#18 God uses you in so many things – Peter Oakman
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“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
- Peter is a humble blessed Christian, husband and father.
- 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.
- Biggest Weakness – Worrying about the future and living in God’s peace. Stresses about living up to expectations.
- Biggest Strength – Implement Jesus’s teachings and spread the word through all types of people.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Biggest Obstacle – Going back to school and seeing a drinking buddy who said he was being lame.
- 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.
- God’s Man of Influence means to be blessed, loved and used by God.
- Member of Viewpoint Church – Newport Beach
- Baptized – January 1991
- 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”
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