Question what you’ve been taught

THOUGHTS ON WORD

When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged all of them that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. Acts 11:23

Several weeks ago I did an article on encouragement; God used that article to touch the hearts and lives of people. One couple sent me a note of kindness with words of affirmation and a monetary gift. About a week later I received an encouraging message (email) from a gentleman in the Lewistown area. He lifted my spirit with kind and appreciative words. About nine month ago I got a note from a man in Belleville who I knew as a child. What a blessing to hear from so many people. The best part is that they love the truth of the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is something that all Christians (people who are born again) should have in common.

I recently attended a wedding and reception; I talked with a gentleman from the Thompsontown area. He commented on the column and showed interest in the truth that was being presented. In the last six months I have received a lot of encouragement from other people in Juniata, Mifflin and Snyder counties. By now you are probably asking, what kind of braggart is this? My purpose in writing this is to let the readers know that I appreciate your response! The second reason is to glorify God and honor Him for the work He is doing in and through the articles (column).

I truly thank you for your interest in the column and I am asking others to respond; it doesn’t have to be only positive comments. If you disagree with what I am saying, send me a note (email) and give me your viewpoint. If you just want to criticize, I welcome that as well. Criticism from others makes us expand our thinking and consider the viewpoint we have. It also helps us mature and grow mentally and spiritually. A person who can’t take criticism is immature and should not be in the ministry.

If you have a question about my quotes, references, or background material, send me your question. I will try to respond as time permits. If a minister, teacher, writer or preacher will not allow others to question his background material, then he is not to be trusted. What he is saying (teaching or preaching) should not be trusted either!

The purpose of my writing is to make you (the reader) think and question the many things you have been taught about the Bible since you were a child. As we examine God’s word, may the Spirit help us to see truth and then retain it. I will also try to awaken religious people to the truth of the necessity for Holy living. The majority of Americans profess to be Christians but live in open sin as they habitually break many of God’s commandments. I talk to many people that are ignorant of what the Bible teaches about various subjects. What is right is made out to be wrong and what is wrong is often exalted and made to be right. Therefore, if I can be a small light in this dark world that helps someone on their way to that celestial city (heaven) and glorify the Creator, then I have done my part.

Now may the God of all peace

who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead,

that great shepherd of the sheep,

through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

make you complete in every good work

to do His will, working in you

what is well pleasing in His sight,

through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory

forever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21

Comments or questions, contact me at: thoughtsonword@gmail.com.

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Lyndon Stimeling, of Richfield, has been writing about faith and family for many years. He has self-published two books, “Common Thoughts on The Word” in 2016 and “Eye of a Needle” in 2017. He has also had articles published in The Coming Home Journal and local newspapers and has written a children’s book.

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