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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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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: I’m Ready This Time!

I had some precious teenagers that night at the juvenile hall.  One 17-year-old said he remembered me from the last time he was incarcerated: “You asked me then if I wanted Christ in my life and I told you I … Continue reading

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Incarcerated Again?

The boys at the juvenile hall were painting decorations for an art competition. I was disappointed to see  Juan back again.  When he saw me he said he couldn’t stop painting or he’d fall behind.  A few seconds later he was … 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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Cursing Girls Respond to God

Five incarcerated teenage girls walked into Bible study cursing and acting disrespectful. I smiled, picked up my guitar and began playing.  They picked up the song sheets and slowly began singing along—songs of praise and worship. A few minutes later I … Continue reading

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A 15-Year-Old Wants Jesus

I was leading Bible study for incarcerated teens when I noticed a boy sitting alone two tables away. He was looking the other direction, but his ear was toward me. After awhile he moved to a closer table, still looking … Continue reading

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Teen With Death Wish Finds Jesus

Jimmy,  a 17 y.o. incarcerated youth, said he was never before interested in God or the Bible.  “Tonight something happened. I was playing basketball and I heard the call for Bible study.  It was strange, but I felt as if … Continue reading

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