My Testimony: My name is David Scott Nichols MD. I am an ophthalmologist, having practiced in Brandon, FL since 1983. I previously served in the U. S. Air Force for thirteen years, the majority as a doctor as well. I currently work part-time and spend much of the extra time now available to me studying and teaching the Bible.
As I recall, I first memorized and recited my favorite verse in the Bible, John 3:16 ("For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life") while still living in Scranton, PA, when I was still a small boy, approximately five years old. Several years later, at the age of nine, I surprised my sister, Linda, by suddenly walking up to the front of our small West Hialeah Baptist Church during an altar call. That Sunday, I openly professed my belief in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Actually, I do not recall a time in my life when I did not trust in Him for my salvation and as my Lord.
I have always been interested in the Bible and in gaining a much deeper understanding and knowledge of God. Although that was the case during my teenage and young adult years, I somehow allowed myself a liberal interpretation of the Scriptures during those years. For some odd reason, I apparently felt that God, via His Holy Spirit, did not really mean what He said in certain sections of the Bible. When I did not like what the obvious meaning of a set of verses stated, or found them too difficult to accept, I simply ignored them and actually felt that God did not mean what He had clearly said! Frankly, there are many, many, people who view the Bible in this manner today. I certainly believe that I was a Christian then... it is just that I was wrong to doubt the obvious meaning of God's Word.
This all changed in 1981. In Rye, N.H., during the spring of that year, my family began attending a wonderful Bible-teaching church. Sandy, my wife, decided to publicly accept Jesus as her Savior during a "welcome visit" to our home by a pastor and two women members of the church. She became a strong Christian, and has grown stronger and stronger in faith with the passing of each year. She is a very committed Christian today.
I mention the night of my wife's public profession of faith because it was that same night that I thanked God for what He had just done and decided to dedicate the following years to significant Bible study to see if I could answer some of the perplexing Bible questions that had always bothered me. I became convinced that God would bless my efforts with appropriate answers to my questions if I simply put forth the effort to look for them. And God did just that! During the years of the 1980s and, even more, during one particular week in October 2000, God honored my study and prayer by giving me the peace that came with His answers to some very important questions I had been asking Him for a long time. God had honored my dedicated pursuit of His truth. He says that He will do this in His Word. All throughout the Bible there are verses such as "Seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and all your soul." (Deut. 4:29)
I had always wanted to serve God regularly in some capacity and had even considered becoming a minister in my youth. However, the years passed and I had not done so. Finally, as my mid-50s approached, I decided that I could wait no longer. That is when, apparently, God gave me the idea of teaching in the community. This teaching now includes nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and retirement centers. In fact, there is a real interest and need in this mission field today. Also, of course, there are always opportunities at our local churches to teach, as well.
I have been truly blessed with a wonderful Christian family: my wife, Sandy, my two daughters, Laura and Christine (both married to Christian men, Jeffrey and Tom); Laura has a beautiful daughter, Sarah (my firstborn granddaughter) and Christine has four little girls, Madeline and Natalie (twins), Isabelle, and her "Little One," Allison. All are superstars!
Hopefully, God will allow me many years to teach His Word... in my church and in the community. Someday, I hope that the materials on this site will also be used by some other teachers as they teach in their local communities and churches. That is the major purpose of this web site.
David Scott Nichols MD