Son of Hope


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Short Summary of David's Salvation
Video Testimony
from Hell to Heaven
dbj volume april-may-2000 Enemies, Exodus, Rapture
dbj volume july-aug.-sept. 2000 Victory Report
dbj volume oct-dec. 2000 Tears, Prayer, America, KKK Leader Saved
January 2001 Reaching Out to Victims, Forgiving Myself
February 2001 Typewriters, Mayor Beam, Innis Cosby
March 2001EArthquakes, Jim is Dead, Black and Satanic Metal, Zero Tolerance
VOLUME a JUNE 2001 My Birthday, Another Miracle
VOLUME b JUNE 2001 Setting Things in Order, I Will Bless the Lord
VOLUME c JUNE 2001 I'm Only An Example, God's Mercy
VOLUME a OCTOBER 2002 Lockdown, Sniper Shootings
VOLUME b OCTOBER 2002 Caught Sleeping, Larry King, Suffering
VOLUME NOVEMBER 2002a Three For Jesus, Getting Out
VOLUME b NOVEMBER 2002 Jailhouse Missionaries, Wendell Judd
VOLUME c NOVEMBER 2002 Weakness, Thanksgiving
VOLUME (a) DECEMBER 2002 Son of Suffering, Mack
VOLUME (b) DECEMBER 2002 Andy Tant, The Choice is Yours
david wins lawsuit
Favorite Links
pataki letter on parole
David' Full Tract Testimony
anniversary of arrest
everlasting arms
wasp watching
Danny's Song
have faith
London Terror
a hard lesson
an evil time
being there
fascination with serial killers
judge alexander testimony
The Invisible Kid
Jesus at the Door
Red Lake Massacre
Red Lake Aftermath
Torment to Salvation
code orange
code orange
terrorist alerts
cultivating the fruits of the spirit
praying for one another
enduring physical woes
suffering teaches patience
the wasted death of frank di marco
prison violence
a walk in the yard
victory report from brooklyn tabernacle
Jesus gets the credit
chuck's son
making money
comments on gay marriage
richard's divorce
April 2004
April 2004 b
dear friend sister jean
"Danny's Transfer"
response from focus on the family
the power of praise
light afflictions
columbine anniversary
The Lord Uses Women
the other side of the wall
joseph's great example
a plea to young people
changing of seasons
VOLUME AUGUST 2005 a Family Day
volume a May 2006 He's Always With Me
VOLUME b May 2006 1-800-BADADVICE
VOLUME c MAY 2006 Open Doors, God's Will
VOLUME JUNE 2006 (a) Birthday Move, Painting a New Cell
VOLUME JUNE 2006 (b) Prison Retreat, Larry's Coat
VOLUME JUNE 2006 (c) God's Presence, True Love
VOLUME JUNE 2006 (d)Betrayal, Surprise Good News
A Statement of Facts

Remorse Over Bad Judgement 

     I made a big mistake and I'm paying for it.  The Bible

asks the question, "Can two walk together, except they be in

agreement?"  (Amos 3:3).  How true!  God's Word  is filled

with good advice.  If only we would heed it!


     A little more than two years ago I was befriended by an

attorney who wanted to involve me in a youth mentoring program. 

Everything he said sounded so good, but he was not a Christian. 

And even though God's Word says not to yoke up and enter into

any kind of partnership with such a person, I tried to reason

it out.  I teamed up with this man.   My motives were good.  I

wanted to do the right thing.   But because I did not follow the

Bible's instructions in this matter, I went off course.  After

two years, I realized my error.


     I was devastated when the attorney made off with hundreds

of my belongings to include childhood and Bar Mitzvah photos,

photos of my parents, hundreds of letters, my college

transcripts, personal and legal documents, and much more. 


     It was in November of last year when I first discovered

this man's true motives: to use me, and to cash in on our

casual  relationship.  And I did indeed learn a powerful lesson

by getting burned.  I pray, too, that I will never make this

mistake again.


     Nevertheless, the Lord chastened me through my blunder. 

He did not let me off the hook.  For God is no respecter of

persons.   He had to discipline me, and there were times when I

felt  His displeasure because of my poor choices. 


     I have been going through a grieving process over this. 

But I am also on the road to recovery.  At one point, however,

I was thinking of stepping down from my position as pastor of

this prison congregation because I had become uncertain of my

ability to truly hear from the Lord.


     I do not want to dare stand behind a pulpit to preach to

men if I cannot discern what God is speaking at any given

moment.  To many souls could get hurt by a minister who speaks

from his flesh, and not from the Spirit.


     God, though, strengthened and encouraged my heart through

this experience.  I am still grieving.  I suffered personal

loss.  And I suppose my ego has also been hurt. 


     After all, it is painful and embarrassing to realize that

one has been duped and deceived.  That  somehow a con man

penetrated my defenses and played me for a fool.  Yet the Lord

has been a patient teacher.  I'm wiser now, and much more

cautious.  I will forever be more discerning.  I will continue

to be forgiving, too.


David Berkowitz

January 20, 2005

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