There are foundational attributes true Christians must develop if God can work with us. Humility and attitudes of thanksgiving, repentance, and submission to Him are a few. In both the Old and New Testaments there is another foundational attribute we must constantly be showing in our lives. Christ Himself demonstrated this attitude, and Paul attributed our problems due to it. How important is “the fear of God” and what benefits does the Bible say it produces in our lives?
Rick Shabi was ordained an elder in 2000, and relocated to northern Florida in 2004. He attended Ambassador College and graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Business, with a major in Accounting. After enjoying a rewarding career in corporate and local hospital finance and administration, he became a pastor in January 2011. Since then, he and his wife Deborah have served in the Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida, churches. Rick served as the Treasurer for the United Church of God from 2013–2022, and was named President in May 2022.