It was a shocking display of all-out defiance. Minutes before his execution, convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh gave a handwritten copy of William Ernest Henley's poem "Invictus" to the prison warden. The final lines of that ominous ode send shivers up my spine:
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Sadly, McVeigh's last sentiments represent how many people view their lives: under the absolute sovereign control of self.
Perhaps you have a teenager, a millennial, a longtime friend, or a spouse caught in the riptide of self-rule. Maybe the current has snatched you too. Perhaps you know firsthand the unending pain of a wayward daughter or grandson incarcerated because of self-determination, bad choices, addictions, robberies, or even murder. You may have been there yourself.
Your heartache is so severe it is beyond description. Insight for Living Ministries stands with you with hope, not just for eternity but for today—for your life right now.
Only one thing can carry you and those you love safely back to shore. Only one thing can withstand the wisdom vacuum of our culture. God's Word.
Consider these words from King Solomon to his son:
The way of the transgressor is hard
[like the barren, dry soil or the impassable swamp].
(Proverbs 13:15b, The Amplified Bible)
What a warning to the worldview of a defiant Timothy McVeigh!
For 37 years, Insight for Living Ministries has boldly proclaimed biblical truth, providing a lifeline to those lost on the transgressor's path. We're committed to broadcasting the wisdom of God's Word to countless men and women of all ages destined to an eternity without Christ—hell-bent on living as captains of their own souls.
More than ever, we need your generous financial assistance to help us stay on the front lines. Would you join us TODAY by making a significant donation? Time is critical since the ranks of the self-serving are rapidly enlarging.
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Please don't delay even a moment. The spiritual destiny of many is at stake.
With eternal gratitude for you,
Charles R. Swindoll
Living the Proverbs . . . Daily
I’d like to invite you to join some of us at Insight for Living Ministries in committing to read one chapter of Proverbs each day every month. Imagine the rich blessing of truth and encouragement you’ll receive from a daily dose of wisdom straight from heaven to your heart!
I recently read of a very successful Christian businessman who years ago committed to a daily reading of one chapter of Proverbs—and then challenged his teenaged children to do the same! Since that time, he has read Proverbs more than 300 times!
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