I was born in Elizabeth, NJ in 1963
I was blessed with two wonderful parents who loved me. I graduated High School in 1981 and went on to college. I graduated with AA in Business and went to work.
I got a new car, friends to hang out with at the clubs, and a job at a major insurance company. Life was good. Then I got a part time job at Sears some 25 miles from where I lived. I did not know why I wanted a part time job or why I would take one so far from home. But God did.
Wheelin’ and Dealin’ with God
While I was working, I met a nice young lady. The more we talked, the more I liked her. But she was a summer worker and was leaving soon. So I screwed up all the courage I could muster and asked her out on a date. She asked me if I wanted to go to a revival meeting. “A what?” I asked. “A revival meeting, there will be singing and preaching”.
Well, I tried to make an excuse that I did not have time to change. She told me I was dressed fine. Well, I liked this girl so I said yes.
I wish I could say I got saved, but I didn’t. I heard some good singing and for the first time in my life I heard the Bible Preached.
I was intrigued. I kept coming back even after she left as I wanted to learn more. A few months later I figured I needed to be baptized so I could join the church. I was and I did, but I missed the point completely.
Then I started dealing with God. I needed two jobs so I could pay off my car faster, so starting in January 1990 I will quit my part time job so I could do things like soul winning visitation and I will start tithing then (I am certain He was most impressed and profoundly grateful;).
The Tables Turn
I kept my word. I tithed for the first time 12/31/89. The next Thursday I showed up for visitation. I went out with the bus ministry director. He attempted to lead a lady to Christ. About the third time through, God allowed me to understand I need His Salvation through His Son.
I was petrified. Old Ugly started whispering in my ear: “You can’t tell them now. You have already been baptized. They won’t accept you at Church. I did not say anything. I was scared. What would happen if I died?
By God’s Grace, I made it to Saturday. I went on bus visitation, but I had no joy. I could not wait to get back. As soon as we did, I went in to see that bus director. I did not care any more about acceptance or appearance, I needed to be saved! At 12:30 PM on 1/6/90 there was a new name written down in Glory, and it was mine!
So, my dear reader, what are you trusting in to get to heaven? If it is not salvation by grace alone by Christ alone, why don’t you stop now and accept Christ as your Saviour?
I became evolved in my church. Bus Captain, Sunday School teacher, working in Children’s Church. Children were being saved weekly. I could have stayed there forever, but God had a different plan.
Move over Jonah, I coming through!
I was called to preach. It was in 1995. I wasn’t sure what to do. I prayed about it and decided I should go to school, but where? When it came about, it could not have been any clearer if Gabriel himself came and told me.
I was at the National Sword of the Lord conference. There were many fine schools there, but I felt a definite leading to go to Temple School of the Bible in Tenn. I gave notice, had money in the bank and a job lead. That is when Old Ugly popped in again.
What happened is I got a job offer in Jacksonville, FL with a place to stay until I got my own. Oh, yeah, by the way, they also have a school there and (so everybody told me) was better. I went to Jacksonville against the leading of the Holy Spirit. Look out Jonah, here I come!
It took me a while to figure out how badly I messed up. My job did not allow me time to attend college, so that went by the wayside. My health began to decline. Arthritis, asthma, diabetes. I starting thinking God was trying to get my attention. But then the doctor had me placed in the hospital for TIA (like mini-strokes). I was in the hospital for the better part of three days. That is when I realized God was whipping (read: Chatising) me for running.
When I got out, I rededicated my life to my calling and I am currently in counseling with my Pastor to see what we will do next.
I did not write this to imply all sick people are that way because thy sinned. That was true in my case. I write this for those who are discouraged over their current situation in life. Don’t despair. God can and will still use you if you turn to Him. Remember:
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. (Philippians 3:13-15)
To be continued….
God has moved me out of the Circle of Love. I currenlty have a job and serve and worship God at Heavenly Heights Baptist Church.
It has been three years since God moved me back to the Circle of Love, as a pastor and teacher. It has been a blessing to see men saved and their lives changed. God is a good God..