BDCMINISTRIES

BDCMinistries--The Website of Bruce and Geneva Collins

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,

Bruce Collins
3828 Memory Lane
Waterloo, IA 50701-9351

319.230.9140
collinsbd@hotmail.com

INDEX:

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

Sorrow
 
The pains of death surrounded me, And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. (Psalms 116:3 NKJV)
 
Life is full of Sorrow!
Recently I received news of a young married mother who had died from cancer.  She and her family were close friends in my younger years. That family is filled with sorrow as they grieve their loss.  My closest friend recently died from cancer.  One of the elders in our church died from cancer a few years back and shortly after his widow remarried, she died from cancer.  Today, there are people who got up healthy this morning who will die today.  Many of them will die from accidents or war and many of them will die unexpectedly.   They will leave behind family and friends who will be filled with sorrow.  Sorrow or grief is going to affect all of us at some time in our lives.  
 
Why is there Sorrow?
Adam and Eve lived in paradise.  They had it made, but they were told that there was just one thing that they could not do.  They were not supposed to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that was in the garden.  They had only one command, but they disobeyed.  Because of that they lost their place in the garden.  Eve was told that she would bear her children in sorrow.  Adam was told that that the ground was cursed because of his disobedience.  He was told that he would eat of it in sorrow (or the newer translations say trouble).  All they had to do was obey one command, but they were convinced by the serpent that they were being cheated by God when they couldn’t eat of that tree.  
 
Adam’s nature has become the nature of all of us who are born into this world. Tell a two-year-old not to touch the hot stove and they will most likely touch it to see for themselves if it is really hot.  They will likely only touch it once.  Tell a teenager not to smoke and they will have to try it.  The same is true of all of us.  If we are told not to do something, we rebel at the idea of not being able to make our own decisions; and to prove our independence, we generally do what we shouldn’t do.  Often the result is trouble and sorrow.  
 
One Command
The Bible has really given us one command.  That command is to believe on or trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. We need to do that because we have all been found guilty of sin.  In John 3:18 we read, “He that believeth on him (that is the Lord Jesus) is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”  Now I know that unbelievers think the Bible is full of rules and they do not want to submit to those rules.  But really there is only one rule that if broken brings heartache for all eternity. 
 
The Cost of our Command
Adam was a man of sorrows.  But so was the Lord.  Isaiah says prophetically in chapter 53:3-5, “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely, he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 
 
The Lord became a man of sorrows in order to bear the consequences of our sin which includes sorrow, trouble and grief.  I am glad that there is a day coming for those who have obeyed that one command to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,  when “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away (Revelation 21:4).”
 
What Makes Sorrow Bearable?
The Lord says in John 14:1, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”  The Lord is the solution for a troubled heart.  Many people believe in a God, but to be prepared for the sorrows of life and to be prepared for a home in heaven one must “believe also in me.” 
 
My friends who have died left clear testimony that they had “believed also in me.”  While we grieve and have sorrow here because they are gone, we would not wish them back from the bliss they are now enjoying.  However, what will it be for those who lose loved ones who have not believed on the Lord Jesus?  What must their grief be like?  I don’t even want to think about it.
 
Bruce Collins
 
Meditation for the week of January 19, 2020
 
 
Archived Meditations

RADIO PROGRAMS:

For Archived Radio Programs go here

For Archived Meditations go here

 

THREE MUSTS:

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)