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 

October 2018



Judges 2:7-12 “And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that He did for Israel...and also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which He had done for Israel...and they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were around them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.”

My wife Sue has been very busy in the camp kitchen, in the office but also in the study and presentation of God’s Word. In one of her recent studies, she touched upon the life of Samson that caused me to go back and glance over the opening chapters of Judges. The text goes on to say “they could not any longer stand before their enemies. Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed.

I clearly remember the 60’s and the civil unrest that threatened our national stability. Today, the moral consensus has been brought to ruin and even within the professed household of faith, there is a forsaking of all that is holy. I’ve long been engaged in realms of criminal justice and our experience within the ranks of law enforcement, prisons and communities reveals a distress of nation imminent upon us all. We often refer to police as the "thin blue line" between forces of good and evil; oh, that we obey the mandate to pray for such as are ordained to this legitimate authority.

The full text include:

• A Busy Camp

• Rise Internship Update

• Prisons Cry Out To The Church and

• Suggested Reading

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Dates To Remember

• Join us on Sunday, April 3 from 3:30 - 5:00pm at Camp at Old Mill for Prayer! These prayer meetings are normally scheduled for the fourth Sunday of every month but due to Easter weekend the March meeting was moved into April.

• Our Fourth Sunday Nights are already set for summer. Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 26 (6pm) for the preaching of Dr. Woodrow Kroll. We intend that our gatherings be centered in themes of repentance and solemn assembly. The backdrop of our nation’s travail ought to ignite altars of prayerfulness!

• County Corrections Gospel Mission will host the international Directors and Instructors of the Pointman Leadership Institute from Saturday, May 12 to Saturday, May 19. We want to be excellent hosts to 45-50 precious leaders who serve in law enforcement commands in nations including Nigeria, South Africa, Bolivia, the United Kingdom, the Central African Republic and the United States. We need airport drivers, individual sponsors and funding to give our very best effort in the care and encouragement of these experienced warriors and servants of the Gospel.

• On Wednesday, May 18, with the kind support of Dr. Gordon Eck and Brandywine Manor, we plan to host an Honors Night for our own region’s police commands that shall include the most wonderful presence of the Honorable Ed Meese (U.S. Attorney General in the Reagan Administration).


Prison And Reentry Ministry In Chester County

Pastor Jack Crans, Director of the County Corrections Gospel Mission, was appointed as Administrative Chaplain of the Chester County Prison in 1973. In this position, Chaplain Crans is responsible to manage and coordinate all religious meetings and counseling services for inmates and staff at the Chester County Prison.

Congregations and individuals are invited to assist the chaplain to serve the prison population through the Religious Volunteers/Visitors Program.

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Resources for Reentry

It is vital for successful reentry into society that returning citizens are embraced by those closest to them, by their family, the community and especially by local churches that collectively form the Body of Christ. A comprehensive and multi-faceted approach is necessary and essential to help the returning citizen become a healthy and productive member of their family, their community, their country and the Kingdom of God.

Below is a collection of resources (to be updated) that the returning citizen and their support teams can explore to help solve the problems they encounter after release back into society.


1. Visit the Books We Recommend-page of this website

2. Books these authors:

"Help! My Loved One is in Jail! What Do I Do Now?" by Lennie Spitale

"Sentenced - Now What? Relationships during Incarceration" by Lennie Spitale

"Coming Home! A guide for Those Receiving a Loved One Back From Prison or Jail" by Lennie Spitale and Karen Swanson

Answering The Call - To Stimulate and Train Christ-followers toward focused Lives of Witness and Discipleship" by Karen Swanson

"Help My Child's Been Arrested! A Parent's Guide to Navigating the Juvenile Justice System" by Scott Larson and John Kinsley


1. Institute for Prison Ministries at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton, IL

Resource Lists 

1. Download the most recent Chester County Community Resource Guide (July 2013).

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