicent of the apostle Paul. This is the power of God’s grace in the sinners life and a testimony of the ministry of the Banner of Truth to God’s children–even in prison.

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