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I'm so excited to be working for Insight magazine as their editor, but in addition to that, I'll also be working to direct and manage the other ministries that are part of Insight such as TheFlow and developing additional initiatives that will more effectively meet the needs of our readers--you guys!
You might be asking yourself, well, who is this guy, anyway? I've been writing for Insight now for several years as an online columnist ("Miranda Writes") and as a writer in the magazine from time to time.
I believe in speaking and writing plainly and teaching clear biblical truth. I find that you crave and even appreciate a straight shooter. You can smell a fake a mile away. It's not my goal to shock or to entertain, but to spread the gospel, advocate, inform, encourage, educate, equip, and even rebuke when necessary. I don't believe in guilting or shaming you, nor will I attempt to convict you . . . that's the Holy Spirit's job. I believe you are intelligent enough to listen to, discern, and apply to your lives what is being said, and to make wise decisions when given the appropriate information and support.
I think I've got a lot of good, commonsense stuff to say about living your life and dealing with your issues both with and without God. I'd like to think I deal with the real issues that you're dealing with in a humorous, honest, but always biblical way. I'm hoping to give you information not just about how to live your life, but about how to life your life God's way. I've got lots of unique experiences in four different areas:
1. Ex-Addict: This is the one that I think qualifies me the most to talk to you about issues, because for about 15 years of my life I went off the deep end. I was raised in the church, but turned my back on my family, my church, and my God. I lost my mind and made some really stupid decisions in my life that I'm not so proud of. I was a really angry guy. I'm a recovering sex and porn addict. The truth is, I'm still feeling the consequences of some of those bad habits, sins, and addictions to this day.
2. Counselor: I've been dealing with teens and their families for more than 20 years, and I hear about the issues you're dealing with every day. I also have a Master's degree in counseling (that's a lot of college) along with the school loans to show for it. :-)
3. Christian: I've been a Christian since I was about eight years old. Again, I've got a lot of life experiences I can share with you. I feel as though I've got a pretty strong relationship with God . . . but neither me nor my relationship with God are perfect. Every day I can make choices that can either drive me closer to God or further from Him. I still do stupid stuff every day—just ask my wife and kids.
4. Father: It's absolutely amazing what happens to a person when they have children. It's like all of a sudden you really start to understand more deeply how God feels about you--how patient and loving He is towards me and my knuckleheadedness (that's an original Omar-ism). I don't claim to be God, but I'm starting to see a lot of stuff from His point of view.
So, enough about me. Let's get down to business. What is Insight all about? Well, to put it simply, we want to help you to: "Know Jesus >> Love Jesus >> Live Jesus."
More specifically, we want to educate, equip, inspire, advocate for, and encourage you and those people that love you by (1) telling you about Jesus, introducing you to Him, teaching you how to love Him more and know Him better, encouraging and training you how to think and live like Christians, and to share Him with others effectively and (2) getting those people that love you to honestly and consistently connect with you.
The writer Ellen G. White wrote this about what we want to do at Insight: "Christ's method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Savior mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, 'Follow Me.' . . . Accompanied by the power of persuasion, the power of prayer, the power of the love of God, this work will not, cannot, be without fruit" (The Ministry of Healing, pp.143, 144).
In other words, we want to meet you at your need and provide real and honest answers to your life's most difficult questions by introducing you to the One that can give you the answers you need--Jesus.
I've told you all that to tell you this: it is my sincerest hope that after reading all this information, you will get involved with Insight and allow us to help you:
1. Get acquainted and get to know Jesus.
2. Fall in love with Jesus Christ and give Him your heart, your will, your all, and then follow Him all the days of your life!
3. Grow and flourish in your relationship with God, through Jesus.
4. Not make stupid mistakes that get you tangled up in years and years of chronic sin, addictions, bad life choices and the consequences that come with them. Instead, you'll be able to sidestep those things.
5. Share that love and freedom that you've found in Christ with as many people as you can to speed Christ's return so we can all go home to spend eternity with Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus is coming back soon, and none of us have time to waste! Ephesians 5:15-17 puts it like this: "Act like people with good sense and not like fools. These are evil times, so make every minute count. Don't be stupid. Instead, find out what the Lord wants you to do" (CEV). *
I truly believe that if you really understood the significance, joy, power, and freedom of knowing Christ and being found in Him, you would be standing in line to get into church the way many of your friends--maybe you--do to get the newest iPhone!
Ellen G. White, a prophet of the Lord for these last days, writes this:
"In order that the work may go forward in all its branches, God calls for youthful vigor, zeal, and courage. He has chosen the youth to aid in the advancement of His cause. To plan with clear mind and execute with courageous hand demands fresh, uncrippled energies. Young men and women are invited to give God the strength of their youth, that through the exercise of their powers, through keen thought and vigorous action, they may bring glory to Him and salvation to their fellow men" (Evangelism, p. 478).
* Scripture quotations identified CEV are from the Contemporary English Version. Copyright © American Bible Society 1991, 1995. Used by permission.