The purpose of ACV is to provide a forum for influencing all to live for Jesus. I was blessed to have parents who taught me about God and instilled within me a love for the truth. With this as a foundation, I developed a passion for teaching. My father, a gospel preacher for 49 years, was a strong influence in my life. He placed in the masthead of the electronic bulletin which he edited the last years of his life (1999 – February 2006), which he called A Christian’s Voice from Van Buren,” “Man uses his voice and pen to convey thoughts. Paul mentions using words that by his voice he might ‘teach others’ (1 Cor. 14:19). John says, ‘And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.’ (Rev. 22:17). My aim is to challenge, inform, and invite — us all to listen to the VOICE of God.”
I look for opportunity to share the Good News with as many people as I am able. There are so many in our day and time that are drifting through life without direction or without hope for the future. I want to present myself completely to God and to use my whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God (Romans 6:13, NLT). I desire to be “a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21, NKJV).
Our Guiding Values:
- To Act with Integrity in All We Do
- To Model Jesus with a Servant’s Heart
- To Treat All with Respect and Honesty
Background of A Christian’s Voice:
When career changes were forced upon me in the fall of 2009, I considered launching a non-profit organization devoted to youth and men’s ministry. After a considerable amount of prayer, reflection, and analysis, I decided NOT to launch that effort. I devoted considerable energy and time to this website through the end of 2013. In the succeeding years I continued to seek re-employment in the field to which I had given my entire adult life. Supply Chain Management had been my primary area of expertise for over 35 years and included Fortune 500 companies Union Carbide Corporation, Sprint, Embarq Communications, CenturyLink and Weatherford International. When it became apparent to me that I was no longer considered a valuable contributor to the supply chain management profession, I decided to go into semi-retirement. After doing some reading about the subject, I chose a retirement 2nd career in Retail Merchandising.
As I write this revision to the Goals and Objectives for this website, I have entered a new phase of my life. I have been in a period of “wintertime,” to use a term introduced by Max Lucado in his compelling book, You Were Made For This Moment: Courage For Today And Hope For Tomorrow. He says, “Winters are a part of life – some personal, some global – but all are powerful. Try as we might to bundle up and lean into the wind, the heartiest among us can fall. The wind is too strong. Nights are too long, and the question is all too common: Will this winter ever pass? You wonder (don’t you wonder?) if you will survive this.” This book examines the story of Esther of the Old Testament and Lucado says it “was written to be read in wintertime” (p.4). I am currently in a class where we are studying the magnificent account of Esther and Mordecai where “we are eyewitnesses to a triumph of divine drama.”
I am now entering a period of “springtime,” after a long winter and a long absence from actively writing and posting to this site. I will have more to say about that in a new section of the site called “Recovery.” But it is my desire to once again make active posts to this website in hopes that it might be a positive influence for the cause of Christ. It is my hope also, that by sharing my own journey of faith and recovery, it might give you hope, if you are struggling through a wintertime in your life.
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Maybe it’s the back problem as a way God is letting you know you need to write and rewrite some of your dads article and post on the web for others to gain knowledge of both of y’alls work . I didn’t realize that his nor your writing were available on the web , never thought about going and looking for them just didn’t know ,thanks for sharing all this .
You may be right Joe. I definitely plan to do more writing and more posting of much of my Dad’s materials. Thanks for reading and for recommending the site to others.