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Here is a little bit about me:

I was born in 1948. I grew up in Minnesota, graduated from St. Louis Park High School in '66. It was a graduating class of 708.

I attended a Methodist Church as I was growing up. I always believed in God, and believed that the Bible was true, but I didn't know what it said and I didn't understand anything about salvation.

When I was 19, I joined the navy. I was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS BonHomme Richard (CVA-31). I worked in the print shop and I was off the coast of Vietnam in '69 and '70. There were many times when people told me about salvation, especially in downtown San Diego. I even went forward at an altercall, at a servicemen's center, but I still didn't understand salvation. I wanted what was right, but I just didn't get the drift.

I was 22 when I got out of the navy. I came back to Minnesota and got a job in a print shop. There was a stockboy there who was a Christian. He could tell that I needed to know Jesus and he had a burden for me. He was scared to talk to me. From the outside, he had no way of knowing that I was ripe for salvation. I did not appear to be a likely candidate. He gave me a "4-Spiritual Laws" tract and ask me to take it home and read it. I read it, but I had a few questions. He answered those questions to my satisfaction. I thought about it some more, and that night I read the booklet again. Then, alone in my room, I prayed the suggested prayer and went to sleep.

Immediately, my life began to change. That is the point at which I feel that God caused me to be born-again. I think it is important to note, I wasn't saved because I prayed that prayer. I believe that I was able to pray that prayer because God was in the process of saving me. My desire for scripture continued to grow. About 1 1/2 years after I accepted Jesus, I quit my job and enrolled in Bible college. I attended Northwestern College in Roseville, MN and earned a "Certificate in Bible". It was a very wonderful time in my life.

I then went back to work in the printing industry. I have been doing that kind of work ever since.

God has given me many opportunities to serve Him. I worked at a Christian coffee house for a few years and that is where I met my wife, Ginny. We have 4 sons Micah 24, Jesse 22, Ben 18 and Josiah 15.

Ginny is a singer/songwriter. I am a drummer. I only play in church now, but I have played in and traveled with several gospel bands. I miss being in a band and hope to be in a band again someday.


Most of us are familiar with John 3:3, where Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about being born again. I would like to discuss some of the other places in the Bible where being born again is referred to. In John 3:7,8, Jesus said: "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again, The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." He made a comparison: wind and Spirit. We do not see the wind, but we see what it does, thus, we know it has been there. It is the same with the Spirit, when someone becomes born again. We do not see the Spirit, but we will know that He has been there by the changes that we see in a person's life.

In Romans 8:8-10, Paul also mentions the necessity of the Spirit in our lives: Paul said, "So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But yea are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." We do not have the Spirit of God, until we are born again. It doesn't make any difference how religious we are. If we are in the flesh, we cannot please God. That is why Jesus told Nicodemus, who was very religious, that he had to be born again.

When we are born again, we become new creatures. Paul told the Corinthians: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2Cor.5:17) When someone is born again there is a great change that takes place. The Spirit moves in their life. We do not see the Spirit, but we know that He has been there, because we see the changes taking place. I would like to hear about some of the changes that some of you experienced when you were born again. It seems that there are similarities, but also differences. God does not work in everyone's life exactly the same, but if He is there, changes will take place.

Another verse that I believe is referring to being born again: "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" (Titus 3:5) When we are born again, we are washed, regenerated and renewed by God's Holy Spirit.

Colossians 3:10 also speaks of being renewed: "And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him:" Adam was created in the image of God. When Adam sinned, that image was marred. Jesus, God in the flesh, the perfect image of God showed us what God is like. When someone is born again they are again renewed toward that perfect image of God. As they grow in Him, they become more and more like Him. The image is being renewed. Then, one day: "we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." (1John3:2) What a glorious day that is to look forward to. As we get to know Him better in this life, we will have the joy of Him working in our lives and we will constantly become more and more like Him, until that day we see Him face to face.

Peter speaks of being born again, too: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead," and "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." (1 Peter 1:3&23)

John mentions being born of God in his letter: "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in Him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." (1 John 3:9) One of the big changes that takes place when someone is born of God, is that they no longer want to sin. They don't intentionally sin. They may be like Paul in Romans 7 "doing what I do not want to do", etc., but it is no longer their nature to desire sin and want to willfully sin. If we do not hate sin, if we have not seen the Spirit working in our life, we have reason to "examine ourselves to see if we are of the faith".

God's   Righteousness   in   Us

In Romans 10:3, Paul said "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God". In the context, I realize that Paul was speaking of Israel, but I believe that we see the same thing today: There are people who, through their religious works, their church, their good deeds, etc. are trying to establish their own righteousness. However, they do not come to the Lord Jesus and accept the free gift that is offered. They are trying on their own, rather than allowing God to cause them to be born-again and be changed from the inside. The may know the scriptures well, but as Jesus said to the religious people of His day: "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life." (John 5:39,40)

In Philippians 3:4, Paul said, "Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:". He went on to give his credentials, telling of all the reasons why he, of all people, might put confidence in the flesh. Then, he said in verse 8: "Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:" He had learned that it was through Jesus and not his religious works, that he could obtain eternal life.

How about you? Are you among those who are, "going about to establish their own righteousness"? Or have you come to Jesus and trusted in Him to establish His righteousness in you?


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