40 Years in the Wilderness

Not long after becoming an Episcopalian acolyte, a bishop came visiting and told our priest, Father Chet, that I would grow up to be a priest. Better late than never.

My Story

Anyone who has ever said they have been perfect Christians their entire lives are lying. There is no such thing. Paul made that very clear. If there was, we wouldn’t need to be saved. I’m no different.

I was a good little acolyte through 1988, went on my first mission after graduating high school… and it all fell apart. Never go on a mission with people you don’t know and can’t trust. Half the kids we didn’t know and were racist, going down to central Mexico to build houses with us. ‘Nuf said. And Satan was alive and well in my life after that, my first two years of college life being filled with challenges to my faith.

But God wasn’t done with me. Despite wandering around looking for alternative answers in alcohol and other religions, He continued to make His presence known, saving my hide more times than I can count, until I reached the bottom of my own, personal pit. In 2007, I returned to God and currently attend Northglenn Christian Church in Northglenn, Colorado. I had a vision to start a non-profit and in 2009 Dirt ‘N’ Nails Farms Inc. (501c3) was born. I went back to school and received a Masters in Counseling. Though I never could find a job, I continued to find ways to contribute to the work God had laid out for me to do.

So here I am, finishing my last year at Grand Canyon University’s Theological Seminary, a full circle made of 48 years of my life. And becoming a father at 46 has been a miracle since it has given me a glimpse of looking to God as a child does to his Father. Maybe that is what it takes sometimes, for a person to fall to the deepest depths of a personal pit to the point that there is only one way to reach, one way to look, straight up out of the crib of the world to our Father’s arms.

Where am I going from here? I do not know. I do know I am now a father with responsibilities to his daughter, I have always been a husband with responsibilities to his wife, and, most of all, I am a servant of God. God first, family second, self last. That is my calling. That is who I am.

We are in this for the long haul. ONE lifetime, ONE chance. Let’s bring up our kids right.

Sermons and Other Words

Under Construction?

Under Construction?More like under "reconstruction." Let me explain...Up until about two or three months ago, all of the sites I work on for friends and family were starting to bog down on the legacy GoDaddy server, never moved to the newer servers. That all came to a head when WordPress started erroring due to old legacy software on the server. We had no choice but to move the websites. That is...

Another 2018 Update…

Well, folks, I thought I'd drop a line. 2018 has been a seriously messed up year. Started with a huge contract that I'm still not done with, ailments galore, my best bud then having a heart attack and me taking over for him, just one thing after another. I am now on my last class and will finish at the end of November, so I am looking forward to the free time to finish the voiceover contract and...

Response to “An Unbeatable Challenge to All Christians”

This week I had to write something in the form of a response, like a Letter to the Editor or some such, to a challenge against Christianity. I was not surprised to run a search on it and finding someone's attempt to do exactly that, going so far as to call it "unbeatable." The challenge was more than a little insulting, basically stating that all Fundamentalist Christians believe the verses...

“What is Evangelicalism?” A Tribute Sermon

The "New Evangelicalism" movement is attributed to three particular leaders. We recently lost one of the most iconic of all of the evangelists of this generation, Billy Graham. So now might be a good time to take a look at what it really means, by definition, action, and tone, to be "Evangelical." Because, as the movie line goes, I don't think it means what most think it means.

Thank you, @michaelwsmith! This new video inspires me.

Sometimes I wake up in the morning and see that sunrise and just think, "Wow!" Or how about the meteor showers like we just had, the solar eclipse, or just gazing at the moon? The universe is an amazing, complex place. Glad MWS got to have a little fun with this video. Way to go. Let's see what's out there.

#PewDiePie, Anti-PDP, and the State of the Gaming Industry

Regarding the article There is no 'heat of the moment' in video games... I will not usually use the Longhaul Preacher blog for any kind of political statement if I can help it, but this article from Polygon/MSN News is like an open wound to me because it underscores the need in society for family friendly material and the need for increased industry and parental responsibility. I both agree and...

Thanks, y’all!

I just wanted to thank everyone again for supporting me and my family in prayer through 2017. We have had so many setbacks as to cut my podcasting time to the point of nothing and y'all have been noncritical of me for it. I can't wait to see 3.0 of Star Citizen finally come out, as I am sure all of you SC fans are, yet know I will likely not have time to try it until well after it is finally...

“Abba! Father!”

What does it mean to say that we have adoption through God the Father? Galatians 4:1-7 is examined in this sermon based on a manuscript written for MIN-601, Christ-Centered Preaching, for Grand Canyon University Theological Seminary, June 2017, by the Longhaul Preacher himself.

Thank you, everyone!

I'd like to thank everyone for their patience this year. Just got back from the blistering heat of Phoenix for the week and feeling worn, but want to share with you both a sermon from the class I am in that I was not able to do and what Cloud Imperium has been saying. As well, it is nearing the 1 year anniversary of Longhaul Preacher and I want to start work on updating some old but still...

Happy Father’s Day!

To paraphrase Spock from the JJ Abrams reboot of Star Trek, as doing a podcast on Father's Day ships would seem "oddly self-serving," I'm skipping in this year in favor of giving y'all this quick notice of the Father's Day special by Star Citizen for racing ships. Okay, honestly, I just ran completely out of time and am in Phoenix next week for a class on sermons, yet I still think such a...

What I Do

The podcast sermons I do are posted here for edification, for myself as much as for others. No, I don’t consider myself an “expert,” but I do consider myself a servant of God equipped with God’s Word and, like a good former scientist, I check and double check my understanding of Scripture.

Still I am sure there will be some who do not agree with me. I don’t see a problem with this, but please, if you have a problem with what I am saying, bring it up with me privately and, if I find merit in your argument, I will bring it up here as well for discussion. This will not be a forum for speaking out of hatred or anger and I will ban anyone who attempts to stir the community towards such.

Open for prayer or sermon requests…

Email

info@longhaulpreacher.space

Phone

(303) 263-1171

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