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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10:12-13 "And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of
you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love
Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your
soul, and to keep the
commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for
12:15 "FEAR NOT, DAUGHTER OF ZION; BEHOLD, YOUR KING IS COMING,
SITTING ON A DONKEY'S COLT."
3:18 "THERE IS NO FEAR
OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES."
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear,
because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made
perfect in love.
A sense of fear is
associated with the worship of the Living God.
Most commentators try to translate the fear of God as reverence
for God. But while the word
involves reverence, it really involves much more than that.
That is why we read in 1 John 4:18 that perfect love (Christ)
casts out fear which involves torment.
I am sure that we
have all been tormented by fear at times.
Fear can keep us from making bad decisions.
For example, if we fear getting involved in a car accident, we
will not drink and drive nor will we text and drive.
Many of us fear things that are beyond our control.
We fear cancer and heart attacks and stroke.
We may fear being alone.
One fear we should
all have is the fear of God. Our
world is out of control because society or the world naturally speaking
has no fear of God. Romans
3:18 says that there is no fear of God before their eyes.
People do not want to be accountable to a holy God.
They want to be able to define good and bad just as Eve wanted to
do in the garden. People do
not see eternal consequences with regard to the decisions that they
make. However, the fear of
God in the sense of dread and accountability seems to be a very
important part of our relationship with God.
Because of our confidence that the Lord judges sin, many of us
have been convicted of our sinnership and have turned to the Lord for
salvation. Now we no longer
have to fear judgment. There
may be practical consequences associated with sin and bad decisions now,
but our sins have been forgiven as far as the Lord is concerned.
We may fear the process of death, but we don't need to fear the
after-life. We no longer
need to fear meeting God.
John 12:15 tells the
children of Israel to fear not. As
I go through the old testament and the new, I am encouraged by the
number of places where we are told not to fear.
I have to admit, that the older I get, the more I find to fear.
Yet, I take courage in the fact that when the children of Israel
were boxed in at the Red Sea, Moses told them not to be afraid but to
stand still and see the salvation of the Lord (Exodus 14:13).
In the New Testament we are told to not be anxious, we are told
to cast our care on the Lord, we are told over and over again not to
worry. I suppose worrying is
somewhat different than fear but for me they are related.
I tend to worry about things I can't control.
I worry that the things I fear are going to happen. I can even
worry about the fact that I worry.
I realize that if I
really trusted the Lord as I should, I would never worry about the
necessities of life. I would
live like sparrows or like the lilly of field that God feeds and
clothes. I would only need
to worry about pleasing the Lord.
Thank God I don't
have to fear eternity. That
worry has been taken resolved because I have taken God at His word when
He says in John 5:24, "Most
assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who
sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has
passed from death into life.” Now
we all need to have the same confidence in the Lord's provision and care
right now that we who are saved do in His promise of eternal life for
for the week of January 14, 2018
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