Coolest Call — Another future podcast

I just got a call from one of my best friends. A guy named Alex Williams. I got to know him when I was frequenting www.christianoutdoorsman.com/forums.
Just an average joe, who loves to hunt turkeys, and make turkey calls. At some point he realized that God was calling him into the ministry. I encouraged him. Had him out to the church that I was serving at, to do a turkey calling seminar with matching gospel presentation. It was awesome and he ministered greatly to the local people there.
He was thinking about going to Bible school, and I supported him in that.
Today he gives me a call, and his pastor has just recommended him to be a Sr. Pastor at a small church in his state of Georgia. I say “Good for him”. Please keep Alex in your prayers. I look forward to the day when he can give his testimony on here. Has a great story, life has not been a piece of cake. He’s a solid guy with a great heart. Love his Georgian accent. Look forward to introducing him to more of my friends. I am sure that the podcast we do with him will be a favorite. I know that God is going to continue to bless his ministry.

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It’s about you.

This is not so much about us as it is about you.  We hope that writing about our struggles and faith, and podcasts on different issues will help encourage three groups of people:

1. Those looking into faith.  Maybe you have had a bad experience with someone who claimed to be a believer etc etc.  Fortunately there is more to Christ than what some people act like.  And we all know that some people are just jerks whether they try to be or not.  Let me be the first to apologize for your negative experience.  It shouldn’t have been that way.

2. Those who are coming back to faith.  Maybe you grew up in a Christian home, or had Christian Grandparents, or used to got to a youth group.  But somewhere along the way, you lost your way and know that now it is the time to come back.  You might not really be sure how to go about doing that.  Maybe you did things that you regret during the “lost” time.  There is a parable of the Lost Son, you maybe heard of it as the Prodigal son.  Like the father in that story that Jesus told, God is waiting with open arms for you to come home.  There is a celebration for those who come back.  It is good to be home.

3. Those struggling with life and faith.  Maybe you are at the end of your rope.  Maybe you are even passed the end of your rope.  It may seem like a no mans land.  You are not alone.  Some of us have been there as well.  In the podcasts we plan to do some interviews with guys who really struggled and yet God is seeing them through.  We will probably look at men from the Bible as well who went through the same kinds of garbage that we go through today.

I just want to take the time to thank you.  I was talking with a friend today, and he was saying “When are you going to update the site.  I need this.”  For all of you, who need this as much as we do, thanks for dropping by.  Ken and I sincerely hope that God uses this site to bless you.

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What is up with life?!

I don’t know about you, but a number of things have my life turned upside down.  I look at life, and think, “Man, this is not what I had planned at all.”

I am not in full time ministry like I used to be, and trained for.  My health is a shambles.  My wife has serious heart problem.  The economy has gone stupid.  The world seems in such upheaval.  Everything seems in such negative flux right now.

There are a lot of things that I am unsure of right now.  Politically, I think, “Man, are these the best people this nation has to offer?”  I never put a lot of faith in politics.

Obviously I can’t trust a lot of what I am seeing on News channels on TV.  There seems to be bias everywhere.  Advertisers want to tell you that their product is the best, number one etc etc.  Except they can’t all be the best, they can’t all be number one.

With all the uncertainty of our times, I do find security when I am reading my Bible.  It doesn’t change.  It has passed the test of time.  What it said would happen, has happened.  If anything, I do need to read more of the Word.  It gives me something more solid to hold onto than political flavor of the week, or the current thought or fad.

And it has a grip of me as well.  Sometimes with as crazy as the world is, I am wondering if I can still find right side up.  I don’t know about you, but a lot of my expectations have been dashed.  And some of that leaves me large areas of confusion.  But there are some things for certain though, that I do know down to the very core of my being.  Those areas have been tested, and have passed!

Sometimes church politics and what is does to people can be really destructive.  But I didn’t fall in love with building or an organization, or a board of people, I fell in love with a Savior.  When life hurts Christ is who I go back to.

Have you ever had a concussion?  I only had one.  And that was obviously a time for confusion for me.  It was first week of college, and I hit my head on the pavement after wrecking on a skateboard ramp.  I was totally dazed and confused.  Some of my friends took me to the emergency room.  I can kind of remember them saying “Your wife and kids are going to be OK!”  (I was single at the time with no kids).  They were just messing with an already confused me.  I had a CAT scan that I don’t remember, I signed hospital papers that I don’t remember signing, but it was obvious later that it was my real signature.  But my friends did tell me afterwards that what I kept saying at the hospital to the doctors and the nurses when I couldn’t answer their questions, “I am confused and I don’t know a lot of things, but one thing I do know, I love Jesus!”  My soul was laid bare, the very core of my hope made public.

Maybe part of that, I am back to today.  Work is not going as good as I like, life seems a lot harder than I expected.  My health and finances are not where I would like them to be, at the age that I am at right now.  I am dazed by all the stuff that I am bombarded with.  “I am confused and don’t know a lot of things, but one thing I do know, I love Jesus!”  I am going to hang on to Him, knowing that He is going to somehow pull me through this situation like He has done for me again and again in the past.

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