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Beholding the
Luminous Glory
of the One True God

Instructional resources to help you more effectively read, understand, and apply God’s Word… to enable you to more clearly see the glory of God in the face of Christ.

What the headline means

Focusing on the surest path to spiritual maturity

Growing in our faith and maturing as Christians often seems like a journey down a very foggy road. There are times when the journey towards spiritual maturity can feel confusing, or scary, or overwhelming. (And anyone who tries to tell you differently is not someone to be trusted.) In these time, we should always stand firm on the clear promises from God in His Word which describe His intentions for leading His children into maturity.

In Romans 8, Paul assures us that God has predestined those people He’s chosen to become His children to be conformed to the image of Jesus. In Philippians 2, Paul again encourages true believers that the work that God began in our lives in making us His children, He’ll absolutely complete. We should never forget that it’s the sovereign work of God—through the ministry of the Holy Spirit—that develops us into mature Christians.

For almost 10 years now, God has been working in my life to focus my attention on two elements in the process of spiritual maturity. The first—as I’ve already stated—is standing firm on God’s Word. The second is always looking to see the “glory of God in the face of Christ” in every passage of the Bible that we read.

Abiding in God’s Word, for the specific purpose of gaining a more complete and accurate understanding of our God, is—in my understanding—the surest path to spiritual maturity and to becoming “complete in Christ.”

The more we see the nature, character, purposes, plans and works of God on our behalf as we abide in His Word, the more awesome and wonderful He becomes to us, the more we appreciate His love, the more we naturally fall in love with Him, and the more surely we’re transformed into the image of Jesus.

The purpose of this website

Blessing others in their spiritual journey as Christians

Ephesians 1 tells me that God has blessed me with every spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ. The most significant of those blessings are then listed out in the following verses. Even though I’m certain that I’ll never fully grasp the true value of those blessings in this life, what I have grasped very frequently brings me to tears of joy.

Without any question, the greatest of His blessings has been bringing me into an eternal, intimate relationship with Him—by grace through faith in the saving work of Jesus. The second most significant blessing has been Him continuing to “shine” into my heart, giving me ongoing glimpses of the “Light of the knowledge of the glory of God as I perceive the face of Christ” through His Word.

Through this website, I hope to share with others the blessings of spiritual understanding that God has lavished on me. This website is a humble attempt for me to be an “earthen vessel”—with a small candle inside—that God uses as a light to bless other Christians, as He reveals His omnipotent power, His blinding glory and His great goodness to them.

2 Corinthians 4:6–7
6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.

The people I hope to bless

Targeting Christians who are serious about their faith

I have a very specific target audience in mind for this site: serious Christians who are committed to growing in their faith as disciples of Jesus, especially ones like those Paul encouraged Timothy to pour his life into—those who would be faithful to bless others with the blessings that they receive.

2 Timothy 2:2
2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

My prayer is that God will direct Christians to this site who are looking for help in growing in their faith, and who also desire to be used by God to bless others. As I’ve been living in Bali Indonesia since 2007, I have a particular focus on trying to help Indonesian Christians grow in their relationship with God.

How I hope to be a blessing

Promoting a Proper Understanding of God and His Word

The Christian faith isn’t a faith based on a disjointed set of facts or beliefs. It’s very much a rational, systematic and orderly faith. The Christian concept of discipleship isn’t a random process. It’s not something that will effectively happen with “shotgun blasts” of teachings in a “soup of the day” fashion, which—unfortunately—is a common way that many pastors teach.

It brings me great sadness as I’ve witnessed so many examples of churches treating God’s truth as though it were a buffet banquet. Great harm has been done to the lives of many Christians by “teachers” who poorly understand God, poorly understand the role they’re supposed to play, and who—because of their poor understanding—think that they can pick and choose which parts of the Bible they believe and which Biblical “truths” they focus on.

The result of this type of teaching is that the fundamental truth of God’s Word is greatly distorted. Christians exposed to this type of random and error-prone teaching are prevented from maturing in their faith and relationship with God.

The true Christian faith is a belief system—where all the individual truths are inherently related to one another and where there’s a cohesive consistency among all those truths.

I know God doesn’t need anyone to “defend” Him. He’s perfectly capable of doing that for Himself. And yet, as Paul instructed Timothy, there’s absolutely a need for people to defend the truth of God’s Word and to diligently “reprove, rebuke and exhort” those who promote wrong doctrine.

It’s my intention to be as faithful—and as accurate—as possible in representing the truth of the Bible in any instructional materials I create. It’s also my intention to faithfully present a complete, systematic portrayal of God’s nature, character, purposes, plans and works as revealed in His Word.

The blessing I hope to give

Helping people more intimately know and love God

Since moving to Bali in 2007, the Holy Spirit has consistently worked in my life to help me more completely understand the true nature, character, purposes, plans and works of God on my behalf. I honestly can’t adequately express in words the truly “life-changing” impact this has had on me.

I’m convinced that the best way I can love others, is by helping them more completely experience and appreciate the depths of God’s love for them.

Now that I’ve been a Christian for almost 50 years, I’ve come to clearly recognize a number of spiritual progressions* that the Holy Spirit tries to lead us through, as He matures us as Christians. (The most important progression can be found in the callout quote above.)

There’s a critical need for true believers to understand these progressions so that their expectations about the Christian life are realistic, and so that they also understand where to focus their attention if they’re serious about wanting to grow in their faith.

Another critical need is for Christians to fully comprehend the complete, systematic truth of God’s Word. Having a comprehensive understanding of the interconnectedness of all the truths of the Bible provides the foundation for believers to mature—and to become more effective in being used by the Holy Spirit to bless others.

A final, critical need is for Christians to look for—and continually perceive—the love of God for them as portrayed throughout the pages of scripture, so that they’re naturally motivated to love God and love others.

My intense passion is to spend the rest of my life creating and sharing instructional materials to bless others in growing in their faith, in becoming “complete in Christ” and in more fully experiencing ongoing, spontaneous times of joyful worship of the One True God.

 

* A progression is an orderly process of related events. The initial event in the progression starts this process and leads to the next, related event, which in turn leads in an orderly sequence through all the other related events. Each event—or, step in the progression—prepares the way for the next event in the sequence.

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