Choices, Decisions That Last A Lifetime
Religion paints a very different picture of God than the Bible does. The Bible is a wealth of knowledge and wisdom that leads us through the labyrinth of life if we are willing to heed the advice found within its pages; but, God doesn't force us to follow Him; He gives us a choice...
. Do you feel that religion has put God in a box?
. Are you looking for answers to life's toughest challenges?
. Have you ever considered God's sense of humor?
. Are you excited about being a Christian?
. This book is a candid look at these concerns.
Everyone has a story of how they came to Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior; I'm no exception. Along the way I've learned a great deal about God and what He expects of me. I've also come to the conclusion that I was taught many things in the name of religion that were not in God's word: the Bible. This book is based partly on my experience as a leader, teacher, and counselor over the last twenty-five years and the lessons God taught me alone the way. This is a book about taking God out of the box that religion has put Him in and how religion is turning people away from Christ. It's also about where to find answers. I want people to know that God provides us with all the information we need to answer any question or deal with any situation we face during our life in the Bible. And if we diligently search His word for those answers, He clearly reveals Himself to us.
I want people to know that our Lord and Savior, Jesus of Nazareth is a loving, compassionate, and forgiving God. And though the Bible tells us He was a man of sorrows, Jesus had a great sense of humor. He loved to do the unpredictable and He loved to laugh. I want to challenge people to think outside the lines concerning their image of Jesus.
The Bible has a wealth of information, knowledge, and wisdom to offer us if we are willing to search its pages for direction. I'm excited about what the Lord is doing in my life and it is my pray that every Christian feel that same excitement. If not, why? Do you have God in a box; is the Bible a nuisance to read? Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly; He leaves the choice to us to accept His offer.
About the Author
Thomas C. Saunders Jr. was born on September 9, 1958 in Flint Michigan, the first of six siblings. He graduated from Elizabeth Ann Johnson Memorial High School in Mt. Morris, Michigan in June 1976. He joined the United States Air Force in February 1977. After completing basic training in Texas, he received training as an aircraft weapons specialist in Denver Colorado. Upon completion of technical school he transferred to central California for two years before moving on to Torrejon Air Base in Madrid Spain.
He separated from the Air Force in May of 1981 and worked in Ohio as a business machine repairman. He rejoined the Air Force in November of 1982 transferred to a base in Northern Lower Michigan. In May of 1986 he moved to Northwest Louisiana where he stayed until his retirement from the military in May 1999. From July 1997 to July 1998 he did a remote tour of duty at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea (South Korea). There he served as a lay minister and served in many other capacities at the base chapel.
While stationed in Louisiana he completed his education and began teaching college for the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and Bossier Parish Community College in Northwest Louisiana. He has two Associate of Applied Science degrees from CCAF, one in Aircraft Weapons Systems Technology and one as an Instructor of Technology and Military Science. He has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois College of Engineering and Technology, a Master of Arts from Louisiana Tech in Human Relations Management and Supervision and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Christian Counseling from Louisiana Baptist University.
Tom is married to Lauri Ann (LaFave) Saunders of Harper Woods Michigan. They have three children, Chelsea Lorrayne Saunders (16) and Alexander Christian Saunders (12) who reside with their mother in Benton, Louisiana and Kori Alexis Saunders age 8 months. They enjoy any outdoor activity and they are members of Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Mt. Morris, Michigan.