Passage Verses

Matthew 7:21-23
Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
Revelation 22:14
Blessed are they that do his Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

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“Big Jim” I first met “Big Jim” about three years ago when I sold books to Monica, his wife. Everything about this man is huge, even his stories. I listened with wide eyed fascination as he captivated me with every intriguing detail of his bizarre tales. Being in his presence for any length of time is a wild, gigantic frolic.

Even his requests of me are “big.” When I supplied him with a first aid kit to accompany the medical books he purchased, he looked disapprovingly at the normal sized field dressings. “Phil,” he said, “I want some really big ones!” his giant hands gesticulating the required dimensions. They looked more like the kind of dressing an equine vet would require! Of course Big Jim never does anything by halves.

For anybody who is unfortunate enough to mess with Big Jim, the ensuing headache and trip to the hospital will be “big.” On a recent shopping excursion, a woman of “ethnic origin” (well, that's not quite the way Big Jim put it) pushed her shopping trolley into Monica, who was nine months pregnant with their 10th baby. Jim warned the woman to be more careful next time. Unfortunately, the woman's husband decided to make an issue out of the situation. If he had have known Mount Vesuvius was about to re-erupt and Atlantis rise from the ocean, I am sure he would have kept his peace. The poor, hapless shopper was still out cold on the ground 30 minutes later as Jim filed past, grocery bags in tow.

Obviously, Jim himself is very “big” and weighs nearly 120 kilos. His tough exterior and no prisoner attitude toward life are no coincidence, the result of his years of training and service with the SAS.

Jim showed me with pride his photo in a book on the history of the Australian SAS and service in Vietnam. I once sat there bug eyed as he pulled from its sheath the most brutal looking knife I had ever seen; it was so sharp you could shave with it. I wondered how many lives he had dispatched with that cool length of steel, but sometimes those questions are better left unasked.

On one of my visits, Big Jim appeared with a camo bumbag and, muttering something about “not many people ever get to see this,” he pulled out what he colloquially called “the baby” a piece of stainless steel wire covered with fine diamonds. He said it was part of their standard issue (to be used as a saw), but he modified his for more sinister use, with a large stainless steel ring fitted to each end.

Jim demonstrated how he would carry it hidden under his shirt at the back of his neck when on a “mission.”

On one occasion they were ambushed by the Vietcong. Thinking that their time was all but over, he dutifully lifted his hands above his head as the crazed Vietcong soldier waved his rifle at him. The soldier came close to search him for weapons, and that was Big Jim's cue. In a second two giant fingers had gripped the steel loops, and the diamond wire was wrapped around the enemy's neck, completely decapitating him. Movie star like, he grabbed the rifle and our hero was able to rescue the rest of his men.

I tell you this side of Big Jim for a reason.   He and Monica have paid off several thousand dollars worth of our beautiful books. Each time they complete a set, they eagerly order the next.

He and I are now really good friends. But how did I ever get past that rough, tough exterior? I know that if representatives from one of the religious sects, who regularly door knock, were to visit Big Jim, they would be bodily deposited onto the footpath.

So how did a “religious nut” like me get into Jim's house, form a strong friendship, talk about spiritual subjects and sell many thousands of dollars of “religious” books?

After nine years as a literature evangelist, I am more certain than ever that this is a God ordained work. It has been designed by our Creator Himself to allow us to reach the unreachable. Big Jim is one of these.

But for all his tough exterior, I know somewhere in that giant chest there is a heart of gold; a heart needing to know of a Saviour's love. And when the time is right, in spite of all Jim's military training, he may choose to surrender to Jesus Christ. - Phil Sutton, Eastern Area

Note: Here is some suggested reading. Please read Church of Satan and sun worship and paganism in the Christian Church to see why scripture refers to the Catholic Church as Babylon. Then read was the Sabbath changed to Sunday and you will understand how and why the Sabbath was changed. This site on 666 and the number of the beast will knock your socks off with the mind blowing truth on the real origin of 666 that started with Babylon but now applies to a man at the head of the Catholic Church. The secret rapture reveals the truth on the second coming of Jesus and the origin of this heretical teaching. [l1]