me & GOD

Hi, Larry here.

The best way to find out about me and this blog will be to read the blogs—which will be published on no particular schedule, as I write when given something to write.

I first adopted the alias Avery Goodday when I took up the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting. Hey, any day I could get dressed-up in my 1880’s cowboy duds, grab my period correct pistols, rifle, and shotgun and go shooting with a fine group of people who enjoyed the same sport—well, that was “a very good day”!

Today, I no longer participate in Cowboy Action Shooting. But it occurred to me that every day God gives me has the potential to be… a very good day. Hence the name of the website.

I will tell you that I am a male. I’ve been alive long enough to have made plenty of mistakes; and, hopefully, to have learned a bit from them.

I accepted Jesus as my savior when I was twelve. And, I was very serious about it. However, the older I got the more questions I had. Questions, …with no place to go for answers. Like many denominations, my church was very rigid in their belief. I felt there was no one I could go to without being shunned.

I started college in ’61, at age 17. And, had way more questions than answers about Christianity. But, “…good news”! The university had courses like, “Comparative Religion 101”, and many others. I saw an opportunity to get the answers I was looking for. Ha! I was totally unprepared for the onslaught of information I got. Between the classroom and the fraternity house, I did get “educated”! …About all the wrong things. In fact I managed to compress a four year college degree into only five years and two summer sessions. Pretty impressive, right? By the time I graduated, I was married; and, I had also begun a moral slide that lasted about 13 years.

My background includes having been a pilot in the USAF and a marketing executive for a major US corporation. I’ve been married three times. (I was serious about “mistakes”; and, I’m sure my ex-wives would agree). But, after getting my life in order, I was led to the woman I wanted to share my life with; and, whose life I wanted to share. We are now living our 40th year of marriage; and I hope to enjoy many more years with her. We live in Andover, Kansas—a suburb of Wichita; and, close to the geographic center of the (contiguous) United States.

Someone once said, “…God reaches out to man through His great love; and, man reaches for God through religion.” I think both statements are correct. I also think the second half (about religion) is most unfortunate—and misguided. I think we should reach out to God the same way God reaches out to us… through love.

This means that I am not a believer in religion—a set of man-made laws, rules and traditions. Rather I believe God calls us to himself through the work of The Holy Spirit. We answer that call when we humble ourselves before God, admitting that we have sinned and cannot save ourselves. We acknowledge our belief that his son Jesus died in our place — for our sins. We thank God for his plan of salvation, and Jesus for carrying our sin burden to the cross. We ask Jesus to send us the holy spirit to dwell within us. We submit to seeking God’s will for our life. (After all we have been adopted back into his family). And we thank him for giving us eternal life.

When that is done we are in a personal relationship with Christ. We have begun a new life that we, and Jesus, will work on either until his return, or we are called home. (I refer to it as my departure time).

My blog is based very much on my own experiences, …successes and mistakes. I hope you enjoy my posts. I hope they help some of you avoid at least some of my mistakes. I further hope others will be challenged to look at life and especially “religion” in a new way.

Finally, I hope this blog will encourage you to take your stand for Christ. Our culture and our nation desperately need it.

In Christian fellowship and Gods Love…

Larry Dooley

 

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