Introduction - 2014
A lot has happened since I first released "Once Life Matters: A New Beginning!" back in 2005.
So far the book has been read by over 420,000 prisoners, 3000+ patients in drug rehabs and by hundreds of troubled celebrities. I've received thousands of letters from many of these readers and have included some of them at the end of this book.
The book has received very positive reviews in numerous publications and new doors were opened for personal interviews on numerous radio and television programs as well as in print and internet media.
God opened the doors in hundreds of jails and prisons for me to personally bring the Kingdom of God life-changing message of Christ's grace, mercy and love to people who have been cast aside by society and are being warehoused in institutions.
The simple message God has me share is that Jesus Christ forgives sin and will powerfully come to live within anyone who believes in His birth, death and resurrection and is willing to seriously repent (turn from sin) and call upon His name and ask Him into their life. Once that happens change then begins from within.
God has taught me over my 30+ years in ministry that the difference between Christianity and religion is that Jesus Christ, the living God of creation, actually does come to live within a believer in Him. He taught me that religion only gives a person a head knowledge of God and that nothing will change within a person with only knowing about God!
The difference Jesus Christ brings into a believer's life is that an actual change comes from within… with Him spiritually ruling and reigning as Lord, Savior and King within a Christian's life. This has nothing to do with what is physically happening on the outside… but has everything to do with what Jesus Christ is spiritually doing on the inside. (Colossians 1:27) Religion gets us nowhere. Christ in us gets us everywhere!
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: (Colossians 1:27)
I pray that as we go forward in today's generation that more and more people who read this updated version of my book will be inspired by my story and will seek a better life in Christ.
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?