Saturday, June 18, 2011

My Published Book

I have finally published the book that I wrote several years ago to help church members read through the Bible.  It is a workbook written in Question-and-Answer format to guide the reader through every book of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.

I am in the beginning stages of starting a ministry called "PROJECT: READ THE BIBLE THROUGH."  There are so many who have never read the entire Bible from cover to cover, and I am hoping this will help.  So many have asked me to make it available to them when completed.

The book is available on for $14.95, but you will get a better price if you order through a special website from my publisher.  Here is the website:  


If you order, use the following Discount Code: DN7CXNZ3.  Using that code, you will be able to get the book for $11.95.  If you are reading this blog, you are eligible for this lower price.

I am very excited about this book, and I really want everyone to be able to have a copy to study the Bible for content and information and just to know what the Bible says!  Because of that, if you do not have the means to buy a copy, please write me back and I will send you a FREE copy.  I am serious about this.

If you know of a church that would like to buy in bulk, they would be eligible for discounts as well.  As a matter of interest, I will be meeting with an individual soon who does ministry at the nearby Chino Men's Prison, and we will be talking about using this book for prison ministry.  If you know of an institution (Christian schools or corporations) that may be interested, have them contact me as well.

Write me to let me know if you would like the book.  Write me if you have any questions.  Write me just to let me know what you think.  My email address is: and I will wait to hear from.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Arrived Home Safely

These past days were filled with much anticipation and travel.

Sondra and I flew out of LAX on Monday, June 6, headed to Springfield, Missouri, on Allegiant Airlines.  It was non-stop and a smooth flight.  Steve and Regina (our nephew and his wife) picked us up at the airport, which was a surprise and special.  We enjoyed the evening with my brother Noel and his wife Janice (and, of course, nephew Mark).  This was a trip set up to take Noel to the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio for a consult there.

So, on Tuesday morning, we (Noel, Mark, Sondra and I) began the 780-mile drive from Springfield to Cleveland, going through St. Louis and Indianapolis.  It was a long day.  We started at 9 am and, with stops for gas and eating, arrived at our hotel in Cleveland around midnight.  Our hotel (Radisson) was directly across the street from both the Cleveland basketball arena and the Cleveland Indians baseball field.

Noel's appointment was Wednesday afternoon, so the day was planned around that.  We did not have time to scout out the town or do anything of the "tourist" nature.  I sat in with Noel as the doctor reviewed his case and made some comments about the next steps to take.  After discussion, the doctor asked Noel to do some more tests by wearing a monitor at home for some time.  This monitor will record miniature EKGs that will be sent by phone to the hospital (Cleveland Clinic) at various intervals.  This will give them extra data to make further determinations on his heart problems.

Because nothing further could be done at the clinic, we set out on Thursday morning to head back to Missouri.  We left early and arrived back in Springfield around 9 pm.  I was tired but pleased that the trip was beneficial to Noel, in the fact that more tests will be done and therefore more hope for the days ahead.

On Friday, we just took time to catch up on sleep and visiting with each other.  Saturday, we decided to run down to Joplin to view some of the damage from the recent tornado.  Janice, Mark, Sondra and I drove the 70 miles and saw the terrible devastation.  It is almost impossible to describe in words what it felt like as we drove down the many streets and by the businesses and homes that were destroyed.  Pictures cannot do justice to the emotions that one feels in that environment of tragedy.  I was so glad that I was a part of some relief efforts in the past weeks to help the ones who were in need.

I was asked to preach by Noel's pastor, so on Sunday morning I brought the morning message at Noel's church.  It was an enjoyable and blessed time.  That evening, Bailey Hill (Janice's dad) returned from a trip to Iowa and Nebraska and came by to see us.  It's always good to see him and renew a wonderful friendship.  We have known him for many years (since the mid-1970s) as he was a deacon at my dad's church in Wasco, California.

Monday (June 13) was our last day.  We relaxed and went out to eat and enjoyed the day.  Sondra and I got our flight that evening, saying our good-byes and feeling sad as we had to go.  We arrived at LAX around 10 pm, picked up our car from long-term parking and then got home around midnight.

It was a trip that meant a lot to us, as we spent time with Noel and his family.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Heading to Missouri

Tomorrow (Monday, June 6), Sondra and I will be flying out to Springfield, Missouri, where my brother Noel and his family live.  Noel has been given an opening to get consultation from the Cleveland Clinic for his heart condition.  This hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, is ranked the Number #1 heart hospital in all of America.

So, we will fly to Missouri and drive Noel to Cleveland for his appointment.  We will stay until tests and consultations have been completed there.  Then, we will drive back to Missouri and fly home on Monday, June 13.  We are praying that this will be a very productive and beneficial trip to the doctors in Cleveland.

This past weekend, our church held a Men's Retreat in association with another church (La Sierra Baptist Church in Riverside).  Including myself, we had 10 men from the church attend, and there were 10 from the La Sierra Church.  The theme was "Fighting the Good Fight."  It was to help the men find ways to live out the Christian faith in such a way as to find victory and joy in every situation.  Because we live in a world with problems and hurts, we fight the spiritual battles each and every day.

It was a wonderful time at the retreat.  I spoke at the Saturday morning session, but I was just greatly blessed to be there for a time of fellowship and relaxation and quiet moments.  It was a very spiritual time for many of the guys as some of them had never attended a church men's retreat.