Rhon’s Early Morning Inspiration For Sunday
I’m “Charlie” Garrett I believe in one God,
the Creator, in three Persons the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
What I believe, where I attend, and other issues about my faith….that man is a fallen race because of the freewill sins of Adam, but a correction of this came through salvation by grace – through repentance and faith in the atoning blood and power of Christ’s resurrection. I believe in Christ Jesus’ birth through a virgin, that he died in our place as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind, was buried, arose bodily from the grave, ascended into Heaven, and is coming again for his church – soon! I believe in a literal interpretation of the Holy Bible, and that both the Old and New Testaments, are God’s inspired Word without error in the original manuscripts.
I attend a Baptist church, but I believe Christ’s church comprises faithful believers from many denominations. I am not big on finger-pointing, unless obvious heresy exists – e.g., Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc. None of us have all the answers and Christ alone knows the heart of man.
In addition to this statement of faith, I’d like to say that there is nothing more fulfilling in my life than my relationship with Christ Jesus. I spent about 36 years going in every wrong direction. I failed to honor my parents as commanded; my faithful, trusting, and loving wife received grief and neglect as I put others and work ahead of her; I put myself above two wonderful God-given children. Pick a commandment – I’ve broken it. As I look back, I can see that any miseries I’ve experienced have been of my own making. And then, by the grace of God alone, I was called out of darkness into His marvelous light. Why he chose a wretch such as me to show his mercy I will never know. But – because he did – I feel it my duty to honor Him with my every breath (which I continuously fail to do.) I have come to fully appreciate the humbling words of the hymn Amazing Grace.
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, Who called me here below,
Shall be forever mine.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.
To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen