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 1) Testimony:

I was born into a Christian family.  As far back as I can remember, I was taught truth.  As I grew, I was faithful to attend church, read the Bible, pray, memorize, and was involved in Bible studies and outreach.  I wanted to please God.  From all appearances, I was a Christian.  However, after having a conversation with an older woman friend, I began to wonder.  She talked about Jesus as a real Person and a dear Friend.  She also talked about her love for His word.  I knew her experience was real and that I didn't have it.  Our conversation troubled me.  Soon after this conversation I decided to try hard to conjure up some kind of warm, fuzzy feeling, so I grabbed my Bible and flipped it open.  The passage was Matthew 7:21-23, which reads, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do mighty works in your name?'  And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.' 
I did not understand the passage, but it made me uneasy.  What did Jesus mean by "lawlessness?"  And who were the "workers of lawlessness?"   I would have defined a lawless person as a gross, unreligious sinner, but these people were professing believers in Jesus, actively involved in casting out demons and doing good works - all for Him and in His name, yet rejected - not allowed in the kingdom of heaven!  Why?  It was very concerning!  Was I one of their number?  I needed to understand and sought out my dad to ask him what it all meant.  He explained that lawlessness means to live as though I have the right to direct my own life; to refuse to submit to Him as my Lord.  There may be a profession of faith in Jesus but the practice of the life is selfishness and independence.  The state of my heart is the real issue.  True Christianity is not just a belief system or a moral lifestyle, it is a relationship with the living God.  He is Lord - and I am His bondslave. 
I thought long and hard following this explanation and realized that I was in deep trouble.  I realized that though I had conformed outwardly to Christianity, my heart was not right.  I was a rebel inwardly - lawless.  I was god in my life. I went back to my room, got before the Lord and repented - not only from acts of sin, but from selfishness and independence - from a heart of rebellion.  There and then, I bowed the knee to Jesus - as my Savior and my Lord - trusting Him for forgiveness, salvation, and deliverance from sin. He saved me, and changed my life!  I now enjoy a personal relationship with the Triune God. He continues to draw me, instruct me, provide for and protect.  He continues to reveal Himself to me through His wonderful, powerful Word.   Christianity is not outward. It is a real relationship with the Lord.  "A wonderful Savior is Jesus, my LORD!"
2) Hobbies - I enjoy reading, playing volleyball, anything that has to do with being outside, but I most enjoy drinking a cup of coffee while talking with my family or friends.

3) Favorite Verse - "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and virtue." - 2 Peter 1:3 
 I love this verse! EVERYTHING that I need to live the Christian life God has already given me, and it all stems from a relationship with the Lord! I don't lack anything because God has completely enabled me for everything He calls me to.