Faces of CHRISTIAN LIFE, November 2017

November’s Faces of CHRISTIAN LIFE

 

FACES OF cHRISTIAN lIFE

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Samantha

I don’t have much of a story. I am 40(ish) and just gave my heart to Jesus last week. This Sunday I am getting baptized and am excited to tell the world! I believe my son and husband are next. I’m thankful he found me after all these years!

Casey

Fellowship is one of my favorite parts of the Christian community. Throughout my life and all of the ups and downs i have faced, my church family has always been there. There are many times of my life where without the encouragement and strength of other believers, I wouldn’t have made it. As Christians, it’s so important we help deepen one another’s roots and support each other through life’s crazy journey. It is only together that we can defeat the enemy.


Rachel

I have always known I would do ministry at some point in my life, but I always pictured it being later on. Thankfully, God’s plans are not our plans. I was presented an opportunity to help women out of sex slavery by a friend in bible study. I prayed about it and determined it was what God wanted for me. Most people thought I was crazy, but i quit nursing school (I had a full scholarship) and began to spend my time helping broken women and pointing them to Jesus. I know helping women out of trafficking is my calling now, and I will spend the rest of my life following him as he allows me to touch the hearts of hurting people by his grace. God’s will is so fulfilling!

Christopher

When I found the Lord, he gave my life back to me. After being in the military for over four years, my brain seemed to have been changed and rewired based on the things I experienced. I suffered severe mental and emotional problems, and turned to drugs. This led to me losing my marriage, child, and ultimately, hope. In a moment of desperation I cried out to God. He freed me from my trauma, substance dependence, and restored my wife and child to me. I will spend the rest of my life giving back and remembering where he brought me from.

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Faces of CHRISTIAN LIFE, October 2017

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CHristiAN PersPeCtives FroM ACross tHe WorLD

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Lacie

We all have different foundations God lays down in our souls. To some, it may be freedom. To others, it may be wholeness. To me, it is peace. When i accepted Jesus, he laid a foundation of peace in my heart. Peace i had spent my whole life searching for and that comes only from him. i had a chaotic childhood, leaving me living life in “survival mode.” it’s really no way of living at all. Now that God has replaced it with a mode of peace, i am able to trust people, take chances, and do more things. if i fail, that is okay. Because peace is my fountain. My message to the world is that when you accept Christ, he’ll uproot negative things you’ve learned to live with and give you gifts from heaven in their place.

Zeke

I had the privilege of going to Houston with a group of friends to help out with the flooding. it was life changing. Basically everyone living there had lost everything. I believe I saw God’s heart through all of the people there. Though there was more loss than most of us can begin to comprehend, the people were standing beside each other. Different races, genders, ages, and walks of life coming together to help each other. They seemed focused on all the blessings they had rather than the “curses.”  I went to help the people who had been suffering loss, but they helped me. They changed my perspective and attitude on everything that is important. Friends, pray for Texas.


Jasmine

For the past month or so, our church has been honing in on loving people. it sounds like such a cliché topic, but when studying it in depth and pursuing it with all of your heart, it starts to change you. My personality is very gentle and quiet … i am always being told how nice and caring and sweet i am. The last couple of weeks i have been challenging myself in that area. i have set my heart on love. Loving harder and deeper and stronger and more like Christ. i can already see the positive impact this is making in my life. My relationships are strengthening and deepening. Following the commandments of Jesus makes life truly rich!

Jason

Psalm 23, in my opinion, is the most powerful chapter in the entire Bible. i was a strong, active, established atheist. The first time i heard Psalm 23 was at the funeral of my 6-month-old brother. i was 20. When i heard the pastor read “He will lead you beside still waters, he will restore your soul,” God took over my heart and life with his presence. That scripture helped me instantly connect to God for the first time, and i have had unwavering and growing faith ever since. He is alive in prayer, scripture, and every situation

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Faces of CHRISTIAN LIFE, Septermber 2017

Christian Perspectives From Across the World

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Samantha Boutte

Medically, I wasn’t supposed to be born. My parents lost three kids before me. God fulfilled a promise to my parents when he let them keep me. My life began as a miracle and has been that ever since. I grew up “normal” until I started gaining excessive weight due to a thyroid problem. My first surgery was at the age of 12, then 16, 28, and 32. I also had a seizure disorder that paralyzed my life for five years. As I look back over my life, I see how God has walked with me through every second of my life. I have seen his grace. My faith has kept me going through all of this … I am glad I was the one chosen for this hard road, because this has helped me be like Jesus and represent God’s grace.

Trevor Morris

When I was 16, I tried to take my own life. My dad had chronic pain from a car accident and always had heavy pain medication prescribed to him. I tried to use his medication to end my life. ironically, I ended up living and he ended up dying a few weeks later. I did not want to be alive even after my life had been spared and went through several miserable years. one day I was searching for drugs and went up to a man I thought for sure could either sell them to me or give me a connection. His face was covered in tattoos, his clothes were rough, his hair was a mess. He told me he no longer involved himself in that kind of life and invited me to AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). Within three meetings, I had a desire chip and this man became my sponsor. He told me that Jesus was the only higher power. He began to disciple me and pray with me … he took me to church. today I am clean and sober and depend on Jesus every day. I know it is Jesus who kept me alive because he has a purpose for me.


Kaitlyn Vied

Eight years ago, I remember sitting on my parents’ floor frantically looking for my dad’s pistol that he kept under his bed. My parents left for a day trip and I was determined to put an end to my life. For a second I had to pause and wonder how I had gotten there. Was it the rejection I dealt with from being adopted? Was it the boy who took advantage of me when I was 6? Was it the individual who verbally and physically abused me? All I knew was that 14 years of life had been enough and I didn’t see any option or promise of hope. If God was real or good, he wasn’t concerned with me. but my story didn’t end there. God was watching out for me and through a series of events, my parents ended up sending me to a program called teen Challenge — it was there that I came to terms with God, it was there that i realized he was fighting for me. this journey has been hard, but God has been faithful. He has given me a joyful and adventurous life that was beyond anything I had ever imagined. I am so grateful.

Kevin Cummings

I believe the most important thing we can do for a person is pray for them. Words can move people, kind acts can touch people, example can inspire people. Prayer can change people. Prayer can heal people. Prayer can touch people. And prayer can bless people. I believe the prayers of others have saved me, and I believe my prayers are eternal investments in the lives of others. 

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