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Written by Tom Sparks   

 

ImageThis is a web site developed and maintained by Tom and Laura Sparks, of Eagle Creek, Oregon, USA. 

Tom received his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Multnomah Bible College in 1981, taught in Portland Bible College, in Portland, Oregon from 1981 through 1993, ministered in a variety of ministries from 1993 to 2000 including Itinerant Teaching, and, from 2000 to the Spring of 2003, traveled in a full time ministry of Itinerant Teaching throughout the US and other nations. 

Our most recent focus has been on the small group of believers that gather in our home, our immediate family, and the development of a home based Computer Repair business. Until recently this has been the place of God's choosing for our primary teaching ministry. We are content to minister in the field where God has called us.  Recently (June 2015) has been speaking to our hearts that it is time become far more active in the Traditional Church and thus we are relating to Destiny Fellowship in Happy Valley, Oregon, and making plans to return to active missions teaching ministry in Malaysia and throughout Asia. We look forward to fruitful years ahead, encouraging the body of Christ with the things He has taught us over the years. We are happy to recognize Jesus' full involvement in both the small home fellowships and the larger Traditional modeled Church.
 
Laura is a gifted teacher as well, and for the last many years has been writing and teaching on the books of Hebrews, James, and Philippians. Laura received her education at both Multnomah Bible College and Portland Bible College. She is deeply committed to a solid understanding of the Scriptures and her teaching evidences that commitment in every way. Her insights span a wide variety of topics from bible study, to marriage and family, theology, and character studies of various leaders throughout Scripture. She is available to speak as well. We both believe Paul’s admonitions for women to be silent is capable of being understood in ways that not only allow for but actually encourage a teaching ministry for a woman of God. In our section of Teachings we cover our understanding of this area under our studies in 1 Corinthians 11. We encourage you to consider this perspective as we feel very deeply the Lord’s desire for the release of women’s ministry among the entire body, reaching into both the lives of men and women.

All of the written materials we post, we make available to you in the same spirit that my spiritual forefather T. Austin-Sparks operated in. (I'm not aware of any direct lineage to T. Austin, but his writings deeply identify in my heart). The following is a quote from a web site dedicated to his teachings:

Theodore Austin-Sparks(1888-1971) left behind a treasury of writings filled with the Wisdom, Life and Revelation of Christ. He felt that whatever was given by the One Spirit of God should be freely shared with the One Body of Christ - what belongs to the One, belongs to all. He did not want his writings or tapes copyrighted; freely giving to the Body what was freely received from the Head. Having greatly appreciated his writings ourselves, we encourage you to visit this web site for further establishing and strengthening of the Body, that in all things CHRIST might have the preeminence. Matthew 10:7,8 7 "And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand." 8 "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give."  We would love to be able to cover all the costs of production and shipping, but at this time we are unable to, so, the only cost connected with the materials we provide, is for the production and shipping expenses.  Beyond that, we encourage you to prayerfully consider giving a gift to the ministry, so that we might continue to travel and minister among the body of Christ worldwide.

There is only one Person in the Universe Who could be fully trusted to speak only that which the Father wanted spoken, and that was Jesus Christ. The rest of us who minister must recognize our fallibility and lack of perfect revelation. Therefore, while it is always our intention to only minister that which the Lord has shown us, we deeply respect the understandings of the various Churches we minister in, and believe that respect must be evidenced in love, submission, and wisdom; to not speak, in public or private settings, those things which we have come to know are in opposition to the things any given Church leadership believe. Privately we may share other understandings with the oversight of any given Church, but publicly we exercise great caution to assist in maintaining the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. While we believe, at times, the leadership of various Churches may exercise an authority that exceeds their truest calling in Christ, we believe, when we enter their area of oversight, that we are to respect their understandings of spiritual authority, and thus we seek to honor the desires they express, as regards doctrinal perspectives and biblical principles of Church life. We desire to create bridges, not walls; to promote growth of relationships towards cross pollinization of the things Jesus is revealing to the Church in these days.  To come into Churches and create divisions and disharmony among the fellowships, is at odds with what we feel called to.  We are bold in our beliefs, but gentle in our approach, desiring to manifest the grace of Christ at all times.  Many in the so called "House Church Movement," imply their revelation is "so pure" that they cannot learn from their brethren in the tradtional settings.  We do not desire this spirit in our ministry.  We love the entire body of Christ, and seek to reveal Jesus, more than create conflict or manifest arrogance.  It is our goal to fulfill Paul's personal vision, rather than simply play with one House Church doctrinal string - Acts 20:27 For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.

In everything we do we are called to make Jesus the Center of our lives. We live to lift Him up, and encourage the body of Christ to make both their personal lives and their gatherings all about Jesus. 
 
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