Thursday, August 2, 2007

Is God Real?


In College, I was required to read a book by Freud that had very strong, convincing 'proof' that God does not exist.


After reading that book, for the very first time in my life, I seriously thought that maybe God does not exist after all...that maybe I had been wrong all along. But then I began to think back on the events of my life...and after a few minutes of serious doubt and unbelief, and thinking that maybe my entire life I had believed a lie, that maybe there was no such thing as 'God' after all, I realized that God really does exist. I was totally confident of this because of the things that had occurred in my life.


There have been many, many things in my life that give me complete confidence that God is real. Many of them, however, are things which I cannot adequately describe in words, because they are so beyond the normal human experience. Other things, taken individually, might be dismissed as mere coincidence; however, such things happen so frequently that the excuse of them being 'coincidences' becomes insurmountably inadequate; taken as a whole, they become overwhelming, glaring evidence of God working in my life. Still more things have happened in my life that are so extraordinary, unusual and miraculous that most people would not believe it. Because of all this, I will try to limit my examples to only those things which most people should, hopefully, be able to logically comprehend or relate to, or at least limit my examples to those things which are not as hard to believe as some of my other experiences. Not only that, but to list everything would take many, many pages of writing. Therefore, please realize that the following examples are only the tip of the iceberg.


Let me just preface it by saying that, just as is true with every born-again believer, I have met, and know, God personally (and please, don't ask me the silly question, "Well, then, what does He look like?", because God is spirit, not flesh; so He obviously does not have a physical body), and I, like every regenerated believer, have a personal, intimate relationship with Christ Jesus, God the Son, Who is my Lord and my Savior. I have been made into a new creation...the old is gone. In addition, God the Holy Spirit lives and dwells in me. God lives inside me! Not in the sense of, "Well, God lives in everyone," because that is not true. Not all people, contrary to popular belief, are children of God. You are only a child of God if you have been born again. Everyone is a creation of God (not a direct creation, like Adam and Eve, but a reproduced creation); but not everyone is a child of God.


Anyway, when I was 19 years old, I repented of all my sins, turned to Jesus, and asked Jesus Christ to forgive my wicked, sinful life; I acknowledged that I was a wicked sinner who deserved eternal torment in Hell, because of my evil, selfish, prideful rebellion against God, my Creator, and against His holy Law. I knew that I fully deserved God's wrath. I asked Jesus to come into my life, and to be my Savior and the Lord of my life from now on. I have surrendered my life and my future to Him. The sacrificial blood of Christ Jesus has cleansed me of all my sins, and because of His sacrifice for me, Christ's perfect righteousness has been applied to my account, so that God the Father considers me to be sinless, holy and perfect. Just as, in the Old Testament, where the broken tablets of the Ten Commandments (broken by Moses because of man's sin, showing man's inability to obey God's Law perfectly) were covered over by the Mercy Seat, and the sacrificed animal's blood covered the Mercy Seat, so that, when God the Father looked down at His Law broken by man, He saw the sacrificial blood between the broken Law and Himself. Similarly, when God the Father looks at me, He sees the sacrificial blood of His Son, Christ Jesus the Messiah, the Lamb of God, the King of all Kings, the Lord of all Lords, God the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity, the "I Am," the Alpha and Omega, the only Intercessor between God the Father and man, the Second Adam, the One Who always was, Who is, and Who is to come...when the Father looks at me, He sees His Son's blood covering over my sins; He sees the perfect, holy, sinless life of Christ Jesus being imputed to my account; He sees me as a holy saint. Being now a clean, holy vessel, the Holy Spirit indwells me, and I became a living temple of God. The Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, the last time being around 70 A.D. God now dwells within those chosen, predestined individuals who have been regenerated/born again/made righteous and holy in God's eyes.


Years ago I was hiking with a group in North Carolina. For some reason which I don't even now remember, I got really, really, mad...I was EXTREMELY agitated! In fact, I was SO agitated, angry and irritated, that I took my walking stick and, in a fit of immature anger, smashed it in half against a tree. I was the last one in the line of hikers, so, realizing I could not go on with such an attitude, which would ruin everyone else's (and my) day (because, if I continued with that attitude, I knew people would start saying things like, "What's your problem? Why are you acting like such a jerk?"), I dropped to my knees and quietly (yet very sincerely) prayed. A few minutes later, I didn't stand up...instead, I actually LEAPED up with incredible JOY and EXUBERATION! I was extremely EXCITED and incredibly HAPPY---SO happy, that I lifted up my hands to God, rejoicing, and began jumping up and down for joy! I ran...actually, I BOUNCED...jumping up and down in excitement, to catch up to the rest of the group. God had not only taken away my furious anger, but He had replaced it with His joy. My attitude had been INSTANTANEOUSLY changed, to the very opposite extreme..to a RADICAL degree.


Now, I am the type of person that can nurse a grudge, and I tend to let things boil inside of me, until I explode like a volcano. At that point, I become so enraged, that it takes me a long, long time to cool down. (In the years since, God has been working on me to teach me not to be so much like that.) During that hike, when my furious anger was not only instantly erased, but replaced with ecstatic JOY, that was something that only God could do in me, because there was absolutely NO earthly or natural reason for me to not only stop being mad, but become instantly joyful and exuberantly excited.


Another time...and this happened after I had already been saved...I was deeply burdened with guilt over a specific sin that I had committed...this was the most burdened and guilty I had ever been and felt in my entire life. For the first and only time in my life, I seriously began believing (in ignorance) that I had committed the unpardonable sin. I began to consider that, no matter what I did from that point on...even if I asked for forgiveness...I was still going to burn in Hell forever. Everything that I had done and believed in my life didn't matter, because I had now possibly committed a sin that was absolutely unforgivable. I wondered if, no matter what happened, I was now destined for Hell, and there was absolutely nothing I could do about it. I felt like there was a heavy, black cloud of depression and hopelessness over me. I was so upset and distraught over this, that it actually caused me to throw up!


Well, since I had nothing to lose, I knelt down and prayed. Even though I didn't believe I could be forgiven, I begged for forgiveness anyway, pouring my heart and soul out to the Lord Jesus, turning away from my sin and turning to Him for help. I was completely, totally, deeply sincere with God, and it was a true, heartfelt prayer. Suddenly, and instantly, I felt a huge, gigantic, incredibly heavy weight being lifted off of me! The 'dark cloud' which had seemed to cover me, suddenly vanished!


People often use the phrase, "it was like a heavy weight had been lifted off of me," to the point of being over-used, so that it is almost a meaningless phrase anymore. Well, for the first time in my life, that phrase became real to me. I suddenly felt an unearthly peace...not a peace like you feel sitting in a quiet meadow or beside the ocean as you relax...no, something far deeper. I suddenly knew that all was right with my soul. I was confident that nothing could harm me, because I was restored to God, and He was protecting me. Even someone being rescued after being buried for days by an earthquake could not feel such soul-deep peace. I felt like I had gone from Hell to Heaven in an instant...from a sense of the darkest depression, total futility, and complete hopelessness, to a peace and exhilaration, release and comfort, unlike anything else in the world! And this change had occurred in a split-second!


These are merely a couple examples of many, many events that have happened to me which, especially when you add them all up, provide unmistakable, personally-experienced evidence that God is not only real, but that He lives within me, and that He loves me. May each person reading this (if you have not already surrendered your life to Christ Jesus as your Lord, and become a new creation in Him) repent of their sins and ask Christ Jesus, Who is God the Son, to wash away all your sins, and follow Him forever. If you do so, the Holy Spirit, Who is the Comforter and the Teacher, will indwell you, and you will then KNOW He is real, because you will know Him personally and intimately.


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11 comments:

Daikazu said...

OK.. I tried to read this blog but I couldn't get past the fact that you said you had things happen in your life that you could not "describe" things "beyond the normal human experience"...What? This instantly makes me think that a) You are not human thus able to experience things that are beyond the scope of the rest of us or b) you lack the ability to describe the world and events around you which instantly make me question your intelligence.
From reading the rest of the post it would appear you may have had some mental illness in your youth, Perhaps stemming from some kind of repression from childhood. Of course this is only speculation. I ask what and where did these "weights" come from, the ones lifted after you were “born again”? They would certainly add more insight into your experience.

No malice intended

Jeff said...

Daikazu,

No, I am quite human, you can be assured...LOL! (I'm assuming you were being intentionally humorous.) And no, I've never had any mental illness.

As far as the things I could not describe or the things "beyond the normal human experience," I was talking about spiritual things. Note that you said "the ability to describe the world and events around you." Obviously, you're looking at it from a naturalistic worldview. I would guess, then, that you do not believe in the existence of anything outside of nature...in other words, God, angels, etc. The problem is that my experiences that I was referring to lie outside of the limits of that naturalistic worldview. Therefore, it would only seem silly to you, because, if I'm guessing correctly, you don't even believe in the existence of anything outside of nature...i.e., anything that you cannot touch, see, feel, etc.

As far as the "weight" that was lifted from me, I was referring to feeling guilt over some wrongdoing. In my ignorance, I was thinking that this time, I had blown it so bad that Jesus could never forgive me (BTW, what I did wrong is not the issue. It really wasn't anything that bad. I was merely ignorantly blowing it out of proportion.) After I prayed, that guilt was miraculously lifted from me, and I felt incredibly free, blameless and no longer guilty. The change was so immediate and so drastic that it was shocking, for lack of a better word. I knew once again that the blood sacrifice of Jesus had removed all my sin and wrongdoing.

I hope I'm making sense, because its really hard to describe spiritual things to somebody who apparently doesn't believe in spiritual things.

And thank you for being kind enough to point out that there was "no malice intended."

human rorschach test said...

The first time that the name Jesus Christ appears in any Roman records is in the book 'The Jewish Wars', by Josephus. Josephus' work was first published in 90 AD (at least 20 years before the gospels were written and 60 years after Jesus' alleged death).

It mentions that a splinter group of jews worshiped a man-god named Jesus. This doesn't prove he existed to me.

There is no record of his crucifixion. Was he so unimportant that he didn't get the journal entry a common thief would would have had?

Jews are commanded to follow the laws of the land that they live in. Jesus is said to have risen from the dead when put to death by the state. This is civil disobedience. He was at best a bad jew. I refuse to worship a bad jew.

Jeff said...

human rorschach test,

You are free to choose to believe or not believe whatever you want. But, as far as Jesus' existence, please consider the following:

"To begin with, half a century ago, Roman historian A. N. Sherwin-White, an expert in first-century Greek and Roman history, has noted that the rate at which legend accumulated in Jesus' day has been fairly accurately determined (A. N. Sherwin-White, Roman Society and Roman Law in the New Testament [Clarendon, 1963], pp. 186-93). Sherwin-White claims that even two generations is too short a time frame to allow legend to replace the hard core of historical fact.

Sherwin-White's point can be strengthened when we realize that first-century Jewish culture was an oral culture; that is, it preserved and passed on its important traditions largely through memorization and oral performance/recitation in community gatherings (see James D. G. Dunn, A New Perspective on Jesus [Baker, 2005]). In such a culture, memorization skills were well-developed, and there was both the ability and concern to pass on the unchanged words and deeds of important religious figures. Thus, the tradition about Jesus between AD 33 when He was crucified until the Gospels were written would have been passed on and preserved in an oral context that would strengthen historical preservation and make legendary development even more unlikely than it would in the general Roman and Greek culture.

The Dating of Matthew, Mark and Luke

The late J. A. T. Robinson held to a late dating of the gospels (AD 70-100) until some of his conservative students challenged him to reconsider their dating with an open mind (cf. his Redating the New Testament [Westminster, 1976]). To his amazement, he discovered that the late dating was based largely on one scholar quoting another in one big circle. His own study of the issue led him to date all the gospels prior to AD 70. In my view, one of the most sophisticated treatments of the dating question is John Wenham's Redating Matthew, Mark, and Luke (InterVarsity, 1992). Wenham argues that the Gospels should be dated between the early forties to the late fifties.

In Acts, the city of Jerusalem and martyrdoms are clearly important, yet neither the fall of Jerusalem nor the executions of Acts' three central figures are mentioned.

We can date Acts pretty reliably at AD 60-62. In Acts, the city of Jerusalem and martyrdoms (Stephen and James the brother of John) are clearly important, yet neither the fall of Jerusalem (AD 70) nor the executions of Acts' three central figures — James the brother of Jesus, Peter and Paul (AD 62-67) — are mentioned. The best explanation is that Acts was written before these events, an explanation made more secure when one notes that the last chapter of Acts has a sense of immediacy about it and presents Paul still under arrest in Rome (AD 60-62). This means that Luke must be dated earlier than Acts, and if, as most scholars accept, Luke knew of Matthew and Mark (see Luke 1:1-4), the first three Gospels were written within thirty years after Jesus' death, well within Sherwin-White's two generations.

Typically, liberal Bible scholars reject an early dating, preferring AD 70-100. But even this date fits within the two-generation framework. Further, the two key planks in this later dating are:

It takes time for Christology to evolve from a charismatic leader to a divine figure, so the Gospels must be late.

The earliest gospel — Mark — contains predictive prophesy (in Mark 13, Jesus predicts the fall of Jerusalem); any predictive prophesy is likely to be a fiction, so Mark must be dated at or shortly after AD 70.

These two planks are question-begging — they assume a legendary view to argue for the late date that (allegedly) supports the legendary view. And they are expressions of bias. As such, they place a straight jacket on historical investigation in a way that disallows evidence for an early dating from the outset. The early dating suffers from no such bias, being established on objective historical and literary arguments (for example, the dating of the fall of Jerusalem).

Paul Letters

The epistles of the Apostle Paul were written from AD 49-65. Thus, they provide a sixteen year period to test the evolutionary, legend thesis. But when we look at his letters, his view of Jesus is the same in both his earliest letter (Galatians) and his last letters (1 and 2 Timothy, Titus). Further, his view of Jesus is uniformly high — he knows of no merely charismatic teacher; he only knows of a miracle-working, incarnate Son of God. This means that Paul had already come to accept a supernatural view of Jesus sometime before AD 49.

Paul's view of Jesus is the same in both his earliest letter (Galatians) and his last letters (1 and 2 Timothy, Titus).

Some scholars attempt to marginalize Paul by claiming that he was in serious conflict with Peter such that Paul's Christology is not representative of the early church. Unfortunately, this claim is a significant exaggeration for which there is no sufficient evidence. Their confrontation about certain issues (for example, Peter eating with Jews to the exclusion of Gentiles) hardly justifies this hasty generalization. Moreover, Paul himself checked out his gospel and Christology to make sure it was in harmony with the rest of the early church (cf. Galatians 1 and 2). This means that we have solid historical evidence that the early church had accepted a full-blown view of Jesus before AD 49, again, well within two generations.

But there's more. Paul wrote his letters in Greek and addressed them to Gentiles who did not know Hebrew or Aramaic, the language of the Jews. However, in various places in his letters (for example, Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 11:23ff, 15:3-8; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-18; 1 Timothy 3:16; 2 Timothy 2:8) we come across a few verses that translate easily back from Greek into Aramaic (while the rest of the epistle does not) and that exhibit traits of Hebrew poetry.

Many NT scholars take these passages to be early hymns and creeds that originated from and were used in church services in the early Jewish church in Jerusalem from AD 33 on, and which Paul translates into Greek and incorporates into his letters. Thus, these various hymns and creeds embedded in Paul's writings show that the early Jewish Christian community had a high, supernatural Christology at a very early date — between AD 35-45. Where is the time for legend to accrue here?

The materials in the New Testament that present a full-blown, supernatural Jesus originated well within the timeframe in which legend begins to prevail, and they were written while hostile and friendly eyewitnesses were in place.

Much more could be said, but one thing seems clear. The materials in the NT that present a full-blown, supernatural Jesus originated well within the timeframe in which legend begins to prevail, and they were written while hostile and friendly eyewitnesses were in place. As Peter said, "we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty" (2 Peter 1:16, NASB)."
http://www.trueu.org/Academics/LectureHall/A000000262.cfm

Jeff said...

Also please consider this:

"Question: "Did Jesus really exist? Is there any historical evidence of Jesus Christ?"

Answer: Typically when this question is asked, the person asking qualifies the question with "outside of the Bible." We do not grant this idea that the Bible cannot be considered a source of evidence for the existence of Jesus. The New Testament contains hundreds of references to Jesus Christ. There are those who date the writing of the Gospels in the second century A.D., 100+ years after Jesus' death. Even if this were the case (which we strongly dispute), in terms of ancient evidences, writings less than 200 years after events took place are considered very reliable evidences. Further, the vast majority of scholars (Christian and non-Christian) will grant that the Epistles of Paul (at least some of them) were in fact written by Paul in the middle of the first century A.D., less than 40 years after Jesus' death. In terms of ancient manuscript evidence, this is extraordinarily strong proof of the existence of a man named Jesus in Israel in the early first century A.D.

It is also important to recognize that in 70 A.D., the Romans invaded and destroyed Jerusalem and most of Israel, slaughtering its inhabitants. Entire cities were literally burned to the ground! We should not be surprised, then, if much evidence of Jesus' existence was destroyed. Many of the eye-witnesses of Jesus would have been killed. These facts likely limited the amount of surviving eyewitness testimony of Jesus.

Considering the fact that Jesus' ministry was largely confined to a relatively unimportant backwater area in a small corner of the Roman Empire, a surprising amount of information about Jesus can be drawn from secular historical sources. Some of the more important historical evidences of Jesus include the following:

The first-century Roman Tacitus, who is considered one of the more accurate historians of the ancient world, mentioned superstitious "Christians " ("named after Christus" which is Latin for Christ), who suffered under Pontius Pilate during the reign of Tiberius. Suetonius, chief secretary to Emperor Hadrian, wrote that there was a man named Chrestus (or Christ) who lived during the first century (Annals 15.44 ).

Flavius Josephus is the most famous Jewish historian. In his Antiquities he refers to James, “the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ.” There is a controversial verse (18:3) that says, "Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man. For he was one who wrought surprising feats. . . . He was [the] Christ . . . he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him." One version reads, "At this time there was a wise man named Jesus. His conduct was good and [he] was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. But those who became his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion, and that he was alive; accordingly he was perhaps the Messiah, concerning whom the prophets have recounted wonders."

Julius Africanus quotes the historian Thallus in a discussion of the darkness which followed the crucifixion of Christ (Extant Writings, 18).

Pliny the Younger, in Letters 10:96, recorded early Christian worship practices including the fact that Christians worshiped Jesus as God and were very ethical, and includes a reference to the love feast and Lord’s Supper.

The Babylonian Talmud (Sanhedrin 43a) confirms Jesus' crucifixion on the eve of Passover, and the accusations against Christ of practicing sorcery and encouraging Jewish apostasy.

Lucian of Samosata was a second-century Greek writer who admits that Jesus was worshiped by Christians, introduced new teachings, and was crucified for them. He said that Jesus' teachings included the brotherhood of believers, the importance of conversion, and the importance of denying other gods. Christians lived according to Jesus’ laws, believed themselves immortal, and were characterized by contempt for death, voluntary self-devotion, and renunciation of material goods.

Mara Bar-Serapion confirms that Jesus was thought to be a wise and virtuous man, was considered by many to be the king of Israel, was put to death by the Jews, and lived on in the teachings of his followers.

Then we have all the Gnostic writings (The Gospel of Truth, The Apocryphon of John, The Gospel of Thomas, The Treatise on Resurrection, etc.) that all mention Jesus.

In fact, we can almost reconstruct the gospel just from early non-Christian sources: Jesus was called the Christ (Josephus), did “magic,” led Israel into new teachings, and was hanged on Passover for them (Babylonian Talmud) in Judea (Tacitus), but claimed to be God and would return (Eliezar), which his followers believed - worshipping Him as God (Pliny the Younger).

In conclusion, there is overwhelming evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ, both in secular and Biblical history. Perhaps the greatest evidence that Jesus did exist is the fact that literally thousands of Christians in the first century A.D., including the 12 apostles, were willing to give their lives as martyrs for Jesus Christ. People will die for what they believe to be true, but no one will die for what they know to be a lie."
http://www.gotquestions.org/did-Jesus-exist.html

human rorschach test said...

Funny that you would mention Pliny the Younger in your post. He is credited by some to be among the true authors of the NT. They say that that is why Jesus' teachings and myths resemble the 'messiahs' before him, with a strong communistic bent.

They also say that his involvement in this is why it didn't matter who was emperor, Pliny was always in the wings holding an office, because he made church and state almost as one.

Then Rome becomes the Roman Catholic Church, or modern roman empire as I call it, complete with homosexuality and their own divine emperor or pope.

Do we at least agree that catholics aren't the ones who have it right?

Jeff said...

As far as Catholics, there are certain things they practice and believe which I don't believe are biblical. But then, no Protestant denomination is absolutely perfect, either, because no human is perfect, and none of us knows everything.

However, the fundamental basics that Catholicism generally teaches, that is, that Jesus is the Son of God, that He was born of a virgin, that He was without sin, that He died on a cross for our sins, and that eternal life comes through Him, is correct, and is biblical. Those are the fundamentals of the Christian faith, and those are the most important things.

As far as Pliny the Younger, I think you're getting your facts mixed up.

Pliny the Younger, like Josephus, Tacitus, and others, wrote extra-biblical documents that help to confirm the Bible is authentic. He was a government official whose writings describe early Christian beliefs and practices.

Pliny the Younger was a Roman author and administrator. In one of his letters, dated around A.D. 112, he asks Trajan's advice about the appropriate way to conduct legal proceedings against those accused of being Christians. Pliny says that he needed to consult the emperor about this issue because a great multitude of every age, class, and sex stood accused of Christianity.

Pliny describes the early Christian worship practices in that letter:

“They were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god, and bound themselves by solemn oath, not to do any wicked deeds, but never to commit any fraud, theft or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of food — but food of an ordinary and innocent kind”
(Pliny the Younger, L 10:96).

This reference provides hard evidence that Jesus Christ was worshiped as God from an early date by Christians who continued to follow the practice of breaking bread together, as reported in Acts 2:42,46.

So Pliny never wrote any of the New Testament. He wasn't even a Christian. In fact, he was an enemy of Christians.

"Along with Tacitus and Suetonius, Pliny the Younger must be allowed to take a seat among hostile Roman witnesses. In approximately A.D. 110-111, Pliny was sent by the Roman emperor Trajan to govern the affairs of the region of Bithynia. From this region, Pliny corresponded with the emperor concerning a problem he viewed as quite serious. He wrote: “I was never present at any trial of Christians; therefore I do not know the customary penalties or investigations and what limits are observed” (as quoted in Wilken, 1990, p. 4). He then went on to state:

This is the course that I have adopted in the case of those brought before me as Christians. I ask them if they are Christians. If they admit it, I repeat the question a second and a third time, threatening capital punishment; if they persist, I sentence them to death (as quoted in Wilken, p. 4).
Pliny used the term “Christian” or “Christians” seven times in his letter, thereby corroborating it as a generally accepted term that was recognized by both the Roman Empire and its emperor. Pliny also used the name “Christ” three times to refer to the originator of the “sect.” It is undeniably the case that Christians, with Christ as their founder, had multiplied in such a way as to draw the attention of the emperor and his magistrates by the time of Pliny’s letter to Trajan. In light of this evidence, it is impossible to deny the fact that Jesus Christ existed and was recognized by the highest officials within the Roman government as an actual, historical person."
http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/157

Jeff said...

The other night I had a big pot of water boiling on the stove.
I do this sometimes to condensate the air for my sinuses, since I often have stuffed-up sinuses
and sinus headaches and difficulty in breathing because of it. Well, I was in the other room watching TV, and all of a sudden it got really chilly. I figured the thermostat had automatically
changed to 65 degrees, as it does at a certain time of night. So I went out into the hallway and
checked the thermostat. Odd, it was still set at 81 degrees (I like it very warm, LOL). But then I heard a noise. The exhaust fan above the stove had come on automatically. That had never happened before in the 3+ years I have lived here. I checked, and the large pot was completely empty, and the stove was still on, and the bottom of the pot had begun to warp from the heat. I immediately turned off the stove. I believe that the Lord had sent that chill in order to get my attention, so that I would go out into the hallway to check the thermostat and notice that the pot was empty and getting close to the melting point. I believe that the Lord protected my life and that He protected my house from catching fire and burning down. The Lord is merciful and gracious, and He is watching out for me.

Jeff said...

I was reading an entry from one of my old diaries, dated Oct. 24, 1980. It read:
"This morning at school I got a [likely a sinus or migraine] headache, and as I was walking out to the car it kept getting worse. So I laid down in the car, and I had only one Christian tract in the car, and it was called, "This thing is from Me." I read it, as tears came because of the pain in my head, and it soothed me and got rid of my headache. Everything in that tract spoke to me directly with the problem (the headache) that I had at that very moment. God was showing me that because I have not humbled myself, He was humbling me the fast way---His way, through this pain. And also, I was worrying about school and things, and He was showing me that HE is the ONLY thing worth worrying about."

Pam Gonzalez said...

Jeff hunny, Your in the wrong profesion, why arent you writing books fiction and nonfiction. I would buy them. I love reading your blogs!! Every one has credicks ...(lol my spelling is bad! ) they just dont know good talient or they have a problem with ecepting Jesus Christ as the savior of all .....it's a shame how just the name of Jesis can make people angry and feel they must put the person down that speaks it .... hummm yea kinda like Satan. Love ya brother keep writing. :)

Jeff said...

Thank you very much, Pam. I should start posting on my blog site again, which I have not done for over a year now. I have also thought about writing a book, but have not done it yet. It would be nice to get a job as a writer. I did minor in Creative Writing in college.