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#20 A Mormon’s Perspective on Christianity – Justin Williams

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” – 2nd Timothy 1:7

  1. Biggest Weakness – the sin of judging others. Justin is working on living God’s Word, but in danger of pointing the finger which is the opposite of Christ. Christ lived with sinners.
  2. Biggest Strength – Justin’s ability to recognize his weakness and try to change by being active in Christ’s will.
  3. Darkest Time – When things are going well, there’s a tendency to be less focused on God and service. It becomes too easy to be prideful.
  4. Inspirational Person – A Bishop of Justin’s church.
  5. Advice – Trust in God, there are better times ahead. Reach out to friends and scriptures.
  6. God’s Men of Influence – Set the example, you are the light of the world.
  7. Church – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  8. Baptized when he was 8 years old.
  9. Best Advice Been Given – Focus on the few things that matter.
  10. Men’s group – The last hour of a 3 hour service is men’s group.
  11. Favorite Charity – Operation Underground Railroad

Recommended Book – “The Compound Effect” – Derrick Hardy

email – justinwilliams@gmail.com

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#19 Prison Turns Ex-con Into Pastor – Pastor Bob Tucker

  1. Biggest Weakness – Bob has trouble sometimes trusting God absolutely. Recently he had open heart surgery and was reminded to trust God. It’s a challenge from day to day.
  2. Biggest Strength – Knowing that he is weak reminds him to stay vigilant.
  3. Dark Time – When Pastor Bob facing 23 years in prison spent 2 years locked up not knowing the outcome.
  4. Pastor Bob’s transformation – During that 2 years of uncertainty a transformation took place. He now considers prison a time out and a chance to relearn the person he wanted to be. Many times he prayed “Lord all I want is to be a Godly man”, but he had all the attributes that were the opposite. He spent day and night in his cell with the Lord.
  5. Incarceration – Pastor Bob was sentenced to only 7 years. In prison there were moments when his life was threatened when he was asked to stray from his new path and refused. Ultimately, becoming a true Christian garnered him respect and he was left alone. He believed it was a test of his faith.
  6. While in prison, Pastor Bob helped others transform as well. He learned to trust that God would bring people to him when they were open and needed to hear the Word.
  7. Joining Society – Getting out of jail was a difficult adjustment. Pastor Bob was constantly worried that he would make a mistake by accident and be sent back, but soon the Holy Spirit calmed him and gave him a purpose.
  8. Pastor Bob opened a recovery halfway house for those recently out of prison.
  9. “God is the only one who knows our heart and he loves us. He must become real in our lives. Peace and joy can only come from the Lord” – Pastor Bob Tucker
  10. To Be A God’s Man of Influence – You must become a walking testimony of change. Use words only when necessary.
  11. Pastor Bob attends River Church of Costa Mesa
  12. He was baptized on the prison yard.
  13. Best advice – The only battle worth winning, requires surrender and is between the Flesh and the Spirit.

Recommended Book – “From Surviving To Significance” and “Christian Families In Recovery”

Favorite Charity – Spirit of Life Recovery.

email – bob@newlifespiritrecovery.com

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#18 God uses you in so many things – Peter Oakman

“But God is so rich in mercy and he loves us so much, that even though we are dead because of our sins he raised Christ from the dead” – Ephesians 2:4

  1. Peter is a humble blessed Christian, husband and father.
  2. Peter’s arrogant attitude about his family member who became pregnant out of wedlock, led him to his favorite verse. He met an ex-prostitute/drug-addict from New Zealand on a plane who heard his story, read him Ephesians 2:4, and said you must love that family member no matter what, the way God loves me.
  3. Biggest Weakness – Worrying about the future and living in God’s peace. Stresses about living up to expectations.
  4. Biggest Strength – Implement Jesus’s teachings and spread the word through all types of people.
  5. To experience God’s voice Peter pays attention to how he feels and it becomes undeniable. He says pay attention to the nudge in your heart and ask God if it’s him.
  6. Dark Time – Freshman & Sophomore year of college spent partying a lot and living selfishly. He thought that going to church on Sundays was enough to be a good Christian. Spent too much time drinking and trying to hook up with girls.
  7. Went to Florida for the summer and decided to let God in. Peter went to church and met a girl who invited him to a pool party. Her friends were happy, joyful people and they showed him how to have fun being a Christian and having a relationship with God.
  8. Biggest Obstacle – Going back to school and seeing a drinking buddy who said he was being lame.
  9. Best advice – Open your heart and let God work on the small things. Don’t overlook the simple ways God wants to speak to you.
  10. God’s Man of Influence means to be blessed, loved and used by God.
  11. Member of Viewpoint Church – Newport Beach
  12. Baptized – January 1991
  13. Best Advice he’d ever been given – “Live in your present” – Mike Ditka.

Recommended Book – “Blue Light Jazz” – Donald Miller

“When Men Think Private Thoughts” – Pastor Gordon MacDonald

Favorite Charity – “Young Life” and “African Renewal Ministries”

peter.oakman@gmail.com

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#17 Spiritual Growth Happened When He Looked Internally – Andrew Salter

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” – John 4:18

  1. Biggest Weakness – Being too busy which Andrew calls “burden under Satan’s yoke”
  2. Biggest Strength – Building Relationships and being intentional.
  3. Dark Time – Andrew felt broken and kept going to church and finding no answers.
  4. Andrew became a part of “Young Life” a worldwide non-profit. He was so moved by the joy and focus on God the members had that he found his purpose in serving Christ. Blog
  5. He asked Christ to enter his heart and felt an extreme calm.
  6. Best Advice – Take an honest look at your life. Pray to God to reveal your purpose and be patient and listen.
  7. To be a God’s Men of Influence you must be an imitator of Christ.
  8. Andrew prays in the morning and whenever he needs to talk with God.
  9. At age 22 he recommitted himself to Christ and was baptized on a backpack trip atop a glacier in British Columbia.
  10. Best Advice he was ever given – Be memorable, not for your own sake, but for God.

Recommended Books: My Utmost For His Highest – Oswald Chambers and Systematic Theology of the Bible – Wayne Gordon.

Favorite Charity – “Young Life”

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