Called to teach Biblical truths


Butler discovered his calling to teach Christian truths after a brief tour as a U.S Air Force pilot in 1972, with world-wide deployments and warzone aircraft delivery assignments in South Vietnam and Thailand. He had a successful career in real estate, brokerage and title insurance until his retirement in 2007.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 10:41 AM.

Teaching biblical truths is Joel Butler’s passion. The Sandestin resident believes that diligent study will reward anyone who “chases truth.”

 “Bible truths are unique,” Butler told The Sun. “Whereas since God reveals Himself through the things that He has created, He reveals unknown things about Himself, and His plan for the creation, through the truths of the scripture.”

Written under the pen name Joel Zao, Butler’s book evolved from a Bible study group from 2006-2009 in Niceville where he was the discussion facilitator. From that study on Paul’s letter to the Romans, “Chasing Truth” was born.

“At the time the group met and the book was being drafted, my wife and I were experiencing a devastating financial meltdown coinciding with the bubble bursting of the real estate market,” Butler said. “Since the book deals somewhat with being a believing overcomer through the study of God's Word, I chose a pen name based on the realities of life.  Zao is the Greek word for living.”

The first eight chapters of Paul’s letter to the Romans are discussed in detail in “Chasing Truth,” with a view to aiding those who read it to find the truth they earnestly seek.

 “There are two very distinct truths about God that are revealed in Paul's letter to the Romans — justification by faith and the reconciliation of all humanity in the sacrifice of God's Son,” Butler said.

The sequel to “Chasing Truth” will be the second half of Romans, chapters 9-16, and will focus on the “new life” victory of living with others according to the master plan as outlined in the letter to the Romans.

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