John Miller tells his story

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Ours was a typical Amish family. When I was 16 years old I started what the Amish call, “Rumschpringah.” Usually this consists of spending time with a group of your peers and being involved in their activities. My friends and I did many things against the church rules and against our parents’ wishes. Later, I made a commitment to God …

Japanese Soldier Bows

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During World War I, Keiichi Fukaya felt honoured to wear his uniform as he served in the Japanese army. He had great responsibilities keeping a constant watch on the troop movements in China. In order to keep his job he was expected to bow to a picture of Emperor Hirohito. However, he felt something was not right. In his heart he knew that although Emperor Hirohito had a great deal …

Born twice in Jerusalem

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I was born in Israel in the city of Jerusalem and brought up, like the rest of my family and race, to love and honour God, to keep the Sabbath, the law and its traditions. As I grew up in a Jewish environment, I had a love for my country and my people. My parents wanted me to learn English, so after I finished primary school they suggested …

Real meaning

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Does life have any real meaning or purpose? Why are we here? In my search for the answer to these questions, I turned to drugs. I am ashamed of the things that I did to support my drug habit, even though all my sins are under the blood of Christ. That one Great Sacrifice at Calvary has made me perfect in the sight of God. I …

Beyond religion

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My upbringing was nothing remarkable. I was just like any other boy in the neighborhood. I was raised in the Catholic faith in a small town in Eastern Quebec. My parents attended mass each Sunday. As a young boy, questions of faith, salvation, eternal life and the issues of God were not relevant to me. We had catechism classes in school where we were reminded of the need to prepare the next generation of …

God Loved Me

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I was the only son of my parents. One day, after my father left for work, a taxi pulled up to the door, and my mother told me that we were going away! Nine months later my dad obtained custody of me and I went to live with his sister. I did not know what ‘separation and divorce’ meant. I only knew it hurt. But …

God’s Gift of Peace

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The Bible tells of a man from the country of the Gadarenes whose life was a nightmare. He was driven by the devil into the wilderness, to live alone in the tombs. He was in a crazed state of mind; naked, crying out and cutting himself with sharp stones. Filled with hatred and distrust, he answered to nobody. Not even …

Johana’s Story

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I was born and raised in Colombia, South America and baptized as a baby. I attended Catholic school and did my first communion when I was ten years old. I always believed in God but never really had an interest in establishing a closer relationship with Him. Overall I felt I was a good friend, sister, daughter, student, and I …

¿Puedo llegar a Dios a mi manera?

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Crecí con dos influencias religiosas. Mi papá tenía creencias islámicas “drusas” y mi mamá católicas. Me gustaba ir a misa porque podía confesarle mis pecados al sacerdote, pero mi papá comentaba frecuentemente que nuestros pecados no los podía perdonar un ser humano, pecador como nosotros, sino sólo Dios. Comencé a pedirle perdón a Dios directamente, pero percibía una separación entre Él y yo. A pesar de mi sincero deseo …

Un Regalo Para Mí

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Nací en un pueblito del Valle de Cauca llamado Cajibío, en Colombia, pero poco después nos mudamos a Armenia, a unos 280 km de la capital, Bogotá. Cuando tenía cuatro años tuve un accidente. Me caí de un muro de tres metros y nadie se dio cuenta de que tenía heridas internas sino hasta los tres días. Los médicos dijeron …