I am a sinner saved by Grace. I am a Technology Executive who has worked in Information Technology in the United States for the past 28 years for many Fortune 500 companies. I lived a largely non-religious, secular life until 2007 when a Christian boss at work took a risk and asked about my relationship with God. May we all become bold enough to take these sorts of risks for the Kingdom of Christ. This man, who would later adopt me into his family, and who I call my elder brother, became one of my closest Christian brothers. Upon his suggestion I began attending a local Church where I lived, the Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church in Lake Villa / Antioch, Illinois. The day I attended, Pastor Kerry Bauman was teaching, and his words touched me to the heart. I kept going back week after week, began tithing, began attending Bible Studies at Pastor Kerry's home, and then taking extra classes at Church which was home to past Moody President Dr. George Sweeting, Dr. Gerald Peterman, Dr. Tim Siegler, Dr. Michael Vanlaningham, Dr. John Nathan Clayton, Dr. Michael Weschler, and many other Moody Bible Institute professors. At the time this Church was affectionately known as Moody North, because they would routinely hold MBI classes there taught out of the actual MBI syllabus by MBI Professors. Later I would also study at the feet of Dr. Grant Osborne, Dr. Gary Burge and Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian. I developed a saving relationship with Jesus and in 2009 was Baptized. In 2012 I joined Willow Creek Community Church and was Baptized there as well.
Since 2007 I have never missed a Sunday Church Service or skipped a tithe, and work as hard as I possibly can to bring people to saving faith in Jesus. I am currently affiliated with three Churches, but have attended dozens. I have volunteered thousands of hours at various Churches, taught Bible Studies, preached from the pulpit, and helped plant Churches. However, I do not boast in anything, no wealth, no power, no knowledge, no wisdom, no righteousness and certainly not in any of my works. I only boast in Jesus' unending love for me. At the end of our lives, when we die, we will all stand judgement before the Throne of God. We will have to give account of the lives we have lived here on this earth. On that day, we can do one of three things, either (a) apologize for not living an absolutely perfect, sinless life and ask for forgiveness (b) be an arrogant, haughty person and claim our own righteousness or (c) claim the blood of Jesus. The right answer is (c) if you have believed upon the name of Jesus and are saved, then you have nothing to worry about. When on that day I stand before God, I know that I will plead the Blood of Jesus. I have believed in the Son of God, and nothing else I say or do will make a difference except for saying that I believed in Christ Jesus. Which of these answers will you choose?