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Only God Satisfies - Jimmy Quinn


My name is Jimmy Quinn and this is my story:

"The story of how God called me into a relationship with Him is a miraculous story. As you read this, you may think it’s not miraculous, but any life transformed by God is a miracle.

When I was young, age 7, God called me into a relationship with Him. The things I remember about that day are odd. It was a Sunday morning at my very small Baptist church in Tulsa and my dad was there to walk me through what it means to be a Christ follower. I was wearing a yellow shirt and jeans and I remember exactly where I was and the passage that the pastor preached from. I didn’t have a full understanding of my sin at the time, but I knew that my sin was paid for by Jesus and I wanted to declare Him Lord of my life. Since then, I have strived to live for Jesus but have failed many times and will continue to fail until He comes back for us.

A light-bulb moment happened early on in college at UCO when I observed myself and friends trying to find satisfaction in worldly things. One morning after my roommate had a rough night, he said to me that despite trying to find fulfillment in the world, he still feels empty. And it was at that moment that I realized and understood that only God satisfies. There is a song that I love, and the chorus goes like this: this world has nothing for me, and this world has everything. All that I could want, and nothing that I need.

Halfway through college I started attending HHBC because my roommates attended and there was a really cute girl there (her name is Marisa Quinn) 

Marisa and I eventually married and started leading college Bible studies out of our home each week. We did this for about 3 years and during that time I learned how to crash and burn. When I joined the staff in 2008, I was raw, messy, and ministerially ignorant but I was blessed by having men pour into me and invest in me from the first day on the job. It was during these first years at HHBC that I had the biggest and most significant spiritual growth. During the early years of ministry, I remember going to staff Bible studies and just being blown away by God’s Word and how fascinating it is. I remember getting taught about the ministry of presence and how to value people. 

Next month will be 14 years at HHBC which is humbling to me because I know how messy I still am. I know that I struggle with spiritual disciplines. I know that I struggle with the sin of pride which is evident in my prayerlessness. I struggle with how to navigate leading my wife and my two girls in this culture. However, I also know the truth of the Scripture and our Lord and that His mercies are new every morning. 

My hope is that we learn to trust the promises of God each day. It’s easier said than done because I like to have all the answers and I like the feeling of control. But be reminded, only God satisfies."