A Conversation

I would like to share a story with you. It’s a true story that I was blessed to find out about recently.

A man was talking with his friend. He had been saved when he was young but fallen away from his faith many yeas ago. Under heavy conviction, he had a conversation with his friend about the things of God. His friend explained to him how far short we fall of God’s goodness and how we must put our whole trust in Christ alone to save us. The man said he didn’t know how to go about getting saved again at that point. His friend then explained that you can’t be re-saved; naturally and spiritually we have one birth, not multiple ones. He then explained that he needed to truly repent and pray for forgiveness.

It was a few weeks later that the conversation happened that I initially referred to. The man thanked his friend from the bottom of his heart for explaining this truth to him. He said that he had been praying for years but for the wrong thing: He didn’t need to be saved but forgiven and once he asked for the right thing he instantly felt like “God wiped all the sin from my heart”.

Thank God He’s still in the saving and forgiving business!

Hebrews 7:27; 10:10

27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

A Lost Dog

As many of you know, we have been watching a little dog the past few days. To make a long story short, he was abandoned in our neighborhood and “found” us. He was tired, hungry, and all alone. We took him in, fed him, and cleaned him up and are looking for a new home for him. His nickname is now Esau, as he he very furry and red.

As I looked at the little guy and wondered what he had been through the past week or so I thought of how in a very mild way he parallels us in our walk of Faith.

At one time we were all alone, with no one. At some point we all had a hunger that couldn’t be satisfied. And at some point we were adopted into a new family as children of God. The kindness, love and mercy He has shown to each of us is really beyond what our finite minds can comprehend. Well, it is for mine at least.

How can we not praise Him, thank Him and do whatever He calls upon us to, through the strength imparted to us through Christ Jesus, every chance we get?

Romans 8:14-17
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

They Knew Him Not

“But they did not know who He was.” Luke 24:16

The disciples ought to have recognized Jesus, they had heard His voice so often, and gazed upon that marred face so frequently, that it is amazing that they did not know Him. Yet is it not so with youalso? Have you seen Jesus lately? You have been to His table–and you have not met Him there. You are in a dark trouble, and though He plainly says, “It is I–do not be afraid,” yet you do not recognize Him. Alas! our eyes are blinded! We know His voice; we have looked into His face; we have leaned our head upon His bosom–and yet, though Christ is very near us, we are saying, “O that I knew where I might find Him!”

~ Charles Spurgeon
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God’s Peace

Charles Spurgeon wrote the following:

“Is my conscience at peace? For, if my heart condemn me not, God is greater than my heart, and doth know all things; if my conscience bear witness with me, that I am a partaker of the precious grace of salvation, then happy am I! I am one of those to whom God hath given the peace which passeth all understanding. Now, why is this called “the peace of God?” Because it comes from God because it was planned by God because God gave his Son to make the peace because God gives his Spirit to give the peace in the conscience because, indeed, it is God himself in the soul.”

How well stated are his thoughts! What a wonderful God we serve that would plan and execute such a wonderful plan to reconcile such wretched creatures to Himself.

Phi. 4:6-7
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Pocket Holster

This is a pocket holster I made for my cousin’s Ruger LCP .380 auto. He had a Galco he bought (top in photo) but wanted one that would hold an extra clip. I made the custom one (bottom in photo) to accomadate that.

It is made of 3-4 oz. veg tan, lined with felt. The stitching is double-needle saddle stitching. The lacing is 3/32 goatskin. I used contact cement to glue it together, giving it a little more body.

It is dyed dark brown with Fiebing’s spirit dye. The top coat it TanKote.