The Bible says that the people of Berea “received the word with great eagerness” Acts 17:11. About 1986 Mr. Wong (not his real name) sat in his tiny room in Shanghai, China, turning the dial on his short-wave radio. Whatever he hoped to listen to that night ended as he turned his radio dial into station KNLS-Anchor Point, Alaska. Mr. Wong’s interest was suddenly stirred by an offer where he could write to receive a free Bible Correspondence Course through the mail. Several weeks passed during which time he received, completed, and returned his answers to be graded by Sue Austin, a World Bible School teacher. Mr. Wong was a university graduate and had a good command of the English language. She was excited to note that he signed his name requesting someone to come and baptize him. Jack McGhee, a missionary in Hong Kong, contacted him, made arrangements, and flew deep into Red China to visit with him. They spent two days studying the Bible. He baptized him into Christ and then on Sunday they worshipped together as he instructed this babe in Christ how to worship God each Sunday. Isn’t this a wonderful example of one who received “the word with great eagerness”(Acts 17:11)? The world needs more “Mr. Wongs.” (My apology for not giving the source of this information. I read it in a brotherhood magazine about 30 years ago, but do not remember which one).
Dennis was sprinkled as an adult in 1972. As he and I were studying the subject of “baptism” as it is taught in the Bible, I pointed out that the words “sprinkling” and “baptism” are two different Greek words. Although the Greek word “to sprinkle” (rhantizo)is found in the New Testament (Hebrews 9:13; 12:24) it is never translated “baptize.” The Greek word baptizo is the word that is translated “baptize” (Acts 22:16; I Peter 3:21). Therefore, according to the Bible “sprinkling” is not “baptism.” He said several times, “For 47 years I thought I had been baptized.” How long have you been thinking that you have been baptized because you were sprinkled as a baby or as an adult?
When do you like to read God’s word so that God can speak to you? The psalmist said, “I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words” Psalm 119:147. David speaks of the morning time which is my favorite time to read the Bible. Then everything is quiet and my mind is fresh. But in the next verse the psalmist also said, “My eyes anticipate the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word” Psalm 119:148. Another beneficial time for me to read God’s word is just before I go to bed. Then His word works on my subconscious during the night. The point is, each of us needs a time when we read God’s word.
Insight – A Spouse’s Influence
One’s spouse is probably the strongest influence to determine if one will go to heaven or hell. Living and working closely together 24-hours a day is bound to shape the way one thinks and acts. Ahab married Jezebel, a daughter of a foreign king. The Holy Spirit recorded, “Surely there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do evil in the sight of the Lord, because Jezebel his wife incited him” I Kings 21:25. In your relationship with your spouse who “incites” whom? He or she can incite the other to serve God or to serve evil. Which direction are you going and who is leading the way?
DNA has become the science of exactness. There are no two DNAs exactly alike. Therefore, DNA makes certain an identity. Interestingly, Thomas Kinkade’s paintings have two signatures. One is his block signature; the other is his DNA signature. When he got his hair cut he took the clippings to a business which put it into the ink he used to sign his name. One can take a bit of the ink from his signature, have it tested, and it will show his DNA; proof that the painting is authentic. What is the Christian’s DNA? Peter probably gives it, “But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior – You shall be holy, for I am holy” I Peter 1:15-16. Our behavior should show the DNA of Christ.