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About the author:
Tom Spence is a pastor on the frontlines of ministry in our own nation. His frontier is composed of people struggling to make it without God and who have little taste for the bread of life because they have never really trusted God.
Having served two decades as a U.S. Marine Corps officer, as an addictions treatment counselor, as a consultant and trainer, and as a newspaper manager, Tom has many insights into the human dynamic, especially with those struggling to come to grips with the difficulties of this world.
Tom typically begins a new challenge with the words, "Did anyone warn you about me?"
Tom is very direct. As he puts it, "I was accused of being tactful twice in my life, but I was acquitted on both counts."
Ministry is too important to sugar coat it. Speaking the truth in love requires both love and truth and neither may be diluted.
Tom is husband, father, grandfather, pastor, author, and occasional poet.
He resides in Burns Flat, Oklahoma and often reminds anyone who will listen that the town traffic light is working and we get all three colors just like the big towns.
Finding Abundance in the 21st Century
Time and time again we help people who are struggling by giving money or food or a ride. Time and time again they turn away from the people who helped them, away from God, and away from the church that paid their water bill and go right back to the lifestyle which enslaves them. Are people actually comfortable in their poverty?
Is there nothing that we who have been blessed with abundance can do to fix the problem?
The problem is that we try to fix the problem without ever addressing the problem. There will always be poverty so long as there is exclusion. Most of the time that we have donated food or money, we have also helped people in need continue to worship their false gods, be they self pity, a mindset of entitlement, or belief that they are a victim.
The most valuable thing we can give is the bread of life and living water, and inclusion in the family of faith. In true Christian fellowship there are no outsiders. Finding abundance in this century is centered upon inclusion.
- Publication Date:
- 1466392436 / 9781466392434
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Social Science / Poverty