Who We Are

Jeff reading Scripture

JEFF DOLES is a writer and blogger, a follower of King Jesus and a lover of the Trinity, exploring the Christian faith, spiritual life and the Bible. His desire is to help others take the next step of faith in their walk with the Lord, live in the reality of his kingdom and experience the presence and power of God.

Jeff came to faith in the Lord Jesus at about the age of six and grew up in the Christian and Missionary Alliance church. After high school, he studied at Florida Bible College, in Hollywood, FL and graduated with a B.A. in Biblical Education. While at college, he met Suzanne, who was also a student there. They have been married since 1978 and live near Tampa, FL.

Jeff with guitar

SUZANNE came to an active faith in Jesus Christ in high school and from there went on to Bible college, where she attended for three years. In the Summer of 2000, she experienced a deliverance by the Lord which released her from deep-seated fear. Since then, her faith has increased dramatically and she gives testimony to the healing power of God, on the theme of moving from fear to faith. Her story.

In 1999, Jeff and Suzanne founded Walking Barefoot Ministries to help others grow in faith. “Walking barefoot” is, for us, a metaphor, drawn from Moses’ experience with God at the burning bush in Exodus 3. God instructed him to take off his shoes, for the place where he was standing was holy. Suddenly and Moses found himself in the purposeful, powerful presence of God. Our ministry is to help others recognize the presence, purpose and power of God in their lives and follow King Jesus with their whole hearts.

We are pressing in for more of the Lord.
To know him more intimately,
love him more lavishly,
praise him more extravagantly.
To grow more in prayer and faith.
To experience more of his presence,
the power of the Holy Spirit
the works of the Lord Jesus,
and the kingdom of God.

What We Believe

We confess the historic Christian faith as expressed in the words of the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended into hell.

On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Amen.

 

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