Bernie

Well, I am on my way to Heaven. When I was a lad my family changed churches. The new church emphasized a time and date for each testimony. I knew I was saved but could not give a specific time and date. Doubt crept in. I went to basic youth conflict and they stated that childhood conversion could be a problem and why not set today’s date as a mark in the sand.

This solved the doubt problem. Another stumbling block was that I had been baptized as an infant. I held on to the belief of one baptism, one Lord, one faith and so felt I could not be baptized again. It was explained that the verse meant the only baptism that counts is in Christ. I like what the NIV version states in 1 Peter 3:21 “and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone to heaven.” So therefore I was baptised a second time at the age of 24.

Another lesson I had to learn and continually re-learn is that God is first. Early on in my marriage our infant son was in deep pain. We rushed him to the doctors and the hospital but no problems could be found. The first thoughts that came to mind was that he was going to die. We thought of all the things he and we would miss out on. His pain only went away when we thought about all the happiness God had given to us by his life. Continually re-learning my father in law’s favourite verse of Matthew 6:33 “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Verse 34 states “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring it own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” I like verses that give direction.

 

I am continually being reinforced about the importance of the Bible that it stands alone and does not need my support since it is God’s Word. Recently I was praying for something not to happen and the more I prayed it appeared that it was inevitable that the event would happen. I thought, well God, I guess praying was of no benefit, and that day, after praying for months, the event was cancelled. This was and is a powerful answer by God that seemed to be answered at the last possible moment.

My favourite verse keeps changing because of different circumstance I choose to stumble over. My favourite chapter is Roman 12 because it gives a number of guide posts like hate wrong, hold tightly to good, work hard, love, be patient, let God change the way you think, a great guidance counsellor chapter.

What I am trying to work on is having a goal in my life to “Do everything with Love” I Corinthians 16: 14.

Well, I like to challenge my son at times and sometimes it has a double edged sword in that a challenge comes right back in my direction. My son challenged me to seek out membership, so here I am.

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