Good News in Troubled Times


The news is full of wars, murders, weather catastrophes and other bad stuff, so I thought that I might give The Good News for a change, dear reader.

The Good News which I have to give is not what you might expect, nor have I seen it published anywhere else (one would think that if it were published it would go viral right away)!

The Good News is that God is in the process of winning the hearts and minds of as many of His creatures as He can during the probationary period of time He has set aside for this endeavor, and as a result every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord - to the glory of God the Father!

This may sound trite to you, but I declare this out of personal experience.  On May 15, 1976, at about 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time I was desperate for a change in my life, was willing to do something desperate, and had just been informed that my whole life was 'one big sin' because we all live for ourselves rather than for God - and that is the definition of sin.

So, I asked what I should do next, and was told, "Get down on your knees because you will be talking to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!"

I was duly impressed that this was a momentous decision, but I figured that I had nothing to lose, so I knelt down on the carpet in the second floor lounge of the Business Building at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA.

The moment my knees touched the floor 26 years of tears were released, I was crying so hard that I could not hear the prayers that were being prayed over me, but when I ran out of tears and stood to my feet I realized that my whole life had changed.  I read later in The Bible, Prophet Jeremiah, that I had been given a spiritual heart transplant!  God had begun to set me free from myself so that I could live for Him instead of for me!

When I had first heard about bowing my knees before God I had a sinking feeling that this could have bad results.  I had no idea that this act of submission to God would have immediate and dramatic POSITIVE results!

Now, 38 years later, I can look back on a new life with purpose and satisfaction both now and, I trust, for eternity!  My life adventure began the moment I bowed my knees and heart to Jesus Christ!

God allows us to go astray from Him after our own ways in the hope that eventually we will realize that we are desperate for Him, and willing to try life as God's slave instead of life as slave to ourselves or someone else.  He is waiting to hear from you, dear reader, and may I suggest that the perfect beginning prayer is one recommended by Jesus Himself:

Luke 18:9-14  And [Jesus] also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and looked down on everyone else:  "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed these things with reference to himself: 'God, I give thanks to you that I am not like other people—swindlers, unrighteous people, adulterers, or even like this tax collector! I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all that I get.'

But the tax collector, standing far away, did not want even to raise his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than that one! For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."

In addition I have come to know that God wants us to be totally reconciled to Him and His Son Jesus to the extent that we can fellowship with Father and Son and with each other freely and openly and acceptably!  This is accomplished not by Bible study and prayer alone, but by abiding in Jesus as a branch abides in a vine.  If you want to know how this is done I suggest that you ask Jesus for help!

And please let me know what happens!

-Rob