I have always had a passion to tell others of the abundant life that Christ has promised me. By blogging this will provide another avenue to fulfill that passion. I am a family man married for 60 years we have one son, one daughter, 5 grandsons, 3 granddaughters-in-law, and 3 great granddaughters. I worked in the data processing industry for 40 years before retiring. I have taught adult Bible classes, junior high Bible classes, and personal Bible studies for over 40 years. I served as a volunteer chaplain at Baylor Hospital in Dallas for nine years.
Like most everyone else, I have experienced many adversities in my life. A nephew at the age of three died of leukemia, my brother-in-law was killed in Vietnam, my sister suffered for five years before passing away with cancer, a very dear friend suffered for 10 years with cancer before passing away, my son-in-law died of cancer at the age of 41. I suffered the loss of an eye at the age of 16 as a result of an accident. I was defrauded out of approximately $800,000 in a business deal. I overcame my growing up in a dysfunctional family.
When I was 13 years old my friend and I were baptized. For about two years I was sort of a Christian (meaning I was not very committed to Christ and His desires for me). I did not allow the Holy Spirit to fill my life. I still had my own desires and purposes that were filling my life. During my high school years I allowed my peers to influence my life more than I allowed the Holy Spirit to produce the fruit that was needed in my life. The next fifteen years of my life was wasted doing my own thing and fulfilling my own desires. I was living a self-centered life. During these years I never moved my faith to a personal relationship with my Lord. I was far from God and not really the person that God desired me to be. I realized I was going nowhere, my life had no meaning, and no purpose. I had college behind me and was working full time at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico with a very challenging career. I received several promotions during this period of time. By this time I was married, with a son and a daughter. My world came completely apart, we had moved to Dallas, from New Mexico, and the company I was working for went bankrupt the week before Christmas owing me one month salary. The company had really rolled out the red carpet. They flew me to Dallas once for the interview, and then again with the family to look the place over. Sometimes God must get our attention in order for us to submit to Him. As I grew up on a ranch I remember always being told whether you are riding a horse are breaking a horse you must first get his attention. Something inside told me that God was the only answer for my life (we must remember God’s Word never returns void). I was re-baptized at that point in my life I became a true Christian. I was a fully committed disciple of Jesus Christ my Lord. I put God first in my life and reset my priorities to allow Him to be first. I will continue to put Him first until I go home to be with Him.
Lessons I have learned:
1. - God has little use for a person that does not put Him first in their heart and soul. 2 Chronicles 16:9
2. - I have hope of “eternal life” I look forward to the day when I can be with the One that loves me. John 3:16
3. - God wants the best for me. John 10:10
4. - God wants me to produce fruit – Galatians 5:22-23 – He has given me the Holy Spirit to help me accomplish His purpose
5. - I must keep God’s Word in my heart and mediate on His Word. This will help keep me from evil/devil. Psalm 1:1-3
6. - God has promised to answer my prayers. John 15:16
7. - When I keep God as the center of my life I do not have to worry. He will take care of me. Psalm 139:3
Core Values and Mission Statement
The Bible being the basis for such a list, for which you would gladly surrender your life.
What is the list of core values that you possess at this time in your life?
Here is my list of Core Values:
I believe that God is – Hebrews 11:6; John 14:1-6 – FAITH
I believe that Christ is His Son and that He is my Savior – 1 John 4:14
I believe the Bible is verbally inspired is the unerring Word of God – 2 Timothy 3:16, 17
I believe that God has one church, that salvation can only be enjoyed in it – Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 5:23
I believe that there is a heaven and a hell, and that I am going to heaven when I die – Matthew 25:46; 2 Corinthians 5:1ff; John 10:25-30
I believe that I have a real purpose in being created and that it is to glorify God – 1 Corinthians 10:31
I believe that I have the Holy Spirit helping me to produce the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22–23; Acts 2:38; John 14:26; Romans 14:17; 15:13; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:6; Ephesians 1:13; 2 Timothy 1:14
I believe in the inherent goodness of man and in the ultimate triumph of good – Psalm 27:13, 14; Luke 8:15; Romans 8:28 – Parable of the Sower
I believe that God hears when I pray, in His providence provides for me, and in His goodness will fulfill His every promise – 1 Peter 3:12, Romans 8:28; 2 Peter 3:9
My Mission Statement
I strive to follow Jesus as Lord by; diligently studying the Word of God and making prayer a way of life; putting the Word into practice in my life by developing a personal faith; praising God in all areas of my life, offering myself as a living sacrifice; identifying and employing my individual spiritual gifts, relying on God's Spirit within me; strengthening my family and serving as extended family to others; by loving my church family; and leading, participating in and supporting all missions of teaching evangelizing.
The Good News/Gospel
God charged Adam and Eve to take care of the garden, and not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil – Genesis 2:15-17. God had a very close relationship with Adam and Eve He walked and talked with them in the garden – Genesis 3:8-9. What a relationship that must have been. God enjoys a close relationship with man – Psalm 139:3, we are never out of His sight.
Adam and Eve made a choice between having a relationship with God and fulfilling their own desires – Genesis 3:2-6.
At the appointed time Jesus was send into this fallen world to provide a way for man to be restored/redeemed back into a relationship with God.
One day there will be a new heaven and a new earth, where there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain. For God will wipe away every tear from our eyes – Revelation 21:1-4.
My purpose Statement
Goals are temporary – Purposes are eternal
The Great commandment – Matthew 22:37-40
The Great commission – Matthew 28:16-20
My purpose is to love God with all my heart, soul, and mind, love my neighbor as myself, to imitate the character of Christ, to be a minister of God’s grace, to be a witness of His salvation, to make God the center of my life.
How does glorifying God occur? By cultivating the habit of including the Lord God in every segment of your life. By refusing to expect or accept any of the glory that belongs to God. By maintaining a priority relationship with Him that is more important than any other on earth – Psalms 86:12