I previously wrote that Christians aim to live a life that is centered on God, but you can also avoid one. I want to discuss this by looking at the life of Jonah so that you won’t avoid a God-centered life but cultivate one. You can avoid it for a...
Louis Dooley was a young man who found himself imprisoned with a life sentence for theft and attempted murder. Through a miraculous turn of events, Louis received Jesus Christ in prison and recognized he had “new life” in Christ.
Like Louis Dooley, you can be ONE person making an exponential difference for the gospel.
A New Life in Prison
What impact does a Bible teaching radio program have on a listener? Louis Dooley’s story tells the tale.
After being incarcerated for attempted murder and theft, Louis was given a Bible by an inmate who held Bible studies in his jail cell. “I thought he was trying to get up on me and take advantage of me, so I felt that I needed to strike first. I went into his cell to take his life, and he was having a Bible study.”
Louis received Christ that day after hearing Jesus’ promise to grant new life to those who believe by faith. “At that moment, the phrase ‘new life in Christ’ meant something to me because I felt the life I had at that point was useless, was gone.”
While serving his 100-year sentence, Louis read in his Bible that Paul, the apostle, had learned to be content no matter his circumstances. “I started praying, ‘God, help me be content.’ I believe God answered that prayer because he gave me peace.” Not long after, 100 years turned into 15, and Louis was released from jail.
Ministering to Inmates
Louis eventually moved to Chicagoland, met his wife, got married, and joined a Bible study. While driving home one night, he flipped on Moody Radio, hearing the daily radio program Unlocking the Bible. “There was this guy with an accent that sounded pretty cool,” Louis says. “He brought the Scripture alive.”
Louis hungered for solid and reliable Bible teaching and became a fan and regular listener of Pastor Colin’s on Unlocking the Bible. Today, Louis is a free man providing pastoral council to current inmates, in hopes of the gospel setting them free.
What can you do where you are?