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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Love Really Make the World Go 'Round?
1 Corinthians 13:13 And
now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is
a recent Saturday morning as I pulled out on the highway, I saw a woman
and a young boy walking along the side of the road.
They were holding hands. He
was holding a big container of what was likely soda pop from the
convenience store not too far away.
Since we live in a manufactured home community and since some of
the people who live there are very poor, I assumed these two did not
have a car or much money. But
they had each other. I know
that I am making assumptions when I say it looked like a mother was
spending quality time with her son; and that she had just bought him
something that he wanted, even though it might not have been good for
him. She wasn't forcing him
to excel at some sport, she wasn't making him do his homework, she was
just spending time with him. I
wondered if this boy realized that he was experiencing one of the most
precious things that anyone can experience.
He was experiencing his mother's love.
She was showing that love by just being there with the boy.
I may not know the whole story behind the scene that I witnessed,
but I have to admit that seeing that mother walk with that boy while
holding his hand, gave me the “warm fuzzies.”
And then I thought of the verse that I have quoted in today's
kinds of Love
our society thinks of love, people usually think of erotic or romantic
love. That kind of love is
found in our Bible. The
Song of Solomon is certainly a poem of erotic love.
However, the New Testament does not use the word for erotic love
at all. That kind of love is
exciting and attractive, but it can be self-serving and usually does not
last. It has to mature into
something more substantial and permanent.
The New Testament does distinguish between charity, a love that
is often defined by duty and sacrifice, and the love of friends.
The love of friends is a mutual thing.
Charity may not be mutual. However,
when we show charity to one that we think is unlovable in the sense of a
friend, we often find ourselves liking the person to whom we are showing
charity. Often they become
our friend. We use one word
to explain all these different facets of love while God has several
words helping us to understand the concept of love.
is Love or Charity the greatest Gift?
is an ad that I have seen many times that says the world runs on Dunkin.
I think they mean that eating Dunkin Donuts energizes us.
But actually love in its different aspects is what should run the
world. Christians need
friends and the fellowship of a church should be the best place to find
those friends. We are
admonished in Hebrews 10:25, “Not forsaking the assembling of
ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another,
and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
We need other Christians friends so that we can encourage
(exhort) one another. Living
a Christian life in isolation makes us targets of Satan and can cause us
problems with depression and assurance.
We can lose our confidence in the good that the Lord has in store
for us. We may become
useless to others.
we need the love of a friend, we also need to experience and show the
love of charity. It is the
charity of God that provides salvation for us through the sacrifice of
His Son. We tend to be
self-centered in our friendships and in our romantic relationships.
While we do good things for others, it is always with the idea of
being happy ourselves. But
when we show charity, we are usually transcending self.
Recently, we have had major flooding in northeast Iowa.
The communities that have been flooded pulled together to save
the towns and to help one another. To
me, they were showing Godly charity although many of the people involved
were probably friends. Often
it is difficult to distinguish between true charity which is a God-given
gift and and the love that we show for a friend.
While charity is given without expectation of return or personal
benefit, the person showing the charity always benefits.
is certainly Needed!
a country where the political system and the economic system are based
on personal greed, criticism, lies, bullying and cheating, it is
certainly a breath of fresh air to see communities coming together to
help one another. It
certainly is refreshing to see a mother and a son walking hand in hand
down the road. It is great
to know that God SO LOVED the world, that He gave His only Son.
I know someone is going to ask if God loved His Son since we
would never allow our sons to suffer like He did if we coult prevent it.
He said He did. He
said in Matthew 3:17, “And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying,
'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'” Obviously His
love for the people in the world is measured by His love for His Son.
To be personal, His love for me is measured by His love for His
Son. His love for you is
also measured by His love for His Son.
world does not run on Dunkin'. The
world runs on love. It
really does make the world go 'round.
It is the oil that keeps the engine running smoothly.
Without love, things get really sticky and kind of noisy.
My prayer is that each of us has experienced the love of a friend
as well as the charity of God today.
Meditation for the week of
August 28, 2016
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