Bible Study Minister Education
Join today and receive a scholarship towards free bible study minister education. Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) offers free high-quality online ministry training. CLI accepts any individual anywhere in their life to learn about Christianity. Read a student’s testimony below who found CLI and is using the scholarship to earn free Bible Study Minister Education to answer his call from God.
My name is John Blevins. I live in a small town in North East U.S.A. I was lucky enough to be born in the Bible Belt. It seemed as if everyone I came in contact with believed in our Lord Jesus Christ. So my entire life I was exposed to religion and knew from the very start that Jesus died for me.
In my youth, my Mom and her parents kept us in the Church of Christ.I didn’t agree with the way they saw women. Women were very limited in what they were allowed to participate in. This made no sense to me since I was being brought up by my mom, her sister, and my grandmother. They were very tough and kept me and my siblings safe and secure, plus in the Bible, I remember reading about women prophets.So I began to look at other denominations.
I got married to a young lady who was brought up in a Baptist church so I started going to church with her. I couldn’t believe they allowed music played in their church service. I went from sitting quietly in a church to music being played, and people shouting and praising God.I was in shock. This made my soul catch on fire. I felt God so strong. I went to the alter and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I wanted to keep this feeling forever. It was not long before I felt the call to preach.I so wanted to tell the world that Jesus was alive and well. He was so much more than history stories He was a walking, talking being as real today as He was in the stories.
Then enters the Devil to throw fear into me, smothering the fire that the love and grace of our Heavenly Father so carefully built in me. Telling me I was worthless. That God didn’t want the likes of me representing Him and presenting His Word to the world. I must have imagined all this. People will think you’re silly etc. I never told anybody what I had felt.
Shortly after all this, my wife of seven years left me providing proof for Satan that I was worthless. I left the church for about five years. Then I met my current wife. A true gift from God. We moved to Vernon Florida and started going to Church with my dad and stepmother. This church was an Assembly of God. They had the music, the shouting and they spoke in tongues. You could feel the Lord all over this Church. We became involved in the outreach ministry. We were singing in the church choir, we were very involved. We were in a close walk with the Lord. life was so good.
We had to return to Alabama and ended up with many mouths to feed and my priorities got all messed up.Work and the all mighty dollar took center stage. I was working 60 to 90 hours a week to put food on the table and keep a roof over everyone’s head and God took the back seat. This went on for several years till the Lord decided to get my attention and suddenly I didn’t have enough money to put food on the table. I had no choice but to try to catch enough fish to feed everybody. I got to the lake bright and early sure in my ability to catch fish. I had never gone fishing and caught nothing. But, about 8 hours into this fishing trip and I started to really worry. I started talking to God. Please God you know I have to catch something to feed these babies. Time continued to pass and nothing. People were leaving, boats pulling out of the water and I didn’t have one fish, not even a bite had I gotten.Then this boat pulls up and they start loading it on the trailer. This young man says” hey mister you want these fish?” I was so relieved. I thanked them for the fish then I began thinking God. I had forsaken Him many times but He never left me.
This got me back in church and in short, the order got that fire burning in my soul again. I still felt like I was not worth to preach the word. I didn’t know enough. I had not been faithful enough.. My wife helped me understand that nobody is good enough but I still felt I didn’t know enough. Then I found your website. I hope to gain as much knowledge about the Bible as possible and spread the Good News to as many as humanly possible. I am so blessed to have come across CLI and the opportunity of Bible Study Minister Education. I love the Lord and I want every man, woman, and child to know the peace and unconditional love that knowing Jesus Christ puts in your heart and soul.
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