Sacrifice

Sacrifice is an amazing word.  It means so many things, to so many people.  God sacrificed his son for us.  The ultimate sacrifice results in our redemption through Jesus Christ.  What other sacrifices do you encounter?  In the Old Testament, people offered animals as sacrifices to God.  An athlete’s commitment to a sport, causes them to sacrifice things.  A sacrifice …

Technology

I just left a meeting with Mighty Geeks to discuss our website updates. Luckily Tommy was there to speak “geek” for me. I’m lost when it comes to tech language. I got to thinking how lost I am being out here with technology. If I’m still lost, how much more lost are guys inside the walls? Computer technology is leaving …

County Jail and Sunday Church

What does county jails and Sunday morning church services have in common?  Believe it or not, there are many similarities.  The comparison begins by searching the hearts of the people involved.  The majority of people who attend a Sunday morning church service in America, do not want to admit they have sin in their lives.  They are happily wearing their …

Prison vs. Hell

I had a Chaplain tell me the other day that ad-seg (administrtive segregation) was as close as a person could get to being in hell on earth.  Upon entering the perimeter of a unit, he had heard a groaning and wailing.  After further investigation, he realized the men in seg were crying out for mercy.  I began to think about …

Tears

Tears are unusual on the face of a man, unless he is in prison.  Men try to put up a tough image in prison until they hear the Word of God.  Every time we go inside the walls, we see tears flowing freely down the faces of offenders.  Tears appear when you begin to talk to an offender about his, …

99 Years

I recently met an inmate at one of our units.  After exchanging names, I asked him how long he’d been inside.  He politely said 17 years.  I asked when he would come up for parole.  He responded with, “23 more years.”  He had committed his crime when he was 32.  When he turns 72, he will be able to be …

Timeout

Until, I became a Dad, the only timeout I knew was from a sports related event.  As parents, we soon learn that timeouts are a great form of punishment.  When I was a kid, I would much rather have a whipping, so I could go back outisde and play.  A “timeout” was the best form of punishment for me.  As you …

Saturday Night in Prison

Last Saturday night, six people went in to prison to minister to the offenders.  When we left, our hearts were the ones that had changed.  Have you ever been inside a prison?  Whether you are visiting a friend or loved-one, or doing some type of ministry, it forever changes how you view other people.  Romans 3:23 states, “for all have …

Freedom

Freedom is a word that has different meanings to different people.  Webster describes freedom as the quality or state of being free.  True freedom may only be obtained when it is given to the person who requests it.  I’m not only talking about physical freedom.  The freedom I will be discussing in this blog is spiritual freedom.  Physical freedom refers to …