Overcoming Addiction

I once heard about a McDonald’s employee hiding marijuana in a Happy Meal bag and mistakenly giving it to a customer who unhappily returned it. I would’ve had a much different reaction had I been the customer several years in the past, because no traditional Happy Meal would have made me happier. But come to…

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Bad Company

Have you ever been speeding downward on a roller coaster and had that uneasy feeling in your stomach as your internal organs take time to catch up with the rest of your body? To me that’s enjoyable excitement, but it’s different when that feeling comes from worry. Sometimes my worry was almost that bad in…

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Baptism of the Holy Ghost

After so many years of wanting to experience what was experienced on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4), I finally did. Saturday night I was baptized with the Holy Ghost while praying at a revival. That is, God took control of my tongue as I was praying and I spoke in a language unknown to…

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Misconceptions

People who say Christopher Columbus was the first European to reach the Americas are unaware that the Vikings had been there centuries earlier, and Columbus himself never claimed to discover new lands not because he knew this, but because he insisted his whole life that they were Asia’s Indies. Thinking he’d reached these lands that…

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Poisoned Souls

If good intentions could pose no danger, most countries wouldn’t have banned leaded gasoline. Sure, engine knock was eliminated when lead was added to gas, but it was also a poisonous impurity that polluted the air. Fortunately, most vehicles are back to using unleaded gas. I wish the same could be said for unaltered doctrine…

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Deception

Lately I have been debating a doctrinal issue with a so-called Christian who challenged me to support my position with human approval, such as the word of Bible scholars or Bible commentaries. After telling him I don’t rely on human interpretation for doctrine, he accused me of having a “fear” of biblical scholarship. I want…

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Standing Up For What’s Right

In my last two posts, Prison-Cop Perverts and Fighting Injustice, I heavily criticized what women are allowed to get away with in men’s prisons. Someone told me my view is biased on two counts. One is that the female psyche is different than that of males, so it’s appropriate for them to see men nude,…

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Fighting Injustice

You may have thought my post called Prison-Cop Perverts went too far, but I doubt you’d feel that way if what I wrote about happened to you or someone you love. I don’t know about you, but I take victimization very seriously and it sickens me that anyone could be upset that I reported it.…

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Prison-Cop Perverts

While I can’t speak for other countries, most American prisons today don’t have cells with bars. They’re concrete rooms with a toilet in front of a metal door, and no one outside the cell can see the toilet without looking into the door’s window. Like almost all men in prison, I faced the door when…

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No Need For Alcohol

I’m still elated to be free again after 13 years of incarceration, though I left prison without the complete experience. I was never hit with pepper spray or a taser, nor did I go to the hole. Perhaps I’ll one day regret not taking advantage of the opportunities I had. Seriously though, I’ve considered volunteering…

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