I (David Campbell) would like to give a testimony
of the way I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ. I was born April 25, 1959 and born again
on April 23, 1972. I was brought up in the Church and asked the Lord to come into my life
and be the Lord of my life and to save me from my sins at the age of 13, on April 23,
1972. As I became older I drifted far from the Lord. I started partying with friends at
school at the age of 17. Had to move out of my parents house at the age of 18 because I
was too wild. I decided to join the Army after that in hopes it would help me. WRONG - it
was like throwing gas on a fire. The partying became worse. After 3 years in the service I
decided to get out and moved back home. Still partying and running from God (and preachers
that would come to our house) yes I would go out the back door as they came in the front
door. I actually thought that the Church was full of hypocrites and did not want any part
of it. I ended up spending 3 days in jail for DUI and causing my parents more and more
grief. Needless to say I was living a life that was not pleasing to the Lord.
I would rather tell what the Lord has done for me then to get into more details of the
bad things I have done. I have a Christian Mother who prayed for me constantly. At the age
of 26 I came to the end of my rope. I knew about Jesus and some of the Bible. I really did
not want to be a Christian because I did not think I could be one and thought that it
would stop all the fun I thought I was having. But by the grace of God, He brought several
genuine Christian men into my life and they actually were full of the love of Christ.
Imagine that, it was the fruit of the spirit in others that finally got my attention. This
Christian thing was real not just and act.
I was living in a one bedroom apartment at this time by myself and knew I had to do
something to get my life straightened out. I knelt down by my bed and told the Lord I
wanted my life to change and I needed Him to help me. I ask Him to forgive me of my sins
and ask Him to help me to live a life that was pleasing to Him. I told Him I could not do
this on my own and I definitely would have to have His help. In November 1985 I
rededicated my life to Jesus Christ. I wanted to tell people I was saved so I went forward
at Church and told the Church publicly that I had repented wanted to rededicate my life to
Jesus Christ. I also wanted to be baptized again because I was not sure I did it for the
right reason the first time. I was baptized again to show my faith and obedience to Jesus
Christ. Since then the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit has changed my life.
LIFE IS GOOD now that I know I am saved by the grace of God and the blood of the Lamb.
I have had many days that the old self has shown its ugly face but it is great to know
that Jesus died for my past, present and FUTURE sins. I am so glad the Lord changed me
because I know I could not have done it myself. I still have a long way to go and know
that I will never be perfect until the good shepherd takes me home to be with Him. I am
presently trying to spend as much time as I can seeking the Savior as I know that the more
time you spend with someone the more you will start acting like them.
I was and still am very excited and enthusiastic about the fact I am going to spend
forever with the Lord Jesus Christ. The one that bought and paid for me with His very own
blood. I look forward to the day that God will call His Church from this earth to be with
Him. This encourages me every day as I think about it.
I am married. My wife (Pauli) and I have been married since December 5, 1986. We have a
daughter named Carla and a son named Caleb. I praise the Lord for blessing me with
my wife, daughter and son. He
was merciful to send me such a help mate and wonderful family. Thank you for taking the time
to read this.
A Prodigal Returned,
1 Timothy 1:12-16
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me
faithful, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a
persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.
The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that
are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ
Jesus came into the world to save sinners--of whom I am the worst. But for that very
reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display
his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive
The Apostle Paul
David Campbell -
The Prodigal's Return