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"O God" And "My God" Relationships

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. - Psalm 63:1 (ESV)

I remember, while serving the work of God in Mexico in 2009, being on an airplane between Mexico City and Villahermosa and having the overwhelming certainty that the plane was about to crash.  It was a reasonable conclusion.  After all, the fuselage of the plane was visibly wobbly, twisting and shaking violently as we passed through an area of great turbulence. For one who has never been in a situation like that, it is difficult to adequately explain the sensation of helpless panic.  What can you do?  You are thousands of feet above the ground and all that stands between you and eternity is the skillfulness of the pilot and the structural integrity of the aircraft.  There is absolutely nothing you can do about the situation.

Rocking along, jutting up and down and side to side, other passengers were growing increasingly a…

Whatever Happened To Conversion?

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord." - Acts 3:19 (KJV)

The conversion of Saul of Tarsus is the most prominently featured and thoroughly detailed of any individual in the New Testament.  More is known of Saul's past and his life after being Born Again than that of any other character.  And while there is no real need to go into an in-depth review of his life at this point, it is very important to note that Saul (who would become Paul) had a very definite conversion experience which began on the Road to Damascus and was brought to fruition under the personal ministry of Ananias in Acts 9:17-18.

Saul was not an uneducated or intellectually backward individual.  Having studied at the feet of one of the foremost Doctors of Judaism of his day, Saul was well versed in the Torah, the Mishna as well as the oral traditions and dogmas of the elders which had not only been …