Below are some of the many stories of God at work in the lives of people here.

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10.17.19 – We hosted a neighborhood front yard gathering of cider and donuts this past weekend. Our goal is to continue to strengthen relationships with our neighbors and ultimately display and share God’s love.  We distributed flyers inviting them and also incorporated the church’s “Socktober” sock collection effort. We had over a dozen people come out with others bringing socks but not able to attend. It was great to connect with these people and many expressed their appreciation for the gathering as well as the opportunity to participate in the sock collection for Haven of Rest.   David and Deb M
Addiction had taken complete hold of my son, he lost everything including his freedom. Through prayer,  God made a way for him to be admitted to a faith based residential rehab center where he gave his life to God. He now has a new perspective on life and gives God all the praise for it. It was such a blessing to watch as he helped his daughter with her daily devotional and to see him excited to receive his Bible. My son is now in Phase Four of rehab. He has started his internship with the rehab center  and will be able to help others with their addiction. His brother Josh has witnessed what God had done in his brothers life; it opened his heart up to the Lord. A week ago Josh also gave his life to God. What the devil meant for evil, God used for his glory.  – R. P.

A co-worker had told me that his wife had a tumor on her brain that was causing her to lose sight in her left eye. I told him I would pray for her. That next Saturday, I brought it to our Men’s Prayer Group and we all prayed about it. The following Monday, my co-worker came to me elated and told me that the tumor was gone and the doctors couldn’t explain it. He said, “I can see now, that prayer really works.” This even strengthened my belief in the power of prayer. All glory to God! – Rich D.

During breakfast with one of FBC’s pastors, I was encouraged to start reading from the Bible daily. I’ve now been reading for over 200 days; previously I had not read my Bible daily since I was a teenager. I feel it has made a great difference. By reading to start my day, I feel I’m able to better focus on God’s word and apply it to my daily routine. I feel encouraged, less stressed, more kind and humble, and am better able to put God first in my life. To Him be all glory! – S. T.

I knew who Jesus was when I was seventeen but I didn’t really get “saved” until much later in life. During my twenties I became addicted to alcohol, prescription pain medication and pornography. I was angry all the time and felt very far away from God, and certainly didn’t think that He could love someone like me. Shortly after my first marriage fell apart I found myself living in a transit house with a few other men; only my Harley, my tools and a duffel bag full of clothes to my name. Finally I had enough; I grabbed a hold of the Bible a friend had given me and had a “come to Jesus” meeting with just me and the Lord. It was then that I completely surrendered my life to Christ and was set free from my past. Today I walk with Jesus Christ and my life is far different from before; remarried, sober and free from addiction, not because of anything I have done or deserved, but because of who He is and what He did for me on the cross. – Chris S.

Since I’ve been studying the Bible and praying on a daily basis I find myself being able to stay calm in times when I would not have been able to before. When things didn’t go my way in the past I would get really angry but now I find myself thanking God for knowing what is best for me. I can now be grateful in both good times and bad. Having a deeper, more abiding relationship with God has completely changed my life. – Shawn W.

“Two Men and A Truck don’t got nothing on FBC men.” My neighbor just had a major surgery and had asked my wife for some help moving some furniture. It just so happened that we were having home life group at our house that weekend.  I corralled a few of the men from our home life group and we went over to her house.  We relocated a bedroom set from an upstairs bedroom to the basement of her home.  While we have served in other super rewarding capacities as a group before, this one was uniquely special because it was our neighbor.  Another cool fact is that she has visited our church before.  It was so fulfilling to have people from FBC serving her!  She was so thankful.  We got to display what love at FBC can look like! P.S.- No damage to drywall either 🙂 Just super cool! – Shelton R.

I had a 10 year battle with addiction. I wasn’t scared to die during that time, I was scared to live. I didn’t want to face a new day. Jesus changed my life. By God’s grace I am a year sober August 26, 2019 and I am not looking back. When I laugh now, it is because I have real joy. – Heather W.

I grew up being taught to obey God’s Word and follow Jesus because of what He did for me on the cross.  I went to camps and revivals all through my childhood.  Life has taken me in directions I never thought I would go, or for that matter, wanted to go, but through all of it-God has been faithful.  I believed in Jesus- what He had done for me and gave my life to Him when I was a child but had never been baptized by immersion-the way Jesus was baptized.  Reading Romans 6:3-4 helped me understand that step of obedience better. – Tammy P.

A few of us guys were at Salvation Army playing basketball with kids in the community on Friday Night. A young man got frustrated and marched outside as other kids were picking on him a little. I went out and spent some time talking with him. He said he doesn’t feel like many people care about him. I found out that his dad is not in the picture. What he remembers of his dad is being beaten up. I made sure he knew his mom and siblings, us guys who were there, the lieutenants at Salvation Army, as well as others in the community care about him but that God loves and cares about him even more and showed that in sending Jesus. We talked about turning to Jesus and about God as the perfect Father. I shared some scripture with him and challenged him to go home, grab one of the bibles he said he had  and start reading in the book of John. He said he would try. I am looking forward to seeing him the next time I am there and following up with him. – Steve L.

Several weeks ago, five of us paid a visit to a couple that has not been able to attend services at First due to failing health. We spent our time singing classic hymns, and praying with them. They were so filled with joy, and eyes filled with tears, they couldn’t stop thanking us for the visit. We went to be a blessing to them and I think they blessed us even more. – Wayne T.

I had a great childhood. I just got off the rails. After years and years of battling with addictions, prostitution and other things, Jesus has changed my life. I can’t even tell you how truly gracious God has been to me. – Sharon B.

We had a gentleman join us more than 6 months ago who was very angry and hurt, vowing his wife as “unforgivable”. Over the weeks of faithfully attending Divorce Care and developing friendship with others, we saw his heart soften. During this time, his wife reached out via a letter which he briefly spoke of to the group wondering how he would respond. He reached out to me late last week asking to speak with the group and sharing it would be his last week with us.  Wednesday, he addressed each person individually and shared how they impacted his journey and decision. He began thanking us for facilitating, stating that if not for Divorce Care, he is not sure he would “be here emotionally or even physically”. He thanked others for strength, friendship, humor and there were many tears shed as he shared his plans to seek restoration of his marriage.  God is so good!  – Carla G.

I am a recovering drug addict. I could ‘t believe how welcomed I was, even though it was a rough morning and I didn’t even have shoes on.” – Gary S.