Studying The Bible Changes These Kids

It was 8:30 PM and I had just said goodnight to the guys in my Bible study at juvenile hall. I was closing the door to the unit when I glanced at the window of the steel door across the hall. The deputy must have seen me because immediately the electric door opened, so I entered.

Several boys came rushing up—they had been waiting!  It seems another Bible study facilitator had failed to show.  The deputy assigned us to a round table in the day room and nine boys crowded around it.

They were unusually loud and kept interrupting with questions. I had to tell them several times to settle down.

I knew Jerry had come to Christ a few weeks earlier, so I asked him if he had noticed any changes in his life since the Holy Spirit had come to live in him.

He said, “Yes, definitely!”
“Would you share some of those changes with us?”

He said, “Mainly I think about things differently.
I used to think about getting released and then doing bad stuff.  I don’t think
that way anymore. Now I want to live differently. I want to read the Bible and know God better—and I want to do what’s good.”

I presented the message of Jesus to the new guys. All said they wanted to turn from their sins and follow Jesus. Even those who were having sex with their girlfriends said they were willing to stop. They wanted to get off the wide road of life and walk the narrow road.

The whole group changed before my eyes. The rowdiness stopped. They became solemn and tender.  One said he realizes he needs to write a letter to ask someone for forgiveness. Another said he has a relative he needs to forgive. Everyone had an issue they were willing to surrender to Jesus.

The deputy was standing nearby.  Usually, I leave before 9 PM, but the deputy said that when he’s on duty I can stay  later.  He said, “Studying the Bible is the only thing that changes these kids.”

  • All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.   2 Timothy 3:16-17
  •  Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.    Matthew 7:13-14
  • SONG:  INVITE A FRIEND – By Kathleen

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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5 Responses to Studying The Bible Changes These Kids

  1. Florence says:

    I loved this post. Christ is the only way to change lives. Even the deputy could see this.

  2. David says:

    Hi Kathleen, you make it sound so easy. Oh it is, we just have to ask God to give us an opportunity and then share what God has done in our lives. Thank you for taking the time to share.

    • Kathleen says:

      That’s right. We ask God to give us opportunities and He does. What a joy it is to share what God has done in our own lives and also what we’ve learned from His Word.

  3. Kristi Ann says:

    ( II Timothy 2:15 KJV ) “Study to shew thyself approved unto GOD, a workman ( or anyone ) that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the WORD of TRUTH.”!!

    ( Revelations 22:18-21 KJV ) “For I testify unto every man ( or anyone ) that Heareth the WORDS of the Prophecy of this BOOK, If any man shall add unto these things, GOD shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this BOOK: And if any man shall take away from the WORDS of the BOOK of this Prophecy, GOD shall take away his part out of the BOOK of Life, and out of the Holy City, and from the things which are Written in this BOOK. HE which Testifieth these things Saith, Surely I Come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, LORD Jesus. The Grace of our Lord Jesus-Yeshua Christ ( Messiah ) be with you all. Amen-Amein.”!!

    ( II Timothy 3:16-17 KJV ) “All Scripture is Given by Inspiration of GOD, and is Profitable for Doctrine, for Reproof, for Correction, for Instruction in Righteousness: That the man ( or woman ) of GOD may be Perfect, throughly Furnished unto all Good Works.”!!

    ( Matthew 4:4 KJV ) “But He answered and Said, It is Written, Man ( or anyone ) shall Not Live by Bread alone, but by Every WORD that Proceedeth out of the Mouth of GOD.”!!

    ( Matthew 24:35 KJV ) “Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but My WORDS Shall Not pass away.”!!

    ( Psalms 119:11 KJV ) “Thy WORD have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.”!!

    ( Psalms 12:6 KJV ) “The WORDS of the LORD are Pure Words: as silver tried in a furnace of Earth, Purified Seven Times.”!!

    ( Psalms 19:14 KJV ) “Let the WORDS of my mouth, and the meditation of my Heart, be acceptable in thy Sight, O LORD, my Strength, and my Redeemer.”!!

    ( Psalms 33:6 KJV ) “By the WORD of the LORD were the Heavens Made; and all the Host of Them by the Breath of His Mouth.”!!

    ( Psalms 119:105 KJV ) “Thy WORD is a Lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my Path.”!!

    ( Proverbs 30:5-6 KJV ) “Every WORD of GOD is Pure: He is a Shield unto them that put their Trust in Him. Add thou not unto His WORDS, lest He Reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”!!

    ( Psalms 33:4 KJV ) “For the WORD of the LORD is Right; and all His Works are done in Truth.”!!

    ( Isaiah 40 :8 KJV ) “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the WORD of our GOD shall Stand For ever.”!!

    ( I Peter 1:25 KJV ) “But the WORD of the Lord Endureth For ever. And this is the WORD which by the Gospel is Preached unto you.”!!

    ( John 1:1-5 KJV ) “In the Beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD. The Same was in the Beginning with GOD. All Things were Made by HIM; and without HIM was not any thing made that was Made. In HIM was Life; and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light Shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”!!

    ( John 17:17 KJV ) “Sanctify them through Thy Truth: Thy WORD is Truth.”!!
    ( Hebrews 4:12 KJV ) “For the WORD of GOD is quick, and Powerful, and Sharper than any two edged sword, Piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and Spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a Discerner of the thoughts and intents of the Heart.”!!

    ( Psalms Chapter 117 KJV ) “O Praise the LORD, all ye Nations: Praise Him, all ye people. For His Merciful Kindness is Great Toward us: and the Truth of the LORD Endureth For ever. Praise ye the LORD.”!!

    ( Joshua 1:8 KJV ) “THIS BOOK of THE LAW shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt Meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest Observe to do according to all that is Written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”!!

    GOD BLESS ALL my Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and my Messianic Jewish Sisters and Brothers in Christ-Messiah Jesus-Yeshua and my Devout Jewish Sisters and Brothers and Your Families and Friends!!

    I am Pro-Israel-Yisrael / Pro-Christian and Jewish People who STAND with the Holy Land of Israel-Yisrael and our Judeo-Christian Nation United States of America / Pro-Zionism / PRO-LIFE!!

    Please Pray for Israel-Yisrael / Christian Nation United States of America, and our Christian Earth Everyday “Pray Without Ceasing.” ( 1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV )!!

    ( Psalms 33:12 KJV ) “Blessed is the Nation whose GOD is the LORD; and the People whom HE hath Chosen for HIS Own Inheritance.”!!

    Our ONE True GOD’S LOVE 💕💜 is ETERNAL THROUGH HIS SON Christ-MESSIAH Jesus-Yeshua for Today and Everyday Forevermore!!

    I Love you all Everyone through Christ-MESSIAH Jesus-Yeshua, because HE LOVED 💜💕 EVERYONE FIRST!!

    Love 💕 Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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