From Bernie DeVault
Kairos Reunion West Side
(1 Corinthians 11:23-28; Revelation 12:11; 2 Corinthians 13:5)
The leader of this West Side reunion asked two questions: 1) How do you examine yourself, and 2) Are you in True Faith when you examine yourself.
He brought up the fact that you should not deliver from emotions. When doing this, you should have your mind on Christ. Then you can set your mind on Heavenly things.
In verse 28, it says “everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.”
When we broke into small groups, my group talked about choosing the Word and that the Word should come from the heart. Among other things we brought up was the need to examine yourself through prayer before commune.
When we decide what to do, we should make a list of the good things and list the bad things. One inmate said that you need to take the plank out of your eye before you can take the splinter out of your friend’s eye.
Kairos Reunion East Side
(Romans 12:2; Philippians 4:8; Revelation 3:14-15; Hebrews 2:13)
The leader of this group chose “Faith” as the topic, and didn’t have a lot to say on the subject other than God’s Love has Faith.
As we broke into small groups, my group talked about how Faith is hard to stay with. It was said that Trust and Belief = Faith.
In the prison system, God does do things in many mysterious ways. I told them that this is very true, even on the outside, as I was able to give them my small testimonial of what I have been going through the last couple years.
Another inmate said, “Don’t lose hope but keep the Faith and quoted James 1:2-4. “Consider it pure joy, brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may mature and complete, not lacking anything.”