It's All About Me
This is the day I write about me. It’s all about me. I invite your questions . You can leave them in a comment.
Last week Margaret asked . Tell us your testimony. When did you come to know the Lord?
Starting in May 0f 2006 I wrote of my journey from atheist to believer to pastor. So I reprint one of those entries below.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
From atheist to disgustingly religious
Saying for the Day: Its's not what you know but who that really counts.
Its back to the artifact box and here we find one of those little books people sign at the end of camp. It is there to remind me of the end of my time as an atheist and the beginning of the journey that would bring me into the ministry.
The summer after I got confirmed one of my friends from confirmation talked me into going to Bible Camp.
His name was Karl Rundman .
He was not religious and the reason he felt we should go to Bible camp was because there were five girls there for every boy.
Those are great odds. I figured I could put up with the religious nonsense for a chance for romance. The way Karl described it we would swim with the girls, sit with them at evening campfires, and take evening walks to the baseball field.
So I went. The program was about as dull as I expected it to be.
But there was a Pastor.
An old Pastor who was different.
He didn’t talk about God as an idea.
He didn’t try to prove God.
He shared with us a God that was and had been for years a personal friend. This God was as real to him as the campers. I marveled at that.
There was a joy and a peace the guy had I had never seen in anybody.
I wanted what he had.
I told myself over and over that it was silly.
There is no God and so God can’t be his friend.
He can’t know what isn’t there.
But he did. He honestly loved God.
Then something happened which I can not explain. At some point during that week I stepped over the line and went from being an atheist to being disgustingly religious.
I didn’t want it to happen.
I did everything I could to keep it from happening .
I have no idea why it happened. (Boy I wish I did)
Lots of kids left that camp just the way they came but I didn’t.
Karl Rundman did . He ran into God later in his journey.
Suddenly there was a joy and a peace in my life beyond anything I had ever known. God was real and He loved me.
I still had no answer to Robert’s death.
But I did know that God had entered into our suffering and shared it with us.
Everything changed. I came home a different person.
My mother was horrified.
She hoped it would wear off.
But God was no longer an idea to be accepted or rejected.
God was a being that loved me and the journey to the pulpit had begun.
@@@@ News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my garage where trains still run, dragons fly, and the Liar’s Club summer contest continues.-Yesterday Herman Manty, from Painsville , got his turn to tell his story and here it is:
You may have read the article by some leading astrophysicists that said
"If you define the black hole as some place where you can lose objects, then there is no such thing because the black hole evaporates before anything is seen to fall in," . If they are right all those wonderful space stories that have black holes and worm holes are wrong. I am here to tell you today they are wrong.
How do I know they are wrong ? Because I have a friend who has gone through a black hole to get from his universe to ours. What bothered the scientists is that if all information about the collapsing matter is lost, it defies the laws of quantum physics. That is if something goes into a black hole and never comes out everything we know about matter would be put in doubt.
My friend says they don’t have to worry. What goes in one side of the black hole is expelled on the other side. Our best instruments can’t see that because it is lost among the exploding suns and other strange phenomena.
But my friend and his spacecraft got here through a black hole. So he and I know they exist. The problem is they work only one way. That is you can’t go back through them. So he is stuck in our universe . The only life he has found is on this planet and he says w are very backward. Our science is almost primitive in his eyes. Aside from that he says we are very boring. But he is stuck here.
He says the only good thing is the pasty which you can’t get anywhere else in the universe. If he figures out how to leave he is taking a large supply with him.
Now if you don’t believe me I can take you to my farm and introduce you to him. He is busy trying to find a reverse black hole in our universe. Until he does I have him and his space ship hidden in my cow barn. I am keeping him supplied with pasties.
Herman got a 9.2 average which ties him with Allan Heyydan for first place.
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A fairly good day today. Did some more sorting of train stuff in the basement . Watched my soaps. Went shopping with Betty. And I visited most of my links. I was surprised to discover that several of the new links have been discontinued. They come and go fast now. I need a breathing treatment.