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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Why do You not Believe Me?
John 8:44-46 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.
But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.
Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do
you not believe Me?
We just had a major tax bill passed by Congress. The House
and Senate versions need to be reconciled and the President needs to
sign it, but we are going to have a new tax bill.
As I understand it, the bill passed the Senate in the dead of the
night before the final version was read by those who were forced to vote
on it. The bill consisted of
over 500 pages and some of it was hand written. The country is divided
as to whether this tax bill is "good" or whether it is a way
of robbing the poor and giving to the rich.
Whom should we believe?
In 1977, I was a practicing
CPA. President Carter passed
the 1977 Tax Simplification Act. It
only added complications to the tax returns I prepared.
I did not see any provisions of the tax code get removed (there
may have been some), but they added pages to the tax code and
regulations that I had to study and use in preparing tax returns.
We called that law “The Accountants and Lawyers Employment
Act.” I wonder what we
will call the present one when all the dust settles?
When men are trying to deceive, things get complicated.
lie. They usually flatter.
Then they confront. Then
And yet, we who are the “simple” ones follow the ones who
know how to deceive and we reject those who are trying to tell the
truth. How do we become
“prudent” with regard to what we believe?
First of all, we can be sure that all people tell lies.
Sometimes they are lies of omission.
We fail to tell the truth when we should.
Sometimes they are lies of commission.
We say things we know are not true.
We want to cover up our own “sins” or we don't want to offend
someone by telling the truth. Sometimes
we intend to lie but sometimes we lie because we have “jumped to
conclusions” without having all the facts.
But all people do not like to lie and they do not make it a
habit. They are not
“liars” in that sense. But
some people lie when the truth would do better and they make a habit of
lying. They have to have
good memories because when we lie we have to remember the story we told
so we don't tell a different story to someone else at a different time
and have the lie come back to haunt us.
Why do we believe liars and discredit those who tell
That is the question that the Lord has asked in this section of
the Bible. Sometimes the
truth is hard to believe. I
think it is difficult to believe that “believing” or “trusting”
in the Lord is sufficient to save us eternally.
I think it is always difficult to believe God since He thinks
differently that we do which is why our minds have to be changed about
spiritual things before we can truly trust in the Lord.
I think complicated ways of salvation that involve complicated
laws and ceremonies and sacrifices make more sense to most of us than
simple trusting faith. The
Lord never lied to us. People
have misused His words to promote lies, but the Lord never lied.
But His simple message is rejected for the more complex but
changing “truth” of science, philosophy and religion.
When it comes to this tax
law, I only use it as an illustration because as a former CPA, it is
something that I understand. I
frankly don't know who to believe about who benefits, because I haven't
read the final bill. I don't know who is lying about the bill's costs
and benefits, but I am fairly sure that someone is.
But when it comes to eternal things, I just want to make sure
that we all believe the truth. I
have read the manual on what pleases the Lord, it is called the Bible.
I have believed the One who sacrificed Himself for us and who
never told a lie. There was
no deceit found in his mouth (1 Peter 2:22).
Satan attacks these simple truths.
Why is it so easy to believe liars, and so hard to believe those
who tell the truth?
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