Greetings dear friends,
I’m 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 a self-employed 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.
I 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.
My wife, Geneva and I live in Waterloo, Iowa. We have four children. One of them is married and has provided us with two grandchildren.
This 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.
Yours because of Calvary,
3828 Memory Lane
Waterloo, IA 50701-9351
If you would like to read a classic Gospel Tract called GOD’S WAY OF SALVATION go here
For another classic Gospel Tract called God is Satisfied! Are You go here
For Important Personal Scriptures go here
For an open letter to my friends and neighbors go here
For the story of how I was saved go here
For the story of how my wife was saved go here
For the story of Merlyn VandeKrol–You Have About a Year to live! (a friend who died from cancer) go here
For the Rest of the Story–Merlyn’s Wife Karen go here
For answers to questions that I have been asked go here
For a women’s perspective on head coverings go here
For a manual on how to preach the Gospel that has been used with camp counselors go here
For an OVERVIEW OF THE BIBLE AND SOME PRINCIPLES OF BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION go here
For a PROPHETIC CHART go here
For a published article on FAITh, What is it? go here
For the story of the George Street Evangelist go to George Street
For links to other helpful websites go here
For the On-Line Blue Letter Bible go here
For the On-Line Bible Studies Tool go here
1 Peter 4:5 NKJV — They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
Hebrews 13:17 NKJV — Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
Matthew 12:36-37 NKJV — “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
All are Going to Give an Account
I was educated as an accountant and became a CPA. One of the functions of a C.P.A is to audit a business’ accounts to make sure that they properly reflect the operations and the condition of the company. Audit reports are usually given to the owners and in most cases that is the stockholders. But publicly held corporations also have to “give account” to regulatory bodies. Sometimes that is painless but sometimes it isn’t. When the Bible says that we are all going to “give account”, I believe the Lord is telling us that He is keeping records and that there will be an audit of those records. We should want to keep that review or audit as painless as possible.
The Living and the Dead
There will be those living when the Lord judges and there will be those who have died. Death is not going to eliminate the audit. Probably this judgment refers to unbelievers. I am glad that my punishment has been borne by Christ. If the Lord would allow His Son to suffer so that we wouldn’t have to suffer, what will happen to those who reject the love of God and who live in total rebellion against God? According to Revelation 20, unbelievers at the Great White Throne are judged “according to their works.” Romans 3 says that our works don’t cut it. We are all guilty of sin. Some more than others but we are all guilty. All those judged in Revelation 20 at the great white throne are going to be banished to the Lake of Fire. I am glad that I will not be at this judgment because I have faith that I will be judged based on the work of Christ that satisfied God on my behalf.
Christians are judged. They are not judged to determine their eternal destiny, but they are judged as to their faithfulness to the Lord. Elders are going to be examined as to their faithfulness as undershepherds. Were they self-willed? Were they more concerned with making new members than they were with making true disciples and teaching them ALL things? Did they visit and care for the sheep in their flock?
All of us who claim to be saved will give an account. Apparently, service in heaven for eternity will be based on faithful service to the Lord on this earth. The Bible seems to distinguish between the judgment seat of Christ which is the place of rewards for Christians who have finished their race and the Great While Throne judgment which is for unbelievers who have rejected the work of Christ.
Many feel that there will be no remorse for Christians when they are judged because our punishment has already been born. However Pauls says with regard to the judgment seat of Christ in 2 Corinthians 5:11, ” Knowing, therefore, the terror (probably the fear) of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.” There seems to be an awesome respect for the judgment of a Christian on the part of Paul. Giving account to the Lord may be pleasant and rewarding but it may also be a time of great loss.
In the context of Matthew 12, the Lord says that we can distinguish evil people from good people by the words that they say.We really know that but unfortunately some of us have trouble keeping our words sweet and truthful. The Lord was direct when it came to sin but kind when it came to forgiveness. I have been concerned about how Christians seem to be experts on everything that happens in the world today when in fact most of us don’t have a clue. I think it would be wise to keep our words focused on what we know to be true. But when we start trying to reform the world through argumentation, we are using the wrong armor, the wrong sword, and the wrong helmet. I know that Christ died for my sins and I would like to be judged by the faithful presentation of that truth to a sin cursed world. The world draws us in and tries to conform us to its standards. The world tries to get us involved in things that are really none of our business as Christians. Let us use our words carefully and let us be transformed by the renovation of our minds. (Romans 12:2).
Every Idle word! That is convicting!
Meditation for the week of May 24, 2020
- May 31, 2020, Haggai, Encouragement to Finish the Temple
- May 24, 2020, Zephaniah, The Great Day of the Lord is Near
- May 17, 2020, Habakkuk, The Just Shall Live by Faith
- May 10, 2020, Nahum, Judgment on Nineveh
- May 3, 2020, Micah, Warnings and Blessings
- April 26, 2020, Jonah, Judgment against Nineveh
- April 19, 2020, Obadiah, Judgment against Edom
- April 12, 2020, Amos, A Shepherd Prophesies
- April 4, 2020, Joel, The Day of the Lord
- March 29, 2020, Hosea, Restoration
- March 22, 2020, Daniel, Beloved of God
- March 15, 2020, Ezekiel, the Glory of the Lord
- March 08, 2020, Lamentations of Jeremiah
- March 01, 2020, Jeremiah, the Weeping Prophet
- February 23, 2020, The Gospel according to Isaiah
- February 16, 2020, Song of Solomon, I am my Beloved’s
- February 9, 2020, Ecclesiastes, All is Vanity
- February 2, 2020, Proverbs, Practical Wisdom
- January 26, 2020, Psalms, Temple Worship Song Book
- January 19, 2020, Job, Why do Good People Suffer?
- January 12, 2020, Esther, Spirit vs the Flesh
- January 5, 2020, Nehemiah Building the Wall
- December 29, 2019, Last Year's New Year's Message
- December 22, 2019, Last Year's Christmas Message
- December 15, 2019, Ezra Restoration and Revival
- December 8, 2019, 1st and 2nd Chronicles
- December 1, 2019, Thanksgiving verses
- November 24, 2019, 2nd Kings, the Captivity of the Two Kingdoms
- November 17, 2019, !st Kings, Solomon and the Divided Kingdom
- November 10, 2019, 2nd Samuel, David as King
- November 3, 2019, 1st Samuel, From Judges to Kings
- October 27, 2019, God Ruling through Judges
- October 20, 2019, Possessing their Promises
- October 13, 2019, Deuteronomy, Remember
- October 6, 2019, Numbers, Traveling Through
- September 25, 2019, Leviticus, Worship
- September 22, 2019, Exodus, Redemption
- September 15, 2019, Genesis, Beginnings
- September 8, 2019, The Importance of the Word of God
- September 1, 2019 Spring is Coming (Labor Day)
- August 25, 2019, Prince of Peace
- August 18, 2019, Everlasting Father
- August 11, 2019, Wonderful Counselor
- August 4, 2019, Our God
- July 28, 2019, Repeat of September 23, 2018
- July 21, 2019, Our Rock
- July 14, 2019, Our Mediator
- July 7, 2019, Our Deliverer
- June 30, 2019, Our Advocate, my birthday
- June 23, 2019, The Chief Cornerstone
- June 16, 2019, The Prodigal Son, Father's Day
- June 9, 2019, Our Bridegroom
- June 2, 2019, The Sacrifice for our Sins
- May 26, 2019, The Lion of the Tribe of Judah
- May 19, 2019, The Judge
- May 12, 2019, The Way, Mother’s Day
- May 5, 2019, The Door
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Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' (John 3:7 NKJV)
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:14-15 NKJV)
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
(Acts 4:12 NKJV)