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Faith

My Personal Testimony

When I was young, we went to church every Sunday morning, every Sunday night, and every Wednesday night. Anytime that the church was having anything we were there. Its kind of hard to see how you can attend church that much and miss Christ. When I went to college, attending church was the last thing that I had on my mind. Texas A&M was pretty party oriented in the 70's when I was there. I went with a friend, one time and one time only, to a Catholic church while I was at A&M, which was pretty different from my background. I didn't know what I was supposed to do there. When they would stand, I would stand. When they would sit, I would sit. When they would kneel, I would sit. Anyway I graduated and moved back to the panhandle and pretty well continued the life style that I was living at A&M.

Three years after graduation, I was introduced to Beverly on a blind date. We dated a little while and I started attending church with her. She was going on a youth camp trip that summer as a sponsor and invited me to go along with her as a boys sponsor. Going as a sponsor wasn't much of a thrill at the time, but the fact that I would get to spend a week with her was.

They didn't just let us be sponsors at that camp. We had to attend bible studies and that kind of thing. God got to working on me. The night before we were getting ready to leave, I couldn't sleep. A radio was making too much noise. The wind kept slamming the screen door. The funny thing about it was radios weren't allowed at this camp and they certainly wouldn't have been playing that early in the morning. I was under conviction. The pastor that was staying in the same cabin that I was, got up and shut the slamming door. He wasn't sleeping either. I got out of bed and walked over to the pastor's cot. We knelt there and he led me to Christ at 4:30 am in Pine, Colorado. Basically, I prayed asking Christ to forgive me of my sins and asked him to become Lord and Savior of my life. The radio wasn't playing any more. I went back to bed with not a worry in the world and safe in the belief of where I will spend eternity.

After Beverly and I were married we joined a Baptist Church in the small community where we lived and later moved our membership to the First Baptist Church in Wheeler. One of the primary joys that we get to experience every year is that our church is active in church mission building programs. For one week during the summer we get to go work on helping other churches build new church facilities. Our team consisting of from 25 to 40 people who usually hang sheetrock on the mission trips. The projects range in size from 8000 to 12000 square feet. We work as hard as we can to try to get as much done as we can while we are there. It is a tremendous blessing knowing that we have helped these churches in other states accomplish building projects that they wouldn't have been able to have done on their own. The main thing is that through our efforts, though miniscule as they are, these churches have been able to reach other people for Christ and are growing.

Roman Road(NIV)

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God Romans 3:23

But, God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 6:23

That 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.Romans 10:9-10

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 10:12-13

If you haven't accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, all you have to do is the same thing that I did. Pray, confessing that you are a sinner and ask Christ to be your Lord and Savior. You can do that wherever you are, by yourself or with a Christian. It makes no difference. After you accept Christ as Lord and Savior, you need to find a good Bible believing church and speak with the pastor for instructions. I personally would go to a Baptist church as that is the way that I believe. You can also contact me by email.

2003 FBC Wheeler Mission Trip to Carey Click on photo for larger view. 

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