During Donna's "B.C." days
and early days as a Christian she
studied nutrition at:
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Northridge
While getting her education, Donna also worked for 6 years in dietetics at two hospitals
(Holy Cross in Mission Hills, and Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara).
After becoming a Christian (September 10, 1980) Donna left the field of Dietetics, although she still speaks on the topic of nutrition.
As Donna began to grow in her spiritual life,
she developed a deep passion for studying God's Word, along with sharing it with others.
Donna has been involved in the following:
Evangelism: Discipleship Evangelism, Trainer (1981-1984)
Grace Community Church
Bible Studies in Retirement Homes and her own home:
From 1981-1990, Donna gave weekly Bible studies.
In 1985 Donna's Bible studies expanded. She began teaching in three separate retirement homes, every Saturday.
After Donna married Brian Morley in 1987, she limited her ministry to one retirement home, per week.
Three years later, Donna had to stop her ministry due to distant driving (after moving to the mountains)
and the birth of her first child. Donna has since visited one of the retirement homes--
unfortunately, not on a consistant basis. One day, she hopes to get back involved in that ministry.
Since 1988, Donna has had Bible studies in her home, as time allows.
Some studies have been on the spiritual life, and others on various religions,
and how to share Christ with people of different religious persuasions.
Discipleship: Through the years, Donna has had the privilege and honor
of discipling young women (college age and above).
Missions: Missionary Internship
William Cary University (1984)
Short term missions through Central American Missions (CAM) to Costa Rica and Honduras (Summer, 1984)
Donna and Brian actively pursued the mission field for several years until
the Lord's omnipotent Hand closed that door (for the time being, perhaps).
Certificate, a one year study in Biblical Studies
Logos Bible Institute
B.A. Christian Education (high honors)
The Master's College, now University
M.A. Biblical Studies (Summa Cum Laude)
Trinity Theological Seminary, Indiana
Ph.D in Biblical Studies
Trinity Theological Seminary, Indiana
The following was under the auspices
of The Master's University Graduate Program:
Studies in Israel
Taught by author and scholar Dr. William Varner
Director of IBEX
Studies in Turkey
Taught by renown author, editor and scholar Dr. Mark Wilson,
Founder of the Asia Minor Research Center
Studies in Greece,
Taught by Greek scholar, Costis Tsevas
Adjunct Faculty Member-- Communications Department
The Master's University
Co-founder and former Co-administrator of Tyndale Preparatory Schools
Test Administrator for Bob Jones University Press(1997-2011)
Former home-school mother of two children (both now adults).
Active Member: Religion/Newswriters Association (RNA)
The International Society of Women in Apologetics (ISWA)
Active Speaker For: Faith and Reason Forum and
The International Society of Women in Apologetics (ISWA)
Choices That Lead to Godliness
(ECPA Runner-Up for the 2000 Gold Medallion Book Award)
A Woman of Significance: Discovering Your Value and Purpose in the Eyes of God
A Christian Woman's Guide to Understanding Mormonism
Becoming a Woman of Spiritual Passion
What Do I Say to Mormon Friends and Missionaries?
An expanded version of A Christian Women's Guide to Understanding Mormonism
* Evidences of The Bible and the Book of Mormon Compared: Examining LDS Apostle Orson Pratt's Reactionary Claims
* From Cumorah to the Celestial Kingdom: Mormonism's Changing View of Salvation
* An entire series of "What Do I Say...
* Donna is also working on two spiritual life books (for women) in between working on the above.
TELEVISION & RADIO GUEST
Guest on numerous syndicated radio (over 100) and television programs, including:
The Harvest Show (LeSea Brodcasting)
At Home With Chuck & Jenni (Family Net TV)
Live with Jerry Rose (TLN)
His Place (Cornerstone Television)
"It's a New Day" (Trinity Television Network)
It's Time For Herman and Sharron (Christian Television Network
Indiana Family Forum (Focus on the Family)
The Debra Peppers Show (KJSL-AM)
Morning Magazine (KJTY)
The Talk Spot (CANQUEST Multimedia)
Ingrid Schlueter on Crosstalk Radio (WVCY and WTLN Radio)
The Lynne Ford Show (WBCL Radio Network)
Northland Notebook (WWJC Radio)
Christianity in a Changing Culture (WCTS 1030 AM Radio)
The Bob Dutko Show (WMUZ Radio) and more.
Questions and Answers
What topics do you speak on?
I speak on a variety of topics relating to the spiritual life. The goal is to motivate women to live more fully in their
walk with Christ, and dig more deeply into the riches made available to them, through Christ. Below, is just a few of the conference topics (and their descriptions) that I have spoken on. If you have a specific topic in mind, that you don't see here, feel free to talk to me about it.
Are you free for the month and weekend of.....?
Feel free to contact me. I usually don't travel, long distances, during the months of December-February (due to these usually being "bad weather months"). If the winter is mild, feel free to inquire.
If you are a small group, feel free to contact me. My preference would be that you would join efforts with like-minded churches. Please, don't get me wrong. I love speaking to small intimate groups, but it's just too exhausting to travel a lot, especially when I am going back and forth to the same area. For instance, I had spoken to a small group of about 50, at one Evangelical church. Shortly, after traveling to the group of 50, I got a request from another Evangelical group of about 100, who were only 15 minutes away from the group of 50. So, the bottom line is--it would be so helpful if small churches joined forces with one another.
How much do you charge?
I personally hate discussing money, that's not why I'm in ministry. Despite that, feel free to contact me regarding this.
I do ask, for all events, that the host xerox any materials that may be handed out, as well, pays for any travel or
lodging costs. I would greatly appreciate a hotel room (or a room at the conference center) so that I can spend my time in prayer, and be fully rested.
Do you allow CD, Video, or DVD taping of your speeches?
No Audio, Video, or DVD recordings are allowed under copyright law, UNLESS you have received written permission by Donna prior to the speaking engagement.
Your organization needs to explain, in writing, what you intend to do with the taped DVD, or Video.
Can you provide for us a Statement of Faith?
Absolutely! You can find it right on this Faith & Reason Forum website, in the section, "About Us."
Conference #1: Worship That Changes Everything
This conference will guide women into thinking more deeply about prayer, about the importance of prayer, and how
the worship of God takes on many forms. Below are the sessions offered:
1-a Discerning the Nature of Our Prayers
One of the things lacking in many of our lives is the ability to discern the true nature of our prayers.
Discernment encompasses all facets of our life, including prayer. Christ taught the disciples discernment in
prayer just before He left this earth. He knew that without His physical presence they would be dependent
on prayer to make right decisions and choices.
1-b How Can My Prayers Be Answered?
Jesus had said, “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:14). This seminar will take a look at
what Jesus meant by this statement. As well, we will learn the secrets to having our every prayer answered.
This seminar does not promote the “name it and claim it” theology.
Note: This seminar is also offered, as a choice, in the conference 3 category, “titled, “The Promise of
Provision for Your Every Need.” There is a slight change in emphasis.
1-c Worship That Glorifies God, Changes Us, and Blesses Others
Worship takes on many forms and should be a part of our everyday lives. Not only is it vital in our
relationship with God, it is one of the means by which we glorify Him. My desire is to show women how to
engage in worship that isn’t dry formality, but rather, it’s a type of worship that creates a living connection to
God, and in the process changes us and blesses others.
1-d Is Our Corporate Worship All That It Could Be?
How is our worship of the Lord as we come together with our brothers and sisters in Christ? Is it everything we desire to be? In this seminar we will take a look at the Psalms, and see how we can enhance our worship on the Lord's Day.
Conference #2: Influencing the Lives of Others
This conference will discuss a variety of ways we can influence others—such as, being salt and light, using our
giftedness, and being faithful. But too, it will discuss ways in which our influence can be hindered, such as–having
the wrong views of ourselves, or not having the Spirit’s power. Because there is more here than what can be
given at a weekend conference, choose between 3 to 4 topics you would like emphasized. The other seminar
topics will be discussed, but we won’t go as in-depth as the topics you have chosen.
2-a The Inner Person of the Heart
We can’t influence others, or make an impact in this world if the inner person of the heart isn’t all it can be.
Therefore, a very important aspect to begin with during this workshop is to evaluate our inner life–is it being
cultivated? As well, are we making most of the Spirit-Empowered life?
2-b Worthy To Serve
Sometimes without us realizing it, we are hindered from ministry and serving others because of unbiblical
feelings we have towards ourselves. This session will focus on enhancing our service to others by separating
biblical from unbiblical feelings of worthiness.
2-c Gifts That Give
The gifts God has given to us for ministry are not used mechanically in isolation from who we are. They
depend not only on our abilities but on our character. Therefore, this seminar will discuss first of all how
discernment has a dual role when it comes to our gifts. It guides the use of our gifts as well, helps us make
those thousands of daily choices that formulate our character. The combination shows people that we have
something to give and thus opens up opportunities.
2-d Being the Salt that Flavors a Tasteless Society
Not one of us has a right to keep our gifts to ourselves. You and I have something quite significant to
give–our influence. Influence is not ours to keep; it belongs to the human race. Therefore, in this seminar
we will look at the power of influence; and the keys to being salt.
2-e Being Light that Illuminates Darkened Pathways
God shines prominently in His Son Jesus Christ and in His Word through it’s warnings, commands, and
promises. But His light also shines through His people. Jesus told His followers, “You are the light of the
world” (Matthew 5:14). Does your light help illuminate the darkened pathway of another? This seminar will
take a look what it takes for our lives to be a bright lights, and the six steps that help our flame grower
brighter and brighter.
2-f Faithfulness–In the Many Facets of Life
Are we living–so it counts? Or, are we just enjoying life’s pleasures? This seminar will focus on being faithful,
not only in the big things, but too, the little things. We will learn what it takes to have stubborn faithfulness,
and the keys of sticking to it. Also, what it takes to enhance our talents and abilities.
2-g Patience in God’s Timing
In our fast-paced, quick-fix society, we’ve grown accustomed to having everything now and doing
everything now. We want everything to come to us as easily as possible. We want the Holy Spirit to “do
something” and to do it according to our timetable so that our lives will have significance. Here, we will take
a look at what God may be trying to do during this time of waiting, such as, making us spiritually fit. Lastly,
we will contemplate: “What if we had never been born?”
Conference #3: A Deeper Spiritual Passion
This conference will guide women into becoming more passionate for Jesus. The best way to accomplish this is to
help them overcome the challenges that may block their relationship with the Lord. Because there is more here
than what can be given at a weekend conference, choose between 3 to 4 topics you would like emphasized. The
other seminar topics will be discussed, but we won’t go as in-depth as the topics you have chosen.
3-a The Promise of a Better Future:
Overcoming the Challenge of Hurts
As women, we are social beings, and friends and family mean everything to us. So when we are hurt by
those near to us, it’s very easy for us to allow that hurt to affect us deeply. What we as Christian women
need to realize is that, as long as we nurse feelings of bitterness or hurt, we are unable to nurture a positive
passion at any time. Both cannot co-exist in our hearts. How can we be passionate for spiritual things when
our passion is focused on our hurts? We’ll find ourselves dwelling upon the causes for the hurt, upon the
words that were said bout us, upon the rejection we feel.
In this seminar, we’ll look at the instigators of our hurts, and the response to our hurts, and the six steps
needed to eliminate our hurt forever. We will also look at God’s promises towards those who hurt.
3-b The Promise of Protection and Strength
Overcoming the Challenge of Fear
Fear is not an issue in the lives of all Christian women, not by far, but it is in the lives of enough women to
discuss it. It’s a hindrance enough to keep spiritual passion from blossoming our lives. There are women
who fear the death of their loved one, such as a husband or child, despite their current healthy state. Other women fear their children being kidnaped, despite the safe area they live in. Their fear(s) keep them from putting their loved ones in the Lord's Hands. Still, some women fear being home at night when their husbands are away, while others have an overly nervous feeling when the phone rings, believing it’s going to be bad news.
Then of course, from time to time, we all fear our own death.
Fear not only keeps us stifled in our walk with the Lord, but it keeps us from trusting the Lord in all
circumstances in our lives. We simply can’t be zealous, if we are walking in fear. Therefore, we will look at
what fear really is, and how it stagnates us spiritually. We’ll also look at God’s promises of protection and
strength as we live our lives in this very uncertain world.
3-c The Promise of Provision for Your Every Need:
Overcoming the Challenge of Anxiety
Sometimes God uses the yuckiest of things, the most troubling of things, to bring about His provision. We
have no doubt that God will provide—He just doesn’t tell us how He will provide. For me, He provided a
“cockroach” to pay my meal in a restaurant. For concentration prisoners, Corrie ten Boom, He provided lice
to keep German officers out of the barrack, so she and her sister Betsy could have Bible studies for the
women prisoners and lead some of them to Christ. He provided Elijah ravens who would deliver him bread
and meat. He provided the blind man sight with the use of dirt and saliva (John 8:6). Cockroaches, lice,
ravens, dirt and saliva. Yes, God does provide in creative ways, and sometimes in painful ways. And it’s this
thought, that pain could be part of God’s provision, that many of us don’t want to accept. Actually, such a
concept as pain being “loving” is a great hindrance for many of us when it comes to thinking about the Great
During this session, we will look at: (1) The painful but loving ways of God, (2) how God allows evil to
prevent a greater evil, (3) the goodness of God for not providing whatever we ask of Him, (4) the provision
of determination as we seek God’s will, (4) the effects of having “Thy will be done” as our motto in life. By
the end of this session, it is my desire that women will be able to eliminate anxiety; accepting whatever
happens to them, trusting that Jesus will surely take care of them.
3-d The Promise of Everlasting Love:
Overcoming the Challenge of Wrong Views of God's Love
Sadly, there are Christian women who have a hard time fully accepting God’s love for them. They want this
Divine love, but...something or other gets in the way. For instance, some Christian women have a wrong
view of God’s love. Others, because of sorrow, can’t believe God loves them. Still, there are others,
because of previous sin, believe God can’t love them the same as He did, before their heart gave way to sin.
We’ll not only look at how women can overcome any one of these wrongful views, but too, they’ll be
encouraged by key truths about God’s love for them. In this seminar, we will indeed take a good look at
the Everlasting love of God
3-e Living Out Your Marriage Vow to Christ:
Overcoming the Challenge of Spiritual Lukewarmness
As the bride of Christ, we must ask ourselves, are there any circumstances that hinder us as we pursue our relationship with Jesus? Is there anyone or anything in our life that is hindering a full devotion to
Jesus? Is something getting in the way of our marriage vow to Him? What distractions keep us from living a
full life of spiritual passion for Him? There are many hindrances that can get in the way, and one of the more
common ones is living a halfhearted, shallow Christian life. In other words, a lukewarm life.
This seminar will offer women the opportunity to examine their lives, and in particular, their heart. We will
take a look at how to avoid spiritual lukewarmness and what it takes to renew our marriage vows to Jesus.
3-f Deepening the Relationship:
Overcoming the Challenge of Weak Faith
As we know, trust is everything in a relationship. I can imagine how hurt my husband Brian would feel if I
didn’t trust him. We all want to be relied on. We do our best to earn trust in others by keeping our promises
and showing ourselves honorable in our actions. If we are so apt to trust those close to us, how much more
should we, the bride of Christ, trust our Groom--the One who loves us most? Trust is what allows the
deepening of any relationship. Sadly, many of us don’t trust Jesus as we should, therefore, our faith is
weak, and thus, we will never really gain spiritual passion.
This seminar will encourage women to have a strong, powerful, moving faith. We will take a look at how to
strengthen our faith; endure in faith; and the strategy of going step by step in faith. It is then that we’ll be
able to fully trust Jesus in all things–even during the most difficult moments of our lives.
3-g Giving Him All Your Love:
Overcoming the Challenge of Sin
We must face it, a person’s “spiritual” character, though seen in the eyes of others as superb, may not be
pleasing to God. Many of us could easily conclude that a woman who is volunteering at church, serving in
the choir, or participating in women’s Bible classes is demonstrating her love for Jesus, but we must realize
that a person’s actions are not always a reliable test of one’s love for God. Any one of us could be involved
in ministry for show, or to advance our personal agenda, or for some other wrong motive. Christ looks not
at our ministry but our heart. And, unfortunately, our heart may not be loving God, or at least, loving Him to
This seminar will take a look at five sins that keep us from loving God; then we will look at five ways to grow
in intimacy with the Lord. Lastly, we’ll take a look at the type of woman who exhibits true intimacy with
3-h Experiencing Uninterrupted Joy:
Overcoming the Challenge of Tough Circumstances
Scripture reminds us of the fact that there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a
time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3:4). “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let
him sing praises” (James 5:13). While emotional joy is fine, Paul the apostle reveals to us a different kind of
joy that is more substantial and enduring–he speaks of being “sorrowful yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians
6:10). This is an inner joy that enables us to rejoice even in the midst of sorrow, a joy that can sustain us
even through the most difficult circumstances. It’s the joy of Jesus.
Unfortunately, many of us are hindered from receiving Christ’s joy in full, from understanding more deeply
the reality of this joy, and from grasping to a greater degree how we can have access to it. And what is it
that hinders us? It’s principally one main obstacle: We are living beneath our circumstances and being
controlled by them, rather than living above our circumstances and exerting control over them. Therefore,
this seminar will look at five key steps we need to take in what it takes to live above our circumstances, and
how to really live out the joy of Jesus.
3-i Coveting Our Lord's Love Letters:
Overcoming the Challenge of Spiritual Malnourishment
When Christ was alive the chief priests, scribes, and the leading men wanted to destroy Him, but for awhile,
they couldn’t. Reason being, “all the people were hanging upon His words” (Luke 19:48). They were in
complete amazement over His teachings. Just as with the townspeople, and the disciples, we too can go
back to those early days of knowing Christ where we too were in complete amazement—an amazement
that creates greater zeal for God’s Word. And, just as the disciples pleaded with Jesus to “stay with us”
(Luke 24:29), we can have this same desire for Jesus and His Word each and every day.
We also want our hearts to burn within us as did the disciples. We want Him to continually minister to us.
And, He will. It comes as we take advantage of the Spirit’s presence and ask Him to give to us what was
given to the disciples: new insight (Luke 24:31); a new energy (Luke 24:32-35); a natural desire to share
with others what we’ve learned from the Word (Luke 24:35).
We begin by looking at the four different stages women are at in their Bible learning. The goal will be to get
to the fourth stage, the peaches and cream stage. The women will come to see that Scripture is their greatest
comfort, their greatest guide, their greatest communication from God. Practical steps will be given on how to
get more deeply involved–and transformed by–God’s Word.
3-j Telling Others I Am His, He Is Mine:
Overcoming the Challenge of Reluctance to Share
Christ had one goal while on earth: to proclaim the good news. As women of passion, we desire to be
caught up in this same cause. Unfortunately, there are at times, things that hinder us from doing so.
Perhaps we are too concerned with how the world views us, or how they might respond should we share
Christ with them.
In this seminar we will look at three powerful ways on how we can become more bold in our daily lives. The
blessings of being bold is that we develop much more zeal...the bolder we are, the more zealous. We
become quite passionate over the cause of Christ. We will also look at biblical examples of those who
became quite zealous after using their boldness.
3-k Enduring in Total Devotion:
Overcoming the Challenge of Distractions
At conversion we are invited to take our part on the racecourse and join the heavenly race (1 Corinthians
9:24-25). The starting line is at the foot of the Cross and the finish line is in heaven. The race is short and
characterized by intense activities. The great benefit of being involved in this race is that it builds up spiritual
passion that puts every effort into affecting the Kingdom. It lays “aside every encumbrance, and the sin
which so easily entangles us” (Hebrews 12:1). We’ll learn what it takes to lay aside those encumbrances,
those distractions that can keep us from running well; those things that keep us from being fixed on Jesus.
We’ll be taking some very important steps that will help us “win” the race (1 Corinthians 9:24), as well, we’ll
be inspired by some wonderful truths.
Conference 4: The Significant Life
The talking points aren't written out, but the interview below (taken from the award winning, "Debra Peppers Show," at KJSL-AM in St. Louis, Missouri), gives you an idea of what would be addressed at this conference.
DEBRA: There’s a lot of talk today about how to feel significant. How does
your approach in the book differ from most of the popular views that tell us how to attain it?
DONNA: There have been a lot of effort over the years, including within
Christianity, to make people feel more significant, by raising their self- esteem
for example. And, despite the fact that a lot of people have embarked on the
“esteem” journey they have yet to reach their destination. The advice they
navigated by said only to think more highly of themselves while ignoring their
genuine shortcomings and personal limitations. But groundlessly puffing
ourselves is really a form of self-deception.
The book helps the reader rely on the sufficiency of Scripture and discover what
God thinks of us, the significance we already have in His eyes apart from our
achievements. Now, positional significance is to be our foundation in the book
for building certain character traits by which we can, through God’s strength,
also become significant in the unfolding of His will. This is called practical
significance. Our concept of ourselves must be formed not by putting on
rose-colored glasses and looking within ourselves, but by looking to God and
seeing in His eyes our reflection, which includes who we now are by His grace
and who we can become through His power.
DEBRA: What are the wrong ways people seek significance?
DONNA: We can wrongly get our sense of value or worth from focusing on
our appearance, or from what other people think of us--or from how we
perform in life. These things hunger for personal affirmation. And, feeding off
the affirmation of others can do strange things to us. Not only does it allow us
to be controlled by what we continually guess others think of us but it tempts
us to be continually dissatisfied with ourselves.
For instance, in regard to our appearance, we can end up becoming a slave to
our own image. We can strive to lose weight and exercise like mad, not because
we want to be healthier, but because we want the approval of others. All too
often this leads to deeper insecurity. Why? Because once the affirmation dies
down (and it always does), we will most likely feel worse about ourselves and
go back to our old eating patterns and sedentary life.
I have discovered that personal affirmation can be a special gift from God when
it comes to us from others and based on our character, our choices in life, and
our ministry to others. We can thank God for the kind words we may receive
from others as we serve Him. But its nearly impossible to feel affirmed when
we get compliments on our physical appearance. That is because God is the
artist, and He deserves the credit for the way He made us. Scripture compares
Him to a skilled potter, and we are told we have no right to be critical of His
DEBRA: There are a lot of women who don’t like themselves. They feel
inadequate and would prefer to be someone else. What would you say to them?
DONNA: Many of us think that others are better than we are, and we try to
deal with the discomfort by desiring to be someone we are not. When we feel
this way, we can think as little of ourselves as Mephibasheth who said to King
David, “What is your servant, that you should regard a dead dog like me?” (2
Many of us simply feel we have nothing to offer. But this attitude only takes
away our motivation to discover and appreciate the good and unique qualities
God has given us and wants to further develop in us. In my book I talk about
how we get into this sad state and how we can get out of it.
DEBRA: For many women their sense of insignificance is tied to a fear of
failure. How does your book help a woman who feels like a failure?
DONNA: The book helps them by first showing the reasons why they may
be fearing failure. It then discusses some of the behaviors that stem from
having a fear of failure--or feeling like a failure. Lastly, it gives the women
some things Scripturally to focus on...truths that will help them from fearing
failure, or fear what others think in order to have a sense of self-worth.
DEBRA: You make a statement in the book that is quite a paradox. You say,
“Our true significance is grounded in our inadequacies.” Tell us how that works.
DONNA: Many people could probably look at their lives, and all they see is
their inadequacies. I think of David Brainerd who dropped out of Yale for awhile
because of illness, but shortly after his return, he was expelled. This was
probably a great humiliation for him. But, had he not been forced to leave
school I doubt he would have become a missionary to Native Americans.
Paul adamately believed that “God causes all things to work together for good
to those who love God, and to those who are called according to His purpose
(Romans 8:28). This confidence helps us see God’s purposes where we might
otherwise see failure. Faith that God can work in any circumstance (even with
our inadequacies) helps us focus on ultimate spiritual victory. It’s a victory won
in spite of and even through our inadequacies. In fact, consider this–Who we
are potentially in Christ is founded upon God rescuing us from our sinfulness.
Who we are practically in God’s plan is founded on personal inadequacies that
God divinely empowers. In otherwords, we are significant for who we are in
Christ--that’s our position. And, as God uses us in His plan we have practical
significance as He--get this: takes our personal inadequacies and uses
them--He empowers them--that is why we can say along with Paul the apostle,
“Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from
ourselves, but our adequacy is from God” (2 Corinthians 3:5).
DEBRA: You talk quite a bit about dignity. What’s the contrast between
false and true dignity, and what is the secret for attaining a truly dignified life?
DONNA: In the book I give a lengthy illustration of a friend named Farid (I
changed his name) who is a part of a royal family in the Arab world, I talk about
the day I shared Christ with him and his response.
He said to me, in a condescending tone, “Donna, Donna, Donna. I am already
rich! I have everything I could possibly ever want. This Jesus of yours doesn’t
even have the prestige I have in my homeland.”
Farid then started laughing, and in a high pitched tone with his Arabic accent,
declared, “If I were to tell others that I have accepted this Christ of yours and
that I have become some sort of ambassador for Him, I would become a
laughing stalk, stripped of my reputation, robbed of my royalty, and treated
worse than a ‘common’ man!”
Then in a nervous tone, Farid said, “No thanks, Donna, I have my dignity to
Little did Farid realize, I was offering him true dignity. It’s a dignity that reflect
not earthly glory, but God’s own glory. All earthly glory derived from worldly
nobility, reputation, and success is a false dignity. But the Lord offers us a
dignity that will never fade because it is from God Himself. Bernard of Clairvaux
said it well, “we are, but by His dignifying us, not by our own dignity.”
In the book, I show Paul’s own contrast between the true and false dignity and
how true dignity works.
DEBRA: Most Christians have heroes of the faith they admire. And yet, they
feel there is no way they could ever have the kind of impact they had. What do
DONNA: From the beginning, God has taken what seem to be ordinary men
and women and used them in extraordinary ways. They may have done very
different things, using diverse gifts in various places on the globe, but it is likely
that their lives had something in common--the traits that make for a significant
Now, had they simply sat on the beach all their life doing nothing other than
enjoying life’s pleasures--they still would have had positional significance (who
we are in Christ), but they would not have played a significant part in the plan
If we want to have a significant part in God’s plan there are a few traits we
must embrace. They are faithfulness; sacrifice, being salt and light; and having
patience in the outworking of God’s plan. These topics and more are discussed
at length in the book.
DEBRA: What is the relationship between being significant and character?
DONNA: Again, let me reiterate that we already have positional significance
(who we are in Christ), but practical significance depends largely upon us
whether we are going to be salt in this world--as well as--light. Jesus showed
us practical significance when He said, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew
This significance of being light has much to do with our character. There is a
biblical Proverb that shows us this. In contrasts two very different lives. The
first part of the Proverb encourages me, “The path of the righteous is like the
light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full of day” (Proverbs
4:18). The next verse is tragic, “The way of the wicked is like darkness; they
do not know over what they stumble” (Proverbs 4:19).
Here we have human drama revealed. One is a godly life whose way is lighted,
not just dimly, but brighter and brighter, as she stays to one path--the path of
righteousness. The other person stumbles in life because righteousness is far
from her; therefore, she lives in complete darkness. While the righteous can
see the road ahead; the unrighteous can’t see even what’s in front of her and
“The path of the righteous” consists of all that is good, including truth, purity,
joy, peace, and love. I discuss each of these character traits in the book, but
let me just say, if we are weak in these areas, then our light is dim, and our
character is weak. The weaker we are in character, the less we will guide
anyone to the Lord. So growing in righteousness means growing in character
before a watching world.
It’s a fact, you are being watched, especially by non-believers. Your words are
scrutinized. Your deeds are weighed. Your choices in life are judged.
Non-believers evaluate us not on biblical grounds, but through their own eyes,
whether or not we are genuine. This can be a good thing, if indeed we are living
in truth, purity, love and joy.
DEBRA: Many of us would like God to use us in a significant way--NOW!
What can you say to this?
DONNA: All of us need patience. And for me personally it’s been a hard
virtue to master. I love action; I hate to wait. I want answers--now. I want to
get things done--now. I want God to use me--now. But I’ve learned that now
isn’t always best. There is much wisdom in waiting for God to put me in a plac
of signifcance rather than striving for it. In the spirit of Ecclesiastes, everything
has its time (Ecc. 3:18).
In the book I talk about how the young man Moses tried to live in a significant
way, but he failed because he was out of step with God. We too can be out of
step with what God may be trying to do through us when we are impatient with
His ways, His will, and His timing. Many of us don’t think about the fact that as
we wait--we are becoming spiritually fit. Possibly God’s most important
blessings in our lives await our willingness to relinquish something or to grow
into some godly attitude. Waiting also had to do with God’s glory. Consider.
Christ could have healed Lazarus when he was sick. Jesus allowed him to die.
But isn’t God more impressively revealed through the resurrection of a dead
Lazarus rather than the healing of a sick Lazarus?
DEBRA: That’s a great point! Well Donna, I feel we’ve just skimmed the
surface of your book. There’s so much more we haven’t even discussed, but
we’ve run out of time. Thanks for coming on the show.
Conference #5: Being a Woman of the Word
Sidenote: With a background in Hermeneutics Donna Morley is quite prepared to teach these courses. Hermeneutics is the study of reading, interpreting, and applying God's Word. Donna's professor in Hermeneutics at Logos Bible Institute was Dr. John MacArthur. Graduate work in Hermeneutics was taken at The Master's College and taught by Dr. William Varner.
4-a Blunting The Word
By far, the most remarkable sword, with truly supernatural power, was crafted by God Himself. The Word of
God is said to be sharper than any sword, able to pierce our innermost being and do what no other blade
can–reveal our true self (Hebrews 4:12). It, too, is a weapon a spiritual one, that we must use for survival
and victory in spiritual battles (Ephesians 6:17).
This supernatural sword, which can protect believers and bring light to unbelievers, is being blunted today.
Blunting God’s Word isn’t anything new; it has happened since the Garden of Eden. Satan challenged what
God had said, Eve ignored it, and Adam violated it. Over the centuries the blunting–the misuses–of Scripture
have taken different forms.
Therefore, this session will discuss the widespread lack of discernment that not only allows distortions of the
Word to go unchallenged, but it also lets these erroneous teachings pass for “insight.” When others blunt the
word in their teaching, they deprive of us our only spiritual weapon–God’s Word.
4-b God's Word or Ours?
Developing biblical discernment requires that we avoid a number of common abuses of the Word in order to
reach the goal of maturity. From the seminar, "Blunting the Sword" we examine some ways people can stumble when handling
Scripture, but in this seminar, we get a bit more personal. How are we doing in our own Bible study? Are we
reading Scripture as God wrote it, or are we distorting it and communicating error? Some days we may only
have five minutes with the Bible, but on those days when we can give it an in-depth look, are we interpreting
This seminar will take an in-depth look at ways we can interpret Scripture more accurately.
4-c Coveting His Love Letters
We will look at the four different stages women are at in their Bible learning. The goal will be to get to the
fourth stage, the peaches and cream stage. They will come to see that Scripture is their greatest comfort, their greatest guide, their greatest communication from God. Practical steps will be given on how to get more
deeply involved–and transformed by–God’s Word.
Note: This seminar is also offered, as a choice, in the conference 3 category.
Conference #6: Living Life Sober Minded
This topic is being developed by Donna. It can be for a one hour speech, or developed for a weekend retreat. The main theme comes from 1 Peter 5:8-9:
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world."
Understanding Various Non-Biblical Religions & Sharing With These Specific People
This conference if for women who are interested in studying a particular religion, whether that be Mormonism, Jehovah's Witness, Catholicism, Judaism, and others. After learning the basics of a particular religion, we will also look at how to share with those in their particular religious persuasion. If you desire to discuss this further with Donna, feel free to send her an email.
What Others Have Said
Below are a few of the comments we have received.
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Faith & Reason Forum
Dear Mrs. Donna,
I want to thank you for coming to speak to us ladies at the Georgia Baptist
Conference Center....I really enjoyed listening to
you as a speaker. You are a lot of fun when you speak and I told my Mom that I
could have listened to you forever! You are truly a Mary, one who sits at Jesus feet,
because you have so much knowledge it seems about the Lord. You seem to know
the Lord and your countenance is so radiant and so filled with God's dazzling light
If you are wondering who I am, I was one that talked with you with my Mom on
Friday night--at the conference up until 11p.m. at night...we had to leave in the
morning due to another commitment. I would have loved to stay, for God has used
you to be a blessing to me. I hope you are having a good day. May God bless
you!! In Christ's love, Sarah....