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JEFF DOLES is a Christian writer, blogger and Bible teacher in the Tampa, FL area. He and his wife, Suzanne, are the founders of Walking Barefoot Ministries. Their desire is to help you take the next step of faith in your walk with the Lord, live in the reality of His kingdom, and experience the presence and power of God in your life.
Jeff received the Lord Jesus Christ at the age of six and grew up in the Christian and Missionary Alliance church. After high school, he studied for the ministry at Florida Bible College, 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 have two wonderful children: Michael and Sara. They are active members of Revival Outreach Center, Dover, FL.
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 divine deliverance 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. Suzanne's faith, insight and support are an invaluable part of Walking Barefoot Ministries.
On February 27, 2003, Jeff and Suzanne were ordained and commissioned to Gospel ministry by the presbytery of International Apostolic Ministries.
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You can also find Jeff on Facebook at www.facebook.com/doles
MORE ABOUT JEFF
ABOUT fifteen years ago I asked the Lord to teach me about faith. Now, don't get me wrong. I grew up in a Christian home, received the Lord Jesus Christ at a very early age, and even went to Bible college, where I studied all the major doctrines of "the faith" (along with many minor ones). Even learned about apologetics and how to "defend the faith."
But something was missing. I would see people who had nowhere near the Christian background or Biblical training that I had, but they knew how to grab hold of faith, step out on faith and accomplish great things with their faith. I envied them. Though I knew Jesus, and I understood and appreciated faith as a doctrinal matter, I did not know how to use my faith in the very practical way these folks did.
That's when I asked the Lord, and He began to take me through the "School of Practical Faith." He introduced me to what faith actually is, where it comes from, how it grows and develops and gets strong, and how it operates. He revealed the power of words -- His words -- in my mouth. He showed me that faith requires love and love requires faith. He also taught me how faith partners with patience and develops expectation. He instructed me in the absolute necessity of forgiving others and how that sets my faith free. In short, He taught me the dynamics of faith.
That's what my books and blogs are about. As God has been teaching me, I have been taking notes and sharing with others what I have learned. It is a work in progress, one that will take me the rest of my life, because, now that I've learned how to use my faith in practical ways, the Bible has become even more vibrant and exciting. I'm trading my thoughts for God's, believing His Word for all its worth (and rejoicing at its infinite value). And I'm discovering a host of life-changing, world-changing truths -- things I had never noticed before I learned how to apply my faith.