Monday, November 4, 2013

What Is God Doing In The American Oilfield? Take A Look At This Fresh Perspective From Two Men Who Know!

O i l f i e l d

Occupation is No Barrier

Good News in Montana

No one told me about the Gospel (Good News) while growing up in my Montana farm and ranch community. The Good News impacted me before it reached my twin brother. I had never heard the preaching of the Gospel. What is the Gospel? The Gospel in the Good News of Jesus Christ’s birth, death and resurrection which is talked about in God’s Word. In 1976, a man shared the meaning of the Good News. He showed me from God’s Word, the Bible, that I was a sinner in the eyes of God: “For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.” Romans 3:23a. We all have sin in our hearts. We were born with sin. I found out: “the wages of sin is death..." Romans 6:23a. I already knew everyone faces physical death, but now I understood about spiritual death. Because of my sins, I would be separated from God for eternity - unless my relationship with God was repaired. According to the Scriptures, there is nothing I can do to repair my relationship with God – only God can do that! God, in His LOVE, created a plan which would reunite His fallen creation to Himself. "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 Christ paid the price for all sin. I asked God to forgive me. I called upon Jesus Christ to save me. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13 Salvation is a gift from God – it cannot be earned. Romans 6:23b "...but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Good News in the Oilfield

God began to burden my heart to tell my family about Jesus Christ. My twin brother was working in the oilfields of Wyoming and Utah. He did not know about the Good News. The Lord showed his great love for me and I wanted my brother to know God's love too. In 1979, after much prayer, I resigned my teaching job. My family and I loaded up our car and the rental truck and moved over 600 miles to Heber City, Utah. I went to work for my brother in the oilfield. I invited him to a Sunday night service. During the invitation to trust Christ as his personal Saviour, he raised his hand to show he was ready. By God’s grace, I had the privilege of sharing Jesus Christ with my twin brother. He understood Romans 5:8 which says: "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." My brother called upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to save him! We spent the next three years working together on drilling rigs. Together, we shared the Gospel of Christ to different men we came into contact with. We told them about the LOVE, MERCY and GRACE of the Lord Jesus Christ. God changes lives in any profession, even the oilfields of America. Over those three years I had the privilege of sharing the Gospel to several men working in the oilfield. I witnessed God convicting others to repent and call upon the name of Jesus Christ as their Savior. I spent thirty-two years in the field of education and five years in the oilfield. I am retired now and live on a ranch in southeastern Montana. Occupation is no hindrance to God’s love. I continue to see God working in people’s lives.

Good News From My Twin Brother

“I began my career in the oilfield in 1974 in Lyman, Wyoming. I started in 'worm's corner', the lowest position on the rig there was. Over the next seventeen years, I advanced to working in all positions on a drilling rig including Tool Pusher. I did not realize I was a lost soul until 1979. That's when my brother came to work for me. He began witnessing to me about the saving power of Jesus Christ. I was living in Heber City, Utah at the time and I was invited to a Baptist church. The next thing I knew, I was going to church three times a week and enjoying the preaching and teaching of God's Word. Then, all of a sudden, we ran into a verse from Romans 3:23: 'For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.' Two parts of this verse stuck in my mind. The first is: 'all have sinned.' The second was: 'short of the glory of God.' That described me. I was taught through God's Word that sin started with Adam and Eve and was passed down from generation to generation until present time. I acknowledged my sin to God and called upon the Lord to save me. Have you thought about your need of a Saviour?”

Good News for You

The Lord says:"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:20a. Is Jesus knocking on your heart's door? Believe in Him. Will you call upon Him? Ask Him to come in to your heart by faith. Trust Him as your Savior today.     C.D.

Scripture verses are quoted from the King James Version (KJV).

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Syria, Israel, and the USA

What is going on with these Middle East nations and the United States?  Many people don't know that the Bible already explains many of these international relationships.  Israel is key to the whole region, and really to the whole world.  The Lord has a plan and his plan includes you!  He is working out all things for his purposes.  Money and the Bible: Christian Living - Rugged Faith covers some of what is going on behind the scenes in these days of international tension.  Read about what is going on in the world and what you can do about it! 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Author Insight - Money Book

This book was an eye-opener when I was writing every chapter! One question from a friend got me thinking: "Do you know what money is?" Determined to find the truth, I discovered more than I was looking for. The results of that research are provided for you in Money and the Bible: Christian Living - Rugged Faith. I taught this material in a couple of different settings prior to publication. Those involved were always appreciative and said something like: "Why didn't somebody tell us that before?" The questions and feedback from everyday people like you helped refine the final product. Practical application is woven throughout the pages. This was what people wanted and needed. I did not want a dry or dusty volume full of facts and figures. My desire was to speak to the heart about financial matters others were neglecting. - James Utter

Thursday, February 21, 2013

James Utter Author Information

James Utter is a Christian author, pastor, and teacher. Raised on an Indiana small farm, he also served honorably in the United States Navy. He did most of his theological training at Tyndale Theological Seminary and received a Doctor of Ministries degree. He worked as a Christian High School teacher, principal, church planter, and senior pastor. Other employment includes work with cattle and horses, Drive-In movie projectionist, landscaper, commercial fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico, Emergency Medical Technician, various hospital related work, construction, and oilfield production. He has been blessed to travel to all 50 states and several countries. He and his wife, Ruth, have two grown children and make their home in Montana.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

James Utter - Author

James Utter is an author, pastor, and teacher. 
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