T. J. Potter, Sling Maker

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As a follower of Jesus Christ, my purpose in life is to serve and honor God. Accepting the Bible as the inspired Word of God, I believe that He, in six days, created the universe, and my goal in my work is to reflect His creativity and design. In fact, my first introduction to slings was from the Bible, namely the account of David and Goliath in I Samuel 17. Although I have never brought down a giant with a sling, yet, in my daily life and my work with braiding and weaving, I have been blessed by the same God in whose name David fought. I became more interested in making slings after seeing examples of braided and woven slings from places like Egypt and Peru, and working from what information was available at the time, I began to attempt reproductions of the beautiful slings that I had seen. Through the years, by Godís grace, Iíve been able to enjoy learning to make many different types of slings, as well as studying other applications of the techniques I learned by making slings.

My goal with this website is to share my love of slings and the love God has shown to me. Jesus says in John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends," and no one demonstrated this more than Christ Himself. He, the Son of God, God Himself, came as a man, born of a virgin, and laid down his life by being crucified on a cross as a sinless substitute for sinful people. Even as David, whose descendant Christ was, faced Goliath as a substitute for the army of ancient Israel, so Jesus faced the wrath of God as a substitute for us. And just as David was victorious over Goliath, so Christ won the ultimate victory by His death, and yet not just by his death, but also by rising from the dead. Thus two giants infinitely greater than Goliath were defeated by Christ: the giant of sin, because He paid the price of death (Romans 6:23) for all manís sin, and the giant of death, because He showed the power of the resurrection. This is the greatest, most powerful demonstration of self-sacrificing love ever known. The Bible makes it clear that everyone is a sinner:

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one" -Romans 3:10

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." -Romans 3:23

"For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." -James 2:10

Not one of us can claim never to have done, spoken, or thought anything that is not perfectly in line with Godís laws.

Each of us is now offered a choice, do we who are sinners accept by faith Jesusí atonement for our sins, or do we reject it to live without Him, some day to face Him in judgment?
Romans 10: 9-10 says:

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed."

Those who believe and trust in Christ, and who through repentance make Him Lord of their life will inherit the promise of eternal life. But those who in stubborn rebellion reject Christ and live life as their own master will be judged and condemned to an eternity apart from God in hell. To follow Christ is not a one time commitment, but rather it is to put God first in life, to die to self, and live for God. It is to forsake what the world has to offer, and live with eternity in mind. It means being willing to give up anything in life God would ask you to, even to die for Him if necessary. It is my sincere prayer that all who visit my website will come to know, and be known by, my Savior.

May God bless you.

-Timothy Potter

"Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation."
Habakkuk 3:17-18

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