Does Jesus Know You? My name is Irina Dash, and this is my story. I was born and raised in the former Soviet Union. I grew up in a loving, moral family where no religion was practiced. When I was a teenager, my parents took me to a Pentecostal church, and that’s where I was introduced to the Bible for … Read More
God Has All the Answers? God Created Me for a Purpose? My name is Sharon Lewis, and this is my story. I attended church as a young child while growing up in Harlem, New York. That is where I first heard that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead and was coming back one day. I didn’t … Read More
Why Is It Such Good News? My name is Crystal Shearer, and this is my story. I was baptized as a baby and attended a private school for the first half of my grade school years; then in 6th grade, I began attending public school: Eyer Middle School and then Emmaus High School. Half way through high school, my athletic … Read More
My name is Saritha Manohar, and this is my story. I was born and raised in a church going family in India and we attended church every week. There I heard interesting Bible stories at Sunday school and VBS. As a teenager I attended different churches and used to participate in youth camps, retreats and VBS. I was taught that, in order to go to Heaven, one must “be saved,” so at the age of 15, I even got baptized to please my parents. But sadly, I did not understand Bible salvation.
What if you spent your whole life believing what you thought was right, but you were wrong? You would think that after being raised going to Church on a regular basis that one might know all you need to know about the Bible. Even after attending a Christian College as a young person, I continued to stay involved at my local Church. It is what we always did.
I grew up near Rochester, New York, and considered myself a good kid. Okay, I wasn’t anything special, but I had Christian parents that passed along Godly values. They taught me to be responsible for my actions, to choose good friends, and to put my best effort into every task. I attended church and became comfortable living in a religious environment.
The Lord had been working on me little by little for quite some time; small things, like what would I do after I graduated, what should I become, where should I go? When I would ask my mom she would say, “Pray about it.” But every time I prayed, there seemed to be a small voice saying, “the Lord will not give you direction for your future if you are not saved.” I pushed that voice away because at the time it was just easier to ignore it, but I still had doubts.
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