3 John 4 ~ “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
I get so excited when someone visits our church for the first time and a light bulb goes off. All of a sudden, Jesus becomes real to them, the Bible becomes alive and they look at church from a whole different perspective. They find out that God loves them and He has a plan and purpose for their lives. Their past was not an accident but all part of a divine plan to accomplish His good, pleasing, and perfect will. They are then eager to find out more about what God has in store for them and their lives. Their attitude changes from one of “I have to go to church” to “I get to go to church.” They then ask Jesus to forgive them of their sins and something like blinders are lifted from their eyes. The next thing you know they go to Wal-Mart and buy a New Living Translation Bible so that they can go home and read it for themselves. They then begin to tell their family and friends what God is doing in their lives and how He has changed them. It’s at this point that my heart is busting with joy because total life transformation has taken place. This is my prayer for everyone who enters our doors, that they would see Jesus in us and fall in love with Him.
As for personal information, I married my wife Monica in May 2005. In December, 2017 we adopted our daughter Eden Joy. Back in 2008, Monica read a verse in Isaiah 51:3 that says, “The Lord will comfort Israel again and have pity on her ruins. Her desert will blossom like Eden, her barren wilderness like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found there. Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air.” It was at that time she knew what the name of our daughter would be. There is definitely joy and gladness in our house. God is so good!!!
As for hobbies, Monica and I love to bike together here in the summer months. In the fall, winter, and spring, I am watching sports and exercising. I am a sports nut! My favorite food: protein. (LOL) ; favorite TV show: Seinfeld; favorite movie: Napoleon Dynamite.
1 Corinthians 8:2 ~ “Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much.”
I always start with the assumption that I know nothing. However, I realize the importance of an education and experience, so I have listed mine here. I graduated from Michigan State with a degree in Materials and Logistics Management. I received my Masters from Dallas Theological Seminary. I served as a Youth Pastor in Homestead, Florida. I have also served as the Pastor of churches in Brevard, North Carolina and Clarksville, Tennessee.