|This is a brief version of my testimony,
that is how I a came know Jesus as my Lord and savior. For a
longer version with more details see: My church History
I raised Roman Catholic and
taught about the Trinity, Jesus
death on the cross and about sin.
Scripture reading was my favorite part about the mass.
There were many
non-biblical things taught to me as well.
From little on though I had a strong sense of right and
wrong and took
what I believed seriously. Because I
didn’t see this in most of my friends, by age 17 I started to question
or not God was real or not. I also
that going to heaven was based on how good I was and I worried I
good enough. I decided to pray that God
to show Himself real to me. I also
prayed two other prayers, one of which was for my mother who had been
experiencing terrible insomnia. The next
morning my mother woke up and announced that she had the best nights
since she could remember. I was shocked
that my prayer was really answered.
Within the next two weeks
both of my other specific prayers
were answered. God showed Himself to be
real to me through answered prayer and the first clear presentation of
Gospel (The Bridge to Life) I ever heard from a new ex-Catholic friend. Through
the Gospel I learned that because of my sin I was already dead and that
present condition I could not go to heaven, but Jesus came to die to
penalty for my sin. If I would confess
and repent of my sin and place my trust in His atoning work on the
righteousness would be applied to me. I
would go to heaven when I died and I would also receive the Holy Spirit
dwell in me now to help me live the righteous life I sought. The truth of this pierced me to the heart,
but it all seemed too simple when compared with all I was taught. Over three month of encouragement and
instruction I came to the conclusion of Paul that considered all things
worked for in the Catholic Church) as lost for the surpassing value of
Christ Jesus as my Lord and savior. (Phil 3:8)
Away at college on October
1, 1977 I confessed and repented
of my sins and placed my trust in Christ.
After that I continued to be discipled by people who God
put in my life
including The Navigators ministry in college.
I continued to grow in Christ through prayerful reading of
and through the teaching ministry of a number of churches I attended,
Radio and books. God has exchanged my
self-righteous spirit for His Holy Spirit who works in me to change the
patterns of my life. He has replaced a
spirit of complaining with an attitude of gratefulness.
Being a parent, God has helped to greatly
diminish my anger in dealing with people. As I grow I see more and more
sinful nature still rears its head, but thank be to God that He
forgives me and
continues to work out His will, that being to change me into the image
Christ. Over the years I have been
actively involved in my church, ministering in a variety of ways.
As an infant I was baptized.
Through the teaching of scripture I came to realize that
could not and did not save me. I also
learned that baptism in scripture came after people believe the Gospel. It was used as a proclamation of their faith
in Jesus Christ. Almost four years after I was saved I was attending a
church near my college and there I was baptized by immersion May 13,
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