About this Blog
As you may have already noticed, you have navigated to a blog entitled, “Finding and Understanding Faith: A Study of the Book of John.” The purpose of this blog is to dive deep into the teachings that John’s gospel shows within the New Testament and to further develop the faith of new Christians or of those who are first hearing the word of the Bible. Feel free to browse around and comment on anything that you find interesting. If you are willing, begin to read through some of the blog posts and see what parts are speaking to you and then go from there.
Disclaimer: This blog is meant to be an informative space for the discussion of the book of John. THIS IS NOT an area to argue religion or the existence of God, so please refrain from doing so. This is simply a place to understand some of the Bible’s teachings. Please maintain an open mind and an open heart.
Also, this blog will have the use of several resources varying from reading materials, to song lyrics, to videos, etc. and I apologize in advance if you have any trouble finding the reading materials I am using (for some of them are books which I have collected).
I am a twenty-year-old, senior college student at Colorado State University. I am finishing my studies in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in History. I am currently engaged to my beautiful future wife, Mandy and between us we take care of two cats; Bandit (Mandy’s cat) is four years old and Chester (my cat) is about six months. We both are both believers in Christianity and regularly attend Timberline Church in Fort Collins, CO.
I have not always been a Christian, however. Like many people, I believe, I started out my spiritual journey with an idea of God and Jesus (as in, I knew of them), but I didn’t exactly have a belief towards them nor did I try to follow any teachings (because I didn’t know of any). Ever since I was little and I stumbled across an old Bible of my mother’s I have always had trouble reading it. The words were too difficult or the stories didn’t make sense or even the letters were too small that it hurt my eyes. You name it, it probably affected me and my Bible reading.
In the fall of 2007, I made my decision to become a Christian. My best friend and his family had taken me to their church the summer before, while I was living with them, and it changed my life. Flatirons was where I began my journey as a follower of Jesus. At the beginning of this past year, Mandy and I stopped attending Flatirons (because the drive from Fort Collins to Lafayette was becoming way too much for us), and we started attending Timberline. In May of 2007, I auditioned for the Timberline Worship Team and now play on a regular basis for the “Edge” service (the modern music service). Mandy and I have both taken part in many of the programs Timberline offers, such as a pre-marriage class, a newly married and engaged couple’s group, and ‘Summit’ classes (where you learn about the foundations of Timberline, what it believes in, its goals as a church, and how you can use your spiritual gift(s)).
Now, I am working on this for a project in one of my classes, but I feel that this is going to become more than just a school project. I hope that people can find information here and perhaps discover something about God’s word that they have been searching for. So, I invite you…come join me in this study of the book of John…