Gerald L. Prater

Biography

Gerald L. Prater is a retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant. He spent 20 years serving after enlisting at the age of 17 years after graduating high school in Miami, FL. He spent his entire 20 years serving in the Military Intelligence career field as a Spanish Cryptologic Linguist. After basic military training and technical training in Spanish at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA and Goodfellow Air Force Base (AFB) in San Angelo, TX, he served tours of duty at Key West Naval Air Station, FL, Kelly AFB in San Antonio, TX, and Howard AFB in the People’s Republic of Panama. While he was on active duty, he took advantage of military sponsored education benefits to obtain three college degrees:
1) An Associates of Applied Science degree in communications from the Community College of the Air Force
2) A Bachelors of Science degree in Management of Computer Information Systems from Park University in Parkville, Missouri
3) A Masters of Business Administration degree with an Information Systems concentration from the University of Texas at San Antonio in San Antonio, TX
After retiring from the Air Force, he started an 11-year career in information systems and corporate auditing. He worked initially for TRW, a defense contractor serving as a staff Software Engineer. Next he worked for the telephone company GTE (which later became Verizon as the result of a merger) as a corporate staff Information Systems Auditor. His corporate auditing career progressed until he was promoted to the position of corporate IT and Network Systems Audit Manager finally working in that role in Austin Texas at Applied Materials, a major nano-manufacturing firm. It was from this position at Applied Materials where God called him into full-time volunteer ministry in November 2009 (see the story written up in the 11/24/17 chapter entry in this book series.
Gerald does not align or associate himself with any particular religious group or denomination. He is a non-denominational follower of Jesus Christ, believes in the triune God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit), that Jesus came here and lived a perfect life among us, died for our sins, rose again from the grave three days later to give us new life, and now dwells among and in us through the Holy Spirit.
Since November 2009, he has maintained a full-time vocation of ministry as led by the Spirit of the Lord. He has never had any formal seminary training. However, during the years since 2009 he has engaged in detailed personal study of bible and theology. This has included not only in-depth study of the bible by exegesis (line-by-line), but also studying the teachings and university curriculums of several recognized professors of theology and apologetics at the graduate school level. One such professor who has had a significant impact on his studies is Ravi Zacharias and his team at RZIM (Let My People Think). The perimeter around all of these areas of study has always been (since his awakening by the Lord Jesus) with help to discern and understand from the Holy Spirit. All of the areas of spiritual insight, biblical study and commentary in this book are all led by the Holy Spirit.
One thing that has made Gerald unique in these studies is his calling by the Lord to pursue these studies and vocation on a full-time basis with equal if not greater vigor than he used before in his prior corporate career. Using this vigor, he has found that studying and understanding the bible is actually quite easy. This is because when studied in earnest, it is easy to understand in total because the overall story is so simple and consistent. This is one of the reasons he finds it so easy to explain many fundamentals of the bible in written and spoken forms.
Using his prior experience with governmental and corporate research and analysis together with effective university graduate studies, his studies of theology over the past decade could be considered an equivalent of honorary post-graduate studies in theology. After 10 years of this type of study, he could (only if led by the Lord of course) take actions to pursue an honorary PhD in theology and apologetics.

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Books

Gerald's 2018 Daily Messages
Price: Free! Words: 139,010. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Devotional
A view into the spiritual journey of a contemporary man who feels strongly that he has been called by God to full-time voluntary ministry as a modern-day disciple and has given his life completely to that purpose. This book is a transparent and intimate look into his journal entries describing his interactions with the God of creation, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Gerald's 2017 Daily Messages
Price: Free! Words: 35,830. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Devotional
A view into the spiritual journey of a contemporary man who feels strongly that he has been called by God to full-time voluntary ministry as a modern-day disciple and has given his life completely to that purpose. This book is a transparent and intimate look into his journal entries describing his interactions with the God of creation, our Lord Jesus Christ.

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apologetics    bible    christianity    disciple    hermeneutics    jesus    ministry    motivational    prophet   

Smashwords book reviews by Gerald L. Prater

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (A Bad Omen) A Digest of Biblical Apologetics #3 on Jan. 08, 2019

    This free book is a must read. Thank you Mr Cooley for this most excellent book. I saw it in my Smashwords search while reviewing books that covered related topics and could relate to the title. I downloaded and read the entire book tonight and found it to be an excellent read. Your exposition through the book of Judges and connecting it with examples that we can see happening all around us today are sobering to say the least. I agree that these are very perilous times and that many of the signs and indicators that Jesus spoke of can be seen all around us. I am also a devout follower of Jesus (not of religion) and agree with your concern about the people are embracing socialism today in greater numbers. Thank you for your contribution with this and others of your books to be used by the Lord to get the attention of his people today. I touch and agree. God bless you sir.