Miracles?

Years ago, I went to Opwekking (Revival) in Flevoland, a province in the Netherlands, where the yearly Pentecostal conference was hold (on a large terrain; camp sight). I recall I went to a healing service in the main tent. An English speaking healer jumped on the stage and started praying and then, shortly after that, he started yelling to the audience, asking who was healed and to stand up and tell out loud what they were healed from. He answered it with many “Hallelujahs and praise the Lords”. He ran up and down the stage and became ever so more shouting loudly and trying to get the audience carried away and loudly praising about the miracles taking place. There was not much needed for that, so to see. Before he started praying, we had to put a hand on the place that was hurting and keep the other one up to pray. The man before me had the hand on the back of his pants, at the spot of his anus, a really ambarassing looking sight. Soon people started to be healed of headaches, of coughing, neck pain, etc, all lighter issues, but they were cheered upon as if Lazarus himself had been risen from the death. When the service was over I saw some people being very disappointed and crying even. I could not miss it, because I sat next to a man in a wheel chair on the back row, next to an alley. He was crying. It totally broke my heart, seeing it. The guy was in tears, in his wheel chair, broken, disappointed, maybe for the umpteenth time. I had seen enough and decided I would not go there anymore, ever. This was not of God, I knew. This was reather a show case, a way too easy, cheap demonstration for a charismatic healer/leader. To me it clearly looked and felt like a scam. I decided I did not want to go there anymore. I was totally fed up with it, after just one healing service.

Little did I know that Corona would break out, recently, and that I would not have to come to them any more, but they would ‘come to me’ instead. The girlfriend of my son had to dance on the event (May 2021), which was taking place without an audience, by live streaming service, broadcasted from a smaller terrain in Vierhouten (where the event also started its existance). She had asked us to request a ‘virtual chair’ online and then take place in the meeting to see her dance. Of course I did that. I wanted to see her dance and was also curious after the event. I did. She danced well, together with her group, but very shortly, and so I took the opportunity to watch much more of the meeting/event, during that whole weekend.

If you haven’t noticed yet, I am a convinced believer, a follower of Christ. I am born again, by grace, and believe in everything the Bible says, including all the miracles, including Genesis 1 and 2. I believe in Jesus as being the creator of the world (and everything around us; our solar system; the universe). I dedicated my life to follow Christ in everything and so, daily praise is part of my life and so I regularly thank and praise the Lord for what He has done for me and the rest of the world. I can say with Peter, ‘Lord, you know that I love you’ (and then cry, like him, when looking at myself and what I’ve done, knowing who I am by old-nature/flesh). So, such a praise event is not far away from me at all. I do love the way they praise Jesus and give Him glory, but after watching a lot of it, I still have some doubts. The intentions are clearly good, I’m sure, and they do a lot of good, but, and maybe they don’t realize that, but should, unintentionally, they may, sadly enough, also do damage; unnecessarily damage, caused by, what I think, are unBiblical convictions.

I have 2 main doubts about them that may be worth considering (if following Jesus and Gods Word in everything is on top of the list; which should be the case for a Christian).
1. Claimed miracles. Beside the miracle stories, which you mostly hear of them, I know and have heard also a lot of stories about people who were deeply hurt and discouraged about not being healed at all on multiple occasions, while they undoubtedly most needed it! In other words, the healing conferences, which are always a major part of it, have also created, an unwanted side effect, which is quite questionable. It does not get that much attention, because people may feel very ashamed about it (and dare not speak openly about it), or are maybe afraid to be called a disbeliever and I am convinced they often decide to silently go away and/or stay away after being disappointed many times. So, this is easy to ignore, because you don’t hear that much about it openly; it is the more silent part of it. But does that justify it? I’m talking about the people that don’t get healed, the majority, with serious issues, and who multiple times got disappointed, and often see their last hope vaporize. They often start doubting if they believe enough, or at all, certainly when being told that Jesus is still the same and does the same miracles today. Is that really true? Is that honestly so? Is it honest to say and claim that to them at all? If the Bible never said it would end, does that mean it still happens or could/should happen to the same extend?
2. I encountered the Pentecostal movement when I was young and they have, with what I know of the Bible, a really unBiblical approach to Christians that have not received the Spirit yet, in a way that they claim one has to be baptized in the Spirit, often with appearing proof of speaking in tongues or prophesizing or even miracles. Those signs are often seen as a real and undeniable proof of being baptized in the Spirit, so they better happen to be convincing to them... From that moment on, one fully belongs to the group and is taken fully seriously as a Christian.

Now point 2 is remarkable easy to ‘debunk’ (which should make them think...). The Bible says that anyone who is a Christian received the Spirit when he became one. It also says that it is impossible to be a Christian, without having the Spirit. The Bible says, if one does not have the Spirit, then one does not even belong to Him. So how come praying for the Spirit after being born again? One has received the Spirit already! But yet, and this is practice I learned myself, in Pentecostal communities one is not fully accepted unless one can tell about being baptized with the Spirit, preferably with some spectacular proof/testimony by others; for example that these things, usually speaking in tongues, happened right away after one has received a publicly laying on of hands and for everyone visible. One may not explicitly say so, but everyone knows and will certainly feel that one is treated as a 2nd rank Christian, not having received the baptism of the Spirit). Christians who did not have that experience, are seen as 2nd rank Christians, who still need something (yet lack something to be fully applyable in God’s Kingdom; effectively and with full power). No wonder that such Christians are being evangalized with ‘the gospel’ of the so called ‘2nd blessing’ and people anxiously start looking for such an experience.

That’s what I still and strongly have against them (and not much has changed really in that respect; they still largely see it this way). These were the points I had against Pentacostal movements. However, after seeing the online meeting, something may be added to that sadly enough. So, there may be a 3rd point that I noticed. I noticed that they have a stronger than ever tendency to be unifying with other churches. They mentioned that something they have achieved during their 50 year existence of Revival/Opwekking, is that they unified the church and brought people together from different churches. I think that is clearly true, but one can also go too far in this unification. It seems that they have really become ecumenical now, and don’t bother any more about the differences, so it seems (even if they’re not Biblical), for example in working together with the PKN (Protestantse Kerk Nederland) and others. Also I noticed that they name the name of Jesus a lot. It’s Jesus all over. So much, and repeated over and over again, that it becomes almost a bit befremding to me. That may sound weird as a point of critique, but let me explain. There is nothing wrong with it in itself. As a matter of fact, I can only praised that for the fact that it happens way too few and that it happens, is good.

But, at the same time, one also has to be careful that the name of Jesus does not become like a sort of mantra, a magical mystical thing, and that one can unify everyone in that name, and make everyone forget about all the differences; especially when they are totally and deeply unBiblical!. And it sounds to me, listening to quite some praises services and preaches that they indeed have a way of mantra singing and mantra naming Jesus all over the place and constantly, with many repeats and expressing it in a way that it becomes mystical and trance like. One thing should, however, never ever be ignored, a subject that is, peculiar enough, however nowadays completely ignored and that is praising Jesus for who He fully is: as creator God (‘by whom all things were made’). That subject is nowadays by the church in the Netherlands (which we’re talking about) believed in a way that is totally contradictory to the Bible. Evolution and Jesus can go together, they think. It has become a very hot topic, well not so much any more, because we are now in state where one has decided better not talk about it anymore, or it will create very much division. And it does not matter any more. Many, even Evangelical churches, and including the EO, de Evangelische Omroep (Evangelical Broadcasting), have ‘converted’ themselves, handed themselves over to Evolution and don’t think it harms the Gospel anymore in any possible way, including the PKN and the EO, or should I say moreover the PKN. I woul like to ask one simple question: “How will one ever expect one miracle to happen, if one does not really believe in Jesus Christ as the Creator of the Universe. What would happen if one does not dare to proclaim that important fact anymore?” Would that be a Rivival or the beginning of the end? Jesus is in a way, nowadays, turned into ‘a subject anyone can live with’, in that he was ‘a good person’, an ‘inspiring person’, etc. But the Creator? God self who came into the earth to save us from eternal death? I haven’t heard it. It’s Jesus all over, yes, but, which Jesus? The self created one that anyone can live with? The nice and liked-by-all Jesus we can live with? Or the Jesus the Bible claims He really is? I suspect that Jesus has become like ‘a catalyst’ to solve differences that are non Biblical. If so, that would be a bridge too far. Jesus is the only thing they talk about and they name His name a lot, over and over again.

But what has Jesus become, I wonder? Is He still the creator? Or does that maybe not matter any more, as long as one believes? Jesus as unifying mantra, to forget all the differences, even the clearly unBiblical ones? That is the impression I get. It may sound good, but it is wrong. Jesus should not only be presented as a healer, a whole maker, a unifyer, but as real historical Creator. Not only as God’s Son, but God Himself and as part of the Trinity. Yet, the mantra effect, with endless repeating and constantly calling upon the Name of Jesus, seemingly creates a unifying sphere, but it may very well be a false one, because if you believe in the wrong Jesus, it isn’t Jesus at all anymore. And that is typical for today; they make of it what they feel best about and what everyone can ‘live with’. Again, if you happen to believe in Jesus, but not in Creation as described in Genesis, I’m sorry to say: ‘but then you have the wrong Jesus’; the likable image you created of him in your mind; which is by the way more like a demi-god (you maybe didn’t think of that possibility; an false image of Jesus turned into a demi-god, but there are even examples of healers who have nothing with Christian faith, but who use a picture of Jesus as an artifact to generate a certain occult effect and they think the effect is stronger with than without; and have his picture on the wall and ask you to look at it when they do their dark practices). That’s why everything that we do should be totally embedded in Scripture, and everything that is not, we should stay far away off. We cannot invite people, a church or movement, or whatever group, who don’t believe in creation anymore, or think it is not that important anymore and have gone along in the main stream conviction, like the EO. I’m sorry to say, but I got a strong feeling that also for Opwekking Jesus as creator does not matter that much anymore, as long as one believes; a subject that can and maybe better be ignored, as long as Jesus isn’t (and maybe they even express the latter so strongly to make forget about the rest). If it is ignored, if it is disbelieved, if Jesus as creator is totally ignored, then Jesus Himself, for who He really is, is totally ignored. Can’t one see that? Painful maybe, but true. How can one expect a miracle to happen at all if one does not believe in Jesus for who He really is, namely the One who created heaven and earth?

I do believe everything in the Bible, including the miracles and including Genesis 1 and 2, as having really, historically happened. (and sadly enough, I’m getting quite an exception in Christianity in Holland today). But, this is a precondition for miracles to happen at all. One has to believe in who Jesus and God really are. What would happen if a conference would go under one yoke with those whot don’t believe that anymore or think that is not important anymore. It is breaking down from within where one stands for. Doesn’t work in the long run.

I have prayed for miracles in my life and they did not happen (as asked). Do I not believe enough maybe? No, I’m sure I do believe now (but it did make me doubt in the past; mostly thanks to the influence of the Pentacostal movement). And yes, I do believe to the extend that it actually will/may happen and I even expect it as a possibility to really happen (Pentacostal Christians often doubt the presence of enough faith, with one or the other party, often the asker; and at least one of them should have faith, preferably both; to the extend to actually believing and even claiming and expecting it will happen; otherwise one has always reason to doubt oneself why it did not happen). Why God heals one and not the other is often degraded to simply saying: ‘we don’t know, that’s the mistery of God, or maybe one of us did not have enough faith; end of all discussion or raised questions’. Isn’t that a bit too easy? And yet they continue doing so and go on with it.

Pentacostal Christians are therefore great in creating doubt, by continuing mass healing meetings, which often makes one hesitate if one really does believe? Often people who are not healed, most serious ‘cases’, ask themselves if they do believe enough or at all and they can get into big crisis, because of that, even to the point of being uncertain about being saved at all. This is a very nasty side effect. Also seeing others getting ‘healed’ with much smaller issues, raises questions and rather anger, instead of understanding. Why? In other words it creates division, disbelieve, doubt, anger, frustration, etc. Is that all worth it? While, if one is honest, almost always only the minor issues are ‘healed’? Taking seriously into consideration that more people don’t get healed then there are, this is a serious side effect, an unwanted one, I would say, which makes one question why one would go on with it at all? Does that honor Jesus or rather some charismatic healers themselves? That’s the question. Was this also the case when Jesus walked the earth? No. Of course not. They often and most times all got healed and certainly not a few and the rest not, which is common today. Would Jesus heal a person with neck pain or a cold and then let the person in the wheel chair, sitting next to him, go away unhealed? Of course not. Wouldn’t that be very rude an an anti-witness for Jesus rather than a witness? In other words, is it really Jesus at work here? Do they dare to ask themselves that question at all, I wonder? They should and it is about time, but I hardly ever hear it. If one is honest, then one has to conclude that not that much miracles happen today at all, and that the ones that are claimed are often completely exaggerated and hyped (and many, I’m convinced, are just simply false or fake and come very close to a (christian) scam). Why is that? Not in the least, because people can postition themselves with it in a certain way and become important or even make an easy living of it (yes, this happens also in down-to-earth the Netherlands).

Often this healing business attracts strong charasmatic figures, who present themselves as the anointed one of God, and not being shy about it at all, and boldly claim to have received that calling. Often this is confirmed (by themselves and others) with ‘words of God’, ‘dreams’, etc., things a normal modest Christian would not even dare to mention or claim. But they do, and are already even shamelessly asking money, and are often living a luxureous life and ask their followers to donate large sums of money, so to make their life, as blessed of God, much more pleasurable (new cars, food, extra help, like rebuilding their house, etc). And it is hard to question such convincing people; albeit only for the reason that, if it is true, one does not want to fight against God, and so one often gets totally away with it. That’s why it is not questioned that much in the evangelical Church, I think. I do question it, because it happens a lot, and many people get deceived today by it (even very serious and devoted Christians), but that it is largely false; a scam (which may even be seen with Biblical arguments, which one often seems to forget; to test it Biblically).

Those charismatic wonder doers often claim that miracles still equally happen today and say that God is still the same today (true) and that the Bible never says that it would stop and so it still happens (wrong). Really? It often goes together with asking for many, preferably large donations and so shamelessly asking for a lot of money and total dedication of time (with the excuse ‘the greater the blessing one will receive’; so it is a good investment and may even be done out of own interest). That the Bible does not say that miracles would come to an end, does that mean it would in practice have not stopped and still would be happening to the same degree? Aren’t there any obvious reasons for it to make the situation today totally different? Get real! If we are simply honest, really honest, miracles don’t happen as much and on the same scale and as spectacular and when Jesus walked the earth and his apostles. Not by far. As a matter of fact, if we are really honest, which Christians out of all should, it hardly happens at all, very rarely and if it happens; not so obviously and apparently, and certainly not for people with really bad symptoms, who really need it the most. Why? And, if so, why boast so much about miracles taking place then, as if it is that as obviously and great as when Jesus walked the earth? It isn’t. Would that not do more harm then good? That is a very relevant question, which is, strangely enough, hardly asked nor answered by them at all. Why? Would it maybe be that the human factor is more present than one wants or dares to admit? Would that not even totally prohibit a Revival they so strive for?

Have maybe own goals, ambitions of growth or even having a large revival gotten in the way? Hasn’t God’s plan and one’s own ambitions not been become mingled maybe? It should be all about Christ, and about His honor alone, but why don’t they take into account the serious harmful effects then that may silently, but presently, damage peoples faith and/or trust in God? An anti witness, rather then a witness? Wouldn’t God be worried about that? All aspects should be taken into account, not the one one wants to see; what is most inspiring or uplifting; that is rather the human attractiveness side of it; not per sé what God is interested in.

Claiming exaggerated deeds of God, which did not actually happen, but are believed upon by self denying Christians (who may declare others, who don’t believe the miracles, as simply non-believers, or ‘not-enough-believers’) may be much more harmful than down to earth debunking miracles and sticking to real faith. The side effects may actually harm people’s faith or even stop them from coming to faith. The strong need to see miracles and experience that Jesus can still do them, may actually in reality rather be a show case of lack of faith, rather than faith! Real faith does not need any miracles to believe (‘blessed; are the ones who don’t see and yet believe!’). So, why do they want/need to see miracles, and if one wants it strongly enough, may that have such a strong effect, that one can see only miracles everywhere, even if they did not happen at all (for example the miracles in Myanmar; blind people ‘receiving’ eye sight again; claimed as truly having happened, but later turned out to be not true; who was really blind here?). Think about it.

My own personal experience with asking for a miracle. My wife had a brain tumor in 2013. It had lasted since november 2012 and it went on for months, running into February and finally March of 2013. I was totally desperate. My wife got worse and worse and could not walk anymore; she just lay in bed all day. Then, coincidently they decided to make a photo of her brain, thinking it was something else in the inner ear, and trying to find that cause, and then discovered a brain tumor as large as an egg, in the very center of her head. It quickly became critical after that and the tumor had to be removed within 2 weeks. I decided, those days, to pray outloud for her in our living room, standing behind her, asking that God would heal her and completely remove the tumor, believing God could and would do so (if He wanted that; pentacostals will say; ‘you see, there you go, you have to believe God already wanted that and has healed us already from all sickness’; it is just a matter of claiming it). But, it did not happen. That’s a fact. I’m sure I had enough faith (I luckily don’t doubt that any more, where I used to doubt my own faith in this). I did and do believe that God can do anything, as creator of it all, and I believe that Jesus has all the power in heaven and an earth (great comfort as well to have such a Savior!). He can do it, but is it always His will (as pentacostals claim)? No. He can do it, but will He, like He used to (when He walked this earth)? Apparantely not. It did not happen, and in most cases it would and does not happen, so I cannot conclude otherwise. No miracle. However. I did make it known beforehand (before I prayed) on social media and to family and friends/colleagues (of my wife) and said to the Lord Jesus: ‘Lord, if you do this miracle, they cannot go around it anymore and they just must admit that you are God’. The people, and the ones within in my family who don’t believe, I can show the picture before and after’.

However, the miracle did not happen. But what did happen is that she got a surgeon who was very qualified and skilled, a young guy, who I completely trusted after talking to him, and who happened to indeed do a very good job and also was able to clear everything in a way that made him say after the operation: ‘I think I was able to remove everything; because it was ‘sitting’ very loose and not intertwined with other tissue at all’. Of course he was also very reserved about it and said that it always could come back and a microscopic piece had remained and that she had to be operated again then, if so, but: “I think I have removed it all”, he said. But till now (june 2021), everything is still completely gone. Is that a miracle? Strictly spoken it isn’t, but considering the warnings they had given beforehand, that it was very risky and that she might die in 3 different ways and that we should take precautions for a funeral and all; it sure felt like we miraculously got her back from the death and that’s how we all experienced it. I believe God can bless, and be with surgeons, but strictly spoken it was not the miracle I had asked for. My wife is still doing fine, even now, many years later and in good health! Also, it may very well not be true what I said or thought about God, that when He indeed would have healed her, that people no longer would be able to deny it. Later I relazied and thought: “Thy can’t” deny it? They can and will!” Why? Because they don’t want to believe, because they’re too proud and refuse to bow their knees. They “couldn’t” deny it back then, but the majority still did. What would make this miracle more special? What about the Pharisees? They stould on top of it and saw the miracle happen, right before there very own eyes, and what did they do? They complained about the rules, claiming it was against the law to heal on the Sabbat!” Can you imagine? Many people saw the greatest, real and powerful miracles, back then, including people rising from the death. It did not make a difference to many of them. What makes you think this would suddenly be different now? One may very well have even more excuses to doubt it. This fact, may be one of the reasons that not that many miracles happen anymore today. God, Jesus does not have to prove his point any longer, because He already did that. And it didn’t help to most of them! Moreover today, people won’t believe it and reason it completely away? If they did not believe it back then, why would they believe it now, where people have become even more cynical, by the age of the Enlightment, etc, where miracles aren’t believed at all any more, even if it would be against all odds. People are arguably way more cynical today than back then. They will now make up an excuse right away and come up with any alternative reason that fits them better! Was the three hours of darkness around the world, the earth quakes, the cracking of the rocks, the rising of death people during my dying, all the miracles, the thousands and thousands of people being healed. Wasn’t that enough back then? Why would a miracle today suddenly make all the difference? Even if it would be totally obvious, and cannot be denied, you’d be surprised; they still would come up with an alternative reason for it, to explain ‘what actually happened’; as long as they don’t have to admit and confirm it really is a miracle (for its consequences; meaning one would have to bow for their Creator!). People are remarkable good at that nowadays, but maybe it was like that back then as well.’

Later, with a checkup in the hospital, we discovered that the picture of the tumor missing, after the operation, almost looked exactly the same as the picture with the tumor still in place, before the operation, so it would have been very hard to convince them based upon a picture alone! A before and after picture? “If creation does not help, if the miracles in the old Testament don’t help, if the Exodus of Egypt and everything that happened did not help. If the virgin birth of Mary did not help, if God himself coming to the earth did not convince, if dying on a cross did not (with many graves opening and people rising from the death and showing themselves to the priest), if rising again did not, if going up to heaven did not, all witnessed by many people. If the coming of the Holy Spirit did not convince. If it was so obvious to many thousands of people, all eye witnesses, so much so that there was not even a need to write it down, which is now used as an excuse that it ‘probably did not happen’, because if it were that important, it would certainly have been written down! And it has hardly been written down, so ‘it did not happen’. An excuse against the obvious. If all the prophecies fulfilled about Messiah from the old Testament did not help. Why would a spectacular miracle of my wife’s healing today help? I may think it will, but it won’t. That’s the reality. If there must be One disappointed about it, it must be God Himself! But He still loves all people and don’t want anyone to be lost, and that’s why He still waits, but people now have to do it, mainly and mostly, with the miracles done back then. Jesus came to the earth and had clearly proved His point; being the Messiah. That He is God and God’s son, and that He cares about people and want them to live. like He said in John 7, where He stood up and spoke, as follows:

“ In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? So there was a division among the people because of him.” (John 7:37-43 [KJV])

So, when thinking about it, it is all not that strange that miracles don’t happen on such a scale anymore, and then to claim like nothing has changed is basically creating a false reality and fooling oneself and others. Trying to believe against all odds in such a reality, even when practice shows it is not the case at all, is denying what God really does and doesn’t (!) and comes down to praising God for deeds He did not actually do! That’s bad. I personally think God does not like that at all. He is a God of truth and reality, not of fake claims and fake miracles that (when being really honest and realisticly) did not happen at all or not to the extend is been told/claimed. That should stop immediately. It has happened enough and enough damage has been done! Time to get real and give God the honor again for what He really did, not what men claim He did, but in fact; didn’t (that’s close to blasphemy do you realize that?). I dare to say that dare are many false prophets or claimed healers today, like Mattheus van der Steen, Sunday Adelaya, Benny Hinn, Tod Bentley, T.B. Joshua, to name a few. Often charismatic people who use tricks to deceive people who want to believe those miracles and then those people force themselves to believe it as a sort of ultimate proof that they indeed believe (and then they donate their money; as much as possible as proof of their dedication). Such Christians often skip all normal checking mechanisms and are not open to any critique at all, being afraid to be called a disbeliever (within those circles). I say to them: God is a God of truth and realism and reality, not a God of vague miracles, or healing only the ones that have easy-to-solve problems that can also be very well be psychosomatic, and not healing the difficult ones. That can’t be true. In that tent meeting, where I was that evening, only the people with headaches, and comparable complaints, were healed and the people with serious problems all were discouraged and went away unhealed (and some crying, others looking very disappointed or stressed). Is that the same God of healing? Or is that the demi-god the charismatic movement turned it into for the their own charismatic non realistic claims or goals/ambitions.

I’m alive over 50 decades now and I start to believe that the greatest miracle God can do is in the heart of a man, by his Spirit, and that such a person converts and starts believing; seeing himself in the light of God, realizing that he is a sinner and needs the sacrificing work of the Lord Jesus to attone for his sins. That such a person will come to the cross in remorse and accepts Jesus into his heart. And although they have no excuse and can know him by maybe the greatest miracle, which we are daily put with our nose upon, His very own creation, yet they deny it and run away from it; God still seeks them in total love and keep banging on the door of their heart, by his Spirit. Too few miracles like that happen any more (maybe because we don’t evangelize enough). However, those non-believers can hide but they can’t run away from it (although they think they can). They don’t see that it concerns not just the people who believe in it, thinking it will only take into effect out of a personal choice, which only then would work and only for the believer alone. No, it is about everyone and every soul has to acknowledge once, that Jesus Christ is Lord. It better be soon than later, I would say. It is still the time of mercy and grace. God still waits, for the simple fact, that he does not want anyone to be lost. I’d rather see more of those miracles happen and this should have our greatest priority.

And, if you, reading this, have not done so, then bow your knees now for your heavenly Father and ask Jesus into your life. Don’t wait, because tomorrow may be too late. Acknowledge that you’re a sinner and that you need Jesus and start believing in Him, give yourself to Him, even though it may seem hard or strange at first. You have to make a decision and it has to be the right one, because: “In none other is there salvation: for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, wherein we must be saved”. (Acts 4:12 [ASV]. That is the name of Jesus Christ; the one by whom all things are (1 Corinthians 8:6).

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