Category Archives: JAIL & COUNTY JUVENILE FACILITY

Bible study with inmates

Why Did You Come Tonight?

I had a responsive group of minors in my Bible study at the juvenile hall.  I asked them why they had come.  Their answers were typical: “I need to find God” or “I’ve messed up and I need to turn my … Continue reading

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I Was So Worried

I was leading a Bible study in Oakwood 4 – a wing at the juvenile hall. There I met 17-year-old Mario who wanted to turn his life around and follow Jesus. Afterward he asked me if I had been to … Continue reading

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How Do You Know the Bible’s True?

I was leading a Bible study with incarcerated teens. There was a new guy in my group—he’d just turned 14.  The others were 17.  Three years is a big difference with teenagers. The older guys in the group had already … Continue reading

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Teen Wants to Become a Father

I was having Bible study with a group of incarcerated teens when one 16-year-old asked if he could speak with me privately after we finished. Later he told me he is considering getting a girl pregnant. He wanted my opinion, … Continue reading

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Prisoner Prays for Guard

An inmate in my Bible study was transferred to a state prison.  Today he wrote the following: “I was talking with one of the guards whom I have talked with many times. I sensed his oppressed spirit and asked, “Is everything okay?” “That … Continue reading

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Enemies in County Jail

One night I was doing Bible study with two men in county jail who were enemies. They were in the medical unit,  as one had a broken leg and the other diabetes. They lived four cells apart.  I’d spend time … Continue reading

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Prisoners in Lockdown

One evening at the jail I discovered the prisoners in the women’s unit were in lockdown because of disorderly conduct. Those wanting a Bible study would not be permitted out of their cells. So I asked the guard if I … Continue reading

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I Don’t Believe in Hell OR Satan

Jake was a 16-year-old in my Bible study at the juvenile hall. He said for weeks that he didn’t believe in hell or Satan, but he was with us on everything else. I told him that when it comes to … Continue reading

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Sexual Abuse

One evening after Bible study at the jail, an inmate asked if she could talk with me privately. Judy told me her 15-year-old son had experienced repeated sexual abuse by the assistant manager of an establishment where teenagers frequent.  She named … Continue reading

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No Becomes YES!

Remember Jose, the 20-year-old who came to Christ at the county jail?  His cellmate was Stephen,  an angry young man. Every week I would talk with Jose through the small pass-through opening in his door. I could see Stephen quietly reading … Continue reading

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