A Ready Writer

Monday, June 28, 2021

“The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it” (Psalm 68:11 KJV).

Dear brethren, only by God’s grace, I mark 15 years of writing ministry today!

A few weeks before my seventh birthday in the flesh, I trusted Jesus Christ alone as my personal Saviour. My family and I had been in and out of local denominational churches for many years, always fleeing some type of false teaching. That hectic routine went on for the first decade of my Christian life.

Fast-forward to my senior year in high school. With graduation approaching, I wondered what to do in life next. I suddenly began to have a renewed interest in the Bible. Out of church for a few years, my well-meaning mother bought me a “feel-good,” bestselling “Christian” book. (Only later would we learn just how corrupt it really was, and how it deceived us to our spiritual detriment!) I had always liked writing short stories and poems, and this book inspired me to write about spiritual matters. Those early rough-draft, experimental or practice “Bible” studies of mine spanned six months. On June 28, 2006, I began writing formal drafts. Although having a slightly better grasp of Scripture, I was still writing like a good denominationalist! One sincere relative suggested I enter seminary after high school. Looking back, I am ever so grateful to have declined the opportunity to attend Bible cemetery and experience further confusion.

Throughout 2007, the Lord used two faithful brothers in the grace ministry to teach my parents and I; we recovered ourselves out of the snare of the Devil (2 Timothy 2:24-26). By that time, I was several months into college, pursing a degree in Earth science, constantly fending off all the anti-Scriptural humanism bombarding my young, impressionable mind. With my dispensational Bible study underway, I was strengthened in the inner man, finally understanding and enjoying the Scriptures. No amount of intellectual persuasion—even nine years of it (!)—would move me from sound Bible doctrine!

Here we are, dear brethren, now 15 years into the writing ministry. Thousands of daily devotionals, hundreds of Bible question-and-answer articles, and an upcoming grace study Bible have resulted. I still have so much more to learn about Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery, so onward we go to further maturity in grace (Philippians 3:12-15)! 🙂

Our latest Bible Q&A: “What does ‘sottish’ mean?

They Planted, She Watered, But God Gave the Increase

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14 KJV).

Indeed!

A Christian woman, employed at the plant nursery of an older Christian husband and wife, brought her (almost) seven-year-old son to work one summer day. While potting flowers together, the young boy asked, “Mom, how can I be saved?” She gave him the Gospel of Grace: “Christ died for our sins, He was buried, and He rose again the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3,4). Immediately, he believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour… and passed from death to life, Adam to Christ. By the way, that was 25 years ago this month—and that little boy was I!

Growing up, my family and I had been “in and out of” various “Bible” and Baptist churches—forced to leave after heresies corrupted the assemblies. For years, I had attended children’s Sunday school and main services, but I was lost as lost could be. Never can I recall hearing a clear Gospel message… although there was much emphasis on a “sinner’s prayer” and water baptism!! With my Mom, though, I realized my personal lostness and was saved unto eternal life.

As for the aforementioned Christian couple who owned the nursery, the lady died of Alzheimer’s disease several years ago and her husband met her in Heaven just a few years back. The nursery complex, long closed, is but two miles from my home. I pass it often. Someone else lives in the house now. I do remember, a decade ago, walking into that very shed where I was saved unto eternal life. How stirring! For half my Christian life, I did not know how to use the Scriptures rightly divided. Only for the last 13 years have I been a dispensational Bible student. How I came to be saved unto the knowledge of the truth… well… that is for another study! 🙂

Our latest Bible Q&A: “Why did Jesus tell Israel they do not know the date of His return?”