“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

1 Corinthians 12:31

Rev. Ed Nesselhuf (1944-2016) started prison congregations at a women’s prison in Maryland and at a men’s prison in South Dakota. Both congregations continue to this day. He also founded Prison Congregations of America to promote prison churches in other places. 

I remember some of Ed’s words. Regarding Holy Communion, he advocated weekly observance because even if his sermon wasn’t his best, the Lord’s Supper would preach of God’s grace and forgiveness. He also said that there is level ground at the foot of the cross. In other words, we all need a Savior. There is no significant difference between the free man and the prisoner or between the pastor and the layperson. The Apostle Paul clearly states that it is not some or most, but all who have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. 

By the world’s standards, it might seem as if some are superior to others. But God’s standards indicate otherwise. We are all more sinful, evil, and weak than we could imagine, yet more loved and valued by God than we ever dared to hope. 




Scripture Focus

1 Corinthians 12

Insight

Picture the scene at the foot of the cross that day: men and women, soldiers, religious leaders, an array onlookers…every one in need of the Savior.

Bible In A Year

  • Leviticus 11-12
  • Psalm 51
  • Luke 15