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  • "The Prodigal Diaries" is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.  (Publisher, Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.) The Prodigal Diaries is Ken's life story and is full of (true) miracles, including drug addicts and dope pushers whose lives were radically transformed by the power of Christ.  His work has had a ripple effect that reached many around the world.

  • "Jeané Rose, The Face of Courage" was released in January, 2019, and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo. (Publisher, Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.)  Jeané Rose. the Face of Courage, was inspired by true events.  This is a gripping story of love, betrayal, and the amazing power of forgiveness.  One young woman reader described it as "a whole box of Kleenex good." 

  • Ken's Autobiography -- The PRIZE -- Good News for Muslims and Christians -- Who's the Real Fanatic? -- The Evil that Walks Among Us -- Born Again, Why? -- Radio Years -- Unanswered Prayers,  Why? -- Why Do We Seem to End Up Hating Each Other? -- Ken Sounds a Warning -- Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen To Good People? -- VISIONS  -- Has America Gone Too Far? -- The Balance of Spirit and Truth -- Check-the-Box Christians -- TYRANNY of the MINORITY -- What is . . . THE CHURCH? -- My Interview with Ted Kennedy -- MIRACLES -- My GREAT APOLOGY -- Ask Anything in My Name --  What Do Pharoah, Pilate, and Hitler Have In Common? -- SUPERNATURAL FAITH vs. RELIGION -- Why Did Jesus Have to DIE for My Sins? -- PILATE'S DILEMMA -- The GIFTS of the SPIRIT and the OCCULT -- The BEST of TIMES, The WORST of TIMES -- MIRACLES at a COTTAGE -- The NEW MORALITY
  • Ken is an author living in Southern California. His first book, "The Prodigal Diaries," chronicles his life from his salvation to his infilling of the Holy Spirit and to his call of God to begin a ministry in Florida. The book is full of (true) miracles including heroin addicts healed instantly without withdrawals. It also dramatically tells of his team of former dopers and drug pushers going into the schools of Florida for voluntary assemblies with amazing results, and taking his team to a rock festival near Tampa in which a rock singer, with a microphone in one hand and the other shaking his fist at God, screaming out "If God's so #@xx real give us a sign. If God's so #@xx real make him stop this rain," and immediately God answered with a lightning bolt and a ball of fire as the stunned crowd looked on. The book also reveals how that, in spite of the miracles and changed lives, turmoil at home eventually found him running from God -- a modern-day prodigal whose return to the Father heart of God is a message of hope and inspiration.   

  • "Over the years I have been privileged and humbled to lead many to the Lord Jesus. 'Privileged' because it is such a great joy to be present when someone comes out of darkness and into the light, and 'humbled' because God chose to use me. When He asked me I said 'yes.' -- that's all.  I was willing. Nothing more. But there are also times when I am so very ashamed, and feel so very guilty -- not because I could have done more, but because I did nothing! There are those I could have witnessed to about Jesus, but instead I either ignored them, or if I spoke to them at all I babbled on about things of no value. I should have done everything in my power to lead them to Christ, but instead I did nothing. For someone who has seen the things I have seen, and experienced the things I have experienced, to have done nothing  means I failed them, and I failed the Lord. So if anyone is inclined to think that I am proud or boastful, I am instead ashamed. To have held 'the keys to the kingdom' and then failed to unlock the chains of darkness for someone who is lost is the greatest failure of all." - Ken

  • "I was about to speak at a gathering once when someone announced me as having 'led thousands to the Lord.' I quickly responded with 'I don't know about that, but I do know . . . it was never enough.' When these things happened instead of trying to take credit I often would find a corner and weep, because I knew what I came from -- a miserable sinner saved by grace. When I think of all of the  great men and women of faith who have accomplished so much in their ministries for the gospel of the kingdom I am thrilled, yet humbled. When someone is saved, or healed, or set free from bondage it gives me 'joy unspeakable.' I can never get enough of God's mercies. Although I no longer speak to great crowds I am just as thrilled to bring hope, encouragement, and a touch from God to all I encounter, even if it's just one. The best I can hope for is to someday hear, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant.'" -- Ken



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"Why Did Jesus Have to DIE for My Sins?”


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People Wonder "Why Did Jesus Have to DIE for My Sins?”

by Ken Simmons (written for secular people to help them understand.)

People hear the phrase “Jesus died for my sins” and they wonder . . . “Why?" This doesn’t make any sense.  If he was the son of God then why did he have to DIE for my sins?  Couldn't he have simply said, 'I forgive you of all your sins' and be done with it?"  More than one billion people believe in Islam, and Mohammed didn’t die for the sins of Muslims any more than Buddha died for the sins of Buddhists.  The world doesn’t understand this and Christians have done a very poor job of explaining it. 

There is a scripture that says, “. . . without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness ('of sin' is implied)” (see Hebrews 9:22.)

For whatever reasons God, in His wisdom, has required blood sacrifice to atone for the sins of mankind.  Without going into the details of how and why many of the various sacrifices were required, they were spelled out by Moses in considerable detail in the Old Testament.

When Moses made his demands to Pharoah saying, “Let my people go” there were many plagues sent to convince Pharoah that defying the will of God wasn’t such a good idea. Following the plagues of locusts, frogs, the Nile turning to blood, and blisters and boils, the final plague got Pharoah’s attention because it required the death of all first born children in Egypt, which included the Pharoah’s own son.

The only way for the Hebrews to avoid the death of their own first born was to apply the blood of a perfect, spotless lamb onto the door posts and lintels of their houses.  This would cause death to “pass over” the houses of the Hebrews.  To this day Jewish people still celebrate the "Passover," and that is also why Christians to this day refer to Jesus as “the Lamb of God” since He was the spotless (sinless) sacrifice for the sins of mankind.

The next question would seem to be, “If God required Jesus to be sacrificed for our sins, why did he have to suffer so much?  Why did he have to go through such excruciating pain?" (Note: the word excruciating comes from the origins of the word “crucifixion.”)  Jesus was spit on, tortured and beaten beyond recognition.  They lashed him with leather whips that had pieces of bone and metal on the ends, ripping his flesh open to the bone.  They shoved a crown of acacia thorns onto his head, causing blood to run down his face. "Couldn’t the Romans have just killed him quickly without all the torment?" The simple answer would seem to be that . . . great sin requires great sacrifice.

Most people are unaware that Jesus took on Himself all the horrific sins of mankind, in essence He became sin itself.  When Jesus said in the Aramaic language, "Eloi Eloi lama sabachthani" (“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”) this was in fulfillment of prophecies written about 1,000 years before Jesus was born (read the 22nd Chapter of the Book of Psalms. Incidentally, as you will read, it also spells out in detail the crucifixion of Jesus several hundred years before crucifixion had even been invented.)

Because God could not look upon sin, even the sin that Jesus had willingly taken upon Himself, for that brief moment God could not look upon Jesus, and Jesus cried out "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" which was the literal fulfillment of the 1,000-year-old prophecy. Immediately afterward Jesus descended into hell, confronted Satan, and conquered death, hell, and the grave so that those that believe on Him would never have to stand before a righteous God and hear the words, “Guilty!” We all have a death sentence on us because of sin, but Jesus took our death sentence upon Himself.

You may have a new appreciation for the next time you hear someone say, “Jesus died for my sins.”

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