Preachers, Teachers, and Such Like
"When I was thirty-to years old
I made shipwreck of life; I was lost
and I knew it. What saved me? Somewhere
inside of me had been planted a
deep-seated belief in truth. Trouble
was I didn't know what the truth was,
but I believed that if I could find
it I would be all right. Thus I went
looking for it and found it in Jesus,
the Christ, and I was no longer lost."
"I did not sin! Sin, if sin is anything,
is an offence against God, who is a
Spirit. And God, and God only, decides
when He is offended. He does not need
you or me to tell Him, and He does not
have any rules,regulations, or laws He
must go by that tell Him if He is
offended or not. If someone offends me
I know it, and if I know it, you can
be sure God knows when He is offended,
that is, sinned against."
"I fail to see why the Biblical four-
letter word "dung" is accceptable but
the four-letter word substitute for
dung in the vernacular is
"The truth will stand on its own
merits; it does not need to be propped
up by some authority, not even the
Bible. If it is the truth then it is
the truth whether it is in the Bible
"But if the attitude of our society
towards sex, that is the sexual
revolution, is wrong, what of the
attitudes that are found in Christian
circles today and over the last half-
centurty or more?"
"She was a petite brunette and radiated
sex appeal. There is nothing old sinner
Jim would have liked better that to
give her a little. And now she had
walked up, sat on the stool next to me,
and handed me this note written in Pig
Latin, which translated as "give me a
little"; just what I wanted to do."
"I place economy among the first and
most important virtues, and public debt
as the greatest of dangers to be feared.
To preserve our independence, we must not
let our rulers load us with perpetual
debt. If we run into such debts, we must
be taxed in our meat and drink, in
our necessities and in our comforts, in
our labor and in our amusements. If we can
prevent the government from wasting the
labor of the people, under the pretense
of caring for them, they will be happy."
Reviews: "THIS I HAVE LEARNED"
Coffee with Ecclesiastes, 2005
"No pain, no gain..."
Through vibrant, often poignant,
often bare bones meticulous,
but always deeply stirring vignettes,
this gentleman preacher distills for
us readers lessons given him by the
unction of the Holy spirit and a mind
that dug deeply into the writings of
the theological and secular giants of
history for answers. These are candid
lessons of a man's journey starting
from boyhood, traveling into
questioning reckless youth, and
turning from that to an adulthood in
Christ and the ministry. The lessons
are strong and sound, but only fully
realized years and years after they
were taught. That's life for you,
though. Many of us stroll through
life tragically unaware of the vast
opportunities we are given to learn
the Truth offered to us by a beckoning
Christ. Maybe we even deliberately
ignore these opportunities, because
it takes us out of our corporate,
family or egoistic comfort zones. Can
we overcome our own raw emotions when
our spoon-fed views of the world are
challenged? We should all snap up this
book and pass it on to others as a
chance for them to esperience
vicariously the raw, real world of a
man on an analytical, yet Spirit-led
path and crane our ears toward the
whisper of Truth over the din of the
day. "This I Have Learned" deserves a
gentle read with an eye trained on the
Excellent references and citations
Advanced theological classes would
greatly benefit friom this book as
reading material for study and
I found this book to be a very enjoyable
read. It is lighthearted in places, it
is serious in places; and it just might
prompt you to rethink some of the pre-
conceived ideas that we all carry around.
"THIS I HAVE LEARNED"
"Reflections At Sunset"
Jim Caniff preaches the gospel, is an ordained minister and has written books and some
articles. He is a widower and the father of two sons, David Clark, and Stephen James, who is
married to Cindy. Stephen is pastor of the Salem Wesleyan Church. His alma mater is Asbury
College in Wilmore, Kentucky.
He has established this web site for the purpose of publishing the truth in these troubled
times, which at least resemble those written of by the Apostle Paul with these words:
This know also that perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own
selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful unholy,
without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of
those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of
God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
The Apostle also said that a time would come when people would not endure sound
doctrine. The Scripture speaks of a time of famine of hearing the words of God. Surely that time
is now. While there is much religious speak, there is also much confusion and contradiction. One
may be reminded of George Orwell’s “doublespeak.” Much of it comes from those who seem to
be trying to promote the Gospel, but all to often are just adding to the confusion and keeping
people from the pure truth.
Jim just hopes to counter, as much as he may, this dearth of truth and trusts it will find
some open hearts and minds.
He is available for speaking engagements and looks forward to meeting you, enjoying
your fellowship and worshiping with you.