Category Archives: JAIL & COUNTY JUVENILE FACILITY

Bible study with inmates

I Don’t Believe in Hell OR Satan

A memory from my years ministering to teenagers: 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. … Continue reading

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I Was So Worried

A precious memory from my years doing ministry with teens: 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 … Continue reading

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Sexual Abuse

A special memory from my days doing jail ministry: 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 … Continue reading

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Sleep Paralysis

I was doing Bible study with a prisoner who told me she often has sleep paralysis. When this occurs she feels she’s awake.  Her hearing is keen,  yet she cannot move any part of her body. She cannot even open … 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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Clean Up Your Language!

An important teaching during my years doing Bible ministry with incarcerated teens: Incarcerated teens who come to Bible study often make a decision to follow Jesus.  Yet many of them have a habit of cursing and they want help in … Continue reading

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Inmate – Look of Fresh Innocence

A remarkable story from my years doing jail ministry: There was a precious 22-year-old in my Bible study at the county jail. Kimberly was unusually attractive, with the look of fresh innocence. She rarely smiled, but I was drawn to … Continue reading

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Do Christians Need to be Different?

A precious memory from my years doing jail ministry: I was speaking to a group of prisoners, explaining that many people claim to be Christian, but they live and act no differently than anyone else. If people are truly Christian, … Continue reading

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Please – No Bible Study, Just Prayer!

A precious memory from my years doing jail ministry: A group of incarcerated teenage boys followed me into the classroom.  None wanted to come for Bible study.  Instead, they were only coming so I could pray for them. Each shared … Continue reading

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WHY Pray for the Courts? – Part 2

Daphne was standing in the hall of the local courthouse holding her Bible.  She was wearing her  Pray for the Courts  badge when a man came up.   “Are you here to pray that God will rain down fire from heaven … Continue reading

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