Important Days – Part deux

Moving to Southern California and returning to live at home with my parents was not my first choice of living arrangements. Because my parents were working at Azusa Pacific College ( now Azusa Pacific University ), I went to that school for my sophomore in college with a 75% discount on tuition. I spent the next few months getting involved in a college youth group in the church I would eventually get married in. There was a girl in the high school youth group, her name is Montie,  that I was particularly attracted to. The college and high school groups got together frequently joining in different events. I was encouraged by another friend of mine in college to date her. I ended up asking her to go with me to the Christmas banquet the church was having for the youth groups. We had a great night together and I knew I had to go out with her again.

After encountering this blonde, native Californian, I was swept off my feet and didn’t know who I was dating or how she would impact and guide my life.

Shortly after that on December 28, 1969, I was baptized and formally declared my belief in Jesus – by immersion. I finally understood why this was an important step to take as I grew in my faith and love for my Lord.  3 days later, I was having a second date with this wonderful girl I had met at church. We went to Pasadena with another couple and we were going to try to sleep on Colorado Blvd. while waiting for the morning to dawn with the Rose Parade. It was quite an eventful night. Not much sleep was occurring. The parade was great and I think her sister was in one of the high school bands and drill teams that were marching in the parade. It was a great time at the parade. We were both exhausted when we got back to Glendora mid-afternoon.

Additional dates and meetings at church for youth group was all it took to cement our relationship. Right around this time we began to discuss our future plans.

Amazingly, I found out that my future wife was going back to the Chicago area to attend nursing school. She was graduating from high school that June of 1970. I had already made a decision that I was going back to Trinity in Deerfield, Illinois ( a suburb of Chicago ) for my junior and senior years. What an amazing journey together we were going to be embarking on in those next two years in the Chicago area.

More information on those years will follow in another post.


What happened on important days in my life?

On the day of my birth

 Day In History: What Happened On September 8, 1950 In History?

Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

<strong>September 8, 1950: Facts: </strong>

<p>If a person born on this day saved a Half dollar every day starting at age 7, then by now that person has accumulated $10,874.00. <em><small>(Assuming this person is still alive today.)</small></em></p>

<p><em>Virgo</em> is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. <em>Sapphire</em> is the modern birthstone for this month.


<ul><li><strong>1950</strong> – Mike Simpson, American politician</li>

<li><strong>1950</strong> – Zachary Richard, American singer and songwriter</li>

</ul><p>Source: <a href=””>Day In History</a></p>

Next, what happened on this day, February 4, 1960, in my life and why is it important?

Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 4, 1960: Facts & Myths About This DayFebruary 4, 1960 is the 35th day of the year 1960 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 331 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

If a person born on this day saved a Half dollar every day starting at age 6, then by now that person has accumulated $9,338.50. (Assuming this person is still alive today.)

Who were born on February 4, 1960?

  • 1960
    Jenette Goldstein, American actress
  • 1960
    Jonathan Larson, American composer (d. 1996)
  • 1960
    Mark Dawson, British-born American entertainment manager (The Iron Maidens)
  • 1960
    Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish author (d. 2007)
  • 1960
    Tim Booth, British singer (James)

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This day is significant to me because it is the day I accepted the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. My mother and I had just finished listening to a Founder’s Week message on radio on WMBI.
She asked me if I wanted to pray the sinner’s prayer and I did. So, we prayed and I was free from the penalty of sin for all eternity. “This is how much God loved the world: He gave His Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and everlasting life.”  John 3:16 MSG (The Message Translation)
I did not have an earth-shattering conversion experience because I was blessed to have grown up in a Christian family and home. My faith grew slowly for a 9 year-old. There were the normal doubts about my salvation being secure.
I went through what our church called a Bible instruction class. There were about 25 of us in the class. At the graduation ceremony, each student was given a Bible. I used that Bible through rest of my junior high and senior high days. We had moved to Denver when I was 12.  My dad was the church custodian and we lived in a small, 1 bedroom closet basically.  I slept in the small living room and did my homework on a card table on which we had our meals. This situation caused me much internal embarrassment. What is that feeling about? Basically, it is a fear of someone finding out I lived in a church. I would leave the church in the morning and take an alley as I walked to school. This continued through junior high and high school. I couldn’t have the kind of friendships other  guys and girls would have. The only people who knew where I lived were the kids I went to church and youth group with. I couldn’t invite any school friends over to the church to mess around or play ping pong or basketball. My close friends were the guys who were also the main stays of our youth group in church.
This turmoil also affected my social life which was non-existent. Church related activities made up my entire social interactions. Girl friends were out of the question. I think I only had one date to a church banquet my senior year. I also participated in Young Life club and Youth for Christ rallies. My scholastic activities were rewarding as I was a member of the South High Scholastic Society. This was for students with high grade point averages. I also played in the band – playing trumpet. I was also part of a guys cheering group known as the Ollies – Order of Loquacious Lethargic Ill-founded Extremists. We were South High Rebels in every sense of the word. This was our mascot – Johnny Reb – at Denver South High School.
I was fortunate to be included in the top 10% of my graduating class in 1968 which had over 800 students in it. I was headed to a college known as Trinity College which was located in Deerfield, IL. There was only one other of the guys in our youth group who was going to attend there also. As a result, I lost track of all of my class mates from high school except for those who were in my church’s youth group.
During my freshman year, my parents retired from their jobs in Denver and took off in January 1970 on a 6 month tour of the Orient. They went to visit my oldest brother who was a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators in the Philippines. They also visited missionaries on their fields in Japan, Hong Kong and included many additional trips around that area of the world.
At the end of the year , they returned to the States and stopped to visit some of their retired missionary friends who lived in Glendora, CA. They had connections at Azusa Pacific College and my parents both got jobs there. I became a Californian at that time between my freshman and sophomore years.
California experiences have been amazing as I look back at them. I will follow through on my personal history with additional high points in my life in my next post.
Stay tuned.