I introduce the book with an opening chapter titled:
YOU HAVE GOD-GIVEN TALENT – USE IT FOR HIS GLORY!
This chapter is intended to convince all readers that God has an amazing plan for your life. He really does! Your qualifications or lack of, count for nothing when it comes to God deciding what it is He wants you to do for Him. He is looking for something entirely different in you. He looks at your heart. This chapter begins with a part of my own testimony…
‘I’d like to begin by telling you a little about myself, by way of sharing part of my testimony, but also to combine it with some words intended to encourage you.
But before I do, I feel the need to inform you that throughout this book, I will mention several words and highlight some sinful practices that would likely cause some members of a congregation to walk out if I mentioned them when preaching in church. I’ve certainly never heard them mentioned in church publicly. Let me reassure you that they are not ‘rude’ words, they are just frank words describing things as they are, and which are things that we men need to ‘man-up’ about and learn to deal with head-on if we are going to be set free from sin and ‘enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].’ (John chapter 10 verse 10).
In 2008, my wife and I were present at the ordination of the curate of the church we attended in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, UK. He was a wonderful, caring man of God, and his calling into the priesthood of the Church of England was an event that the whole congregation looked forward to attending.