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The testimony of Mitch Zajac

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Our friend & brother in Christ, Mitch Zajac’s story may be viewed here; it’s well worth your time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qf528enUQz8

Only one will not do…How many have you?

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

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Today, February 9th, is the birthday of notable historical figures such as the 9th President of the United States, William Henry Harrison, and the 18th century philosopher and political agitator – not to mention inveterate infidel – Thomas Paine.  Contemporary figures such as Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, the diminutive actor Joe Pesci, and the actress Mia Farrow were also born on this date.  More pertinent to my situation: 38 years ago today I was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA.  This birth was somewhat surprising because I arrived 3 months early (I’ve always been partial to dramatic entrances!)  The local doctors looked at this scrawny baby who weighed a mere 2 pounds 7 ounces and opined that I only had a 30% chance of surviving.  Happily, there is a God who rules over all and determines the times appointed for men.  Thus, in His sovereign mercy He spared my life.

A Mother’s Faith & A Faithful God

Although premature and suffering from cerebral palsy – which would go undiagnosed until I was nearly two – I enjoyed many blessings.  My chief advantage was to be born into a household where the parents were devout Christians who had a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and knew the value of intercessory prayer.  Anyone who has met my parents knows that my father is louder, larger, and much more forceful than my mother.  Nonetheless, in the early moments of my life it was my faithful Christian mother who offered a “Hannah prayer” to the Lord.  Those unfamiliar with this great woman of faith, Hannah, can consult 1 Samuel chapters 1 and 2.  Hannah prayed that the Lord would give her a son so that she could give him back to the Almighty for His service.  Similarly, my mother said, “Lord if you spare the boy’s life, I’ll give him back to You for Your work”.  I did not learn of this prayer for many years.  It was only after I began preaching and teaching from the Word of God that she told me of her “bargain” with the Lord.  In His grace, He honored that prayer and I have now been preaching His Word for over 20 years, spending nearly 12 of those in full time service for His glory.

Of course, my second birthday occurred 7 years after my first.  Thanks to the faithful witness of my parents as well as countless sermons heard in our local church, I was well-acquainted with the story of the Lord Jesus Christ.  I knew that there is a God who sent His Son into the world to die on the cross for sinners (1 Tim. 1:15.)  I also knew that not having the Son of God as my Savior left me in the dreadful state of being under the righteous condemnation of God for my sins (John 3:36.)  As a boy of 7, alone on my cousin’s porch, I simply asked the Lord to save me based on what His Word said: that His Son died for me and rose again so that I could be given eternal life.  John 3 famously describes the conversion experience as being “born again”.  It could also be translated “born anew” or “born from above”.  2 Corinthians 5:17 assures us that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature.  On that summer’s day I passed from a state of spiritual death – that is alienation from God and His life – to a state of spiritual life – knowing God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:24; John 17:3.)

Happy Birthday To Me (Twice)

So on this day, my 38th birthday, I give thanks to God for His mercy and grace towards me: for allowing me to receive the Lord Jesus as my Savior and serve Him throughout my adolescence and adult life.  In my local church when someone has a birthday, we often sing a second verse to the well-known birthday chorus; the lyrics are as follows:

Happy birthday to you, only one will not do!

Born again means salvation, how many have you?

I am so thankful to write that I have 2 birthdays.  The natural one on February 9th, and the spiritual one on a specific day whose date I have forgotten from the summer of 1980.  Nonetheless, Christ lives within me and I live in Him (Col. 1:27; Rom. 8:1.)  If you cannot say that you have two, I urge you to read John 3 and consider where you stand with the Lord.  If you are to be saved from your sin and gain eternal life, you must receive the Lord Jesus Christ or to put it as He did, “you must be born again” (John 3:7.)

In Memorium: DMK

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

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The memory of the righteous is blessed,
But the name of the wicked will rot. Prov. 10:7

The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness. Prov. 16:31

If she were on earth, today would be my paternal grandmother’s 99th birthday. Happily, she is with the Lord. Of course people often assume that their loved one is in “a better place.” But I rest on something greater than wishful thinking or sentimental notions of the afterlife. My assurance that Dorothy Keyser is with her Creator stems from the clear teaching of the Bible. Consider these words:  “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all  is rich to all who call upon Him.  For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved'” (Rom. 10:9-13.) As a teenage girl, my grandmother confessed Jesus as her risen Lord & Savior in this way; thus, as a born again believer in Christ she is described by 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 as being with Him: “So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”

The Memory Of The Righteous

My earliest memories of mommom – as I called her – were of her sitting at her kitchen table reading the Bible in the morning. Due to the dire economic conditions of the Great Depression her formal education did not extended beyond the eighth grade, and by her own admission, she only possessed average intelligence. Nonetheless, her mind delighted to pour over the precious truths of God’s Word, exploring the riches of the Lord’s grace (Eph. 1:7.) As she often recounted the story of her conversion to us she would say: “I’m not very smart, but I’m thankful that the Lord showed me the gospel, and that I was wise enough to believe it.” It was a simple testimony, but a potent one, for the memory of her faith continues to encourage my family to this day. She faithfully prayed for me every day of my life (not to mention many other family members.) Her highest ambition for me was that I would grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18.)

Mommom’s gray hairs were beautiful, for she could trace God’s goodness to her over many decades. By the Lord’s grace, she finished well, with a clear mind and a clear profession of faith in Christ into her ninety-third year. When she was suddenly ushered into eternity by a brief illness, we were left with the blessed memory of a life lived for the glory of God. Her name will adorn the pages of no “Who’s Who” book in this world, but it is written in the only volume that matters: “the Lamb’s book of life” (Rev. 21:27.)

May All Who Come Behind Us Find Us Faithful

Modern western culture sets aside the elderly as being of little value. But in the Almighty’s things godly older saints set the bar high for younger Christians. I remember one elderly missionary telling me that his regular prayer was that he would not become an ungodly old man. By God’s grace, he too finished well in his nineties. Such examples leave behind a tremendous example for those of us in early and middle life. What are we living for? Is our aim to live to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ? Or are our ambitions for life focused on lesser things? Paul’s great aim was to gain as much of a knowledge and experience of Christ as was possible (e.g. Phil. 1:21; Phil. 3:7-14.) Let us press on to old age in the way of righteousness, if the Lord does not take us home first by death or through His return.