James 3:16-17 (KJV)
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
Summary & Intro:
Wasn't the revealing of what was hid for so long in the darkness, the unveiling of the unknown, and the calling out of the deceptions of human thinking, the great memorable introduction of Christ in our hearts and minds? When The Light of the world came into our dark greys, shifting fogs, and starless skies, He presented Himself as the Lighthouse that had been lifted up to guide us into the safety of His harbor. Men were still shouting opinions, perspectives, and culture specific philosophies when Christ came in Truth. The postmodernism and relativism of our generation offers the seafaring man no shoreline in sight, no north star to guide off of, no fixed reference point to navigate by. Christ gives us Himself, The Light of Heaven, and His Word which is become a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path to guide us through a world whose minds revolt against any impression of an absolute, and leave it's subjects tossed in the storm and blast of an open sea with no direction and no firm grounding. Praise God for the wisdom that comes from above and conquers the confusion of earthly wisdom! How many times have you praised God for making a confusing thing clear to you?
After some time in the US Navy as a Sonar Technician aboard Submarines, Austin moved to Panama City to be near his ailing mother as she fought a losing battle with lung cancer. Her loss was one of several during a brief period where this young man was faced with his own weaknesses and hopelessness. During this period of great breaking, The Lord Jesus Christ transformed a prideful and perverse drunkard into a humble witness of the cross. Today by God's redeeming grace, Austin labors as a preacher, a missionary, and the pastor of Christ Evangel Christian Fellowship.