I as born into this world on 09/02/1941. God gave me life in him on March 20, 1977, at thirty-five, in Greensboro, North Carolina, when I became a Christian. My transformation from Atheism was so sudden, surprising, and dramatic that I had to unlearn and relearn almost everything I believed. God in His sovereign purpose gave me ears to hear, brought me from death to life, and I was “born again.” All my presuppositions changed in a moment. Everything I thought I knew about humankind and God was wrong! As a new believer, I confronted the biblical truth of the Genesis’ account of Creation in direct opposition to the Evolution I loved. There was no evolution in the first three chapters of Genesis. I’ll talk more about this more in next week’s blog. In 1977 was the beginning of my walk with Jesus.
Toward the end of 1996, I came to the brink of eternity with a significant heart attack. The surgeon would later tell me that when he entered the OR I had 30 minutes to live. I saw my mortality up close. This second call brought major changes in life priorities because my life is just a vapor I should spend as much time as possible on eternal things.
Almost 40 years after becoming a Christian, God again called me to consider His great mercy. In Christ. Now living in Carlisle, PA., on March 3, 2107, I had a minor heart attack. Triple bypass surgery was performed on March 20, 2017, forty years to the day from my conversion. God gave me a new heart in 1977 and renewed my heart again in 2017. Both heart attacks were God’s calls to draw me to greater commitment to Christ.
This most recent call was on Saturday 1/27/2018. Returning home for lunch from a meeting at the library I suddenly doubled over in severe pain like nothing I’d ever experienced. I have been studying with some Christian brothers the connection between Romans 8:28 and I Thessalonians 5:18. “ALL things work together for good” and “Give thanks in ALL things.” A sudden reality confronted me: “Could I give thanks, NOW. The pain was overwhelming. My highly inflamed appendix burst. A normal 1-hour surgery took 2 ½ hours because of all the clean-up required. I came home 24 hours later, and healing continues. BUT the most important lesson I learned was to see up close and personal my mortality and the connection of ALL things in His purpose. In Christ, we need to be thankful even in the darkness and pain. All things DO work together for good and I WILL thank Him in ALL things
So, when you get discouraged, in pain or depressed, PRAISE GOD. Give thanks in ALL things and ALL circumstances. God is working for your GOOD in those hard, dark, painful times. Find help in the Hymn lines:
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Charlie is the author of three Christain Apologetic books and seven short stories published on Amazon, Kindle.
Books: 1) “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! A Former Atheist’s Personal Christian Evangelism Plan.” 2) ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is in You. Direct, Simple Answers to the World’s “Hard” Questions” Both at http://yourchristiananswers.com 3) “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s Dead! Science Proves Atheistic Evolution is IMPOSSIBLE.” Available at http://www.w3mdarwinsdead.com
Amazon/Kindle short stories written by Charlie Liebert: 1) The Memory Tree. A Christmas Story. 2) Helene at Mama Henney’s Boarding School for Girls. 3) Lost in Yellowstone: Sarah Johanson disappears without a trace. 4) Yellowstone’s Child: “Who am I? Sarah Johanson, Sally Graham, Sally Johnson or Detective Elaine Scott.” NO! She’s Yellowstone’s Child. 5) One Android, 399 lives: 59th Street Terrorist Attack Kills 399. 6) Rosemarie, Kristallnacht Transformation. How my twice Jewish Aunt survived the Holocaust 7) The Curse of the Witch of Zahlendorf. Der Fluch der Hexe von Zahlendorf.
Twitter name: @CreationCharlie Charlie’s weekly blog, search charlieliebert.blog
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