As a kid i was physically and mentally abused by my father, my father a Jewish man fought all his life for being Jewish, but he was a trained fighter, and wanted me to be like him, and like alI children in Israel to be trained to fight for what i was a Jew, but he took it to far, the beatings were supposed to be at times (so he said) preparing me for life. So i grew up hating my dad. i remember i broke my leg at 10 years old and my dad didn't believe it was broken he made me walk on it and then snapped it straight to prove i was faking or tough enough to handle it! i swore that day if i didn't do anything in my life i was going to kill my dad. But I didn't want to do it with a gun or a knife but with my hands I wanted to beat him like he beat me!
i was tough on the outside but I was a broken child on the inside! And when trouble came my way I would fight my way out of it! I had no confidence in any adult cause they some how represented my dad. I was a hurt kid, looking for answers, and i couldn't find any. i joined the Marines, and after becoming a marine still my heart was broken, while in the Corp i started struggling with seizures i would black out and go crazy i didn't know what was happening, they didn't call it PTSD back then after getting out of the Marines, i was searching for inner healing, drugs and alcohol everything i could find to fill the void, but i was still broken. My nick name on the streets of NY was Chico El Loco kid the crazy i started dealing drugs and did a lot of fighting to prove myself, being a Marine and trained by my father i thought i was invincible until one day a group guys gave the beating of my life, so i started carrying weapons guns, knives, whatever would give me advantage but still on the inside i was angry and hurt.
i cried a lot when i was alone and never new why. i could watch a sad movie or anything that had touching things in it, cause even though i had a tough outside, i was a hurt broken kid on the inside.
Soon i found myself sitting in jail and i got in a battle with the guards which gave me bragging rights in jail cause it took 12 guards to put me down, not very impressive considering what a beating I took that day. Finally holding me down on the ground they shot me with thorazine in both arms and put me on two seizure drugs i took one 6 times a day and one 8 times so they kept me sedated.
i was in the hole or solitary as they call it! And a inmate (a Trustee) came to bring me my food and told me that Jesus Christ loved me, but i was jewish and didn't believe in Jesus. I wanted to hurt this kid, but he kept saying that Jesus loved me & had healed him and could heal me too. So i went to church with him just to get him off my back, but something happened in church that day, Jesus Christ did something to me i can't explain. Following the service the Chaplain came to see me a Pastor Austin and ask me if i wanted to accept Jesus Christ into my heart. He told me to try Jesus and if I didn't like him the devil would always take me back. So i did ask Jesus Christ to come into my life that day and He change my life. (Jesus Christ The Gift Of God Set me Free!)
i got convicted of conspiracy to commit murder along with a few other charges but i didn't do the conspiracy, and that was the main charge. i did everything else but not that!
At the time I didn't know that Jesus Christ was working in this, (because although i was not guilty of this charge i was guilty of things that i belonged in prison for, for a long long time, what you sow is what you reap.(Gal.6)
i ended up in three prisons in NY but my final destination was Attica. i studied the Bible every day attended Buffalo School of the Bible while in Attica, i also began ministerial studies with Berean Bible College, which i completed with a Ministerial Degree. For Three years at Attica the Lord Jesus used me to minister to inmates and guards, and i met a lot of great brothers in Christ. My case was overturned 3 years latter, by the Supreme Court, the amazing Christ had once again saved me! The Lord called me into the ministry and i worked at a united Methodist Church, with my Bible Study Teacher from Attica Prison, Pastor Norman Farrington, first as a youth Pastor and then Assist Pastor as i continued College courses! Now i am a Chaplain working in three facilities in RI and i am so blessed to see Christ work in the lives of other inmates as He worked in mine!
( Oh by the way i had the opportunity to pray with my dad to receive Christ in 1988 in a hotel room in Rhode Island, with my family, and we forgave each other and Christ healed our relationship and a year later he passed and i believe went to Heaven. i am sure i'll see him again Thank You Jesus). i also wanted to Praise Jesus Christ cause He healed me of cancer 29 years ago! (Psalm 103:1-6)
i have learned that Jesus Christ Is Lord, and i am sure of it. i know that all of you reading this have been broken in some way, and Jesus Christ came to heal our broken hearts. Jesus Christ is alive, and wants to heal you! Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18
As a chaplain where i share the Hope That Is In Christ, and have seen many men and women come to Christ just because of the Work Of The Word Of God Jesus Christ. Psalm 107:20 He Sent His Word, And Healed them, and delivered them from their destructions! One more thing the Bible says that Jesus will come when we least expect Him so if you are not ready get ready. Jesus said to Come to Him, and He will take care of the rest! Forgiveness is Christ's gift to us all, ask for it in the name of Jesus Christ and be healed! Prayer: Father in the Name Of Jesus Christ Forgive my sin, i open my life and ask You Jesus to come into me. Help me and make me the person that You Created me to be! In the Name Of Jesus Christ i pray amen! If you prayed that prayer you opened your heart, and Jesus said He would come in, (Rev. 3:19-20) so He is In your heart right now! Christ Bless You! Welcome to the family! Pastor Mike

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