Some of the best testimonies I have heard are those that describe how some of us became SDAs. I know people from different backgrounds have had their own unique experiences with regards to the journey.
Thanks for your story Becky. What a privilege to be born in the faith. Sometimes though we take a lot for granted. I like the point you raised about listening to God. That is a crucial point, because oftentimes we get so distracted with stuff...if you know what I mean.
I am Jacob Thomas from south India. I come from a very ancient family background where we were the first family to be converted to Christianity by St.Thomas himself in AD 52 or so. All down the centuries the Thomas family members have always been model Christians and Church planters and we have a very very long list of Church leaders right down the family tree and even now
We are very regular Church goers and our social life and activities are always within Christian and Church related people
I am in Oman for the last 23 years and became a born-again Christian in 1986 and got adult baptised in 1988. This has made me grow more and more in Christ and His teachings. But I am not a person who likes the NOISY kind of church worship and I co-incidentally met the Adventist community here as an Adventist from Fhilippines, who works as a Karate coach in the same hotel where I also work as a tennis coach invited me to take the photos and videos of the SDA Muscat Church's 15th anniversary.
I was so blessed to attend the SDA church where they sing so many Hymns and Gospel songs!! They have Bible studies in the Church worship and they have regular house group Bible studies and Gospel song singing.
I am sorry that I disappointed you americans and europeans on this site by not telling that I was a miserable existence who womanised and went into drugs, discos, etc. And then I was saved and brought to the right path. In fact this kind of testimony will "appeal" to you folks.
We south Indians are basically very disciplined and serious Christians because of the very strict discipline at home where our parents will never "spoil the child and save the rod" Corporate punishment is a must in our family lives and so we have the "fruits" in our daily lives
I am a very disciplined and domestic (home bound) person where I will never let anything get in the way of my Christian life!!! I believe in the song "Give me that old time religion" Have you heard it? If not, then it is high time you all did!!
I joined this site on recommendation from a lady from Arizona who very strongly believes that since Jesus has already died for our sins and there is no more condemnation, now we all can keep on sinning a million times, since we are humans and our flesh is weak!! An all we have to do is keep seeking forgiveness and in the end we will all meet in Heaven!!!
So that means we south Indians must be real fools to stay away from sinning as much as possible as we are taught through the generations that that is the way to go to Heaven!! Do you people agree to this "continuous sinning" concept?
Jacob, I want to answer your question from my perspective. No, I do not believe in continually sinning. I believe that we as humans WILL sin because it is our nature but that does not give us the right to do as we please and then later ask for forgiveness. Jesus said "if you love me, keep my commandments." That should be our goal. And then when we fall short we run to him for forgiveness and strength. Just because God is a loving and forgiving God does not give us the right to do all the bad or dangerous things we want to do and then go ask for forgiveness when things get bad. Jesus wants us to be faithful and love him all the time, not just when we fall down or have trouble. To go and do something that we know is wrong and unhealthy is like saying "your love doesn't really matter to me, I am just going to use you as a safety net to get out of the results of my sin but I don't really care about you." I love God too much to do that to him. It breaks his heart when we sin and I would not willingly break God's heart. But I am thankful that when I do cause him pain, he makes me aware of it and I can ask his forgiveness and be forgiven. I hope this makes sense for you. Keep pressing on my friend, May God Bless you.
well i lived in rough area of birmingham where west indians didn,t get on with coasians as i took my dog for wlk i saw young adventist who invited me into her church and over seven years i grew wiser and more strong in spirt now i have found something that as been a testimonythat changed my life and her name is jamara banson as you read this testermony i want her to know that god gav me reason to become adventist i found out why ?
My father is a retired minister. I'm a PK. When I got old enough to start doing things on my own I found it was not that much fun being a PK. Not only was I a PK but my dad was in the departmental end of things and ran summer camps for 8 and 1/2 years. So I was known by lots of people growing up and was expected to set an example. That is quite a responsibility for a kid and it broke me of ever wanting to be the president or have my father be one.
As I reached my teen years and the important thing was to become popular other things became more important. I had to prove I was just as bad as all the other kids and in some cases I was.
Now at this point in my life I'm one of those that can say with all honesty that there isn't much I haven't done or tried. Now that I am to the point I can do what I want without it being forced on me it, the church, is becoming much more attractive especially with the help of this site and all my new friends.
I am very glad I found this site and who ever put it together did an excellent job. The first time I logged into it I almost felt like I was in church. All the pictures of the happy friendly people, know you are in a safe place and it is wonderful to be on a site and know that you aren't going to be subjected to a bunch of junk. And I am loving meeting people from all over the world.