Tag Archives: Galatians 5:22-23

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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The Sign of the Cross and the Holy Spirit

A memory from ministering to incarcerated teens: 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 … Continue reading

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A Christian Tree

Not getting a Christmas Tree this year? Neither are we.  Hey, it’s work!  Moreover, the kids won’t be coming until after Christmas. But still we’ll decorate, keeping it simple.  We have fresh pyracantha berries growing outside, jade succulents and a … Continue reading

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Shopping is Her Therapy? Please!

I once heard a woman say on Christian TV that shopping is her therapy.  I thought to myself, “What an appalling to thing to say!  What a shameful Christian witness!” We are NOT to go shopping for therapy!  We’re to … 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’m in a Deep Depression

Two bubbly college girls were working with us at our Bible table on the beach promenade. We were questioning the wisdom of coming on such a cold day,  when two 20-year-old guys stopped by. The girls engaged them by giving … Continue reading

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Nirvana? Reincarnation?

Our guide in Myanmar explained that Myanmar  (formerly Burma) is the most religious Buddhist country in the world, in terms of the proportion of monks in the population and proportion of income spent on religion. A Buddhist’s ultimate spiritual goal … Continue reading

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