There just might be a revival beginning among our men at Grace River. I don't know that I have ever seen anything quite like it. I always remember being taught by Dr. Dan Crawford at Southwestern Seminary that one of the signs of authentic revival is a renewed hunger for the Word of God. One of our men recently showed up at our men's Bible study with a brand new Bible. He then excitedly began to share how he gets up an hour early every morning so that he can read it. Another one of the guys recently shared how he has four different translations open on his table and that he and his wife take turns reading each one until they understand the text that they are reading. We certainly see a hunger for scripture among our men. Men are also excited to come to worship services. We have more than one wife who is thrilled to see their husband getting up early on Sunday morning because he can't wait to get to church. These are guys, some of whom have never-ever wanted to go to church. I should also tell you that this revival is also marked by brokenness and repentance. We have several men who are recovering from various "isms". We have found a "fellowship of suffering" together through our work at Celebrate Recovery. There are nine men related to Grace River who are now doing work at Celebrate Recovery. There is change going on in many of these men that is simply remarkable. God is at work! I am so thankful to be involved with Grace River and with these men that God is so clearly is at work among.
I am the Pastor of Tolar Baptist Church, Tolar, Texas. I am the author of, "Messed Up Men of the Bible: Seeing the Men in Your Life Through God's Eyes" (Kregel, 2016). The book received the Golden Scroll: Non-fiction Merit Award. I am the founding pastor of Grace River Church in Severance, Colorado. Previously I pastored Cornerstone Baptist Church, Windsor, Colorado (9 yrs) and FBC, Lipan, Texas (6 yrs). My first church to pastor was the Cliffside Baptist Church of Amarillo, Texas. I have served on staff of the FBC, Monterey, Tennessee, Olsen Park Baptist Church, Amarillo, Texas, and FBC, Camden, Tennessee. I have served the Colorado Baptist General Convention as the Chairman of the Executive Board and as a Vice President. I have served as a Trustee for the North American Mission Board of the SBC. I have been blessed to walk alongside the love of my life, Tina, for the past 32 years. She is a talented author, teacher, singer, and song writer. Tina writes at www.tinasamples.blogspot.com and is the author of, Wounded Women of the Bible, 2013 by Kregel Publications. I have two amazing sons, Jaren and Zach, and one extraordinary granddaughter, Abigail.