Q. Why does God allow hardship and trials? A. For our good, according to Romans 8:28. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to those that are the called according to His purpose.” “All things” would include extreme trials such as the death of a loved one, or a major illness; it would include a job loss or prison time.
What is the good that “all things working together” actually accomplishes? Romans 8:29: “For whom He did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His dear Son…”
God allows hardships and trials to make us into the image of His Son. THAT’S GOOD. So if this time in prison makes this poor sinner a little more like Jesus, it will be good and I will be happy.
We are not discouraged or depressed about the future, because God is in the future and we are with God, therefore we are encouraged.
There are some things that can never be locked up behind prison walls. Truth. Conscience. Moral righteousness. The saving Gospel of Jesus.
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
By the grace of and mercy of God we will remain free, free indeed.
Feb. 4, 2016
Judge William Sessions III has ordered Ken to report to serve his 27 month sentence on March 22nd. We're thankful they gave him a few more weeks with his family, and that he'll be able to be with his son when he visits in March.
Thank you for all your notes of encouragement on the guestbook page and contact page, and your prayers.
Any donations that are not needed for legal fees will be used to support Ken's family. Thank you so much.
Ken and the government have come to the agreement that Ken will not pursue further appeals, and the government will not pursue additional charges.
This means Ken is expecting to serve his 27 month sentence. We are unsure exactly when this will begin, but likely in the next month or two. We are waiting for a status hearing where Judge Sessions will provide us with these details.
We are all hoping that Ken will be able to be here for his daughter's wedding in June.
Pray for us as family and church work to send him off well and prepare for his absence.
Marshall Your Resources
Recently, our attorney Brooks McArthur, told me to prepare to be indicted on new charges. He thinks it could happen within 90 days.
"Marshall your resources," he advised.
Since the Christians' greatest resource is the power of God made available through prayer, and knowing this statement will reach many praying people, I suggest the following:
1. PRAY for the U.S. attorneys prosecuting this case. We believe those in civil authority are put in place by God. The scriptures call us to give them due respect and honor, and to pray for them. Pray that God's purposes will be realized in and through them, and that whatever is not of God's will would be defeated.
2. PRAY that Jesus' saving power would be proclaimed and that many would be drawn to Him.
3. PRAY that God's design for sexuality, marriage, family and parenting would be widely proclaimed in this decadent age.
4. PRAY that all of God's people involved in this situation would faithfully and joyfully stand for truth even if it costs them a great deal.
5. PRAY that God will protect and provide for Lisa Miller and her precious daughter.
6. PRAY for those individuals already indicted at the U.S. District Court in Buffalo. Pray for courage, stamina, wisdom, and adequate financial resources.
Thank you for helping us "Marshall our Resources!"