I never saw myself as a "bad child" when I was growing up, but others, including my parents, often did; at least that's what they sometimes said. When I was 9, I was sent home from Vacation Bible School for being "disruptive." When I was 11, I was kicked out of Cub Scouts for fighting. When I was 12, I was baptized, but when I was 13, I quit church for good. When I was 16 a girl across the street invited me to her church. When I was 17 I met Linda Wesner (at that church), now
I don’t believe that God always answers prayer. Before you object, let me explain. I’ve often heard it said that an unanswered prayer “really is an answer; it’s a ‘no’ or a 'wait.'" I get that. I just don’t always agree with it. I’ve prayed for many things that I KNOW were within God’s will, but the requests weren’t granted. Yet the Bible says, “If any of you asks anything in prayer according to God’s will, you will have it.” (I John 5:14-15) So what do you do with that?
“I’m sorry, Gary, but you can’t stay. You need a fourth of your tuition. That’s just school policy.” The business manager had given me this same message three days earlier. Throughout the weekend I had gone through the small community of Grayson, Kentucky, knocking on doors offering to do odd jobs—painting, mowing, clearing brush—anything to raise $160 dollars, which (remarkably in those days) was a fourth of the tuition for my first semester at Kentucky Christian University.