Last time I shared a bit about myself in general. Even though it isn't two weeks, the Lord impressed upon to go ahead and add this in this week, a bit about the spiritual path on which Father has brought me. No, it won't be like a Billy Graham, Kenneth Hagin, Benny Hinn or the like, but it is the path I've been on.
I mentioned before that I gave my heart to Jesus during marriage counselling that despite basically having been in the church and hanging on to a thread of what I had been taught, I had never really given my heart to Jesus. Upon conviction from the Holy Ghost, I prayed the 'sinner's' prayer that day in the pastor's office. From that day forward I've known that I belonged to God, even though I haven't always lived like I understood that. The learning process, for me, has been loooooong and arduous. I've always been a little thick headed. I've always 'sort of'' read my bible but after that day I found myself wanting to really glean what I could from it. King James was always hard for me to read/understand, but that was the version I had so I read & read. At first my reading was haphazzard, a passage here and a passage there, where ever I flipped the bible open, once or twice a week or so, Whenever the mood struck yet I was still learning - a little at a time. Later, Father impressed upon me that I needed to take a systematic approach. I started in the beginning - Genesis and got as far as Abraham (I think) before that started wearing thin. So I thought Matthew & the gospels. If memory serves me correct, I did get through Matthew and I figured Mark was shorter so that would be OK but I did not relish looking forward to Luke. 24 Chapters (almost as long as Matthew). Whoa! I will tell you it was more than just a couple of years before I finally got out of reading a verse here and a passage there before Father got me into a systematic approach to reading the bible. I had actually read the bible all the way through from Genesis through Jude (OK almost all the way through) when I just could't get started in Revelation. The Lord then had me reread the gospels again, then go back to Matthew and go through Jude, again hitting a block at Revelation. Eventually He took me back to Genesis and back through the whole bible again. Even though I don't make it a point to read the whole bible through, like once a year or anything, I find my reading is a lot more thorough anymore. I don't just read to read, I read to understand which means I keep my Strong's Concordance handy as well as other reference books that I have.
My wife and I started off with the Southern Baptist Church in which we were married. We moved from the general area to a community 15-20 miles away and back into the greater Hyattsville, Md. area. Actually no place where we lived was far from the Hyattsville area but we still left the Baptist Church because I wanted to attend a church 'close to home'. But, we never really found one.
In 1978 we moved to Frederick, Md. In Frederick, Father started taking me in another direction - spiritually. First we found an Independant Baptist Church (yep, a Jerry Fallwell affiliate, where the pastor was a grad from Liberty Baptist University in Lynchburg, Va.). It was after moving to Frederick that Father started exposing me to a lot of different things, spiritually. Things I had heard about and of which I knew absolutely nothing and then showing me not only in Frederick, but on the job at FDA as well. And that I'll share next time.
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