I was raised in the Pentecostal Church of God (sister organization of the Assemblies of God and the Four Square Church) and have attended all three denominational churches over the last 10 years or so. I began my ministerial education for entering into the ministry while attending the PCOG and am an ordained minster (although paper from a human organization means little to me). I first received God’s call into ministry through a vision while in the Marines stationed on Okinawa, Japan – and that call was made known to the public (and confirmed) four times through different evangelists in different churches over the following years.
However, like so many others, there has been a time of preparation between the call and the application of the call, almost twenty years. God working through circumstances and placing key individuals in key places at key times…and the wait is almost over, culminating in some very painful circumstances. August 1, 2010 I was admitted to the ER and subsequently diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia…and like most others who have walked with God but had a hard time of it, I suddenly found myself focusing more seriously on my relationship with God. The pain which the chemotherapy treatment that I have to take daily in order to keep the leukemia cells from killing me, is a constant reminder of my need and hunger for the presence of God, and I believe that God has used this (yet another) situation in my life to further prepare me for His work.
Following the example of Jesus, almost every other day I drove out to the local county park and took long walks up in the hills and forests (the desert places) and just spend time with God, singing worship songs to Him, talking with Him, and being taught things that I had never been taught before in all my years sitting in a church pew. One by one, week after week for two years, God taught me about the New Covenant – although I didn’t put it all together until almost a year and a half later. I had no understanding of the New Covenant before then, the only teaching I had ever had on this subject was only during Communion time when the pastor read the quotes concerning the taking of the bread and the wine – “This is the new covenant in My blood” – was all I ever heard. But maturing in the faith, coupled with spending a lot of time in the presence of God, I began learning about the importance of the New Covenant, about the failure of the Church today of teaching the New Covenant, and on the history of the Church in losing this vital information and the false doctrines not understanding the New Covenant has given birth to.
All of these things I will be teaching on in this blog, but it is greatly detailed and goes against the “popular” teachings of our day, so it will take time to get it all out there. I ask that you be patient with me while I endeavor to get all of this information up and running. I am open to dialogue on this subject, as it is very important, so if you want to ask questions but do not want it in public view, e-mail me and I will be glad to address your questions.
Post Script: the coming may be slower than I had originally anticipated, because I am now also working on my thesis for Doctor of Theology. Many thanks for any prayers that you shoot my way!
The post above was a while ago (I have put this paragraph in block print to differentiate between then and this later addition). I have now finished my dissertation and have received a Doctorate in Theology, majoring in New Testament Theological Studies, of which my study topic was (and is) the New Covenant.
Blessings to you!