"Wheat and chaff", people, "wheat and chaff"; a phrase that doesn't just apply to the saved and unsaved, the righteous and unrighteous but also to the Truth of God and the "truth" that the World proclaims. Only through the Word of God can we know and understand the perfect will of God for us and separate the wheat of God's truth from the "chaff" of the World's ; a truth that I am learning anew every day by the grace of God and the wisdom and teaching of the Holy Spirit. When we stray from God's…See More
"This is so amazing ! You know we can't never imagine what it was like what Jesus Christ went thru to save our souls from goin to Hell and now it's our choice to make our mind up where we are goin Heaven or Hell and I sure dont want to go…"
I was born and raised in Southern California in a very non-religious family environment. My Father was an atheist.My Mother believed in God but did not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ until just shortly before her death, when she accepted Christ as her personal savior. I become involved with the local Free Methodist Church at the age of 14; and only became aware of that opportunity because my best friend, Dave Howard, and his family belonged. Our church youth group attended a Youth For Christ rally at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles when I was 16. During the preaching, I became so convicted of my sin that I almost ran to the stage where I surrendered my life to Christ.
Not long after, my parents divorced and I was forced to move away to a totally new environment far, far away from my Christian friends, church and, it seemed to me, God.. I became involved with the wrong crowd started using and abusing drugs and alcohol and doing things I still feel ashamed about to this day.
I knew that I needed to change my life but God was still far from my thoughts; instead I enlisted in the Navy and spent two of my four-year enlistment in Viet Nam. I came home and got married. Because of my personal immaturity and irresponsibility, that marriage failed. I married for a second time in 1980 and things started to look up until 1987 when my son Joseph was born and my wife started to develop severe personality and emotional problems. We separated and reconciled several times during the next seven years until we divorced in 1996. I was very unhappy and depressed most of the previous fifteen years moving from job to job and place to place.From 2004 to 2006 I was homeless except for the periods where I found myself as the caregiver for my elderly mother who was dying of Alzheimer's Disease and cancer. I always felt so depressed and sad and so far from any sense of peace or hope that I considered suicide several times and was hospitalized twice for extreme depression.
The Holy Spirit was at work in me, although I did not see it at the time; He would recall to my mind what it was like when I was in fellowship with the Father and remind me of the joy I felt at being delivered from sin by Christ's sacrifice. Finally, Finally, in 2006, I cried out to God to save me, to restore me to my place in Christ Jesus. Praise His name he heard my cry and answered me and drew me back to Himself. Now my only desire is to follow and serve Him .
I became ordained as a minister through United New Testament Church International in March 2008 and have established a personal ministry of outreach, support and the "Good News" of the Gospel to the homeless and addicted; to the hopeless and the sick, I have been working with LIBAW as Director of Operations since January 2009.
Praise & Worship; photography; playing the guitar and singing; reading; hanging out with my son and my best friends,Rob and Dave.
Favorite Music / Movies / Tv Shows / Books
Music: I love the Blues, Classic Rock, Jazz, bluegrass & Traditional, Gospel; pretty much anything but gangsta rap. Favorite artists include: Jars of Clay; MercyMe; David Crowder; Tree63; Rev. Jimmie Bratcher; Big Tent Revival; DC Talk; Beatles; Stevie Ray Vaughn; Alison Krauss; Bonnie Raitt; Ricky Skaggs, and many, many more.
Movies: Kingdom of God; Forest Gump; It's A Wonderful Life; Grand Canyon; Crossroads; Flywheel; Remember The Titans, and so many more...
Books: The Holy Bible; Mere Chritianity; The Lord of the Rings Trilogy; The Narnia Chronicles; The Cost of Discipleship; My Utmost For His Highest;
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." Jim Elliot
"Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world".
What would you say is your Spiritual gift?
Encouragement and Counseling
"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 5:1
A believer longs after God - to come into His presence - to feel His love - to feel near to Him in secret - to feel in the crowd that he is nearer than all the creatures. Ah! dear brethren, have you ever tasted this blessedness? There is greater rest and solace to be found in the presence of God for one hour, than in an eternity of the presence of man. " ~ Robert Murray M'Cheyne
"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.' ~ Hebrews 12:1-2