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Saints, thank you for sharing your experiences. We all go through different seasons of life at different times. What has resulted in a victory for you today may have very well seemed like a defeat for someone else yesterday. That is why we must be sensitive in what we say yet confident of its impact. Remember there is power and effect in words. You may very well be saving a life!

 

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. (Revelation 12:11)

 

Drake

Drake Coleman

Date Posted: 2013-09-23

Believer: Yes

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I have been through so many religious backgrounds it's not even funny. My dad grew up Methodist, which I was baptized in. My mom grew up Baptist, then went to a Catholic University, and became Episcopalian. As a confused little fourth grader I didn't know what to think, and I rarely went to church because I had many confusing sides about what Christianity was. Then, one Sunday night my friend invited me to attend a Presbyterian church with her. I instantly fell in love with the kids there, and finally had a healthy relationship with God..... up until November of 2012. I was bullied really bad at Mann Middle School. I almost didn't want to get out of bed. I had to be escorted from class to class by a cop. My parents came to the conclusion that sending me to Abilene Christian was the best and safest thing for me. I felt like my life was over. I almost stopped carrying about every thing, and didn't know what to do. The next chapter of my life began November, 19th, 2012. I was officially enrolled in Abilene Christian Schools, ironically with no faith in God. My first few weeks were horrible and I had no one to lean on. I would cry myself to sleep and life really was horrible. I eventually picked my head up and decided to be myself. I started to make friends and I felt so good! Meanwhile my faith in God was picking up and I finally had a strong relationship with him. By the end of the 2013, I had made the best friends I've ever had, scored high in school, and of course became a devout Christian. I was let out for a summer full of adventure and it was great to see God's glory throughout the nation. I returned to ACS in the fall to my wonderful friends, and even some new ones. But, a new problem was rising, my new added faith from the previous year was coming from the Church of Christ, and not the Presbyterian church. I struggled with this for a while, and almost felt like converting into the Church of Christ. I had a huge conversation with my parents and even a two-hour discussion with my youth director. I dug deep and prayed for a long time and finally decided to not let my beliefs be strayed because of other people. Now don't get me wrong, the Church of Christ is a wonderful denomination, but it just doesn't fit me, and my family. I respect all beliefs, even those who's aren't Christian. Wonderful people in the Church of Christ have changed my Christian life, regardless of denomination. I am now incredibly blessed to have great people lifting me up everyday like Sarah, Grant, Eva, Jace, and many, many more. My life has changed because of God, and I'm glad he's in my life.

 

 

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