Aloha from Honolulu!
I am a Christian of 41 years, husband of 31 years, pastor of 15 years, university professor of 26 years, and father of two sons (23 and 16).
Now in my late 50s, I literally live for our “Blessed Hope”–I came to faith in Christ reading the first edition of Hal Lindsey’s book “The Late Great Planet Earth”–but suffer from several (physical) disabling, catastrophic illnesses that have me in agony on a daily basis. Our Father has me here for a reason, and I know each and every individual to whom He has given me is a unique, compelling and higher reason to live!
I know from experience what severe depression is, having gone through the entire treatment algorithm twice. I’ve been in the dark valley of prescription opioid dependence, but also led out into the sunshine of freedom by God’s grace.
I know that our times present unique and daunting challenges to believers and soon-to-be believers in all cultures, languages, and demographics. God’s Spirit is moving around the world and bringing unprecedented numbers of people, otherwise hidden away in darkness, into the light of the Living Lamb. Yet the time is short; late is the hour; one can sense the approaching darkness. The wondrous and glorious grace of God in Christ therefore shines all the brighter!
I first heard Dr. Zacharias at a prayer breakfast here in Honolulu some 5 years ago. Dr. Z and the RZIM Team are all a tremendous encouragement in the simple faith in Christ that keeps me going, day after day after day.
I learned of RZIM Connect through the “2018 Year In Review” volume of RZIM Magazine.
I am blessed to learn of this online community and hope to contribute in some helpful fashion.