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John Chick

Posted by Brandon Patton on OP6er @ 6:01 PM

I was thirteen years old when my father went through the plan of salvation with me. At that time, I knew that I didn't want to go to Hell, but that was about all. So, I said the sinner’s prayer, and was baptized a few weeks later. For most of my teenage years I lived a dual life. I lived one way at home, and another way with the guys from school. I wasn't pleased with my lifestyle, and there were times I didn't want to continue down that road; however, I didn't know how to stop it. By the time I was eighteen, I was in full blown rebellion to the things of God. During that time of rebellion I had a false sense of security about eternal life. I trusted in the fact that I had indeed said a prayer, and had even been baptized. I had a strong work ethic. I considered honesty as one of my strong points, and was passionate about being a friend that could be counted on, but that still wasn't good enough. There was a void in my life that I was trying to fill by various means…work, money, drugs, alcohol, friends & relationships…but they all left me feeling empty and alone. It was if I was trying to put a square peg in a round hole…and there was no way I could do it. One December, I decided to make a change in my life. I thought that if I could change my environment, and become involved in church, that would solve all my problems. Three months later I moved to the Mountains of North Carolina, started a new life, and became involved in church. While this was an improvement in my lifestyle, it still didn't fill the void that was in my life. One night I attended a revival service with a group from the church I was attending. Towards the end of the message the preacher stated that there was only one way to find true peace and fulfillment in life. He said that it couldn't be found in religion, work, money, or any thing else. It could only be found by giving Jesus control of your life and following Him. That night I surrendered my life to Jesus and allowed Him to become the Lord of my life. A tremendous change took place in my life. I began to grow through discipleship and a very good Sunday School Class. Suddenly I had a peace that I had never known. There was a purpose for living, and I realized that Jesus was what I was looking for all along. I'm continuing to grow in my journey with Jesus as my family and I attend TLC. I trust that you'll join us on the journey, if you haven't already.

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