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I was found of Thee

We studied the following passage at small group last night, and I felt like the Holy Spirit was speaking to me about Jahar throughout: He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief … Continue reading

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The leaves sing Your praises

As I was driving back to my alma mater for homecoming, I couldn’t help but have my eyes diverted from the road to the reds, oranges, and yellows on a particularly wooded area of the interstate. The trees were gorgeous, … Continue reading

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The Best Thing That Happened To Me

Many of my friends on death row know exactly what started me off doing death row ministry.  They know who God first laid upon my heart.  From time to time, we talk about it – especially when there is news.  … Continue reading

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To My Beloved Future Brother on His 22nd Birthday

To my beloved future brother, I can’t believe this is the third birthday that has gone by since God laid you on my heart.  The love He has given me for you has grown exponentially since that day.  I know … Continue reading

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Those Things He Was Saying Today: Reflections on the Tsarnaev Sentencing

On Wednesday, I attended Jahar’s formal sentencing in Boston.  I had hemmed and hawed for a long time over whether to go or not.  I don’t have a lot of extra vacation days to take, and they didn’t give much … Continue reading

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Calling Each By Its Name

Last fall, several of us started a prayer ministry for people on death row called Operation Life.  We are assigned to specific inmates who are within 3 months of their execution (although that often gets stayed repeatedly), and we commit … Continue reading

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Aha! Moment

Ever have a moment where God just basically smacks you in the face with something and teaches you a lesson that you desperately needed to learn?  That happened to me this morning. As many of you know, some of us … Continue reading

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The Scandal of Grace

“Grace, what have You done? Murdered for [him] on that cross Accused in absence of wrong [His] sin washed away in Your blood Too much to make sense of it all I know that Your love breaks [his] fall The … Continue reading

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Boldly I Approach

He pulls me close with nail-scarred hands into His everlasting arms. Many times I hear a Christian song and immediately think about Jahar because the lyrics speak of what I so deeply desire for him. That song then becomes associated with him … Continue reading

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The Nature of God

As Christians, we often feel like we have a good grasp of the Gospel and that we understand the nature of the God we serve…..but do we really?  I now know that, before God placed Jahar on my heart, I … Continue reading

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