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.
web site has a weekly meditation that I hope will encourage you. It
has links to literature and organizations that I think are helpful.
You can also listen to my weekly radio program here.
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8:44 You are of your father
the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a
murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because
there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own
resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
14:6 Jesus said to him,
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father
except through Me.
Have you ever bought
a piece of furniture or a grill or a portable metal shed that came in
pieces with instructions as to how to put it together?
Have you ever looked at the instructions and decided that they
were too complicated to understand so you just went off on your own and
started putting things together? After
all, what man needs a set of directions?
However, after a few frustrating hours did you ever come to the
conclusion that a little time spent studying the instructions would have
saved a lot of time in taking your unfinished project apart and putting
it together again according to the instructions?
I unfortunately have had that experience!
I am afraid that scenario is going to describe the way a lot of
people have approached their relationship with God.
Unfortunately, there is going to be no place to start over when
once the truth has been experienced after death.
Why do I believe that
the Bible tells the Truth?
I believe the Bible
based on inductive reasoning. If
God tells me the truth about one thing, I assume He tells me the truth
about other things. When a
man deliberately lies to me about one thing, I assume that he will lie
to me about other things. Now
that may not be true but most of us operate using inductive reasoning
all of our lives. Deductive
reasoning is associated with the scientific method.
Inductive reasoning is the basis for most of our decisions in
life. We trust our doctors
because we have had good experiences with them.
We trust our banks because so far we have not lost any money that
we committed to them. We do
business with people that have a habit of paying their bills.
What has God told me
that I know to be true?
First of all, He has
told me that there is evil in this world.
We have all seen that evil in the destruction of the twin towers
in New York City. We have
seen that evil in random school shootings.
We have seen that evil in political leaders that kill their own
countrymen. I do not need to
list the events in this life that have absolutely no explanation apart
from the fact that men have allowed themselves to be deceived by a
murderer called the devil. He
doesn't care what lie a person believes, He only cares that we do not
believe the truth.
Second of all, God
has told me that He through the Lord and the agency of the Holy Spirit
created all that is in this world. It
doesn't take a genius to figure out that most of the technology that we
use today was created. It
didn't just happen. It
doesn't take any genius to believe that cars didn't just
"happen" to come into existence.
It doesn't take any genius to use inductive reasoning to be
convinced that we are created beings and that we didn't just happen to
come into existence.
Third, I could give
other reasons as to why I believe God but they wouldn't mean much to
anybody but me. I have seen
the protection of guardian angels in my life.
I have experienced the leading of the Holy Spirit in my work for
Fourth, the Bible has
internal proof that it is the very word of God.
When we used to take aptitude tests in school, there were
questions that were called validity checks.
They basically asked the same things in different ways to see if
a person was trying to answer honestly or if they were just randomly
filling in the multiple choice options on their answer sheet.
The Lord has validity checks in the Bible.
One of them has to do with the prophecies of the Old Testament
about the Lord Jesus that were fulfilled when the Lord came.
I have a list of 44 of these that I have been explaining on my
radio programs. Admittedly,
there is overlap in some of them but all of the prophecies were given
over 400 years before the Lord came and many of them were written down
1500 years before the Lord came dealing with historical events that
occurred at least 4000 years before the Lord came.
The prophecies were not written by one man but by many.
The fulfillments were not recorded by just one man but by many.
There are other validity checks having to do with the nation of
Israel. One can hardly study
these validity checks and come away saying that God does not know the
end from the beginning. One
has to come to the conclusion that we are created beings, accountable to
a God who loves us but who will judge us vehemently and in wrath if we
reject Him and His love.
What is Truth?
This question was asked by Pilate before he
allowed the Lord to be executed. I
know that that Romans 5:6-8 is the truth: 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.
3:16-18 is bedrock truth. It
says, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting
life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world through Him might be saved.
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not
believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of
the only begotten Son of God.
prayer is that everyone who reads this will believe what God has said so
that when that final breath is taken you will not only know the truth
but you will enjoy the blessings associated with trusting that Truth.
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