August 2014

by Mitch Clevidence

Grace at Work

“A year ago if you asked me how long I’ve been a Christian, I would have responded with “my whole life!”, but then I got born again. In kindergarden I remember saying a prayer to ask Jesus into my heart because like any kindergardener, I fully understood the depravity of my soul and my desperate need for a savior. In reality, my understanding of Christianity was doing morally acceptable things to make God not mad at me. Veggie tales and other seemingly good influences unfortunately taught me to whitewash my tomb like a champion. Either I had ears that couldn’t hear and eyes that couldn’t see, or my life long influences had never really presented the gospel clearly to me. In May of 2013 I left for my second missions trip to El Salvador. One night Eric Pfautz urged me to consider the weight of the cross as he presented the gospel of Jesus explicitly. Even though I had heard the story of Jesus many times, this time cut me to the heart! As I heard about our depraved sinful nature, Jesus became my only means of escape. I don’t know about you, but I got saved by grace! From there on, the Bible just started making sense. Eric invited me to Roots the week we got back and for the first time I heard the gospel at church! Words such as “justification” and “imputed righteousness” were awesome because they perfectly described what Jesus had done to and for me. Colossians 1:13 ‘He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.'” -Mitch Clevidence 

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