I became a Christian when I was six, so I don’t have a dramatic story to tell, but I do know that it has massively changed my life for the better. Knowing that Jesus loves me without conditions is so important. I have seen people close to me go through physical and mental struggles that I haven’t been able to do much about. There is no quick fix for these things.

Following Jesus isn’t like any other religion in the world.

My wife suffers from depression and anxiety. When we were first married, I felt frustrated because I didn’t know how to help her. But because I know that Jesus loves us both, I can give her situation to Jesus because I trust that He knows what He’s doing. He helps me to support her – often, after praying about her difficulties, I find that God gives me just the right words to say to encourage her.

Some people think you have to act in a good way for Jesus to love them. But you don’t earn your way into Heaven – you can’t! Jesus just wants us to follow and trust him. No matter what you’ve done, God is waiting with open arms for you to turn to him and ask for forgiveness. Following Jesus isn’t like any other religion in the world. It’s all about his resurrection. He died and came back to life again – who else can say that? And we don’t have to do good works to be saved – it’s a free gift from God. That’s what we call grace. I don’t have doubts about my faith because I have learned to believe what the Bible tells me about life. One thing I amazed about is why God chose me. I never did anything to earn his love, but he loved me anyway.

Jack, Farmer

April 11, 2019

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Prayer works. I’ve seen this for myself in the way God has provided me with jobs. When I finished University in Lancaster, I wanted to stay in this area but I needed a job and somewhere to live! So I prayed, asking God to give me both if he wanted me to stay here. Someone from church invited me to live with them, but how would I afford it without work?

God provided right at the last minute

Time went on, and it was getting very close to the end of the summer term. Most teaching jobs have gone by then, so I started to worry. So I got praying again, and decided to have faith that God would give me a job.

I went to that person from church and said yes, I would live with them. A week later, right at the end of term, I got a job in Kendal! Since then, God has provided work every time I needed it. When I didn’t have a permanent job, I still managed to earn a full-time wage as a supply teacher. And again, when a temporary job ended, God provided right at the last minute. I went to teach in a different area than I’d been looking for, and in a different year group. It just shows that God’s plans are not always the same as ours! He is faithful in His time and His way. Following Jesus isn’t like any other religion in the world. It’s all about his resurrection. He died and came back to life again – who else can say that? And we don’t have to do good works to be saved – it’s a free gift from God. That’s what we call grace. I don’t have doubts about my faith because I have learned to believe what the Bible tells me about life. One thing I amazed about is why God chose me. I never did anything to earn his love, but he loved me anyway.

Matt, Primary School Teacher

April 11, 2019

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When a church minister asked me if I was a Christian, I told him I was born here in England and went to a church school, because I thought that’s what a Christian was. All I really knew about it was that we got holidays at Christmas and Easter! But he told me something different – he said that to be a Christian meant to be Christ-like. He also told me that the Bible says we are all sinners.

But I felt that Jesus was saying, ‘I forgave you,’ and that hit me hard.

I thought sinners were people like bank robbers and murderers. I’d never done anything like that. But I did struggle with drink, the people around me kept telling me to stop but I couldn’t. I knew it was hurting the people I loved and ruining my life, but I just kept going. I knew I was a sinner and wanted to change.

This man’s life just shone with the presence of Jesus. He wasn’t trying hard to be good or happy, but he was just so much more content with his life than I was. I knew I wanted that, so I asked Jesus into my life. From the day onwards I never drank alcohol again, that was 43 years ago, I never could have stopped before but something happened when I put my faith in Jesus. It wasn’t all plain sailing after that, mind you. There were some people I found it difficult to forgive. But I felt that Jesus was saying, ‘I forgave you,’ and that hit me hard. I knew I needed to forgive others. Following Jesus isn’t like any other religion in the world. It’s all about his resurrection. He died and came back to life again – who else can say that? And we don’t have to do good works to be saved – it’s a free gift from God. That’s what we call grace. I don’t have doubts about my faith because I have learned to believe what the Bible tells me about life. One thing I amazed about is why God chose me. I never did anything to earn his love, but he loved me anyway.

Tom, Retired Railway Worker

April 11, 2019

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