About Captain Kirk
I am just another long haired Jesus freak attempting to follow The Lord as best as I can from day to day. Jovial, yet serious would be the way that my friends describe me. I am six feet tall and wide and I hope that my heart is as large as my frame. I currently live in Sturgis Michigan, just 3 miles North of the Indiana state line.
Warning! I was born and raised and born again outside of the realm of Traditional/Institutional religion. So I have a totally different slant and approach where it comes to all things “Church” and Faith. Been in relational fellowships that many call “housechurch” since 1976. In the past 31 years I have also helped many relational fellowships start from scratch. Most of which have lasted for more than 3 years. It is amazing how well The Holy Spirit can lead churches when we “mere men” stay out of His way. The best description that I can muster concerning the true Church would be to say that they are “an ongoing conversation with everyone participating when they gather.” They are based on dialogue and NOT Sermons or monologue. It is all about relationship and shared life with Jesus and one another. We practice totally free & open, Spirit led fellowship.
My childhood was horrific. I was sexually, physically and emotionally abused by my father from ages 4-11. When I was just 13 he hit me in the head with a shovel and left me for dead by the side of the road. The ONLY thing that kept me alive through all that was JESUS. Jesus was there and HE comforted and held me and spoke to me, long before I ever encountered ANY type of church. Jesus spoke with me for 7 years before I ever read a bible. I looked for years to find the church that Jesus described to me, but it could simply not be found. So we just had to try and BE one ourselves.
Because of the abuse I endured as a child, I have been plagued with PTSD and major depression for the past 16 years. I have tried a plethora of things to be free of the horrible flashbacks related to the abuse, including prayer, deliverance, psychiatric medications, inpatient hospitalizations and various therapies. Nothing helped much until a friend of mine, originally from Australia, suggested EMDR. In the past 4 years EMDR has helped create new neuropathways so that I can process old information like the flashbacks. This has greatly reduced the frequency and duration of my PTSD episodes and as of today I have had zero full episode flashbacks in the last 26 months. The result of having endured the original abuse and reliving it in flashbacks is that I have very deep empathy for other people struggling with all sorts of problems. If not for God’s grace we are all just a few seconds away from being in some extremely difficult situations that we could never imagine happening to us.
A counselor by trade, with addictions as a specialty (been clean for 36 years) I have never taken ANY salary from churches for anything. I even travel at my own cost. Very rarely have I ever even accepted love gifts to help pay for my travel expenses.
My passions are Jesus, my family, The Church and the needs of others. I started this blog after much prayer and counsel from my friends. Through it I hope to help others find Jesus and true fellowship in their lives
P.s. If you ever need prayer support or help beginning a free & open, Spirit led home fellowship do not hesitate to call me at 269-221-1266
“Most would rather endure comfortable bondage, than experience uneasy freedom.”