What We Believe

We are Christians.

Jesus Christ, the son of God, died for our sins and has redeemed our lives. He has brought us hope, peace, and purpose.

You can learn about Jesus by reading the Bible, specifically the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, as well as the book of Romans.

If you are currently feeling lost, empty, lonely, depressed, scared – please, pray to God to guide you to salvation and a new life with his son, Jesus, and read the Bible. You will find love, forgiveness, peace, joy, hope and more.

We affirm that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired word of God and it is the basis of our beliefs.

•    We value the essence of Jesus’ message.  We believe there is something wrong in the hearts of ALL people.  The Bible calls this sin and declares that all have sinned.  The good news is that Jesus has made a way for everyone to have their hearts made right and set free from guilt enabling them to become all they were created to be.
•    We value the inexpressible effect that the proper instruction of the Bible brings to the hearts of all who will make God’s word a priority.  Our goal is to teach, model, and proclaim the Word in all that we do to all those around us.
•    We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Ghost; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.

Want to know more about Jesus?

The following is a wonderful verse compilation from  http://marshill.com/jesus

Jesus as a good friend: John 3:16, John 15:3, John 15:15, 1 John 3:16, 1 John 4:7-21, Romans 3:21-26, John 2:1-12, John 14:4-6, 1 Corinthians 11:1, John 10:7-18, John 16:13, Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 4:16, Luke 22:31-32

Jesus as a truthful friend: Mark 14:61-64, John 8:58-59, John 10:30-33, Colossians 2:8-15, Hebrews 4:15, Philippians 2:1-11, John 10:17, Luke 24:44-49, Matthew 9:6, Luke 23:34, 1 John 1:9, John 14:6, Romans 1:16, Ephesians 1:13-14, 1 Thessalonians 5:9, Hebrews 5:9-10, Revelation 7:10, Revelation 21, Romans 8:18-25, Acts 4:11-12

Jesus as a powerful friend: Revelation 19:11-16, Matthew 26:64, Isaiah 6:1-5, 1 Corinthians 15:3-11, Acts 1:1-11, Revelation 21:1-2, Ephesians 6:10, Colossians 1:17-20, 1 Corinthians 15:50-56, Romans 8:15, Matthew 16:18, Acts 1:23-25

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Scott’s Testimony

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I grew up in church. I’ve been involved in church all of my life. As a young child, I went to church and followed the rules.

When I was a junior in high school I began to understand that being a good person was not enough. It didn’t matter if I followed all the rules. I was still a sinner. At a youth camp in July of 1994 I accepted Christ as my Savior. I returned home and began to distance myself from bad influences and more earnestly followed Christ and began to develop a relationship with Him.

In the Fall of 1995 I attended Howard Payne University, a Baptist university in central Texas. I majored in Mass Communications (radio and television) with an undeclared minor. During my early college life I spent time in the Word, attending services, Chapel, anything that would lead me to a deeper understanding of Christ.

In the Spring of 1996 I changed my major to Practical Theology to reflect my newfound desire to serve in a full-time ministry to the Body of Christ. For a year I studied the scriptures and grew as a Christian.

In the Spring of 1998 I participated in The Oxford World Class Program which allowed me to travel abroad during that semester. I was on my own for the first time in my life. I had saved money for the trip and was personally responsible for my well being. I was an adult. Living abroad changed some long-held perceptions of how the world worked

After returning to the states, I changed my major once again. I had come to realize that majoring in theology and striving for a pastorate was not the end-all, be-all of Christianity. I returned to the communications field and majored in Public Relations. This field of study offered graphic arts programs. I found I was a gifted graphic artist and enjoyed the courses.

Even though I had changed my major, I still strived towards a closer relationship with Christ. I was still studying scriptures and growing in the Word.

And then my parents divorced.

They were married for over 20 years, but because of “religious differences” they had decided it was better to be apart. I had a hard time understanding. They both claimed to love God, as I did – but they could not agree on key lifestyle choices and the differences in opinion were too much to overcome.

Everything changed at that point in my life. At the time of their divorce I had stopped attending the university, struggling financially and academically. I stopped attending church services, read less scriptures. I was angry and hurt and confused.

For five years I did what I pleased.

Then I met Amanda. She was a single mother of three. As we dated and I grew to love her and the children, I considered being a dad. The new responsibility brought me closer to Christ, seeking His guidance. After we were married we grew together as a couple and attended church services more regularly. I began to lead small study groups in our home and at church. I read the scriptures regularly again. We wanted to be godly examples of Christ’s love for our children. We became increasingly active in our local church, serving as teachers and volunteering for multiple assignments.

In 2008 we moved to Fort Worth. Faced with the possibility of attending a large metro church, we decided to “coast” and not be overly involved in church leadership. We wanted to take some time to “be fed” and study. But God had other plans. Through various circumstances and events we found ourselves once again volunteering and stepping up to be leaders. We realized we had a burden for God’s people and His church. We wanted to serve the Body of Christ. We began to consider the possibility of serving as missionaries, either abroad or stateside.

Looking back over these years, it’s amazing to see the sovereignty of God leading us through circumstances and preparing us. He’s orchestrated our growth and continues to open doors.

I look forward to serving wherever He calls.

Amanda’s Testimony

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Almost ten years ago, I was a struggling single mother with three very young children and a history of depression. I didn’t spend very much time with my children because I was focused on myself – having a “career” and seeking respect from people who barely knew me and certainly did not love me. My heart was broken from a failed marriage. I was desperate to be noticed, desperate to be loved. I burned through casual romantic encounters, searching for anyone who would make me feel beautiful. I wanted approval. I wanted the awful empty hole in my heart to be filled.

My children spent the majority of their time at the babysitter’s house. They would spend the night with her often because I was too busy to take care of them. I missed out on so much. With my eyes on the wrong goal, I stumbled and fell. I fell frequently. It was a mess in every possibly way.

I was broken. I was lonely. I was unhappy. I was lost.

God did not give up on me. He led me down that broken road to Scott, a young man with no children of his own. Scott noticed me. He adored me. He loved me. He asked me to be his wife and stepped up to be a father to three young children. He loved as Christ loves, redeeming, inspiring, encouraging, life-changing, full of forgiveness, patience, and peace.

Settled into a comfortable marriage I felt that for once I was safe – I was loved – and I was special. During this time of emotional healing I was able to change my focus.  About two years into our marriage, during worship service at church, I cried out to God to change me. I had grown up in and out of church, but this was the first time I surrendered to God with all my heart. I begged Him to use me, show me where to go, show me how to conduct my life. I wept as I cried out for His guidance. And I felt His peace wash over me. That peace was sent to help me through some very big changes in my life.

God worked to radically change me. A few weeks after I cried out for His guidance, I became very sick with pneumonia. So sick, in fact, that my husband was forced to take me to the hospital. I was admitted for almost a week. A body scan revealed what looked like a large mass in my lungs. Apparently the infection was so condensed, the doctors initially thought it could be a tumor. My heart stopped when they told me this.

I immediately quit smoking.

I smoked a pack a day for six years. I’ve tried every different way to quit, without success. But the day I cried out for my Father to change me into the woman He wants me to be – He set the process in motion. He knew what it would take to free me from my costly addiction.

And still He continued to work on me. Shortly after I recovered, an opportunity to serve in my church’s children’s ministry presented itself. As I considered working in this ministry a warm peace, much like the one I experienced during that special moment of worship – washed over me and I knew that this was a step in the right direction.

Over the next few weeks, He continued to work on me. He opened my eyes to healthy changes in my lifestyle, our budget, our household. My Father has redirected my interest in raising my children in a simple, loving and Godly manner.

And then my God laid it upon my heart to take a leap of pure faith and homeschool my children.

The idea at first was frightening! I was not this person. I was busy at my job, I had my own interests. Sure, I love my children, I attended church, I loved my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ – but I was nowhere near where He wanted me to be.

I was NOT the type of mom to get up early, make sure everyone had a nice breakfast. I didn’t pull myself out of bed to spend a little time in prayer. I rarely cracked open my Bible unless I was at church. I was inactive, lukewarm. I had not surrendered my life completely to His will.

As I look back today, I’m amazed at just how far God has brought me in such a very short time. He’s used circumstances to teach me. He’s led my heart to a new realization of just how wonderful my life could be when I decide to truly serve Him. I can see now that serving in the church children’s ministry will help me as I homeschool my children. The organizational skills I’ve used at work will benefit me as I strive to keep us on task at home. The new things I’m learning every day will help me to become the woman I need to be –  the woman He wants me to be.

I still have a long way to go. I’m not a saint, by any stretch of the imagination. And I’m still a little unsure of myself in this new role. I don’t know if I can be “that type” of a woman. Can I be a true “help mate” for my husband? Can I be the woman God wants me to be?

Not on my own. But I’m not alone. I’m being led every step of the way. And I’m so very thankful that God has an interest in this wayward servant.

I have such amazing peace. I experience so much more joy. God has taken my broken life and blessed it with meaning and purpose. I can honestly say I’m happy.

What He has done for me, He will do for you.

You only have to ask Him.

7 thoughts on “What We Believe

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  3. Scott and Amanda, WOW what awesome testimonies and now it is understandable why there is so much joy in your posts. It comes through! Nehemiah stated that “the joy of the Lord is our strength” and you have tapped into that it’s evident. It is HIS joy in us. The “joy of the Lord!” His joy gives us strength. So many struggling Christians believe it is their joy in the Lord that gives them strength and they wonder why they struggle.
    Your testimonies are truly inspirational and I am so thankful to the Holy Spirit for His awesome leading! Once again, our loving Heavenly Father has proven His word, when at His inspiration, David wrote, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.” (Psalms 37:23)
    The Lord delights in His way, the steps He ordered and we are righteous when we follow them! I sincerely pray (and it’s not a cliché) that the Lord will continually bless, lead, inspire, motivate and continually produce fruit that others might be able to enjoy the “jam of the Lord” so to speak, that is produced in you both AND your family! God bless til next time!

  4. It really is crazy how a like we are! I can relate on so many aspects! Thank you for sharing your testimony… It has encouraged me!

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