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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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Young Boy Wants Forgiveness

Sunday at the beach we had our table set up to give out free Bibles.  A 12-year-old boy stopped to say he’d lost his cell phone—had we seen it? No, but we’d keep our eyes open. Meanwhile, I gave him … Continue reading

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Teenage Girls Incarcerated

Nine incarcerated teenage girls walked into Bible study cursing and acting obnoxious. I raised my voice,  “If you don’t want to be here, you may leave NOW!  Who wants to be excused?”  They quieted down. I avoided eye contact with … 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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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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Incarcerated Teen Sharing Jesus

One evening at the facility for incarcerated teens,  a new boy walked into my Bible study. He was carrying papers and explained they were from a Bible study he’d been doing. I recognized the papers as those I had written myself and … Continue reading

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