About

Growing To Know God is an organization dedicated to helping people have and develop a healthy and full relationship with God.

The author

The founder and published author of Growing to Know God Media is Bruce Leiter. He was an English teacher with an English master’s degree and then a sales manager until God renewed his original call to make him a pastor with a master-of-divinity degree serving in seven churches during twenty-seven years of ministry.

When he was a pastor in his last church on a Native American reservation, he sensed that God wanted him to retire. More than a year before retirement, Bruce couldn’t sleep on a sultry, summer, South Dakota night when a clear idea came to him. He had assumed that he would preach and teach at different churches in retirement, but that new thought was very specific. He was to write a book in which he as himself befriends a fictional, thirty-something agnostic named Joe Smith.

Bruce knew that that idea was from God because it was very specific. Also, when he told people about his experience, they all encouraged him.

After the other main character in his book, disillusioned Holly Holmes, arrived in Bruce’s creative imagination, the full-fledged, God-given idea resulted in Bruce’s first book, Doubtbusters! God Is My Shrink!

Since then, two traditional publishing companies (which don’t require the author to pay any money) have published a devotional Bible study, Be Bolder Growin’ Older, and a murder-mystery novel, Divided Together 2084, after accepting his book proposals.

Bruce was amazed at those events because traditional publishers accept fewer than one per cent of all book proposals sent to them. Because of these two unusual events, Bruce believes that God confirmed his fourth career by dramatically opening publishing doors to make him a published author in both nonfiction and fiction. He gives God all the credit for giving him his writing gift and opening publishing doors.

Growing to Know God Media

Because Bruce and his wife have enough income for their daily life, he has vowed before God to give half of his writing income to three reliable mission causes. He will use the other half only to defray the actual expenses of writing, publishing, and promoting more books and other media. Thus, the informal nonprofit organization will have no profits and will not solicit donations. Bruce’s son has volunteered to join the board and help with the organization’s management and promotional efforts.

Biblical basis

In the beginning, God made humanity in some ways like himself (Genesis 1:25, 26). Thus, he gave humans intellects, emotions, and wills somewhat like his.

However, humans fell from perfection in all areas of their personalities when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3), thus beginning our human rebellion against our Creator, which has continued to this day.

On the other hand, God provided a way back to him already at the beginning of humans’ departure from a relationship with him in the form of his hopeful prediction of a future Rescuer, who would defeat evil (Genesis 3:15).

Furthermore, God called Abraham to bless him as well as his descendants and to make them a blessing to the nations (Genesis 12:3). Moreover, all true believers are Abraham’s spiritual children, according to the Apostle Paul (Galatians 3:26-29; Romans 4). Therefore, God calls all believers to be his agents of blessing to the people around them.

The God-man Jesus Christ fulfilled the promise to Abraham and to those who believe through his perfect life, death in our place, and resurrection for our new life (Colossians 1-2; Ephesians 1-3). He will come again some day to give believers and his creation final perfection.

Furthermore, because of Jesus’ words to Nicodemus (John 3:3), “You must be born again,” and Paul’s inspired words, “Since then you have been raised with Christ, set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:1), our nonprofit seeks people’s new birth and new-life growth through Jesus’ triumph by God’s unlimited power.

Thus, Jesus came from heaven to rescue the lives of all who would accept his restoration personally (John 1:1-18; 3:16-18).

In addition, the first and second Persons of the one true God jumpstarted his rebuilding project of humans’ lives by sending the third Person, the Holy Spirit, to re-create his people, whom he would use to reclaim more people all over his world (John 20:21, 22; Acts 1:8).

Throughout the Bible, God has revealed himself as one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) revealed as three Persons—Father, Jesus, and Spirit—a revealed mystery especially in the gospel of John.

On this biblical basis, this unofficial nonprofit effort is committed to daily prayer for God’s guidance and blessing for the readers, listeners, viewers, and groups who benefit from the print and other media. The reason is that God alone can give the new-birth miracle and progress in Christians’ lives with their Spirit-led cooperation and through persistent prayer (Eph. 6:18-20; 1 Thess. 5:17).