Welcome to Under the Stained Glass Media.
Some years ago, God placed a burning desire within me to reach out to my fellow Christians, both inside and outside of the church. In specific, it is to those of you who may feel isolated, lonely and lacking in meaningful relationships with God and others that this website is dedicated.
Many times since becoming a Christian I have personally experienced this isolation and loneliness, even as I served within the church as a pastor. I have since discovered that God used those trying times to quiet my heart that I might listen to Him instead of the noise of life that ‘busyness’ brings.
If you sometimes wonder if God really cares for you in a personal way, then the writings you will find here are for you. God has granted gifts to each of His children to be used in service to others within the church. In the words of the Apostle Paul found in Eph. 4:11-13, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
My personal discovery is that when these gifts of the Holy Spirit remain unopened and unused, they become an inner wound to our souls resulting in spiritual atrophy and decay. I believe this is the root cause for much of the feelings of isolation and separation within God’s family of believers.
Friends, we can overcome isolation and loneliness, and bring glory to God, when we learn to listen to Him with a quiet heart. It is during those times that He will will help us to find purpose and meaning for our lives through our service to others. Within this realm we will find closeness with God and others and bring healing to our souls.
On this site you will also find links to Christian businesses that deserve the support of those within the body of Christ. They too are doing their part to share the “Light of Life” into a dark world while providing employment to many who love working with God’s people. I encourage you to support them with your business when you need Christian Bibles, books, supplies or gifts.
When you click a link it will take you to their website where you can make your purchase direct with them. A small percentage of your purchase will come back to Under the Stained Glass Media and will be used solely to support and maintain this online outreach for those who are searching for a reason to hope. I believe that hope can only be found by faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore, all that is presented here is intended to bring glory to God, hope for the hurting, and light into darkness.
Be sure to visit my page, “Ask the Pastor” where real life questions from real people are answered from a Biblical perspective.
Also, be sure to visit my book page Under the Stained Glass . The book is entitled, “How the Glass Got Stained; Stories from Beyond the Pulpit.” This book is a series of short stories from my very early years in ministry. Some are heart warming, some are funny and some tragic, yet all are true. So far I have published but three chapters but more are on the way as time permits. I am considering publishing them someday in printed form and any feedback you can offer would much appreciated.
God has blessed me greatly through interaction with people from around the world. Many have a sincere desire to know more about what God has say to them about their life via the Bible. It can be a daunting challenge to read between the lines of the questions from them and arrive at the real issue for which they are seeking an answer. This requires prayer and discernment to give an answer to which God would approve.
Therefore, if you have a prayer request, or a question for the column, please leave a comment or contact me via email and I promise to give you my best effort.
May God richly bless you as you read. Oh, and don’t forget to support this site and the businesses promoted here. This way you can be a part of the ministry of reaching people around the world with the Word of God.