If I were to describe myself in one sentence it would be as follows: I am an ordinary Christian man empowered by an extraordinary God. Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Apart from Christ I am extremely limited, but when I put my faith and trust completely in Him, there’s no telling what can be accomplished. [...]
As a child I was raised Mormon. I spent a lot of time in the Mormon church and was taught the truths by the standards of the Mormons. I was taught that God is a big guy in the sky who is impersonal and judgmental. Jesus Christ was not God, but a great prophet. Sin was drastically punished, and I was expected to live up to high expectations that were impossible in order to prove I was worthy to go to heaven. I was taught that works were the ultimate sacrifice to God, and I could never know Him personally. I was told that Mormonism was a part of Christianity. [...]
When you think of a father, what comes to mind? Someone who protects you or someone who was hardly in your life? Unfortunately, because of the fallen state we live in, even the best of fathers fall short. But there is one Father who will never fall short or stop loving us; God the Father. God was called Father by His son Jesus Chr [...]
My head was in his lap and I was looking up at the ceiling, wondering how I had gotten here. My little girl hopes and dreams were flashing right before my very eyes. My heart felt like it was literally being torn apart. My husband’s soft hands were brushing away the hairs surrounding my face. “Shannon, do you really think that this is Gods will?” In that moment, that very tiny moment in time, it was like a lightbulb that had been flickering for days finally flashed all the way on and shined bright. “No,” I said. “No, it can’t be.” [...]
My story is a story of failure. I tried to gain fulfillment on my own, and every time I was left searching. Once I realized that my story was not about me, but was about Jesus, only then did I find satisfaction. [...]
On my own and vacant from the Lord, I become the enemy because I have no defense against sin. This makes my life aimless and its journey always leads to impossible predicaments. Using my willpower to dig myself out of the hole makes matters worse and leaves me in spiritual darkness. [...]
Six years ago my first child was born. Like every first time Dad I expected to have the perfect baby girl. I’d prayed about it. I knew God was going to show up. Her birth would be just right. Quick and painless. A series of events meant this didn’t happen. Instead of a beautiful birth my wife needed an emergency Caesar. And my precious daughter was born with a soft palate cleft. This is when there is a hole in the roof of the mouth which makes feeding difficul [...]
God is still in the miracle healing business. Here is proof.
I was born and raised as a Catholic. I was told that I was "baptized" into the gates of heaven as a baby. I had always been told that if you were a good person and did the best that you could, that when you died, you would go to heaven. [...]
I was born in South Africa to amazing parents. I was the middle child, having an older brother and a younger sister.
Growing up we went to church, but for me at least there was no relationship with God. Most Sundays I would pretend to sleep in as long as possible so that I did not have to go to Sunday school. One of the few memories I have of church back then is that the pastor spoke about hearing God talk to him. At the time, I remember thinking, “God doesn't still talk to people.” [...]
I have a story to tell you.
A story with its broken, unpolished, in-between messy bits peaking out - as it should be. The beauty in telling these raw stories is that what once was in the dark is brought into light. There is something truly freeing about that, it's completely unbinding, and it cheers your soul that you are free to be. Free to be you, the unedited, authentic version of you. [...]