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The Unsuspecting Suspect


         On the escape from illuminating lights and sirens, a suspect outruns his shadow to an office building and locks himself inside. Armed and dangerous, he takes the bystanders within hostage on the top floor. And media helicopters eavesdrop on their newest crime star now pacing back and forth, hugging his guilt, just wondering how he got here. And suddenly electricity is lost, the gas shuts off, and the phone begins to ring.


On the other line of that phone is a negotiator. And in a soft voice, this peacemaker begins to calmly bargain with the suspect deal by deal, hostage by hostage.


"Hey…" The suspect insists, "turn the electricity back on!”

"Gimme a hostage.” The negotiator counter-demands.

"Alright… w-What about the gas?”

"What about releasing another hostage?”


"As long as the door’s opening, are you hungry?”


"Is your appetite worth two more hostages?”



It's a slow crime scene rhythm they move to. But its non-political speed couldn't be faster if they tried! So negotiations continue to achieve as the suspect enjoys the homegrown fruits delivered inside (Galatians 5:22-23). In fact, the suspect gets so distracted with the success of this give-and-take formula (James 4:2), that he doesn’t even realize he’s out of hostages until the sound of mysterious footsteps get louder and louder towards him.


Surprisingly, there’s a knock on the door (Revelation 3:20). And, as the suspect prepares to surrender to police, it’s the negotiator who walks inside completely unarmed (John 14:16). And sitting beside the suspect, the negotiator declares, "Now that you’re all alone, I want you to finally realize that you were the real hostage all along!”


Glancing at his weapon, the suspect replies, "Whatd-ya mean? I’ve been in control from the very beginning!”.... To Be Continued


What do you think? Is the negotiator kidding for strategy? Was the the suspect really in control from the very beginning? Could they both be right? Find out in a moment by reading the ending inside the book. For Bible Teachers, reveal the answer to your audience but only after completing the "Biblical Algebra" lesson plan.


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Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

James 4:2
You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.

Revelation 3:20
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

John 14:16
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever