Bruce Collins. I am an evangelist and teacher of the Bible. I
became a child of God by faith in the person and work of the Lord Jesus
Christ on November 24, 1963 and have tried to serve the Lord in various
capacities since then. I am presently an itinerant minister of
the Gospel. I do not work for an organization but I try to
serve the Lord in the best way that I can wherever He leads. That
means that my wife and I have our financial needs met by the Lord as we do
not have a salary from any church or organization. We believe
that the Gospel is free so we have never made a charge for our services.
am available for Bible studies, conferences, Gospel meetings, children's meetings
and camp work. I have traveled throughout much of the United States
and Canada in my service for the Lord. My wife helps me, and
we attend the Bethany Bible Chapel in Cedar Falls, Iowa. They have encouraged us
by commending us for this work.
wife, Geneva and I live in Waterloo, Iowa. We have four children.
One of them is married and has provided us with two grandchildren.
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SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE HAS ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE
GOSPEL TO THE POOR; HE HAS SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED, TO
PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO
SET AT LIBERTY THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED; TO PROCLAIM THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR
OF THE LORD."
(Luke 4:18-19 NKJV)
There are broken
hearts in Parkland, FL this week. Time
will sooth some of the hurt but the broken hearts will never be truly
mended. Losing loved ones to
accidents, disease, old age, and natural disasters is a part of life.
My family lost two infants. One
was lost in an accident and one was lost to whooping cough.
I don't think my family ever really recovered from the effects of
those losses. But those
broken hearts can hardly be compared to those suffering because of a
young man who took a semiautomatic assault rifle to school and who
methodically killed 17 people, most of whom were children.
The impact on the families involved is just hard to imagine.
Anyone who doesn't cry with those who are crying because of this
senseless act of evil simply doesn't have a heart.
The argument that nothing can be done means that the US, the most
powerful and innovative country in the world, has finally met a problem
it cannot solve. We are
sending men to outer space (and a car apparently).
We have put men on the moon.
We are making strides against all kinds of diseases.
The one thing that might help heal the broken hearts of the
families that have lost loved ones is if FINALLY, people in the US and
congress admit that we have a problem and then come together to do
something about it.
The Lord's Broken
I am reminded of the
Psalmist saying in Psalms 69:20, “Reproach has broken my heart, And I
am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was
none; And for comforters, but I found none.”
This was the experience of David but it was also the experience
of the Lord. Those who were
affected by the Parkland massacre were affected by one man.
They have had the community and the country come together to
mourn and sympathize and in some cases empathize.
The country has tried to unite behind the brokenhearted.
But it was not so with the Lord.
He was completely forsaken by his countrymen and his family and
his friends. Bullets are
devastating but I believe that being charged with doing wrong when
you have done your best to do right and then finding out that your
friends are afraid to support you is perhaps just as devastating as
bullets. Even the Lord's
disciples forsook him and fled when that unruly rebellious mob came to
deliver the Lord to Pilate after He had been betrayed by Judas'
hypocritical kiss. Then if
that weren't enough the LORD was forsaken by the Father for those three
I am personally glad
for the people who have a conscience and who try to alleviate the pain
that so many experience in this world.
When I see obituaries for those who have died young, when I see
amber alerts, when I see news on natural disasters, I am always reminded
that there are people even today who are hurting because this world is
just built that way. Ever
since Satan decided to go on a rampage against the Lord in heaven, there
has been war between good and evil.
Often it seems that evil wins.
And while, right now, people are ready for something to be done;
likely nothing will be done because we are constantly reminded that guns
don't kill people, people kill people.
Of course cars don't kill people either, but we do try to make
them safer so that people are not killed by those driving them.
We make the young take driver's education courses and we license
all drivers so that the people driving cars will not kill themselves or
others. Cell phones don't
kill people either, but we do try to limit their use in cars so that
idiots (like me) will not use them when they should be paying attention
to the road. But most likely
we will stay with the platitudes that mean nothing and we will do
nothing and hearts will continue to be broken.
The Lord came to
“heal the brokenhearted.” While
I believe this world will continue to break hearts, not only with guns
but in a multitude of other ways as well, the Lord really does have the
answer. The one whose heart was broken, did not take up arms, He did not
call the angels that were at His disposal, He didn't call for revenge,
instead He died the just for the unjust.
He forgave those who crucified Him.
I personally believe
that the only real solution for a broken heart is offered by the Lord.
Unless the heart of man is changed by trusting in the worth and
work of the Lord Jesus, there will be no cure for this brokenhearted
business. This world does
not need more guns, we have enough of those.
This world needs the healing power that has been offered by the
Lord. We need to believe
that our creator knows best how to heal a broken heart.
We need to believe that our problem is bigger than guns, it is a
problem called sin. When we
face our sin, we will be able to look to the Lord for the solution.
Sin has broken all of our hearts in some way and at some time.
We need to trust the Lord who says that He came to “heal the
While the Lord has
the spiritual answer that does not mean that we as a society should sit
back and assume that “nothing can be done”.
It may be our child, our friends, our neighbors or even us who
will be affected by the next massacre if we continue to “do
nothing.” Then will we be
satisfied with “doing nothing?”
for the week of February 17, 2018
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