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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not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
(John 14:1 NKJV)
There are little
words with important meanings in the Scripture.
For example, in Romans 5:8, there is a “but” that catches my
attention. “For when we
were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good
man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own
love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
“That little word but contrasts man's thinking with God's thinking and
for that I am thankful.
But our word for
today is "also." I
believe that that word represents a real problem in society today.
Many people believe in God since only a fool would believe that
all that exists happened by chance.
So they believe in a God, but do they believe in or trust the
Lord Jesus? Do they believe
He is the ever existing one that came into the world so that we might
know who God is and so that we might have a redeemer?
Believing in God is a start, but to be right with God we must
ALSO believe in the Lord Jesus.
The Lord Jesus is
what the Bible is all about
In the Old Testament
we see Him as Creator. We
further see Him revealed as the personal covenant God of Israel.
In Exodus 3, the impersonal God of Genesis became the personal
God of the nation of Israel. There
were those in Genesis that had come to understand that God was personal.
Jacob found that out when he wrestled with God.
When Jacob saw the ladder reaching to heaven, it seems that he
was still in the “if” part of his journey.
When he wrestled with God, his name got changed and his walk was
changed, and God blessed him. This
was all while he was alone with God.
I believe this was the time of his "also."
While the name
Jehovah or the ever existing One is used throughout Genesis, it is
because Moses wrote the history after meeting God on the back side of
the desert in Exodus 3. I am
not convinced that God had become personal and real in
Moses life until he
met God at 80 years of age. He
obviously believed in God but I am not sure that he really believed in
Jehovah who is the per-incarnate Lord Jesus.
It does Matter
Many people seem to
think that it doesn't matter what “god” you believe in as long as
you believe in God. But the
Lord says it does matter. He
tells us in John 8:24, "Therefore I said to you that you will die
in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in
your sins.” The word
"He" has been supplied by the translators but I believe that
confuses the issue. The
thought is that if you believe not that “I am” you will die in you
sins. The Lord claims to be
the one that Moses met on the back side of the desert.
He claims to be the one who created the universe.
He claims to be the One “who is and who was and who is to come
(Revelation 1:8).” He is
God made known in the flesh. Believing
in God is good but will never save.
Believing in the Lord Jesus will.
He is the great "I AM."
Please heed the
admonition to believe ALSO in me. There are not many Gods, only One who
has been revealed to us by the incarnation of the Lord Jesus.
He is the only one who can save.
He is the only one who has always existed.
We can't do away with Him by not believing in Him since He will
always exist. But we can be
saved by that word "ALSO."
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