Saturday, August 12, 2006

Witness to Jesus Christ


Keywords: evangelism, good news,

Instead of feeling sorry for herself when Brian Nichols abducted her, Ashely Smith said "I believe God brought him to my door."

Smith, the widowed mother of a five-year-old daughter, said her ordeal began about 2 o'clock in the morning when Brian Nichols, stuck a gun in her side in the parking lot of her apartment building. Nichols initially tied the woman up while he took a shower telling her, "I don't want to hurt you. I don't want to hurt anyone else." Over the course of the evening, Nichols untied Smith and they talked about the Bible and looked at pictures of Smith's family. Smith made the fugitive pancakes with real butter. According to Smith, Nichols said he "just wanted some normalness to his life."

After asking permission from Nichols to read some things to Him, she got her Bible and a copy of Rick Warren's The Purpose-Driven® Life. According to Smith, Nichols asked her to repeat a paragraph "about what you thought your purpose in life was -- what talents were you given." Smith encouraged Nichols, telling him that the fact he was still alive was a "miracle." She told him "You're here in my apartment for some reason." She told Nichols he might be destined to be caught and then to spread the word of God to fellow prisoners.

2 Tim. 4:1-2 NASB "I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction."

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