My personal journey
While working as a supervisor on an offshore drilling rig out of Angola, Africa, I finally quit fighting a twenty-year battle with God and surrendered my life to Him.
I had been raised in rural Mississippi, the son of a Baptist pastor, with five brothers and a sister. At age six my battle with God had begun. He wanted me and I wanted everything but Him.
There was high school football which included a championship. There was a year of college football, with a lot of partying but not much studying. There was a year of commercial fishing where I advanced to the position second pilot. Next came four years in the Marine Corps with a tour in Viet Nam. I was at Chu Lai during the Tet offensive of 1968.
God was really working me over in Viet Nam, but I was not nearly ready to surrender to Him. Two weeks after I returned state side, I married Jamae, the girl who had waited for me while I was in Nam. I left active duty as a sergeant with an honorable discharge--a small miracle. Less than three years later Jamae and I were living in Angola, Africa with our two children, Shane and Danielle.
It was in Africa that I had to face the fact that I was perhaps the most miserable man on earth. I had a great wife, two wonderful children, a job I loved and deadness inside as big as the ocean. I had developed a very serious drinking problem, but nothing could quiet the turmoil in the darkness of my soul.
Some things in life are etched into your mind--none more than the time I was walking alone down a street in Angola and suddenly realized that I had accomplished nothing with my life that had any eternal value. In that moment, I understood that, if I continued as I was going, it would better if I had never been born. It was there that God asked if I was ready to give my life to Him. Being under deep conviction of God's Holy Spirit, it was a great and wonderful relief to make the surrender that the Lord had asked me to make twenty years earlier.
The journey began--and I have enjoyed a rich and wonderful life.
Grace, what a wonderful gift given by a loving, holy Savior. I, of all people am the least deserving of the grace of God. It's a privilege to serve here at Mill Park Baptist Church, all because of Gods grace.
I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home in North Idaho with parents who loved the Lord Jesus and led my sisters and I in the ways of the Lord. I wish I could say I've led a perfect Christian life, but many times I failed the Lord miserably. His grace pulled me through time and time again. I'm so thankful that Jesus loves us unconditionally and that His compassions fail not, they are new every morning. Amazing Grace is one of my favorite hymns because I can relate to its words.
How about you? Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus? John 3:16 tells us, "For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life." We invite you to come visit us here at Mill Park and let us get to know you. If you don't have a relationship with Jesus, we would be thrilled to show you how you can know for sure that heaven will be your eternal destination. All because of Gods amazing grace!