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  Rita:

My husband was in Vietnam, and I was living in Florida with my three little kids. I didnít know when someone knocked on my door in the summer of 1969 that it was the beginning of something that would change my life forever. Wally Beebe was at the door asking me to let the kids ride the bus to church. I was reluctant, but Brother Beebe was very persuasive and I agreed to let him pick the kids up the next morning.

Several weeks later, I visited Ruskinís First Baptist Church to see for myself what was going on there. I sat way in the back and was out the door as soon as the preacher closed in prayer. That went on for a few weeks until August 17, when Bro. Beebe preached on being born again. I realized then that the burden I couldnít carry anymore wasnít my husband being gone, losing my job, or even the kids being sick. It was the burden of my own sin, and as soon as the invitation was given, I went forward to receive Christ.

Itís been 45 years since that day, but Iíve never gotten over what Christ did for me. Nor have I forgotten the love of Wally and Winnie Beebe that first won me to the Lord and then faithfully discipled me. They were my first Christian friends, and their faithful love for me never faltered over the years. My pastor, my mentor, my friendÖhe prayed for me faithfully every single day until he went home to be with the Lord, and Winnie continues to be my friend and pray for me today.

When some of my kids broke my heart, Brother Beebe told me if all I had to offer the Lord was broken pieces then God would take those broken pieces and do something wonderful. Iíve put that wise counsel into practice with my ministry, "Precious Prodigal." With more than 20,000 hits on my website each month, I have to agree that God has indeed done something wonderful. I would love for you to take a look at our personal ministry PreciousProdigal.html or to email me at: rita@ritamoritz.com.

 
 
 
 
  Harry:

I think I am a pretty intelligent and thinking person. I am a member of MENSA and a retired earth scientist - I have my Master's Degree in Geology. I worked very hard all my life and always thought I was doing good - more or less. I lived for many years thinking I was "all right" with God and doing what I thought was "mostly good." I have done some things in the world that I am not very proud of. I did them because it "felt right at the time." In retrospect, some of those things were very, very bad.

I never made (or make!) any decision without carefully analyzing the pros and cons. After my first wife passed away from cancer in 1997, I was totally devastated. That happened before I was saved. I vividly remember laying out in the back yard of our house in Northern Virginia looking up at the sky and asking for God to prove Himself to me so that I would not commit suicide in my grief at her loss. Prove Himself to me! LOL!

Of course I knew about the story of Jesus: That He was supposed to be the Son of God, born of a virgin, He came to earth with the specific purpose of dying for the sins of all of us, and that He was crucified to death and rose on the third day thereby proving that He had conquered death and that with a belief in Him, so could we. What a story! Who could believe that? So I thought about it.

My friend and adult Sunday School teacher, Howard Spires, came by the house one evening and witnessed to me. When he was finished, I told him that I would think about what he told me. This time I really did think about it! Could Jesus REALLY have been born to a virgin? Could Jesus REALLY have preformed miracles? Was Jesus REALLY crucified? Did Jesus REALLY die? Was Jesus REALLY buried, only to REALLY rise on the third day? Did Jesus REALLY come back to life? Did Jesus REALLY rise UP into Heaven?

I asked myself: What is the best documented and "thus provable" part of the story of Jesus? The obvious answer was His death, burial and resurrection. If THAT part of the story of Jesus is true, then all of the Bible must be true.

I once studied the history of capital punishment and torture throughout the ages. The Roman Army was an expert force in the use of torture. Based on my six years' personal experience in the U.S. Army, I knew that only the "best of the best" Roman soldiers were likely to be hand-picked to crucify this most famous political prisoner called Jesus. The crucifixion of Jesus was performed by Roman soldiers who were highly experienced and skilled in the "art" of crucifixion. They were soldiers who knew what they were doing, had done it many times before, and they absolutely followed the orders they were given. Those hand-picked Roman soldiers crucified people on a regular basis.

There can be no question that Jesus absolutely died on that old rugged cross. When the Roman soldiers "tested" Jesus' death with a spear jab into his side piercing his heart, they absolutely knew he was dead. Jesus' body and tomb was well-guarded after removal from the cross. When He was found missing on the third day, the soldiers who had been set to guard His body must have literally feared for their own lives!

When I saw the vivid portrayal of Jesus' death in the movie "Passion of the Christ" I was deeply moved. I still am moved at remembering those lurid scenes. While it was merely a movie, it showed in most chilling bitter detail, the trials, tribulations and torture that Jesus went through for us. For me and my sins!

I still often think of that brutal punishment inflicted on Jesus, that He so willingly accepted, so that I would not have to bear the punishment for my own sins. I am still moved at His willing sacrifice - for me.

I was saved one day after my 60th birthday and was baptized two weeks later. Thank you, Howard Spires! Those events truly did cause many changes in my life.

Fear of death itself, fear of the unknown, fear of the afterlife all play on everyone's mind. Especially so, as we get older and closer to our ultimate appointments with death. We all know that we all will die, and those fears become more and more real as we approach ever closer to our date with destiny. Knowing that the SALVATION WORDS of the Bible are true gives us all confidence to keep on chugging along towards that final station in life, sure and certain that we will merely disembark one train only to immediately embark on the new train of the after-life in Heaven with Jesus and with God Himself!

As an earth scientist and geologist, I often look around at the wondrous yet systematic complexity of life and our physical world. There can be no doubt in my mind that what we observe in nature is the work of a master designer, God. God is huge, gigantic, enormous. Larger than anyone can possibly imagine. Try to think about THAT! He spoke the universe into existence! Stars are no longer located where we observe them, they have traveled away at high rates of speed and their light is taking a long time to reach us here on earth. From the smallest insect to the largest mammals each has many complex systems on a cellular level that all work together to sustain life itself. And it is ALL in God's wonderful plan.

 

 
   
 

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