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Testimony of
Jason Crebo

 Long time personal friend of the Andres'
 Valued member of
 Open Door Baptist Church
 Missoula, MT

Table of Contents
1. Jason Crebo, #37
2. Early on
3. Sports
4. My Roommate was Different
5. Conviction
6. Confirmation
7. Feeling Worse
8. A Pamphlet similar to this One
9. Jesus Came
10. How about You?
11. A New Start
12. Example: Prayer of Repentance
13. Thanks
14. It had been an Undefeated Season
15. Place an Order

"My Pursuit"

Jason Crebo, #37
(John 3:7 "...you must be born again ...")
3 time All American and Big Sky Conference Defensive Most Valuable Player
With merely seconds left in the game, "The Kick" brought the score to 22-20. As the clock hit zeros, 32,000 fans were screaming our victory and swarming the field. The University of Montana Grizzlies had just won their First national Championship! I stood in the midst of it all, realizing this was the culmination of my training, hard work, achievements, and goals. I was where I always wanted to be and yet the thought of my heart was:

Early on
My mother and adoptive father saw to it that I had the opportunity to succeed in life. However, the death of my dad in a boating accident when I was 15 caused me to think about life after death and wonder if there was a God. Of course my mother, relatives, and friends were there for me, but I lacked a father figure and I became a confused kid. I began to seek an outlet for my frustration.

I found that outlet in sports, especially football. My happiness and contentment hinged upon my success. I eventually received a football scholarship to the University of Montana. I accomplished all the goals I thought would give me fulfillment. I was loved and accepted by my family, friends and community, but my happiness was only temporary. On the outside I had fame, prestige, and was experiencing everything that came with being in the limelight. But inside I knew I was missing something and even winning the National Championship could not fill the void.

My roommate was different
This began my pursuit for a real purpose in life. During the next six months, I noticed one of my roommates was different. I had known him in high school, but he had changed. He had peace, happiness, and most importantly, freedom from his sin. He began to tell me about how Jesus Christ had changed his life. I was drawn to what he said about "receiving Jesus as his personal Savior" and "knowing he was forgiven of his sin". He gave me a Bible and I began to read it and ask questions.

I started to feel uncomfortable with the sinful way I was living. God, Jesus Christ, or religion had never been a part of my life, but I began to attend church to help me feel better, but that didn't relieve my burden.

I was now 21 years of age and I decided to seek out my biological father. I thought maybe meeting him would provide the answers for which I was looking. I was surprised to find that he had received Jesus Christ also, and it had changed his life dramatically.

Feeling worse
Because of these events and what I read in the Bible, I saw that there was a God and that I was accountable to Him. The thought of dying and going to hell began to haunt me and I was afraid to meet Him in my condition. I felt lost, alone and empty.

A pamphlet similar to this one
On March 27th, 1997, I began to read a pamphlet, similar to this one, written by the Billy Graham ministry. It showed me that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and that only through Him could I be forgiven. Jesus died to pay the penalty that God demanded for my sins, and rose from the dead to give me eternal life.
So, I knelt by my bed and humbled myself before God. My heart was broken, sorrowful, and guilty because of my sin. I cried out for Jesus Christ to forgive me and save me. I did what God required in His Word: "... repentance toward God, and faith toward our lord Jesus Christ."

Jesus came
I believed Jesus would save me, and He did! The burden of sin began to be lifted immediately. My fear of death and hell were replaced with peace, love and joy. The empty void in my heart was gone!!!
The important part was getting to where I saw my need of Jesus Christ and His forgiveness, and then calling upon him in repentance and belief that He would save me. God said, "for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." I didn't just "turn over a new leaf" or "get religion". I became a child of God by faith in Jesus Christ and was born again. Soon afterwards I was Baptized, by immersion, in obedience to Christ and showing publicly that I had received the Gospel of Christ into my heart.

How about you?
Obviously, the events in your life are different from mine, but we all face the same questions: Am I going to heaven or hell? How can I be free from my sinful habits? Where can I find true peace and joy? How can I be right with God?
All of these questions can be answered in putting your complete faith in JESUS CHRIST, not in a church, your good works, a religion, or even Baptism.

"For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast."

A new start
God is offering you a new start and a purpose in your life through Jesus Christ. Do you see your need of Him? If He is speaking to you, please stop and find a place alone and humble your heart before Him. In your won words, repent of your sins and receive Jesus Christ. He will forgive you and hear your sincere prayer!

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Example: Prayer of Repentance
Lord Jesus, I humble myself before you. I know I am a sinner and repent of my sins against you. I believe you died on the cross by my sins and rose again. I believe you are the Son of God. Please forgive me of my sins and come into my heart and save my soul. Thank you for dying on the corss for me and having mercy upon me. Help me to follow you from this day forward. Amen!

"Boast not thyself of tomorrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth."
"Behold now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation."

Thank you for your time in reading my story. My prayer is that you may experience the love of Jesus Christ in your heart as I have and continue to follow Him.

It had been an undefeated season, 14-0.
We were preparing for a second consecutive National Championship. My college career was at its peak, but my life was in a downward spiral. It was obvious: "There was more to life!"

"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his soul?" Mark 8:36

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Missoula, MT 59806


G. Steven Andres
Psalms 45:17
Missionary Evangelist
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