Pastor David Kiesling
How did I come to place my trust in Christ? When I was a boy, my mom would take me and my brothers and sisters to church regularly. She would always have a Christian radio station playing called Moody Bible Radio, 90.1 FM. I would hear this often and wake up to this.
One day, a Sunday school teacher took me out of class. I was doing something I should not have been doing. He explained to me the Bible tells us we all have sinned and have fallen short. I knew this; I often would swear, lie, steal, etc, even at my young age of seven. My Sunday School teacher told me Jesus died for me personally on the cross. Jesus took my sins on Him. He died for me. I always thought it was only the other guy Jesus died for. I didn’t think it was just for me, but it was. He told me the Bible said Jesus must be asked to forgive your sins; He must be invited into your life. He asked me to pray and ask Jesus to be my Savior, and I did. This was at Bethel Bible Church in Evergreen Park, Illinois.
Since then, I stopped stealing, lying, and (it was hard and I had to constantly work at it, but I stopped) swearing as well. Jesus ought to make a difference in life.
I decided to go to Moody Bible Institute in downtown Chicago. I finished there and then worked at Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. I became an assistant pastor at Grace Bible Church in Berwyn, Illinois. Then I became the Pastor of Hessville Bible Church and have been serving there since since January of 1991.
It is by God’s grace through faith in Christ that one’s sins are forgiven. Paul tells us that salvation is a gift of God, lest anyone should boast. I praise God for His grace given to me and that the Bible tells me that His grace is more than enough.
Romans 3:23; 3:10-12; 5:8; 5:12; 4:4-5; 5:20; 6:23; 10:9,10,13; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:1-7; John 1:11-12; 6:47; 10:27-29
Thoughts from Pastor Dave
My family and I strive to do God’s will. I have been here for twenty-five years, spreading the gospel to everyone I meet.
It is my heart’s desire and prayer to God that we would continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord, just as the Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 3:17-19, “That Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith; that we, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.”
As we abide in Christ, we will rescue those in false doctrine; we will comfort those who received no comfort in their place of worship; we will turn souls to the Savior. Together, brethren, we are ambassadors for Christ, doing the Lord’s work and the Lord’s way, for the glory of our Lord. As the Apostle Jon said in 1 John 3:1, “Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…”
May the Lord bless you abundantly as you live for Him!