Clint Holsey

I grew up in a Christian home.  I basically grew up attending church.  Every Sunday it was Sunday school followed by morning service followed by evening service that night. My parents loved the Lord and were involved in ministry in our church.  My Dad led the singing and taught Sunday school.  My mom was head of the Sunday school. If that wasn’t enough, my Mom opened our home for after-school Bible Club meetings.  So, I grew up knowing a lot about Jesus. The problem was I didn’t actually know Jesus as my Savior.  

The change for me came the summer following my 8th grade year in school. I was at a Christian summer camp at Siltcoos Lake on the central Oregon coast. I always knew that Jesus had died for sins, but it was at this camp that I realized that Jesus had died for my sins in particular. I always thought I was a pretty good kid. I mostly obeyed my parents, didn’t get into a lot of trouble, and kind of got along with my brother. I thought I was pretty good in God’s eyes. During one of the messages at camp I was confronted with the fact that I was a sinner and I desperately needed a Savior. I still remember the message, and I remember the Holy Spirit convicting me of my sin and my “lostness” before God.  That night, I asked Jesus to forgive my sin, and I started a new relationship with Him.  

I wish I could say that since that time I have walked in full obedience to God.  That's definitely not the case. I had times of walking closer with God, but I also experienced times of following my own desires and walking in the flesh as opposed to walking by the Spirit. My testimony of those times is that God remained faithful no matter what. God managed to get my attention every time I wandered from Him and He faithfully drew me back into relationship with Jesus.

I’m thankful for what God has been doing in my life recently. I have been growing in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus and have been learning to trust Him and obey Him with greater joy in my life. I am especially thankful that God has given me a great desire for His Word. I love to study the Bible and I really enjoy teaching God’s Word. To echo Paul’s words in Philippians 3:13-14 “But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal, for the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

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