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by Dianne Schoening
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            This term is used by people of different religions and faiths, different ethnic groups and it probably means something different to each and every one of them.  I am not going to try to convince anyone that they should believe any differently than what they do, I will leave that to God.  What I am going to try to do is to convey what it means to me to be a Christian.

            My mother was a Christian woman and tried her best to live the way God commanded. My Dad was not a Christian when they married but he was later saved, although he did not attend church with her.  She did her best to raise us, her children to become Christians as we were old enough.  There are four of us – two girls and two boys – believe me she had her hands full! We all accepted Christ as our Savior and we all live different lives.

            I believe that just being a good person, living a good life, being kind and considerate is not enough to be called a Christian.  Christ would not have had to die, just for that, anyone can be kind and considerate and live a good life, being a Christian means so much more!

            I was in a revival meeting when I was a child and I realized that I did not want to die and wake up in hell.  I accepted Christ as my Savior that night and by that I mean I asked Jesus, the Son of the only living God, to forgive my sins and to live in my heart, and to save my soul from hell.  I believe He did that, I have faith that He did that and after all these years I still believe He did that, and when I leave this world I will wake in Heaven with Him.

            Everyone knows the story of Christ, born of a virgin, raised as a carpenter, preaching, performing miracles, converting fishermen to disciples, then being arrested, standing before Pilot, being beaten over and over again, and then dying on the Cross – asking God to forgive those that killed Him.  We all know this story – “The Greatest Story Ever Told”.  The key here is FAITH and BELIEF!

            Just because we know something does not mean that we believe it – I believe that Jesus died on that cross so that I would not have to, so that when I die I will be with Him.  I have faith that Jesus saved my soul that night in revival and I have faith that when I die I will be with Him.

            The life that I am supposed to lead now is one based on what Christ taught and we have those teachings thru the Holy Bible.  I believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and if we live by His teachings and accept Him, we will have everlasting life in Heaven.

            I try to be a moral, upright, honest, hard working, Christian person but I am by no means perfect!  God created us human and in doing that He knew that we would sin.  Sin is anything that is wrong - little or big and we all sin – not one of us is perfect.  I have many sins and I am not worthy of the many graces and miracles He has chosen to give to me.  But I believe that by accepting Him as my Savior, He has promised to forgive those sins and remember them no more.  I am a sinner SAVED BY GRACE.       

            He also did not promise us Heaven on earth – that is until He returns.  We will have troubles and trials in this life, mountains to climb, valleys to go thru, pain, grief, sorrow, heartache, but we will also have happiness, joy, love, compassion, and the promise that God will always be there with us through it all, giving us peace and joy, all we have to do - to have that- is accept Him.

            We have been thru a lot this last year and I cannot say that I have always been a good Christian – Christ like – I have not.  What I have is the blood of Jesus to wash away my sins and make me whole.  Just because I am saved does not mean that it is ok for me to do whatever I want, behave any way I want.  We are supposed to strive to be like Him.  He is the only one who never had any sin.  What I do is ask God to forgive me for those sins and to give me the grace to live the way He wants me too.

            I go to church most every Sunday I need the Christian companionship and teaching, to get thru the week.  I believe in prayer, my Savior hears and answers – not always the way I would like either – but in His way and in His time – His time is always perfect!  I try to read my Bible on a daily basis that is one of the things I am trying to discipline myself to do.  Everything I need to know, or how to act, or how to relate to someone, is all in the Bible, I only have to read it and follow the instructions.

            I will not argue religion or faith, I will not tell anyone that mine is the only way, Salvation is a personal thing between me and God.  I will tell people about God and the things that He has done for me.  I will talk about my beliefs and why I believe them.  I will tell anyone who Christ is and that He died for me.  I will show in the Bible the way to the cross, I will pray for those who are sick, hurting, looking for something, looking for God. 

            I know there are a lot of “I’s” in this writing, but this is about me and what I believe, so therefore, there are a lot of “I’s”.  I am 60 years old and there have been many hard and trying times in my life and I have not always behaved in a Christian - Christ like - fashion but I have always had Jesus waiting for me to come back.  He never leaves. As I said before “I AM A SINNER SAVED BY GRACE!”

            I invite anyone who is looking for meaning or searching for something to give Jesus a chance.  He can and will full fill your every need all you have to do is accept Him and ask Him to help. 



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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom  04 Oct 2014
This is a beautiful testimony. You really touched my heart. You make many great points. Like you said, Life isn't always easy, But we know Jesus walks beside us.


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