Lover of Souls – Proverbs 11:30
I was born in Detroit, Michigan USA 1962. I received Jesus at the age of 8 years old when the Holy Spirit pulled me from my seat and brought me to the front of the church when the minister extended the invitation to accept the Good News. Even at 8 years old, I recognized my need for a savior. I remember after being baptized, that very day that I felt like I had the best bubble bath in the world. I felt super-clean all over.
During my teenage years, I fell away from the Lord and lived a life of rebellion against my God-fearing parents and against God himself. I drifted aimlessly for many years until the age of 22. By then I was an alcoholic and a mess. Not able to keep a job because of my lack of discipline and integrity. At a small pub in Utica Michigan December 1984 an internal voice spoke to me. "Do you want to wait until your 40 years old to wake up? " I immediately said, “no Sir”. I had had enough of doing it my way. That very night, my heart began to change in a big way.
The next day, the grass was greener, the sky literally looked bluer to me. I was changed, I knew, I had truly been born again. I committed my life to Him and never looked back. I lived to lead everyone that I met to the Lord. I had some of my best friends come to know that Lord and several that I have worked with over the years. I tried to take every opportunity to lead people away from the world and to Jesus to find freedom. I did it wrong so many times and no doubt offended many people unintentionally. I have had made many big mistakes that caused my family and I much grief, many because I really did NOT understand the gospel I was preaching. HOWEVER, THE LORD STILL loved me and continued to help me.
Today, at the age of 55 I finally have begun to scratch the surface of what it really means to be a follower of Jesus. I really cannot call myself a disciple yet, but I am working towards that end.
Today I live with my beautiful wife Lisa Bugg and we have 4 wonderful kids that are all serving the Lord. We have great confidence in the Lord to bring about his purpose in our lives. Our family has one purpose. To glorify the LORD in all that we do. To serve and love each other and do our best to be a light in this very dark world.
Although we all fall short often, GOD’s GRACE is sufficient for us.
I have experienced the power of God in my life.
I have seen it and will hold fast to it.
God is the Rock of my Salvation the joy of my heart. He forces me to lie down and rest in a lush green place. And like THE good shepherd, he leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul, AGAIN, and AGAIN and AGAIN.
My message to the World: LIVE FOR JESUS! PERIOD. Nothing will satisfy your soul, like a relationship with the living God through His son Jesus.
HE WILL DELIVER YOU IN THE DAY OF TROUBLE.
CALL ON HIM AND HE WILL ANSWER YOU.
Psalm 71:20-21 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. Thou shalt increase my greatness and comfort me on every side