My Testimony (and today is my 20th re-birthday!)


God gave me a special present to celebrate my special day today. At the end of this post I will tell you what this very tangible gift is….

Twenty years ago, on December 2, 1990, my life changed….

I wasn’t looking for God because I always believed he existed; I just didn’t know Who He was. I thought I was going to Heaven because, yes, I was a good person. (Really! I thought that!) Even though I was a drug addict, sexually immoral, a thief and a liar (I sold stereo equipment out of the back of my car in the desert), I still thought I was good.

That was because I judged myself by my own standard of goodness.

One night while searching for witches’ covens in an open field at midnight, I challenged Satan to show himself.

He did.

I was also robbed at shotgun point by drug dealers (as a meth addict I didn’t have much discernment in friends).

I broke into a “friend’s” mobile home and stole some equipment in broad daylight.

I knocked on the apartment doors of strangers looking for a wife; I found a lost key and tried opening neighbor’s doors with it. The television spoke directly to me. Then I got a very clear vision that I was headed for Hell if I didn’t die….

Such was my life before Christ. But things changed twenty years ago when I understood that I needed a Savior.

Revelation 12:11 says: “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…”

Every evangelist—every Christian—has a testimony of what Christ has done in their life and should be able to articulate it in various lengths of time. I have a 30 second, 60 second, 5 minute, 10 minute, and 45 minute version.


My story is quite a roller coaster ride and I’d like to share it with you. Over the summer I gave an updated version of my testimony of what Christ did in my life. (I previously shared it to our congregation seven years ago, before I was an evangelist.)

You can watch or listen to “A Wretch Like Me” MP3 or Quicktime. Click here and scroll down to August 15, 2010. (No permalink available.) Or you can read it by clicking here.


Now, wanna know what gift God gave me?

Two weeks ago my daughter called into a radio show and won four tickets to see the band “Casting Crowns.” I generally don’t listen to Christian music but this is the only band I really like. Guess when we get to see them? Tonight. It didn’t dawn on me that the concert was on my 20th re-birthday until I woke up this morning.

Coincidence or GODincidence?

I choose the latter.

One of their best songs is called “Here I go Again,” a song about evangelism.  A youth group made a pretty decent music video of it. Click here to see it.


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