Curtis and The Quiet Hour

I’m going to share a rather lengthy story about an inmate, a battered copy of the Bible – The Quiet Hour hardcover edition, and a godly man named Keith Johnson.

Bible from The Quiet Hour

I first met Keith Johnson in 1991 as he was leading a weekly Bible study group in a State Prison in Norco, California. I was an inmate firefighter working for what was then called the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF).

Inmate Firefighters

Keith was the Director of Prison Ministries for a media ministry called The Quiet Hour. He faithfully conducted his Bible Study at that facility every single Monday night without fail.

I was invited by a fellow inmate to Keith’s bible study. I thought it was odd that the group didn’t meet in one of the designated rooms at the facility’s chapel. Instead, it was held in the staff boardroom. When I got there, I realized why. This was not the typical 5 or 6 guys in attendance – there were 20 to 30 guys crowding into this boardroom! If you were late, you stood around the edge of the room.

Bible study

Keith introduced us to Jesus Christ that night and every Monday night – as characterized in 1 Corinthians 13.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

Every Monday night, we came loaded with questions about how to lead Christ-like lives….as inmates! Keith would weave an answer to our questions from pertinent Bible texts in a way that always culminated with 1 Cor. 13. The words in that chapter together with the liberating Holy Spirit was and still is the key to motivating the appropriate action or verbal response to any situation.

What I learned in that boardroom enabled me to understand parts of the Bible that make no sense if not placed in the context of 1 Cor 13. It enabled me to successfully complete parole while I was a seminary student at Weimar College.

I have shared the same principles I learned in a California prison with Bible students from all over the world, including Japan, Korea,

Venezuela, Mexico, and many countries in Europe.

I just wanted to say thank you to Keith Johnson, a friendship spanning decades now. A big thank you also goes out to The Quiet Hour. I still study and teach out of the same Quiet Hour Edition, Large Print, Hard Cover KJV sent into the prison for me with Keith.

Author: Kitale Kenya SDA Mission

We are a group of mission-oriented people. Pastor Benjamin found us on YouTube from one of our sermons. He oversees a number of churches. They seek biblical truth and have thoroughly enjoyed Karen Zarska Styer's sermons about the experiential aspect of the heavenly sanctuary. Meg Smyth and Denetra Gary continued Karen's work for the next 10 days. Denetra focused more on the science of the brain and how it processes information while Meg focused on the experiential side of a walk with God. Curtis Delzell, an experienced missionary and evangelist, is currently with the lovely people of Kenya. They want continued Bible study as they seek a closer walk with Jesus. Funding comes from personal finances and private donations. Click on the Donate page for ways you can help.

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