Behind Locked Bars

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By Alex Rodriguez

The following is the continuation to our intro. It comes from a letter we recently received from one of our incarcerated students. I hope it is a blessing to you.

"When I was on the outside of prison, I was very evil. I didn't respect God or Jesus. I was stubborn, lazy, disobedient, and full of the lusts of this world. I never studied the Bible. I never opened it up to read a single word.

The Name of God

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By Shawn Boonstra

He went on to explain that if we don’t get it right, there will be dire spiritual consequences.

Never mind that the pronunciation of the tetragrammaton (YHWH, the four letters used to represent the name of God) has been lost in antiquity. Never mind the fact that the Bible uses multiple names for the God of Abraham, each representing a key aspect of God’s character. He had stumbled into that rather small group that insists the biblical issue over God’s name boils down to how you pronounce it.

7 Times Jesus said "I Am"

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By Jean Boonstra

In the Gospel of John, an all-important phrase, spoken by Jesus, is repeated seven times. Jesus repeats the words “I am.” In this repetition we see the fullness of His character.

 

The Bread of Life

And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst." -John 6:35

Be Still and Know

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By Alex Rodriguez

I was reading about George Whitefield and found that he would read his Bible and pray over every line. He felt that it was important not to speed through the Scriptures. Instead, he would take his time allowing God to reveal to him the lesson that He would have him learn pertaining to the passage. Later, George Müller read about Whitefield’s Bible study practices and adopted this method of Bible reading. Both men claimed that they would learn more of the Bible and of God in one sitting than they had in previous months. As I read these accounts, I felt a burning in my soul to follow suit.

The Stanley Ghost

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By Shawn Boonstra

If you look carefully, there's a shadowy humanoid figure, said to be a woman, standing at the top of the staircase. Some people believe there's a shorter figure to her left, peeking over the railing.

Licking the Bowl Clean

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By Jean Boonstra

Several years ago while at another ministry, it was suggested that I write a couple of television scripts and a booklet about parenting. It seemed logical, I suppose, since I was then in the weeds of parenting a four-year-old and a six-year-old. A preschooler and a first-grader. I was at the stage of parenting where my world revolved around filling sippy cups, driving kids on field trips and tackling endless mountains of laundry. I agreed to the project but it never felt right. I may have been snowed in by the duties of parenting, but that didn’t mean I had a clue about what I was doing.

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The Flying Scotsman

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By Kurt Johnson

He stormed to an unexpected 400-meter gold medal win and took bronze in the 200-meter final. The stage was set for him to become a sporting celebrity, but instead, he chose to become a missionary to China. In 1943, Japanese occupation forces ordered hundreds of American and European “enemy nationals,” including Eric Liddell, to an internment camp in China’s Shantung Province. They had to endure months of boredom, frustration, overcrowding and fear. 

Abraham's Near-Horrific Act

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By Alex Rodriguez

The concern is valid. I’ve wrestled with the same question in the past. I’m relieved that God stopped Abraham from committing such a heinous act. However, this does not change the fact that He requested it. It also does not change the fact that Abraham obeyed. What kind of God would ask for a human sacrifice? And what kind of man would willingly lay his son on an altar and raise the knife fully intending to come down with it? 

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