Who am I?

I am a Christian. I am the father of three beautiful girls. I am married to an amazing, wonderful woman who should have been my high school sweetheart. I grew up as a military brat and spent my formative years in Germany. I have an amazing family and wonderful in-laws. I am blessed in innumerable ways, and thank God daily for the work he has done in my life. Although I have far to go, I have come a long way.

I am a Christian. I am also a sinful man and a hypocrite. I try to devote my life to the Lord and live in a manner befitting the faith that I claim, but fail daily. I fear that someday the thoughts that traverse my mind will escape, and the world will see what truly emanates from my heart. My pride is always bubbling just under the surface, waiting for an opportunity to belie the words I write and speak. I sometimes begin to think very highly of myself, but fortunately am spared the inevitable fallout from such thoughts, and God allows me to return to the humility that should mark all of us who are able to objectively see ourselves as God and the world see us. The fact is, there is nothing more humbling than our innermost thoughts at our worst moments; which are as much a part of us as our actions in our best moments.

I am a Christian. I currently attend Community Life Church, and I chose the church not necessarily because of its particular affiliation, but rather because of its commitment to teach Christian values and doctrine that I believe. Also, it has an amazing contemporary music ministry. I believe that God is the designer and creator of the universe, and continues to work in and through the world supernaturally. I believe that the Bible is the perfect and inerrant Word of God in all that it teaches, and that He inspired the Bible through human writers who transcribed his words perfectly, although in their own literary style. These men were sinners, but were men after God’s own heart, were chosen specifically to convey God’s special revelation to mankind. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament, the incarnate God, who lived a perfect, sinless life; was crucified, died, and was buried; was resurrected on the third day and showed himself to many people on Earth before his ascension to heaven; and is coming again to judge the world and set up his reign on a perfected new Earth. I could summarize my beliefs thusly: God is eternal and created the Universe from nothing (ex nihilo), the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, Jesus died so that we could all be united with Him in heaven in spite of our transgressions, and we are saved through God’s grace and mercy. The rest of doctrine, dogma and creed is simply details (or maybe not so simply). Those few points are, in my estimation, the things I believe all Christians must agree on.

I am a Christian. I want to live the rest of my life learning and sharing whatever knowledge I can gain with anyone who cares to listen (or doesn’t care, but does so in spite of the fact). I know that I have received grace and mercy in abundance, and well beyond what I deserve. (My pastor recently gave what I have found to be a great explanation of grace and mercy. Grace is receiving what we do not deserve [e.g. forgiveness], while mercy is not receiving what we do deserve [e.g. punishment]). I have encountered God both intellectually and experientially, and truly have the “peace that passes all understanding” in my heart (Philippians 4:7).  I am willing to face the criticism and anger that results from what I believe, and I hope to do so gracefully and respectfully. I am not perfect, and I welcome the comments and admonishments that are respectfully presented to me here. I hope to expand this section as I grow and realize new things about my faith and myself, so this is certainly an organic page.

I am a Christian. I have been saved by Grace through faith, and would love to explain to anyone what that means to me and how I feel it happened. Feel free to comment here in regards to that, or any other pertinent subject. I will allow myself the liberty to delete anything offensive (not necessarily what is offensive to me personally, but as pertains to typical social norms). This is where I will share my thoughts with the world, but I do not claim to own this space, since it is simply where I attempt to give God another voice in this world. If you feel so inclined, please pray for me as I write, so that I continually remain in the will of our Father, and do this for His edification and purposes, rather than my own. God Bless us all…

– Barry Drane

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8 Responses to Who am I?

  1. Robert says:

    Awesome Barry! – I Thank God for you brother. Look forward to reading more!!
    Robert

  2. kruegem says:

    I am proud of you for letting God speak through this! : )

  3. Heather Kennedy says:

    Barry, I love your blog. It is a breath of fresh air.

  4. I like your post “Is God good?”

  5. I love your honesty. Keep writing, my brother :) It is inspiring!

    • ajfits7 says:

      Thank you! I think I always learn more by writing these than anyone else learns by reading them, but it is always inspiring and encouraging to hear from those who have enjoyed them.

  6. Hey Barry,
    I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the coveted Food for Thought Award. Please, check out the below post for details. May God shower His Grace on you!

    http://johnadavid.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/the-food-for-thought-award/

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