I have been a Christian since 1977 when God showed me that when I am in control of my life it will not go well and that God needs to be the one true Lord and Savior. I am married to Toni and have twin daughters, Sarah and Danielle, who were born in 2006. At the church that we attend, I oversee the bookstore and teach adult Sunday school. My wife sings in the choir and is on the Fellowship Committee. Our two daughters are in youth group and American Heritage Girls.
I have over 240 publications, including many in The Upper Room. I have also written four books which are available for the Kindle: Contemplating the Almighty, which discusses who and what God is — the attributes of God; Developing Great Relationships; The End Times and the Bible; and The Tempter Comes, which is a novel about evil that comes to an isolated town. In addition, I have written “Evaluating Your Friendship Skills” (https://www.churchgrowth.org/product/evaluating-your-friendship-skills/) which is a self-evaluation, based on twelve biblical friendship characteristics, intended to identify areas in which a person can improve. Then you can use the discussion of each characteristic to help set goals and determine practical ways to become more like Jesus.
One topic that I feel particularly strongly about is the importance of knowing who and what God is. I believe that the more deeply we know God the more likely we are to fight the good fight, finish the course, and keep the faith (2 Timothy 4:7). When we get saved, God puts our feet on a new foundation. But if our spiritual eyesight is dim, we will not clearly see what we are standing on and every wind and wave will panic us. But as studying the Bible improves our spiritual vision, we will see more clearly that what we are standing on is the sold rock of Jesus Christ. Our confidence will grow and we will have a greater desire to become more like the one who delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son (Colossians 1:13).
My book Contemplating the Almighty came from a time in my life that was particularly rough. I was in a prolonged discouragement and thought about the best way to break out of it. Being overly busy, watching TV, and playing video games were only distractions. Finally I realized that the only way out was to know God better. So for almost two years I did a focused study on what the Bible says about God. I found an answer to my question in Song of Songs 8:5, “Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her [his] beloved?” That was me, and my beloved was God. So no matter what topic I teach or write on, the central focus and example is always God. God is indeed our Rock and our Fortress.
I have a website, which you can find here: www.disciplescorner.com. My website has a section on Bible Literacy, which is an ever-growing number of short studies to provide basic knowledge on key teachings of the Bible. My three books are also available on my website to read online or to download. You can find articles, devotions, several Bible Study Series', and poetry there as well. Tracts are available which you can download, print, and distribute. All the resources on my website are free. If anyone sends me translations of any of the materials on my website then I will make them available (you may send translations to me through the email found on my website).
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