This One is for Doug.

Doug was baptized on Sunday.  His journey has been a journey toward grace and joy.  Doug called me in 2009 to tell me that I had been recommended to him by a friend.  Anita had suggested that he needed to visit with me.  Doug was what I would call an agnostic.  If I understood him correctly, he had been pretty much of an athiest previous to the call, but had become convinced that there is a God.  He had grave doubts about Scripture and about Jesus being the Son of God.  Doug told me that he had been reading my blog and that as a journalist he could really help me with my writing.  When my response was a hearty laugh and ready admission that I could use the help, I think we became friends immediately.  I asked Doug if he was willing to be intellectually honest with his doubts.  When he looked puzzled, I said, “What I mean is are you willing to explore them?”  He said he was and I congratulated him on being open.  I remarked that most doubters and agnostics are unwilling to examine their doubts and therefore are not intellectually honest with their doubts.  We talked for around an hour and then I gave him two books to read.  I gave him Josh McDowell’s, More than a Carpenter and Lee Stroebel’s, The Case for Christ.  He read them both.  His heart was opened up to new possiblilities.  It was obvious.  Then Doug disappeared.  I wondered what happened to him.  Some time later I got a call from him in Houston where he was staying with his parents.  Doug had gotten very sick and could not work.  We talked a long time and I prayed for him over the phone.  Doug was barely able to speak for the sobs after we prayed.  Later he told me that Christ had come into his life.  He visited our church on previous occasion and was overwhelmed with the love and kindness he was shown.  The next time he came was last Sunday.  He came to be baptized.  From the baptistry he gave his testimony and read a Scripture.  It was 2 Corinthians 5:17.  “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”  Those who know Doug best can readily testify that this Scripture has been fulfilled in his life.  Here is another Scripture for you my friend, “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” (Ephesians 6:10)

Dan Wooldridge

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