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The Gospel at Gunpoint
Two weeks ago on "BreakPoint," I shared with you the crisis
facing this nation's criminal justice system. With half-a-million
prisoners being released each year--two-thirds of them re-offending,
50 percent of them being re-incarcerated--we are discovering that
we simply must be changing the hearts of criminals.
Thankfully, Christian volunteers are stepping up to the task of
mentoring inmates. And faith-based programs, such as Prison
Fellowship, are discovering innovative ways to bring Jesus into
the prisons. But there is still a question, and it is one that may--
unfortunately?hit you where you live. What do you do when crime meets you?
I came across an amazing story the other day that reminded
me just how much being a follower of Jesus can shape the
way you face what you hope you never have to face: a thief
at gunpoint. Maybe you saw the story, too.
Ninety-two-year-old Pauline Jacobi had just finished loading her
groceries into her car at a local Wal-Mart in Dyer County,
Tennessee. She got in her car, and a moment later, a man
climbed into the passenger side. He said he had a gun and that
he would shoot her if she did not hand over her money. What
she did next did not involve pepper-spray or martial arts, but
it did save her life and may have saved his.
Pauline calmly refused her would-be robber three times. Then
she said, "You know, as quick as you kill me, I'll go to heaven
and you'll go to hell." Then she told him that he needed to ask
God for forgiveness. "Jesus is in this car," she said, "and He
goes with me everywhere I go." Jacobi said that the man looked
around, and then tears began to come to his eyes.
For 10 more minutes, Jacobi shared with the man. Finally, he
said, "I think I will go home tonight and pray." But Jacobi told
him that he did not need to wait to pray; he could pray now.
Then Jacobi, voluntarily, offered the man all the money she had
on her, 10 bucks, on one condition--that he not spend the money
on whiskey. After that, the man kissed her on the cheek, got
out of the car, and walked away.
You know what really impresses me about this story is how
this woman's faith informed her in this moment of crisis. She
was not using her faith to save her skin. It was simply a faith
that was so close to the surface, she could not help but
respond from it. Her audacity could have very well led to her
death. But the beauty of it was that even if it had, she knew her
Maker and had a secure future hope.
Is your faith so close to you that in the time of ultimate testing,
it rises to the surface that quick? Or if you have been the victim
of crime, is your faith informing how you process that experience,
how you think about forgiveness, how you think about justice, and
how you hope for restoration?
We live in a fallen world, a world in which crime is a tragic reality.
We cannot control always when or how it may visit us, but we can
be ready with a faith fit for any trial--including that one.
Mark Earley, 50, former State Senator (1987-1997) and Attorney
General of Virginia (1998-2001), became president of Prison
Fellowship on February 1, 2002.
As President and CEO of Prison Fellowship USA, Earley oversees
the national ministry founded by Charles Colson in 1976, which has
since spread to 108 countries in addition to the United States. Prison
Fellowship's core commitments are Fellowshipping with Jesus, Visiting
Prisoners, and Welcoming Their Children. In line with these commitments,
PF works with thousands of churches and volunteers across the U.S.
to disciple prisoners and prepare them to re-enter the community; to
minister year-round to prisoners' children through Christmas, camping,
and mentoring programs; and to help redeem the culture by embracing,
defending, and applying a clear biblical worldview.
You can contact Mark via the Prison Fellowship website at: http://www.pfm.org
Creation Q & A
Question: What Did the Tower of Babel Look Like?
A: The simple answer is that the Bible does not tell us. All
we know is that God intervened before the construction project
was completed. Studying the oldest buildings from the area,
archaeologists assume the Tower at Babel looked like a ziggurat.
But we can't just study later buildings and calculate backward.
The people at Babel had a unique opportunity. The incredible
engineering skills of all mankind were together in one place.
But when God split them up, each family took their talents with
them. So the later founders of Babylon and Egypt lacked the
expertise of their forefathers.
We can only imagine what their original plans looked like.
Perhaps they designed an enormous city that would require a
thousand years to complete. After all, they probably expected
to live a thousand years, as people did before the Flood.
It is possible that they had unique construction materials available
after the Flood. Thick layers of lime and other sediments may not
have hardened. Perhaps these materials could be formed into
bricks as strong as concrete blocks we make today.
To read the rest of this article and to see Tower of Babel
reconstructions over the years, see What Did the Tower Look
Like? from the new issue of Answers magazine at:
Click on the Bible above or visit the web site listed below!
This new addition to our web site will give you an article on the leading news in the
Creation/Evolution controversy each day.
This section also includes a rotating Question and Answer feature and a weekly
Creation Comic strip from the people at AnswersInGenesis.org.
Be sure to come back and visit each day for an informative article that will
help you keep up to date on the latest news in this controversial area!
Thought For The Day
"As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men
say. I just watch what they do." --Andrew Carnegie
Verse for the Day
"Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show
you my faith by what I do." James 2:18
Kid's Thought For The Day
"Whether your in or out, you usually want to be the other."
Parent's Thought For The Day
"Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones
we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry."
Coach's Thought For The Day
"Hustle is: doing something that everybody is
absolutely certain cannot be done. Earning a
position because you learned it first, or stayed
with it when everyone else gave up. Getting
other players to say yes when they have already
said no. The sheer joy of winning. Heaven if you
are a hustler, torture if you're not."
Creation/Evolution Thought For The Day
"Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God
bursts through everywhere." --Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Writer's Thought For the Day
"The two most beautiful words in the English
language are 'check enclosed.'" --Dorothy Parker
Deep Thought For the Day
"How do you pronounce my name? With reverence."
Inspired Audio -- Inspirational Audio Message of the Week!
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we will offer a different audio message that you can listen to right on
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the house. Be sure to come back and visit each week!
This Week: "Your Most Treasured Possession" by Jeff Williams
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Video Imagery --Michael's Video Production Business
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