His Glory Broke ...
When I asked him to write something of his testimony, he
jotted a few lines on a 'little yellow sticky' and handed it to me saying,
"This is my testimony." On it were three opening lines to stanzas from different
songs in Hymns published by Living Stream Ministry.
It is very short
but if you read behind the lines it
says a lot...
Once Far From God
Once I Thirsted
For A Fountain
His Glory Broke Upon Me When I Saw Him In The Church
Here is a fuller development of his story...
I was born in San Francisco in April of 1946. I grew up going
to Baptist churches, Methodist churches, Lutheran churches, and Presbyterian
churches. At the age of ten, I asked my mom if I could stay home. To me, it was
more important to play with Bobby Hansen. All I got out of Sunday school was, "Bible
stories." She said I had to "go to church" till I was twelve. On my twelfth birthday,
I declared, "I don't want to 'go to church' anymore cause all it was, was 'Bible
stories' to me. My mom heard that and said, "Yes, that was what I said." So I
never went back and neither did she.
The summer after my graduation from high school, Larry Byrd and I surfed the
coast from Linda Mar to Santa Cruz. In the fall, I started school at San Mateo.
I went for one semester and quit. I drank coffee until March and then joined Delta
My draft status with the military was 1A. In October of 1964 I received my notice
of physical induction. So I ran right down and joined the Navy. I served in the
Navy from December 10, 1965 to December 5, 1968. I went to Vietnam. I saw Hawaii,
Japan, the Philippines, and one day I saw Stan Springer walking on the hanger deck.
He was with the flight group and I was with the ships company air traffic controller
aboard the USS Constellation CVA-64, out of San Diego. But let me tell you about
the best thing that happened to me there.
Up until this time, I'd had the gospel preached to me directly by men and women
five times. My attitude was, "That's fine for you, but leave me alone." But while
serving on the Constellation, after receiving a "dear John" letter, I was about
to commit suicide.
Though there were 5,000 men on the carrier, I was totally alone.
I walked the flight deck, crossing off all the good things there were for a human
to experience and deciding that I never wanted to experience again: dew on fresh
grass, sunsets and sunrises, wind in the trees, the ocean, snow and the mountains.
When I considered each of the items and whether I wanted never to experience them
again, the answer to each item was, yes, yes, yes, until I got to Jesus. He was
the last on my list. I said, "OK, I know I'm a sinner and I believe God raised
You from among the dead. But I want You if You are real and I don't want You if
Your not. That night in June of 1967, I met the Lord Jesus!!!
Reality! I touched God and God touched me! I went to the
chaplain the next day, and he said, "Oh that's nice." So once again I found out
religion is not it!!!
I got my AA degree at San Mateo in 1973. I was practicing to
follow the inner sense of the Lord's life within. I followed it to Spokane in 1973
where I touched some young people in love with the Lord! This matched my sense within
and fed my spirit. They met simply as the church in that place.
I continued following the Lord I to Bellingham, WA where I received
my BA at Western Washington University in 1980. (I graduated with 271 college credits
and with a 3.89 GPA. I loved school.). After that I followed the Lord back to Spokane.
Later the Lord led me to Boise, Idaho, to New York City, and finally to Salt Lake
City where I am today.
My heart goes out to the young people.. In some of my free time
I give out Bibles for Bibles for America (see www.biblesforamerica.org if you would
like a free Recovery Version Bible). The Recovery Version is the best one I have
found. It has 9000 footnotes to help with the verses. These notes are the consummation
of the revelation by the Lord to the church fathers and His followers throughout
church history. There are over 13,000 cross references, maps, charts and outlines
to help the hungry and seeking believers to know the Bible. Sorry, I get so worked
up, but if I had this when I was young it would have helped … gaf