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Michael was annoyed with a preacher. Not with me, at least not this time: his annoyance was with a pastor he’d heard at the prison worship services recently, and, at least from Michael’s viewpoint, was judgmental and divisive. What Michael heard the preacher proclaim was that the prison inmates were all in a different category from the...
"Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you...
“Two steps forward and one step backward.” It’s an old saying that is used to convey a lack of progress toward a goal. And sometimes, it seems to apply to Gospel ministry.   About four years ago, Kyle was incarcerated in a county jail. Once there, he quickly acquired a Bible and began attending a WELS Bible study. A...
At the Grace Oasis recovery support group one evening we were discussing how we could bring our resentments and conflicts to God rather than let those things consume us and drive us to relapse. One of the guys in the group raised an objection: “Isn’t God supposed to be all-powerful? Then how come he doesn’t stop conflicts and...
It was a rather somber day on the women's unit at the jail. When I arrived, Karrie (an inmate who had been attending my Bible study) asked, “Do you remember Jenna?” Jenna had been a regular part of our Bible study group. Pregnant and nearly full term, Jenna had been released two weeks earlier. “Yea, I remember Jenna.” I...
We may associate a painful experience with the Lord having left us. Poor Gospel preachers may even lead us there, but don’t believe it. Consider these three passages as you deal with your personal or family pain.   "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel...