My name is Michael Ferguson and I presently live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I will turn the big 55 this July and have never been married and have no children. I own a small property maintenance business here in town. I have a few hobbies, but they pale in comparison to my true passion which is for my Lord and His work among His people and this world.
For the most part, I spend my time being about my Father’s business whether that be through my writing, speaking, work, free time or hobbies. I have never been a religious professional and strongly dislike and even oppose the status quo of religion and what is being called Christianity these days. I’ve been blessed over the past year or so to have met several likeminded brother’s and sisters (over the internet, phone calls, emails and now video conferencing through Google) and a couple of face to face meetings from those who live in other states. We all aim to encourage one another regularly and cultivate the type of intimate relationships and fellowship we believe our Lord would have for us. We all work at this and each occasionally share what we believe the Holy Spirit is teaching us from day to day. Our posts and comments often intersect as He brings us closer together.
I am very open to meeting new people provided they are genuine in their pursuit of Christ. I do not and will not spend my time with people who lives revolve around fun, entertainment and the like. This only proves one has never experienced joy unspeakable and full of glory- the result of being filled with the Spirit- which by the way is a command. Once you do, fun will lose its flavor forever. You cannot compare the natural with the supernatural, they literally stem from two different worlds. Someone once said, “Choose this day…..whom you will serve.”
In short, I do not live for myself but for Him who died on my behalf, that is, Christ. If you cannot honestly say this yourself, you need to read your Bible much more. A Christian is one who has been purchased by the blood of Christ and therefore they no longer have any right to themselves- a right to live however they please. They are bought, therefore no longer their own, but His. I strongly encourage you to think this through. These are very sobering words friend, and they are not mine but His!
My aim on this blog is to remind every man of what God Himself says must remain at the center of true Christianity: the Cross of Jesus Christ. My other site also denotes this but talks more about the relationship of one believer to another and how we are called to serve and fellowship one with another.
If you have looked over either of these sites you will discover that I do not go to church. I haven’t gone now for 18+ years although their was a brief relapse with a brethren fellowship. I love these folks, their still my friends but they are also caught up in some forms of ritual and sectarianism. That’s why I left formally gathering with them. In light of what I often write about upon my sites, I could have rightly been labeled a hypocrite had I continued to act in a fashion opposed to what I share on the internet.
I strongly believe that Jesus is building local ekklesias in specific geographical locales and we should work with Him toward that end. I oppose all, yes all, sectarian and “Christian institutions” of every kind, stripe and origin as all service (what people wrongly call ministry) stems from a local ekklesia. It is only due to the neglect and disobedience of God’s people that so-called “Christian” hospitals, colleges, rest homes. insurance agencies, food banks, mission organizations and every other institution were ever created. I do not and will not sanction ANY of them under ANY circumstances so please don’t ask me to do so. You are free to carry your own convictions of course in these matters before God.
Lastly, I have a special concern for those whom I often call “among the forgotten.” These are people for whom I often pray and claim before my Father. They are those most often ostracized by men’s churches and religions, labeled radicals, rebels, lone rangers and a host of other derogatory terms due to their determination to uphold God’s high and holy standards found in the Bible. It is for you that I lay down my time, my resources, my life.
I hope to meet with you all some day, sinner or saint this side of paradise. Take seriously the words and wisdom of the things written herein and by my friends. Obeying the Word of God is not an option on the road to heaven, but an absolute necessity if one is to honor their Lord and reap the benefits thereof. Please take His people and His Word seriously for His name’s sake, ok?
Among the forgotten, at least for now,
In Jesus and Him Crucified, Michael