The Schillero Family
The greatest passion in my life, second only to loving and serving my risen Savior are my wife and children. Many years ago, as I was preparing for ministry, a wise pastor shared with me what he thought my life priorities should be as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He said that my 'relationship' with God should always be #1. Jesus said in John 15:5, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without me you can do NOTHING." The second priority was to my primary ministry. My primary ministry being Carol and my children. Loving my wife as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it. (Ephesians 5:25). And training my children up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4). Once these priorities were taken care of I could then see fit to glorify God through my preaching ministry. Although these priorities can and do overlap at times, I have found them to be wise and true. I have diligently sought to engrain them in my lifestyle for the last 25 years of my marriage.
As I look back over the last 2 decades, I can see how my child rearing was actually the foundation of many truths that I desire to teach through Gateway to the Heart Ministries. As I sought to teach my kids to love, fear and obey God, I could see what a great influence the media had in the process. God began to build a passion in my life to protect my kids from the ungodly influences of TV and movies and to simultaneously build the truths of Gods' word in their hearts (Romans 12:1-2). But before I could guard my children's hearts with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23), I had to guard my own heart FIRST. Thus, began a journey of conviction and repentance of sin concerning ungodly media choices and the quest to pass this sanctification onto my wife and children. I have done this in my family to the best of my ability. We are not perfect by any means. But God has definitely done a great work in our family in this area of life. And I have no doubt that 23 years later we are reaping the rewards of what we watched and did not watch in our home.
As I move forward with Gateway to the Heart Ministries, I would like to share with you the biblical truths and principles which have shaped my life and family concerning media and obedience to Christ(2 Corinthians 10:5). I would also like to introduce you to my 'primary ministry'. My beautiful wife Carol and my seven children.
May God bless you and your family,
Joe L. Schillero Jr.
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