Romans 11:36 says, "For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen." My goal is to glorify the Lord through faithful service, as His grace affords the opportunity. I have had the privilege of serving the Lord's Church in different capacities as a pastor, youth minister, or Bible teacher over the last two decades, and hope to eventually return to vocational ministry.
In addition to my ministry work, my "tent-making" has primarily been in working as a 3D artist and in graphic arts positions for many years. The main tools I use for this work are 3D Studio Max, V-Ray, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop. Because my problem-solving skills are above average, I have been able to learn new tools quickly and function at a high level in several areas of focus.
I am currently seeking full-time work while I pursue my seminary degree. A position serving with a Church would be ideal, but I am also looking for positions as an architectural visualization artist or as a production artist.
Glorifying God Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ
As a Christian, my primary purpose and desire is to bring God glory in all that I do (Rom. 11:36, 1 Cor. 10:31). I do this imperfectly, but this is still the goal and what I strive for. In order to do this, we have to know what brings God glory. In Matthew 22:36-40, Jesus was asked,
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Life is about relationships; your relationship with God and your relationships with other people. The gospel message is about both of these things.
First, it is about your relationship with God. People are born as sinners and love their sin (John 3:19). Because God is good, righteous, and holy, His justice demands judgment against sin (Ecc. 12:14). We are born into this world separated from God and condemned, but God has provided a way to restore us to a right relationship with Him. Jesus was born into this world, lived a perfectly righteous life (fulfilling the requirement of God's Law (Matt. 5:17-19)), and died to take the consequences of our actions and pay our debt to God (1 Pet. 2:21-25). This is what 2 Corinthians 5:21 is referring to when it says, "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."
Romans 10 says, "Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved." All those who genuinely choose to surrender their lives to Jesus Christ as Lord and desire to live in a way that honors Him will be saved. This desire to love God according to His standards is evidence of His saving grace (John 3:21; 14:15, Phil. 2:12-13).
For those of us who have been saved from God's judgment and who have become the objects of God's love, the second relationship (our relationship to other people) becomes obvious. Romans 10:14-15 says, "How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!” The Christian has new affections and shares God's desire to see the lost come to salvation. You cannot express love for someone by remaining silent as their immortal soul is perishing.
C. H. Spurgeon said it well;
"If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for."
1 John 3:23-24, "This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us."