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About Me - I'll Keep It Short!

 

I grew up in the upstate of South Carolina and was probably typical of the kids of my age. We went swimming, played baseball, went to church, and in general - just grew up.

 

I remember vividly the First Baptist Church where I attended as a kid. Back then it was a very formal setting. The men, who could afford it, wore suits and the ladies wore hats. Easter was an unusual time of year in the Baptist fashion world in that everybody tended to wear something new. My mom used to call it the Easter parade. I'm not sure if it was Easter or the arrival of spring that brought out the fashion frenzy, but us kids really liked it. We especially liked the big hats some of the ladies wore. I discovered later that it wasn't really a Baptist thing, it was really more of a southern thing. Other memories were the mandatory memorization of bible verses and getting the extra crackers and grape juice after communion.

 

As happens in many families, my parents divorced when I was about twelve. It didn't seem too tragic to us kids at the time because we had two loving grandparents that lived next door. We still went swimming and such and continued to occupy ourselves as we always had. My grandparents went to the Methodist Church, so we went with them. My Mom worked a lot in order to support the family. It would be hard to have a Mom as great as my Mom, but I'm sure most of us feel that way.

 

When I became a teenager, I became a little more active in sports. I wasn't good enough for the varsity school teams so if I played sports it was with a team from church, the Salvation Army, or the YMCA. They had a lot of community teams back then that kept the kids active. There didn't seem to be as many overweight kids back then. When I got too old to play sports at with one of the community teams, I just sort of faded away from church. It wasn't that I didn't believe in God, to me church was more of a sports thing.

 

I don't remember attending church at all after I graduated high school. I eventually entered the US Air Force. I spent 20 years in the Air Force and did everything from aircrew member on KC-135 Tankers to managing Command and Control computer networks. I retired and ended up with a very good paying job with one of the nations largest consulting firms. I was making a six figure a year salary, I was having a great time, I didn't have a care in the world. God had been nowhere in my life. I don't believe I was an atheist or agnostic. I just think God was a non-issue - a "no factor". With 20 years in the Air Force I had been to many weddings and funerals, but those were the only time I had been in a Church. Then came a funeral of someone I did not even know.

 

We traveled back to Greenville, Mississippi for the funeral for the husband of one of my wife's friends. I had the usual thoughts running through my head when you're doing something for your wife that you could really care less about. I didn't know this person and I didn't particularly care for the 6 hour drive.

 

I sat that respectfully as the mass began. I didn't have God in my life, wasn't looking for him, probably didn't even think about him even though I was in a church. At some point in the mass I had one of the most remarkable experiences I had ever had in my life. I suddenly had a feeling of the presence of God, I knew he was there. I sat there unsure of what was going on. It wasn't like a conversion on the road to Damascus or anything. It was more of a tap on the shoulder and a "Hey, what about me?" type question from God. The only way I can relate my experience then and up to this point is to go back to my childhood.

 

I remember playing in the neighborhood when I was a kid and had no idea that it was getting dark. At some point in our frenzy of activity, a street light would suddenly come on. It wasn't a big deal, but you were aware of it and you began to think about what time it was.

 

That was my experience with God. There was no earthquake, lightning, apparitions, or anything. It was sort of like that streetlight. I became aware, I knew what it was, and I knew what it meant. Of course being like a kid, I at first didn't want to face the fact of the streetlight. I continued to try and ignore it and pretend it didn't matter. But just like it was when you were a kid, that street light got brighter and brighter and everything else kept getting darker and darker. I have never been drawn to anything like this in my life. And just like when you were a kid, you never knew you were in the dark until the light came on.

 

In a very short period of time I have come to love the Lord a great deal. My faith continues to grow every day, and I pray it will continue. Don't miss your opportunity for life. Open your heart and let the Lord show you his loving mercy and his peace.

 

It is the duty, and should be the pleasure, or every Christian to share the truth about Jesus. In a time when the Internet is becoming a dominant new medium, I thought it a good idea to add something positive to the billions of web pages available. We should have something available besides shopping and pornography........

 

Nobody can ever talk you into converting or accepting Christ. You only find Christ if led to him by the Father.

 

Don't miss his call. When you feel him tap you on the shoulder and ask that "Hey, what about me?" question, follow your heart. Don't suffer the same fate as those with the coldest of hearts. Come experience the love of Jesus.

 

"I was found (by) those who were not seeking me;

I revealed myself to those who were not asking for me."

 

 

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Jesus Explained The Eucharist The Day After Feeding The 5000

"Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him." John 6:53-56

 

Jesus Gave Us The Eucharist For All Time The Night Before He Died

"While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, "Take and eat; this is my body." Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins. " Matthew 26:26-28

 

Today Some Cannot Accept The Gift Just As It Was In The Time Of Jesus

"'But there are some of you who do not believe.' Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, 'For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.' As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, 'Do you also want to leave?' Simon Peter answered him, 'Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.'" John 6:64-68

 

Jesus Explained That Eternal Life Is Gained Through The Spirit - Not Through The Flesh

Jesus' Flesh And Blood Are Of Divine Nature (Spirit) And Not Of This World (Flesh)

"It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.John 6:64-68

 

It's NOT Just Bread And Wine - It's NOT Just Crackers And Grape Juice

Jesus Gave Us The Eucharist To Nourish Us Until He Returns

Come Home To HIS Church And Accept HIS Holy Flesh And Blood

 

"Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me." Luke 10:16

 

 

 

 

Do Not Reject HIS Church

Do Not Reject HIM

 

COME HOME AND LEARN THE TRUTH

 

 

 

 

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