Rm. 10:9 "Jesus is Lord"
T.R. Michels' Christian Testimony
Christian articles from TR. Michels books "Witness: A Christian Hunter's Insights and Outlook", "Genesis; The Patriarchs and the Flood, Fact or Fiction?" and "Revelations: The Second Coming of Christ, Armageddon and the Millennium" on the Christian Witness page.
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I was born to unwed parents; a twelve year old girl, and an eighteen year old boy. I was then adopted by Dr. Roger Michels and his wife Pat, and grew up in Willmar, Minnesota, where I attended St. Mary's Catholic Church. After high school I enrolled in St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, with plans of going into wildlife research. But, I left college to work as a horse trainer and trail guide on a guest in ranch in Loveland, Colorado. After several years I moved to Cheyenne Wyoming, where I managed a pet store and sold men's clothing. My life was fairly settled, I had a good job, dated occasionally, and on the outside I appeared happy. But, I felt alone, and I was depressed.
While I was in Cheyenne my parents had become "Born Again" Christians. Learning of my depression they flew to Cheyenne and shared their newfound knowledge of Christ with me. Shortly after they left I found myself in a Catholic church for the first time in years, and I knew I had found what I was looking for, a relationship with God. I began to attend church regularly, and a few months later I was invited to a "Charismatic" prayer meeting by one of the nuns from the church. Within weeks I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, received "the Baptism of the Holy Spirit" and became a "Born Again" Christian.
For the next several years I was on fire for the Lord, and became the leader of the prayer group in Cheyenne. When I moved back to Willmar I became the leader of a prayer group at the local Junior College. In 1997, I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to manage a pet store. I was also trying to start a new business as a pet wholesaler, and working as a musician. Then my girlfriend broke off our relationship. I became depressed and attempted suicide by placing the barrel of a 12 gauge shotgun under my chin and pulling the trigger.
I don't remember much about the incident, except putting my hands to my face, feeling that a third of it was gone, and realizing that I couldn't see or speak. I reached for the phone and dialed the operator, but because I couldn't speak, I couldn't tell her what was wrong or where I was. I thank God that she realized something was very wrong. Because I couldn't speak she tried to trace the phone call. When she couldn't trace the call she tried to find out where I was by asking questions and having me tap on the phone receiver; once for "yes" and twice for "no."
Meanwhile, my sister Debbie had been trying to reach me on the phone, but she kept getting a busy signal. Because she was worried she called the operator and asked them to cut in on the phone line. The operator told her she couldn't cut in because it was an emergency situation, and they were trying to trace the call. Debbie explained who she was, and promptly gave the operator my address.
The next thing I remember was the sound of the ambulance coming down the street and the operator telling me that help was on the way. When the paramedic got to the house, he picked up the phone and I remember him telling her, "We're here. It's bad, I don't think he's going to make it." When I heard those words I gave up, and thought to myself, "Well God, here I come. I haven't been real good, but I haven't done anything real bad either. I hope I make it to heaven."
I don't remember the ride to the hospital in the ambulance, or the paramedics trying to get me to lay down on the stretcher, so they could put a tracheotomy tube into my throat to help me breathe, because I was drowning in my own blood. I don't even remember the emergency room doctor asking me if I wanted them to help me. I was in such bad shape that the doctors didn't know if I would live.
Two months later, as I stood in front of the mirror in my hospital room, I saw my face for the first time after shooting myself. What I saw was a swollen, mutilated, grotesque face, with a plastic brace screwed onto the outside of my shattered jaw to hold it together. At first I felt like I was in a bad dream, and that everything would be all right when I woke up. When I realized that what I saw was real, I tried to jump out the window of my hospital room. Thank God it was locked.
In the following months I had several surgeries to repair the damage I had done to myself. Some of the surgeries were so difficult that I was given the Last Rites. At one point I had seven major surgeries in thirty-five days, one of those surgeries lasted 14 hours. When I woke from the last of those surgeries I had new incisions on my face, both of my legs, my chest, my left side, my left arm, and my left wrist.
While I was in the hospital my parents had flown back from Guam, where they lived. They, along with my sisters, prayed that I would live. They witnessed to me about God's mercy, and told me that they were sure that God had a plan for me. In spite of several failed surgeries, I somehow kept my faith in God.
Over the next ten years I had major surgery every six months. Muscle was taken from my upper arm, my side and my chest to repair my face and the roof of my mouth, which was no longer there; blood vessels were taken from both my feet, and the top of my head to provide blood for the muscle transplants. Bone was taken from both my hips, the left side of my pelvis, and a rib from my right side to repair my upper and lower jaw; skin was taken from my upper thighs six different times to transplant to my mouth and sinuses. I barely recovered from one surgery before I went in for another one. After I had my twenty-first surgery I decided not to have any more. Even though the doctors told me they could do more, I had had enough.
While I was still having reconstructive surgery I met my wife Diane, and we were married in 1984. I adopted her daughter Melissa two years later. We then had a son, Dallas, and another daughter, Tawnya. In an effort to regain some semblance of a normal life I attended the Wilderness Guides and Packers School in Jackson, Wyoming, where I received my diploma as a certified hunting guide. Two years later I formed T.R. Michels Guide Service; booking hunts for several guides and outfitters in North America. I also guided for elk in New Mexico, and for goose, deer and turkey in Minnesota. For the next few years I was busy throughout the year booking hunts, guiding, and giving seminars at sport shows. Then, because I was away from home for much of the year, Diane left me.
During the first years of our marriage our family had attended church regularly. But, we had not been attending prayer meetings. After Diane left I felt the need for Christian fellowship, support and prayer, and I began attending a Catholic Charismatic prayer meeting in North Saint Paul, Minnesota. Within six months Diane returned home and our family began to regularly attend prayer meetings, with a renewed faith in the Lord.
One night while we were praying in tongues at the prayer meeting my son Dallas whispered to me that he wanted to pray in "tongues" too. But, he said he didn't know how. I told him, "Maybe you don't know how, but the Holy Spirit does, just let him do it for you." While I was talking to him I noticed that my youngest daughter Tawnya was praying in tongues, which she had never done before. And then Dallas began praying in tongues. I know now that they had both accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and that on that night they received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit; Dallas was eight years old, Tawnya was six. My oldest daughter Melissa gave her life to Christ later that same year; she was 13.
In 1999, Melissa became engaged to Greg Boehmer, who she had been dating since she was 13 years old. Later that year a local evangelist, Lowell Lundstrom, invited me to speak at the 2000 Wild Game Dinner at Celebration Church in Lakeville, Minnesota. Greg accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the banquet that night. Then, on Easter Saturday of 2001, five weeks before he married Melissa, Greg was baptized, confirmed and celebrated his first communion in the Catholic Church. I am proud to say that I now have another "Born Again" son.
I thank Jesus for dying on the cross for me, for coming into my life, for saving my life, for returning my speech and sight, for saving my marriage, and especially for saving my soul. Jesus is my Lord, and my Savior.
May God bless you and your family,
(From the book Witness; A Christian Hunter's Insights and Outlook ($9.95 + &5 s&h), by T.R. Michels, available in the Trinity Mountain Outdoor Products catalog.)
Have you ever asked yourself, "Why am I here?" or "What is the purpose of life?" Have you ever wondered, "Why do Christians believe in and worship God?" Those are questions most of us have asked ourselves or wondered about at some point in our lives
Let's narrow the questions humans often ask themselves about life, its meaning, and their own personal existence, down to the questions of those who believe that there is a God, and that Jesus is God.
Why are you here? The reason you are alive is because God wants to share his love with you; He loves you.
What is the purpose of life? Your purpose in life is to praise and glorify God and bring others to him, to testify to his love and his grace. Your destiny is to live with God in Heaven, forever.
Why do Christians believe in and worship God? Because they realize that some higher existence created the Universe, the World and everything it. They believe God created man (with his power of reasoning and his understanding of right and wrong, and good and evil). They also believe they should thank God for creating them, thank God for His eternal love, and thank God for His influence or guidance in their lives. Because God is so all-powerful and all-loving, they believe they should worship Him; by giving Him thanks and praise.
Why do Christians go to church, pray or ask questions of God? The usual answers are:
1. They do it out of a feeling of responsibility or guilt. Because they believe that it will save them.
2. They do it out of a need for fellowship. Because the music, sermon, communion and sharing their beliefs with others is uplifting.
3. They do it out of need to ask God for something. Because they are going through hard times.
4. They do it out of a desire to hear the Word of God. Because they are seeking answers to some difficulty in their lives
5. They do it out of a need to worship and praise God. Because they want to give thanks to God.
In other words, many people go to church because they need something: forgiveness; fellowship; physical, emotional or spiritual help; because they are looking for answers; or because they want to give thanks to God for something good in their lives.
In the end it all boils down to the fact that most of us are looking for help, and wondering where and how we can get it. We are all looking for something better than we have, That something is Heaven, living forever in God's presence, where we will need nothing. If you haven't figured it out yet, the way to get what you really want in life is by being saved: from need. The Bible says that in order to be "Saved" you have to believe in your heart and profess with your lips that Jesus is Lord (Rm. 10: 9). There are two requirements to fulfill before you can be "Saved." Not only must you believe in your heart, you must also profess with your lips; you have to say, "Jesus is Lord."
Many of us believe in our hearts that Christ is our savior, and we profess it to our families and friends. But, we may not profess it openly to others. The Bible tells us to "Proclaim the Good News." To proclaim means to announce officially. If you do not profess with your lips frequently and openly, so that all of those around you know your beliefs, you have not fulfilled both of the requirements needed for you to be saved.
If you are not a professing Christian, proclaiming your beliefs, how will others know what your beliefs are. How can they find you, or how can you reach out to them? God wants us all to "Proclaim the Good News" and reach out to everyone we come in contact with, to show them our love for Christ and our fellow man, to help them find and know Christ, so they can also be saved.
If you want to receive Jesus into your life, He will come, and He will change your life. All you have to do is say, "Jesus, I am a sinner, and for that I am sorry. Please forgive my sins and cleanse my soul. Thank you for giving your life for me on the cross. I ask you to come into my life, and to be my Lord and my Savior. Send your Holy Spirit to help me live my life, so that I can lead a life more like you and live with you in Heaven forever. Amen."
If you have any questions about life, God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or you need prayers, feel free to contact me: . I'm here to help you.
May God be with you always, your servant in Christ,
"Jesus is Lord" Rm.10: 9
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