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God is Faithful
Lucy died without family present. Her church family visited her faithfully, but they weren’t aware when she passed away. Yet, Lucy didn’t die alone. God had promised her, “Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you.” He is ever faithful. He was with her. Now she lives with him in perfect joy.   When I first...
God did an amazing thing in class today at the House of Corrections. As we were talking about being works in progress and that God has promised to walk with us through this process, one of the brothers bared his soul. He confessed that he was struggling with his faith because God was not answering his prayers. Indeed, it seemed he was receiving...
I’m sure you’ve probably heard the story of Jonah. You can picture that big fish with his mouth wide open and Jonah sitting in the belly. But would you believe that Jonah’s lesson can bring encouragement to someone in jail?   I had seen Judy almost weekly for the last few months. She had shared details of her life: her...
I had some conversations recently with some law enforcement officers about drug and alcohol abuse and recovery. I’m used to talking about this with people on the other end of the law enforcement spectrum — people who are locked up in a corrections facility or who have been released and hope to stay out. One officer I talked with told...
“Is it my fault?” cried Maggie, whose child was suffering from pneumonia. As she began to tell me her story, I soon discovered that Maggie was undergoing a crisis of faith. Her parents were very “religious.” Their religion demanded certain dietary laws, worship on Saturdays, covering the head, and special dress. Furthermore...
Father's Day
“Happy Father’s Day to the Best Dad Ever!” I read the card, smile, and thank my family, but deep inside, I know better.   I recall my past and I’m filled with shame. I remember moments of self-centeredness, of anger, of sharp words, of doing things I told them not to do. Have I failed my God and family? Let me...