Blanket of Hope

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Blanket of Hope

jcharleston

by Dana Chavers Director of Social Services I arrived at work at 6:30am, as I usually do, when I noticed a green hump the size of a human in the corridor against the wall beneath the entry keypad. Doing a double take, I realized the hump was a person huddled under a jacket. I nervously

Sacrificial Living

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Sacrificial Living

ebentley

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into

The Long Term Investment of Encouragement

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The Long Term Investment of Encouragement

jcharleston

by Graham Bufford “Encourage one another and build each other up.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 HCSB Ever heard of a book named Leaves of Grass or its author Walt Whitman? Yeah, most people weren’t familiar with either when that book was first published in 1855. Major publishers wouldn’t touch it, leaving Whitman to invest his

Healing

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Healing

erin bentley

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. and the prayer of faith will save the sick, and

Faithful Stewards

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Faithful Stewards

julia charleston

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV) I’m not from a background of addiction; an Alabama prison has never been my home. By the grace of God, I’ve always had a roof over my head,

A Change of Heart

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A Change of Heart

brewer direct

“I’ve never taken any kind of drugs… never smoked any type of cigarette or marijuana,” Israel says. Yet, he admits, he had an addiction to making fast money on the streets. But when he was arrested, the money didn’t matter. He was sentenced to prison for 15 years. “At that point I started to rely

Oops, He Did It Again!

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Oops, He Did It Again!

julia charleston

In April of 2008 my husband had moved out of our home 3 months prior, leaving me a single mom to 4 children (3 of them teenagers.) In my 11th year of working as a teacher at a private school, life was flipped upside down. I was forced to totally rely on God’s provision for

Salt & Light

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Salt & Light

julia charleston

I am committed to Jesus’ commandment in Matthew 5:13-16 (The Message): “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out

So Is He

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So Is He

julia charleston

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) Our Re-Entry program is designed for men desiring to change their lives after incarceration. Some enter our 6-month biblically-based program as part of their parole requirements. Our Re-Entry program teaches participants how to live productive lives in society as we encourage, empower

Walk Carefully

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Walk Carefully

erin bentley

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17(ESV) DEVOTION Wisdom is a popular topic among Christians. It is something the majority of Christians