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"My Story" by Ramon Salcido

After the police flew me back from Mexico to jail in Santa Rosa, a crowd gathered at the jail shouting "Kill him! Kill him!" It was a terrible tragedy and the whole world was shocked. I felt that all I wanted to do was die as I had lost all that I had ever loved.

Then a little girl put a Bible in my cell. I read it and accepted Christ as my Saviour. Then my heart was flooded with warm waves of forgiveness and true joy. I felt my prayers were heard and answered. I realized that repentance and forgiveness are the only way to come to God's kingdom. The Lord has rescued me from so much pain.

The Bible is a wonderful book containing God's word telling us of His great love and His plan for our lives. We know positively that we can have a glorious life with Jesus (here) and for all eternity an assurance of Heaven.

How much does Jesus love you? ANYONE can say "I love you." It's easy. However, to really mean it is another thing entirely. Something extra special must happen to a heart that makes it sincerely care about other people. Why? What is it? My heart was cold; torn by shattered dreams. My heart was lonely, hurt and rejected. My heart was struggling for inner peace, my heart was defeated by wasted efforts to find lasting love. My heart was pretending to be happy with phony smiles and words. My heart was running, searching for truth, hope, and comfort. My heart cried out, "Where is someone to love me; someone to help me and show me the way!" My heart heard a gentle voice whisper, "I love you. I accept you just the way you are. Open your heart to me. I am the way, the truth and the life you're looking for." My heart said, "Yes, I will!" Something beautiful and extra special happened. Jesus came into my heart! My heart was flooded with warm waves of forgiveness and true joy. My heart was washed clean; soothing peace of mind calmed all my fears. My heart changed into sincere kindness and love for everyone. My heart was free; life forevermore replaced the dreaded fear of death.

My heart sings a brand new song, JESUS IS THE ANSWER! What about your heart? Have you received Jesus Christ as your Savior and heart specialist? We must personally receive him to be reborn free and clean. The Bible says, "As many as received him, to them he gave the right to become the children of God, even to those who believe in His name." We must first acknowledge that we are sinners and need forgiveness. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Then confess our sins to Jesus. "If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Proverbs 28:13 says, "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy".

If you are truly sincere and want a change of heart, find a place to get alone and pray this prayer, "Dear Father, I know that I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Christ died for my sins. I am willing to turn from those sins. I now invite Jesus Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Savior. I am willing, by God's grace, to follow and obey Christ as the Lord of My life."

For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Ramon Salcido E-79901
San Quentin State Prison
San Quentin, CA 94974


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