I am excited to share with you the gospel of Jesus Christ and the glories of being a Christian!
Since God redeemed me in October of 1994 I have been overjoyed! So much so that I love sharing about my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
My prayer is that you will be blessed as you either receive the gospel or grow in the knowledge and wisdom of Jesus Christ.
Here is my testimony:
I Had No Idea!
This is my testimony about God and His unending love and mercy for all. I can’t merit heaven or eternal life- it is a gift from God, who opened my eyes. All I did was believe in Him, repent, and accept His free gift of salvation.
We turned to wave goodbye and then stepped into the street. I blacked out in an instant. I completely missed the feeling of getting hit by a car. I woke up in an instant, shocked and dismayed at what had just occurred. I looked around and saw the police car with its flashing lights. I saw some people milling around, including the driver of the car who hit me, standing there dumbfounded, wondering how in the world two people could walk right out into the middle of the street into oncoming traffic. I turned again and looked straight ahead at the ambulance, where two paramedics stood with a stretcher. I saw them walk over to my date lying in the street by the curb.
My jaw dropped; it hit me. We were just involved in a car accident. I walked over to her and helped as they carried her into the ambulance. As we drove to the hospital, I checked myself over. My right knee was bruised and bleeding slightly. My head ached somewhat. My overcoat was ripped on the right side. I figured I was hit in the right knee by the front of his car and then the left side of my head struck the pavement. We rode down to the hospital in disbelief.
We went into separate rooms and were checked out. My date had some cartilage damage in her knee, and a sprain in the other. They took x-rays of my head. The doctor returned holding them and informed me that I had three skull fractures. My heart sank. How could this happen to me? Why did this happen to me? I had no answers. The doctor said a surgeon from OR would be over as soon as he could.
So I lay there and waited. A friend from the Christmas party stopped by to check on us — my date and I had waved to her just before we stepped out into the street. Her line of vision put her directly in front of us about 40 yards away. She could see us as well as any oncoming traffic.
“I saw you two step out, but I didn’t see any headlights – I never saw him coming! Then I saw you two get hit, and I saw you go down and your head hit the pavement – I ran inside and called 911.” I told her I was fine, and she left to check on my date.
I had several hours to wait before the surgeon arrived. My mind became flooded with questions. How could this happen? Why did this happen? I couldn’t believe that this happened. It wasn’t until years later that I realized how God’s love had finally touched one of His lost sheep, hoping that I might return home.
Three skull fractures!? Skull fractures!? Me!? My heart sank again. I felt my left temple and it was numb. My heart pounded. My imagination now took over — I feared for my future. One by one, the beliefs and truths I had come to learn and hold dear began to drop way, leaving me naked before the truth of the day’s events.
I returned again to the stream of thoughts racing through my mind. Bob, you idiot! How could you let this happen!? What will everyone think? How is my date doing? What will she think? I tried to answer every question with an answer; any answer, but none seemed adequate. All the knowledge I had learned, all the schooling I had, my entire college education, all that my parents and friends had taught me, all the reading I had done on my own amounted to nothing — nothing could explain the last few hours.
Two questions dogged my mind: how could this happen? and why? The more I thought about it the more elusive the answer became, and fear and trembling overtook me.
I had done pretty well in life up to then (so I thought!). I was generally happy, I had just embarked on my second career, a career that I was skilled at and enjoyed tremendously. I spent a lot of time reading and learning about philosophy and religion. I found the eastern religions most fascinating. God and the Bible seemed OK, but nothing I really ‘got’ – no one had ever preached the gospel to me. I considered the mysteries of man’s mind; the universe in which we live; how and why we were created; and the ultimate question, What is the meaning of life?
I had no serious thoughts about the future, death, and eternity due to the relative success I was enjoying on God’s earth. I was misled and given a false sense of security by the day-to-day comfort and fun I had enjoyed. I was deceived and I was lost. I had found answers to a lot of questions I had up to that day, answers that I thought were correct and complete. Answers that gave me happiness but which soon began to dissolve into the truth of the moment, that everything I had learned up to that day could not prepare me or protect me from a simple accident which could’ve resulted in the loss of two lives.
Now fear became more real as this fact began to sink in. My own mortality began to surface and make itself known. The irony was that all my learning served no purpose except to further intensify how lost I was. There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death – Proverbs 14:12.
Upon my return home the next day, I sat down on the couch in my living room and started crying. The questions returned, along with the fear. I was devastated by the accident, and soon all reason and desire for my career, and eventually life, was gone. The question Why? hounded me and would not let me alone (Ro 2:15).
It took two years for this lost sheep to wander before I turned to God and started reading the Bible. When I read the Gospel of John the Holy Spirit opened my eyes and revealed to me that I was lost (John 16:8-11). I cried tears of sorrow as I looked back through my life and saw nothing but sin (2 Cor 7:10). My life was as filthy rags before God (Is 64:6).
The Holy Spirit showed me through the Bible how God provided a Savior for us that we might be redeemed (Ro 1:16). He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, who lived the only sinless life, who was the only one who could possibly pay for man’s sin debt, to die on the cross for our sin that we might not be condemned, but that we might have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. He who believes on Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.” — John 3:16, 18.
I cried tears of joy as I read. God loved me! God loved me so much that He was willing to forgive my sin! Jesus loved me so much that He died on the cross to pay for every one of my sins! I then prayed and accepted Christ as Savior. I repented and acknowledged that I had turned my back on God my entire life, and had not followed His commandments (Ro 3:19-20, Acts 17:30-31). I asked for forgiveness and prayed that I didn’t want to go to Hell; that I wanted Heaven. I was sorry for all the sins I had committed, and I realized that without Jesus’ life on Earth and death on the cross, I would be eternally lost in hell (Ro 3:23).
I wept tears of joy every night for about a month as the Holy Spirit showed me that I was born again- a new creature in Christ. God gave me an unquenchable thirst for Scripture! The Bible had come alive! I couldn’t believe it! I had sinned all my life, turned my back on God, took his name is vain continually and maliciously, and He desired to forgive me and grant me eternal life! (Psalm 32)
I craved the Word of God! I became glued to my TV as I listened to my local Christian station, WVCY, fill my soul with the Truth of Jesus. I bought books, I bought videotapes, I bought Bibles! The Good Shepherd had found a lost sheep, and returned me to the fold!
I laughed at what I thought I knew. I started over; I built my foundation on the rock of Christ (1 Cor 3:11). I was freed from a lot of sin in my life- profanity, lying, ungodly friends, the desire for beer, and selfish desires. I told my sisters, Kathie and Judy, who were Christians long before me, and I immersed myself in their fellowship and love for Christ. Oh, what joy! By His unending love, He interceded in my life by placing an automobile in my path, thus waking me up, and giving me the opportunity to decide whether I would accept His Son or reject Him (John 6:44). The choice was mine and I chose Jesus (Ro 10:9-10). This is what made me say I had no idea!
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
– John 17:3