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Quiet Life Ministries
Burlingame Kansas , 66413
(785) 438-9390

About Tom
  • Education: BS in public communication from Northern Arizona University. MDiv from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, California. In 2004 and 2005 I attended Purpose Driven Chapel/Church Training at Saddleback Church in California which has had a huge impact on my life. I am currently enrolled in the Master of Biblical and Theological Studies (MBTS) program at Dallas Theological Seminary.
  • Experience: In 1984 I joined the Army Reserve. I have served in chapels at: Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Camp Victory, Iraq; Fort McCoy, Wisconsin and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I pastored two small churches: First Baptist Church, Naches, Washington and The Federated Church, Burlingame, Kansas. I retired from the Army Reserve in August 2013 as a Chaplain (COL). I am not Presbyterian but pastored a small Presbyterian church in Auburn, Kansas for four years before I retired in 2016.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: These sermons are yours for the taking. Please do not preach my sermon but use my ideas as a starting point. Take them - rework them - make them your own. Then preach from the heart. I preach to the needs of my congregation - please preach to the needs of yours.
  • Family: My wife and I attended third thru six grade together. In High school we started dating and we married shortly after graduating in 1972. We now have four grown sons, three daughter-in-laws, and 7 grandchildren.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Don’t preach to those who should have been there - preach to those who are. Also - If there is a mist in the pulpit there will be a fog in the pew.
  • Books that have had an impact: Purpose Driven Life and Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren. The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A’ Kempis. The Pursuit of Holiness and The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges. Holiness by J. C. Ryle. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. The Singer Trilogy by Calvin Miller. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. One of my favorite authors is Max Lucado.
  • Hobbies: I enjoy hobby farming – raising bees, chickens, geese, guineas, and turkeys. I like to garden. I also enjoy taking puritan sermons and rewriting them.
  • What I want on my tombstone: He Loved God - He Loved People - He Made Disciples
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  • Ecclesiastes Chapter Six

    Contributed on May 16, 2017
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    This is a verse by verse look at Ecclesiastes chapter six.

    Ecclesiastes Chapter Six Ecclesiastes 6:1 (NASB) There is an evil which I have seen under the sun and it is prevalent among men— Here seems a condition which is common to all men. This verse needs to be considered with verse two. The condition is that man gains riches, wealth and honor – ...read more

  • Ecclesiastes Chapter Five

    Contributed on Apr 4, 2017
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    This is a verse by verse look at Ecclesiastes chapter five.

    Ecclesiastes Chapter Five Ecclesiastes 5:1 Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil. When we enter the house of God, we should have the attitude of being open and ready to ...read more

  • Ecclesiastes Chapter Four

    Contributed on Mar 24, 2017
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    This is a verse by verse look at Ecclesiastes chapter four.

    Ecclesiastes Chapter Four Ecclesiastes 4:1 Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort ...read more

  • Ecclesiastes Chapter Three

    Contributed on Mar 22, 2017
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    This is a verse by verse look at Ecclesiastes chapter three.

    Ecclesiastes Chapter Three Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NASB) There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven-- Solomon's point in this section is that God has a plan for all people. Thus, he provides cycles of life, each with its work for us to do. Although ...read more

  • Ecclesiastes Chapter Two

    Contributed on Mar 21, 2017
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    This is a look at Ecclesiastes chapter two - verse by verse.

    Ecclesiastes Chapter Two Ecclesiastes 2:1 (NASB) I said to myself, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So enjoy yourself." And behold, it too was futility. Solomon conducted his search for life's meaning as an experiment. He first tried pursuing pleasure. He undertook great projects, ...read more

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  • We All Set Examples For Others To Follow. I Can ...

    Contributed on Apr 22, 2008
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    We all set examples for others to follow. I can remember growing up and putting on my dad’s shoes and shirt and walking around the house when I was little. Of course the clothes were too big for me. But I can remember how much I wanted to be grown up and be like my father. Do any of you ...read more

  • Soren Kierkagaard Said, "I Went Into Church And ...

    Contributed on Oct 22, 2007
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    Soren Kierkagaard said, “I went into church and sat on the velvet pew. I watched as the sun came shining through the stained glass windows. The minister dressed in a velvet robe opened the golden gilded Bible, marked it with a silk bookmark and said, ‘If any man will be my disciple, said Jesus, let ...read more

  • William Cary Was A Shoemaker When One Day He ...

    Contributed on Dec 12, 2006
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    William Cary was a shoemaker when one day he heard of the millions of people in India who had not heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. He believed the great commission to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.” He believed that that verse was speaking directly to him. So he volunteered ...read more

  • We Should Praise God

    Contributed on Dec 6, 2006
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    WE SHOULD PRAISE GOD I heard someone say recently that if the only thing God has done in our lives is to save us – we should praise God from the rising of the sun through the darkness of the night. But He has done so much more for us than that. He has given you the sense of taste – so that you ...read more

  • Does God Always Give A Vision To People? No. ...

    Contributed on Nov 28, 2006
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    Does God always give a vision to people? No. But sometimes He does. Sometimes God will give you a vision. Sometimes He will speak to you in a dream. Sometimes He will lead you to a verse in the Bible and show you how that verse applies to your situation. He does not do that every time, but ...read more