Loneliness: 3 of 7 Oppressive Spirits Plaguing Families of Inmates

Aug 22, 2017

By Roger Hollar

We are in a series called The Seven Oppressive Spirits Plaguing Families of Inmates.

Read the 2 previous posts. Anonymity, Isolation

I propose to you that there were seven oppressive spirits present around the arrest, trial, sentencing, and execution of Jesus. These same oppressive spirits stand arrogantly against the families of inmates and prevent them from finding hope and redemption in Christ.

The third of these is the demon prince, Loneliness. We find him in Mat 26:34....

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Isolation: 2 of 7 Oppressive Spirits Plaguing Families of Inmates

Aug 15, 2017

By Roger Hollar

We are in week two of a series called The Seven Oppressive Spirits Plaguing Families of Inmates. I propose to you that there were seven oppressive spirits present around the arrest, trial, sentencing, and execution of Jesus. These same oppressive spirits stand arrogantly against the families of inmates and prevent them from finding hope and redemption in Christ.

Last week we talked about Anonymity (Click Here to Read Anonymity). This week I want to talk about...

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Anonymity: 1 of 7 Oppressive Spirits Plaguing Families of Inmates

Aug 08, 2017

By Roger Hollar

We are beginning a new blog series today called The Seven Oppressive Spirits Plaguing Families of Inmates.

I propose to you that there were seven oppressive spirits present around the arrest, trial, sentencing, and execution of Jesus. These same oppressive spirits stand arrogantly against the families of inmates and prevent them from finding hope and redemption in Christ.

The first of these is the demon prince, Anonymity. We find him in Mark 14:51,52. “Now a certain...

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Ministry that Sells or Transforms?

Aug 01, 2017

By Ryan Northcutt

Today I’m doing two things: 1) Sharing with you a short devotional I recently gave at Mercy Heart’s Board of Directors meeting, and 2) Hinting towards an announcement that we’ll be making real soon. 

The Short Devotional

I was meeting with our Board of Directors the other night and was sharing with them my heart for Mercy Heart.

I was reading from Isaiah 48:17 where God is talking to Israel saying, “ . . . I am the Lord your God, who teaches...

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So What Exactly Did Mercy Heart Change?

Jul 17, 2017

By Ryan Northcutt

“So what exactly did Mercy Heart change?”

That was the question posed to me after I had informed a group of people that we were re-launching this ministry this month. I have to admit; it is a perfectly valid question.

After 20+ years of ministry to ex-offenders and their families, and having seen countless lives changed by the power of Christ, perhaps the real question is: Why change anything?

The truth is that we have not changed WHO we are or WHAT we do. 

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A Harvest Field of 28 Million

Jul 10, 2017

By Ryan Northcutt

“The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Matt. 9:37).

Did you know there are approximately 28 million people with either a family member in prison or under criminal justice supervision? 28 Million!! That’s a lot of people.

To give you a perspective of how many people this is think about this: You could fill AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys) to capacity at least 280 times!!

But did you know that only 14% of churches have any...

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Do Pastors Care About Ex-Offenders & Their Families?

Jul 03, 2017

By Ryan Northcutt

Do pastors care about ex-offenders and their families? It’s a legitimate question to ask given that only about 14% of churches have any formal ministry to this often-neglected people group. 

This is true despite the fact that Jesus talked about ministering to this people group as being a vital part of kingdom ministry (Matt. 25:31-46).

The writer of Hebrews even goes so far as to say that we should remember those in prison as if we were one of them (Heb. 13:3).

So...

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Living Beyond Anger

Feb 21, 2017

By Roger Hollar

People generally get angry because a lot of little pent up frustrations finally reaches a boiling point. We expected something that we didn’t get or we got something we didn’t expect. BINGO! Anger sets in. If you are dealing with a family member who is in prison you may have loads of pent up frustration. Sooner or later that frustration rises to the surface and manifests itself in angry ways you might not expect. Here are a few truths to help you the next time you...

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The Love Note Challenge

Feb 13, 2017

By Ryan Northcutt

I recently heard a wife talking about how hard it is to maintain a marriage while her husband is incarcerated. She said, “How can we connect with only one 15-minute phone call a week?” She went on to explain that by the time she catches him up on what’s going on with the kids and the rest of the family there’s not much time left to really connect.

I had this conversation rattling around in my mind when I realized that Valentine’s Day was just...

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Moving From Overwhelmed to Overcome

Feb 06, 2017

I was talking recently with a wife whose husband is currently behind bars. Knowing she is working extremely hard to support herself and her kids, I asked her to describe in one word her experience of what life is like with a loved one incarcerated. With a softness in her voice that revealed a level of tiredness and grief she said, “Overwhelming.”

No doubt this is the experience of many who are in similar situations. If you are a family member with a loved one...

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