"The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their
voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world."
(Psalms 19:1-4 NIV)
Possibly you are where I was several years ago. . .
I would stare at the stars and just knew that there had to be more to life, you didn't just die, end of story.
And maybe you have even wondered if that life is in God, even though, as I had done, you have fought God off a good portion of your life.
For me church had been, well, church, and I left very disillusioned about religion, God, etc. . .
And maybe I gave up hope. Well, almost gave up hope. Every now and then, sometimes quite often, I would look into the night sky and those stars would talk to me.
I later realized why:
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world" (Psalms 19:1-4 NIV).
Isn't that amazing?
I can remember when I was twenty-something, getting ready to leave for Colorado Springs to visit friends, job hunt and possibly relocate. As was often the case I looked up at the stars, but this night God spoke to me, not audibly, but the message was clear and unmistakable.
He (God) was what (who) I had been searching for; I had just allowed too many other things to get in the way.
So then I came to God, believed in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins, got back in church and lived happily ever after, right. . .
Well, happily ever after is not exactly how I would describe everything that has since happened.
For one thing God had to teach me (and still is) just what happily ever after really is.
Anyway, I did find the peace of God through his Son, Jesus Christ, and the relationship that began when I bowed before my Creator and Redeemer was one that I would never let go of.
And more importantly I knew God would never let go of me.
So please let me bore you with the details. . .
My wife and I sold our home in Terre Haute, IN and moved to the big city. Chicago here we come!
Let me sum things up in this way. Lived and worked in the Chicago area for five years, completed my diploma work at Moody Bible Institute, along with a B.A. from Moody, and an A..A. and A.L.S. from Morton College, pastored eleven years acquiring a M.A. in Ministry from Moody Graduate School along the way.
However, church become church again, and I said "see you later" to the pastorate. God is so good and so great, but it seems the professing Church has done its best to cover this up.
Back to Terre Haute, back to the excavating company I previously worked for.
Found out church was church here also. By the way I found this to be true in four states.
Even dropped out of church for a while, began attending again. Guess what. . .church is still church, but I have to serve God somehow, some way. So I am seeing if God leads to starting a fellowship of believers and seekers here in Terre Haute, IN.
Truth in our worship.
Truth in our relationship with God
Truth in our handling of God's
And truth in life in general.
"Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place" (Ephesians 6:14 NIV).
Our first line of defense is the truth. And if we are not truthful, people will not see the truth about God.