2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Hello and Welcome
Welcome to my humble attempt at shouting the Good News of Jesus Christ’s Salvation that is available to all who will call upon Him and make Him their Lord and Savior.
My testimony is one of pain, brokenness and redemption. As a child I was raised in a Godless, alcoholic, physically and sexually abusive environment. On the negative side came decades of rebellion and resentments which led to alcohol, drugs, sex, pornography and other forms of escape all of which was shielded in a package of denial and blindness
On the semi-positive side was born a loving (or so I thought) peace filled (or so I thought) peacemaker (or so I thought). Really I just became a very good people-pleaser and workaholic who was driven to find worth in my career and escape through sex and drugs.
Decades of highest honors at every position I have held accompanied by financial and peer-level successes led me to believe “I had arrived”. Sadly [actually gratefully] when all that success rests on the dysfunctional side of behaviors and is fueled by world-approved desires to serve self alone, any achievements can only help to postpone one’s journey into the arms of a loving Savior and instead become a freight train to the gates of hell, as it did for me.
From a completely broken and fully surrendered heart, on January 3, 2011 by a stream in the forest at a campground near Big Sur, California my life was transformed in the blink of an eye. As I cried out to Jesus and let go of my life unbeknownst to me He immediately went to work.
My passion since my rebirth has become the total deconstruction of all that I believed was true and rebuilding my life on the foundational truths of Christ found within His Word and with the encouragement and convictions of the Holy Spirit within.
Through the program of Celebrate Recovery, churches, bible studies, fellowship and at a price of great heartache and even greater joy I have found myself on an amazing journey of redemptive sanctification. The tears of heartache that I used to cry daily are now tears of incredible joy and gratitude. God won’t always change our external circumstances but he surely will transform our hearts and minds if only we will let him take over our every breath.
Another passion that emerged this last year is a previously unknown to me desire to write. It started with journaling but has grown into a daily devotional that has become one of the most important God endeavors of my day. I get up at 4:30 each morning and just let my heart and fingers do as the choose.
My daily labor of love (Band of Brothers Devotional) is geared toward the encouragement and conviction into the lives of the hurting and broken affected by addictions and co-dependency. I draw on my own lifetime of research in the trenches [of which today I can honestly proclaim I am grateful for all of it] however it is focused entirely on scriptural truths as I find them relating to my journey. I do not however make any claims to having biblical authority, I am simply filled with a passionate pursuit of God’s truth in my own life and fully surrendered to being as transparent as possible.
My prayer is that none of me and all of Him is presented, for my life is no longer my own and this has now become His story, a story of death and resurrection, of a simple broken man lifted from the ashes and now fillied with purpose to shout and exalt His precious name so that others may experience the life tranforming power of healing of Christ and maybe draw into closer relationship and reliance with our mighty Creator.
Thank you for letting me share a brief excerpt of my story. If you would like to learn a little more you can find my short testimony on my Band of Brothers Devotional website. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter and if interested sign up for my daily blog.
May God continue to bless and guide us all on our shared journey of redemption.