The Contender – A Cry From Jack’s Heart

November 2021

Revelation 1:17,18 “And when I saw Him, I fell at his feet as dead. And He laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

Emptied, Stripped, Spoiled & Slain

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) once made this powerful statement:

“Low thoughts of the Lord Jesus Christ are exceedingly mischievous to believers. If you sink your estimate of him you shift everything else in the same proportion. He who thinks lightly of the Savior think so much less of the evil of sin; and consequently, he becomes callous as to the past, careless as to the present, and venturesome as to the future. He thinks little of the punishment of sin, because he has small notions of the atonement made for sin. Christian activity for right is also abated; as well as holy horror of wrong.

He who thinks lightly of the Lord Jesus renders to him but small service; he does not estimate the Redeemer’s love at a rate high enough to stir his soul to ardor…the Lord loves best for pupils, those who lie lowest before him…here then, we shall notice, that when the children of God become exceeding faint and feeble, and their own sense of impurity and nothingness becomes painful, and even killing to them, the Lord has ways of restoring and reviving their spirits…the most spiritual and sanctified minds, when they fully perceive the majesty and holiness of God, are so greatly conscious of this great disproportion between themselves and the Lord, that they are humbled and filled with holy awe, and even with dread and alarm…it is an infinite blessing to us to be utterly emptied, stripped, spoiled, and slain before the Lord.

Our strength is our weakness, our life is our death, and when both are entirely gone, we begin to be strong and in very deed to live. To lie at Jesus’ feet is a right experience; to lie there as sick and wounded is better, but to lie there as dead is best of all; a man is taught in the mysteries of the kingdom, who comes to that.” 
(Spurgeon Commentary)

Broken & Contrite

Oh, how I long to sit with each of you in the old chapel at the Camp at Old Mill and spend an entire day musing on the intersecting of Psalms 45, Hebrews 1 and Revelation 1.

Many of you read my earlier thoughts regarding Psalms 45:1,2 and I can assure you that my musings have been in these three wonderful texts just noted. C.H. Spurgeon preached concerning these themes on the Lord’s Day, January 7th, 1872.

It all reminds me and calls me to the most needful theme of John Bunyan’s last writing concerning “the excellency of a rightly broken and contrite heart.” (The Acceptable Sacrifice)

A Promise Made

This brings me to another vital thought concerning the original charter of the Old Mill Bible Conference Association of 1933. It was in 1992, in the providence of God, that County Corrections Gospel Mission began to establish its headquarters on these dedicated grounds in Brandamore, Pennsylvania. We covenanted with Philadelphia College of the Bible that for 20 years we would guard the facility and not sell it. It will soon be 30 years since that promise was made and we have every intention, by the grace and mercy of God, to continue and prayerfully surrender ourselves to the most needful perpetuation of the founders’ statement of faith:

  • The Deity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
  • The Need and Efficacy of the Sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ for the Redemption of the World
  • The Presence and Power of the Holy Spirit in the Work of Redemption
  • The Divine Institution and Mission of the Church
  • The Divine Inspiration, Integrity and Authority of the Bible
  • The Broad and Binding Obligation Visiting Upon the Church for the Evangelization of the World
  • The Consummation of the Kingdom in the Glorious Appearing of the Great God and Our Savior, Jesus Christ

It was written with great hope on May 5th, 1933; that the glorious work of the Gospel would exist perpetually. It’s with deep soberness and thanksgiving to God that we now find ourselves in an historic hour of national frailty. I say with Amos: “I am no prophet, neither am I a prophet’s son,” yet, I believe this nation’s frailty has grievous wounds from the failure of our own faithfulness “unto Him that loveth us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and hath made us a kingdom of priests unto God and His Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 1:5,6) I will continue to pray with a most personal urgency: “O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid; O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.” (Habakkuk 3:2)

Investment Opportunity

I am in continual conversation with the courageous and diligent administration of the Chester County Prison. Two on-site Chaplains serve inside the prison daily and engage with the reflected urgencies of the criminal justice system embolden by strategic partnerships with the Bridge Academy Community Center, Providence Church of Coatesville, Parkesburg Point, Pointman Leadership Institute, and untold realms of leadership in many battle grounds of national and international authority. I would rejoice in opportunities to represent so many reflected heart-cries we deal with every moment of our lives.
If you really want to know what’s going on and what great doors are open to us, please ask me, personally. I am available to represent my most heavy burdens to you if you would afford me that great honor and needful expression. So many of you have made costly investments in this mission’s work and I have a heavy sense of responsibility to you. The unspoken and the unwritten is best expressed face-to-face and heart-to-heart! In case you haven’t noticed: there are many adversaries.

New Multi-Purpose Pavilion

Happy Holy Days!

I want to thank you for your prayers and personal sacrifice for County Corrections Gospel Mission. I sincerely need and beg your intercessory work on behalf of CCGM and the noted partners in this letter. I count so many of you as faithful partners and committed helpers of the truth.

The next three months will be pivotal as we continue to experience unprecedented upgrades of our facilities and with you, face a changing nation that is far down stream in its personal, unrepented ruin.

Each day is a merciful grace of God to me, and I can assure you that I am speaking for a staff and esteemed partners who seek God’s face in knowing the times and what to do.                                                                   

Blessed Holy Days! 

Jack Crans, Debtor         

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