Searching for the Truth in the King James Bible;
Finding it, and passing it on to you.

Steve Van Nattan






Here we give you the stories and lives of warriors of our Lord. Some, like Jael, are fearless ladies who, while keeping their feminine sweetness, did mighty acts in the Lord.

Some are men who didn't yet have the rough edges knocked off, and it seems God actually used them because of that.

A few are about those quiet plain folks who seem to shine the Light of the World on everyone they meet. Some of these tales are mostly just for fun and to keep us all humble.

Please send these stories from your area.


None of these stories are copyrighted. Help yourself.  Seldom are they previously told, so you can assume they have not
appeared before they came up here (except in the area where they originated).

It is customary to tell stories about Christians who were famous and have been exalted in public gatherings. This pattern is not biblical. David was a shepherd, Amos was a gatherer of figs and a herdsman. Moses was herding sheep when called of God.

Also, Jesus did not choose disciples who were noteworthy. He chose working men, fishermen, tax collectors, and zealots who today would be on Homeland Security's watch list.

So, my section on heroes of the faith is about rather ordinary people, most of whom were a part of my life, but also some who were legends that never got told.

Enjoy, and thank God for these people who are great examples to us all.




GEORGE BENNARD- Composer of The Old Rugged Cross


MRS. R.J. KNOX-- Burnet, Texas

IAN PAISLEY- Defender of the faith in Northern Ireland--
Adversary of the Pope-- Maverick member of the British Parliament



DOCTOR PETER S RUCKMAN- A man with intensely devoted friends AND enemies.

THE PAINTING I don't know if this is a true story, but it illustrates the love of
God and the way of salvation very well.

THOMAS MARSHALL-- One Men's Testimony



400 CHRISTIANS AND THE TSUNAMI--They did not become bitter at the
Muslims but quietly went to worship. The result was a once in a hundred year miracle.

FARMER FLEMING--Not a Christian story as such, but shows the reward of doing right

MISSIONARY AT LARGE-- Johann Sabastian Bach

BILL VISITS CHURCH-- How would your church react to Bill?

Horatius Bonar on Biblical Reproof and Correction

A BOY WHO GAVE LIFE--  True stories have much more power than fiction.

AN ENGLISH WOMAN -- Mark 14:8 She hath done what she could...

CASEY VANDER JAGT-- The mad Hollander of Grand Rapids

CHARLES SPURGEON (1834-1892)-  He got rid of the Popish windows

D.L. MOODY (1837-1899)-- A man of good, with common sense

ESCHOL COSBY-- Cowboy, wrangler, and Pastor for Jesus Christ

JÉSUS FIELD -- He beat out the Roman Catholic priest in a war of music.


IT TAKES GUTS TO SAY, "JESUS"-- Hate for this was so great that the enemies of
started an E-Mail story that this is the name of a virus in order to stop people from reading it.

J FRANK NORRIS -- The walking Baptist rodeo

JOHN BRADFORD -- Martyred by Bloody Mary

JOHN HARPER --  True Hero on the Titanic

THE MISSIONARY WHOM NO ONE REMEMBERS -- The Village that Loved by the Bible

NINE DAYS ALEJANDRINA PRAYED --  God was merciful-- Must Read!

ORRIE COCHRANE -- He feared God and preached Christ with zeal

PATRICK HAMILTON -- An early Scottish martyr

PETER CARTWRIGHT -- Rough and Ready Circuit Riding Preacher

RICH McINTYRE --  Recently gone to be with the Lord.

VICTOR AND DEMETRIA GALLO -- Two, early Bolivian Christians

WILLIAM DUNCAN -- Missionary to Alaskan/Canadian Indians

POP RAND -- Ordinary man with a big heart and soul winning ways

PATRICK OF IRELAND -- He was a Baptist, not Catholic!

TESTIMONY OF DR. PETER S. RUCKMAN- This is a YouTube video


The Stethoscope

A nurse in the pediatric ward, before listening to the little ones' chests, would plug the stethoscope into the children's ears and let them listen to their own hearts. Their eyes would always light up with awe. But she never got a response equal to four year old David's.

Gently he tucked the stethoscope in his ears and placed the disk over his heart. "Listen," she said, "what do you suppose that is?" He drew his eyebrows together in a puzzled line and looked up as if lost in the mystery of the strange tap-tap-tapping deep in his chest. Then his face broke out in a wondrous grin. "Is that Jesus knocking?" he asked.


What is Jesus like?

Many years ago in Ethiopia Dr. Nathan Barlow, a missionary doctor with Sudan Interior Mission, was busy as usual in the bush hospital. It is not uncommon for a missionary doctor to see 80 patients in one day. Suddenly, a distraught Ethiopian family came rushing to the clinic. The missionary nurses quickly determined what was wrong-- A young child had severe pneumonia, and his chest was so congested with mucous that he was very close to suffocating.

The head nurse called for Dr. Barlow, who came at once. The Dr. saw the grave condition of the child, and he asked for a suction device to suck the phlegm and mucous out of the child's throat and chest. The head nurse groaned and told the Dr. that they had not yet gotten one of these devices from the US.

Without hesitating an instant, Dr. Barlow bent right over the child, placed his mouth over the child's mouth, and he sucked mouthful after mouthful of that wretched and deadly fluid from the child's chest, spitting it out on the floor. The African parents watched in awe. Nurses broke down and wept at the picture of love before them. And, soon the child took a deep breath and was on the way to recovery.

In everyone's life there are a very few special moments when they have the opportunity to do something that is life changing to those standing around. When your moment comes, will Jesus be so much in control of your life that you do just what he would do at that moment in time? This can only happen if we walk daily so close with Jesus that we don't even need to stop and think what is the right thing to do-- Because Jesus is doing it in us.

Dr. Nathan Barlow and his wife never asked the supporters in the USA for the money to buy an automobile. They CHOSE to ride public transport so that they could carry Christian literature and Bibles and distribute them along the way in bus stations. Only someone who has lived in the developing world can appreciate that choice.

Perhaps you would like to know what Jesus is like--
Jesus is like Dr. Nathan Barlow.
This is because Jesus lived, indeed still lives, in Dr. Barlow.
As far as we know, the Dr. is still with us, and you may learn more on this page.
Also, Read his Bio

Read about one of Dr. Barlow's medical accomplishments

From a missionary doctor:

I worked with Dr Nathan Barlow for a year in 1983 in a remote mission station in the Central African Republic as a young missionary doctor right out of medical school. Now, as a full term medical missionary myself, I try to follow his example of how to follow Christ as a missionary doctor. I last spoke with him in April 2004. He is now 92 years old. I was saddened to hear that he had developed Myesthenia Gravis, a condition that causes progressive weakening. He needed round-the-clock nursing care for his own bodily needs. But true to character, this has not stopped him, as he was getting ready to return to his mission hospital in southern Ethiopea where he has spent so many years!

Dr Steve Andersen
Lumiere Medical Ministries

I was speaking to an old friend about the better way
of doing our soul winning and outreach out of
only the local church. Here was his response:

"I agree with you about para-church organizations. That is why I have ALWAYS chosen to work in and through local churches. I could have formed a large organization and was often told to do so, "because there is more money available". But I have remained faithful to my commitment to the local church.

Now, I live in a house that has eight bedrooms (in New York City), a large eat-in kitchen, four complete bathrooms, a formal dining room, two working fireplaces, my office, a wonderful living room and more. We just contracted to upgrade the electrical wiring from 1917 to the present so we can put in air conditioning and to build a garage. (The previous owner burned down the previous one.)

I have places to stay around the world should I choose to visit. Our spiritual children speak many languages and live in many countries. Now most of those the Lord has entrusted to us have fled persecution to live in the United States. We have been and continue to be wonderfully blessed both materially and spiritually due to our faithfulness to our commitment to His Word and the local church."

The key word here is-- contentment. Benny Hinn and Joel Osteen are not satisfied with what my friend has in this world's blessings. God gives us enough and more so that we will be content.

Editor: Steve Van Nattan-- You know, dear reader, that the Bible says, "Godliness with lots of stuff is great gain." Right!!!!! Try the "most reliable text":

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

You never saw a U-Haul trailer
attached to a hearse.
See more cartoons and teaching on giving here.


Will you do the right thing when it counts?

I was walking down a dimly lit street late one evening when I heard muffled screams coming from behind a clump of bushes. Alarmed, I slowed down to listen, and panicked when I realized that what I was hearing were the unmistakable sounds of a struggle; heavy grunting, frantic scuffling, and tearing of fabric.

Only yards from where I stood, a woman was being attacked. Should I get involved? I was frightened for my own safety, and cursed myself for having suddenly decided to take a new route home that night. What if I became another statistic? Shouldn't I just run to the nearest phone and call the police?

Although it seemed like an eternity, the deliberations in my head had taken only seconds, but already the girl's cries were growing weaker. I knew I had to act fast. How could I walk away from this? No, I finally resolved, I could not turn my back on the fate of this unknown woman, even if it meant risking my own life.

I am not a brave man, nor am I athletic. I don't know where I found the moral courage and physical strength, but once I had finally resolved to help the girl, I became strangely transformed. I ran behind the bushes and pulled the assailant off the woman. Grappling, we fell to the ground, where we wrestled for a few minutes until the attacker jumped up and escaped.

Panting hard, I scrambled upright and approached the girl, who was crouched behind a tree, sobbing. In the darkness, I could hardly see her outline, but I could certainly sense her trembling shock. Not wanting to frighten her further, I at first spoke to her from a distance.

"It's okay," I said soothingly, "The man ran away. You are safe now." There was a long pause ... and then I heard the words uttered in wonder and amazement, "Daddy, is that you?" And then, from behind the tree, stepped my youngest daughter, Katherine.

Is this an urban legend, or did it really happen? Well, it happens many times around the world these days, and what if..................

What if it were YOU listening to the girl scream? There are moments that come and go only once in life, and we MUST be of a mind, well before hand, to do the right thing in an instant. Jesus is our example. He had only one chance to get over 150 prophecies right, and in the right order. After the cross, he could not again prove he was indeed the Savior of the world. Thank God, Jesus Christ did the right thing, and in the right order.







John 1:5
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you,
that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.   

Some great missionary biographies at this site