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Unread 12-02-2001, 09:56 AM   #76
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All righty...here goes mine...
I was what some people like to call a Cradle Catholic. My church was started 20 years ago, and my parents were some of the founding members, so as you may have guessed, we were pretty involved in the church. Ever since I can remember, and probably much before that, I went to church on Sundays. I went because that is how it was. We go to church on sunday. That is how my family worked. I had such a strong, and positive background in the church, that i never saw it as me being dragged to church by my overbearing family. It was just the way it was. All through my early years, God was a huge part fo my life, but mostly in the little kid way...I hope that makes sense...I got into the junior high youth program and found out that God was so much more that I had always thought...Thats about where I actually started to bring God into my life myself. High school came around, and at our church we have a Student Ministry Team (a team of high schoolers who organize the rallies and retreats for the other kids)....both of my older sisters were on this team, so i thought I'd at least check it out...Not only did I find it was a great way to reach out to other kids my age, this team really brought me into a closer relationship with the Lord. Nopt to mention this team was full of cute girls..(but i swear that had nothing to do with it)...anyway....so i come before you today, in my first semester of college away from my church, my family, and my friends(all of whom kept me growing spiritually). I was scared about college...Not because I thought the classes would be hard, but I thought that living the life Christ wanted me to, and I wanted to could be hard. It is hard. Im not gonna lie....But I have found so much here to help me grow. I found an awesome community of some of the most amazing people at our church on campus. Not to mention the church, which is on my way to all my classes is open 24 hours a day...awesome opportunities there... anyway... the latest leg of my journey has been this board....As a cradle Catholic, with an all catholic family, and mostly catholic friends, I never took the time to look into what I believe...everyone here had forced me to do exactly that. To look at everything that I have always taken for granted and find out why I believe...So really....I want to thank all of you, for with your challenges has come a much more full appreciation of my faith...

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Unread 12-03-2001, 12:16 AM   #77
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i found god when i was in a satanic cult that worshiped the fifth ranking prince of hell. then i met a man by the name of noah. he talked to me about god and it made me happy. the leader of te cult was not happy about this and tried to do bad things to him. i knew it was possible to because the week earlier he had done some bad stuff(all spiritual) to this guy(physical hurts) at my school who was not nice. i was scared but no matter how much the cult leader did noah never was phased at all. then i dropped the cult and now it is god god god.

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Unread 12-27-2001, 11:17 PM   #78
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This is a testimony my pastor asked me to give at a communion service at my church. Hope you enjoy!!


Summer testimony

Pastor Terry has asked me to share with you tonight my experiences this summer as a counselor for a Christian summer camp. The camp that I worked for is called Fort Lone Tree, and it deals with children 8-12 years old in age, and it is in Capitan, New Mexico. The camp is very isolated and separated away from the rest of the world. There is no TV, no radio, and everything there is Christian. It is an awesome environment because of this, and it is a perfect place to minister to people who havenít accepted Christ as their Savior. There arenít any people on staff who arenít strong Christians, so the camp is always surrounded and anointed with the Holy Spirit. Being a counselor, I was in charge of a cabin that usually had about 6 or 7 campers in it, and I would spend time with and watch over them. I also tried to be aware of their status spiritually, how strong they were as Christians, and if they needed any discipleship or help in any area of their life. We also gave them many opportunities to come to Christ, thankfully which many took advantage of.
Every Monday we would get a new load of campers, numbering anywhere from 40 to almost 80 of them a week. They would get their stuff packed in, and then we had an orientation welcoming them and telling them about the rules. That first night they would become aquainted with the staff and we would get them into what is the regular evening routine. We had an evening game every night that had a spiritual application applied to it, and a camp fire, where there was worship and a message from the camp pastor. The pastor gave messages during the week that related to each other, and there would be humorous skits that the counselors put on that went with the message. As each sermon was given, it would build on the last one so that the campers got a good understanding of the subject we taught each week. We also had a morning time of worship, where more skits and messages were delivered.
Starting Tuesday, the campers did activities during the day. These activities included archery (which I instructed), riflery, drama, rapelling, horseback riding, the obstacle course, team building, pioneer skills, crafts, and rock wall climbing. The campers would get to go to each activity twice during the week. At each activity, they would get to participate in whatever the activity was, and we would give a corresponding devotional at the end that they could apply to their lives. So, as you can see, they were pretty much always immersed in the Gospel, and always learning something new. The camp was a perfect environment to minister and to grow spiritually. Every Saturday morning the campers packed up and went back home, and the staff would have about 2 days of rest before the next group came and the process started all over again.
Even though the purpose of the camp is to help children spiritually, anybody who works there usually becomes much closer to God. Since the camp is so out of the way, there is very little to hinder spiritual growth, God can show you things that can change the course of your life. I personally came much closer to God than I ever thought that I would. God has shown me that the worldly things in my life are unimportant, and that I need to put all my focus and thoughts on Him. One of the devotionals I taught at archery was the three basic things that we need in our spiritual life to stay on a straight path I compared these to the three feathers on an arrow, which keep the arrow flying straight on the path that you choose for it. They were reading the Bible every day, praying and spending time with God every day, and Christian fellowship. I said that if you are missing one of these ďfeathersĒ, you will not be able to follow the path that God chose for you in life. When I was going to school, I had some friends who were Christian, but I found myself associating with unbelievers constantly. It is hard not to when you go to a public school, but it was really hindering me spiritually and bringing me down. I have now decided that I will only hang out with Christians who are mature in Christ, only people who will be able to teach me new things and bring my relationship with God up instead of bringing it down or hindering my growth. I will still talk to non-Christians to maybe try to be an example for them or minister to them, but I have reserved spots for my close friends to only Christians who are at least mature in their walk with the Lord.
I also learned what it is to really read the Bible. I was reading mine before I got to camp, but I wasnít looking for things that God wanted to show me or really spending time with it. Before I was reluctant to read the Bible because I didnít get much out of it, but now itís almost all I want to do because God always shows me things and I just want to spend time with Him. The type of music I listen to has changed from always listening to secular bands to almost always listening to music that worships or glorifies God. I have found it much more fulfilling and uplifting since my mind is on God instead of whatever the songs I listened to talked about. Many people say that they donít pay attention to secular lyrics or that it doesnít affect their walk with God at all. That may be the case, but it doesnít at all uplift your relationship with God, or keep your mind on Him at all. I myself have come to a point where all I want to do all the time is keep my mind on and worship God through everything that I do. I also have made a decision to not watch most of what is on the TV. Earlier, watching it would consume my time and make me lazy. When I needed to be doing school work, I was watching TV, when I could have been reading my Bible or anything like that. TV started to take priority over much more important things because I always wanted to see if Billy and Sally would get together. Billy and Sally donít even exist, and if they did why would I want to know so much about them, itís meaningless. What is on the air these days really isnít very appropriate in the first place, none of the television shows I see ever glorify God, unless itís Touched By an Angel or something, and I have no desire to watch that show at all. Picking up a new skill or spending time with God is much better for you and much more productive than letting hours of time get lost in the airwaves. Donít get me wrong, Iíll still watch movies and stuff for entertainment now and then, but Iíve decided that most of my TV watching is out of the picture. I have also made the decision that I probably wonít date at all in High School, unless I feel that the relationship is part of Godís plan for my life. I will not be in a relationship unless I feel that person is my future wife, and I am not going to do things like kissing or hugging probably until Iím engaged. I donít want to do anything that would even remotely motivate me to sin. I also want my relationship and experiences with my wife to be as special as possible, instead of things that I had already done in the past. I want to be patient and wait on the Lord, because when my wife does come, I want our marriage to be based and centered on God, and I want my marriage to be as pure as it possibly can be.
Once I got home from camp, it was really tough. Being back in the world again and not being in an atmosphere filled with the Holy Spirit was hard for me, and I find that now I have to work much harder to keep growing in the Lord. Iíve realized, though, that the reason I could grow and learn so much at camp was because there was so little distraction by worldly things. I am now trying to get away from my involvement with those things as much as possible. From being in that environment, I have come to the point where all I want to do is worship and spend time with God, it is the most fulfilling thing that I can find to do. I am finally learning that my life isnít mine, itís Godís, and has been ever since I accepted Christ. God is showing me that I need to be telling others about Him instead of being neutral or lazy, because my life is devoted to His work. When I feel down, or I feel like I donít have the strength to witness to people or tell them about God, I can use this verse: Phillipians 4:12-13 ďI know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret to being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.Ē Thanks for giving me this time to share my experience with you.
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Unread 01-08-2002, 09:32 PM   #79
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finally a thread where extremely long posts are welcome i'm planning on posting my testimony in the next day or two, and i'm looking forward to reading some of my fellow CGRites' testimonies... well right now i'm off to bed...
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Unread 01-15-2002, 09:15 PM   #80
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i do'nt have a grand testimony or anything ....i was saved at a church camp in Nebraska...one of the counselors pulled me aside and asked if i knew Jesus as my personal savior, i said no, and he led me in a prayer...i was only seven so thats all i really remember..but even tho i don't really remember much of it, i have never regretted it God rules!
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Unread 01-18-2002, 12:35 PM   #81
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I intend upon typing my testimony... but it takes a little longer than I have right now. I don't have a grand testimony, either... Especially the whole, how I was saved, part. In fact, that can be told in under a minute... Also, I want to take some time & read some of the other ones you-all have shared...
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Unread 01-18-2002, 03:53 PM   #82
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'K... Here goes. I'm not even sure if this falls under "testimony" or simply "Life story". And to put it in the words of a friend of mine, "God has blessed me so much! He's given me so much! He's also brought me through so much..."
My dad was fifth of 6 boys. Grandma F. had 6 sons, the oldest 3 were born hearing, the youngest 3 were born deaf. This isn't entirely related, but I find this to be intriguing. Mom & dad were never married. My mom left my dad when I was 2. We moved in with her boyfriend. He was abusive. I don't remember anything, except what I've heard about it. The childrens aid society took me away and put me in a foster home... I vaguely remember my therapist, and social worker... After a long, drawn-out court battle, my grandparents ((mom's parents)) adopted me. I went to Sunday School from day one. I was saved in July, '88. During Sunday School opening. I don't know alot about what I was thinking... I know I was scared of Hell. I knew there was a Way to avoid Hell...
I went to public school till grade 7. ((I was 12, right??)) Mom had a son when I was 11. Sometime in there I started going over to her place for weekends. I saw my parents occasionally...
One month into grade 7, I was pulled from public school & changed churches, essentially overnight. I went to a Baptist church/school in the area. I won't deny that I learned alot there. I graduated high school at 16. Left the church shortly afterwards after a disagreement with the Pastor.
While there, alot changed in my life. The winter I was 13... it was the last day of November & mom was going to move, so my little brother came to stay with us. Thursday. Friday morning the pastor & teacher came to my desk and asked to see me in another room. I remember wondering what I'd done... if I was in trouble. They said that my mom had had a brain aneurysm. She was in a coma. She died 3 weeks later. Since then, 4 of my friends have died in car accidents. Back in grade school, a classmate had a brain tumor & died...
I left there... My family had already left that church, so when I left, I naturally went where they were attending. I've since gotten involved in basically everything there is going on. I work at Awana, Sunday School, play keyboard, lead songs, help with the jr. youth, and for awhile, I ran youth group for kids my own age. I'm still involved in a couple different ministries, but I've cut back so that I can be IN church. So I can learn more...
Last year was a great year in my life. I learned some hard lessons about relationships. ((I suppose I wouldn't have learned them as well if it had been easy, eh?)) I also got the opportunity to work at camp, and loved it! I was nervous, but it was great. I still keep in touch with some of the girls... Since camp, I've been closer to God than ever before. It's a struggle to stay faithful with my devotions sometimes, but I want to spend time with God. I've made some great friends who push me to grow as a person & as a Christian... ((sidenote, I also started taking guitar lessons last summer. I'm currently learning--slowly--barre chords.)) Hmm, I think that's all. I'm changing churches now. Unfortunately, most times when I go into my home church, the family church, I get very frustrated. I've been the only person in my age group since forever... I love all the older people. in fact, these people have known me all my life. But I want to be with some younger people, too. I need something a little closer to where I am...
Well, that didn't take as long as I figured it would. When I speak it, it takes 20 minutes!! But maybe that's just 'cause I talk too much...
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Unread 01-18-2002, 03:54 PM   #83
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Wow danalynn. If you're comfortable, Pm/email me I also live in Ontario and might know of a good church near you. (I've got connections )

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Me and my Testimony

....I was raised in a church for the most part of my early life. At the age of 12 I was diagnosed with as being a Diabetic; this posed a great deal of questions in my life. I wondered how a God that loved me would do something like this to me. At this time I became an agnostic (I do not believe you can be an Athiest) and went into a "goth" stage. All my friends were Satanists and they were all into drugs. I listened to Marilyn Manson and his lryics started to relate to me (or so I thought). I began huffing white-out and the such. Suicide entered my mind a couple of times. It failed, which is a very good thing. During that summer a very good friend of mine (who was also far from God) attended Camp Caleb (it is a church camp where the dean of students from Liberty University speaks) and he came back changed. He drug me to church once with him and that Wednesday changed my life.
Within those two years I have grown extremely in my Christian life. God has allowed me to see his purpose for my life and I have persued music greatly (for Him of course).
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Unread 02-20-2002, 12:31 PM   #86
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My testimony isn't anything like ... " i went away from christ and then i came back... and then this and then that...." not that I'm bashing it at all because everyones testimony is different and it depends on what god has instore for all of you. anyway hear it is...
When i was First conceved my mother and father were in the world, they were going to parties every night, and My father was selling drugs.... and they were an all around horrible place. about 6 months into my mom's pregnacy she had a dream that I was going to have clef mouth ( a seperation of your pallet) this dream wasn't just any dream it was like a warning and even while my mother was in the world she cried out to the lord begging for me to be spared. When I was born the first thing she did was run her hand over my gums to see if i had clef pallet.... I didn't... even in that early hour I was saved for the lords work. I could have had many things wrong with me that would have interfeared with what I want to be (a missionary) so... remeber god really does know you before you were concevied.
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Well my testimony isn't really as serious or anything as other people anymore but here it goes...

My parents didnt raise me in the chruch so i knew nothing about God. From the ages 5-12 i was sexually abused and nearly raped on more than one occasion. at the age of 13 i started in with drugs...and sucuide ((which thank God did not work)) and now i am at the age 14...I am struggling with Depression...but also living my life for God...i got saved at the age 13...so in a way i was in God but left Him for a short time. and well thats mainly my testimony...God Bless Everyone...and i have learned a little bit reading other poeoples testimonys. Forever in Christ><>Theresa<><
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Okay, so I can't say I have this profound story, but yet that would be wrong to say. I find it profound that God spared me from so much and allowed me to be raised in a Christian home (well, for my first 15 years anyway). I accepted Christ at an early age.
Honestly, no one said anything profound to me, I didn't walk down an aisle in front of thousands of people. I just remember playing outside of my grandmom's house one day and just feeling like I needed to accept Christ as my Savior, b/c I hadn't remembered doing so. I went inside and my mom prayed with me.

I can post more about defining moments, but I think I'll make a new thread for that.

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Unread 04-29-2002, 03:59 PM   #89
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Your testimony was really moving. I have a friend who too had a really bad time in his teens. He was saved a couple of years ago and bit by bit where there was hurt and wounds from that God has been comforting him, showing him love and slowly healing him.

Knowing that you too have God working in your life is wonderful. Be patient, God does a thorough job.

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HEY! My umm well my testimony was from God and God alone. God choose for me to go though some things in life FOR HIM. and I didnt realize that til well honestly just now. Like just today. I love God and i try daily to worship Him with my life...but we all fall. But i have learned i need to pick myself up and dust myself off and REPENT (which is a hard one for me) and move on. I still struggle with lots and lots and lots of things. But i know God forgives and FORGETS. All i have to say is this: "who you are doesn't determine what you do...but what you do doesn't determine who you are"-Bruce Humphery. Well if anyone would like to email me or something or talk to me on instant messanger.
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