Hello! My name is Nick Graff and this is my family…
I grew up in a big family.
My Mom has 11 siblings and my Dad has 6… I have 5.
Our family reunions are pretty cool and we are a diverse bunch.
I was the goof off in school. I got bad grades and my mind wandered into different worlds.
I was always causing trouble and going to the hospital for broken bones.
Fortunately, I found a woman to reel me in.
My wife is a normal person.
When we got married she asked me to go to church with her because i hadn’t been in a few years.
I couldn’t believe what I saw…
The singer was jumping up and down, the audience was raising their hands to worship God, and the pastor told a good story that got me interested.
I kept going back for a few years and I would say that I WANTED to go.
When I was a kid, I had to play GameBoy in church to keep from hurting one of my brothers.
In 2009, I gave my life to Jesus.
I always believed in God, but I never knew that I could have a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe.
It kinda made sense to me that if God created me, He probably knows what is best for me.
I had made a mess of life and He was cleaning it up.
Now I have a very deep purpose in life.
I have learned from scripture that once you give your life to Jesus, you are promised heaven…
Romans 10:9 – If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
And then I learned that works serve a different purpose in God’s view than what I was taught growing up. Every good deed I did had no weight on whether or not I would go to heaven; only faith did.
But, after I am saved, I can still earn rewards…
Matthew 16:27 – For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.
And since eternity is such a long time, I want to work hard in the name of Jesus.
If you are on the fence about your faith and would like to talk… send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few other resources…
My church: Chapel.org
Safe place to explore questions about God: EveryPerson.com
Clip from “The Passion of Christ” depicting Jesus dying for our sins: YouTube Video
15 min video about what hell is really like: YouTube Video
Proof that God is bigger than we can imagine: YouTube Video