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The broken man and the OLD TRUTH about stunt men.

A couple of years ago I was struggling with several theological issues. Most stemmed from my background in the Seeker Sensitive church. I was battling to understand decisional regeneration plus I was wondering why I wasn’t hearing preaching more about sin, righteousness, judgement or even hearing the gospel of Christ’s death for the forgiveness of sins. Most of the sermons I was being lavished with were about how to live a better life, make more money, have a better marriage and not miss the next “fun filled” conference on how to become a better me. Well these motivational tips are not bad in them selves (I was actually over dosing on the same topics or even better ones  on secular radio and television talk shows). What I desperately needed was Christ-centered biblical approach of the old paths of Christianity. And sure enough one of the blogs I came across seemed to challenge me in a good way. It was The Old Truth.

The Old Truth was run by a gentle man called Jim. I later tracked him down and realised he had slowed down and wasn’t writing as actively any more. Jim’s life had taken one tumble too many. He at the last time I counted has broken at least 70 bones in his body (due to a rare medical condition that makes his bones brittle). Was diagnosed with End Stage Liver disease (has been waiting a liver transplant for the last over 4 years) and was spending more time in hospital than at home. But he amazed me with his ever humorous writing and attitude and more so with a profound trust in God. I started this blog soon afterwards and I have re blogged several of his posts over herehere and here. I even used this set of questions on the Sovereignty of God in Salvation from  Jim that is featured on my profile page.

This week I would like to ask you to pray for my good friend Jim. In a blog update (on May 22nd 2012) on the CaringBridge website titled  “The beginning of the End” he says:

Today I was told that my liver simply will not process blood anymore; it is irreversibly dying and that I have days or weeks to live.

So, tomorrow starts the preparations for my journey home. I need to have an Oxygen tank ready, a whole bunch of other medical equipment, pain pump, and arrange a private ambulance to get me home. 

I could stay hospitalized for another week, and accept more blood transfusions. But that would simply buy me a few more days of time away from my home. Instead, I plan to throw myself into the hands of God.

I don’t know what challenges the next week or two or three will bring. The doctor has offered-up some very scary scenarios.
Whatever the case, as follows is the lot in life God has decreed for me.

Please pray that my passing will go easy, and that the Lord will steer this broken man through the pylons of pain and agony. Pray also that the Lord will grant me spiritually edifying times with my family.

This is all happening so much quicker than we  expected. It is the most difficult thing I’ve ever been through; it feels very much like I am being tested beyond what I can endure. But we trust that it’s endurable according to Gods word. Your prayers however will do so much to support me through the few days or weeks that I have left. God bless you as well.

Hey Jim, I am praying for you buddy. You will always be my favorite stunt man!

:[This morning 16th July 2012 I got the news that Jim has gone to be with the Lord yesterday. He will be greatly missed. I am grateful for his work and faithful service to the Lord]

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7 responses to “The broken man and the OLD TRUTH about stunt men.

  1. podafeofarn May 23, 2012 at 18:31

    He is healed, in Jesus name. Amen.

  2. M B May 23, 2012 at 18:52

    While Jesus can heal, he generally allows us to suffer so as to trust him more and more. He refused to take away Paul’s thorn, even while Paul was sick and in prison awaiting his eventual beheading. Praise God that he provides us the strength to endure under suffering and even persecution.

    • Acidri May 23, 2012 at 19:01

      Thanks MB,
      True, His grace is sufficient for us and His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

  3. Norma OConnell May 23, 2012 at 19:40

    Praying for this dear saint to be filled with the peace of God that transcends understanding, that his heart and mind will be guarded from doubt or despair and filled with joy, thanksgiving, longing for the face of Jesus. I pray for his family to have the strength to uplift and encourage him and that through this time they would also be filled with the peace of God and endure to the end with strong faith in our Almighty God whose love never fails!

  4. rpavich July 16, 2012 at 15:53

    I had the UTMOST respect for Jim….

    I discovered Old Truth a long time ago and devoured the site…while I’m sorry to see him go…I’m glad he’s not in any more pain.

    A finer Christian example would be hard to find that Jim Bublitz.

    • Acidri July 16, 2012 at 16:09

      The last couple of months were indeed difficult. I know he is resting from the troubles of this world which right now indeed have been temporary compared to the everlasting joy of being in the presence of the one he loved and served faithfully.

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