I Am A Trophy Of His Grace
From Gangster To Preacher
This is a story of my life as a troubled teen who was hooked on drugs but later in life discovered the Living Christ who changed my life.
I remember coming in late hours of the night getting my guns to go shoot back at those who had threatened me and I still regret the time I took a shot at my own dad who was standing in front of our house as I drove by.
The shot went all around him cutting the shingles off the house but none made it where hew was as if God was supernaturally protecting him or me.
I later made an apology to my dad who I thought was my enemy but later had him come to my rescue when I found myself in a mess with no one to turn to and nowhere to go.
This is when I discovered the love of my father which I cherished until he died in November of 2011.
It was not unusual for rival gangs to call us up and have us meet them at a nearby business and more than once ended up in a shoot out which would leave the place all shot up and it was God's mercy that no one got killed.
I guess you could say that a friend was used of God to show me some compassion when I was around fifteen years old.
I never would have thought that he would become a preacher later on in life, but now as I think about it, he had a spirit about him that caused me to be friendly to him back then - even though I would let no one near me.
You see I was an unruly teen that no one could get along with and I mean nobody.
I grew up thinking my dad did not like me because I did not have the mind of a genius like him.
Dad in his older age lost a lot of his memory but one thing he never forgot and that was me as a young teen laying in a hospital because I had taken an overdose of LSD.
When I met Scottie, I had just been involved in a shoot out at a local service station with some bad guys. It was just God's mercy that no one got killed and I had my trusty pump shot gun which caused the rival memebers to make a hasty retreat.
We shot the place up pretty good. Scottie had been there just prior to this and had heard the men say what they intended to do to a friend and me, all the time waving their guns around.
I have never to this day forgot how Scottie took me aside and began to talk real sense to me.
I grew up on my own living where I could, but I always had a job.
I worked on trucks till I got old enough to drive them then I started regional driving for a local company.
Later I started driving long-haul and staying gone six to seven months at a time.
I went through a lot back then and had been saved and called in the ministry at twenty two years old.
I later had a partial nervous breakdown caused by working three jobs at the same time and studying my Bible half a night for three years.
It was very disappointing as I witnessed a lot of backbiting among preachers back then.
They would try to be holier than thou and preach a message direct to someone that they had gossiped on.
This is hard for me but I went seven more years out in that cruel world as if I was in a nightmare hoping that someone would wake me up.
This is when I had angelic encounters as the Living God was breaking my spirit and steering me to an unknown destination.
It was during this time that I stopped at a truck stop chapel in Pennsylvania just minutes before daylight-attempting to take my life.
This chaplain and his wife (Joe and Kris Tackett) had all the right answers to some hard questions that I needed answered. I made it a point to stop and see them on my way from the west coast back to the east coast every week.
God had other plans
I was really driving hard trying to out run my troubles delivering every 3rd day on one of the coasts.
It was at this time that I picked up a tape of Ray Sisk (I-20 for Jesus) tape ministry.
I felt like the people that had made that tape for drivers really loved them.
I picked the phone up to call them but hung up when they answered.
God later rescued me and brought me out of that darkness and called me back in the ministry and had the opportunity to preach my first message titled "God's Flower Garden" at Milton, Pa in The Little Grace Chapel, overseen by Chaplain Kris Tackett.
I then learned that her husband Joe had gone on to be with the Lord sometime after our encounter.
I later learned that she had taped this message.
Three tape ministries have put it out.
It was a message on God's Flower Garden which is still available on our old website.
Hundreds of people have been saved and have called us concerning this message. Since I had been blessed to have encounters with the hosts of Heaven,
It was during this time that I took the CB handle of Guardian Angel which I used in radio and TV instead of my own name.
It was at this time that I met my preaching partner Joe.
Joe and I became involved in Radio and TV.
We never had to solicit funds for our programs to stay on the air and when we did a live program, the people listening would tie up the phone lines.
The Living God had to reach way down below the bottom to make my life count and He wants to do the same for you. I encourage you to get to know Him on a personal level and you will be blessed as I am.
Our ministry, Withered Hand Ministries, was also birthed from my encounters with this Living God, but that is another story which can be found in the famous novel "Eighteen Wheels and Jesus" now on Amazon and other leading distributors.
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Evangelism In All Phases "Stretching forth in the Power of Christ"
Nobody Tells it like Brother Mike from Big Daddy below who has me in tears every time I listen to his song and his visitation of the Holy Spirit in his work shop and I invite you to view these two videos below for your blessing!