I always considered myself to be a “Christian”. I grew up going to church most Sundays at a Lutheran Church in Duncanville, TX. I knew the story of Jesus and I knew some of the highlights of the Bible, but that was about it. I continued to go to church throughout high school, and even went through Confirmation, but I never really understood the concept of having a “personal relationship” with Jesus Christ and never really did anything more than “believed” in God. After I graduated high school, I went off to college and stopped going to church altogether. For the next 15 years or so of my life, I lived by the mantra that I was a “pretty good” person who believed in Jesus, so I didn’t need to go to church. My idea of repentance was simply saying “I’m sorry” to God after I sinned, and then I went right back to sinning the next day. After a brief failed marriage that lasted about 5 minutes, God finally blessed me in January of 2007 by introducing me to the love of my life, Maria and her beautiful daughter Regan. After a whirlwind romance, we were married in June of 2008. For the next year and a half, we lived the life of happy newlyweds and just enjoyed being together, but we both felt that something was missing. Maria knew what it was like to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and though she had backslidden, I knew that she wanted for us to find a church. I wanted to find a church too, but my decision to start looking was really more because I thought we “should” go to church as opposed to actually wanting to go. We spent quite a while casually looking for churches, but were never really able to find anything that fit. After leaving a church, I found that either I liked it or Maria liked it, but we never found one that we both loved. Finally, on one fateful Saturday night, we drove to a church in Keller that supposedly had a Saturday night service. We pulled into the parking lot to find only a handful of cars. We both decided there was no way we were walking into a church for the first time with only ten people or so in the seats, so we drove away sad about not being able to attend church that night. Maria remembered that there was a church called Milestone Church in Keller that also had a Saturday night service, so we drove there. The parking lot at Milestone was full, but unfortunately we didn’t see any people milling around so we knew we had arrived late. Not wanting to stand out, we decided not to walk into a service in progress and decided to just go home. The next week, I went to Providence, RI for work. While at a client’s corporate office one day, Maria emailed me telling me that Milestone Church had video messages online (you can find these messages at http://media.milestonechurch.com/online-messages.html). On March 11, 2010 I was sitting in the hotel room in Providence, RI and began to watch one of the Milestone Church messages online entitled “Encounters”. The message talked about the disciples of Jesus who talked so passionately about Him because they had encountered him on a daily basis and that we can still “encounter” Him today. This was certainly not the “religion” I was used to from my childhood; this was talking about having a personal relationship with Jesus. While I listened, the Holy Spirit started to move me. I realized in those 30 minutes or so that I needed to make a change in my life. I knew that I wanted to become a better man, a better husband, and a better father. As I watched that message with tears running down my face, I felt the presence of God in that hotel room that night. At the end of the message, when Pastor Jeff Little prayed the sinner’s prayer, I prayed along with him and was saved right there in that hotel room in Providence, RI. I invited Jesus Christ to come and live within me and to change me from the inside, and he has shown up in my life in a big way. Life is a journey and I will certainly never be perfect (or even close to it), but I know that I am a much better man, husband, and father now then I was before. I have seen my attitudes change, my heart change, and my entire life change all because I decided to surrender everything over to my Savior.
This blog is intended as an extension of that and as a way to glorify the Word of God. My hope is that just one person will see what I write in these posts and that something I’ve written will cause a chain-reaction that will lead the person to be moved by the Holy Spirit into accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for reading, and God bless you.