The man who suffered betrayal, mockery and death was Jesus Christ. Even before He created the world, it was God’s plan for His Son, Jesus, to come to earth, live as a man—experiencing all the pain, emotions, and temptations that we do—and then die a horrible death. But why would God send His own Son to suffer and die? How could this apparently total failure be part of the plan?
Let’s Face It It's amazing how feelings show unmistakably on the faces of young children. They don't mask what’s on their minds. Their facial expressions clearly reflect what's going on in their hearts. That's not the case for most men. Masking emotions doesn't help build healthy relationships—especially with our children. And when our facial expressions keep people out of our lives, we've got a problem.
Visiting Room Sabotage When it comes to prison visitation, there is something I call “visiting room sabotage.” It’s that thing that happens when you were hoping for a good visit and it suddenly goes south. It’s when, by the close of the event, both parties wind up hurt and angry and later feel guilty for sabotaging their own visit.
Getting the Benefits You Earned as a Veteran Of the 23 million veterans in the United States today, an estimated 140,000 are in prison or jail. And many veterans—imprisoned or not—are unaware of the help available to them. Did you know that in recent years, Congress has expanded many benefits for veterans, including disability, pensions, and health care, while easing eligibility requirements?
Anger: Ally or Enemy? A former inmate said anger is the only acceptable emotion in prison. There are many reasons to be angry behind bars: loss of freedom, disrespect from fellow inmates, and so-called friends and family that have vanished. In contrast, what the Bible says about anger seems strange. Ephesians 4:31 says, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger … be put away from you, along with all malice.”
Surviving a Secret Shame Sexual abuse is an uncomfortable topic, but it happens all too often—affecting girls, boys, women, and men alike. Despite the tough facades they may put up, a disproportionate number of prisoners know this firsthand. As a volunteer, you may come into contact with an inmate who discloses painful details of past sexual abuse. Unresolved, that pain will continue to drive the inmate into destructive behaviors. Though you may not have a background in counseling, you can help direct a prisoner toward healing.
Your incarcerated relative or friend is facing daily physical and spiritual perils. This unique daily Christian survival guide will show them how they can receive God's full pardon, forgiveness, and acceptance, along with a new identity as a loved son of the Father, a positive sense of purpose and expectation, and will show how to repulse the spiritual and emotional assaults of the enemy.
"Zach Sewell's book gives an in-depth look at how deeply God loves the prisoner. Each story is different, every life unique; examples of how God's grace shines into even the darkest prison. Prisoners in the Bible reminds us that through the power of Jesus Christ, there is always hope, and every life can be changed!"- Annie Goebel, president, Daughters of Destiny.