I gave my heart to the Lord in 1985 at age 43. I understand that 80 or 90 percent of the people who trust Christ do so before the age of 18. God beat the odds for me and I'm grateful.
Most people who get saved later in life don't get the opportunities to serve God that He has given me.
Again He beat the odds for me and I'm grateful. I am amazed at the ministries He has given me in 21 short years.
I graduated from High School and attended the University of North Dakota for one year. I dropped out for a lack of finances and I must confess a lack of motivation.
I have had many wonderful Pastors and Bible teachers. Two men have had the most influence on me spiritually. I have been blessed to have had several jobs that permitted me to listen to radio and tapes with earphones while I worked. I listened many times to the Bible on tape and Christian messages and music. It has been almost as if I were in church or a Bible Class several times a day.
When I attended Oak Lawn Bible Church in Illinois I helped in the sound room. I discovered they had saved audio tapes of about 12 years of Pastor Dan Lupton's messages. I listened to some and felt they should be made available to the congregation. So I edited the tapes and created a tape lending library along with a subject index. That meant I listened to about 1200 wonderful messages 3 or 4 times each.
Another man who has had a great impact on me is Dr. J. Vernon McGee of Thru the Bible Radio. He went through the Bible every five years on a daily program.
I have been through the Bible with him about 4 times now. I have the Bible on CD and the entire 5-year program of Through the Bible Radio on CD and I listened to them on the way to and from work (about 70 minutes a day).
The Lord has given me the delightful task of preaching in Rest Homes and Retirement Centers for about 20 years. I have had the privilege of preaching close to a thousand times and heard hundreds pray to receive Christ.
I have also had the privilege of teaching Sunday School classes. When the Oak Lawn Bible Church was between pastors I was asked to preach a few times there.
I had the joy of helping a friend receive Christ a couple years ago. I began giving him Bible studies once a week on Bible doctrines. After a few weeks it occurred to me that others could use the Bible studies so I began offering them to others.
That ministry has exploded. I now give the Bible studies to about 190 people via email and typewritten copies. Many of them tell me they pass the studies on to friends and family.
Some have suggested I put the Bible Studies in a book. I donít think a book would ever be complete since the Lord seems to give me a new study each week or oftener. Publishing a book would also be expensive. The Lord has provided a good friend to build the web site for them. It appears the Lord has provided the web site to give me a new way to serve Him in my retirement.
I am very grateful to Marlene for her encouragement and for proof-reading the articles.
Some 44 years ago a pretty young girl named Darlene consented to marry an insecure young man named Ron. She made me feel much less insecure at the beginning. As time passes I am more in need of being taken down a peg or two. She does that for me now. She is a blessing in more ways that I can tell you. She is fiesty enough to let me know when she doesn't agree with me.
We are very proud of our daughter Rhonda and her many accomplishments which include a masters degree, the equivalent of second masters and much success in her business career.
Our grandchildren, Steven, Sierra and Scott are full of life and more fun than anyone elseís grandchildren.
I enjoy reading Christian books and biographies. Some of my favorites have been "Knowing God" by J. I. Packer and biographies of such men as George Mueller, J. Hudson Taylor, Charles Haddon Spurgeon and Billy Graham.
I am currently attending North Mesa Baptist Church in Mesa, Arizona.
I am an avid golfer. I play a little guitar in the Rest Home ministry and at the church I attend. I have a Violin that belonged to my father. I am about as talented on it as a fairly proficient 8-year-old. I dream of taking lessons in my retirement. I also fool around with an electronic keyboard at times. As you can tell, my life is very full.
I have acquired some typical health problems for a man my age. The most notable is Coronary Artery Disease. Angioplasties in 1999 and 2000 woke me up to the fact that I need to take care of my body. The latest health issue is the purchase of two over-priced hearing aids. I know that I need them because what I hear with them is somewhat inadequate and what I hear without them is totally inadequate.