Bible Study Thoughts
… is a full time online ministry which includes a website, blog, Twitter account (@MyBibleThoughts), Facebook account (facebook.com/BibleStudyThoughts), LinkedIn account (/in/VirgilStanphill) plus ebooks … with video sermons and audios soon to be added. I choose topics designed to help expand our knowledge of the Bible, and, how it impacts our lives today. To meet my goal to create an interesting and ongoing dialogue I need for YOU to join in and share your thoughts, ideas or suggestions!
… this means Bible Study Thoughts wasn’t created just for me to share with you – it’s also for YOU to share with me (and others) – for Jesus!
About the Author
I’m Virgil Stanphill (pronounced Stan-phil), and I’ve been a Christian since August of 1979. My family moved a lot so it’s easiest for me to say I grew up in upstate NY, Conn., Mass, TN, OH, Ind. & Nebraska.
Like so many others who grew up in 60′s and 70′s I took part in the drug, alcohol, and rock-n-roll culture. At one point it seemed like everyone I knew was getting high. But drinking and drugging can only go on for so long before you start paying a price. When I started having blackouts from drinking and found I wasn’t able to stop once I’d taken that first drink I tried AA, and then turned to God through Jesus Christ.
If you’re like I was you’ve tried everything you could think of to find “fun” or “happiness” or “status” or “peace of mind” before finding Christ. For me nothing worked. Drugs, music, partying, making money – nothing. I found no satisfaction in life until I found Christ. (Actually, it’s more like I finally stopped resisting Him than found Him)
… And since then, I can honestly say my worst day as a Christian has been better than my best day as a non-Christian.
Since becoming a Christian God has done so much for me. He gave me a companion, my wife Cindy, who is the most beautiful person I’ve ever met. Literally. (As of this writing we just finished celebrating our 32nd anniversary!) And to top that off He gave us 4 of the best kids in the world in Jared, Larissa, Daniel and Paul. I know you expect a parent to say that but I’m going on who they are as people. I’m truly proud of each of them.
Today, I’m an avid Bible student and a “lay pastor” (a lay pastor is someone who is not denominationally employed). I’ve been one for the past 8 or 9 years and during that time I’ve had the privilege of speaking in 28 different churches. I’m amazed at how good God is in using us (me) to speak in His behalf. All I brought to the table was a broken life. Since then He’s been patiently putting it back together for His glory.
About The Site
Which brings me to the purpose of this site – to lift up Jesus Christ and give glory to God for His incredible love. The more I learn of God and his Son the more there is to admire.
Do you admire God? Have you really gotten to know Him? Is He the kind of person you’d love to spend time with, and introduce to your friends?
Jesus said, “Whoever has seen Me, has seen the Father” (John 14:8,9). So if we want to know what God is like we need to look no further than Christ. And that’s exactly what I plan to do with this website!
I’m glad you found this site and I’m sure it wasn’t by accident. God has a thousand ways of reaching out to us and my humble desire is that this website will be one of them.
God bless you, and thanks for stopping by. I’d love for you to become a regular contributor and keep coming back. Bookmark the site, or, you can keep up with what’s going on via our RSS feed which you can access at the top right of the page.
Your Friend In Christ,
Bible Study Thoughts
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