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I am married
I am a male
I am 60 years old.
My birthday is: January 16th.
I live in Warrenton Missouri USA
God called me to serve Him when I was 16 years old while on a church work trip in New Mexico in 1969. In the 40 years since; I attended Bible School/leadership training, been ordained to the Christian ministry and worked full time for a non-denominational ministry for nearly ten years. I honestly thought this would be the way I spent this life. I was dead wrong.
Starting in 1985 and continuing for many years, I entered what I would call "the dark night of my life". I was forced into situations where either I confronted error in my mind and life or literally die. After the destruction of my marriage, finances and ministry duties; I was left with only myself and a couple of friends. To everyone else I was "anathema".
After surviving attempts to either end my life or have it taken, I looked to Job as my inspiration and instead of giving up, I decided to fight for my life. I threw away everything I was taught and believed and started over. With no predetermined ideas, I allowed the Bible to speak for itself and in so doing I obtained peace in my life.
After a season, God started blessing me just as He did Job. In 1988 I was married to "blest" and in the two decades since, we have sought to live a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty. For the most part we have contentedly lived in the country with our dogs and other animals.
All I want out of this life is to be able to bless others with a knowledge and understanding of the God of mercy and love who called me, saved me and allowed me another chance to serve Him. I have no church and do not run a ministry. I write blogs, communicate with people one on one and when available, try to help those in need through finding material resources for them.
We lead a simple life with no great fanfare, pomp or circumstance. Our greatest joy comes from helping others to learn about God, see His love manifested in our lives and being a blessing to others.
In 1969 God stepped in and transformed my life as a sixteen year old teenager. After a couple of years of intense emotional ups and downs, I decided I needed a firm foundation in my life that went beyond emotional experiences. It was the decision to become involved with a ministry which specialized in Biblical Research which changed my life.
It is one thing to learn the Bible, but it is another to learn how to read it with understanding and be able to live it consistently. Learning keys to understanding the Bible unlocked the doors which brought me great personal fulfillment and peace. Later I learned how to enjoy the sweet fellowship available to us as believers with God our Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
That which has pulled me through this life with all its twists and turns has been my knowledge and understanding of God and His Word. Although I had to "unlearn" all I had been taught earlier in my life, nothing has ever altered my firm conviction that the Word of God is the will of God.
I do not have a life full of drugs and other horrific things which God saved me from. In fact, how and why He chose me when I was so young used to puzzle me. I was a "good kid" but I was on a course to self destruction for sure. My initial salvation brought me peace and wholeness mentally and emotionally.
The Word of God has given me stability in life and has allowed me to withstand all the bad things this life has thrown at me. I truly thank God for His abounding grace and mercy and for His wonderful Word which has made me whole.