Monthly Archives: September 2015

First Kiss on Wedding Day?

I sometimes ask the incarcerated minors in my Bible study, “Is it easy to allow Jesus Christ to be Number One in your life? Is it easy to make Him your Lord?” They’ll typically answer, “Yeah, it’s easy.” Then I … Continue reading

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Don’t Say “I Love You” for Six Months?

When our young friends Susan and Mark were dating, they read a book together.  It suggested that couples not discuss marriage for six months. “Nor should one say, ‘I love you’ for six months.  In fact, you should not say, … Continue reading

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Would You Read to Me from the Bible?

One day Alberto, the former restaurant cook who’d been fired for drinking, called me. He said when he was a child he wanted to know about God and the Bible. “I always wanted someone to read me a Bible story, … Continue reading

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I Read a Whole Book!

Remember my young friend, Annie?  She was working as a waitress before leaving for the university. She was also sharing the Lord with her co-workers. One Sunday she invited five waiters to church! All came but Alberto.   Alberto was the … Continue reading

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Three Words

“Jesus loves you,” she said to the young mother with the sick child.                                     “Jesus loves you,” she told the troubled wife.                                                                              “Jesus loves you,” she called to the woman in the church narthex.               … Continue reading

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My Grandmother’s Childhood

As a 9th grader, our son’s English assignment was to interview an older relative and then write his/her story.  He chose to interview his grandmother, my mom. The following is his narrative. My grandmother was the youngest of four children. … Continue reading

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Incarcerated Teen Surrenders to Jesus

An incarcerated teen was eager to surrender his life to Jesus.  Once he did, he began to change. He shared that he felt “peace” and just a good feeling about his future. I noticed he quickly cleaned up his language … Continue reading

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Aaron is Dying! Lord, He Doesn’t Know You!

Our dear friend and neighbor suddenly discovered he had terminal cancer. We were heartbroken. Aaron was not religious, but neither were we.  Yes, I had recently come to know Jesus as my Lord.  Yes, I wanted to share my faith … Continue reading

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No Touch Policy

I’ve discovered that different jails have different rules for Bible study facilitators. Our jail has a “no touch” policy. That means absolutely no hugs or handshakes. One day while clothes shopping I saw a former inmate who had been in … Continue reading

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Lost Child

Carnival. Crowded. Lots of children, cousins, extended family. Then…our own three-year-old Matthew disappears. Panic! Everyone scatters, searching. I stand motionless, not leaving the spot where he was last seen. “Oh Lord God, I praise and thank You because You know … Continue reading

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