October 25, 2005:
I bought a CD recording at the
Dollar Store yesterday. It consists of the reading of the Book
of Second Corinthians!
forgotten my regular music this week, have been playing that
here in the motel room.
One phrase keeps
echoing in my mind.
Paul was talking
to the Corinthians and mentioned the fact that he planned to
visit them again soon.
Here's what he
said. "And in this confidence I was
minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second
benefit." 2nd Corinthians 1:15
Notice with me
those words "second benefit."
Paul is literally
saying that his coming to the Corinthian Church would bestow
upon them definite spiritual "benefit!"
Who does Paul
think he is?
I'll answer that.
He was God's Man!
He was an Apostle
of Jesus Christ!
He was a divinely
inspired writer of Scripture ... 14 Epistles to be exact!
He was one of the
greatest Christians who ever lived!
He was a
He even died for
When a man like
that comes around ... get as close to him as you can!
He WILL convey to
you spiritual benefit!
Those words in
Greek are spelled deuteros (second) charis (benefit).
Listen again to
was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a
You see, he had
been to Corinth before. At that time he apparently shared a
I think it could
be said this way: One only can really get saved once! But you
can receive many many benefits ("blessings") from the Lord!
Psalm 103:2 ---
"Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not
all his benefits."
Psalm 116:12 ---
"What shall I render unto the LORD for
all his benefits toward me?"
And Psalm 68:19
--- "Blessed be the Lord, who
daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our
The word Paul
used for "benefits" is "charis," the usual New Testament word
Paul's just being
around these Christians, his very presence, seemed to influence
them for good!
And here he was
writing not his own personal opinions, but the very inspired
words of God Himself!
God said that
Paul the Preacher, by visiting Corinth, would give the folks
there great "benefit," great grace!
another of his Epistles Paul said about the same thing. This
time it was to the Romans! "For I long to
see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the
end ye may be established." Romans 1:11
"gift" (here the related word "charisma," kin to "charis"
obviously) came from Paul's very life and ministry!
Now ... we all
know Paul is dead and in Heaven.
So why these
Because ... each
of us knows some godly man, some Preacher, some giant in the
We know somebody
around whom we could derive great spiritual blessing and joy and
How about your
He loves the
He is serious
minded, "sober" says the New Testament!
He has wisdom and
power ... due to years of walking with God!
Have you ever
thought of being around him more ... and from that gaining help
Paul was godly
... but not perfect!
Same with your
But he knows
He's been washed
in the Blood of the Lamb!
And he can pray!
And he can impact
you for Jesus' sake ... if you'll just be around him all you
I'll tell you
nearly sixty years old now ... I still dearly love to be around
I love to hear
them talk ... watch how they act ... see what thrills them ...
be near when they pray ... learn their little godly habits ...
and observe their very lifestyles!
alone, I have receive many a spiritual benefit!
A second and
third and fourth and fifth and sixth and seventh and ....
Surely I've said
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
September 8, 2005:
could hardly believe what I had
was talking about the first ever "cloned" sheep!
"news" back in 1996.
It seems that
Dolly didn't fare so well.
now admit that working with living "genes" may be a bit more
"tricky" than first thought!
sheep, man-made in a sense, soon developed lung disease ...
among other maladies.
live to be 11 or 12 years of age.
for only 6 years ... then had to be put to death (excuse me ...
put to sleep) due to her condition!
THEN ... this
statement was made ...
Of course ...
"Dolly the newborn had six year old
from existing cell material (the "utter" cell of another sheep
... a six year old sheep) ... Dolly was age 6 at birth!
Now isn't that
certificate (if she had one) would have read age: 1 day!
biologist studying her on her day of birth could have
scientifically determined that in reality she was an adult! A
six year old lamb!
I said all
that to say this ...
The day God
created Adam ... he too was one day old! Less that 24 hours,
But ... let a
geneticist or a biologist or an evolutionist get around poor old
Adam and they would immediately have announced to us, "No!"
This man Adam
is not one day old!
He is every
bit a man who is 30 (or so) years into development anyway!
See what I
age of something can be a bit misleading!
No matter how
old man would have said Adam was a week after God put him on
created this earth too! No matter how old they say it is!
have "engineered" a six year old sheep ... at birth!
God can ...
and has "created" an adult mature man ... adult from that man's
very first moment of being! (A one day old adult human
I have made up
I'm going with
And the Bible!
eventually ... surely ... science will "catch up" with us
somewhere on down the road of learning!
It's like Paul
said in Romans 3:4. "Yea, let God be
true, but every man a liar!"
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
September 7, 2005:
I was reading just yesterday the
words of a dear Man of God.
remarked that for over 20 years he had been a student of the
lives of other preachers.
He had made it
a "hobby" to study their biographies.
That brings me
to my subject today.
In a recently
published book on biography, the author was discussing the
difficulty of writing a good "life story."
quote one sentence: "People write what they call 'lives' of
other people. That is, they collect a number of events, and
leave the person to whom it happened unknown!"
It surely IS
hard to capture a real person ... on paper!
In fact, any
biography is piecemeal! The best one ever written is imperfect!
You just can't into that person's "skin" and see what they see
or feel what they feel or think what they think!
The Life of
of our Saviour!
In the New
Testament account I suggest we have the PERFECT Story of Jesus!
By reading of
His Virgin Birth, sinless Life, many miracles, powerful
preaching, beautiful parables, cruel crucifixion, three-day
burial, literal resurrection, bodily ascension (back to heaven)
and present day intercession for His Own ... we get introduced
to the greatest Life ever lived and the greatest Biography ever
And HOW do we
Biography is written by God the Holy Spirit Himself! He (The
Spirit) Who used Matthew and Mark and Luke and John as merely
human instruments best knew the Lord!
In that holy
and miraculous sense we really do get into Jesus' "skin" and
learn how He felt, what He thought, and even His Life Goals! He
came to "seek and to save that which was lost!" He also came
"to destroy the works of the devil!"
And in reality
... something even greater happens:
The more we
learn of Jesus and the more the Spirit of God convicts us of sin
... the closer we get to being "saved" by that Lord of Whom
You see, He
lives yet today ... at the Right Hand of The Father in Heaven!
And, if a
sinner will trust Him for eternal life ... Jesus will forgive
him and redeem him and begin to live IN him and ultimately take
him to Heaven ... for eternity!
really know a person.
... Unless you
can get into their "skin!"
possible (concerning Jesus) through the Bible's divinely
comes ... salvation!
And when the
student gets "saved,"
Jesus gets into his skin!
him ... through the Holy Spirit!
ex-sinner becomes the cleansed and born-again "temple" of the
Lord Himself! "What? know ye not that
your body is the temple
of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God,
and ye are not your own?" 1st Corinthians 6:19
Paul once told
the Colossians that the "secret" of the Christian life is ...
"Christ in you,
the hope of glory." Colossians 1:27
Thank God for
that One Perfect Life Story!
No wonder the
church for many many years has been singing, "Tell me the Story
glad you heard?
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
September 6, 2005:
In the past
few weeks the Nation of Israel has been doing some strange
They have been
GIVING AWAY their hard-earned land!
It looks to me
like the people of that little Country are in revolt over the
issue! At least, many of them are!
I wonder to
what extent our Nation, the good old United States, has
pressured Israel to so sacrifice their land?
And may I
remind you they fought for this land, every square inch of it?
Jewish blood had been shed to fly their "Star of David" flag
I say they
gave their Land away.
they really "sold" it!
government says they had to rid themselves of the Land in order
to "buy" peace in the region!
carefully and see if that "tactic" works!
Why is Brother
Bagwell writing about this today?
I found a
verse of Scripture last week that amazes me.
commanded Israel that they were NOT to sell the Land He gave
Here it is.
Remember that the Lord is talking. It appears that He is saying
the Land is not Israel's to give or sell! It is THE LORD'S
LAND! "The land shall not be sold for
ever: for the land is Mine; for ye are strangers
and sojourners with Me." Leviticus 25:23
And just what
Land would that be?
Here is its
geography. "In the same day the LORD made
a covenant with Abram, saying, unto thy seed have I given this
land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river
Euphrates: the Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, and the
Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the
Jebusites." Genesis 15:18-21
and sisters in Christ, IF America pressured Israel to do this
illogical deed ... "selling" their land for political expediency
... God will likely judge us for it!
little promise God made to Israel: "For
he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of His eye."
If that's not
plain enough for you, try: "Now the LORD
had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy
kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will
shew thee: and I will make of thee a great nation,
and I will bless thee,
and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and I
will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth
thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be
blessed." Genesis 12:1-3
Let me close
by giving you a good prayer project:
for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall
prosper that love thee." Psalm 122:6
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
September 5, 2005:
You have no
doubt heard of it.
the largest and most comprehensive dictionary of the English
The Oxford English Dictionary, it has about 500,000
entries! It consists of 20 or more volumes! And it costs over
$1,000.000 to purchase! In some places ... well over that!
Even when bought on-line, which is now possible, the cost is
nearly $300.00 per year!
in 1857, the massive project was not completed until 1928. And
of course ... it is now updated regularly.
work runs for a total of 15,448 pages!
information set my mind to thinking ... about words!
important they are to a preacher ... and to a Christian!
You see, we
all believe and love and study a Book, the Bible!
building block of any book, particularly the Bible, is its
In fact, we
call the Bible "The Word of God!"
Now there have
arisen in today's word men and women who tell us the words of
the Bible are just not that important.
thoughts or the intents or the implications of a book ... that's
has been the basis for many of the so-called modern versions of
instead of slavishly concentrating on the WORDS of Scripture,
strive to just express the "dynamic equivalent" or the gist or
feeling of Paul or Peter or whomever.
Let me make an
announcement: Brother Bagwell is sticking with the Words of
I believe in
Yes, I have
the conviction that God the Holy Spirit gave each writer of the
Bible (from Moses in Genesis all the way to John the Apostle in
Revelation) the very words to use!
Peter: "For the prophecy came not in old
time by the will of man: but
holy men of God spake
as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 2nd Peter
See that verb
Now just what
do you speak?
words express ideas or feelings or whatever ... but they are
still just words!
I even believe
that Scripture's words are inspired to this extent ... the tense
and voice and number and mood of every verb and the case of
every noun or pronoun ... are God-chosen and God-empowered!
today I would encourage any young preacher reading here ... or
Sunday School teacher ... or student of the Word ... begin a
life-long project of mastering the words of the Bible!
You won't have
to have the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) with its nearly
16,000 pages to do so. Use what you have (concordance or
commentary or computer software then word study manuals and so
forth) ... and build on that. But try to master the words of
Scripture ... and you will always have something to feed those
hungry "sheep" who sit before you!
God thought so
much of words ... that He named His Book after One!
Word of God!
And His Son
Word of God!
Jesus, John said ... "In
the beginning was the
Word, and the
Word was with God, and
the Word was
God." (John 1:1)
the Word was made flesh,
and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the
only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
And even when
Jesus returns to earth again ... "And I
saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat
upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He
doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and
on His Head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no
man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture
dipped in blood: and His Name is called
The Word of God."
Yes, you can
study it in Hebrew (Old Testament)!
You can study
it in Greek (New Testament)!
You can study
it in English (the Whole Book)!
Just study it
... word for word!
mockingly, sarcastically accused Isaiah of doing just that! He
even preached God's Word "line upon line"
they said! (Isaiah 28:10,13)
those "lines" of Scripture consist of WORDS!
Thank God for
Learn a new
Bible word (in its fullness) today!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
September 4, 2005:
An art critic was working to restore
an old painting. Actually it was a mural, covering an entire
series of walls!
something quite unusual.
masterpiece actually was created with two layers of paint!
obviously the older one, told a historical story in lovely
The second, in
much bolder colors and only over certain areas of the whole
scene, gave an even more dramatic account of the events the
painter needed to emphasize!
between the two layers of many colored paints ... a residue of
dust and oil had collected, proving the suggested time lapse!
Now here's the
interesting thing: the artist, who had aged several decades
between the two applications, had a whole new emphasis to accent
... at least in certain places. And he did so with brighter,
bolder colors too!
I began to
think about that.
We have an
artist in the New Testament. I particularly have Paul in mind.
He painted (with words) fourteen Books of Epistles! (That
counts Hebrews.) His work was under the direct guidance of the
Holy Spirit of God, Who inspired all Scripture.
word "pictures" the Apostle (Paul the artist) has drawn!
of murals one after the other!
Do you see the
analogy I'm drawing?
And some of
Paul's Epistles are done early in His Christian life ... others
later, much later!
Thessalonian Letters, both of them, were written fairly early.
came later, one (2nd Timothy) at the time of Paul's death by
martyrdom. Caesar Nero was the likely killer.
I've notice about Paul's beautiful "work."
He has in his
overall "mural" of Scripture (remember ... fourteen rooms) also
painted (written) early and late in his ministry!
And he too
(like the artist mentioned earlier) did so as a young man and as
an old man.
colors and focuses and intensities are different too!
Here's what I
Early on ...
Paul keeps talking about one Event, the Second Coming of Jesus!
He preached it with so much clarity and power that some in
Thessalonica apparently even quit their jobs and waited for the
Lord to appear! Paul of course had to correct that problem!
But Jesus did
NOT come during Paul's ministry! The Preacher certainly
expected the Lord any day, as should we! In Paul's classic
Passage on the Rapture, he said "then WE
which are alive and remain shall be caught up ...!" See
1st Thessalonians 4:17
But by the
time Paul was an old man, Jesus had not come and Paul (while
still preaching the Lord's Return) had begun to emphasize
He himself had
fought a good fight and finished the course!
exhorted his young preacher-boys to be steadfast!
To each Church
he increasingly began to encourage more and more determination
not to quit! For example: "Therefore, my
beloved brethren, be ye
stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the
Lord." 1st Corinthians 15:58
carefully for us those who remained faithful and those who quit!
forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed
unto Thessalonica." Then ... "Only
Luke is with me." 2nd Timothy 4:10-11
I hope you see
what I'm trying to say today!
In Paul's last
days, though still strongly believing the Jesus' Second Coming,
his mind was concentrated on being absolutely FAITHFUL to the
end, to death!
And that bold
dramatic color (FAITHFULNESS WITH A TINGE OF STEADFASTNESS AND A
DASH OF UNMOVEABLENESS) heavily colored the last rooms Paul ever
know I was an "art" expert, did you?
quickly let me add that in the times in which we live ... much
nearer the Rapture than ever ... we need to preach with equal
passion both the Coming of our Lord to get His true Church AND
staying faithful without compromise in these ever darkening
We may be the
generation who will see the Lord when He comes in the air! We
may be the ones who will hear the shout! We may leave here
without ever dying!
Yet until then
... we MUST be faithful!
After all, our
precious Saviour sure was FAITHFUL!
reveals one of His great goals: "That He
might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things
pertaining to God!"
... He was ... and still is such a FAITHFUL HIGH PRIEST!
Glory to God!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
September 3, 2005:
Scientists have done some amazing
And the fairly
recent development of the study of our human "genes" has nearly
overwhelmed us all!
I was studying
recently and found a couple of examples I'd like to share with
have now isolated and removed the gene that produces
"fluorescence" in a certain northwestern jellyfish, the gene
that makes the little fellow "glow!"
implanted that gene into a fertilized egg of a white rabbit!
A rabbit that
"glows" was born!
I can document
what I've just told you, folks!
long wanted to raise spiders that would produce their "web"
material in great quantities. But it is not possible to do so!
The spiders, when grouped in large communities, eat each other!
What's the value of a spider's web? In building their "webs,"
the little creatures produce the strongest natural fiber known
So, here we go
have taken the spider gene and spliced it into a goat gene! The
result is a normal looking goat that gives milk which, when
processed (strained like cheese and spun like silk), produces a
fabric that is both lightweight and stronger than steel! It's
also softer than silk! They have produced a goat ... with
They have even
found that this "goat milk-spider silk" is so strong that
bullets fired at it can't penetrate it ... but only bounce
away! Even at "point-blank" range I am told!
Now I realize
that science may be treading on some holy ground here, maybe
even forbidden ground. It is astounding (and frightening) to
read where the experts say this technology is going to lead us!
But ... as I
was thinking yesterday ... I realized something anew.
So ... man can
now take the glowing part of a certain jellyfish, put it into a
rabbit and change that rabbit's nature forever!
And man can
also take the little spider's ability to spin strong silk-like
webs, place it into goats and alter that goat's milk production
the rest of its days, perhaps saving human lives along the way!
should I think it strange that God Almighty, the Creator and
Redeemer of mankind, could reach down and save an old lost soul
... then place within
him or her the indwelling Holy Spirit (far more amazing
than any gene splicing we've ever discovered) ... transforming
that life forever!
For, you see,
an old ex-sinner ... made into a "new creature" via regeneration
(being born again) ... has completely changed!
he's now found!
Once blind, he
Once dead, he
now lives, really lives!
bitterness and hatred and filth, he now exudes love, joy, peace,
longsuffering and so much more!
He, in a
spiritual sense, "glows" with the presence of His Lord! The
light of God's Countenance is now upon him (and within him)!
And his life
now produces, instead of moral weakness and fleshly desires,
"strong" traits like faithfulness, self-control, holy
determination and an awesome ability to endure hardness!
If rabbits can
glow and goats can produce silk-milk ... little wonder that the
Creator and Saviour we personally know and love can transplant
Himself into us, vastly outperforming today's super-scientists!
Yes, when you
got saved ... you were spiritually "altered!"
"Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold,
all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17
often godless culture can inadvertently point to the Glory and
power of God!
Have you been
so "changed," dear friend?
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
September 2, 2005:
decades ago somewhere in North America a new electric generating
station was built and put into service.
encountered problems, major ones!
generators, dynamos of energy, began failing!
They just quit
technicians, upon examining each machine, found that they were
clogged with thousands and thousands of bugs, the flying kind
carefully cleaned, the generators were re-started ... only to
have the same thing happen again!
entomologist (an insect scientist, a specialist) was summoned.
Upon close inspection he discovered that all the attracted
insects were mosquitoes!
mosquitoes at that!
discovered that the generators were emitting the exact sound (in
pitch and intensity) that the female mosquito does during
thought they were going to visit the "girls!"
company changed the speed of the generators ever so slightly ...
and the problem was solved!
story all about?
How did it get
on our Home Page today?
carefully: the sounds
one makes can SURELY have dire consequences!
what you "noise abroad," to use a Bible term!
So ... today
I've decided to make some noises!
And I will
guarantee you these expressions (sounds) will attract some ...
and repel others!
"washed in the Blood" of the
darling Lamb of God!
Yes, I am
"saved" by Grace!
I'll not go to
"Hell," but am
I love my old
"King James Bible" too!
(I can hear
some folks scattering already!)
I also believe
in the "Second Coming" of Jesus,
including the "Rapture" of the
Neither am I
an evolutionist, but I do accept "the
Bible account of Creation!"
know and love the "Lord Jesus Christ!"
Oh yes, and I
still believe in that thing called "sin!"
By now, some
have gathered around ... and are saying
"Amen!" Or maybe "Hallelujah!"
(Which terms frighten away some I've noticed!)
I believe I'll
just continue making such "noises" as I live for the Lord!
might keep me out of trouble!
What kind of
resultant loss of Power!
be sure and give a "certain" sound as we serve the Lord!
us: "If the trumpet give an uncertain
sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?"
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
August 31, 2005:
I have heard
this for years. But never seeing it in print, I just thought
perhaps someone was exaggerating a little bit.
But now I've
read it with my own eyes!
I guess it is
part of the Darwinian theory of evolution.
Many of those
folks really believe that behind the creation (they would say
development) of the universe is ... blind "chance!"
It is a matter
the godless Darwinian theory, everything and everyone you see is
in a way an "accident" of evolution!
recently entitled an article for a professional journal just
that ... "Accidental Elegance!"
Oh yes, they
still believe in the "survival of the fittest." But, along with
that, the pure randomness of chance must be allowed!
To them ...
had the evolutionary process turned a little differently ... we
would all have four arms, or maybe eight! (I saw that in an
article by a scientist recently!)
And of course,
if it's all an "accident" anyway, there can be no God
WAIT JUST A
You folks can
believe that junk if you wish!
or grandchildren in State Universities are likely going to do so
too! That's all they hear down there!
BUT I think
I'm just going to stick with the Bible!
Listen to what
Paul says in Hebrews 2:10. There he is describing God the
Father. "For it became Him, for Whom
are all things, and by Whom are all things, in
bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their
Salvation perfect through sufferings."
Here God the
Father is said to the One "by Whom all
things exist!" In other words, He made them!
our great Creator/Lord has made all thing for Himself too! Did
you see that? "For Whom are all things!"
Everything that is ... will ultimately give God glory!
the Father started this thing back in Genesis 1:1 ...
"by Him" they are in existence!
And He will
end them in Revelation 22:21 ... "for Him"
all things will be subdued!
leaves no room for a "random" universe!
theory can slip in here either!
For those of
you who are having trouble with this ... let me just compound
the problem a bit!
says that not only is creation a Divine plan ... but so is
"And we know that
work together for good to them that love God, to them who are
the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28
It sounds to
me like Someone has it all under control!
heaven and hell!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
August 30, 2005:
I am told that seasoned
commercial fisherman can tell how hard the wind is blowing by
just listening to the sound it makes against the wire cables of
sound means wind force of about 40 to 50 miles per hour!
A "shriek" is
Then comes a
Then, at about
a hundred miles per hour, the sound becomes "deep-toned ... much
like a church organ playing!"
I got to
thinking about that!
Did you know
that the Bible compares the Holy Spirit of God to the wind?
Jesus is John 3:8. "The wind bloweth where
it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not
tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one
that is born of the Spirit."
Testament once likened the Spirit to a soft quiet sound in the
tops of some nearby mulberry trees!
Yet again in
the New Testament the Spirit once exhibits Himself as the sound
of "a mighty rushing wind!"
after hearing the hurricane wind blow all night long this was on
apply these physical things to the spiritual world.
There are some
seasoned Men of God I know who also can tell a lot by the
"sound" of the moving of the Holy Spirit!
By the simple
fact of whether He is working like a soft caressing breeze ...
or a roaring earth-shaking gale!
Either way, He
Yes, the Holy
Spirit is Divine, A Member Of The Trinity!
And any way He
chooses to work is good for those of us who are saved!
Do you know
Do you live in
communion with Him?
Can you tell
by the "sounds" He makes how He is leading in your life?
Blow, Wind of
we should be today of the fact that we've been washed in the
Blood of Jesus and saved by the Power and Grace of our Heavenly
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
August 27, 2005:
I was reading
It used the
abbreviation (an acronym) GSH.
wondering, "What does this mean?"
discovered the secret!
stood for the first words in the expression "Godless Secular
Humanists!" Hence, GSH!
writer seemed rather proud of his self-proclaimed title!
encountered a periodical that trumpeted the philosophy of a
bunch of atheistic men and women who believed that man needed no
Saviour but himself!
I guess I did
not know that such a group existed!
So I thought
that today I would take a minute and classify myself ... for
those of you who many be new reading these web-pages.
Number one ...
I am NOT an atheist!
I believe in
the Lord God Almighty!
And in His
Son, Jesus Christ!
While I have
to be careful here, neither am I godless! I have been saved by
the Blood of Jesus and am trying to live a GODLY life ... with
the aid of the dear Holy Spirit!
Number two, I
am not secular in my world-view!
I try to see
the dear Lord in everything!
Even in the
sunset, in the rain, in the problems that daily come my way!
accepts the fact that "all things work together" ... God is
weaving a tapestry of grace in each of our lives!
No, I try not
to be secular ... but spiritual in my outlook!
Lastly, I am
not a humanist! That is ... not in the sense of believing that
man can be his own Saviour!
Man is a
the Lord ... all will die in their sins and go to hell ...
Jesus says: "Verily, verily, I say unto
you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me,
hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but
is passed from death unto life." John 5:24
I am not a GSH!
But ... I am a
That's a ...
Born Again Christian!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
August 26, 2005:
I was reading
earlier this week in a literary magazine. In it I learned of a
recent reprinting of an old World War II document.
was from a handbook the War Department had released back in 1942
teaching our soldiers and airmen and seamen how to adapt to
British life! Apparently thousands of our folks were stationed
The book was
designed to teach them the peculiarities of "the British, their
country, and their ways!"
Now that would
be a good book to have if you were a soldier boy headed to a
strange and distant land!
Then I began
You know what?
have also been issued a Book!
teaches us about another land; far, far away!
One that helps
prepare us for that grand country and its ways!
And the Book?
The Bible, of
tell us Heaven exists!
And how we can
things will be like there!
And what we're
going to see there!
And even how
long we are going to be there!
Now I will not
order a copy of the War Department manual.
I'm likely not
going to England anyway.
would like to do so! To see Spurgeon's Tabernacle and Bunhill
Fields (that old Puritan Cemetery) and then up to Manchester to
see where Alexander Maclaren preached at the same Church (Union
Chapel) for nearly 50 years!
But ... I am
going to Heaven!
And I do need
to study the Manual that teaches me and prepares me for That
said: "In my Father's house are many
mansions: if it were not so, I would have told
you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a
place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also." John
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell