The Remarkable Story of a Texas Man Sentenced to 495 Years in Prison Who Found God, Gained Parole, and Began Incredible Ministry

In a remarkable story of redemption and example of the healing power of God’s love and forgiveness, an ex-convict once sentenced to 500 years in jail is now spreading the word of the Lord and baptizing the prison population he used to live among. Furthermore, he has built a remarkable friendship with the judge who ordered his lock up.

As CBN News reported, Texas-native Ron Adkins received a 495-year prison sentence in 1997, after being found guilty of several home burglaries. The then 22-year-old received 99 years for each of the five counts on which he was charged and picked up an additional five-year sentence for possession of an unauthorized cell phone. A district judge at the time, Robert Newsom upheld Adkins conviction. Little did either man know, they would one day cross paths again.

With seemingly no hope of ever being a free man again, Adkins lashed out—joining a prison gang, racking up some 250 violations, and even ending up in solitary confinement for 13 years. He found himself alone and suicidal, but a worn-out Bible he had neglected for years ultimately became his saving grace.

“Half the pages were missing because I had been using it for rolling papers. I had been smoking cigarettes with Bible papers,” Adkins joked to CBN. “All that was left of the Bible was the New Testament.”

In reading those remaining pages, Adkins came to learn about God’s love and grace. He decided to quit the gang and instead join his prison’s Bible study group. He began taking ministry courses, and, after beginning to display “good behavior,” Adkins received surprise parole hearing, which was initially projected for 2095. In May 2015, Adkins was released from prison.

Once released, Adkins found a job continued to grow in his faith, sharing his powerful story with churches and criminal justice reform conferences. In doing so, he met his wife Dawn Knighton, a former felon turned Christian counselor. His return to church and faith also sparked another unexpected relationship—one with Newsom, the judge who presided over his case decades earlier.

“It dawned on me, I told pastor, ‘You know what? I think that’s the judge who sentenced me to five 99-year sentences,’” Adkins recalled of sitting in church one day listening to a guest speaker that happened to be Newsom.

The men were introduced soon after, and while the introduction was initially a little awkward, the two became fast friends, with the former felon telling CBN News that he never held a grudge against the judge.

“I never did go to prison. I never did do some of the things that Ron has done. But I’m a sinner saved by grace just like Ronnie is,” Newsom explained of the surprise friendship. “We’re brothers.”

Thanks to Newsom, Adkins now works with the local Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department to meet with inmates and share his redemption story. He and his wife have even baptized some of the prisoners and jail staff. Newsom believed the ministry has created a “mini-revival” in the community. Adkins, meanwhile, is just grateful for the second chance he has been given to rewrite his legacy and, through the mercy of God, the legacy of those he touches with his service.

“In the very place where I was sentenced to die in prison, God’s going to use us to bring dead things back to life,” Adkins told CBN News. “And that’s what he’s doing. In the jail, in the worship nights, in the prayer meetings: He’s just bringing dead things back to life.”

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Thursday’s Pen Tip #1

Those who are saved by the grace of Jesus Christ are special in His eyes.

Those who walk away will dwell in an environment known as darkness.

He who is on high is the Light of the world. The only way to see your way through a world of darkness is to plug into the Light. Then ye shall see forever.

He who enters a dark room automatically reaches for the light switch. Hopefully your power source has not been cut off.

He who is on high, the God of all is that light source. Once man has been empowered God’s energy will never fail.

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He Shall Call You with a Trumpets Cry

“The jackal is a predator with only one purpose, kill. It has no value to the human race other than to weed out the weak. Christians, believers of the truth and Salvation that Jesus Christ offers, is the Highest Power and all who accept it are blessed with the rewards of eternal life.

Those who scoff, who want only those things the world offers are the delights of the jackal. He sniffs the air and hones in on the smell of the weak and defeated. For the world is defeated! It shall go by the wayside as a bone thrown from the meat into the garbage can of hell.

Fire shall consume those who live by the false dictates of those who think they are wise for their wisdom shall prove them fools. It is only through the wisdom of the Most High God that any shall receive redemption for their souls.

The Spirit of the Lord shall swoop down as an eagle with its sights on the fish and catch those who trust in the truth and cast aside the lies spoken in the times of upheaval. Lies versus truth set the saints spinning and weaken the truth by receiving the lies.

Stand firm My children, the saints of My kingdom, for peril is in the bushes of deceit. The coming of the Lord is soon to be apparent as the clouds burst open with the Light of the God from above. He shall call you with a trumpets cry and all who walk in His truth shall see His face through the Light of His eyes.

He shall beckon His children and all who stand in their way shall be trampled by the feet of His glory. The time is short, the wars of time shall send those who mock reeling as a tumble weed in high winds.

Stand firm My children for your time of standing before your God is closer than you think.”

By the Holy Spirit – 10-16-08

Scripture ref’s: Heb. 6:8 – Rev. 19:20

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The Stone lies Dead

“Sin hinders the clarity of the Lord. Ye who walk in the ways of the world, your ears shall be closed to His truth. Eyes are blinded, lips parched, for there is no Living Water flowing from your well.

Let not your hearts be turned to stone for stones reveal only the tides of time. Smooth and cleaned yet there is nothing inside, except a core of cold hard stone.

Appearances may dazzle but the Lord knows the heart. The heart that cries out in love and mercy, the heart that sings and praises the Lord brings joy to the One above.

The stone lies dead in the dry river bed, nothing touches it but the sun. Vultures fly far above and see nothing there to even pick.  The heart of stone closes out all and all who see, for to see would change the heart.

Woe to those who seek, but not the kingdom of God, for the stones shall bring them down. In ancient times stones buried the dead. He laid behind the stone. But in power and love He shed the stone and rose to be the Lord.

Bow before Him all ye sinners. Kneel before Him all you kings. The glory of the Lord shall spread throughout the land and only stones will not be moved.

Have mercy dear Savior for those who fall for they shall never rise.”

By the Holy Spirit – 10-18-06

Scripture Ref’s : Mt. 23:16-17 – Ez. 11:19, 36:26 – Amos 5:24 –

Is. 45:23 – Ro, 14:11

 

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Happy? Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day and I have avoided turning on the T.V., going to church, and those things that remind me of what a mother is supposed to be but that many of us did not experience.

Growing up in an abusive home where the abuse is ignored or perpetrated by the mother does not leave happy memories for many of us. Whether it was the Dad doing the abuse or the mother inflicting the physical or emotional pain, it leaves more than just a bad taste in the mouth of the surviving child/adult.

We hear from the pulpits across America the testimonies of those mother’s that raised their children in loving and caring homes. I’m happy for those children that have those memories. They are truly blessed more than they probably realize.

But what about the others? Those of us that hear the wonderful testimonies and sit quietly trying to hide the tears and shut out the memories of abuse, betrayal, and mother’s that chose to be far less than what God wanted her to be. Every child loves their mother whether they admit it or not. That’s why the pain is so deep.

Many people do not want to hear the testimonies of hurt, pain, and betrayal within a family, especially within a church. “This isn’t the place for that” is what I’ve heard after giving a testimony of an abusive childhood. Even though those testimonies reveal the healing power of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. “It’s just too awful to hear.” So the pulpits are sadly quiet about what reality is to many and how the Lord has healed the hearts of many.

Many of us that have experienced the healing power of Christ do forgive, as difficult as it is. And many times we have to forgive over and over and especially on days like today; Mother’s Day.

In my case, my mother is with the Lord. Praise God because she accepted Christ as her Savior in her late 80’s so I know she is with Him.

But what about those who still have their mother’s? Those who, out of a sense of obligation and a bad taste in their mouth, send the flowers and cards? Honoring your mother and father, as Christ commands, causes some to feel that dreaded obligation but what it means is that you are acknowledging their authority, their position, as your parent.

Forgiveness is a powerful thing. It does not say what they did was right. It does not say we have to have contact with them or a relationship with them. It says we release the hurt, the anger, the guilt, the shame, and the unforgiveness. For our benefit not theirs. Our Father in heaven forgives us as we forgive others. If we won’t forgive then He will not bless us with His forgiveness.

I pray that we may hand our hurt to the Lord and celebrate that there are mother’s who exemplify the Father’s love of His children and set aside the hurtful memories. Forgiveness does not render amnesia.

Blessings to you.

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The Sounds of Joy

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“O’ My children sing your songs of praise. Clap your hands, dance and sing for your voices are music to My ears.

Let all My love fill your hearts, let your music echo throughout the land. Bring praise and joy to all who hear, rejoice upon the land. Carry your tunes far and wide, bring your love to heaven. Bind the spirits who do not rejoice, send them packing with your lovely tunes.

Let not darkness invade your hearts, let not the evil one rob your songs. Lift up your hands in surrender to Me, for I am He who loves to hear the praise of My loved ones dear.

What joy it brings into your heart when love is shown, when love is received. Call out to God in all your joy, let not despair bring forth sorrow for I am with you in all you do.

Rejoice My children, rejoice.

The angels dance upon the clouds, throughout the universe all will cheer. For when your voices raised in love all the angels sing. Let not the times that you are in, the wars, the cries, the times of tears, lead you down a path of pain for you are closely in My hand.

Rejoice O’ children of the Most High God, He awaits the music to fill the sky. Sing loudly, stomp your feet, clap your hands for evil does not like joy.

Praise ye O’ loved ones, your God is listening on the throne. Ring out your words of praise to Him to loves to hear the sounds of joy. Sit in silence for a moment’s time, reflect upon all He’s done. From the cross He came to you to fill your hearts with glee. Rejoice My children for you are free.”

By the Holy Spirit 1-19-07

Scriptural ref’s: Ps. 150

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Stand Strong

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“The wolves are hungry and on the rampage. Their teeth are bared; their noses sniff with the scent of all who turn from God’s precepts.

Oh My children, bow in humble adoration for what is to come you shall escape. Your love, faithfulness, and obedience will be rewarded. Those who turn away have no concept of true pain and suffering. Their fates are beyond imagination and the Lord your God sheds tears of sorrow for they know Him not.

Praise Him, give honor and glory to His name for there is none greater. The suffering that shall come cannot be reversed. He has spoken and deaf ears and stone hearts reject all that He is and says. They shall regret their decision. Pray for them for their suffering shall be great on earth and eternally.

Let not the world steal your joy, your peace, or your salvation, for that is the goal of the wolves who lurk about waiting to pounce. Stand firm My children, let not the stone hearted misguide you. They are lost – you are not.

Reach out in love and if your love is rejected, dust off your feet and move on for there are still those who sit on the fence of destitute and salvation.

Be at peace and walk in My ways for I am the I Am.”

By the Holy Spirit 1-7-17

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