Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Phantom Stranger: Prologue

It is now Wednesday, and I did not post this past Friday nor Monday because at the last moment, I went to DragonCon in Atlanta.

I live outside of Chicago and I drove there. That's right, you too can understand that after driving for 14 hours one-way, attending a four-day SF/Fantasy convention with some 30,000 attendees and coming home to lead a Bible study thirty minutes after I got home where I might have to recuperate just a tad. :D

I'll post more tomorrow, but let me say this:

  1. When you are awakened at 4:30 in the morning to go to a convention over 700 miles away by God, you go. (Faith is not Common Sense, see what Chambers wrote for August 29th, that very morning)
  2. When you turn around in confusion and despair to go back home with tears in your eyes and run into a hitchhiker who NEEDS A RIDE TO KNOXVILLE, TN, YOU TAKE HIM.
  3. When you finally re-unite this man with his family and he hands you over one-hundred dollars for driving him home and 15 minutes later pick up ANOTHER hitchhiker who is a wandering disciple of Christ and an EX-White Witch but now serves Jesus as the true Lord of the universe, you understand that NOTHING at a science fiction/fantasy convention will shock/impress or amaze you as a born-again Believer.

I had a great time at the Con - it was visually awesome (think of a four-day costume party at Walt Disney world, replete with 'droids) but before I ever got there, Jesus showed me His power and His love for His family - no matter how far they wandered.

I'll talk more tomorrow, Lord willing.

Ephesians chapter two has this pretty amazing first paragraph, and I for one, know it is true:

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Amen, Lord.


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