Global Forgiveness Day

 

The Day to Forgive,

the Day to be Forgiven!


Saviour's Day?  Before Him...

 

Saviour's Day? When was the last time you told someone your story, your testimony of how you became a born again Christian...what your life was like before Him?

That’s what Saviour’s Day is all about. It’s celebrated just one day a year (1st Sunday in May) but hopefully it’s something we do much more often than that! Saviour’s Day is not just a time to share the Gospel…it’s a time to share your story.  When you tell someone about your life before Christ, how you lived and how He found you, the circumstances that brought you to accept His love and forgiveness, we are blessed and encouraged!

Everyone has a story. We’d love to hear how your relationship with the Lord began. To add your testimony please E-MAIL it to us.  

 

"And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony..."  Rev 12:11 ESV


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Thursday
Apr212011

Driven to live a purpose filled life...

Driven to live a purpose filled life I knew I was not a product of my environment but my future and environment was to be a product of me.

As young as I can remember I lived with my grandmother because my father was physically abusive and my mother fell into depression. I lived with my grandmother until I was in grade 8 (13 years old) where I decided to put myself into a foster home because I was living with three schizophrenic uncles one of which was sexually abusive towards me. The home was full of chaos and anger and I too was angry and so full of pain I wanted to take my life. I remember a time sitting at the edge of my bed and holding a butter knife to my stomach thinking that might work. I tried so many times to run away but didn't know what I would be running to only what I was running from.

I lived in group homes and foster homes and had no one I really trusted in my life. I turned to dating guys, unknowingly trying to find a safe place, someone to look up to, someone to love me. I just always wanted to be loved but I was so broken, so I too attracted broken people in my life. Because of a series of bad choices and a lack of guidance, I ended up getting pregnant at 16 years old and had my son two weeks after my 17th birthday.

At 19 years old, the fostercare "system" lets you free into the world. I knew I would be okay but was I ever scared. I always had top grades, and always had at least one person in my life at a time who told me they believed in me and I would grow into an influencer. I never saw life as a burden rather a blessing and wanted to use my life experiences to help others. But how?

I worked full time and had to survive. I had no drive to go to school to further my education and was firm on not getting in debt or taking out loans. I fell in to the 9-5 grind 40 hours a week, but was this really to be the rest of my life, at a low paying job.&! nbsp; I went from job to job thinking there had to be more to life, there had to be more.
I went from guy to guy, church to church, school to school, job to job, the only common denominator I saw was me. I had to change, I knew I was created for greatness.

Lost in this world having no clue what my purpose was, I turned to finding acceptance in parties, drugs, sex and "friends." My life got so low I didn't know what to do any more.

A friend invited me to church and I felt so moved in that short time, I wept and wept. I always knew of God but never knew the relationship one could have. I had no faith in people, in this world, and in a god but I didn't see what else there was to turn to so I tried to challenge Him in that moment. I "told" God that if he was really real, to take my pain away from me so when I leave the church I will be painless. God revealed Himself to me when I left those doors and really had the weight of the world, lifted from my shoulders. I now know its on the cross.

God has turned my life into a miracle and guided me to an even more immence passion for wanting to help people. I have amazing support systems like the World Wide Dream Builders Organization who mentor people to live a purpose driven life and help them change from students to mentors, to pay it forward. Through this team, I meet with families on a day to day basis and see so many broken lives looking, searching for light. I have been blessed, and live to serve and bless others to help them know the purpose to which they have been called, to provide hope, and live as a woman after Gods own heart.

Tamara Sawrie

Tuesday
Jun012010

My Story

I wrote this poem on November 18, 2007. This came to me as my husband and I were going through a separation as he was struggling with an alcohol addiction. I’ve gone to church since I was a child and was heavily involved in my teen years. As I moved out of home and got married, my faith wavered in and out. I married a man who was not a Christian, but believed things would work themselves out because I prided myself on being open-minded. When the effects of my husband’s addiction became so much so that we could not just ignore it anymore, God became my rock again - there were days I did not know how I got through save for the grace of God. We have three beautiful children, and in them God revealed to me the purpose for my need to be strong - they were watching and God knew that I needed to show them where true strength comes from - from faith in God and the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ. I have learned a lot in the last year as my husband and I have rebuilt a new relationship - one where we both now are Christians. As I look back on what a difference a year makes, I know that God needed for us both to go through this together because we both needed to find him - for me - I needed to find my way back to him, and for my husband - he needed to find God to save his life. God is good and I am grateful for all he has taught me. My husband has been sober for over 240 days. I know that whatever lies ahead, he will help us get through. 

I came to your altar,
and I knelt down
on my knees
I closed my eyes
and looked into 
the black, empty space.
I thought I came for you,
but really I had come 
for me, 
so I found nothing
where I thought there should 
be something.
But how could this be?
I wasn’t willing or
ready to hand myself
over to you, 
to let go of me
to trust you.
And now I come back to you
just as I am
and I fall on my knees
and I bow down
and give myself over to you
I am filled by you
because I have always
been living on empty.
I close my eyes
and look into the face of love, 
forgiveness,
strength.
I come here for you
because I am nothing
without you.

Tanya
Victoria, B.C.

 

Tuesday
Jun012010

Have you ever felt lost?

Daniel Butler

Have you every felt lost? Have you ever felt like something was missing in your life?

I grew up being a catholic for most of my life. I have always believed in Jesus, but in my childhood, I would never spend any time praying or reading  scripture, I use to spend most of my day watching TV or playing video games which was laziness in every aspect including spiritually. I was addicted to sexual pleasures of  the flesh for years. All of these things left me feeling empty with no fulfillment, like there was a void in my life. The ways of wrong were in my daily activity. I was spiritually blind and did not see the errors of my ways. I was disrespectful to my parents. In my speech filth and profanity. I did not have the Lord in my life. When I was nineteen, a serious revelation in my Commitment to God occurred, I examined my life and I started to realize just how much the Lord was calling me. There were many events of hardship in my life were times when I should have called out to Jesus Christ. I realized that I wanted a stronger relationship with my God, I at first was crushed emotionally thinking it was to late to develop a deep relationship with God. I viewed my self as such a wretched sinner, that I deserved hell. I condemned my self. I knew that in everyway I was guilty I wondered would God forgive me. I hated the actions I committed in my past . My spirit was crushed and burdened, godly sorrows soon flooded my heart, pain consumed my soul, and I felt in every way hopeless. The thought of not honor Jesus Christ’ sacrifice on the cross hurt, but then it hit me, God’s mercy is everlasting and he wants us to come back to him. For it is only through our Lord Jesus Christ that we may have our relationship with God.

I cried out to the Lord Jesus Christ, I said that I forgave everyone that ever that wronged me and asked him to forgive me , and asking him for a heart of flesh, to remove any stony areas in my heart, to give me a heart of purity, and soon after things changed. A deep love for God  developed. I started to change for the better. I really started to turn from my  terrible ways and behavior.

 I developed hatred of sin in my daily life and I did want to go back to any of those habits that were spiritually unhealthy. I am in no way perfect but through much sincere prayer, much scriptural reading, and   through Christ which strengthens me, I sin much less and stay away from things of the flesh, and am spiritually minded. I have by the mercy of  the loving Lord Jesus Christ have become alive in spirit and have received the Holy Ghost. The Lord has brought meaning into my life. Thanks to Jesus Christ my nature is one of peace and I have become more caring and respecting of others around me. Jesus Christ changed me in such a magnificent way. I want to help others know wonderful truth,  I am forever humbled that God’s grace came upon me. Jesus Christ guides me in the ways of truth  and has strengthen my spirit. “I once was lost but now I‘m found, was blind but now I see“.  Our Lord Jesus Christ wants to come into our life and help us, but we must open the door of our hearts and call upon him asking him to be apart of our lives and help us. It is the realization of how truly hopeless we are without Jesus Christ , that  allows us to truly reach  out fully to him.

Our God is of great mercy, of much patience and compassion,  and wants everyone to come into the light of truth.

THANK God our heavenly Father for our savior and Lord Jesus Christ….

 

Revelation 3:20: Behold, I stand at the door, and knocking…

Psalm 37:  18

The Lord is nigh unto them that are of broken heart; and saveth such as be of contrite (crushed) spirit

2 Corinthians 7: For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of : but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Ezekiel 36: 26:

A new heart also will I give you, and new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out  of your flesh,  and I will give you a heart of flesh…

 2 Corinthians 4: 6:

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. .

Philippians 4:13:

 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

With love in Christ

Tuesday
Jun012010

My Testimony…

My testimony about LORD Jesus

My dad (a Hindu) does idol worship. He prays in front of non living and tangible idols like Ganpati, Laxmi, Sai baba etc.  Hindus pour milk, rice and water on these stones or wood made dead idols. And that is what I saw my entire family doing.  My dad expected me to do the same as well.  But wasting milk, rice and water on dead idols made no sense to me.  Instead of pouring milk, rice and water on non living objects, I’d rather give it to someone who is hungry and needs milk, water and rice.  That’s when I told my family that I am not going to do any idol worship.

Also, even after praying to these dead idols my dad’s character and attitude towards my mother, my elder brother and me was and is bad. My dad is short tempered, uses foul language towards us and curses us. 
That’s another reason I wanted to back out from idol worship because these non living idols are not able to change our character for good towards people around us.  That’s when by God Almighty’s grace, I met many Christians in my life who showed me the way to our living LORD Jesus Christ.

I love a faithful Christian way of living because it corrects our character and attitude in the sight of our Heavenly Father. There is no tangible idol involved in Christianity because our GOD Almighty is not seen with our eyes but HE is within each believer of LORD Jesus Christ.

I realised that I have fallen short of GOD’S way of living. So I realised that I am a sinner.  I repented of all my sins and got myself baptized.  Even after living as a Christian my life is full of humiliations, sufferings, injustice and mild persecutions. But my focus and faith is on Jesus Christ alone.  It says in the Bible, 1 Peter 4: 19- So if you (repentant sinners) are suffering according to God’s will, keep on doing what is right, and trust yourself to the God who made you, for he will never fail you.

Remember, my spiritual brothers and sisters in Christ, Jesus Christ is the True Bread from Heaven. Jesus Christ is always faithful. Jesus Christ is victorious over demons and all human beings. Jesus Christ is the Most High Priest (Hebrews 3:1). Jesus Christ is the Head of a Christian church.  Forgive every human being,
Matthew 6:14 - Because if you forgive people their offenses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

From
Madhu Ahuja
Vashi, New Bombay

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