A River of Tears

Mar 11, 2020

Good Morning Fellow Travelers,

Read: John 4:1-26


“I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, that I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh (Romans 9:1-3)


My heart hurts for the brokenness that sin has brought into the lives of people today. Many of our callers tell us that sin doesn’t exist. People are ignoring the reality that they have transgressed against God. They do not believe the word of God nor accept the remedy for sin that Christ provided through His suffering and resurrection. They defame the cross. They defy God and, in believing the evolutionary theory, they undermine the very spiritual nature of man. In doing so, they heap to themselves a hopelessness, because they have separated themselves from the only Help available for reconciliation and restoration.

Do you know what we hear most from our callers? We hear the suffering that people are facing as they come to realize the result of their sin. We hear the chaos of defiled consciences and the sobs of broken hearts. Parents weeping for lost children and broken homes. People who have lost their reasons for living, because they are duped by unbelief. This defines many of our callers.

Many of those who call us are at the end of their rope. They have sought happiness in sin. They have had many partners. Children have been born to these unions and many more have been aborted. How many broken hearts have been left behind in the aftermath of lust and vice! How many innocent ones have been led astray by their parents’ carelessness? Do these parents even know these children of theirs? Do the children call them Mommy or Daddy? Are people sick of this yet? Has a mountain of sorrow led to a river of tears? Most certainly.

In John 4:1-26, Jesus encounters a woman much like these billboard callers. They have questions about why we would sit beside the highways of America and engage in this work of posting Gospel billboards. Many like to discuss things and disclose their unbelieving hearts. We try to answer their questions in a way that further exposes their wrong thinking. We offer them the life-giving water from the well of truth in the word of God, the Bible, as Jesus did for the woman in John 4. Our answers to callers usually involve questions about their present lives first, and then we share the remedy for salvation in Christ. Most of the callers reveal a life of sin, like this woman at the well. “Jesus said unto her, ‘Thou hast well said, I have no husband: for thou hast had five husbands; and the one you now have is not your husband; in that said thou truly.’”

These sad souls need to stop fighting against reality. They need Jesus right now. Evolution won’t cut it. Science is not God. They must face the responsibility of their own souls. Join us in prayer for these lost and needy people. Christ died for them also.

~ James Baer

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2 Comments

  1. Kerrick Gunelius

    If God created ALL things, why did he make this virus?

    • The Bible says that God created the heavens and the earth and everything in them. In other words, He started the processes of nature that we see today. Does this make Him to blame for COVID-19? Or is it simply a natural process? Similarly, did God decide to create H1N1 for the Spanish flu in 1918? Or the Yersinia pestis bacterium for the bubonic plague in the mid-1300’s? I can’t speak for God, but my feeling is that this is a natural process. God can use it to draw our attention to our need of Him. He can even stop it or give man the wisdom he needs to stop it. But it seems a bit overly-simplified just to accuse God for it.

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