F-O-R-G-I-V-E-N-! The sweetest word ever spoken to any human being at any time! F-O-R-G-I-V-E-! Perhaps the most difficult word for any human being to speak at any time! Jesus often spoke these words to people He met while on this earth. Worship in the ancient tabernacle centered on forgiveness of sin. A humble and contrite heart was the motivation that made it possible for the sinner to be forgiven. A forgiving and a forgiven sinner - like me - filled with the grace of God, knowing the great price Jesus paid for my salvation, moves me to obey my Lord and find the joy and peace He gives me in worship that brings – forgiveness that frees, me the forgiver and you the forgiven, or me the forgiven and you the forgiver. It works both ways in God's great salvation plan. Come join us as we learn - again for the "first time" - the "abc's" of our Christian faith!
Storyteller, (Your Story Hour) Chester (aka "Chet) Damron sees himself as a young-at-heart 77-year old optimist! Chet happens to be retired at the moment, but that "status" is subject to change "without notice!" Chet's hobbies include seven grandchildren (he will show you outstanding pictures of his kids if you even "hint" that you are interested...!) He also enjoys walking, bicycling, and working-out–to help maintain optimum health! For the past 14 years, Chet has been privileged to serve as a volunteer at Your Story Hour where he is co-host as Uncle Dan with Aunt Carole. He counts Abraham Lincoln a "dear friend" since he has presented the "Abe Lincoln Impressionist" across America and into the Far East since 1974. In 2006, he was voted by the national Lincoln organization "The Association of Lincoln Presenter" the "Lincoln of the Year" award. Getting to know people is his greatest delight! Chet's "life in ministry" has included the following: farming, dairying, construction; bagging groceries, garbage man, food service, janitor, and sales at college and seminary; pastor, teacher, missionary, college president, mission pilot, university chaplain, hospital chaplain, and motivational speaker–counselor to thousands of youth around the world. He is an ordained minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. For ten years (1975-85), he served as associate pastor of the Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. He continues his ministry for the Lord, when invited, to church groups around the world. Chet praises his Lord Jesus Christ for whatever blessing he has been to people throughout his lifetime. He is constantly amazed, and humbled, by what God, his dear mother, and the dedicated teachers and staff at Southern Missionary College did to encourage a dedicated farm boy; whose dream was to have the "best dairy farm in Florida," to become a herald of God's love and grace around the world. His motto: "Lord, Thy Will. Nothing more. Nothing less, Nothing else."