Posted by: Rex Boyles | July 27, 2008

“One small step for man …”

On Sunday, July 20, 1969 … Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man – one giant leap for mankind”, when he became the first man to set foot on the moon. It was an impressive demonstration of this nation’s faith in man and the determination of man to get that man all the way to the moon.

On Sunday, July 20, 2008 … Rick Coin took a small step of his own. He confessed his faith in Jesus and was buried with Jesus in baptism, so that he could be raised with Him into a new life. It was an impressive demonstration of this man’s faith in Jesus and the determination of Jesus to get that man all the way home.

Here is what little I know about his journey to the throne of grace.

Twenty-five years ago Rick wanted to give his life to the Lord. He believed that Jesus was the Son of God … but no one taught him how to receive the new life from the Lord. No one showed him the Lord’s answer to the question of his heart and soul … the same question asked by the Jews to the Apostles – the eunuch to Phillip … the persecutor Saul to Jesus … the Gentiles to Peter – and the jailer to Paul … “What must I do to be saved?”

Rick wants to “turn his will and life over to the care of God” … “entirely ready for God to remove all these defects of character”. So when he read the promise of Jesus that he could have a new life, he did not argue …  make excuses … or delay. He got up …. was baptized … and got just what Jesus promised, “… get up and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16). 

So now … Ruby ( born into God’s family on May 10, 2008 ) has a husband, who loves the bridegroom, Jesus … and now Brianna, Micah, and Julia have a daddy, who obeys the Father … and we, prodigals, have another brother home from the “distant country”.

Help me welcome Rick to the celebration …

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