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My "favorite" Bible stories:
  1. I think Exodus 32-33 (the story of Israel and the golden calf) is one of my favorite stories of the Bible.  To me, it illustrates God's grace in a very powerful way.  Notice what Moses asks God for.  God responds each time, THEN God goes a step further and restores his covenant with Israel.  In other words, Moses' request for grace didn't go far enough: God's plan to save went farther than even Moses could ask or anticipate.
  2. I love Ezekiel's vision at the start of his prophetic book.  When the Temple is destroyed, God's presence goes mobile...with the people.
  3. The stories of Joseph and Daniel and Esther amaze me: people who stood firm for God in the face of persecution and times of trouble.
  4. The sacrificial system introduced with God's instructions in Exodus 25 and fleshed out in Leviticus (especially the Day of Atonement) are a beautiful display that God's plan to save was not plan B.
  5. I love Abraham's faith in Genesis 22 (and what Paul says about him in Romans 4): willing to give his only son.  In the process, God uses his faith to teach us about the nature of salvation.
  6. The prophecies of Daniel and Revelation: what can I say?  I am amazed at the "mysteries" God reveals.
  7. Isaiah 19 (especially the last part of the chapter).  If you haven't read this recently, go there and check out how broad God's love really is!
  8. I tried to have a good biblical list of 7, but I couldn't omit my favorite: the story of my Savior.  I treasure the miracles, healings & resurrections, sermons, teachings, parables, interactions, life, death, and resurrection of the Word made flesh so that I may follow in His steps.
Here are some of my all-time favorite books:
"The Great Controversy" and "Steps to Christ" by Ellen White
"East of Eden" and "The Pearl" by John Steinbeck
"The Brothers K" by David Duncan
"Catch 22" by Joseph Heller
"The Tracker" by Tom Brown
"The Guns of August" by Barbara Tuchman
"The Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan
"Little Britches" by Ralph Moody
"Piercing the Darkness" by Frank Peretti
"The Call of the Wild" by Jack London
"The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Barbara Robinson
"Calvin and Hobbes" (any collection) by Bill Wateterson
"The Complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams

If you find me on, you can see all the books I've read and what I'm currently reading.
Goodreads: Book reviews, recommendations, and discussion

Some movies I have enjoyed watching:
The Truman Show
City Slickers
The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn
Pistol: the Birth of a Legend
The Visitor

Here are some of my favorite websites:
What do I like to do?
Well, my hobby really is my family.  Only when I have to do I take part in activities that do not involve my family.  For that reason, you will see my kids (4 of them) with me from time to time in my classroom, and my whole family with me at most WWVA events I attend.
Along with giving my life to Christ, choosing my wife, having children, and becoming a teacher, the other most important decision I have made is to not have TV in my home.  I would recommend that decision to long as you couple it with daily worship with your family and alone.
I enjoy good books and stories, especially ones that I can read with my family.  I still like to listen to "Adventures in Odyssey", "Your Story Hour", and other stories like "Antshillvania".  Of all the music out there, I think Christmas music is my favorite, the 3 "O" songs being at the top of the list: "O Holy Night", "O Little Town of Bethlehem", and "O Come, O Come Emmanuel".  I am a frequenter of thrift stores and yard sales, always looking for a good deal or a treasure to sell online for a profit.  Manly jobs with power tools fill a need in my life; and I look forward to teaching those skills to my daughters and son as they grow.  My favorite candy is Fisherman's Friends.  The changing seasons give me pleasure, as do my two dogs Frankie and Bernie--but I don't confuse pleasure with joy, which comes from knowing Christ.
If you ask me how I'm doing I usually reply that I'm doing great.  And the reason I'm doing great is that the tomb is still empty!

Why am I a teacher of Bible?
It's actually exciting and frightening to do what I do.  I get paid to study the Bible and present God's precious Word.  I also get to see firsthand the power of God working in WWVA's students.  On the other hand, I also get a front-row seat to see the battle waged by the devil who is defiantly eager to destroy.  My classroom becomes a battleground, and I am in the middle of it.  The frightening part is the role I play: if I am not controlled by the Spirit of God, I make myself available to be used in ways counter to God's mission.  So my mission is to stay connected to Christ moment-by-moment through a daily baptism of Scripture and unceasing prayer so that I will treasure Christ above all things and make Him look beautiful to the world.


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