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    "Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity." Luke 8:14

    Being involved in residential ministry to drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes and preaching in the prisons and jails for over thirty years I have seen hundreds receive the word and even show signs of bearing fruit but when they leave the confines of a program or get out of prison the Bible goes in the trash and they fall headlong into the world!

    One such lady who we were training to be staff in our program, a former prostitute, hooked on heroin who I called, "Hammerhead" came to me one day and told me she wanted to go back out in the streets and get a fix. I told her that she would get AIDS and all hell would come upon her but nothing I said would stop her and so she left. Come to find out, the first needle she shared with someone gave her AIDS and she turned to prostitution to support her heroin addiction.

    Although she was being choked by the thorns of the world, deathly sick and hopelessly hooked we stayed in contact and many times she would call after being beat up, thrown in jail or just needing someone to talk to until one night someone found out she had AIDS after sleeping with her and slit her throat with a roofing knife. Miraculously she survived and finally turned her life around and came back to the Lord and we are still friends to this day.

    Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world. I John 2:15,16

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ