The Potter and the Clay – Excerpts

Introduction
Growing up in a small, rural Midwest farming community in the heartland of America is what most families dream of, especially when you grow up in a Christian home with a family well grounded in faith that believes in wholesome Christian values and living. My mother, Mary Jeanette Lucas, was an amazing woman who was radically in love with Jesus Christ and had been for as long as I knew her and made that perfectly clear in everything she did. If you would have walked into our home in Stanberry, Missouri, you would have noticed two essential things that made that house a home: everyone was welcome, and Mom’s home was covered in Bible scriptures, pictures of Bible characters, and basically anything and everything you could imagine that would scream: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! (Joshua 24:15).” continue reading…

 

Chapter 2
You Reap What You Sow
As it turned out, though, it was already too late and my opportunity had already passed. Shortly after my conversion to Christianity the seeds for evangelism were planted when the Lord revealed to me that that is the fate of many well-intended people who keep ignoring the warning signs and putting off His window of time allotted to them for salvation. It is like the timeless proverbial warnings; the road to hell is paved with good intentions and; no good deed goes unpunished! They will be horrified and utterly devastated when they discover that time has run out and judgment has come, unexpected, and like a thief in the night, as prophesied in the Bible. Like those people, I, too, heard the inner voice of God saying; “Now is the acceptable time, Ellis, today is the day of your salvation, turn back to Me now while the door is still open.” And like them, I procrastinated one day too long, ignored the warnings, and learned; It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31)! continue reading…

 

Chapter 5
Crossing the Jordan
Now, if you’re not familiar with the term “Crossing the Jordan,” it will be of no real importance to you at all, at least not yet, anyhow. For me, it means everything. In Biblical typology, it’s known as a foreshadowing of a greater reality that has to do with our born-again experience, our coming spiritual war, and then possessing our spiritual inheritance promised to all born again believers in Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament book of Exodus, God’s people of Israel were slaves in Egypt, which again in typology would represent the New Testament world system, which we all live in today, that is always at war with God and His Biblical world system, good versus evil. continue reading…