I was born in Louisville, Kentucky---and let's just say that was a while back! We moved to
northern Ohio when I was in the 5th grade. But since my Dad was a teacher, summers were in Kentucky.
I still remember getting ready for church on Sunday mornings and listening to the Goodmans on "Jubilee".
I loved hearing their songs because their songs always said so much. And I guess that is why even today
the songs I like to sing have to have words that grab my heart.
My family has always sung. We have a quartet - Daddy, Momma, my brother Doug, and me. Daddy did sing bass, but Momma didn't sing tenor. Doug did! I was the youngest so I got to sing lead. We would sing in the car traveling from Ohio to Kentucky and back. We'd sing at church, at the house, just pretty much wherever we were. Guess that's why I love harmony singing so much.
I became a Christian when I was eight years old. I knew that Jesus loved me and I wanted to go
to heaven to be with Him someday. It wasn't until later on I realized that it wasn't just my heart He wanted,
He wanted ALL of me!
I grew up in church singing and playing the piano. I went off to college and got a degree in Music Education and came home to teach K-6 in a school system near my parent's home. Just about that time the program "Evangelism Explosion" came out. My church decided to have some classes for this program to help church members give their testimonies. I had always considered my music as my testimony, but felt called to this class. I wanted to be able to "speak" my testimony. At the first class we were told we needed to take the outline home and go through it asking ourselves the questions. That way we would become acquainted with the program.
The first question was an easy one for me. It was: If you were to die tonight, do you know without a doubt that you would go to heaven? I could answer, yes, without a doubt.
The second question was: Let's say you were to die tonight and you ended up standing in front of God and He asked you, "Why should I let you into my Heaven?" What would you say?
I sat there a bit as the reality sank into my brain. There wasn't anything I could do that would be good enough to get me to Heaven. I am not smart enough, nice enough, worthy enough for such a wonderful Savior to let me into Heaven. I realized I was only going there because of His amazing Grace!
I am a sinner. I believe that Jesus is Lord and that He came to earth to save me from my sins. Because of His death on the cross, His love for me, His grace, I get to go to Heaven. How unworthy I am of all that He has given! But I will give Him all of me. I just pray that I will do the best I possible can and make my Father proud to call me His child.
Dr. L. Scott Martin
Academy of the Arts, President
Rev. Travis Best
Pastor - First Southern Baptist Church
1311 E. Sherman Ave.
Nampa, ID 83686
Dr. Dave Ralph
Regional Nazarene Churches
State of Colorado