I wrote the initial draft of Exhortations in 1986. The Lord has now inspired me to proceed with the
publication of Exhortations and Poorwiseman at this time. I know that sounds mysterious but it
would be impossible to explain the things I have been through to get to this point. I don't really
understand it myself. I think this is the nature of Christianity, that it always gets back to faith. I try
and proceed by faith and not by sight.
I was hoping that I would be less of a sinner before publishing Exhortations and Poorwiseman.
I'm often reminded by my wife, when my self will runs riot, of just what a sinner I am, 'poor man,
you're just not that wise.'
If I have any wisdom I received it from the Lord: "For the Lord gives wisdom; out of His mouth
comes knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 I claim nothing other than being a sinner
saved by the grace of Jesus Christ.
November 25, 2007
I thought I might try to further explain the "things I've been through" from the above statement.
I like to call it the 'Jonah complex.' "Arise, go to Nineveh that great city and preach against it
for their wickedness has come before Me." But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the
presence of the Lord." Jonah 1:2-3
The prophet Jeremiah wrote of the same dilemma: If I say I will not make mention of Him nor
speak any more in His name, then there is in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and
I am weary and cannot forebear it. Jeremiah 20:9-10 Although I struggled against the Lord now I
believe the whole thing was about the Lord's timing. So I didn't really need to go through a lot of
the self inflicted punishment - I just needed to pay attention and be obedient. Two qualities that
I still abundantly lack. I am a chronigal - chronically prodigal.
There is no place in modern organized religion for the things the Lord might require a Christian to
go through. The only type of salvation the apostasy recognizes is what I call 'instant oatmeal
salvation;' just add holy water. They have no patience for the process in the remission of sins over
a period of years and sometimes decades. Time scales like this are apparent with most of the
biblical characters and stories of the Old Testament but are not recognized by contemporary
churchianity. Their loss and the Lord's gain.
Read Psalm 88 and Lamentations 3:1-18 and you'll see more of what I mean. If these scriptures
seem relevant to you then take heart; there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it's not an
oncoming train but the bright morning star. Revelation 22:16
April 8, 2008