Testimony

You wouldn't be interested in my life story; it's rather mundane.

My mother recently passed away aged 96. She was the most selfless person I have ever known. A quiet Christian, an Anglican, her heart was closer to Jesus' than mine will ever be. Did I proselytize to her about  my new-found faith? the Sabbath? the state of the dead? Absolutely not. Hers was a selfless life of giving. Giving to her family, and to all with whom she came into contact, her time, her attention, her nurture, her energy, her support, her comforting and encouraging companionship. Her life was an example of true Christianity, and a sermon that I could in no way improve on.

My mother recently passed away aged 96. She was the most selfless person I have ever known. A quiet Christian, an Anglican, her heart was closer to Jesus' than mine will ever be. Did I proselytize to her about  my new-found faith? the Sabbath? the state of the dead? Absolutely not. Hers was a selfless life of giving. Giving to her family, and to all with whom she came into contact, her time, her attention, her nurture, her energy, her support, her comforting and encouraging companionship. Her life was an example of true Christianity, and a sermon that I could in no way improve on.

I'm married to a beautiful woman (only Heaven knows why she married me - you would wonder the same if you met me), we have two children, and I work in an office. Exciting stuff, eh? Like everyone else, we have encountered our trials and tribulations and have the baggage to show for them. In the big picture, however, you could say we are relatively fortunate. These days, I'm always looking at the big picture; for me, it's the only way to stay sane in this crazy world.

My testimony, what I want to say, is this website. But briefly:

I was raised an Anglican and went to a Uniting Church school, however I knew nothing about God, even if He existed or not, and next to nothing about the Bible.

After leaving home, church was not a part of my life, except for weddings and funerals.

Only in recent years did I start looking at the bigger picture, and God took the opportunity to gradually make Himself known to me; sometimes with a quiet word, sometimes with a hammer (necessary due to my thick head).

Still, I sat on the fence for several years, looking around at all the new scenery, before I made the decision to surrender my life to God and join the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

What originally presented as an impossible leap of faith over a yawning chasm of ignorance and skepticism was by then only a small step over a few immaterial grey issues.

My reasons for becoming an Adventist and information on the church are on later pages.

Simply put, the God that Adventists know is the only God I can believe in; the only God who makes sense.

While I can certainly recommend the Adventist church, I'm not saying you should join it. Where you worship is your business, not mine.

I'm where I need to be.

God might need you to be somewhere else.

That’s between you and Him.

Many of the most gracious and kind-hearted people I have known are from other Christian denominations and other faiths...including atheism ;-)

God looks at the heart, not at the label, not at the outward appearance.

That's a part of the true picture of God that shames and quells my prejudice and my critical spirit.

That piece fits perfectly.