Eph 2:10 “God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God, makes us new people, so that we would spend our lives doing the good things He had already planned for us to do.” (ERV)
When I was growing up in Western Pennsylvania, the falls were so colorful! There were lots of maple trees, and oak trees, so colors were red, orange and yellows. Just so beautiful. When I first became a Christian, I thought that trees and their changing leaves were all part of His great creation. How so creative God is!
When I went to school, and had a science class, I found out that leaves on trees always had this capacity to do this. The chlorophyll made their leaves change color. The chlorophyll process made the green color disappear and the vivid colors of orange, red, and yellow became visible. The temperatures change would help to make the leaves change colors. God is so creative.
God has made us as we are. He has made us His people and we are a new creature when we turn to Him, and we can do His will. So in a sense, we are leaves. God has always worked in us and will continue to do so. He will draw our colorful creativeness out of us! We don’t know what He has planned for us, but we know that they are good things for us to do. Since God had prepared these things ahead of time, we can walk in his way. What an adventure!
Becoming a believer. Knowing Jesus as Lord. Living life for God. These are all parts of my new life as a deaf Christian. The desire to serve God continues to this day in my life. Becoming active in a local church is one part of my new life. When we moved to Florida, my wife and I looked for a Deaf Church. My wife is now deafened like some others in her family. A hereditary condition. Being late Deaf means she needed to learn Sign Language. So did I also learn Sign Language to communicate with my wife. Continue reading
It was after attending my future wife’s church a few times that I came to a decision, or a fork in the road, of my life. I understood what believing in Jesus was all about. I knew that God loved me just as I am. Indeed, God created me just as I am, deaf and hearing impaired. There are few decisions which are life altering, but believing in Jesus is one of them. Continue reading
After my future wife witnessed to me, God opened my heart. I saw His Creation for the first time as He saw it. A short time later I became a new believer. Jesus became the Lord of my life. Continue reading
I was stubborn and unyielding. As an atheist I insisted there was no God. I said to myself that I tried to do everything the right way. I learned to deal with my deafness, and as a hearing impaired person I was able to survive. Yes, I survived the hearing world and I did “ok”. I was happy most of the time with that. Continue reading
Ah, John 3:16. The most often quoted of all verses of the Bible. It is the “Good News” of eternal salvation offered by God to believers. I grew up deaf and hearing impaired, not Hearing. Church did not appeal to me. Because of my deafness and hearing impairment, I did not learn much or understand much. But, John 3:16 was one of the very few verses I learned to memorize. Continue reading
Many people see our world living in sin. As soon as Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, sin entered into the world. (Genesis 3:1-7) Sin breaks us. We are a broken people. Our hearts are broken by sin. We are not even sad about it! Continue reading
I grew up not knowing I sinned and “fell short of the glory of God”. I did not know I was “dead in sin”. Also, I did not know of God’s gift through his Son, Jesus. Because I was hearing impaired, even while wearing a hearing aid, I did not appreciate church. My family took me to church. I could not understand the Preacher from where we sat. So I was bored with church. Continue reading
I was about 5 years old. My mother and I stood at the front door to our home. We could see, and hear, the storm. There was lightning and thunder. It was totally amazing that I could hear something. I heard thunder! I was learning I could hear some things. Not much, but some things. I also saw lightning and thunder as part of a world I wanted to know more about. It gave me an interest in science, and learning how the world was made. Continue reading