Education: I have a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in Chemistry and a Major in Biology.
I have a Doctorate in Optometry and practice Optometry full-time in Cottonwood and have been doing so for 33 years.
I have been involved in churches over the year as Youth Pastor, Deacon and as an Elder. I preach on occasion at my local church. 17 years ago I started a ministry called God's Breath Publications which makes available my writings, Bible studies, sermons and commentaries.
Comment to those looking at my sermons: I am not the best of speakers by any means, but I always work hard at having good content based on Holy Scripture. I continue to grow in skills and while I am never really satisfied with my preparation or delivery, I can rest in the knowledge that God is blessed as I speak and the glory goes all to Him. He has given me a peace that I am just a tool in His hands and what matters is not what I say, but how the Holy Spirit can use it to work in the lives of others.
Sermon or series that made a difference: Sermons by Charles Swindoll, John Piper, John MacArthur, Alistair Begg, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Martin Lloyd Jones.
One of my favorite illustrations: From the children's book, "Glenda's Long Swim" where a married couple almost drown in the ocean, but the husband saves himself because he continues to swim back to the boat (illustrates the necessity to keep stroking in your Christian life) and his wife is rescued finally 20 miles out in the ocean staying alive by treading water (illustrates that if you just float along in your relationship with God, you don't stay in one place you drift away from Him to your own peril).
Family: Re-Married to Glynes Farrar
I have grown children Annie Loucks and Jeff Farrar
Glynes has two daughters Ali Villella and Kirstie Dishman
What my parents think of my sermons: They think they are very good, as all loving parents would. They have always been good at encouragement.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She is always intrigued by their design and content and how they encourage application to real life.
Best advice given to me about preaching: Study Hard
Let the Spirit lead
Books that have had an impact: The Bible of course.
The Jesus I Never Knew
What's So Amazing About Grace
Embraced by the Spirit
A First Book of Daily Readings
Carry a Big Stick; The Uncommon Heroism of Theodore Roosevelt
Unto the Hills
Jesus Continued...Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
Hobbies: Repairing computers and video game systems.
Paleontology, Archeology, Biology, Entomology, Bicycling.
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Grow in your intimate relationship with the Lord and never let the height, depth and width of that relationship find any boundaries.
Something funny that happened while preaching: The spontaneous humor that comes at times as you are relaxed and letting the Spirit speak through you and when he allows your own spirit to be itself and slip in some humorous comment...
What I want on my tombstone: Mike's Home with the Lord. Do you know Lord as your Savior AND Lord?