by Ivor Powell

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The People Who Had Lockjaw (11 of 34)
Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
Ivor Powell

During my ministry in Canada I enjoyed the privilege of working with a very fine minister who was also the chaplain at the local prison. He told me of a sad experience when he walked with a prisoner to the place of execution. The convicted criminal came from the far north of Canada where he had been an official guide. Unfortunately, he had come to work in one of the southern cities and had associated with people who led him into a life of crime. One night in a drunken rage, he murdered a man and ultimately was sentenced to death. My friend asked if he had ever heard about Jesus and was astonished to hear his reply. "Yes, I heard about Him once. A missionary visiting the north country asked if I knew Jesus. I thought for a while and then replied, 'No! There is nobody homesteading in these parts with that name.'"

After several visits the convicted man accepted Christ as his Savior, and the change in his outlook was amazing. It was impossible to question his sincerity, but the law was unrelenting. As the chaplain accompanied him to the scaffold, he read from Psalm 23, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." My friend was extremely sad when he described how the prisoner said, "If only I had heard about Him earlier." Christians know the Savior and should testify concerning His power to save. Their failure to do so might lead to tragedy.

Naaman... The Diplomatic Captain (2 Kings 5:18)

The Syrian captain was probably a man with a commanding personality. Admired by his king and respected by his soldiers, he had gained considerable notoriety. His triumphs in battle had won an immortal place in the history of his nation. It is depressing to read, "Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorabl ...

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