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A blog about news and issues concerning men and women returning to society after incarceration.

Grappling Hook

12894702_s.jpgGrapple means to engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons or, more plainly, to wrestle.  A grappling hook or grapnel is a device with multiple hooks (known as claws or flukes), attached to a rope; it is thrown, dropped, sunk, projected, or fastened directly by hand to where at least one hook may catch and hold. Generally, grappling hooks are used to temporarily secure one end of a rope. Historically, grappling hooks were used in naval warfare to catch ship rigging so that it could be…

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Thank You, Lord

I am starting the year off by expressing deep thanks for Pachelbel’s Cannon.  Chances are good you’ve heard it.  It’s soft and has that generic, classical music quality that makes it popular at weddings.  In fact, it may have been written specifically for that purpose.  There are many arrangements.  The string version, with violins playing the melody, is the most common.  You can hear it performed here if you so desire.  The arrangement I’m thankful for, however, is the one written for three…

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Forgiveness and Reconciliation

In Luke 6:37 Jesus says, "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:” Some people believe that forgiving also means reconciling.  But, it doesn’t.

From the time we first meet Absalom as an adult, in 2 Samuel, he begins scheming to overthrow his father.  He murders his brother, Amnon, who happens to be ahead of him in the line of succession.  David, a shrewd king, must have at least suspected Absalom’s motives, forgave…

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How to Conquer Fear

All of us have a calling.  God didn’t create us to simply eat, sleep, have sex and watch TV.  We’re commanded to do something purposeful.  We’re supposed to multiply.  Meaning, to be industrious using good stewardship, love one another by helping and comforting those who are in any trouble and to worship God.  To me, this means the world should be a better place because we’re in it.  We may not know what our purpose is exactly, but anyone who is honest with themselves knows they have one. 

Whil…

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4 Ways to Pluck Sin Out of Your Life and How to Pluck It

29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

-- Matthew 5:29 KJV

When I first started reading the Bible I’d get stuck on particular versus and couldn’t go forward.  For example, when I read the verse above, I thought a couple of things.  One was to engage in thought experiment trying to visualize it’s meaning.  I started with a question. …

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