My Spiritual Journey
I was born in New York and raised in the Catholic faith. I went to church, but it really did not make a difference in my life. I knew Jesus Christ died on the cross to forgive us of our sins. I had no real relationship with God. I joined the Air Force and got married in 1981. Other than being married in a church, I had not thought about God. Then in 1987, my dad died. It was the first time I had to deal with death. In the wake, I knew that was the real him lying there. I knew it was just a physical shell. His real spirit and soul were someplace else, but where?
I started my search listing to positive thinking speakers, but they did not speak about life after death. I tried going back to the Catholic Church but found no answers. I remember seeing a comedy movie called “Defending Your Life.” It was supposed to show what happened after you died. I know now there were many things wrong in the film, but it was a starting point of seeking God for me. Maybe the television show “God Friended Me” has sparked your search for God.
Then one morning, I turned on an AM station and heard Chuck Smith and The Word for today. He quickly described the bible. I still was not sure how to know him. Another speaker came on named Greg Laurie. He preached” How to Know God and Make Him Known.” He preached the gospel and how to accept Jesus Christ as my savior, be forgiven of my sins, and know I am going to heaven.
On October 30th, 1994, I made that decision. October 1995, my wife accepted Jesus at a Harvest Crusade by Greg Laurie and Calvary Chapel Ft Lauderdale) at Spring Training Yankee Stadium.