Introduction to this website.
Presently, this site is a labor of love, a work in progress. I would hope that it will be linked to the church website I have put together for my church (www.suncitycommunitychurch.com), and recommended by my pastor, but let me say that what appears on this site here are my own views, and not necessarily the views of my church or pastor.
When I was in the Air Force, a man once offered me a three-chord guitar progression, and asked me to use it to write a song. I considered what I would want to say in that song. I chose the theme "I have met the Lord" and wrote a song called "Child of the King."
Now my pastor, Dan Newburn, has offered me this website, and again I have considered what I would want to do with it, and what its title should be. As I wanted it to be about God and His Word, I chose the title "Considering God's Word." I expect to write about a lot of subjects, keeping in mind that the authority on these subjects is God's Word. What people think about that subject is one thing, but what God's Word says about it is the authority.
Because I am the one that will be writing on these subjects (though I hope to have others interact with me on this website) I think it would be good for the reader to know something about me, and where my biases may be. Though Jn 7:18 says "He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory." let me say from the beginning that it is not my glory that I seek, but the Lords'. I do expect to get pleasure and satisfaction out of working on this site, but I trust that my work on it will be for the benefit of others, and ultimately for the glory of the Lord. [Unless otherwise noted, all Bible quotations on this website will be from the King James Version of the Bible, basically because this is the version from which I have chosen to memorize over 1,700 verses.]
Saved at age six, in a non-religious home, lead to the Lord by my grandmother while visiting her on vacation for a week, I didn't start reading the Bible until I was seventeen, or attend church regularly until I was nineteen. I started going to church with my aunt's family right before entering the service. In the Air Force, I soon became very involved at Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield, Ca., where I realized I had the spiritual gift of "teaching". I quickly realized that serving the Lord was what I wanted to do in life, and planned to go to Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College once my time in the service was up. I graduated Magnum Cum Laude, and soon became the pastor of the small church I was attending. That only lasted four months, and for the next seventeen years I was an active laymen in a number of churches. I had always wanted to experience being known solely as a Christian, rather than a Baptist, and when looking for a church near where my wife and I had moved to Victorville, Ca., we found a non-denominational church in nearby Adelanto, and became associated with the Independent Fundamental Churches of America Int. I soon found myself desiring to pastor again, and after a year of doing pulpit supply and having five churches ask me to pastor, my family and I selected Centinela Bible Church in Hawthorne, Ca. I pastored there for over sixteen years, preaching 45 minute sermons expositorily through the New Testament, and a great deal of the Old Testament. In 2014 I decided it was time for me to leave this church, and we moved to Las Vegas.
Now as my 63rd birthday approaches, I no longer foresee another pastorate in my future, but have been given the opportunity to use this website to consider God's Word with you. As I continue to serve and worship at Sun City Community Church as a layman, I am blessed to have set up the church's current website, and be its webservant. I have made that website so people can interact with it in various ways, leaving prayer requests, questions, comments, messages, and by use of a forum that is open to many different subjects. With that ministry, and now this website, I feel a sense of satisfaction in sharing what the Lord has taught me of Himself and His Word, allowing me to continue to use the gift of teaching He first gave me when I was saved. Though I have been under the teaching of a number of pastors in various Baptist and non-Baptist churches and organizations, I have always been a discerning student, and have used 1Th 5:21 as my guiding principle: "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." Though I memorize daily from the King James Version of the Bible, and thus quote from it, I have never been a KJV Only person. I prefer and trust it, but am not restricted to it only.
Though much of this website will be concerned with "Considering God's Word," the greater importance of this site will be to consider God Himself! It is one thing to scholastically consider the Word, it is another to devotionally, and intimately interact with the living God. His Word is said to be alive (Heb 4:12; 1Pe 1:23), and so as we consider it together, let us realize that He is in this with us (Emmanuel-God with us). Let us "walk" with Him, "filled" with (controlled by) His Spirit. Let us be talking to Him as we are reading of the subjects on this site, proving all things, holding fast that which is good, searching the Scriptures daily, seeing if these things are so (Ac 17:11).