About Our Contributors

Matt Tison
Waterloo, Iowa

My name is Matt Tison and I'm a faithful member of the Cedar Terrace Church of Christ in Waterloo, Iowa. I've been a member of the Lord's church since my youth and over the last several years and done everything I can do to learn more how I can be pleasing to God in the few short years he's blessed me with on earth. I believe that the Lord is coming again and that 1 John 5:13 teaches us that we should be absolutely sure of our salvation. We can also see that from the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25.

I began this effort out of a desire to share God's word with people who may not be sure of their salvation. I believe there is no better feeling in this world that to be able to wake up, live, and sleep each night looking forward to the return of the Savior to take His people home with the assurance that I'll be numbered among those called His faithful few.
 

May God bless your studies and search for that same assurance.

Randy Ballard
Houston, Texas

I'm so glad you've come to visit DontDoubtSalvation.org. I'm very passionate about this effort and the idea that if we have any doubt about our salvation, that we need to "nip it in the bud" as Barney Fife says. There's not a more important thing in the world than to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are saved and ready to look upon the face of our Savior. 

I work with the Fairbanks Church of Christ in Houston, Texas where I reside with my wife, Kathy, and my son, Caleb. 

I love talking to people about the Bible. If you've got any Bible questions, please let me know! You can reach me at randyballard@sbcglobal.net. God bless you and your studies!

Daniel Dean
Kansas City, Missouri

My name is Daniel Dean and I made the life changing decision to become a child of God when I understood that Jesus died for all mankind and for me. Life as a Christian is a life of purpose. The ability to share the good news with others is a duty and a privilege. 

 

God allowed me to find a God fearing wife and blessed us with two beautiful children that see life from a different perspective. I am reminded of how simple the teaching of Jesus is.  Life is not without seasons, and when I encounter various trials I take solace, "For the Lord disciplines the one he loves..” (Hebrews 12:6). There has never been an obstacle too hard for the Lord to overcome. Even when sometimes we don’t understand why God allows things to happen, his ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9).

 

It’s amazing to meet other Christian from all around the world, and if the Lord allows, I hope we have the opportunity to meet here on earth and talk about Jesus together. There has never been nor will ever be a better time to dedicate your life to Jesus. The door to salvation is always open. Jesus gives us assurance of this (John 10:28-29). 

Michael Bolton
Kennewick, Washington

Hello,
 

Michael Bolton here! Thanks for visiting the website. I and my family live in West Richland, Washington, which is in the southeast corner of Washington state. Though we are technically in a desert, we are surrounded by an abundance of water thanks to three powerful rivers that keep things well irrigated. It is amazingly typical of the actual world in which we live, in a desert of hopelessness, but thanks be to God for His Son Jesus Christ, who by his blood has given us hope in a barren land!

 

I work with the E 4th Ave Church of Christ in Kennewick, WA which is near where we live. And am thankful to participate in this effort. Please feel free to reach out with any bible question, I will do my very best to answer you from the word of God. I will be happy to pray for you. You may reach me directly at mwbolton2001@yahoo.com.

Cody Stone
Texarkana, Texas

Hi, I’m Cody and I’m so glad you stopped by today! 
 

I believe the God of the Bible, that He’s real and that He cannot lie. This means that He is more than the supreme authority on all things, God is also a Father who adores and cherishes His family. Among the plethora of gifts the Father provides each creature everyday, the greatest gift is spiritual salvation from the certain doom humanity is destined for. I’ve played my part in being a wretched person, but by the Father’s Son, Jesus, I’m free from my sin and am now liberated to serve the Lord of all creation! My prayer is the same as the Lord’s prayer...
 

1.) That the Father be Glorified.

2.) That Jesus’ followers be sanctified.

3.) Finally, that the body of Christ be unified.
 

It can and must be done! You can reach me with any questions you may have on the Bible at CodyStone_97@yahoo.com and I’d be pleased to meet you there :)

Mike Criswell
Kansas City, Missouri

Hi, I'm Mike. Over the past 25 years I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to share Jesus and His power to change lives. I entered the preaching field through the back door. After graduating Missouri State University with degrees in communications and theology I figured I’d just head out and make my own way in the world. I was raised as a “PK” (preacher’s kid) and certainly had no intention of carrying on that tradition. Theology was my passion, but I never considered making it the basis of a career. But, simply put, life changes things. Due to a need that arose in an evangelistic effort by my home congregation I found myself being asked to preach on a full time basis. I accepted and the rest, as they say, is history. For nearly thirty years now I’ve been blessed to work with the 85th Street Congregation in Kansas City, Missouri. With their backing I’ve been able to preach on six continents, do some writing, and be involved in a variety of projects here in the U.S. I owe everything to the Lord and this fine group of people. Converting others to Jesus is rewarding for sure. Jesus is the only hope for a hurting world. But the first person we must convert is our self. Truly changing the lives of others can only happen when we become the servant of God. And we can only become the servant of God by serving others. 

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