I was born march 1941, to a woman who was to be the best friend I ever had. She was always an encouragement to me when I was having a problem of some sort. My first meeting with the Lord was when I was old enough to learn how to pray, and that's when my mother taught me the "Lord's Prayer." Besides childhood prayers, any form of religion or faith wasn't a factor in my life in my younger years. I always believed in God and Jesus, because of what I knew about Easter and Christmas. I attended some baptist churches with some friends in later childhood, around 10 or so years of age, but still, the Lord remained in the background of my life.
I never knew much of my father. He spent the first 5 or 6 years of my life in prison and my mother divorced him. Automatic excommunication in the catholic persuasion. That's what she was born and raised as. She remarried a man who was a hard worker and good provider, but was a heavy drinker and woman chaser. He taught me many good things as far as working hard, but life with him was pretty abusive sometimes! Like...I remember when he came home drunk once and threw our christmas tree out the door. I've also seen my mother beat on as a result of his drinking problem.
I did the things a lot of unregenerate teens would do, like drink beer and chase girls, drive hot rods and do only what was considered to be fun in the fifties. Still, the Lord was waiting for me...patiently. I went into the navy in may 1958. I came out of the navy two years later and married a girl, and we had three children. I became a catholic as a requirement to be married to her. I became very devoted to it. During the seven years of marriage to her, I got some college education, and she got the "seven year itch." I divorced her and that meant excommunication from the church that I became so devoted to
From 1970 on...
I met Florence, who I asked to marry and my life with her has been made in heaven! I'd do it again! She had four children(yep...four) when we married and later, had a daughter. We tried to go to the catholic church again, but the 'fathers' said that I couldn't, because I had divorced and remarried. I couldn't believe that God would just throw us away! Our children started to attend a local baptist church, and our oldest daughter, Janet began urging us to come to church. In the mean time...I had gotten my hands on a tract that was explaining the rapture and the tribulation. This was something I had never heard of before. I didn't want to be left behind, so we went to church. Florence, my mother, and I were saved together....that was about Oct of 1974. The Lord didn't throw us away...He saved us! What a joy! Our pastor started a 'read through the bible in a year' program. I read it in nine months! I couldn't get enough of God's Word and He was turning the light on for me as fast as I could read it. Now...my whole house is saved as the Word said it would be. I've come to know that He hears me and He is faithful to all who comes to Him. As eternity wears on, we will always see a new facet of God that we have never seen before. I love to teach God's Word and I try to teach it with as much simplicity as I can. I don't know if this is what the Lord has planned for me, so I will wait for Him patiently.....as He did for me.
To God be the glory forever...even so....come Lord Jesus!
John 6:39 "This is the will of the Father Who sent me, that of all He has given me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.