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Hey guys! I am honored that you would take the time to read this blog. I hope that what I have to share will be worth your time. You may ask yourself, "What's up with the title of this blog?" The title Siloam's Pool comes from John 9:7. There was a man who came to Jesus who was born blind. As Jesus and the disciples passed by the man, Jesus used this man's condition to teach an important spiritual lesson to his followers. Jesus affirmed that the man had been born blind in order that God might be honored through this man's life. Then Jesus said in a dramatic statement, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:4-5). He then told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. The name "Siloam" means "sent." The man went and washed and came back seeing. It is my hope that through this blog, that perhaps someone might see as a result of the truth that is shared here. I will do my best to honor your time. God bless!

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A Little Bit About Myself
September 18, 2008

Hey Guys! I hope everything is going well in your world. Many of you know me from church, but just in case you don't here is a little bit about myself. I was born in Greenwood, SC and moved to Georgia when I was 7 years old. Most of my memories of growing up are from living here in Dublin, but I do remember quite a bit from South Carolina as well. I remember the lake that my grandfather lived on and I remember the fights at the family reunions about whether Carolina or Clemson was better. I secretly knew that the answer was none of the above (I'm a big UGA fan!). I also remember playing pee wee football with pads and running around aimlessly on the field. I am a major outdoorsman, though I've never been "real" camping (no facilities, etc.). I don't own a gun or deer hunt (never learned how), but I can hook a fish if he'll swim into my bait. I love to try to fish and I love to look around at everything and take in our Creator's beauty. If this is a fallen world, imagine what heaven will be like! I love to eat at the Cracker Barrell, because it makes me think of sitting on the porch and just rocking. My favorite steakhouse is Texas Roadhouse, and if Dublin ever gets one I will probably move my office there. I love to barbecue, even though my wife hates it because it takes all day! I love my family. A good time to me is to go for golf cart rides with my family or to sit down together and watch movies. James Bond on the xbox is also pretty fun.

This is pretty much my world, but it is just a small part of it. The most important thing that ever happened to me happened when I was 9 years old. That was when I realized my condition and came to know Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Before you tune me out, bear with me for a minute. Surely you've wondered why we are here on this earth. When we ponder the deep things of life and we look at the world around us, there has to be the question that comes to mind, "Why?" Why is everything here and why did I just happen to come into existence? Many people go to the Bible to answer this question, but let me back up for just a second. What if you don't believe in the Bible? That doesn't change things. Every people group that has ever lived on this dusty, old earth has asked these questions and have answered it by giving honor to some diety. Whether that god is the true God or a creation of our own hands, it must raise the question in our minds, "Why are we so tuned to the spiritual things of this world?" The reason is found in Genesis 1:27, "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." Just think about it. Cows don't  care whose land they graze on. In the animal kingdom there is no moral code. It is survival of the fittest. That is what Darwin saw and applied it to us, but he overlooked something. In all of mankind, there does exist a moral law. We all are governed by a sense of right and wrong, even when we deny our conscience.

God has spoken to us through the prophets and we have His words to us through the written word of God, the Bible. We know that the Bible is true and not just some other book because it makes prophecies, or predictions, that have come true. Those who were the human authors performed miracles that verified the message that God was speaking to them. When Muhammed was asked by his followers to perform a miracle for the people to show that he was a prophet, he refused and said that what he wrote was a miracle. Well, if that's the case then consider this a divine message to you. No other book written can be attested to as well as the Bible. We have more manuscript evidence backing up the bible than any other book of antiquity and the manuscripts are closer to the originals than any other book.

Why do I say all of this? I thought this was supposed to let you know more about me. Well, I realized one day when I was 9 that Jesus was my authority figure. I knew that the Bible was true and what it said was real. I knew that Jesus had died for my sins. I was reading about His baptism in Matthew 3 and realized that I had never been baptized. I asked myself, "If the God of the universe was baptized, surely I need to be." I misunderstood that no work of the law can save you. I thought that I had to be baptized to be saved. I went down to the front at church during a revival service that we were having that week on a Monday night and the pastor explained the truth to me. He showed me that the Bible says that it is my faith in Christ that saves me and not baptism or any other thing. It is like putting on a parachute. Without putting it on, I can believe that it will save me, but until I put it on, I can't be saved by it. I believed that Jesus had died for me, but I had never put Him on. I accepted Him as my Lord and put my faith in Him that night. When I did, I became a new creation! My eyes were opened and I felt alive. Sure, I've had problems and made mistakes since then, but I am saved by what Christ did and not what I did. My life is better, not because I don't face the problems of life, but because I know that I have a home in heaven waiting for me. I know the end result. I have purpose in my life. I hope that you will ask God to make the truth known to you as well. Remember that just because you may not feel like God exists because of trials in your life, He is there. He is the one who gave you life in the first place and He can help you get through whatever you are facing. Will you trust Him today?

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