His Only Ministry

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This is me on my first study
retreat in May 2006.

Ramblings from my quiet time and other research updated approximately weekly as time permits.

My Testimony

How someone can be saved

Other personal stuff

About Him:

First and formost, life is about Him, that is The Lord, the God of the Bible.  We were created by Him and for Him.  To those who would follow after Him, "we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Eph 2:10) And we are pilgrims on this earth, "seeking a heaveny country" not of this world. (Heb 11:16)  
"These all died by way of faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off. And they were persuaded of them and embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth." (Hebrews 11:13)

About me:

My name is Tom Van Sistine.
I am a Christian and a pilgrim.  God is working in new ways and yet old ways.  He is doing a new work in my heart which has prompted the major changes in my website since May of 2006 from a test "bio" page to a ministry site.
The title "His Only" came from a closing salutation I started using on my email page inspired by others who used encouraging words.  His Only is what I desire Him to change my heart to be.  I also desire to know the truth. I study the Bible, church history,  theology and lead small group bible studies to lead people to a closer relationship to Jesus.  I hope to continue to expand this website as time permits.

I am also an electrical engineer. I have the name "pocketc" because I was using a program by this name to write "C" code on my Pocket PC when I signed up for Yahoo email as an experiment. Now I am stuck with that name.

I have been married almost 21 years and have two kids, who keep me young and remind me of what is really important. Otherwise I would end up being even more of a techno-geek than I already am. :)

I homeschool my daughter who is finishing 10th grade while my wife teaches my son just completing 7th grade.  Through the homeschool movement I have learned a lot about what it means to be a father who actively trains and prepares his children for life and how to be the spiritual leader of the home.  I am forever indebted to those pioneers who started (or should I say restarted) the homeschool movement over two decades ago.  I was skepticle until I saw what great work of God was happening through their faithfullness to "raise up a godly seed".

I can't believe how close I am to my children.  I give much of the credit for my wife who had the vision to do this, and has supported and encouraged me all the way.


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Living Waters
Ray Comfort website
for Evangelism

News and commentary on the contemporary Church

Chistian or Christ Follower?
This Link from Lighthouse Trails exposes how contemplative spirituality is trying to redefine what it means to follow Christ.

What's New:

5/12/07 See my tribute to 2 Mom's in my life on myBlog.html.
8/20/06 Changed the title to reflect my hearts desire, and to reflect that this site is becoming a ministry to the few (currently) who read it.  I also rearranged my home page to better see the links. 

7/28/06 I modified my link below (Concerns about Church growth...) to have a table of contents and a printer friendly version.

7/23/06 I added "My Testimony" page.  This is a condensed version from the "My Church History" page I wrote as part of application for membership to Brookside Baptist.

7/4/06 I added a psuedo-blog page the I will up date from time to time. See "myBlog" link to the right.

eMail: pocketc@yahoo.com

Has your church been "Warrenized"?
Concerns about Church growth movements and the Emergent Church

Friend of Discernment
Last updated
July 07, 2007