About Me: My Testimony

Just Another Day in the Life!  My family and I have enjoyed knowing God and making Him known in our lives.  For whatever reason, the Lord has allowed us – just ordinary people – to experience His extraordinary grace.

What makes my life ordinary? I feel like I do and aspire to do what most other people in this country do: I try to work hard at my job, I spend time with my family, I serve in my church, and I dream of what the future holds. I have good days and not-so-good days…I have regrets and struggles, joy and triumphs, and everything in between just like everybody else. I like to talk, laugh, run, and read. I live my life each day with a desire to fellowship with the Lord, with a joyful love for my wife and children, and with a hope to reach and to encourage others in the Lord. To me, this is what it means to be a regular, Christian man.

Blazing an exciting new path!  The Lord has opened up new doors for us recently.  I am a Chaplain in the US Army Reserves and am serving as the Pastor of Discipleship at Prairie Baptist Church.  I am also a doctoral student at Luther Rice College & Seminary.  I have enjoyed ministering in 3 churches over the past 10 years as I’ve pursued my seminary education and appointment into the chaplaincy.

Let’s keep learning, together!  The extraordinary things that have happened to me can happen in like manner to anyone, anywhere, at any time. As people put into place the wisdom which God has laid out for us in the Bible, the things that seem impossible with us are possible with God.  My hope and prayer is that I can reach other “ordinary” folks like me with the extraordinary message of hope found within the Word of God. May God bless you as you “learn the way of wisdom!”

 

18 thoughts on “About Me: My Testimony

  1. Joe! I’m so proud of you brother! I know the Navy and Marines will be blessed to have you as their chaplain. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Thanks, Dave. I can’t tell you how much that means to me, especially from you. God has done so much in my life, and I hope that I can be a blessing to Marines and sailors. It’s not an easy life, and to do it without God makes it even harder (I know, I tried). Thanks so much for your prayer, brother. I am so thankful for your friendship!

    • God has been so good to me. Thank you for your encouragement! I hope that my articles continue to be a blessing to you in the future! All the best to you and yours!

    • Thanks, brother. In I few months I should be approved for the Candidate program. I am extremely excited about the opportunity to put the uniform on again and help our service members in any way that I can. Thank you for your encouragement!

      • “on again”? Awesome! What branch of service were you in? I just surpassed my 20 year mark in the Army. God has no doubt used this military career to mold me into the Christian I am today. I even considered becoming a chaplain at one point, however the doors were closed. But that never stopped my ministry. I even have had the opportunity and privilege to pastor our church plant to the past 5+ years 🙂

      • I was in the Marines for 4 years and have been in defense contracting since then. I’m chasing my MDiv so I can qualify for the active duty Chaplaincy, and should be good to go in ~2 years. I am thrilled to hear that you have been pastoring a church plant! I know that brings its own kind of excitement.

    • We home school probably for several reasons – 1) We don’t agree with the philosophy of public education, 2) We believe in biblically-based education, and 3) my wife was an elementary teacher and kindergarten director for many years, and it has been her dream to teach our children in our home. I’ve had some folks ask me about these types of things…so may be I’ll write a blog about it! Thanks for asking!

      • Yes do because I would be tempted to do the same. A child’s mind is too precious to give to the wrong person or idealogy to nurture.

        And when you write include what the problem with the philosophy of public school education is in your eyes.

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  4. On your “About Me: My Testimony” page you have a link to Luther Rice. Thank you for that. We have changed our URL to http://www.LutherRice.edu. Would you mind updating our link to reflect the new url. It is linked to the word Masters of Divinity in your bio testimony. Thank you. Russell Sorrow, Director of Marketing for Luther Rice.

    • Bro. Sorry – thanks so much for bringing to this my attention! I am sorry it has taken me so long to reply, but several weeks ago I did make the update as you requested. I love Luther Rice and am so thankful for the education I received there. If there is anything further I can do to assist you, please don’t hesitate to ask. God bless!

      Joe

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