Dijo John

Dijo and his sweet wife Merlyn reside in Lubbock with their daughter. God’s love transforms lives and as a recipient of His immense love, he is passionate to share about it with others. Renew In Knowledge sprouted from his vision to refresh and motivate others, and was cofounded with prayer and dedication from other like-minded team members. Currently, he works as an epidemiologist with a focus in preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections.

You can read some of my articles in the below link. https://renewinknowledge.org/author/dijoforyou/

Favorite book of the Bible: Hebrews

Favorite Bible character: Daniel

Favorite food: Kerala style food

Favorite place: I like traveling to mountain areas.

What makes me happy: Getting newer insights from God’s word through personal study and from others such as through conversations, reading books or through some powerful sermons.

What inspires me to write: I write spontaneously but almost always through reading from God’s word or from some careful observation of life around me.

What one thing from earth would I like to have in heaven: My gratitude file

C M John

C.M. John has been serving the Lord for more than 27 years as an evangelist and elder at Kundara Brethren Assembly in India. He is also skilled in teaching the scripture and is the author of several books. He has formerly served in the Indian Air Force and later as a sub-editor of the Kuwait Yellow Pages. He and his wife, Daisy, have four children and six grandchildren.

Favorite book of the Bible: Genesis

Favorite Bible character: Nehemiah

Favorite food: Rice with fish and beef curry

Favorite place: My birth place, Kundara in Kerala

What makes me happy: Winning new souls and powerful preaching

What one thing from earth would I like to have in heaven: Nothing

Steve Price

Steve and Janet have been married for over 33 years and have 9 children with five grandchildren. Their passion has always been to serve the Lord with all their mind, soul and strength. Steve has recently left the full-time practice of medicine to serve the Lord with all available energies. It would not be possible without the loving support of his Janet.

Favorite book of the Bible: Romans

Favorite Bible character: Outside of the Lord Jesus, King David

Favorite food: Japanese food

Favorite place: Wherever my wife and family are

What makes me happy: Time with my wife and family

What inspires me to write: Conviction from the Holy Spirit over the spiritual situations I am shown

What one thing from earth would I like to have in heaven: Nothing. He will make it better than I can imagine

Jim Haesemeyer

Jim Haesemeyer is an elder at FreeWay Bible Chapel located in Lubbock, Texas. Jim received a BS and an MS degree from Texas Tech University, an MDiv degree from Luther Rice Seminary, and a DMin degree from Pensacola Theological Seminary. Jim has served on the mission field in Honduras for nearly thirty years. He and his wife, Sharon, have three children and nine grandchildren.

Favorite book of the Bible: Revelation–it’s the end of a wonderful, amazing story.

Favorite Bible character: any one of the three chief men of 1 Chronicles 11

Favorite food: Texas barbecue beef

What makes me happy: Spiritually speaking, leading a person to Christ. Speaking non-spiritually, being with my family.

What inspires me to write: The hope that what I write will be an encouragement to others

What one thing from earth would I like to have in heaven: the memories of God’s grace to me throughout the years of this present sojourn

Hey you, isn’t it time to come out of your shell

When I look around, I see so many people hiding or trying to hide inside a shell. Shells made of fear, shame, selfishness, laziness or even pride. I will talk about two ways you can let that happen.

So many people with talents are not using it in the right way. Some of them gifted with abilities to sing, write, speak, paint, serve, organize, lead and the list goes on. Many times people without any of these abilities have to step in to meet those needs and they do it in the best way they possibly can.

Even when I am writing in Renew In Knowledge I know that I am not in any way a gifted writer. Yet, I step into it filling a need and share with you some thoughts hoping to inspire you. There are, however, some amazing people out there who have some great writing skills yet do not want to use it. Often people with real talents are hiding behind their shells. If you are one of them, you are doing a disservice to the people around you and also to God. As Jesus says in the parable of the talents, why do you want to hide your talent and not be faithful?

You can’t excuse yourself by hiding when God gives you some ability and you see the opportunities to use those abilities. Doesn’t James say “to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin”?

The second thing which I want to bring to your attention is to stand for your faith. There will come situations to display your convictions to those around. It may be at school or your workplace or at a social gathering. The post-modern world hates to see someone adhering to the truth. Nevertheless, the world needs to see and hear about the truth. If the so-called followers of Christ are hiding, who will show the truth to this world?

A bold example of tremendous display of faith and courage is revealed to us in the Old Testament. It is none other than Daniel. As a very young person and at a vulnerable situation, when anyone could have claimed an exception for self-indulgence, he stood strong for his God-given convictions. At challenging times and even at the cost of his life, Daniel stood strong for his trust in God. We see that God rewards him each time on those occasions when he takes a bolder stand. On all those occasions he could have easily hidden and permitted himself to go with the flow. Instead, Daniel didn’t hide and he didn’t let himself miss the opportunities to display his faith.

I have told you two ways of coming out of your shell. One is to start using your God-given abilities. You were given those talents to use so that both you and others will be blessed, as well as, to glorify God’s name. Next, I talked about coming out of hiding and standing boldly for the faith. It is hard, but if you don’t do this among your circle of influence aren’t you harming them?

It’s time to come out of your shell. Won’t you?