My Christian Testimony: When I was 10 years old, a sound Bible-teaching and preaching church was founded in the small Illinois town where I grew up. The church began in the home of a man who coached a little league team of which I was a second baseman. This gentlemen and his family took me under their wing and invited me to their church. After attending the services for a few months, I became under conviction of my sin and realized that I needed a Savior. On February 22, 1961, in the inquiry room of a small independent church, I invited Jesus Christ into my life as Lord and Savior.
About a year after my conversion, I sensed God calling me to full-time Christian ministry. After graduation from high school, I enrolled at Bob Jones University and began preparing for the pastoral ministry. I was graduated with a degree in religion and English in 1969 and began work on a master's degree in religion the next year. Over the next ten years, I completed a seminary degree, an advanced theology degree, and a master's degree in counseling at several graduate theological institutions.
After spending three years in pastoral ministry, I moved to Ohio and founded the Sunbury Bible Church in 1975. In 1978, I was called to my present ministry, the Greencastle Bible Church. In June of 2009, I will complete 31 years of service to this local assembly. In December of 2007, I retired with 30 years of service in the United States Army Reserve as a chaplain.
My favorite christian song or hymn: My favorite hymn is "Jesus Thy Blood and Righteousness" by Zinzendorf. None of us has any righteousness of our own. Through faith, we received Christ's imputed righteousness, and we begin the wonderful Christian life as His dear children. Through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, God imparts to us Christ's righteousness, and we begin to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord." The goal of this growth is to become Christ-like. One day we will be like Christ when "we see Him face to face." Our life-long goal ought to be what Paul exhorted the Corinthian believers to do in I Corinthians 10:31: "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God." Glorifying God with our lives is the reason we were created and our chief aim and goal.
When believers live to glorify the Lord-or as Jesus said, "let their light shine"-others see it and desire to glorify God themselves by coming to know and love the same Lord Jesus Christ.
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