What God Starts, God Completes—by Dr. Michael Milton

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 (NASB)

St. Paul, that great encourager of the saints, begins this “letter of joy” in the Epistle to the Church at Philippi, and in essence, he told them, "Please be patient with yourselves. God is not finished with you yet."

My life testifies to this truth.

My father was an aging alcoholic career naval officer and my mother an uneducated half-breed Choctaw Indian from Mississippi. They met in an alcoholic recovery program, and with nothing else in common but their pain, they conceived a child. Despite attempts by my mother to abort me, my father’s insistence won out. I was abandoned by my mother while my father was out to sea.

My 65 year old widowed aunt took me in. Aunt Eva never missed one day of reading the Bible to me and laying her hands upon me to pray. Yet, I grew up with the pain of abandonment along the prodigal road. Through it all, Aunt Eva told me, “Son, God’s got a plan and it’s going to be all right. Remember, He is not finished with you yet. What God starts God completes.”

Finally, in my early twenties, I joined a small church where I attended an Evangelism Explosion clinic taught by D. James Kennedy. For the first time I heard the gospel of Jesus Christ, and understood what grace meant—that it was only through faith and not because of works that anyone was saved.

God, who began the work in my life when I trusted in Him so many years ago, took all of my pain, my mistakes, my sorrows and has—like the wonderful gospel song—made something beautiful of my life.

He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

I am honored and humbled to be the speaker/teacher on "Truth that Transforms with Michael Milton" and that my good friend, the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, will continue on the air with the "Kennedy Classics."

About Jerry Newcombe

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is the spokesperson and co-host of the television programs Kennedy Classics (featuring Dr. D. James Kennedy) and Truth That Transforms with Dr. Michael Milton. He has also written or co-written more than 20 books, including The Book That Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation, and the bestselling George Washington's Sacred Fire (with Dr. Peter Lillback)
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One Response to What God Starts, God Completes—by Dr. Michael Milton

  1. DocBowyer says:

    Hi TIA MInistries, My mother Gail and I really appreciate your continuing Dr. Kennedy’s passionate minsitries to share the truth and reclaim our communities for Christ. Jerry and Jennifer are being really useful to God, so keep up the great programs which we long to see each week on the tv. Welcome to all encouragers and EE helpers, each of us has a significant role to play in living for Jesus. God can use us regardless of the families we come from, or opportunities we have had or hadn’t…. I believe each is made for His unique purpose and has a right fit in the Body. Thank you for remembering our great Pastor, mentor, and dear friend, Dr. Kennedy and continuing his sermons online. May God continue to bless you as you live in His Service. Dr. Drew Bowyer

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