We have had a devastating week with two teens in our area ending their own lives by suicide. There have been at least two other teen suicides in the past two months, and statistics tell us that there are another 100 attempts for ever suicidal success. THIS HAS GOT TO STOP! So we’re going to do everything we can at CBSM to start a movement on spreading the hope of Jesus Christ. We did our best to hit the topic of suicide head-on last night and talked straight-up about why it happens, how to help, and where hope can be found. Feel free to check out and use all of our resources for your life and ministry dealing with suicide as well.
When the call came through the police scanner, I immediately knew our joyride turned into a very serious matter of life or death. I had a close friend who was a Tuscaloosa Police sergeant when I was in my mid-twenties (which was longer ago than I like to admit!). After signing some releases, I rode around in his cruiser with him during the 11pm – 7am shift. The kicker – it was January 1, 2001. The call came in that a murder had just taken place somewhere deep in the ghetto. My friend told me I could either stay in the police car and risk getting shot, or come investigate the crime scene with him and…risk getting shot. Since I wouldn’t get a gun either way, I went with him to investigate the 1st murder of the millennium in T-town.
Genesis 4 records the first murder in history. We must understand the storyline here. Continue reading