God’s Wake-Up Calls, My Third, Saturday 1/27/2108, Charlie Liebert

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

Video answers http://www.sixdaycreation.com

Christian Dialogue: “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

Live life, watch the news, walk around, and this truth becomes very, very clear. Bad things happen all the time. No one is immune. You can’t buy health. You can’t buy safety. You can’t buy long life. You can’t undo a car accident. You can’t even add a second to your life. The world is a dangerous place. Bad things happen all the time. So, how does a Christian respond? I use a dialogue to answer this question in my book,  Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!

“I” is for Inquirer and “Me” is for you, the believer.

I: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Me: Define for me a bad thing.

I: (The answer will likely be about personal trial, loss, sickness, pain, suffering, or death.)

Me: Do you expect to escape this life without any of these?

I: Of course not! (Sometimes a person will say they do expect to have none of these. With that answer, I find a puzzled look makes them reconsider quickly.)

Me: Then ask me again. What’s the question?

I: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Me: What’s a bad thing? Let me give you an example of a bad thing. A young woman in her last year of high school dove into shallow water broke her neck and became a quadriplegic. Is that a bad thing?

I: (They agree, it‘s a bad thing.)

Me: The Bible says, “All things work together for good for those who are called by God.” Joni Erickson Tada’s life would probably have had little impact on the world if she had not had that accident. In her ministry, she advocates for the handicapped around the world and has given away many wheelchairs to many who never could have afforded one. So define for me again a bad thing.

I: (Answers will vary.) OK, now let’s wrap it up!)

Me: Bad things are going to happen because we can’t stop a particular trial, loss, pain, suffering, and death. We are powerless. We can sometimes delay the inevitable with our modern medicine, but we can’t prevent eventually dying. It is how we respond to these circumstances, not the circumstances themselves that bring about or change our attitude.  Jesus is the hope that I have.  (Now, share a short testimony.)  My hope is in Christ. He alone can give us a new perspective, grant us redemption, and restore us to God.  This world with all its personal trial, loss, pain, suffering, and death, will pass away, but God brings men and women to eternal life in Him. How about you?

To add depth, bring up Job, who is an excellent example of the “bad thing” issue.  Share his trials and reactions and cite the irony in Job’s wife’s advice: “Curse God and die.” Advice which Job doesn’t follow.

This question provides an opportunity to share the gospel, so in casual conversation, steer the discussion so that they ask this question.

NOTE:  This material is from pages 9-11 of ANSWERS For: “The Hope That Is In You.” Get your copy at http://yourchristiananswers.com

To get my weekly blog “like” my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Charlie-Liebert-1603534356575541/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

To get video, answers to questions go to http://www.sixdaycreation.com

My Amazon Authors page http://amazon.com/author/charlieliebert

LinkedIn Author page https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/charlie-liebert-30b3195

Contact Charlie at charlie@sixdaycreation.com or 336-337-4975 (call or text).