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From New Hampshire’s Forest: Jesus Christ is the “I Am”

I was born in rural New Hampshire, the son of a logger, and today I live on a tree farm. I also grow blueberries and apples. Though I’m a woods person, I’m well read and have traveled widely.

As I grew up, worldly pleasures held some initial attraction, but ultimately they left me emptier still, and often damaged as well. I looked for the meaning of life in various philosophies, but they failed to sustain me. Science was fascinating, but it could only be pursued so far until the various scribes succumbed to conjecture. Evolutionary biology in particular I thought offered marvelous explanatory powers, but at best it could only tell me “how”, not “why”. Religious experience, for me, soon degraded into dull repetition, or worse.

One day I met some believers from a local church who responded to my questions by telling me about my human spirit. I could exercise my human spirit by opening my mouth and calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 10:12-13). I had heard about Christ, and was amenable to Him in principle, but now here was a chance to contact the very God Himself. I tried exercising my body in the local gym, my mind in the local university; how about exercising my spirit in the local church?(1 Timothy 4: 7-8) “Why not?” I thought. An empirical, testable hypothesis. If Christ is real, then He will respond to my opening. So I called, loudly, repeatedly: “O Lord Jesus! Lord Jesus! Amen, Lord Jesus! Hallelujah, Jesus!”

Two days later I was driving along the highway, and an extraordinary event occurred which resonates within my being still. I became aware of a Divine Presence within me, a marvelous invisible Person, who was in the car within me. It grew so strong I had to beg Him to stop—I just couldn’t take it any more.

Today I continue to experience and enjoy the wonderful, excellent Lord Jesus by exercising my human spirit. I love Him together with my brothers and sisters in Christ, members of the household of God (1 Peter 2:5). As we go on together under the covering of His precious redeeming blood we grow in life and are being built up as members of the Body of Christ to express Him (Ephesians 4:15-16). Hallelujah for Christ and the local church!


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