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Grace on the Gridiron

Jake Porter wasn’t exactly the most talented player on his high school football team. OK, that’s an understatement. He’d never scored a single touchdown. He’d never even ran the ball. Heck, he’d never even touched the ball!

But all that was about to change. And when it did, a lot of hearts would also be changed. Continue reading

For The Ungodly

John Wayne Gacy. Timothy McVeigh. Jeffrey Dahmer. Ted Bundy. They had a number of common traits. All of them were men. All of them were murderers. All of them were found guilty. All of them have names that will live in infamy.

But they share something else in common. Continue reading

Life’s Delete Button

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If it were only that easy, right?

 

We’ve all said and done things we’ve lived to regret. It’d be… Continue reading

The Presidential Pardon

Throughout his life, President Lincoln developed a reputation for compassion and forgiveness. Regardless of how grievous the offense, or how vile the offender, Lincoln was known to exercise his right of presidential pardon quite often.

Perhaps one of the best known examples was in the case of “the sleeping sentinel.” Continue reading

The Nicest Victim in the World

If you got mugged by a punk teenager wielding a knife, would you willingly offer him your wallet? How about your coat? Would you buy your attacker dinner? How about giving him $20 for the road?

Why not? Julio Diaz did. Continue reading

The Face of Forgiveness

If you want to know what the face of forgiveness looks like, just take a glance at the face of Rev. Johannes Christian. Now…be warned: it’s a horribly disfigured face…one that has required approximately 40 reconstructive surgeries in the past decade.

But his is literally the face of forgiveness, nonetheless. Continue reading

The Killer Next Door

Oshea Israel wasn’t surprised when Laramiun Byrd died; after all, he’d pulled the trigger. Oshea wasn’t surprised when he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the cold-blooded murder.

But what the victim’s mother did when Oshea was finally released from prison did surprise him. Continue reading

Help From an Enemy

Second Lieutenant Charles “Charlie” Brown was only 21 years old when he piloted his first combat mission as an aircraft commander. On this mission, he would need all the help he could get just to make it back home alive.

He would get that help, but from a very unlikely source. So unlikely, he wasn’t able to talk about it for decades! Continue reading

A Reputation for Forgiveness

Abraham Lincoln was one of the most gracious presidents America has ever had. His reputation for compassion and mercy – even for Confederate soldiers – set him apart from most of the other commanders-in-chief who’ve held his office. Continue reading

No Mercy at Home Plate

One time during the off season, an umpire in a softball league in Colorado got sopped by a cop for speeding. He pled for mercy, explained that he was a very safe driver, and told the cop why he absolutely had to be in such a hurry. The officer didn’t buy it. “Tell it to the judge,” he said as he handed the umpire a ticket. Continue reading