I'm Emlen S. "Charlie" Garrett. I believe in one God, the Creator, in three Persons - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that man is a fallen race because of the freewill sins of Adam, but a correction of this came through salvation by grace - through repentance and faith in the atoning blood and power of Christ's resurrection. I believe in Christ Jesus' birth through a virgin, that he died in our place as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind, was buried, arose bodily from the grave, ascended into Heaven, and is coming again for his church - soon! I believe in a literal interpretation of the Holy Bible, and that both the Old and New Testaments, are God's inspired Word without error in the original manuscripts.
I attend a Baptist church, but I believe Christ's church comprises faithful believers from many denominations. I am not big on finger-pointing, unless obvious heresy exists - e.g., Jehovah's Witnesses, etc. None of us have all the answers and Christ alone knows the heart of man.
In addition to this statement of faith, I'd like to say that there is nothing more fulfilling in my life than my relationship with Christ Jesus. I spent about 36 years going in every wrong direction. I failed to honor my parents as commanded; my faithful, trusting, and loving wife received grief and neglect as I put others and work ahead of her; I put myself above two wonderful God-given children. Pick a commandment - I've broken it. As I look back, I can see that any miseries I've experienced have been of my own making. And then, by the grace of God alone, I was called out of darkness into His marvelous light. Why he chose a wretch such as me to show his mercy I will never know. But - because he did - I feel it my duty to honor Him with my every breath (which I continuously fail to do.) I have come to fully appreciate the humbling words of the hymn Amazing Grace.
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, Who called me here below,
Shall be forever mine.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.
And so, I've developed this web site as one of my ways of thanking this great and marvelous King of Kings for his unending love and mercy. I hope it is an inspiration to you. May my first breath each morning speak the Name of above all names. May my last breath each night proclaim His majesty. And as I patiently wait for His glorious return - I proclaim Maranatha Lord Jesus!
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Here is a letter my daughter wrote in June 2004 after attending a Christian summer camp in North Carolina. She has been grounded in Christ for most of her life, but this was really a changing experience for her. I hope you enjoy it and learn how important it is to instill Christ into young lives that they may grow without making many of the blunders we have:
If you ignore this, you not only ignore me, but you ignore the chance for God to speak to your heart through my testimony.
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NO IDEA WHO I AM, I AM A GIRL GROWING IN CHRIST AND I WANT YOU TO HEAR WHAT HE'S SHOWN ME.
I just got back from the Wilds in North Carolina. Lemme tell you what... God definitely opened me eyes. There's so much I want to learn now. I'm so fired up, it's crazy. It's not one of those last-a-little-while fired up, it's a God's-got-business-for-me-to-do fired up. I've learned that it's not all about me. I have completely surrendered my life to the Most High God. This summer is completely different from last year. I am walking in the footsteps of my Awesome God. You can't just go through the summer and not see the most
beautiful things that God has created. I was in the mountains of North
Carolina, and being an out of shape Floridian, it was definitely tough hiking up the hills and about a thousand-million stairs. There was a verse that I memorized there, Isaiah 40: 28- 31:
"Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of His understanding. He giveth power to the weak and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. Even the youth shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint."
I thought about this passage as I walked around the camp, wondering if I would make it, or die some horrible death climbing the treacherous hills because I was out of shape. It's so true. Our God gives us strength when we ask Him. That's all we have to do. Ask Him for the strength.
Also, in giving my complete devotion to God, I have chosen to do whatever the Lord commands of me. I, for the longest time, have always wanted to do whatever, me, myself, wanted to do. That's not going to be anymore. We had something called "Family Reunion" at camp where we got back with our youth group and gave our devotion. Well, we met under a tree at the bottom of a hill, and gave our testimony. As I was looking up the hill, I couldn't see past the top NO, IT WASN'T BECAUSE I WAS TOO SHORT....) It's just like that in our spiritual life. You see the hill-top, but never take the advantage of climbing and going over it. That's when Isaiah 40: 28- 31comes in nicely. With saying that at the Family Reunion, my perspective on life alone changed.
Now I'm home, and I feel my change. But the life I left is still the same, I'm going to try my hardest now to serve the Lord with my entire heart. I am not going to chose my path, I'm letting God do it. Whether it be a missionary' wife, youth pastor's wife, or preacher's wife, or any kind of wife (by the way, we had a lesson on good wives for teen girls growing in Christ). I want to grow in Christ
and be the best I can be, not for anyone else, but Christ. This is my
life, and I choose it to be Christ's.
I hope with what I said will inspire you, not to get on my high horse, but a hope you will see it God's way. We aren't in control, He is. He gave us this beautiful life, and He can sure take it away.
If you care enough..., send this to others. You may not have gotten anything out of it, but maybe someone also will.
Luv Ya's All!
Here is a letter I wrote to help me solidify my faith in Christ. I had it witnessed and notarized and then laminated. It stands on my mantle for anyone to read. I also made a few wallet sized copies. That way I can refer to it from time to time. I keep one in my Holy Bible too as a place marker. I recommend you put your feelings in writing as well. I have found it reminds me of my Priority in life.
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Subject: An Awl Through My Earlobe
To My Master and Redeemer, Jesus Christ
As your bondservant, it is my heartfelt desire to give my life entirely
to you forever. In accordance with Exodus 21:5 & 6, I declare the
I love you as my Master. I and my wife and children have committed our lives to you and do not want to go free from your presence. May my signature below be acceptable as an awl through my ear into you, the Door of Salvation. When you brought me out of spiritual Egypt and called me as yours, it was with the love of a caring and gracious master. Since that time, you have blessed me in every way. May my every breath and step be in line with your wishes. When I stray, rebuke me gently and have mercy on my family and me. May your Holy Spirit indwell me at all times and continue to fill me with each passing moment. I look forward to eternity with you ever mindful of my position as your lowly and humble bondservant.
Emlen S. Garrett
A Bondservant of Christ
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