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For the third year in a row, a Florida church has teamed up with local law enforcement officials to encourage lawbreakers to turn themselves in. The Greater Friendship Baptist Church in Daytona Beach hosted Operation Safe Surrender to offer those facing serious charges the opportunity to do the right thing. Anyone who surrendered will have their first court appearance before a judge, via closed circuit television from the church. The local public defender’s office provided ten attorneys to offer assistance and the church even provided any necessary spiritual counsel. Church leaders say they offer fugitives and even those who have been charged with non-violent felonies or misdemeanors the opportunity to surrender and possibility have the charges reduced. They say it is a good alternative to having the police come to the door unexpectedly.— Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Fla. church encourages fugitives to surrender, http://www.seattlepi.com/news/crime/article/Fla-church-encourages-fugitives-to-surrender-4028718.php ; Accessed November 12, 2012.

Psalm 103:2–5 (HCSB) “My soul, praise the LORD, and do not forget all His benefits. 3 He forgives all your sin; He heals all your diseases. 4 He redeems your life from the Pit; He crowns you with faithful love and compassion. 5 He satisfies you with goodness; your youth is renewed like the eagle.”

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