Juan Tidwell Sr.
P.O. Box 409060
Ione, CA 95640
Hello. My name is Juan Tidwell Sr. I would like to welcome all of you to Prisoner of Messiah. What is Prisoner of Messiah?
Prisoner of Messiah is a state of mind in which one relinquishes all the rights to themselves and crown themselves with complete servitude to God. The concept is derived from the Sacred Scriptures; many of the Apostle found themselves in this most peculiar position called imprisonment because of their faith. On several occasions, God allowed certain men to be put in prison to pressure physical and even spiritual life (Genesis 37:12-36, 39:1-45:5;Acts 16:16-34).
Biblically, the prisoner is never viewed as some sort of lower lifeform, contrary to our modern society view of prisoners. The Scriptures portray the prisoner as individuals who are often mistreated and therefore should be remembered, visited, and cared for by God's people (Hebrews 13:3; 2 Timothy 1:8; Ephesians 4:1; and Matthews 25:34-36, 40). With this in mind, Prisoner of Messiah is more than a name for my blog. It is a reflection of who I strive to be on a day to day basis. After all, we are all prisoners of something. The question is what.
The Messiah evangelized and changed the world by administering his word through twelve disciples. Although I am not the Messiah and my poems are nowhere close to being as effective as the twelve disciples, I have chosen twelve poems in which to introduce myself. If I have done my job well, these poems will reflect my journey and transformation.
Some may ask why I chose poetry. I'm not sure if I chose poetry or if it chose me. In either case, poetry unlocks my creativity and ability to communicate in a way I'm just beginning to experiences through other avenues. It's as if poetry is my first language while English is my second. Therefore, I feel more comfortable speaking in my native tongue.
I will begin posting two poems per week until a total number of twelve are posted for you art lovers out there. Faith-based artwork can be viewed by visiting: facebook.com/Yahchanon
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