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Who am I?
This is Pat Schmitz writing. My primary identity, my hope for life and eternity, is in my Lord Jesus Christ. I am a redeemed sinner who has been saved by grace through the blood of Christ.
“God does not look at riches, titles, learning, beauty, or anything of the kind. One thing only God does look at, and that is the immortal soul. He measures all men by one standard, one measure, one test, one criterion, and that is the state of their souls.” (J.C. Ryle, Thoughts for Young Men)
I grew up near Washington, DC as the sixth of eight children. To anyone reading, including family and friends, I especially hope that my sharing and writing would stir your heart’s affections for the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and that I would see you in heaven forever redeemed in Christ, because you repented of your sin and trusted Him.
Coming to faith
“Facing Jesus when you die. If you’re ready, nothing better; if you’re not, nothing worse.” – John Piper
I repented and trusted in Christ while in college. I heard the gospel clearly explained on October 14th, 2010, by a friend, Elliott Daniels, who explained to me that we are all sinners, that Jesus is who He said He is, and that we need to repent and to receive God’s grace in Christ as a free gift. “We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment” (Isaiah 64:6). “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Since that time when I heard the gospel and believed, I’ve had new desires to pray, read the Bible, and to know and follow Christ in the fellowship of the church. Much of what I share in this blog involves what I’ve learned since following Christ. I hope that what’s here can help you.
If you have more questions, I would encourage you to ask a pastor at a church near you where the gospel of the Bible is faithfully preached. For resources about where to find such a church, I think that these resources may be useful: https://www.9marks.org/church-search/ or http://churches.thegospelcoalition.org/.
When I began following Christ in college, some friends called me “Passion.” I made “PassionSchmitz” my Twitter and Instagram name, and then my blog came a few years later with the same name.
Since I have repented and trusted in Christ, he has become my passion, my desire, and my hope in life and eternity. Jesus Christ, the risen Son of God, is the only one who can truly satisfy the human soul. God speaks in the Bible: “my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13). Christ not only endured physical torment on the cross, but “he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace” (Isaiah 53:5). For the joy that was set before him Jesus endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2). My passion, my desire is to know Christ, the fountain of living waters (John 4:14, John 6:35), and to make him known, for his glory and for the everlasting joy of his redeemed people.