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Faith-based program hits milestone at Wildwood

Alpha turns 1

Posted: April 12, 2012 - 8:22am  |  Updated: April 12, 2012 - 10:42am

A faith-based program aimed at keeping criminal offenders from re-entering the prison system recently celebrated its first anniversary, but developing and implementing that program hasn't been easy, an official said.

Jack Cowley, National Director of the Christian-based Alpha USA program, spoke Wednesday at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's luncheon. Cowley discussed Alpha -- a program charged with reducing recidivism among the program's graduates outside -- and its past, present and future.

The state was influenced to start a Central Peninsula program based on the recidivism reduction results from Alpha's first program located near Houston, Texas. That program experienced a major difference between program graduates and the general inmate population: 8 percent versus 67 percent re-entry into the prison system, respectively.

Planning for implementation of the program locally was difficult, taking five years. Life-skills are taught along with Christian values during the program, but Wildwood lacks other options for offenders.

The program has 18 spots available for inmates. Cowley said he hopes the program grows to double that size.

As the first program of its kind in Alaska, Alpha at Wildwood still is evaluating overall impact on offenders' lives. In 2011, a total of 12 people graduated and two of them re-offended for a recidivism rate of 16 percent. The average recidivism for the general inmate population is 70 percent.

"Our first graduate (Sonny Thompson) had a spider web on the side of his face... he was a perfect example of a convict," Cowley said. "He had been out of prison for no longer than eight months for years and years.

"Soldotna Parish worked with him, adopted him, and he is doing great."

Thompson resides in Atlanta, Georgia and works in the construction industry.

Using the analogy of future-cigarette packages including graphic warning labels, Cowley lamented that there is no push to stop all smoking -- or crime. Cops, judges and lawyers would be out of work, he said.

A negative consequence, however, is the population grows accustomed to having offenders and crime victims in their communities.

So, as long as prisoners continue to re-enter society the program will aid in acclimating them to practicing healthy lifestyles, Cowley said.

"I think it's harder to be in the program (than in the general inmate population)," he said. "When someone is in prison we expect them to act like a convict. The bar is raised, and they're expected to act like a moral, normal person."

Cowley retired from the State Oklahoma Department of Corrections with 30 years of service before becoming the director of Alpha USA. He said the program has been criticized as being soft on crime, but he disagrees.

"It's not soft on crime. It's big on public safety," he said.

Inmates with long-term sentences and serious crimes often are chosen for the program. They do not receive early release for graduating from the program.

Miraculous transformation through faith is possible, but it's rare, Cowley said. A small number of the program's inmates also are enrolled in substance abuse treatment.

Residential substance abuse treatment (RSAT) is not available at Wildwood. The RSAT program available to male inmates is located in Hudson, Colo. Wildwood has a 90-day, less intensive program.

All inmates who have need of substance abuse treatment are eligible for the program. Admission priority is given to inmates with a higher risk assessment and those who are close to their release dates, Richard F. Schmitz, DOC communications special assistant, said in an email.

After probation and parole violation, the top booked offenses at Wildwood are second-degree theft and third- and fourth-degree assault, according to data provided by DOC.

The majority of these crimes on the Central Peninsula involve alcohol or drugs, according to local law enforcement officials.

In 2010, the 90-day program replaced Wildwood's therapeutic community; an alternative justice model in which a collaborative court team made up of a supervising judge, district attorney, defense counsel, probation officer or substance abuse or mental health treatment provider, oversees and closely monitors participants who chose the treatment program in lieu of incarceration.

A study conducted by Alaska Judicial Council and the Institute for Social and Economic Research released in March found felons in therapeutic community programs or substance abuse programs appeared to have benefited from participation. All participants had lower re-arrest rates and reconviction rates than other offenders, the study found.

Cowley said he believes the Alpha program offers a full, cognitive approach to reform.

"Life skills, coping with problems... these are the things we teach," he said. "Just finding Jesus in and of themselves doesn't work."

The next step involves community involvement. Housing is needed, and business owners can hire ex-offenders, Cowley said.

Jerzy Shedlock can be reached at jerzy.shedlock@peninsulaclarion.com.

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cbeard 04/12/12 - 10:18 am
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Good try but

Unfortunately faith-based prison programs offer little chance of success because the offender would have had to have been of a similar religious persuasion before entering the justice system. While there are some benefits to these activities, for the overwhelming majority of participants it's merely a diet version of brainwashing and cultural conditioning that don't really have anything to do with addressing crime causalities.

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anrsvc 04/12/12 - 11:44 am
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Good try but???

It is clear that you are basing your opinion on a complete lack of actual factual basis and more by your anti-faith based bias. Maybe you should educate yourself concerning the Alpha program, look at the reduction of recidivism, see the changed lives, and then compare those to other existing programs. In addition, you should ask those who participate with these programs and ask them about your "brainwashing" theory. Then you should maybe learn a little about criminology and the criminal justice system. Perhaps then you would have a different persepective - or not. But at least you would be informed.

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analaskancitizen 04/12/12 - 11:49 am
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to cbeard

I'm a bit unclear as to how you "know" this. It does have something to do with past victims and participants don't have to be a certain denomination or even be a Christian. Perhaps more information would be helpful for you.

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Norseman 04/12/12 - 12:25 pm
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Recidivism rates remain

Recidivism rates remain pretty fairly constant throughout the USA regardless of what programs are offered.

History has shown that the human population tends to have 3-4 % of predators/criminals. Regardless what has been done, these are the same folks that make up the high recidivism rates nationwide.
Society needed a means to protect the rest of the folks from these ciminals/predators hence we build prisons.
Any entity can make statistics mean what they want them to mean. We have countless examples of that in our daily living.
What is the State paying for this faith based help group?
What is the total cost per inmate?
What is the criteria for being considered included in the recidivism rate?

What does this say about all of our faith based local programs?

I guess god, country, and religion from Texas has more power than the local fare has to offer.

Kenai is beginning to turn into one big halfway house.

What galls me is watching the news and seeing our proud veterans returning from service only to high unemployment. If there are any jobs available, they need to go to our Veterans first before they ever go to a convict.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 04/12/12 - 04:00 pm
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We need something else as what we have isn't working.

As i have said before there was given 613 laws for the protecting of others from those that commit violent acts against other humans.
We just choose not to follow those laws and decided that we know best on how to deal with crime, or as i call it sin against others and thus we have 1.6 million people being incarsarated, many of which are repeat offenders that drains Billions of dollars and tears from the victims each year.

But it's all gonna be ok, because we know whats best for ourselves all the way to a totally distroyed Nation.

I applaude this program and know that Faith is everyones ONLY HOPE OF FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE TO BELIEVE IN and i'm not talking about Obama's new hope and faith either which is in fact ment to replace faith in God and his son Jesus.
I know that i could be in the exact position as many in prison if i would have continued down the path of distruction and self gratification i was on. But Faith in Jesus turned me around and it's an every second battle not to revert back into my old self seeking sin nature.
But victory can and is being won daily by millions world wide and it's by his power we are more than conquerers, not of our selves, as we fight this battle against all humans being waged by evil princapalities and powers of darkness that rule this present evil worlds systems in high places.

In closing i will say that the brainwashing idea of we can decide justice for all without God is only adding to the problem and not working correctly, so maybe, just maybe being brainwashed for God and going with his laws to govern society out of respect for others is the answer after all. Whats it gonna cost? Who cares if it works and it does seem to be the case now doesn't it?

Jeremiah 6:17

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aspiecelia 04/13/12 - 05:16 pm
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Separation of Church and State.

It is disgusting that the state of AK does not fund their own programs. There should alternatives to having to be indoctrinated by Christianists to get rehabilitation and a new start on life.

analaskancitizen
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analaskancitizen 04/13/12 - 05:45 pm
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@aspiecelia

I don't know what a "Christianist" is but I do think voc ed and some practical skill building would be a great investment. Not sure that these are very popular ideas for those who hold the purse strings even though they are practical. It seems that few in our communities are very interested in investing financially or otherwise in people who are incarcerated (and will be getting out and living in our communities). Perhaps other folks advocating for "alternatives to having to be indoctrinated" would be helpful. It's pretty easy to beat up on one program without working to get something else happening. Talk to your legislators. Talk to the governor.

analaskancitizen
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analaskancitizen 04/13/12 - 05:45 pm
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@aspiecelia

I don't know what a "Christianist" is but I do think voc ed and some practical skill building would be a great investment. Not sure that these are very popular ideas for those who hold the purse strings even though they are practical. It seems that few in our communities are very interested in investing financially or otherwise in people who are incarcerated (and will be getting out and living in our communities). Perhaps other folks advocating for "alternatives to having to be indoctrinated" would be helpful. It's pretty easy to beat up on one program without working to get something else happening. Talk to your legislators. Talk to the governor.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 04/14/12 - 09:38 am
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Christianist is the opposite of Islamist.

Christianist is the opposite of Islamist. An Islamist are those that are rehabed into a governmental religion that promotes killing everyone that rejects islam until there is world wide peace.This is one of the fastest spreading movements in American prisons due to the fact that most people in prisons already hate their fellow man.
This is also happening world wide and it's for gaining followers that hate mean old America and other nonislamic nations.
It's for people that want to join the Jihad against all nonmuslims that disagree with them and their desire for a world wide Caliphate again for islam under a OWL or Caliph.
So i guess this is a desired alternative to Christian ethics rehab in American prisons which says to love everyone and try to help them along lifes way because without Yahweh God no one really can love others and have no hope in as history shows.
The thing is that muslim nations are having a GR8 revival with millions of muslims coming to the Truth of Christ really is the answer and he died for them so they don't have to die as islam says.
I would guess that is what christist is and make no mistake every other religion would be oked and allowed without any fight against it, so that should tell you about the truth and why the desired removal of it rages on.

The thing is everyone is being lead one way or another because there is only two choices of indoctrination for everyone, it's either a thumbs up or a thumbs down for eternity no matter what or how people want to kid themselves that it's not true, it is true and you only get to vote once.

Kind of like Obama said with his health care plan, he told congress that it's either an up or down vote and you only get one vote so use it wisely. Up is a good health care plan for eternity, down is not so good for anyone for eternity.

Jeremiah 6:17

wings
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wings 04/14/12 - 03:18 pm
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If Jesus can't do it what

If Jesus can't do it what makes you think a faith-based program could?

Watchman on the wall ... you need to use spellcheck first of all, and secondly who needs more fake religion. We should just practice the basic human rights which are the 10 commandments (copied off the temple walls in Egypt) and we wouldn't need religion or laws. The only difference between the 10 commandments in the bibles, and the 10 commandments on the Egyptian walls is, one commands the other affirms. The comparison is factual:

In the bible - Thou shalt not steal
In Egypt - I will not steal

In the bible - thou shalt not kill
In Egypt - I will not kill

Egyptian temple walls were standing far before the bible was compiled. Just teach the prisoners the truth. We all deserve it.

Another thing Watchman ... The same people who wrote the Christian religion are the same good folks who wrote the Talmud, and the Koran. Can you read the Koran? Go figure.

You should just stop preaching.

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wings 04/14/12 - 03:22 pm
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Addendum

Alpha USA is also a nonprofit. Did you know taxpayers pay for the nonprofit agencies? "NONPROFIT" is another one of those deals like Peace means War, or Freedom means Slavery, or Truth means Lies, etc. Do you get it? There is no such thing as NONPROFIT.

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wings 04/14/12 - 03:30 pm
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Watchman = Shame on your slander of the Islam religion

I've had the worst nightmare of my life with the so called "christianist" viewpoint. My daughter had to go to rehab for her drinking problem ... while there she was coerced to join the Jehovah Witness program and we have been separated at the brain, seemingly, for the rest of our lives. Is that what your christianist program is worthy of? Give them more than a false invisible hope. Give them reality.

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Watchman on the Wall 04/14/12 - 08:12 pm
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Wings sorry that you like

Wings sorry that you like every human on earth has to deal with false religions as we walk this earth in search of the truth and the desire for eternal life which every human being has and does do. Some find the truth many don't, it goes with the broad roads to distruction and narrow road to salvation that many go down.
Wings shame on you speaking the truth about the JW's which have blinded your daughter with yet another false Hope. Matthew 24:5 It seems that if you would study about this group on this tool that you are slaming me on for my inability to know how to spell correctly.Matthew 7:7-12 says if you seek you will find the truth. I wish you would seek for you and for your daughters sake. I have always liked Mt. 7:13-23 which talks about christinaists and how Jesus will set them straight for their actions and false practices.
When i was searching i attended both mormon and jw assemblies, but praise God my childhood has made me wise in spotting a pretender, scammer as these groups are.

You do er not knowing what the JW's believe which is totally against Gods plans compared to what Jesus taught, which i believe and try to practice, share, and the JW's don't as they have a false hope.1 John 4:1-3, 5:11-13,

The Muslims, JW's Mormons are just 3 of the many groups that have gone their own way with a little of truth from Gods word mixed in which is ment to decieve many down the wrong road. The test is what and who they say Jesus is compared to what and who Jesus said he was. If Jesus claims to be the son of God and also God, then either Jesus is who he said he is or he is a nutjob.
These 3 groups as well as all other false religions say that Jesus is a good man and even a prophet or an angel, but not the son of God as he claims. Breaking news, he can't be a good man or a credible prophet if he claims to be God and Gods son, if he is not what he claims then he is a lier and not good in any form or worthy to be believed or followed.
So either Jesus is who he said which makes these groups liers, or Jesus is a lier and not worthy of any recognition by any.
It's getting worse every day with this push to totally remove any referances to God or Jesus from ALL societies, every wonder why? All religions are exceptable except christianity, WHY?Could it be that Jesus is true and their false religions are not as they differ from what he has said is the acceptable way to God, which is only through him. John 14:6

The battle lines are being drawn and everyone will have to decide one way or another as we see the formation of Islam joining with christianist, or fake christians. This new group is called Chrislam, and it will soon be the single religion.

Things to watch are the catholic church and the pope that is soon to die. When this pope dies the Last pope will rise to power and he will be what is known as the False prophet for the One World ruler known as the antichrist. The push by the pope for this union of islam and christianist is in full swing and many don't realise that both groups hold mary in high esteem, more so than Jesus Christ. Prophecies of St Malacy a Irish catholic bishop who predicted every pope to rise and what the last pope would do at the End of the Age.

Many things to say but little time to do so, i would hope that you have the desire to study to show yourself approved by God, not mankind. Be a Berean as Acts 17:10-15 and study to see if what i say is true and realize that many false teachers will try to discourage you as you do seek the truth.
They didn't like Jesus or his message so why should they like me also bringing his message of the ONLY Hope of Fundamental change to believe in, the one that Obama wants to replace with his new stuff.

Jeremiah 6:17
Will they listen, no, they will say, we will not listen.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 04/14/12 - 08:55 pm
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Wings have you ever heard of

Wings have you ever heard of replacement theology? It's the idea that God broke his promises the the nation of Israel and has cast them off for their sins and has replaced them with others. Some that are called evangilical church's believe that God has replaced Israel with the church, or christians.
Muslims think that they are also a replacement of the Jews as well as the Mormons who also when studied are an exact copy of Islam in every form of doctrine, from an angel giving the new way foreward to each special group.
These groups have taken parts of the Torah, Jewish writings and parts of the Bible, Christian writings and mixed them with parts of paganism and Wammo, a NEW WAY with a slight twist for their end games. Slick how old Lucifer does this ain't it and many times so no one really knows which way to go unless they are asking the right one. Many wrong numbers are dialed seeking salvation by other means other than Jesus, and they never get through unless they decide to just ask for the truth to show them the way.
Please check out the absolutely amazing comparisons between these two groups and their history from founding and their total control of those that got sucked into the groups false hopes.

I find it absolutely amazing how these groups swallow the new way and supposed word from God hook, line and sinker and without ever wondering or questioning this simple fact.
If God broke his eternal promises to the Jews and cast them off, why can't he do the exact thing to them or others?
Answer, he can't because he didn't cast off the Jewish people or his choosen Land of Israel or his Holy city of Jerusalem. He simply set them aside while he works through the True christians. Romans 9;-11; but mostly chapter 11; shows that God has not cast off his choosen people.

Ever wonder why supposed new way groups always want to control or suppress what God said was his for ever, his People, his Land and his Holy city or salvation through Jesus, all of which he said that he would never break his word or change his mind? Could it be to try and remove any remembrances of Gods promises to the Jews or others? The rulers of this present evil worlds desire is totally remove of any remembrance of Gods promise to the Jews or Christians and stop anyone else from coming to the truth of Christ Jesus and his death and resurrection for everyone that would believe and freely accept. John 3:16-18

One can see by the signs of the times that the End of the Age is very near by everything that is reported on daily in relationship to Gods choosen People, Land and Holy City of Jerusalem. Zachariah 12;-14 speaks of this regathering of Jews and the entire worlds desire to control Gods choosen things.
Matthew 24;-25 or Mark 13; or Luke 21; said to his followers when asked what would be the signs of the End of the Age and his return to set up his kingdom on earth. It's everything we see now, but most of all it's the fig tree blooming again which is symbolic of Israel, Jews. In 1948 the final countdown started towards the fullfillment of Gods plans and the End of the Age. When is that final day before all hell literally breaks out starting the last 7 yr period of this Age? I don't know, but the signs say it is very close when ALL the Bible is factored into the equasion.

The main question is not going to be where you nice or anything else, it's gonna be what did you do with Jesus Christ's claims and promises, did you accept or reject them?

Jeremiah 6:17

wings
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wings 04/15/12 - 10:42 am
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You are very wordy, but I do

You are very wordy, but I do not believe you mean ill to anyone at all and we're probably more on the same page than you would believe.

The Jews are a replacement of the truth.

All religions are a replacement of the truth.

Jesus would not want people worshiping him. He would want them to "follow his teachings" and learn to love each other instead. That's why he was always represented as THE great teacher. It is his "teachings of truth" that set mankind free. Should mankind make the choice to follow those teachings we would surely find ourselves in paradise.

Who gains by making up Gods to worship? Those who are greedy for power and control of others, that's who. Jesus was a son of God, and so are you. We are all children of the same source.

Perhaps Jesus was not Hebrew. What if he was Roman/Egyptian? What if Jesus was actually the son of Cleopatra (who was actually Macedonian instead of Egyptian ... though she was the last Pharoah of Egypt) and his father was Julius Caesar? What if no one wanted the son of Cleopatra and Caesar (that bastard child!) to become the ruler of Rome AND Egypt AND all the surrounding WORLD? He was the KING OF KINGS! In fact, his teachings were those on the temple walls of Egypt where he lived the first few years of his life, and learned the truth of human existence. In Caanan, he was teacher in the temples, to the Hebrew, at a very young age, remember?

Hypothesis? maybe ... but neither of us were there. Other than the stories in the New Testament (and a lot of faith) there are no records that Jesus was there either. Follow his teachings and find the way, that's all I have to say.

Peace and Blessings ... keep up the good work.

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wings 04/15/12 - 12:00 pm
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Food for thought ...

"All religions are exceptable except christianity, WHY?Could it be that Jesus is true and their false religions are not as they differ from what he has said is the acceptable way to God, which is only through him. John 14:6"

So YOU say. Jesus didn't write the book.

Do you not see? There is no difference in the way you profess your religion publicly, than the way others profess THEIRS? Everyone believes THEIR WAY is the only way to find God. JW's follow the Luciferian way ... whatever that way means ... and who was Lucifer anyway? The Christian bible tells the story from the Hebrew copyists viewpoint ... but who was Lucifer really? An Alien?

Because we are each individual human beings, we each have a separate versions of God, but, there is only ONE truth, and what is still unknown will soon all be known.

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analaskancitizen 04/15/12 - 12:21 pm
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@wings

While I don't agree with all that you say, I appreciate that you leave some things in the realm of the "unknown". Somehow, in my opinion, the discussion of how people can be helped to be successful in reentry from incarceration got lost long ago in this thread. From my perspective, that was the point.

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Watchman on the Wall 04/15/12 - 02:14 pm
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I'm 60+ yrs young, never knew

I'm 60+ yrs young, never knew my dad, had abuses stepdads and one that left his family & kids for my mom & her kids.
I went to 14 schools and when i almost graduated from HS i couldn't hardly read, sports got me thru.
I'm 6'4" and now 295 lbs and have always worked hard for everything and needed no one for anything. When i came to the end of my self after searching many differant religious groups and seeing through their BS power control leaders i finally came to know and understand that Jesus was the only Way, the only Truth and the only Life as John 14:6 says.
Every day all of us humans are beat down in one form or another and are subject to false hopes and change groups that promise us everything and produce nothing but more of the same control tactics we are trying to escape from.
Take Obama for instance with his promises of a New fundamental hope and change to believe in, it's a bunch of junk with no hope other than everyone becoming more inslaved to the power controlers world wide that seek to rule the world as gods.

All i can do is show people where to look for the peace i have now, but they have to seek to find it by taking a step across the line towards God and he will answer those that seek him.

Am i perfect now with no problems, thats a BIG NO, but i do have a love and hope that i can call on to help me in every time of need, if only i would do so and that hope is my faith in christ Jesus alone and i'm commanded to share this only hope to people, not force it down their throats by threats or demands, but by simply telling them and it's then their responcibility to do with the info as they seem fit.
The truth is right there in plain sight, but many of us can't see it for all the falsehoods that have now become the truth in our upside down world with no one knowing what is truth.
Many will seek, but few will find the truth in this evil twisted world controled by forces that hate everyone of us and seek to destroy all of creation and replace it with their genetically altered creations, or the unnatural.

Good luck as you seek & i hope you will find the truth.
Realize that all things come to an end and so will this Age of Grace that we are now in and see that many have warned that the End of the Age is coming and may be 2012.
I don't know when, but i do know it's closer now than 1979 yrs ago when jesus' followers asked him for the signs of the end of the age in Mt. 24;-25;
This is what the Mayans and 89 other societies were saying about 2012, it's the end of an era of time, which could have major world wide troubles before a New age could begin or start a New Era of time. It's not the end of the world, but the end of an era of time and will people be ready to escape the wrath to come on an unbelieveing wqorld that wants to have it their way just as Lucifer also did and still does and gets us to follow his lead to distruction.

Jeremiah 6:17

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wings 04/15/12 - 06:32 pm
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"While I don't agree with all

"While I don't agree with all that you say, I appreciate that you leave some things in the realm of the "unknown". Somehow, in my opinion, the discussion of how people can be helped to be successful in reentry from incarceration got lost long ago in this thread. From my perspective, that was the point."

Actually ALL is in the realm of the unknown. We humans only "think" we know "something." Perspectives change from day to day. Maybe some of the people who actually NEED REHAB are reading these comments and can learn that bringing them to the trough of "someone's idea of God" is only a soft cover to the help they actually need. Why not go directly to the core of the problem?

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wings 04/15/12 - 07:22 pm
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End of the Mayan Calendar

2012 has been explained for those who wish to know. It's relatively simple, with 13 moons to a calendar year instead of 12 .. with 28 days to a month instead of all the puzzling stick a day here take out a day there contribution. The calendar we've all been trained by puts the humans out of sync with the Universe. That will all be fixed soon. Don't you think the incarcerated brothers and sisters deserve to grasp certain truths above and beyond any church sermon? Alpha USA is a nonprofit for Gods sake ... literally! I don't think these comments are off topic one iota. Nonprofits ARE ALL ABOUT MONEY and helping themselves while pretending to help others. The God I choose to believe in doesn't care about money.

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granny 04/15/12 - 07:50 pm
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Good posts wings! And Jerry,

Good posts wings! And Jerry, it's hard not to like you also. Sincerity goes a long way.

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Watchman on the Wall 04/15/12 - 08:48 pm
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Everything that we deal with

Everything that we deal with daily has a desired goal or end game. We are all being bombarded daily with many forms of indoctrinations and must deside which we will allow to have a place in our lives. When we allow these differant indoctrinations in we either will blindly accept them or we will research them out, or at least thats what we should do is search things out.
The problem is that we are basically lazy and it's much eazier if someone else does it for me and i just go along with what sounds good and presents the least amount of my time or efforts.
Lets take what OUR President has said and promised All the World & America with his Yes We Can attempts to Fundamentally Change America with a New Hope & Change.
What is he saying that is ment to indoctrinate people to swallow his promises hook line and sinker of his Class warfare system of Sharing Equally, why do people stumble allover his words with out listening to or really understanding what he is really saying?

I think this faith program is a good idea and when i consider the alternatives to helping people learn how to care and be healed in our prisons when there is also the movement to cause futher hate and distruction of lives being promoted by other religions, then i will support the faith for good over evil.

As i said tonight at church we look thru a glass dimly now, not able to fully see or understand it all, but one day we will see things as they really are when we see Jesus face to face.
I don't have all the answers, but i know the one that does and it's only when i allow him to rule in my life that i can see those answers in part knowing someday i will know it all.

We mush chose how we are indoctrinated daily and for what end means will our following result in, for good or for evil.
That's as plain as i can say it and only ask people to study for them selves and believe no one totally, not even what i say, but search out everything for the answers that God promises he would give to all that ask him for help.
Mt. 7:7-12 Jesus says that everyone that seeks will find, so i have to believe him because i did seek and did find when i as a big self suffecient man could do nothing except mess up everything i tried to do on my own.
No matter how hard i tried as an adult to escape my indoctrination as an abused abandoned child from a family of white trash band of theives, i could not escape and only repeated what i knew and lived and it was not pretty the things i did to family and friends. Jesus is healing me daily, but old indoctrinations are hard to break with out constant submission to the ONE & ONLY Hope of Fundamental Change to Believe In, Jesus, is the true Chosen One, not Obama.

Jeremiah 6:17

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wings 04/15/12 - 10:01 pm
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Healing from life's challenges

is not an easy task for anyone. I'm sorry for all children who are abused by their un-enlightened parents. Finding the path that fits your needs for living on this planet whether it be Jesus that guides your way or Allah, Krishna, Mohammed, Mechelzidek, Moses, Abraham, Lucifer, Thoth, or Harry Potter, the important part is, that we willingly keep our minds open for change and flow with it when it happens. Welcome the opportunity to help others. The "white trash band of theives" that abandoned you as a child, did you a big favor. See it as part of the guidance you speak of finding, and let it go. You are healed my son ... be at peace, and keep shining for others the way you are already doing.

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Watchman on the Wall 04/16/12 - 09:33 am
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Thanks wings. I ran from my

Thanks wings.
I ran from my past for many yrs, but it always followed me even for yrs as a follower of Christ. I did fall back into my past of being white trash until i once again was wallowing in the slop like the prodical son and came to my sences and went home to the Only Hope for lasting Fundamental Change to Believe in, Jesus. He is always there ready & willing to accept us and forgive and healp heal as we allow him to rule our lives with his simple rules to live by which are ment to help & aid all of humanity.
This is my point of needing Jesus, the Only true hope. Yes many people go with other wannabe hopes all of which never have a lasting change. You are right about having an open mind and searching out the truth, thats where many that are trapped in false religions are not really searching out what they are indoctrinated into.
Millions of Islamists, Mormons, JW's and others are coming to the truth of Christ all across the middle east and world the last few yrs and i see it as a final ingathering of souls just before the End of the Age of Grace which we are now in and closing out. Praise the Lord for these that are coming to the truth and escaping the indoctrinations they were in.

Have a GR8 Day and realize that most of what we see & hear is nothing but False Hope & Change, covered with honey that sucks you in until it's to late with no escaping the desired end game of destroying all of Creation, nature & humans for a recreated genetically altered freak filled world just as in the days of Noah.
Genesis 6; which god destroyed with water, but will destroy these genetic alterations this time by fire.
As i suggest for people to be like the Bereans in Acts:17:10-11 that searched out what they were told with what the scriptures say. Remember that almost every religion has a redo twisted version of the Torah & Bible for their religious governmental unions that use manmade fear & control as a means of furthering their ideals, indoctrinations.
True Christians don't use fear or control tactics of men to reach others, all though History shows many supposed christian groups do use manmade fear tactics & death to control others.
What a mess mankind is in & the simplist minded can see that it does have an End Time that will come, as we can't keep going as we are and mankind will eventually wipe out everything if allowed to continue on this road of destruction we are on now for control of others and power.

Jeremiah 6:17

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wings 04/16/12 - 10:00 am
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WE ARE NOT ALONE

in these "END TIMES." Our Planet is also re-birthing. Did we really think our MOTHER SHIP was without life; without beginning or end? We're so arrogant. Why would we even suppose we are the only beings in the Universe that are born, live a life (if fortunate enough), then die? Is that all there is? And if it is, it was a grand ride, BUT, doesn't the planet have a right to be re-born too? We humans are like a bacteria on this living planet who destroy everything in our sights with what we call "progress." Some folks even think we're just here to make money (they're easy to recognize), but the human design was never about money. Those who have staked their lives on "their share of the pie" are in for a rude awakening.

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Watchman on the Wall 04/16/12 - 03:17 pm
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Wings that would be James

Wings that would be James 5:1-6 for rich folks and 2 Peter 3:3-15 for the New creation by fire, which your speaking about and it's coming right on time according to Gods will, not ours.

Jeremiah 6:17

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Watchman on the Wall 04/18/12 - 11:26 am
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Just this morning i see that

Just this morning i see that Faith in Jesus is on the rise as people world wide can see and understand the Writtings on the Wall of the impending mortality of mankind and that their False gods have never given any hope to believe in compared to the True God and only savior for mankind.
Praise God for the millions of people in the middle east that are coming to Christ as well as many others out of cults & false religions. John 14:6 of Jesus being the way, the truth and the life, only means to the Father is being realized by many and i truly believe it is the Later Rains or the out pouring of the Holy Spirit by God calling in the Last of human souls before the harvest which preludes the 7 yr Tribulation of judgement on ALL the ungodly that have wanted it their way, instead of Gods way.

Jeremiah 6:17

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wings 04/18/12 - 03:14 pm
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Jesus was a Great Teacher

Jesus was a Great Teacher

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Watchman on the Wall 04/19/12 - 03:51 pm
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Jesus still is a GR8 teacher

Jesus still is a GR8 teacher and Lord of all as well and as Philippians 2:10-11 says Every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the father. That would also be those that only think he is a GR8 teacher of which he can't be simply because Jesus said that he was God.
Either Jesus is God as he claims or a lier. If a lier then he can't be a GR8 teacher because he is a lier. If he is God as he claims then somebody, many people are in major trouble for not believing him when he said that he is the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one comes unto the Father except thru him in John 14:6.

Either he is God and must be worshiped as such or he is a nutjob lier that can't be believed for any reason and absolutely no differant than any other supposed good teachers or prophets of other religions that differ on who he is.
Two choices with only one eternal vote, either up or down.

Jeremiah 6:17

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wings 04/19/12 - 04:15 pm
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You are mistaken watcher

Jesus is never recorded in the Bible as saying the precise words, “I am God.” That does not mean, however, that He did not proclaim that He is God. Take for example Jesus’ words in John 10:30; “I and the Father are one.” We need only to look at the Jews’ reaction to His statement to know He was claiming to be God. They tried to stone Him for this very reason. “… you, a mere man, claim to be God” (John 10:33). The Jews understood exactly what Jesus was claiming—deity. Notice that Jesus does not deny His claim to be God. When Jesus declared, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30), He was saying that He and the Father are of one nature and essence. John 8:58 is another example. Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I am!” The response of the Jews who heard this statement was to take up stones to kill Him for blasphemy, as the Mosaic Law commanded them to do (Leviticus 24:15).

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