This is my first blog. All my friends have been doing this for years, and – at long last – I join their ranks. My problem is, I have no secretary, have so many emails, have to do my own bookings; I didn’t have the energy to do a blog every day. But I am going to have a go – starting now.
My son TR works with me full time, he has persuaded me to do this. He handles my website and believes I am missing an opportunity to get my message out. It is so good to have a son who believes in me – and believes my message is needed. I thank God for my son. If you have read my book Totally Forgiving Ourselves you may recall that I have had to forgive myself for putting my ministry first, family second; for I now believe that had I put my family first I would have preached just as well. But I can’t get those years back. However, God has begun to restore the years which the locusts have eaten (Joel 2:25); I have TR at my side and I am so proud of him. I should add that our daughter Melissa (now married to Rex Tabb) lives near by. We live in the Nashville area and have TR and Annette (and Toby our three years old grandson) near us. All of our children are serving the Lord. Louise and I are so grateful to God.
If God could restore the years which the locusts have eaten for me, he will do it for you. Forgive yourself – if that is what you needed to do. I did. I am a living testimony of one who has totally forgiven myself. I have not been the same. I am a free man.
Why should you forgive yourself? Because it is what God himself wants you to do. It gives him no pleasure when we say, ‘I know God forgives me but I cannot forgive myself’. That shows we are in some ways trying to pay for our own sin. I was named after R T Williams who would say to ministers, ‘Honor the blood, and honor the Holy Ghost’. We honor the blood by forgiving ourselves. That is what enabled me to cross over into totally forgiving myself. It is why I am free