My Purpose

Dear Readers,

            Twenty-one years ago, I heard the gospel of Jesus Christ through the faithful teaching of my parents. By the grace of God, I realized my sin, repented of my rebellion, and trusted in Christ Jesus as Lord. Since that time, God has been conforming me into the likeness of His Son. Though sanctification is a life long process, and I am far from where I need to be, I rejoice at what the Lord has done and will do, as He completes the work He began (Philippians 1:6).

            For those of you that know me, the preaching of the gospel is my greatest passion. I desire for my life and ministry to be centered on the proclamation of the Word, to the glory of our great God! I echo the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:31 when he said, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” With this in mind, I have decided to start a blog.

            In making this blog I do not intend to boast of any intellectual ability (or lack thereof), but rather to use each post as an avenue to glorify God and edify the body of Christ. Thus, I must explain the variety of posts that will be featured here. It is my goal to have diversity in style for each post. Some posts will be written as devotionals or sermons, while others will read like a seminary paper. There will also be biographical and autobiographical posts detailing evangelistic encounters. While these posts may differ in literary style, each will have the same purpose: to glorify God and edify the church.

            I hope these posts encourage you as you live your life to the glory of God. If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, I pray that through some of what you read you might realize the depths of your sin and turn to God by repenting and trusting in the perfect work of Christ to save you. It is in Him and Him alone that you may find eternal life. I conclude this introductory post with an encouragement from Revelation 4:11, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

 

Ryan Itzel


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