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 

4008 University Ave., Ste 1 

Waterloo, IA 50701-5651


My Two Cents Worth




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 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

Bruce and Geneva



Luke 12:20 NKJV — “But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’

Luke 12:33 NKJV — “Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.

Who is a Fool?

The person who says that there is no God or perhaps thinks that there is a God but doesn't want to be subject to Him is a fool.  See Psalm 14:1 which might be translated "no God for me!"  Or perhaps the Psalmist is simply saying "no" to God.  A fool is one who makes bad decisions. Often those bad decisions are clearly bad when looking backward, but those decisions may have "seemed right" at the time.  Some would say the person who is a fool lacks intelligence and some would call that person stupid.

God and Fools

Now it is not generally considered wise in our society to call someone a fool, but God has no problem calling bad decisions foolish.  One bad decision has to do with planning for retirement and not for the day when we cross over to the other side to meet the God who created us.  I find it interesting that most of our preachers in "mega churches" have laid up a lot of treasure on earth.  But before I get too critical, how many of us have "sold what we have and have given it to the poor?"  That is what the Lord tells us to do in this passage.  It seems to me that the way the Lord asks us to handle money is completely contrary to our natural thinking (and our finance courses in higher education.)

Are we Given Any Guidance in the Epistles?

Obviously, communal living did not work in Acts 4 and 5.  At that time the new Christians seemed to be carrying out this command of the Lord.  Annanias and Saphira died because they lied about the value that they had gotten for a piece of property.  Peter seems to agree that the property was theirs to do with as they pleased, but lying to God about the sale and their desire to keep part of the proceeds, was a real "no-no".

Covetousness is definitely a sin as far as the new testament writers are concerned (see Romans 13:9).  However, recognizing our limitations as Christians, Paul still says that we should give in such a way that there is an equality between the rich and the poor.

2 Corinthians 8:13-14 says, "For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack—that there may be equality (NKJV). 

This statement doesn't seem to imply that Christians should sell ALL and give to the poor, but it does require us to give more to the poor (particularly poor Christians) than most of us are willing to give.


It is the fool who says no to God.  It is the fool who is more concerned with preparing for retirement than preparing for eternity.

But what about Christ followers?  Do we handle money the way the Lord has asked us to handle it? The way we handle money is a great indicator of our Christian character.  It is a good thing that we get to go to heaven based on what Christ has done for us rather than on what we are doing for Christ.  We have faith that Christ died for our sins, but do we have faith that if we sell all and give to the poor that the Lord will take care of us like He does the birds when it comes to eating and like the lilies when it comes to clothing?  

Do we have that kind of faith?  Probably not!  I wonder what would happen if we really did have enough faith in the promises of the Lord to sell all and give it to the poor!

Bruce Collins

Meditation for the week of April 7, 2024



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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)