I grew up in a Christian home with a mom and dad who loved and feared the Lord. I guess you could say that by the time I was 7 or 8 years old I had been to hundreds of church services. I assumed that by my relationship with my mom and dad that I was a Christian. One day when I was 7 years old I one of my friends at school mysteriously died in his sleep. For the first time I began to question what happens after death. This led me to the astonishing realization that I was a sinner in need of God’s mercy and grace. One Sunday evening I knelt beside my mom and dads bed in a small country home in west Texas and asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins, to come into my life, and to save me.
Now, I could tell you that after that my life was a Christian utopia, but that would be a lie. I spent much of my teenage years running from God. Most of those years were centered around the next party, football, and girls. Right after graduating High School I met my wife Diana at Wayland Baptist University in Planview Texas. I was still living in rebellion and my Christian walk was shaky at best. Diana and I got engaged, I joined the United States Marine Corp, we got married, and we moved half way around the world to Okinawa Japan. Still running from God, and now my new marriage was in shambles. One Sunday evening I walked into Koza Baptist Church a shell of a man, broken, and on life support spiritually. I could not tell you what the preacher said that night but for the first time in my life I finally understood what it meant to surrender my life to Christ. That night I surrendered all of my life to God’s will and purpose and have never looked back. I would love to tell you that my life was perfect after that, but the truth is I struggle with sin daily, my marriage has it’s ups and downs, I constantly call on God’s grace and mercy, but at the end of the day Christ is enough.
My Hope for The Journey
My hope for the Journey is that the church that began in our living room over seven years ago will continue to faithfully proclaim the spread gospel of Christ in Killeen, Ft. Hood, Harker Heights, Copperas Cove, and to the very ends of the earth until He returns.