The Contender

"It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." Jude 1:3 

February 2019


2 Kings 7:3 “And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate, and they said one to another, why sit we here until we die?”  

Charles C Spurgeon said on June 6, 1886: “If you were to take out of the Scriptures all the stories that have to do with poor, afflicted men and women, what a very small book the Bible would become…It is a wonderful thing that those who are most conscious of sin, most despised of men, and least likely to be favored, are often those upon whom Jehovah has fixed the eye of His electing love.

The chariot of His grace passes by the towers of haughty kings, but it stops at the hovel of poverty, and even at the gate of despair. The Lord looks on the chief of sinners, and says, “Here will I display My grace, here shall the wonders of My love be seen…the keenest observers of grace are those who have the deepest sense of sin.”  

“I’ll go to Jesus, though my sin

Has like a mountain rose;

I know His courts; I’ll enter in,

Whatever may oppose.

Perhaps He will admit my plea;

Perhaps will hear my prayer;

But if I perish, I will pray

And perish only there.”


Cry Of The Desperate

Oh, how I long to sit with you and to discuss the wonderful lessons that flow from this testimony of sacred scripture. The great question of the lepers needs cried not only by lost and dying sinners, but also, by the household of faith. Only His great mercy can save us; and only His great reviving is able to compel us to tell the Good News. Precious to this story are the perils of unbelief and the promises of so great a Savior!

When I muse upon the perilous forces consuming America at this present moment, I truly believe that each one of us has great reason to cry with the lepers: ‘Why sit we here until we die?” I believe we are less than one generation from tyranny unless God graciously sends a Word-Centered, Holy Spirit-Revival! A true sense of ‘urgency’ seems absent both in the world and in the professing church. Who reading this can honestly say that they are confident about the present ‘state of the union?’

Let us cry with the Ninevites: “But let every man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yet, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger that we perish not? And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not” Jonah 3:8-10


Priorities For Prayer

• February through the very present has been a season of sorrow, illness and unprecedented opportunities. Our precious niece, Hayley Reath (age 12) suddenly called to her Savior having fought so courageously against Leukemia; the National Prayer Breakfast followed and overwhelming doors continued to open both in the prison and amidst law enforcement concerns.

• Heinrich Botes was graciously chosen for the role of ‘in-house pastor’ for the Chester County Prison, which increases his responsibilities considerably. He remains on our staff as missionary, responsible to raise his own support.

• Joshua and Jordan Crans entered the second year (March 18) in shepherding the Providence/Coatesville Church. Pastor Dhati Lewis, Blueprint Church of Atlanta, Georgia) encouraged all of us during his gracious, recent visit.

• Pointman Leadership Institute’s International Summit will be hosted at the Camp at Old Mill (May 6 to May 11) and we need airport drivers and much assistance in hosting police leaders from around the world. Please know we’ll be calling upon many of you to help. Respond using the contact information below. Strategic days needing your fullest embrace.

• “ReTURNing Hearts” initiatives in both the Chester County Prison and throughout the Chester County Region. Willing mentors being sought and training will be available.

• National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (May 12 -16) we are sharing in the coordination and hosting of 20+ police leaders committed to sharing hope in the lives of police agencies and mourning families in D.C.

• Work Projects for both grounds and facilities of the Camp at Old Mill now underway through spring. April 30 – May 5 critically important for major upgrading of bathrooms and lighting. Consider coming alongside of us and make a difference by spending yourself in the care and improvement of this historic and dedicated venue, formerly known as the Old Mill Bible Conference (1933)

• Chaplain Jim (wife, Susan) Bontrager, one of CCGM’s contracted partners who serving as Chaplain for the Elkhart Indiana Police Department. Jim came alongside of CCGM during the making of the film “Courageous” and was instrumental in writing the accompanying Bible Study for Law Enforcement that became so vital in those days. Jim’s passion for Christ and for police concerns is unprecedented and he is a wonderful blessing to us!

• CCGM Board of Directors meets Friday, March 30. Discernment, wisdom and fullest surrender to God’s will are paramount. The future seems impossible to embrace unless God continue to mercifully lead us.

In closing, I can assure each of you that many of our staff is weary and challenged beyond our own ability to endure. In my opening thoughts I shared about four desperate lepers. We know that we need what only God can perform! Pray for us!

I Appreciate Your Kindness; I Beg Your Intercessions!

Jack Crans, Director  

Jonah 1:2


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