Acts 10:4 He Was Afraid

Acts 10:4 (KJV)
And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

An appropriate response, especially to a first encounter with almighty God, is fear. Unfortunately, there is far too little of that in United States Christianity. 

  • We have learned to focus on His grace and not His holiness 
  • We concentrate on His goodness and not His wrath
  • We think of heaven without a thought about hell
  • We want our best life now without preparing for eternity 

The goodness of God finds its luster in the darkness of impending doom. Except that God saves us, 

  • We are corrupt, destined for hell
  • We are lost and headed for destruction 
  • We are sinful and will end in destruction 

Behold the goodness and severity of the Lord.[1]

We can’t have the one until we reckon with the other. 


[1] Romans 11:22 (KJV)
Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

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Acts 10:4 He Was Afraid

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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