Monthly Archives: January 2016

A Tour of Hell

I dreamed I was on a bus tour—a tour into the bowels of hell. The bus entered a cavern and descended a rugged mountain road. The air became warm and humid. As we progressed downward I began to smell sulfur. … Continue reading

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College Exam

It was in the spring of Gavin’s freshman year in college. He lived in the dorm and had just finished studying for an important 11:30 AM exam. At 11:00 he decided to sit in the lounge to clear his mind … Continue reading

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God’s Word Speaks to Teens

I started something new with the incarcerated teens. In addition to our regular lesson, I brought an envelope filled with small pieces of paper with Bible verses on one side.  The verses were either a promise from God’s Word, or … Continue reading

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Stinky Cigarettes!

When our kids were small I did what my mother did with us—I talked to them about cigarettes. We’d drive past the nearby high school and see a group of teenagers on the corner smoking. I’d say, “Look, kids! Do … Continue reading

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Group Home Teaching at the Beach

There was a great deal of activity around our Bible table today. But the highlight was the precious group of teenage girls from a group home. One said she rarely sees her parents. When they’re together she feels angry. When … Continue reading

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The Sign of the Cross and the Holy Spirit

Many incarcerated minors call themselves Catholic, even though they may be unchurched. They are proud to show their tattoos of rosary beads, the Virgin Mary or the crucifix. They are quick to make the sign of the cross when we … Continue reading

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Please Pray! They Want to Kill Me!

One morning on the college campus a female student came to our table asking for prayer. She was afraid for her life.  She said some girls hated her and had threatened to kill her! We immediately gathered around her and … Continue reading

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The Prince

Do you know about Bright Lights?  A 12-year-old girl attended a Bright Lights Radiant Purity Conference for preteen and teenage girls.  She retold the following story upon her return: “Once upon a time there was a princess who lived in … Continue reading

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Teacher Power

When I was 15 our high school had over a dozen YMCA clubs on campus.  I belonged to one. Whether we were male or female, we still belonged to the Young Men’s Christian Association. I used to wonder about that, … Continue reading

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What IS a Christian Anyway?

A female inmate asked me the question, “What IS a Christian, anyway?” I decided to let the other women in the group offer an answer to her question. One said, “A Christian is a person who prays.” I said, “That’s … Continue reading

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