My Testimony


One thing I do know.
I was blind but now I see!

John 9:25



The music playing is titled
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
Performed by Chris Tomlin
Original Christian hymn published in 1779
Original words written by John Newton in 1772
Additional lyrics and modifications added by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio
This version written for the 2007 movie Amazing Grace

Near the end of John Newton's life he wrote,
Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly:
I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.


When I was in college, my college professors taught me that I had evolved from some type of primeval soup where life was accidentally created as a result of a mysterious explosion in the universe billions of years ago. I figured they must know what they're talking about because, after all, they are college professors. Now, I suppose that some people I know would have no trouble believing that I had evolved from some type of primeval soup, but that is another story.


For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but
to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the
intelligent I will frustrate.
Where is the wise man?
Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher
of this age? Has not God made foolish
the wisdom of the world?

1 Corinthians 1:18 - 20


See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow
and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human
tradition and the basic principles of this
world rather than on Christ.

Colossians 2:8


I occasionally attended church when I was a kid, so I knew a little about God, heaven and hell. I figured that God would probably let me into heaven because I did more good things than bad. Furthermore, I always considered myself a nice person. Not only did I go to church, but I would even bring with me a little money to place in the offering plate! I was a lot better than most people, so I thought.


For all have sinned and fall short
of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23


All of us have become like one who is
unclean, and our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

Isaiah 64:6


It was in my college years when I seriously began questioning what life was all about. I even took an "Intro to Religion" class at the college I was attending. The teacher said that she believed someone was up there, but she didn't know who. She also believed that we evolved from animals and spent much of the time teaching that. Because It didn't make sense to me, I quit the class. Could it be possible that I evolved from nothing? What happens when I die? What am I doing here? If there is a God, why then does he allow so much pain and suffering in the world? I couldn't figure it out! I would often gaze at the stars at night and wonder about these things. Isn't there anyone who knows what life is all about? In my frustration, I cried out to God, If you exist, reveal yourself to me!

Not long after this a new employee started working with me at my after school job.


You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13


Come near to God and he will come near to you.

James 4:8


Now, this new employee was a Christian woman who proceeded to tell me that God loved me so much that he sent Jesus, his one and only son, to earth to pay the penalty for my sins by suffering a horrible death on a wooden cross. He did this because sin separated us from a holy God, and Jesus was the only way to bridge that gap. She told me that because of what Jesus did for me, I could have peace and a personal relationship with the God who created me. She also said that salvation is a gift from God. I don't deserve it and that there is nothing I can do to earn it!


For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16


Salvation is not found in no one else, for there
is no other name under heaven given to
men by which we must be saved.

Acts 4:12


It is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this
not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by
works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8 - 9


At first, I thought she was some kind of nut, but then she began showing me that what she was saying came right from the Bible. Now, I did not even own a Bible at the time, but I was so interested in what she was saying that I went out and bought one. I was deeply moved by what I read in the Bible. I kept saying to this woman This is the Bible? I never read this before! I never heard these things in church before! I began to realize that God was speaking to me through His Word. Although I considered myself a failure in many ways, the Bible says that God cares about me and that I am valuable to Him. Imagine that...I would say to myself.


What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?

2 Samuel 9:8


Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:17


This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 John 4:10


I began to ask her many questions. We even began discussing the Bible with each other on the telephone. God's Word says that God is love and the source of all love. He is also a friend that sticks closer than a brother. But he is also a God who does not lie, and he says that our sin results in our eternal death and separation from a holy God. Jesus was sent to the earth to defeat death for us by taking our punishment upon himself. If we reject Jesus, we have no hope and are doomed to everlasting destruction and total separation from him. But God is patient with us not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to have everlasting life. Jesus died and paid the penalty for our sins so that we would not have to. God is love! We send ourselves to hell when we reject Jesus. And another thing, it is not enough to believe in the exsistence of God because the Bible clearly warns us; You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that - and shudder. [ James 2:19 ]. You need to surrender your life to Him and make Him the Lord of your life. God is good and he wants the very best for your life. It was time for me to make a decision.

On April 25, 1979, this Christian woman needed a ride home after work, so I offered to take her home. That night, right in my car, this woman led me in a prayer where I invited Jesus to come into my life to be my Lord and Savior. The prayer went something like this:

Lord Jesus, I am a sinner, I believe you died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins and rose again from the dead to give me eternal life, and a home in heaven. Come into my heart Lord Jesus, forgive my sins. Be my Lord and Savior.

It is not enough just to say the words you must believe them from deep within your heart. You must believe that you are a sinner, heading for hell, and that Jesus is the only one that can save you.


If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your
heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For
it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and
it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him
will never be put to shame." For there is no
difference between Jew and Gentile-the
same Lord is Lord of all and richly
blesses all who call on him, for
Everyone who calls on the
name of the Lord
will be saved.

Romans 10:9 - 13


I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.

John 6:47


Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved...

Acts 16:31


Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God...

John 1:12


Even though I did not understand much, I had a peace and joy that I have never experienced before. Not only that, but my interests and desires were changing. I no longer wanted to do the things I once did. However, soon after I invited Jesus into my life, this woman's two-year-old son was involved in a terrible automobile fire. He was so badly burned that he nearly died. I was devastated and confused over why God allowed this to happen. And because of this terrible accident, my Christian friend needed to immediately quit her job to spend time caring for her son. I was also surprised to discover that some of my friends and family thought that I was a fool for trying to live the Christian life. With all this occurring, I'm sorry to say that it did not take long before I drifted away from my relationship with Christ. You see, as a new Christian, I didn't have much knowledge of the Bible nor did I attend a church. All these things contributed to my giving up on God. But God never gave up on me.


Trust in the Lord with all your heart and
lean not on your own understanding...

Proverbs 3:5


In this world you will have trouble. But take heart!
I have overcome the world.

John 16:33


For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11


If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If
you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.
As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have
chosen you out of the world. That is why
the world hates you.

John 15:18 - 19


Turning my back on the LORD, my best friend, made me miserable. I tried to fill the void in my heart by keeping busy with the things of this world, but this just seemed to make me more and more miserable. I kept telling myself that I would somehow get right with the Lord soon. After all, I was only in my early twenties. I still had plenty of time left. However, as time went on, I became more and more distant from God. I needed help.


Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

Proverbs 27:1


I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.

2 Corinthians 6:2


He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish,
but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9


About twenty years had passed when I met a guy that I hadn't seen in many years. After we got together a few times, I told him that I was once a Christian. It wasn't long before he invited me to attend his church with him and his wife some Sunday. At first, I was hesitant to go with them to church. I didn't feel like playing church, you know, just going through the motions. But, I must admit that I did have a strong desire to go to their church. Therefore, on the first Sunday in January of 2001, I went by myself to a Sunday night church service. I remember sitting in the balcony so no one would notice me. The pastor taught from the Bible and liked the way he preached with sincerity. I was hungry for the truth! After that night, I started attending church services regularly and also started reading the Bible with a renewed passion.

Then one night in April of 2001, I got serious with God and repented of my sins and asked Jesus back into my life as Lord and Savior. That night the Holy Spirit came upon me powerfully. My life has never been the same since that night. I can tell you more, but you probably wouldn't believe me. I know without a doubt that God exists, and is now resident in my heart.

You don't have to take my word on any of this, find out for yourself. Are you interested in knowing the truth? If you have a Bible, then I suggest that you start by reading it. If you don't have a Bible, then I strongly suggest that you get hold of one. It's that important! Also, check out the various links throughout this website. Hey, what do you have to lose?


How to know Jesus and have peace with God


But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose
for yourselves this day whom you will serve... But as for
me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

Joshua 24:15


Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is
the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through
it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that
leads to life, and only a few find it.

Matthew 7:13 - 14


Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and
I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 11:28 - 29


Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

Revelation 3:20


Oh, just one more thing, on May 13, 2001, I was baptized in water during a Sunday night church service. That night, I mentioned the name of the woman that first introduced me to the Lord over twenty years earlier. After the service, someone came up to me and told me that she knew her and that she lived only five minutes from the church. We had a very joyful reunion.


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