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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1 Samuel 10:27
But some rebels said, "How can this man save us?" So
they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.
We are often told that Saul was the choice
that made sense to the children of Israel and that he was man's choice
to be king. However, the
Bible says that he was God's choice.
In 1 Samuel 10:24 we read, “And Samuel said to all the people,
'Do you see him whom the LORD has chosen, that there is no one like him
among all the people?'” So all the people shouted and said, "Long
live the king!" It is
true that he was taller than most and likely looked regal; but at the
same time, he didn't see himself as kingly material when Samuel first
presented him to the people. Of
course later because of disobedience, he was rejected by God.
But when we first meet him, he is the one that the Lord has
chosen to save Israel from their enemies.
But there are always those whose heart God has touched and those
who are rebels that resist the mind of God.
The rebels said, “How can this man save us?”
I find it interesting to compare the attributes
of the Lord with the attributes of Satan.
The Lord was full of grace and truth.
He was humble. He
died for us in order to save us.
In spite of God's hatred for sin, God loved sinners and was
willing to sacrifice His own beloved Son in order to show that love
while still maintaining the truth. The Lord was willing to submit to
that plan as God's Son. Satan
on the other hand is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
At times he appears as a bear who looks harmless but who is
certainly dangerous. He is
called the Devil because he is evil.
He is called Satan because he is an adversary.
He is called a serpent because he is a subtle cunning deceiver.
He is a liar and the originator (father) of lies.
He is a murderer. But
yet people follow him and in many cases they know that they are
following evil. In other
cases they are deceived by Him because of what he seems to be offering
The Lord cast out demons of men and women who
were controlled by demons in the New Testament. Demons are Satan's
angels. We would call people
controlled by demons mentally ill and that is probably true; but the
real problem is often Satanic. We
know that hallucinogenic drug use is one way Satan and his minions take
control of people. But the
problem is that many of the people who are controlled by Satan appear to
be leaders who can “get things done.”
But Satan is a destroyer and is called that in the book of the
Revelation. In contrast, the
Lord Jesus did not come to destroy but to save.
In the thirteenth chapter of the book of
Revelation, there is a man who is called a beast who will be energized
by Satan. People will follow
him thinking that he can solve the problems of the world.
He will control the economy since they can't buy or sell without
his mark. He will control
religion since he will demand worship, and he will control the world
politically. People will
follow him, but he will be a destroyer.
In the eleventh chapter of the book of the Revelation, there will
be two faithful witnesses who do miracles and who tell the people the
truth who will be hated. The
beast will be able to overcome and kill these two witnesses.
So who is the winner and who is the loser?
When the two witnesses die people party.
But these two are caught up to heaven while the beast that killed
them ends up being cast into the Lake of Fire forever and ever and ever
and ever. Those who follow
the beastt are condemned with him.
Whether we are looking for a political leader, a
business leader or a spiritual leader, character counts.
In this day and age, it seems that people think the liars and the
bullies are the ones to trust with our well-being.
If we trust in those who act like cunning serpents or like
ferocious lions, we will end up being destroyed.
We need to put our faith in the Lord and not in man to save us.
I know the skeptics in our world are saying, “How can this man
save us?” After all the
Lord died on a cross and never raised an army
He never even had a home of his own. But this man Who could have
called twelve legions of angels to save himself, didn't do that in order
to save us. He may not save
us from current political problems, and he may not save us from
unemployment, and he may not save us from sickness (although He has the
ability to save us from all of those things).
But He will save us for eternity and He is the only One who can.
He didn't come into the world to condemn the world, He came to
save the people in this world (John 3:17).
We all need to have our confidence for both time
and eternity in the only One who can save us.
Don't be deceived by Satan and those who serve him.
Character does count.
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