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Mr. Esperanza

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This is the bakery that helped serve me up a new life. Mr Esperanza arrived at this bakery everyday around 3 or 4 am. He would look out the window & see me walking the streets looking for heroin dealers in the area . He would motion to me to come around to the back where he gave me coffee & something to eat. I would enter and see a Bible on one of the tables , he never pushed it on me. He would ask if I needed to take a shower , he invited me to his home where his family lived. His home was right on the way to the crack house where he had seen me visit . He passed me while I begged on the freeway and always waved & smiled. I remember one Sunday he told me that I needed to clean up and take a shower & shave. I didn’t, and that was alright. He started running me and my friend a tab for lunches when we had no money. We talked about what a good dude he was. Then one day , he got a call from a family in Phoenix that wanted to help me & get me off the street. He came to my cardboard box , convinced me it was time to get help, gave me some money for traveling expenses (dope) and because I knew he cared for me , I got on that bus. The rest is History , I have been clean since 2008. Mr. Esperanza is now in heaven . He passed one year later with cancer. I will one day thank him personally, it will be a Glorious day ! Thank you & God Bless the Esperanza family for speaking into my life. Bobby Hayden, Jr.

TBN Second Chance

This weekend we met with Mark Reynolds of TBN Second Chance to shoot videos for the prisons all across America. TBN Second Chance is a ministry dedicated to the lives of inmates, showing them that there is hope despite their situation. Bobby gave his testimony and shed light on the hope that comes from Jesus. Special thanks to Steve Ward of TBN Greenwood for helping out with cameras. We will post videos as soon as they are available! God bless you all, in Jesus’ Name!


Isaiah 61:1
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me;
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
   to proclaim liberty to the captives
      and release prisoners from the darkness.

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Community Corrections in Hamilton County Indiana

Here is an excerpt from Bobby’s experience in the Hamilton County Community Corrections:

Last night in the community corrections unit in the Hamilton County jail system I witnessed ministry like never before. A man entered our Bible study cursing the world, saying he wanted to kill people, cut their throat in their sleep and go out in a blaze of glory. The Chaplin’s hand moved closer to his walkie talkie as I was aware that this was truly a devil’s attempt to end some lives. I asked the man if he knew Jesus and the situation calmed down some. I continued using the name of Jesus as much as I could telling the man my testimony of total transformation through Jesus Christ. The man calmed, he said he couldn’t explain why he even came to the Bible study. The conversation became engaged with the Holy Spirit. He admitted his anger issues, his eyes watered , the atmosphered changed. The Holy Spirit was in the house. There were two other inmates on the other side of the room. The Holy Spirit stirred the one fellow to admit he shouldn’t be alive and that only by the Grace of Jesus was he healed of drinking and given a second chance after second chance. He was ministering to the other fellow and then we all touched hands and prayed together and repented and invited Jesus in our heart.

I put 10 bucks in gas in my car, drove only a few miles, and found people who wanted a change in their life, and accepted Jesus as their Lord & Savior. It don’t get any better! Ministry is about changing lives > period! You can do this right here in your own back yard. Free the captives! Be the Church people. You think your helping someone else and you are, HOWEVER, You will receive a peace that is unexplainable IN JESUS NAME, Amen, bobby hayden jr.

Miracles in Connersville

A few months back, a story was shown on the local news about Connersville, IN and their heroin problem.The news reported 36 drug overdoses in just 60 days. Immediately, Bobby Hayden, Jr. (Founder of Cardboard Box Ministries) felt led by the Holy Spirit to contact someone in that town and was led to an eight-bed recovery house called the “House of Ruth”. A few days later after emailing them, the director of the house, Sharon Cranfill, contacted our ministry. They had been praying and asking God to send an outsider in to help with the drug problem. They were asking for someone who had been through it and overcame it by the Blood of Jesus Christ. Bobby had also been praying about sharing his solution to the same problem, which is Jesus Christ, to the Connersville area. We all prayed earnestly about a visit.

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A week before the Connersville events, at a routine Celebrate Recovery in Greenfield, IN, a lady pointed out to us that, Sharon Cranfill, the director from the “House of Ruth”, had been invited by Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana to attend the President’s State of the Union Address in Washington, DC. Bobby and I were silenced by the work of God. He took a woman with eight beds in a little town in Indiana to the White House!!!

Zechariah 4:10 says,

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord delights to see the work begin.” We were already beginning to see how the Lord was completely orchestrating the whole trip.

Preparation with the Lord for our trips is always key. Often times, the Holy Spirit reveals to us information that we need to know so that we will be prepared to face the events to come. As we prayed, the Holy Spirit began to reveal to us the seriousness of the drug problem in Connersville. He showed us the spiritual warfare taking place over that city. He revealed to us that we were heading to the front lines to attack the problem head-on.

Friday, January 30th, 2015
We awoke early that morning. I remember praying and saying out loud, “I put on the whole armor of God!” I literally felt like I was preparing for battle, making sure I had my helmet of salvation, my breastplate of righteousness, my shield of faith, my waist girded in truth, my feet prepared for the Gospel of peace, and my sword, the Word of God, all with me.

As we drove to Connersville, we watched the sunrise and how the light of the sun was breakingthrough the darkness of the clouds. God speaks to us in many different ways and it was almost as if He was showing us what was going to occur on that trip. Victory. Overcoming in Jesus’ Name. Success.

“The light shines in the darkness, and thedarkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5.

Our first stop was at Community Christian School. At the end of the service, Molly Keener (the Principle) had the student prayer leaders and the other children surround us in a circle and pray over us. Community Christian SchoolCommunity Christian SchoolThey prayed for protection and victory in Jesus’ name for the whole weekend. It was only God to send us to prayer warriors to protect us and build us up for the weekend to come. Molly Keener, the Principle of the school, also gave us an open invitation any time we were in the area to spend time with the children.

Connersville Senior High SchoolConnersville Senior High School After that, we went to Connersville Senior High School. By an act of God, we were in an auditorium in a public school speaking about Jesus. As Bobby started to preach, with Bible in hand, you could tell that there was a certain amount of tension in the room. As the meeting continued and a number of the students became emotional due to the effects of drugs on their families, Bobby began to use the name of Jesus in his story. Without interruption from the teachers, he continued to tell the children how he was delivered from drugs by praying in the name of Jesus. These children are desperate and are looking for answers. We watched the seeds being planted in their hearts. You could tell their hearts were very receiving. We invited them to come that evening to The Haven to learn more about our faith.

We then went to our hotel rooms to rest. As I was waking up, God said, “Look”. I looked and saw a lamp that was always on.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on amountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

Then, I looked directly across from my room and saw a white cross on the school. Then I looked up and saw a silver cross on the top of a church’s steeple. Then, He said“Look” again. I looked down and there was a cross on the ground, as if it was placed there by God. He was showing me that He is with me always.

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“I will not leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5)

We prepared for the next two events. We went to Celebrate Recovery at Calvary Baptist Church and spoke to the folks about their Heavenly Father. We built them up, encouraging them in the Lord. Calvary Baptist ChurchCalvary Baptist Church At the end, we prayed together in a circle, to claim Jesus for that city. We were also praying about the start of a men’s recovery house. In casual conversation, Bobby and one of the leaders at Celebrate Recovery were talking about how the city gave Sharon (Director of House of Ruth) three new houses. A day later, that same gentleman came up to us and told us that Sharon gave him a house to start a men’s recovery house. AMEN JESUS!! God also provided abeautiful, warm meal that evening.

We then rushed to “The Haven”, a youth meeting for teens, ran by Ms. Holly Dunn. Children from the public school showed up! Even a Connersville police officer was in attendance. We started to recognize more people and observed that their hearts were receptive to what we were saying. We started to realize how on FIRE for Jesus each person was and the momentum started to pick up towards Jesus. The idea of spiritual warfare became a reality in their hearts. Bobby & I both gave our testimonies. Then, a young man raised his hand and said, “I want to grow in my Christian faith.” After the meeting, that young man and another young man surrendered and gave their lives to Christ, starting a whole new chapter. JESUS is the ANSWER!

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Saturday, Jan 31st, 2015
We awoke the next morning and went to breakfast at a place called “Stacks”. A group of four people walked in and Bobby took notice. He felt led by Holy Spirit to talk to them and tell them about the community event planned for that evening. Now, timing with the Lord is everything, so I reminded Bobby to wait upon the Lord’s voice when to go. When the Lord said go, he went and urged the complete stangers to come to the event. God then told him to give them $10.00 for gas to get there. This is a testimony received by text message from Ms. Holly Dunn on what happened:

“Bobby just gave $10 to a man named Derek at Stacks. Last night Jonah (another young man, on fire for Jesus) begged him to come to The Haven because he is not ok and evenstruggles to believe in God. Derek immediately called Jonah and asked if Bobby was guy he was talking about. They are both trippin’! As a new Christian himself/fresh from prison, he is working hard to lead others and God just used Bobby to really build his faith even more. FYI: Derek acknowledged that there is no way that Bobby running into him could have been an accident! Praise The Lord! God is good!”

We went to the community event that evening and the group of four were in attendance. They were also aware of the so-called “coincidence” that God orchestrated earlier that day.There also was another woman’s recovery house group that came from Richmond, IN, another troubled area in Indiana. The Holy Spirit brought people all over who needed to hear the message. We were then blessed by a “cardboard testimony” by the women staying at the House of Ruth. They wrote on cardboard boxes old labels they used to have such as “addict, depressed, lonely” and then turned the boxes around to show us who they had become: “set free, alive, joyful”. We then entered into prayer with the community about Connersville. After the meeting, Jessa Lee (a woman staying at the House of Ruth) came up to us and gave us a beautiful drawing of a cross with chains broken off with each woman’s name signed on it. It was such a beautiful gift and we have it hanging up in our Cardboard Box office at home! That night, Sharon gave the house to the men’s ministry to start a men’s recovery program.

Sunday, Feb 1st, 2015
That final morning in Connersville we went to a church, Growing Branches for Christ. We joined the praise team in praise and worship and the Holy Spirit flooded the church as we worshipped our one true King. Growing Branches for ChristGrowing Branches for Christ Two gentlemen, fresh from prison, gave their testimonies of coming to Christ, one of which had shown nine bullet wounds and lived the life of a gangster thug, not only on the streets, but also in prison. Leaders of the prison ministry approached Bobby and told him of the miracle that has taken place in this man’s life. This man now works for the ministry of Jesus Christ, all from the work of a prison ministry. Only God could have designed this modern day tool to preach the Gospel and reach those as stated in Matthew 25:35-36

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty andyou gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me,ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”

After that, Bobby gave his testimony of total transformation, coupled with an emphasis on the importanceof praise and worship. “Prayer brings angels and praise brings the Presence of God,” he says. It is all about praying in agreement. We then went into prayer for the city. This church rose to the occasion as we all prayed in agreement for the darkness to be lifted in Connersville, IN. You could feel the change coming, a presence of light coming into the darkness, the victory for Jesus. We then fellowshipped in the cafeteria and enjoyed a great home cooked meal, with testimony after testimony at every table completely showing the works of God manifesting in this city. The people came together as the body of Christ to take back what was theirs in that town.

We were then able to go over and finally see the House of Ruth. Upon entering, we could feel the presence of God’s love all throughout the house. This is truly God’s prototype of what each recovery house should look like. It has a healing atmosphere. You walk in and it is not an institution. It is an actual house where you can feel comfortable, heal, and be loved. If God has led you to start a recovery house, we urge you strongly to witness this place yourself.
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Front to Back & Left to right: Cody, Julie, Paige, Skylar, Roberta, Brandy, Bobby, Lexi, Jessa Lee, & BrandyFront to Back & Left to right: Cody, Julie, Paige, Skylar, Roberta, Brandy, Bobby, Lexi, Jessa Lee, & Brandy

As we drove home, we knew that we would have to return. Just as a farmer maintains his plants, we would also have to return to see how everyone was “growing”. We felt as if God was saying to us, “A job well done. This is what I have designed you to do.” Even the scars on Bobby’s legs are there to prove that he had been through this bondage of addiction and freed from it by the power of Jesus Christ. This always reminds of us Doubting Thomas.

John 20:25,“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into thenail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

Sure enough, Jesus showed up a week later and told Thomas to put his hand onto His side. We believe God allowed the scars on Bobby’s body to be exactly that, so people would believe in the word and the testimony (Rev. 12:11)

Miracles are all around us, every single day.Amen.

We love you all! In Jesus’ Name,
Lexi Lee Laconi

Hello 2015! Goodbye 2014




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As one year closes, another one opens.
Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!
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"CLOSING THE DOOR ON 2014…"

Hello 2015! Goodbye 2014.

As each year closes, we find ourselves reflecting on the past 12 months. Did we achieve the Lord's will for our lives? Did we accomplish what He wanted us to accomplish? It's a time to reflect, restore, dream, and achieve the new roads that God has paved for us for 2015. We encourage you all with the beautiful passage from Isaiah 40:31 (noted above). 
 

Vision Leads to Purpose

From the Pacific Ocean, to the Sea of Galilee, to the Atlantic Ocean, and the Jordan River, CBM had the blessed opportunity of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ all throughout the world this year, as the infamous Mark 16:15 states. As we develop as a ministry, we also develop as individuals and a team throughout difficulties and triumphs. Through it all, we must remember and encourage you to remember not to stray from your first love, that is, Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:4). A sweet devotion to Jesus is truly what accomplishes His will on this earth and also enriches your personal relationship with Him, like true love!
 

Looking forward
As Paul states in Philippians 3:13,

"… Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead".  

2015 is a breakthrough year. We start the year off with war on drugs in Connersville, IN in January. We continue back down south during the month of February in Georgia to proclaim Jesus as Lord. Our prayer is that GOD leads and that we follow. 

We invite you now to be a part of this ministry, whether it be in prayer, financially, or literally as we take on 2015. All for the Glory of God!

In His Service,
Cardboard Box Ministries

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"Whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me"
– Matthew 25:40



Romans 8

Needing some answers this morning? Let’s remind ourselves of who we are in Christ Jesus.

Turn with me to Romans 8:1-38

Condemnation… Something every single one of us deals with. If you remember a few days ago, we were discussing Romans 7:13-25. It seems that there is this internal battle that occurs almost daily. What’s up with that?

Romans 8:1
“Hence, now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
Condemnation born from sin is no longer part of the law of Christ. Condemnation takes the emphasis off of Christ, and puts it back on you, exalting your actions much higher than Christ. Let’s put things back into perspective and keep our eyes on Jesus. It is not about what we have done, or did, but rather, what He did, the ultimate sacrifice. To consider our sin, is to say that what Jesus did was in vain.

Verse 2 gives us the answer of freedom, for we are no longer under the law, but under the spirit of life in Christ Jesus.
“For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law of sin and death.”
It’s already been done. Receive it, accept it, and move on. Jesus paid it all my friends.

The internal battle is explained once again in Romans 8:5-9, flesh verse Spirit. Seeds and harvests. Read this statement, which further gives us our identity in Christ:
Verse 9, “But you are not in the flesh, on the contrary, you are in the Spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.”
Paul is telling us who we are in Christ, with the emphasis back on Jesus. It’s all about asking Him to come and live in your heart and take you over. Its the opposite of the flesh described in Verse 7.

Again, verse 12, reiterates our position:
“We are not debtors to the flesh” We do not owe our flesh anything. We are set free. Set free from condemnation, set free from having to listen to our fleshly desires, set free from putting the emphasis on “I”, or “Me”, or “Mine”.

Let’s now look at the results of asking Jesus into our hearts

Romans 8:14-38
1) We are adopted as new creations in Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). The old has passed away and the new has come. We have the liberty to transform into these new creations, the ones which the Lord desired us to be from the very beginning. He traded our fear for adoption. We now belong to someone, no matter who you are on this earth! You have a Daddy in Heaven, far above any earthy human on this earth. He sees you as perfect. He made you the way you are. He wants you to come home into His arms.

2)Current hardships are nothing compared to the everlasting glory.
Nothing we go through on this earth, all struggles from self-esteem issues, to an abusive relationship, to a death in the family, is comparable to the glory that is soon to be revealed. Let’s the big picture. Examine the Macro version of your life. It’s all a training ground. Remember Hebrews 11:1!

3)Hope – Verse 24-25
Verses 19-23 reveal that ALL creation (believers and non believers) have this overwhelming desire to be set free from corruption. Somehow, we are downloaded with a set of morals, knowing right from wrong. If we look at 19&20, we see that all creation awaits the revelations of the children of God! Whether we or they realize it or not, they are waiting upon our actions, our values, and our simple smiles at the gas station. Remember Matthew 5:14-16:
“Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father”

THE GRAND FINALE: GOD’S EVERLASTING PROMISES TO BELIEVERS.

Let’s renew our mind and review what God has in store for us!

Romans 8:28-38
Verse 28: All things work together for good for those who love God
Verse 29: He foreknew us, before our knitting in our mother’s womb, to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, Jesus.
Verse 30: He predestined us, He called us, He justified us, and He glorified us. How is that for a Daddy! Reflect upon this in your life.
Verse 31: If God be for us, who can be against us?
Verse 32: Will God not also give us everything else, if He gave us Jesus Christ?
Verse 33: Who will question us? God is our judge
Verse 34: Who will condemn us? Jesus is our mediator.
Verse 35: What separates us from Christ’s love?
Verse 37: In all things we are more than conquerors in Christ.
Verse 38: For I am convinced that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

Let the Holy Spirit remind you of who you are in Christ Today. More than conquerors, loved by God completely, all things working together for good.

Amen, and please have an amazing day.

God bless you and keep you,
Cardboard Box Ministries

Romans 7:13-25

Let’s talk about sin! The internal battle we deal with from the moment we are born, until the realization of Christ, and what HE did on the Cross.

Turn with me to Romans 7:13-25

Paul was very familiar with this internal battle, trying to do good, but could not… Striving for the best, but fell short. Verse 13 starts off right away with the condition of war inside each of us.

Paul continues verse 14 by stating, very boldly, that “Yes, we have been sold into slavery, a slavery called sin, which under the law, defeats us.” He recalls the wounds started from way back in time, in the Fall with Adam and Eve. From birth into this world, we are put under a bondage, a bondage we have no control over, a bondage that sets us up for the need for a Redeemer.

Romans 7:15
“What I do, I do not understand. For I do not do what I want, but what I hate.”
The emphasis again, is on the bondage we are under. All sin contributes the same bondage to our souls. It does not allow us to do good, no matter how hard we try. That is why Paul says in Ephesians 2:8-9, that we are not justified by our works! It is literally impossible to be a changed man under your own fleshly works!

There is no proper explanation of this spiritual pull until you understand that you are under the slavery of sin. There is no good in you naturally. Again, we are set up perfectly for the need of a Savior.

Continue with me to verse 18:
“For I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh. The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not.”
Paul further explains this internal struggle. The flesh vs. the Spirit: both are strong forces but the light has overcome the darkness (John 1:5)

Romans 7:19
“For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want.”
This leaves the gap in our souls. The emptiness, the longing, the desire that cannot be fulfilled. The gap can only be filled by Jesus. We try to fill it with everything but Him! It also opens the door to self-rejection and a loss of Identity. That is why our new identity has to be found in Christ Jesus.
“It is not I who live, but Christ who lives in me” – Galatians 2:20

After we come to the point of being sick and tired of being sick and tired, we look for answers. We want to close this gap… frankly, we need it to be closed! Remember, Matthew 7:7, Ask, seek, and knock, and you will find.” The Lord knows the conditions of our hearts!

Romans 7:21 – Paul continues to describe the struggle, that even when we do decide we want to do good, there is evil at hand! Whether that come from temptation, distractions, or diversions, the devil is a lion, waiting to seek prey on whoever he can devour! (1 Peter 5:8-9; Ephesians 4:26-27)

Verse 24, Paul finally cries out:
“Miserable one that I am! Who will deliver me from this mortal body?”

There is one answer, one conclusion of this chapter in verse 25:
“Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” PERIOD!

Now, lets continue with Romans 8, as a continuation of Roman 7.

Romans 8:1
“Hence, now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
He completely takes out the thought of bringing the slavery of sin down on us. Yes, he has identified the issue at hand, but immediately states, “If you’ve asked Jesus into your heart, you have no condemnation.” Any condemnation is a trick on your mind, and from the devil.

Verse 2:
“For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law of sin and death.”

Amen, We have been set free! It’s already been done! It’s a matter of fact!

Continue with me tomorrow as we delve in Romans 8, the explanation of our freedom, and our Identity in Jesus Christ.

May God bless you and keep you,
CBM