If you’re joining us in the middle of all these posts let me explain what 100 Word Essay is all about. About 80 people are taking a class on sharing the Gospel called Intersections. Each week we challenge participants to step up to something practical they can do to build their skills and confidence. Last week the challenge was to compose their 100 Word Essay – the rough and ready short version of their spiritual journey of coming to faith in Jesus. If you’ve tripped onto this blog, you’ll find tons of stories as you scroll down. You’ll also see the 100 Word Essay tag to the right on this page. That will direct you to more stories from past participants. Enjoy! The guy going down on an airplane is admittedly the only one like it I’ve ever read. And I’ve read a lot of these! Thank goodness that’s not everyone’s spiritual journey. But so glad God worked in Dave’s life! Makes you wonder how may other people on that flight prayed that same prayer…. and where makes you wonder where they are today! Keep reading! If you get inspired send me YOUR 100 Word Essay! email@example.com
Did the ark have a water-pump?
I come to a relationship with Christ through a friend who devoted all his extra time to doing things with me. Once when he and I were working on his car replacing his water pump he asked from underneath the car, “Do you think the ark had a water pump?” I asked him why he would even ask me such a question since I wasn’t very mechanical. This started my journey to ask and search for answers that he could always answer. That was 1985.
In February of that year I was at a believers baptism at the Evangelical Free Church in Fremont. An 85 yr old lady whose lawn I mowed decided to get baptized. She said some nice things about how I’d helped her. When she was submerged, I felt like I rose 2 ft off my chair. My wife asked me if I felt OK. I told her what happened and she told my friend who was sitting there. He stepped out with me and as we prayed I asked Jesus into my heart. Crazy huh?
Raised Catholic, never read my Bible.
I was raised a Catholic,never read my bible, trying to earn my way to heaven,always thinking I was never going to make it. A friend invited me to Faith Evangelical free Church. I learned a lot & invited Jesus Christ into my life in 1983. I hungered to learn the Bible. God used people, bible studies, & books to help me. I had miracles, a lot of answered prayers, dreams from God that came true & the Holy Spirit has helped me, used me to witness, & help others. I have a personal relationship with our Amazing God. I have learned God has more love than humans & will never leave me.
I needed a Savior – 302 Words!
My life was one of joy but laced with unbalanced pain experienced from the past. My shattered heart ached and was hardened. I felt rejected, unloved and devalued. I promoted myself to king and ruled over my kingdom with anger, an unforgiving spirit, pride, shame, and guilt . I followed religion, embraced materialism, and gambled my eternity on good works. Only by God’s grace and His love led myself and my free will to CCC. Once there, my eyes were opened to a wounded heart that needed rescued, redeemed, and restored. I needed a Savior.
My first encounter with Jesus at CCC were the many nameless faces that directed traffic, poured the coffee, passed the collection plate, whispered prayers, led bible studies, sang songs, and preached the good news. I observed and listened intently. I saw and heard the voice of love and acceptance in the church. Jesus was in this place.. After much prayer, journey groups, and devotion to scripture, I met Jesus in the Word- loving, leading, reaping, teaching, rebelling, praying, pleasing, serving, sacrificing, dying, and resurrecting for me- a sinner. My savior is love..
After hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ, I opened my heart and repented, accepted, believed, trusted in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Baptized shortly after, I died to my self and became a new creation in Christ. I am healed, forgiven by His blood, and granted eternal life through His death and resurrection.. I have removed myself from the self imposed throne of pride and I kneel at His feet. My Savior reigns.
Everybody is born into this world under the reign of a King who is past, present, and future. Everybody leaves this world whether or not he chooses to be under the King’s reign or not. I follow Jesus. My Savior is Eternal.
I thought I would someday become a Catholic Priest.
I feel I have always been with the Lord. I was raised as a Catholic in a mostly Catholic neighborhood of South Omaha. During grade school and high school, I thought I would become a Catholic priest. During my senior year in high school, my religion teacher started me thinking deeply about the Catholic faith. For the first time that I remember, I started questioning.
Trice, my wife and I met and wanted to be married. Trice didn’t want to marry in the Catholic Church so Trice and I started searching for another church. We found that the Lutheran Church was close to what the Catholics believed so we were married there. After awhile we started searching because we didn’t feel comfortable.
We walked into Community Covenant Church close to our home and were very warmly welcomed. This made us feel uncomfortable because this was an atmosphere we weren’t use to. After awhile we knew we were at the right place for us. Over the years, Community Cov has helped me to come closer to Christ in many ways. I think it was and is mostly the people in the Covenant that taught me about what the bible might really be saying.
I was taught and read myself about what Jesus said about “believing in Him”. We (I) can’t be good enough to please a perfect being. We (I) need to stop trying and accept the gift He gave us (me). This I have done.