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BIG POPPA....today was a good blog. I ecspeically enjoyed it. BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEE


Jim: You often present challenging thoughts ... today was particularly thought provoking.


We do a monthly service at a local Youth Detention Center here, but I've been to the women's prison in South Carolina where Susan Smith is incarcerated. I know well the sound of that iron door clanking shut behind you. I also remember the trip down there taking so long that we didn't arrive until three in the morning. We checked into a motel, but had to arise at six for another 90 minute drive to the prison. I was so numb exhausted as the minister led them through a few songs and then a short message that I thought it impossible to meet the inmates "in the Spirit". When he stopped, though, we had about 15 minutes to go from cell door to cell door praying with any and all; and my foot no more than hit the first step to ascend to the upper level than suddenly His presence arose and came forth through each of us. I'll never forget the experience.......


Our church sponsors a program called "Freedom Church" that is for people who are getting out of prison and about to go out into the world. I am deeply moved every Sunday when they have a baptism because there is such conviction and a sense of that Jesus is the life jacket they are clinging to, to get through their day to day lives to survive. I wish I had that desperation for Him. I think that is the kind of people that Jesus would have at His church, those of us who are desperate for Him, not something we keep in our back pockets to bring out for a quick fix.


What an amazing experience....if only we all lived that unbound....there they are in prison freer than alot of us here......


Great post.
I would love for church to be full of hungry people seeking HIM urgently. Is it ever acceptable to go to church only because of a sense of routine?

Jim Martin

Jim--Thanks for sharing your experience. I could almost envision it.

Jim Martin


Good to know you read this blog sometimes, youngest daughter of mine...

Annette Burkett

When the unloveable KNOW that God's judgement is the only judgement they need to care about, you are among some of the most righteous people of God. It's an awesome example of working out your own salvation.

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