Jesus Christ is still Lord of my life on this beautiful Spring day. How about you?

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Comment by Carol Flett on August 11, 2010 at 12:32pm
So often we think our work is in vain as we strive to drill scripture into our children, but it is there waiting for the Holy Spirit to use when the time is right. Thanks for sharing.
Comment by W. Thomas Massalsky on August 11, 2010 at 11:54am
When I was saved, I was not at any church or "special meeting", like a camp meeting. I didn't have anyone there with me to "lead me in the salvation prayer" or quote a bunch of Bible scriptures to me and ask me how I would respond, etc. It was just God and myself in the living room of my upstairs apartment back in home town where I was born. I call it my "upper room experience". I had just two days before that broken into a store and stole food, cigarettes and wine. I was living in a destitute condition and had no money or job. I had allowed the circumstances I was in to drive me to do an awful thing, the act of stealing from someone. It wasn't something new to me. I had stolen things before. But this time it was big.
Well, I knew it wasn't right and I would no doubt pay the price. I was just sitting around my apartment waiting to be caught and thrown in jail - again. You see, my life to that point had been a miserable one, with continuous trips to jail for one reason or another. My wife had left me 7 years before and taken our only child, a son, with her. The divorce left me in a deluded and deeply depressed condition that I thought I would never recover from. I saw myself as a failure as a husband and a father, worthless to the world. Indeed, it almost took my life by suicide more than once.
During my times in jail, once for about 15 days, another time for almost 3 months, I had the unique opportunity to observe the actions of some others in my situation. Oh, I had some different peers then! I didn't like what I saw.
The county I was in allowed ministers of the gospel to come in from the local Baptist church every Friday evening and share their testimonies and pray with the inmates of the jail. On Sundays, there would be an old Westlyan preacher come in with his sister and brother-in-law and preach a church service. Well, I was the unwilling recipient of these "gospel sessions", and I resented it at first. But after the first time, I decided to start listening to what these men were saying. When I did, I learned that God really does care about us as individuals and that He has a way for us that leads to forgiveness of our sins and having peace in our hearts instead of all the turmoil caused by our wayward actions or reactions to life, which gives us the opportunity to react to life's situations and circumstances in a much different way, with the results being so much better. I was all ears when I realized that I was not alone. I wanted a better way - if there was one. This was the first time I ever heard that God has something for me. There was a God who cared and loved me. I needed that.
I didn't give myself to all this at the time, but along the course of those times I learned several Bible verses and unwittingly memorized them. It was on that night in my "upper room" when those scripture verses came screaming through my mind and heart like a tornado. I was at the point where I just wanted to die. I wanted to end this misery. I saw myself as a complete and hopeless failure that could never hope to recover and make anything good out of the pieces left of my miserable self. What a place to be. Yet this is where I found myself to be, just me and God. I talked, He listened. Later
Comment by W. Thomas Massalsky on July 22, 2010 at 12:38pm
Greetings in the precious and holy name of Jesus Christ our Lord. In continuing my former discussion, I became a Christian in the year of 1977. The circumstances surrounding my salvation were quite remarkable, yet not totally unique. I firmly believe that each person must have their own unique experience with God and that no two persons have identical experiences that lead them to salvation. That is what I believe is so wonderful about our God and our individual testimonies. You can listen to a person give their testimony, and each persons' testimony is unique within itself to that person. It never the less thrills me to hear testimonies. We draw strength from hearing them and give strength to those hearing. We must testify. In days gone past, there were churches who had testimony time built right into their every meeting. People would be called to stand and give a testimony and they would come to the front of the church group and stand giving it to the people. This was all a part of the regular service one would experience each time they attended. People need that. They need to hear what God is doing in people's lives. It helps us to get outside ourselves, outside our own comfort zone, to break away from selfish desires that hold us back and limit us as the devil would want to do to us. We need to stand up and be counted. Later.
Comment by W. Thomas Massalsky on July 22, 2010 at 12:20pm
Great is our God and greatly to be praised. Today I wish to begin a dialogue on this blog and tell you who I am and what I am about. My full name is William Thomas Massalsky Jr. For a long time I resented the fact that my father, William T. Sr. would be so self-interested that he would name me after himself. Obviously, this is a trait that comes from ancient generations and shares the desire that the son will grow up to emulate the father etc.
Well, I didn't like that and really don't like that, and to see it happen to many others whom I have known is sad. It is a man's objective in life to establish himself. But a man cannot establish himself if he is constantly having to work within the shadow of his father. I was very sad when my father died in 1978. But a new era began for me. I could now claim to be W. Thomas Massalsky, with NO Jr. attached to it, and using the name I grew up with being called Tom or Tommy or Thomas. I felt liberated. Yet I missed my father a great deal. He was a very intelligent man and had several unique achievements to his credit working with the Ford Motor Company. I won't go into that right now. Suffice it to say that I am now no longer a minor. I am a major! Hmm! More later.
Comment by Carol Flett on April 17, 2010 at 12:53pm
Amen to that! Good to find you here!

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