My Journey with Jesus

We are all on a journey.  Since trusting Jesus as my Savior at the age of 23, I have journeyed with Jesus to learn the way of wisdom: to know His Word, the learn His ways, and to do His will. 

I have learned that God does not have favorites, but He does have intimates.  When you and I walk closely with the Lord, we will see His extraordinary grace along this journey.  This is the open secret to an abundant life!  Aspire to walk with God and you will glorify God at home, at work, and in ministry.  Like you, I have good days and not-so-good day.  The goal is to keep it simple: know and apply God’s wisdom each day.   That starts and ends with loving God, family, and neighbors in practical ways.

Life has been a journey on an exciting path!  The Lord has opened up doors for us in life and ministry.  I am a pastor, having served as a Chaplain in the US Army Reserves as well as a church-planter, discipleship pastor, teacher, and adjunct professor along the way.  I earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice College & Seminary in addition to degrees in education, ministry, and divinity.  My wife and I educate our children at home.  Our lives are replete with challenges, but God triumphs over them all!  We dream of what the future holds, and we believe that God has more in store as we faithfully walk with Him.

Let’s keep learning together!  The extraordinary journey of faith is available to everyone who learns to apply God’s wisdom.  Learning God’s wisdom is a life-long journey.  So let’s learn the way of wisdom together.  My hope and prayer are that we can see extraordinary things happen in the midst of our seemingly ordinary lives on our journey to learn the way of wisdom!

 

18 thoughts on “My Journey with Jesus

  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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