A New Direction

December 3, 2014


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A young couple makes a radical lifestyle change when confronted with God’s Word.


Does that make sense?

Do you really want to do this?

So, yeah, that’s too far.

Having Jesus in my life has truly been a blessing.

Before Christ, it was really a big blur; it’s like not knowing anything really in detail about who Jesus was, Christianity. A lot of my struggles have been in relationships. I kind of see myself as spiraling down that path, not being able to trust people. Therefore, why should I be trusted? Why should I be honest? Why should I be faithful?

At eight years old, my dad had passed away of leukemia, and that really shattered my heart pretty bad. I knew about Jesus. I knew about God, but at that moment in my life, I didn’t want nothing to do with Him, because He took away something that was very deep in my heart, and I started doing things that wasn’t right. Too much partying got me in a situation where I had a DUI. My life was crushed; I didn’t know what else to do, and that’s when I started seeking God.

I met Greg, and one of the first things I told him was that I wanted to start going to church. He said, “Yes that’s what I want to do.” I’m like, “No, you’re kidding.” And like he was telling me that, and he was like, “No, I really do. I really have been wanting to go to church.” And I’m like, “Well me, too. I just wanted a man who would want to take me there and lead me.” And he said, “Well, OK. Let’s do it.”

We were invited to ACF church from her good friend, and that message at ACF really, really hit hard for the both of us.

We’re in community, and we are going strong, and we are just loving our new life as Christians.

Our group leader, Dave, came over for dinner. He sat us both down. and he says, “Greg, you’re the leader of this house, and right now your sinning. Even though you guys are not having sex, sleeping in the same bed? That’s for marriage. You need to separate and move out; move somewhere else.”

We had this conversation about eight or nine months before we were going to get married, so this was like we could. Really, we already had a time line on our marriage and when that was going to happen.

He, Dave, got up. Hannah got up. Danielle said goodbye, and they both left. Danielle came over to the table and she goes, “Those two, they love us, and it’s the right thing for us to do.”

So we made a change. That night, I moved all the way down stairs. It was the right thing to do, and it just took my dignity, my pride, what I was so used to doing, you know, for some man to come into my life and say, “Dude, your sinning. Look, what are you doing? Knock it off.”

I was angry, yeah, but do I respect him for that? Yes I do. As a matter of fact, we are in the same situation right now with our good friends that set us up—same predicament and the same advice that I was given. I’m doing the same thing with this young man, too.

It’s amazing how drastically our lives have changed. It’s because Jesus is blessing me so that I can bless others.

I think I lived a pretty good life you know? No; I didn’t. I didn’t live a good life. Now, I’m living my life, now, because of Him.


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