My Story

Thanks for coming by this page. I call this page, “my story.” It’s a place where I can direct people for future conversation and reflection. Most come by this page because of the card I give out entitled, “The Truth of the Matter.” I give these cards out as a way to share the story of Jesus Christ in hopes that people will come to find him in a personal way. I don’t always have time to share my story with people, so let me share with you how Christ helped. me.

I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. I come from a great middle class family. I had everything a person could want or need for success in life. Opportunities were not my problem. Bad choices were my problem. When I was a teenager I made terrible choices. I was sexually immoral, drank a lot of booze, and did a good amount of drugs. I lived my life my way. My choices really limited my abilities as a young adult. I had no direction in life. It got so bad that I joined the Army when I was 21. I walked in off the street and asked for a job. My life at 21 years old was a train wreck.  

Little did I know that God was orchestrating the events of my life. Three years after joining the Army I went on a “blind date.” That blind date ended up leading to the best transition of my life. Still abusing life with sex, drugs, and rock and roll, God lead me to Jeana. Through her I came to know the love of God. Just a few months after we were married I came to a great realization: 

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, NASB). 

I realized Jesus Christ died for my sinful nature and wanted to bring a sense of peace to my wrecked life. In the Spring of 1988, I sat in church (which I didn’t do much of back then), and had a silent conversation with God. I confessed to him my sorrow for my sinful ways and that I authentically wanted to know him. I wanted to know his will for my life. I have no idea what the preacher was speaking on, but I know I made a commitment that day to trust Christ as my Savior, Lord, and guide for life.

I received Jesus Christ as my Savior 20 years ago. Since then, he has made a big difference in my life. The immediate changes were that I stopped doing the self destructive things that were killing me. No more drugs, alcohol, or immorality. I used the think I would never be a functional person, not to mention husband or father. However, Jesus Christ healed me from the consequences of my choices. He gave me direction for life. My purpose in life is to live for him. I exist to tell his story and help others find him and get wrapped up in his story also.

What is your story? Do you have assurance of heaven? Are you satisfied with your life direction? Have you ever made a commitment to Christ in a way that has set you free? 

God’s desire is for you to know him. Below is the outline message, “The Truth of the Matter.” Read it again. Then stop and talk with God right now. You will not be disappointed. 

The Truth of the Matter

1. God created  you for a unique purpose (Genesis 1:27).

2. You are separated from God’s purpose for us by our sinful nature. 

  • Romans 3:23  says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
  • Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death….”
  • Romans 7:15 says, “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but do the very thing I hate.” 

 3. You can get connected with God’s purpose for you through Jesus Christ.

  • Acts 2:38 states, “…Repent and be baptized everyone of you.” 
  • Romans 5:8 reads, “…But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 
  • John 1:12 says, “But to all who receive him, who believe in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” 

Where will you spend eternity? How can you have the life God meant for you to have? 

Are you ready for a life change? Why not make the move and cross the line of faith? 

The Truth of the Matter is you will not make it on your own. You need God

Spend some time talking with God. Tell him you’re sorry for your sinful nature and that you don’t want to pay the price for your sins. Tell him you believe Christ died for your sins and that you’re trusting in his death on the cross for forgiveness of sins. There no set word you have to say. You just need to be willing to turn from your sins and believe by faith Christ died for you.

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2 Comments on “My Story”

  1. Cheryl Bower Says:

    Dear Pastor Stoddard:

    I have just been looking at your blog and have read your story. My husband and I are “regular visitors” at FBC in Ruidoso. I belong to the Kingdom Seeker’s women’s Bible class there. Our permanent home is in El Paso, TX, but we have a home away from home very near to FBC. We are Bible-believing Anglicans. Our home church is St. Clement’s Church in El Paso. We do not attend the Episcopal church in Ruidoso as they are part of the apostate TEC which we left several years ago. I am sure you have heard this story before.

    I was happy to hear of your impending visit to Ruidoso. We will not be there at your visit on Aug. 9th but send you our prayers for clarity, confirmation and the way forward for your ministry and FBC.
    We are people in our 60’s with three married children and eight grandchildren. I am proud and grateful to say that all our family walks with Jesus.
    We look forward to the day when we will see you in Ruidoso. We too have a heart for those who have not come into the kingdom of God.

    All our best and prayer for you and your family.
    Cheryl and Larry Bower
    109 Rim Road
    Ruidoso, NM

  2. Sabrina Harris - McBride Says:

    Alan,

    Kind of strange I just happened to find this website while searching for a friend from high school. Read your blog and understand you’ve moved/moving to Ruidoso. My great aunt past away last week and her funeral was Friday. My Aunt Brooksie and Uncle Watt have lived there for many years. I wish both you and Jeana all the best and hope you have much success there. It is a beautiful part of the country.

    Wishing you well,

    Sabrina Harris – McBride (formerly of Hillcrest)


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