With regard to changed lives, I have in mind the way in which lives have been radically changed throughout history when they came in contact with God and put their faith in Him.
Consider, for example the lives of Abraham and Paul. Abraham was an idolater and Paul was an accomplice to murder when their lives were totally transformed when they encountered God and placed their faith in Him. And the Bible is full of many other examples.
An Amazing Last Will and Testament
I encountered an example in September of 2012 when I received a letter from a law firm in Chicago informing me that Lamb & Lion Ministries had been named as a beneficiary in a will.
A copy of the will was enclosed with the letter. It began by stating that the testator had no living relatives. He then specified that he wanted gifts of $30,000 each to be given to three friends whom he named. Next, he stated that he wanted $2,500 to be spent on a party in his honor at a local bar, with drinks on the house!
It was at that point that I began to wonder how in the world our ministry could possibly be one of his beneficiaries!
My puzzlement became even greater when I turned to the next page. It contained a list of the groups who were to receive the remainder of his estate. Several Catholic charities were mentioned, followed by a long list of liberal organizations, from the ACLU to a Harvard Embryo Research Center.
At that point, I was really perplexed at how we could possibly be named in such a last will and testament.
Then, I turned the page — and there was a new will, dated three years later.
It began the same way, with gifts to the same three friends. But from that point on, the will was radically different. For, you see, the next statement was a repudiation of the party at the bar. "Just forget about it," he wrote.
Then came the listing of the beneficiaries. There were only three — two Messianic ministries and our ministry.
I immediately realized that I was holding in my hands absolute evidence of the existence of God and His miracle working power. It was obvious that during the three years between the two wills, this man had met Jesus, and his life and values had been totally transformed.
That was not the first time I had seen such a radical impact of God on a life. Let me share with you another example. I have in mind a man named Jack Hollingsworth who lived on the streets as a homeless alcoholic for 20 years.
In 1988 he wandered into a detox center in Lexington, Kentucky where he was confronted by a tough little lady named Sally. When he started trying to con her, she confronted him with his drunkenness and told him, "I declare to you in the name of Jesus that you will never be able to get drunk again." Jack laughed and wrote her off as nuts.
After all, he was a professional drunk, and he could get drunk any time he desired. But to his amazement, he discovered that he could no longer even get a buzz on, no matter how much he drank! Finally, he went back and asked Sally to tell him about Jesus. She did, and Jack put his faith in Him as his Lord and Savior.
His life was totally transformed, as you can see in these photographs.
Jack was instantly delivered from alcoholism. He and Sally later married, and they formed a ministry called Acts 29. And ever since 1993 they have been on the road together, with Jack teaching, preaching and singing. And in the process, Jack became the featured singer on our TV program.
What greater proof do you need that God exists?
But Atheists renounce such proof out of hand by declaring it to be "too subjective." "Show me something objective and tangible," they declare.
In the third segment of our study of how Israel proves the existence of God, we'll pause secondly to look at the proof of design by nature.