Tim McKenzie is President and Founder of On Every Word, a non-profit ministry that seeks to inspire the love, value and practice of abiding in God’s Word both by example and instruction. In his multimedia presentations, Tim takes you on worshipful Scriptural journeys that come from the heart and touch the soul. Tim and his wife, Suzanne, have been married for 37 years, have three children and four grandchildren, and make their home in Sugar Land, Texas.
I still remember the night back in the fall of 1982 (about three years after I trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior) when my wife and I, as teachers in the high school ministry at Houston’s First Baptist Church, attended our “lock-in.” In the midst of the all night fun and games, our high school pastor, Johnny Derouen, asked everyone to pile their Bibles up front and symbolically burn them. We were told to imagine that it was illegal to own a Bible or possess any form of Scripture. Now, in our first official underground meeting as Christ-followers, we faced the daunting task of accurately recreating as much of the Scriptures as we could from memory. Unfortunately after a half hour of weeping and gnashing of teeth, out of the 31,102 verses in the Word of God, our fellowship of 300 students, staff and teachers had only managed to come up with about 30. I did my best to be a good cheerleader to divert attention from my shameful lack of a contribution.
You would think this event would be sufficient motivation to nudge me into memorizing a few verses, but God would need to use another occasion to do so. It was about a year later at a men’s fellowship at the church when unannounced, a bearded, robed, disciple-looking man took the stage and began to quote Scripture. Later, I learned that he began in Genesis and worked his way to the Revelation quoting at least one verse from each book as he traced redemption through the blood of Christ. Twenty minutes later as he concluded his message, all of us just sat there in awe…captivated by the shear power and impact of God’s Word.
The Lord finally had my attention. After tracking down that bearded wonder in east Texas, Bobby Joe graciously met with and motivated me to begin writing the Word of God on my heart. This was the beginning of a joyful journey I invite you to take with me one Scripture at a time. While I have memorized many Scriptures over the years for varying reasons, the Lord gave me the desire to create presentations from His Word to express His timeless truths in unique ways. In 1985, God placed on my heart Beholding His Glory, a Biblical portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ. Since then, the Lord has entrusted to me And God Said: the Voice of Creation, On Every Word, and For the Sake of the Name. Over the years, I have watched in amazement as God uses the eternal truths presented to pierce hearts and enlighten minds without any human commentary. Quoted in their entirety from memory, these presentations demonstrate the awesome power of God’s Word in and of and by itself.
It is my sincere hope that you allow me the great joy and privilege of sharing one of these presentations with your church, fellowship, conference, gala, prison, ministry, school or seminary.