Testimony of Dan Morell
As a teenager I began a search for the truth which was mingled with drugs (including mind altering psychedelics), booze, spiritism, the occult, false gods, fast cars, surfing, skateboarding, parties, “christian rock,” rock music (lots of concerts) and many other wrong, sinful, destructive, selfish, rebellious directions (grew up in So. California)…although my search was genuine I was enjoying the pleasures of sin and was slowly (?) killing myself.
Little did I know, I was a child of the devil and did not even realize it. I was «Hell Bound» on a run away freight train that was sinking fast. I was loosing my grip on reality and needed something: but I was not sure what. I continued to run away from everything and anyone that tried to reach out to me.
I attacked, with a fury, any form of authority, because I was my own god. The pinnacle of my rebellion was to “run away” to the Navy (I’ll show them!) and abandon everyone and everything I previously knew. My dad dropped me off at the bus station so I could gain that freedom «I deserved.” I could see from my seat on the bus that my dad was crying. This did not make sense, because my dad never cried! (He was a California State Trooper). This left an indelible mark upon me.
At the age of 18, as a young sailor, my search for the truth intensified, driven by a thirst, I desired answers to life’s questions. I was empty and alone! This search started with the examination of several religious orders, including: The Mormons, Metaphysics, Eastern religions, Catholicism, self-help books and countless other erroneous ways (still on dope), none of which, while interesting, quenched my thirst for the truth.
I was still empty and longing for something real.
Isaiah 55: 1-3 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
At the age of 20, While still in the Navy, I began to be visited by a overly persistent man named Patrick Tafoya, who was “one of those fanatical, born-again Christians” this guy would not leave me alone …I wished he would just go away! He did not!
(I am glad he did not give up!), Pat would drop by the data processing office at night when I was the only one working and quote the word of God to me. He often spoke of the «Blood of Jesus.» He always seemed to have some literature for me to read. I received a gospel tract called “the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error” which compared modern cults and false religions with the Bible. This left a huge impact on me, and the seed
Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
that was planted, early in childhood, by my maternal great grandmother “Granny Grace” was beginning to germinate in my heart. I agreed to visit church with Pat and his family and the preaching was hot and convicting….I resisted the working of the Holy Ghost for several more services until I could no longer resist. “…never man spake like this man.
John 7:46b …Never man spake like this man. (Jesus Christ)
The preacher preached from:
Romans 8:14-17 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
and I knew that I did not have that father/son relationship with God that he spoke of.
Praise the Lord, sometime in February 1984 (I did not record the day, but remember it distinctly).
I bowed my knee to the Lord Jesus Christ, repented of my sins, and received HIM that wonderful day as my personal Saviour. He reached way down and my burdens were lifted.
I was washed in God’s own blood. Forgiven!! Heaven bound, A son of God!
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Jesus has the best deal going! He brought me out of the miry clay and set my feet on the solid rock …and I still haven’t gotten over it. My search for truth ended when Jesus Christ the Savior found me! Praise God!
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
I have a wonderful Christian family and Church family, have been active in 5 good KJB Churches and now pastor in Northwest Ohio …The LORD is good!
It is only by His Grace I can do anything …He’s seen fit to use me for His glory!
I was born again by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ 22 years ago at age 20 while serving in the United States Navy. The Lord reached down, Pulled my feet from the miry clay and set my feet on the Rock to stay.
Praise His name!
I have had the opportunity to serve in several KJB churches over the years and now am following my call as a pastor in a small town in North West Ohio.
I am also a vetran woodworker/trim carpenter/ kitchen designer as my secular trade.
God has been very good to me a blessed me with a wonderful family in the Lord;
Susan my wonderful wife and three children.
Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
I would love to here from you.