Monthly Archives: October 2014

Pol Pot Kills – Tourist Rescues

It was 1975.  Little Bona was the youngest of five sons. One night the Communist forces of the Khmer Rouge came to his village in Cambodia and took his father away, never to be heard from again. Pol Pot’s vicious … Continue reading

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Suicide Watch

I still remember as a volunteer, the first time I was assigned to Suicide Watch at the county jail.  SW is where inmates are held the first 72 hours after their arrest. Many are hung-over from drugs/alcohol and are often … Continue reading

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I Covet Casey’s Toys

Our six-year-old grandson told me he was learning the Ten Commandments in Sunday school. “That’s pretty impressive, Mark!   Tell me what you’ve learned.” He began reciting them, in order!  Then he stopped.  “Grandma, I have trouble with one of … Continue reading

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Evangelism is NOT My Gift!

I have many friends who love God. Yet when I speak of evangelism, they will slowly back away saying, “I’m glad you have that gift—it’s certainly not mine!” They seem afraid that I might try to rope them into something … Continue reading

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Has Following Jesus Changed You?

“Has following Jesus Christ been life-changing for you?  If so, how?”  This question was directed to a contact from GMO (Global Media Outreach).  Her response: “I used to stress about my life, money and relationships. I used to feel lonely, … Continue reading

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Praising God is a Sacrifice?

We had just finished singing about bringing the “sacrifice of praise to the Lord,” when a 16-year-old incarcerated youth asked a question. “I don’t get it.  Why would singing praises to God be a sacrifice?” “Good question, Jack!  Let me ask … Continue reading

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College Student with an Attitude

While on the college campus with our Bible table,  a student stopped to look over our books. I asked her if she’d like a free Bible and she gruffly replied, “NO!” Uh Oh!  The girl has an attitude!  I stepped … Continue reading

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Son in Drug Rehab

We were eating in a quiet restaurant. There was one other diner eating alone.  He greeted us when we arrived and began sharing his sadness over his 19-year-old son in drug rehab. I asked him if he had a faith background. … Continue reading

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Praying Together, Staying Together

Can praying together hold a marriage together? Perhaps. It seem that most incarcerated teens are from single-parent homes—but not all.  One night a 17-year-old was grieving over disappointing his parents by getting into trouble. “They are good parents. They have been … Continue reading

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Fishing Off the Pier

What interesting people one meets while fishing off the pier with five grandchildren! We first met a homeless guy who sold us his mussels for bait.  I did not realize what a HUGE undertaking it would be to attempt to … Continue reading

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