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About Butch Dean

I was born and raised in the mid-west and attended high school in the '50's. My paths in life have taken me from a teenager in the fifties to the U.S. Navy in the sixties; from a blue collar worker to a nursing degree; from Illinois-Arkansas-Florida-Tennessee and back to my hometown in Illinois. Many roads have I traveled and many travelers have I met along the way, all with stories to be told. With my faith in God and “dust on my shoes,” I travel the writer’s path. My poetry and writings are about faith, hope, love and the human condition. It is my sincere hope that the thoughts expressed will find a way to speak to your heart and soul. "It's never too late and you are never too old to do what you’ve always wanted to do.”

Lest Any Man Should Boast

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

 Jesus is the Door to heaven…Salvation is His Gift.

You can’t earn, beg, borrow, buy, steal, join, inherit or work your way to heaven…it is a gift of God…least any man should boast.

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A Christian Defined

“…And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” (Acts 11:26)

A Christian is a born again believer; a Christ-follower; one who accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord…not with their head, but with their heart. Without this new birth, you will not see the kingdom of heaven. It doesn’t matter what race or religion or denomination or other ideas, no matter how noble, you may have…the only way to eternal life is through Jesus Christ.

Humanity may have many facets; God does not. He is a God of love and forgiveness. That is the whole point of the cross. If you do not accept that forgiveness and make a decision to follow Christ, you will be lost for all eternity. This is not “open for discussion” with God; it is His word.

The word of God is overflowing with many scriptures and statements that Jesus made. Search them out, with the heart, not the head; with child-like faith, not adult reasoning; with “believing without seeing” faith…not a mind seeking proof.

Search the scriptures with your heart, not your mind. Ask the Holy Spirit to open the truth of God’s word to you. Thank Jesus for the forgiveness He offers you. Accept it and ask Him to live in your heart as your Lord and Savior. Amen!

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