Tony Myles, pastor, book author, freelance writer, husband and father, has his dial fine tuned to â€œprioritiesâ€ and his antennae seeking â€œbalance,â€ and, as a result, his reception and subsequent broadcast of Godâ€™s message comes through strong and clear.
â€œMy main passion is to do what God wants me to do,â€ said Myles, who has been pastor of Con-
nection Church since January 2007, when he and his wife, Katie, and their two young sons moved to Medina. â€œIâ€™m thankful that God grabbed me and put me here to be a small part of the growth of Medinaâ€™s spiritual life.â€
As an author of books and a writer for journals and newspapers, Myles could have chosen differently and turned his freelance writing into a full-time career.
Myles regarded writing as an opportunity to have an impact on a global network of readers yet remained open to Godâ€™s plan for him as an experienced spiritual leader of a congregation.
â€œI have a heart for being involved in the local church,â€ he said of his decision to remain active as a pastor while continuing to publish his work. â€œIt allows me the chance to come alongside peopleâ€™s lives and point them to Jesus.â€
In sync with Mylesâ€™ growing sons and burgeoning list of publications, Connection Church also is blossoming as it heads into its fifth year.
â€œWeâ€™ve grown to two Sunday services,â€ said Myles, adding that the congregation relocated from Regal Cinemas to a facility at 387 Medina Road. â€œThe move opened up more ministry.â€
Myles recently co-authored â€œThe Miracles of Jesus,â€ a 30-day devotional aimed at youth or those who work with youth, but equally relevant to anyone interested in deepening their relationship with God.
The multi-dimensional workbook outlines a curriculum that focuses on Jesusâ€™ healing miracles as told in the Gospels. Each chapter unfolds a learning experience for the reader that includes a prayer, a reading that explores one miracle of Jesus, a response section with open space provided to write out thoughts or questions, an insight that lends the feel of a chat with a trusted mentor and ends with a reflection that dovetails learned concepts into the reality of daily life.
â€œThe Miracles of Jesusâ€ provides a supportive forum through which the reader can study the miracles of Jesus and grow closer to the God that sent him to earth.
Myles said knowledge of this God will give a deeper, more functional understanding of how to follow God and his plans.
Mylesâ€™ conversational style of writing that surrounds each of the 30 lessons creates a down-to-earth classroom that would appeal to youth as well as to readers of any age. The book can be ordered for $8.99 a copy or $69.99 for a 10-pack through www.sonlife.com or by calling 800-770-4769.
Carlisle may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.