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Reflecting Back On the Path I Have Traveled

August 1, 2017

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My thoughts today are prompted by a discussion with someone very close to me. We don’t see eye to eye on some fundamental things, though we do have many, many points of agreement.  He does not believe that Jesus lived, died on a cross, rose from the dead, was God in the flesh and offers salvation to mankind for sin and restoration of relationship with God. I could summarize his beliefs as he has explained them to me, and as I understand them to be, but that isn’t the point here.

The bottom line is that these are my beliefs, and he doesn’t agree with me. He is very forceful and strong in his disagreement with me about these things. He is an intelligent person. He has read a lot and has a lot of knowledge regarding certain things, but his arguments are not convincing to me.

In our last conversation, which got heated, he challenged me on the basis that I came to the fundamental conclusions to which I still hold (now in my 50’s) in my early twenties. He contended that I have inflexibly held to my beliefs and have spent the last thirty-some years simply confirming the position I came to long ago.

To be honest, I have to acknowledge that he is right in certain respects. I have not changed the fundamental position to which I arrived years ago. And, I have been thinking about that ever since.

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Conversion

August 24, 2015
Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon by Chris Fraley

Salvation is the free gift of God, but we are so reluctant to turn to Him and accept it. We are separated from God by a yawning chasm when we remain in sin, refusing to turn to Him, refusing to yield. But when we turn, ever so slightly, when we yield, ever so slightly, He is right there in an instant, spanning the gap, ready to accept us as we accept Him. what a great and wonderful God we have!

I urge you to read the conversion story of Eliza below. God stands at the door. When we knock, He opens its. We just have to knock.

holdingforthhisword

Salvation is through repentant faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning work for us on the cross and His resurrection from the dead.  I wasn’t raised by parents who knew Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  I had minimal experience with believers while growing up, however, when God was pleased He revealed His Son Jesus Christ to me.  It is likely that many of you can relate to my testimony that I am happy to share with you.  May God use this testimony of His grace and love in my life to bring Him praise and edify His saints.

My first experience with believers was when I attended church, with my sister, at about the age of four.  Since she is three years older than I am, she and I went our separate ways when we got to church.  In my Sunday School class the Sunday School teacher shared…

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