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Knowing Him

This Spring I will complete my 25th year in Christian Ministry. In many ways, it seems like only yesterday when I stood in my Dad’s pulpit and preached my first sermon as a seventeen-year-old. But in other ways, it seems like a lifetime ago.

When I started out, I pastored a half-time church in Northfield, Texas and preached youth revivals near the college I attended in Texas and throughout Central and Southern California. In those days, my burning passion was to help others find Christ-a desire that remains with me to this day.

I was rough in those days. No refinement at all. You might say I was a “hell-fire & brimstone preacher.” But God honored the preaching of His word and souls were saved.

After getting some education and practical experience, I gained some refinement and respectability. My passion wasn’t so much to introduce others to Christ, though I did continue to be evangelistic out of habit. My passion was to know more about Christian ministry, so I could te…
May 3

Francis of Assisi, 1182–1226
English Translation by William Draper, 1855–1933
  All Thy works shall praise Thee, O Lord; and Thy saints shall bless Thee. They shall speak of the glory of Thy kingdom, and talk of Thy power. (Psalm 145:10, 11)
All the magnificent wonders of nature reveal the majesty of God and glorify Him. From the grateful heart of a devoted Italian monk in the year of 1225 came this beautiful message. As a great lover of nature, Saint Francis saw the hand of God in all creation, and he urged men to respond with expressions of praise and alleluia.
Giovanni Bernardone, the real name of Saint Francis, demonstrated through his own life all the tender, humble, forgiving spirit and absolute trust in God that his hymn urges others to have. At the age of 25 Bernardone left an indulgent life as a soldier, renounced his inherited wealth, and determined to live meagerly and to imitate the selfless life of Christ.
Throughout his life Saint…