Do you aspire to be a “better Christian?” Do you want to deepen and strengthen your relationship with the Lord? Well, I’ve got good news for you! It is possible! In as little as one year, The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries can help you transform your relationship with the Lord!
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8)
Right there! That is how you are going to grow and deepen your relationship with the Lord! You have to take the first steps and draw near to Him! You have to actively seek after a relationship with the Lord. How?
A great starting point is simple: daily study of His Word, the Bible. God has given us the Bible as a history book, a textbook, a praise book, a philosophy book, a book of warning of the coming future, and so much more! By following along with our “52 Week Bible Reading Plan” (available here), daily study will allow you to completely read through the Bible in one year. It is perfect for beginners who don’t know where to start, or for those who have already read the Bible a couple dozen times. Each reading, each study can bring new meaning and realization.
The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries wants to help you! Each day, we will post a summary of the day’s reading on our website, www.theforgivenessfoundation.org. We will also post specific verses to focus on each day. Read through the entirety of the day’s reading. Then come back and re-read the focus verses. Prayerfully contemplate the questions asked about the reading. If you miss a day, don’t worry! Past commentary can be found under our “Scriptures” tab.
Our 2018 Daily Bible Study begins on December 31, 2017, but join us anytime! So, are you ready to deepen and strengthen your relationship with the Lord this upcoming year? Then let’s go!
Updated: June 21, 2018
Please pray for these men and women. Pray for salvation if unsaved, peace if saved, and that the innocent shall be revealed before they are executed. "The Lord is slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." (2 Peter 3:9 ESV).
Due to ongoing legal challenges, Ohio has rescheduled multiple executions, multiple times. Beginning with 2018, this list contains only current Ohio executions. Click here for more information about Ohio's legal challenges.
What does receiving a personal letter mean to you? How does it make you feel? When we look at a return address and realize that the letter is from a friend, we feel loved. We cannot wait cherish every word in the message held inside! In today’s fast-paced world, letter writing is quickly becoming a thing of the past, yet for some, the men and women on death row, it is the only way they can communicate with the world. Since March 8, 2005, The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries has strived to give the over 3,000 men and women on death row the same feeling that you have when you receive a letter; loved. Our letters carry more than just the love of every member of The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries’ team, which include the individuals (like you!) who help finance the letter writing ministry. Our letters also, and more importantly, carry the love of Jesus Christ! In each letter, we share how much Jesus loves them. He has already paid the debt of their sin, the debt of the murders for which they are convicted. We share with them that Jesus has freely paid that price, and that they are forgiven! They must only accept Jesus Christ’s forgiveness, making Him Lord of their lives! The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries works toward honoring the “Great Commission,” with our mail ministry to the men and women on death row. View our donations page to discover how you can help The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries minister to the men and women on death row.
June 22, 2018
Scott Raymond Dozier was scheduled to be executed at 8 pm PST, on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at the Ely State Prison in Ely, Nevada. His execution has been stayed. Forty-seven-year-old Scott is convicted of the murder of 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller on April 18, 2002, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Scott has spent the last ten years on Nevada’s death row.
In 2001, Scott Dozier was a methamphetamine dealer. Dozier came to believe that 27-year-old Jasen Green was going to expose his operation. Dozier shot Jasen and chopped his body into pieces before burying him in an Arizona.
In April of 2002, Dozier was in need of money and convinced an associate, 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller to come to Las Vegas, with cash, for a large purchase of ephedrine, a key ingredient in the making of methamphetamine. Dozier and Miller met on April 18, 2002, inside a motel on the Las Vegas Strip. Miller also brought along a suitcase containing $12,000 in cash.
Upon arrival, Dozier killed Miller before cutting his body into pieces and disposing of them. Dozier then went on a spending spree. One year later, Miller’s torso, chopped in two, was found by a maintenance worker. His head, arms, and legs were never recovered.
Dozier was arrested on June 25, 2002, in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2005, Dozier was sentenced to 22 years in prison for the murder of Jasen Green. In October of 2007, Dozier was sentenced to death in Nevada for the robbery and murder of Jeremiah Miller.
June 17, 2018
Christopher Anthony Young is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Thirty-four-year-old Christopher is convicted of the murder of 55-year-old Hasmukhbhai Patel on November 21, 2004, in San Antonio, Texas. Christopher has spent the last 12 years on Texas’ death row.
Christopher dropped out of school after the 9th grade. He worked as a laborer prior to his arrest. Christopher had previously been convicted of possessing marijuana, evading arrest, and three assault with bodily injury. He also attacked his mother when he was a juvenile.
On November 21, 2004, a security camera recorded a man, later identified as Christopher Young, entering a convenience store at 9:37 am. He appeared to be concealing something in his left pocket. After looking around the front of the store, Young approached Hasmukhbhai Patel, the owner of the store who was working near the rear. Young asked about the cost of cleaning clothes at the store before lowering his voice and demanding that Patel “give up the money.”
Patel and Young moved towards the front of the store, and Young could be seen holding a silver handgun. Young fired two shots at Patel, who was behind the cash register, where he had pressed the panic button. Patel attempted to flee, but Young chased him, cornering him behind the cash register, which blocked them from the view of the camera. Young emerged after a few seconds, concealing his handgun under his shirt.
June 18, 2018
Robert J. Van Hook is scheduled to be executed at 10 am EDT, on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Mansfield, Ohio. Fifty-eight-year-old Robert is convicted of the murder of 25-year-old David Self on February 18, 1985, in David’s Cincinnati apartment. Robert has spent the last 32 years on Ohio’s death row.
Robert’s parents were both heavy drinkers and Robert began drinking as a toddler. His father started taking him to bars at the age of 9. Robert began using drugs, provided by his father, at the age of 11, and continued using drugs and alcohol into adulthood. Robert’s father was violently abusive to his mother, and at least once towards him. Robert was kicked out of the military for his drug and alcohol abuse, to his great distress. Robert had also attempted suicide numerous times.
On February 18, 1985, Robert Van Hook went to a gay bar in an attempt to find someone whom he could rob. Van Hook approached David Self. The two men talked and drank fro several hours before leaving the bar and going to David’s apartment. Van Hook maneuvered David into a “vulnerable position,” and strangled David until he was unconscious. Using a kitchen knife, Van Hook killed and mutilated David and then fled the apartment, taking several of David’s valuables with him.
Van Hook fled to Florida, where he was arrested by police six weeks later. Van Hook confessed to the crime. He was convicted and sentenced to death in August 1985.
This is not Van Hook’s first execution date. After the controversial January 2014 execution of Dennis McGuire, executions were halted in Ohio due to ongoing legal challenges to the execution protocol. Read more information here. As Ohio schedules its executions several years in advance, numerous execution dates were rescheduled, and sometimes multiples times for the same person. Executions resumed in Ohio on October 19, 2016, with the execution or Ronald Phillips.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of David Self. Please pray for strength for the family of Robert. Please pray that if Robert is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Robert may come to find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already found one.