Matthew 27:45–50 (ESV)
The Death of Jesus
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour ... Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.
The Passover with the Disciples
Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.
When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.”
Institution of the Lord's Supper
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.” (ESV)
The Triumphal Entry - John 12:12–19
The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
“Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
sitting on a donkey's colt!”
His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.” (ESV)
From Nursing to Seminary to Prison ... all for the Lord
Dr. Kristi Miller serves as Awana Lifeline’s National Director for Hannah’s Gift. She is the author of the Hannah’s Gift series, which she wrote from the context of being deeply involved in the lives of incarcerated women.
She has served in various capacities in the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW), including as Chaplain, Education Coordinator, and later as Assistant Warden. Kristi initially entered the prison world when she started an extension of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) in LCIW, by which women with life sentences could be trained to be ministers within the prison walls.
Kristi holds a Master of Divinity with a specialization in Biblical Languages (2007), a Master of Theology (2009), and a PhD in Old Testament/Hebrew (2010) all from NOBTS. In addition to working with Awana Lifeline, Kristi works with Global Prison Seminaries Foundation, where she and Burl Cain (former warden of “Angola” Prison in Louisiana) help facilitate getting seminary programs in prisons across the country.
Kristi has served in staff positions on the local church level, she teaches as an as adjunct faculty member for NOBTS, and she also has 13 years of oncology experience as a registered nurse.
Below is the testimony a FOCUS student currently in Morgan County.
I was born on June 26, 1975, and I grew up in Watertown, Tennessee. I was a normal child growing up in a normal town with a normal family. I was neither rich nor was I poor. My family did the best that they could and even though I did not always get what I wanted, my mom and dad made sure that I had what I needed. I went to school for the most part and as I started getting older I began running around with the older crowd, drinking, partying, and hanging out with older women.
Around the same time, I was introduced to my drug of choice, Methamphetamines, and would later become a chemist, cook, user, and dealer. With my newfound friend, Meth, and all my new cartel, I had money power, and respect. It was at this time that I met my girlfriend and soon-to-be wife. Life was good. We had whatever we wanted and did not have to do without thanks to the money I was making from my newfound friend, Meth.
Things were good for awhile until I let Meth start running my life. I was holding together pretty well for awhile. My wife became pregnant and things seemed like life was going great. After eight months of carrying our baby, it was time for my son to come into this world. During the birth of my son, there were some complications and we lost our baby. At this point, I lost it. I did not know where to turn. I was afraid to ask for help so I let my life go to hell and I did not care. It was close to Christmas and my wife ran off with my brother right before I came to prison. I love everything that I had ever loved including my children and my freedom. That is the price I had to pay.
It took me coming to prison to see how bad I had let my life become. I know that it sounds bad, but prison has saved my life and has made me a better person. While I was on the street I felt like my life had no meaning and I did not want to go on. I did not care if I lived or died.
Now I am in prison and I AM FREE, freer than when I was on the street. I wanted to change my life and I did. I got saved back on October 21, 2016, and I have come to God and Jesus. Since that day I have been blessed in so many ways. I have peace of mind, a guilt-free conscience and have what I need. There is a program called FOCUS ministries and I go to it every chance that I get. I can honestly say this is is a great program and it gave me hope. It led me to God and now I feel I can do everything through Christ.
My name is Terry Wayne Daniels and I have done a lot of bad things in my life and lot of things I am not proud of. But if I can change, then anyone who wants to change can change. I know that when I get to go home I am going to put myself in a new environment so that I have a new start to a new life. I am going to stay away from all the troublemakers, meth users, dealers, and cooks. I am going to find a church, get a job, be a good father, and have a good life.
My name is Terry Wayne Daniels and this is my story.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old has gone and the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17
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