First Christian Church Newton

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Don’t Smoke the Gospel of John

30 years ago, a prisoner named Alex used the pages of the New Testament to roll cigarettes. A fellow inmate tattled on him, but when the chaplain gave him a new Bible, he simply asked that he not smoke the book of John. Says Alex, “I began reading and I came to chapter 3, where it said that God loved me so much that He gave His Son for me. My life has never been the same since.”

Today, Alex serves as chaplain in three different jails in the Corpus Christi area. He also preaches regularly, and works with the homeless and poor in the region. This year, he’s distributed over 300 Easy-to-Read Bibles to inmates, and recently baptized 15 more.

See, we never know the impact we have on others. It might be a simple phrase, a simple comment, or even just a smile.

Jesus saw everyone as being a child of God, and so should we.

Shalom,

Gary

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