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Welcome to Stephen's World!

Hi, and thank you for visiting my web site.  My name is Stephen Hair, and I hope that you enjoy the pictures, information, and links on my site.  One of the first things that you may notice is that I am a Christian.   If you are not a Christian, I urge you to read the gospel presentation I have written, and to email me at stephenhair@hotmail.com with any questions or comments you may have.  On the other hand, if you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sin and you strive to please Him in all that you do, then I think you will find this site to be encouraging, informative, and maybe even a little challenging.  Well, with that brief introduction, please have fun exploring my site!

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Employment Information

Job title: Network Administrator

Key responsibilities: Maintaining all aspects of a 180 computer network using Novell NetWare 5 and Windows NT 4.

Department: I work for Rail Europe in Boulder, CO.

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Things I'm doing

Update:  As of 2004, Allison and I are no longer married, and she has been remarried.   She has asked me to remove her pictures from my site, and not claim her as my wife anymore.  So, although much of the information on this site is old, select parts have been updated to reflect our divorce.
 
BIG NEWS - On the 14th of June 2002, Allison and I had our second son Jeremiah Hair
 
BIG NEWS - On the 26th of November 2000, Allison and I had our first son, Daniel Frank Hair.
 
1. On March 4th, Y2k, I married Allison. We had a lovely wedding, and had a very nice honeymoon in Branson, Missouri.
 
2. On December 23, 1999, I earned my MCSE from Microsoft. I'm now a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and a Certified NetWare Administrator.
3. On November 23, 1999, I proposed to Allison! And wonder of wonders, she said yes :) To read more about how our relationship has progressed, click here.
 
4. In Semptember, 1999, I took a trip to Phoenix in which I was able to attend the annual Sovereign Grace Bible Conference in Globe, Arizona. Pastor John Skaggs hosts this conference every last Saturday of September, and it is always a very encouraging time of good teaching and fellowship. This year the speakers at the conference were Dr. James White, Pastor Don Fry, Pastor Dan Caffesse, and Pastor John Skaggs. It was a great conference!
Dr. James White, the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries and an elder of Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church, spoke on perseverance. It was very encouraging to be reminded that God is indeed faithful, and He perseveres His people all the way through life until He finally glorifies us one day in heaven. Pastor Don Fry, also an elder of Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church, exhorted us with an excellent exposition on repentance. We were shown from the Scripture that repentance is not only an essential part of one's conversion, but repentance is something that Christians must do frequently. We are commanded to be holy, as God is holy. And when we behave in a manner unworthy of our calling in Christ, we need to repent, ask our Father's forgiveness, and turn from our sin. Dan Caffesse, interim pastor of Sovereign Grace Bible Church, shared with us examples from Scripture that demonstrated the sequence or the chronology of grace. Grace is a term which describes God's dealings with His people in a most undeserved manner. He showed us that God's grace is sovereign and effective, and it is something that God's people should be ever thankful for. Finally, Pastor John Skaggs, pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, demonstrated to us from Scripture how we as God's people, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, can deal with and even overcome besetting sins. As Christians, we our continually ashamed of areas in our lives that we just can't seem to yield to God fully - but that is what we are commanded to do. But thanks be to God that He has not left us to ourselves! But rather He has given us His Spirit and His Word to accomplish sanctification and victory over sin in our lives. And God has promised that He will not allow us to experience temptation which we are not able to overcome by using the resources God has given us. However, that also makes us responsible to use those God-ordained resources for our sanctification. If we as Christians do not meditate upon the Bible, fervently and frequently approach God in prayer, faithfully attend and commit themselves to a local church, and seek the fellowship with other believers, we dare not presume upon God to give us grace in time of temptation.
So, all in all, it was a very good conference! It's always just so encouraging to be with so many other like-minded believers.

5. I'm still trying to study some of the differences between Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism. Also, I've come across a system called New Covenant Theology. I need to study NCT a lot further, but it appears to be pretty biblical.

6. I'm trying to update this web site with many ideas I've had. It just seems like it's just too difficult for me to make the time.

 
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Hot Links

Theological and Christian Links

Please note that I have not thoroughly examined all of the info on these sites. However, I think these sites do contain some profitable resources.

Cars (Trans Ams)

Computer and Certification Sites

Other Cool Sites

If you know of some really cool sites please email me with them.

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Biographical Information

Briefly stated, I am 31 years old, and I have two boys named Daniel and Jeremiah.

Most of my biographical information is contained in my testimony below.

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Testimony of Salvation

My very first memory is being converted when I was only three years old. The Lord was pleased to use my mother to communicate the gospel to me and to call me to cleave to the Lord Jesus Christ and His work on the cross for the forgiveness of my sin. I guess she did this three or four times; but this time was different from the others. The next day, I remembered what I had done. And she says that she saw some subtle changes in my behavior. I’m sure those changes were kind of hard to detect. I mean, I was only three. It’s not like had any really vile habits to break! But I guess my parents could see little things such as treating my brother a little better. And when my parents were convicted not to take my brother and me out for Halloween, I responded very well, and agreed it was a good decision.

When I was five, my dad talked to me about my faith. We went over the gospel and even went over the Doctrines of Grace. It’s kind of funny – even at that age I knew the Doctrines of Grace were controversial, so when he explained them, I said, "Prove it!" Well, he took me to a few Scriptures and did just that. Shortly after that, I was baptized in the Baptist church we were a part of in Beatrice, NE.

While in Beatrice, my mom and another teacher started a Christian grade school which, of course, I went to. After I had finished fifth grade, the school had to close because of finances, and I went to the public school for sixth grade. Then my dad took a teaching job in Mitchell, SD, and I attended a Christian middle school for seventh grade.

After spending a year in Mitchell, Dad took a teaching job in Mission on the Rosebud Reservation in south-central SD. My mom home-schooled me for eighth grade; and then I attended Sunshine Bible Academy for high school. It was interesting to attend a school one-hundred and sixty miles from home. I lived in the dorms; but I came home every weekend. High school was very challenging for me. Because I write much slower than most people, I had to spend pretty much all of my time doing homework. I suppose it was good for me; but it was not very enjoyable at the time! However, I did persevere; I was in Alpha Beta Kappa, and graduated second in my class with several awards. The awards I am most proud of are the Citizenship Award and Bible Award. Although it was difficult, I did have many good experiences in high school. I was involved in many spiritual activities and was able to grow a lot myself and compel others to pursue Christ more fervently as well. One of the neat things I did was lead a chapel service. This task was assigned to all the seniors at some point in the year. And I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was an awesome opportunity to challenge my fellow students and their parents with what the Lord was laying on my heart. There was probably close to two-hundred people there; and my theme was how very important it is to diligently study God’s holy Word – a topic that seems to be so needed by Christians everywhere. I also had very good opportunities to talk with the staff and some of the students about many different Biblical topics. I enjoyed many profitable discussions, and am very thankful to the Lord for my high school experience.

During high school, my dad filled in for the pastor of the church we attended in Carter, SD. I can’t remember if my dad just included a point of the Doctrines of Grace in his sermon, or if he actually preached on the Doctrines of Grace (I was away at school – so I don’t remember). But his sermon and steadfastness in the Bible’s concept of grace led to us being removed from membership. We found a Berean church in Valentine, NE, thirty-two miles from Mission, SD, that we felt pretty comfortable being a part of. Even though the pastor did not hold to the Doctrines of Grace, he did not have a problem letting us become members and actively participate in the church. Although I only went to that church for a little over a year, I really developed a good relationship with the pastor, and grew a lot while in that church. That summer between my junior and senior year, I served as a camp counselor for a Christian camp in Nebraska. That was a really neat experience. I had received training for that kind of ministry in school, and was excited to be able to use it. I feel the Lord not only used me in the lives of the young campers I ministered to, but He also used that time to draw me closer to Himself. I find that God often draws me closer to Himself when I strive to help others spiritually. I also was a substitute Sunday school teacher in the Berean Fundamental church, and also taught the high school class for several months.

Then I went to High-Tech Institute in Phoenix, AZ. That was an interesting move. I was so na´ve! I thought that it would be so easy to find a solid church in such a big city. Well, God really came through for me in spite of my ignorance. It turns out that there are only three or four sound churches in Phoenix; and I happened to move about a mile and a half from one! Talk about God’s providence – you’d have to be blind to miss it! I soon became a member of Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church, and loved it there. I remember that God really endeared His church to my heart at that time. Up to that point, I had always been surrounded by Christians. Now I found myself out in the "real world" where I constantly saw people who did not love God, and lived lives of gross, rebellious sin. The church became my only solace - the only place I could go fellowship with like-minded people. After all, I didn’t have any family for hundreds of miles, and I didn’t know anyone in Arizona. But God proved very faithful; and caused me to really become a part of that church. I met many awesome friends in the church – none of them were my age though. In fact, I remember that the first time I attended PRBC, I asked one of the elders, Don Cross, how many college-age people went there. He laid his hand on my shoulder and said, "Stephen, if you come, we’ll have one!" I was shocked. I was still under the impression that I was going to find so many solid Christians in such a big city that I just wouldn’t even have time for them all. I was learning the hard way! Well, anyway, I knew that the primary consideration in choosing a church is doctrine, not the number of young people. So, as I’ve said, I became a part of that fellowship, and was very blessed there. In fact, after graduating with honors from technical school, and getting a job in Scottsdale (a suburb of Phoenix), Eddie McKee and I moved into the church parsonage and were caretakers of the church. That was a lot of work, but it was fun. And I developed a very good relationship with Eddie. Although I was close to many people at PRBC, Elder Don Cross and his wife will always have a special place in my heart. I went over to their house for dinner and fellowship every Sunday. I talked to them about most everything. If my parents had let them, they would have adopted me! Yes, although I was fourteen hundred miles away from my mom and dad, I was not without parents in Phoenix.

After spending a little over two years in Phoenix, I moved up to Denver, CO. That was a hard move for me in a few different aspects. First, it was hard to decide if leaving my church in Phoenix was the right thing to do. I wanted to move for a few reasons such as: Phoenix is too hot, and I wanted to be closer to my family. It is neat to look back and see God’s hand in it all though. The job I took after school was great for experience, but not very lucrative at all. I felt it was time to move on. So, because I was not quite settled in my mind about leaving Phoenix, I spent about four months looking for a different job in the Phoenix area. It became pretty frustrating. I had outgrown the job I was in; but did not have enough experience to get any of the jobs I was seeking. So I applied for one job in Denver. I liked the idea of living in Denver because it is much closer to SD, I knew of a good church there, and my grandma and two of my aunts and uncles live in the Denver area. Well, God made it pretty clear when the company I applied at offered me a job that it was the right thing to do. This company doubled my salary, paid for me to move to Denver, and gave me a position which would afford me some great new skills. So I packed all my belongings into my 1985 Pontiac Firebird and went to Denver.

I attended a sovereign grace church in Westminster, CO for ten months. After a few months of attending this church, I became convicted that one of the two elders was not qualified to be an elder. Because the church did not agree with me and was not even willing to confront the elder on some things, I could not join the church in good conscience. However, I had checked out a few other churches, and, quite frankly, was somewhat depressed and extremely disappointed by what I had seen. So, although uncomfortable in the church, I had resigned myself to stay there because I didn’t think I had a better option.

Then in September of ’97, one of my friends from Flagstaff, AZ came up to Denver to visit some family. It worked out that the only way I was going to get to spend much time with him was if I went to the church his family attended. After much internal struggle within myself between the loyalty I had to my church and my feelings of discontentment concerning my church, I decided to go with my friend to Master’s Bible Church. I was impressed! They actually preached the Word of God and the Doctrines of Grace there. I took home their statement of faith and some other literature. And after much prayer and study, I told my elders that I was going to check this church out for about a month. Then, after I had attended for a month, I decided to pursue membership at MBC. This decision was probably the hardest decision I have had to make in my Christian life. Because my aunt and uncle and grandma (all of whom I am very close to) went to the church in Westminster, I knew there was a chance they would be greatly offended if I left. Yet I was convicted the Lord would have me at MBC, so I had to go. Since that time, I have become a member and am looking for ways in which I can serve Christ at MBC. And I also should say that my relationship with my family here is still very good, and I fellowship with them often.

I want to conclude my testimony by giving God all of the credit for my salvation all the way through. I have done many things that would tend to puff me up and cause me to think myself better than most. I was converted very early in life, and have never strayed from the faith. Yet I take no credit. I echo the words of the Apostle Paul in 1Cor. 15:10, and affirm that everything good in me is due to the grace of God alone – not any good tendencies or anything else on my part.

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Personal Interests

Church
I faithfully attend, and am an active member of Master's Bible Church in Denver, CO. I am very thankful for what the Lord has done in my life through the ministry and people at MBC. If you live in the Denver area and would like to know more about Master's, feel free to email me at StephenHair@hotmail.com and I will be more than happy to tell you everything you want to know.
 
Computers
I obviously enjoy working with computers very much. I developed an interest in computers while in high school. When I saw how much work could be saved by using computers, I was very fascinated and knew what career I wanted to pursue. Then I went to technical school in Phoenix, AZ, and actually landed my first computer job on September 11, 1995, a week before finishing school. I was very blessed with that first job because it really did launch my career. I was trained and certified as a network administrator for Novell's NetWare 4.X. Then I moved to Denver as a computer consultant and have worked for some major companies like IBM. I really enjoy working in the field of computer networking, and don't anticipate a career change in the near future.
 
Chess
Alright, I'm addicted to chess on the internet - at least that's what some people say! But it's fun! I enjoy playing chess on Yahoo and my ID is Stephen80221. See ya there sometime!
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Contact Information

Electronic mail address: StephenHair@hotmail.com

Web address: http://stephenhair.tripod.com or http://webalias.com/stephenhair

ICQ #: 24710144

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Last revised: September 30, 2006.