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Knowing Him


The Sonshine  May 2022    By Walter Olsen  

Knowing Him


In many ways,  we are known by whom we know. I know that sounds kind of redundant, but I have a point. Knowing others is a significant part of our lives for many reasons. It may determine opportunity, a sense of special blessing, or any number of other things. It may be a source of pride also in declaring our special relationship to other significant people.

However, there is One whom it is crucial for us to know and that, of course, is the Lord Jesus Christ. To know Him is the greatest blessing of life and not to know Him is the greatest loss of life.

In this article, I would like for us to consider the various aspects of knowing Him, that is, the various claims of knowing Him. There is a very great difference between claiming to know Him and the reality of knowing Him. Jesus said to Phillip on one occasion, A...have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Phillip?@ (Jn. 14:9).  It was not that Phillip didn=t know who Jesus was, but perhaps that he didn=t know Him more intimately. He knew Him externally, kind of from a distance. It is the way many people know Jesus today. They are generally familiar with who He is as the Son of God, and even their Savior, but often there is little or no personal fellowship with Him.


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Blessing Others

The Sonshine

April 2022 by Walter Olsen

Blessing Others


When Jacob was about to separate from his uncle Laban he said to him, “The Lord has blessed you since my coming” (Gen. 30:30). This should be the testimony of every believer in his relationship to others. Others should be blessed because of our relationship to them.


Some of the ways others should be blessed by our presence among them would include the following:


They should be blessed with a witness of God’s presence in our life. They should see something of the love, joy, and peace in our lives as we walk daily with the Lord Jesus. Generally, people are encouraged by the love, joy and peace that they see in the lives of others. Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world...Let your light so shine before men...” (Matt. 5:14, 16). Love, joy, and peace are really the fruit of the Spirit. No one can really produce such fruit in themselves, though there may be a limited  imitation of such. If it is not of God, it will be limited and lack in reality. The fruit that endures regarding love, joy, and peace is the fruit of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace...” (Gal. 5:22). It is the genuiness of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer that truly blesses others.