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Ron Nikkel
Ron Nikkel is president of Prison Fellowship International, the world's largest and most extensive criminal justice ministry with 129 affiliates around the world, overseeing 50,000 volunteers. For more information please visit PFI's website at or email or call 703-481-0000.

Entries by Ron Nikkel

Who Deserves Forgiveness?

(5) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 2:36 PM

I awoke to the terrible news and images of Kenji Goto's beheading by the so-called ISIS terrorists. The face of evil was unmasked by the hate-infused words of "Jihadi John" in his vengeful message to the Japanese people: "You, like your foolish allies in the satanic coalition, have yet to...

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Freedom Rules

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 10:50 AM

And an orator said, "Speak to us of Freedom." And he answered: At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship your own freedom, Even as slaves humble themselves before a tyrant and praise him though he slays them. Ay, in the grove...
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Just Communication

(11) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 4:57 PM

Truthful words are not beautiful;
beautiful words are not truthful.
Good words are not persuasive;
persuasive words are not good.

(attributed o Lao Tzu)

The judge asks a defendant, "Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?" "I do,...

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What Worth -- Forgiveness?

(3) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 2:43 PM

Forgive me now, 'cause I,
Have been unfaithful;
Don't ask me why, 'cause I don't know;
So many times I've tried,
But was unable ...
Now I'm in our secret place,
Alone in Your embrace,
Where all my wrongs have been erased;

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Follow Like a Leader

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 4:12 PM

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master, If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken Twisted by...
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Tombstone Jesus

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 11:44 AM

The fish is fine,' said the city manager,
'but no Jesus allowed on the tombstones in the cemetery.'
The name Jesus would be offensive to some.
The family was devastated and asked the manager to reconsider.
He refused - 'What if somebody wanted to put a...

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Radical Beyond Belief

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 12:14 PM

You say you want a revolution Well you know We all want to change the world... But when you talk about destruction Don't you know you can count me out

- From Revolution by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, The Beatles

An atmosphere of political unrest and...

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No Shining Path

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:52 PM

Our labor has ended, the armed struggle has begun. The invincible flames of revolution will glow, turning to lead and steel. There will be a great rupture and we will be the makers of a new dawn. We shall convert the black fire into red and the red fire into...
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S. O. S.

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 11:19 AM

Help, I need somebody Help, not just anybody Help, you know I need someone, help But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors Help me if you can, I'm feeling down And I do appreciate...
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So Where's the Joy?

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 12:17 PM

This is not another song
About all we've done wrong
We already know
I think it's time for us
To find the freedom in the trust
Of letting go . . .
You and I were made for more
Can't imagine what's in...

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Mandela: A Christmas Story

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 7:35 AM

I've been buked and I've been scorned,
I've been buked and I've been scorned,
Children, I've been buked and I've been scorned,
Tryin' to make this journey all alone
You may talk about me sure as you please. . .
Your talk will never drive...

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Born Again Jesus

(7) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 10:04 AM

Gonna lay down my burden
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside...
Ain't gonna study war no more...
Gonna lay down my sword and shield
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside...
Ain't gonna study war no more...
Gonna shake...

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Just Christian You Say

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 3:42 PM

See, I claim to be a Christian and I'm true to that
Ya' favorite rapper claimed he strapped, but never packed a tool
In fact, I know some Christian cats that never rap it and they
Do be strapped, but they don't flash it for the cameras,...

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Just Love

(5) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 9:53 AM

Love without justice is sentimentality
Justice without love is brutality
Where love and justice meet there is vitality of life.

The more I think about justice, the more my thoughts turn toward love. And the more I think about love, the more my thoughts turn toward justice. It...

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Just Generosity

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 1:11 PM

Do all the good you can.
By all the means you can.
In all the ways you can.
In all the places you can.
At all the times you can.
To all the people you can.
As long as every you can.

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Never Trust a Beggar

(5) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 5:58 PM

Bleary-eyed, unsteady on his feet, reeking of alcohol and rancid body odour, the dishevelled beggar accosted me near a street-side food kiosk. With one finger pointing to his open mouth, the other hand patting his sunken abdomen, he was saying, "I am starving, give me food, I am too weak...

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Just Words, You Say

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 3:38 PM

Words strain,
Crack and sometimes break, under the burden,
Under the tension, slip, slide, perish,
Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place,
Will not stay still. Shrieking voices
Scolding, mocking, or merely chattering,
Always assail them

-- T. S. Eliot, "Four Quartets, Burnt Norton"
Have you ever listened to someone talk on and on...
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Just Looking

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 4:55 PM

It sounds strange, somewhat on the line between irony and absurdity, to think that people would rather label and judge something as significant as each other but completely bypass a peanut...

World peace is only a dream because people won't allow themselves
and others around them to simply...

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Monday Morning Coming Down

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 9:19 AM

"Remember Jesus of Nazareth,
staggering on broken feet out of the tomb toward the Resurrection,
bearing on his body the proud insignia of the defeat which is victory,
the magnificent defeat of the human soul at the hands of God."
-- Frederick Buechner in "The Magnificent Defeat"

Easter morning service was exhilarating...

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Do You Need to Forgive?

(9) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 5:09 PM

When we don't forgive, we drink the poison ourselves and then wait for the other person to die. And we take the knife that has hurt us and we stab ourselves with it again... But when we forgive, We pour out the poison of the enemy and of the devil...
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