A major event in my life………

Last Sunday (Easter), I gave my life to Jesus Christ.

For the past several years I have felt a void in my life that nothing seemed to fill. Maybe it is getting older. Maybe it is getting a little wiser. I felt like God was absent from my life and I wanted to fix that. Religion was never something I was comfortable with. The church experience was boring to me and  I just never seemed to fit in.

This past Fall my family was invited to a local church and I really didn’t want to go. We ended up going and I was blown away by the experience – and the message. I am no biblical scholar, and where in other services I felt like the information was WAY over my head – the preacher talked to ME, at my level. Sunday after Sunday I went and the message got stronger and stronger – and made sense. The experience effected me – and I liked it.

Just a couple months ago a neighbor and I did something I never thought I would – joined a men’s bible study group.  This strengthened the bond I started feeling for the church – as well as God.

This past Sunday it was offered to all those attending the experience to stand up, and come to the front of the church if you were willing to give your life to Jesus Christ. I knew it was coming – and I knew what I was going to do. I proudly bolted to the front to join many others who received a similar message and calling as I. We came down both young and old (several VERY old). It was an emotional experience. Best of all – my wife followed behind me. She knew I was going to do it – but she never hinted that she was considering it.

My journey has just begun……

Take care all –

Rourke


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75 Comments

  1. Dear Rourke,

    I was filled with Joy hearing that you have committed your life to Jesus Christ! Yes your journey has just begun and if there is anything I can do please let me know. I have been a Christ follower for over 30 years and it can and will be challenging. You fill face many challenges, but know that your are filled with Joy being called one of His!

    Your brother in Christ,

    John Taylor

  2. I look forward to reading your post daily and by far this is the most important and the best one you have written. You just took care of some long term prepping. Prepping for eternity.

  3. Wonderful!!!!! Welcome to the Family of God! There are many, many Christians who prepare. I am motivated by the story of Joseph who prepared during the good years to take care of everyone during the famine. God Bless you in your walk with Him.

  4. Amen Brother. It is a long hard journey, but one full of so hope and blessing. It gives purpose to our lives, and we know that this is just a small part of our lives. The rest is going to be beyond our comprehension. I am surprised that all people in our shoes aren’t Christians. We know that there are some trials and tribulations on the horizon, and the fact that Jesus has my back is one of the main reasons I don’t fall down into despair. God Bless you Rourke

  5. …right on! Another fellow believer as has priorities in order and is not a limp wristed sheepeole warming a pew on occassion.

  6. When we have the love of God in us, the fear of the world diminishes. Welcome to eternal life, brother! Remember, no one can snatch us out of HIS hand!

  7. Congratulations!

    I understand how you felt and how you now feel. I was 45 when I accepted Christ. You have now accepted the gift God has had waiting for you. Now your true journey begins.

  8. It’s wonderful news! 🙂
    Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you . Plans to give you HOPE and a FUTURE.

  9. See Rourke,
    Look at all those posts, folks waiting until you found that moment with God, in your heart. Please let me join my Brothers and Sisters in asking Him to Bless you and your family for the most important union one can make. Seek those that are like Him.
    Bless You My Friend,
    Greg

  10. Welcome to the family!

    I’ve been a member of God’s family “all my life” (as long as I can recall) and just wanted to let you know that I’m glad to hear this news. I’ve had Him see me through some truly rough times.

    Like at least one of the other commenters – if there’s anything you need, just send me an email … I’d be happy and honored to help out. My wife and I will put you in our prayers, too.

    Let me know if you’d like a link to an awesome bible teacher or two (I have a number of guys I listen to)

    Thank you for the awesome blessing this morning!

    Your new Brother in Christ,

    JavaMan

  11. Welcome to the family of Christ. I always rejoice hearing the news of anther soul brought to Christ.

    Please allow me to suggest a very good study aid for learning more about God’s plan and how the Bible is connected in ways you can’t imagine:

    The Companion Bible: King James Version, compiled by Dr. Bullinger

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0825421802/ref=redir_mdp_mobile

    It is PACKED with information, indexes and study aids. To help you understand God’s plan for YOU, this world and the next.

    Next get a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, Updated Edition KJV

    http://www.christianbook.com/apps/product?item_no=563788;item_code=WW

    It will allow you to find the ORIGINAL meanings of the Hebrew, and Greek words so you can understand their original intent.

    “Do you have ears to hear and eyes to see?”

    Tex

  12. The angels in heaven are rejoicing!! And so are we, your loyal readers. Never forget this time and how you feel. Remember “the joy of your salvation”! Now you are prepared for the biggest event of your life.

  13. Congratulations on the most important decision you can make in this life! Welcome to the family. You and your wife are in my prayers. I am excited to see what God has in store for you.

  14. Praise God! Welcome, Rourke. Like you, I made the altar call a bunch of years ago, and it was by far the most rewarding decision in my life. Also, I was able to meet with a men’s bible study group and share in a time of prayer and fellowship with like minded, godly men that I greatly respect.
    God Bless!
    Ted

  15. Very happy for you Rourke, and especially with finding a church that “spoke” to you in a way that met your needs. That’s often very difficult to come by.

  16. Luke 15:10
    In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

    Congratulations, friend. Happy to hear you joined the family of God.

  17. I’ve never commented on a website before, but this is demands a response… Congratulations seems far too weak to express my thoughts for you and your family. Though I enjoy your site and check in regularly, it is very unlikely that we’ll ever meet in this life; but Rourke, the amazing and hope filled reality is that we’ll have an eternity to catch up in Heaven, and I look forward to it! … proud of you Bro.

  18. Congratulations on your courage to follow when Yahweh/God Almighty called your names! Indeed, much rejoicing has been going on in God’s presence as those angels are doing a happy-dance BIGTIME because of your actions! Welcome to the family…keep on telling about the King of Kings!

  19. Today’s my birthday, and I received some neat gifts; but nothing can compare to the gift you and your wife received last Sunday!!! God bless you both, oops, he already has.

  20. That’s Great, Rourke! My mother always said “With God on your side, who can be against you?” We certainly can use more Christians for the next Crusade!

  21. Of all the great MSO emails I have received and enjoyed reading, none have compelled me to the website to comment until now. This one brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. Thank you Rourke for sharing such important news with us.
    Part of the journey is prepping to meet Him. I have found reading His letter to us, the Scriptures, from Genesis to The Revelation, straight through, is a good way to get some understanding about who He is, how He thinks, and what is truly important to Him. Just read it like a story. Don’t agonize over figuring it out. Just keep reading and it will start to flow. You will be amazed. Keep reading it over and over during your lifetime and you will be adding to your preps to meet Him.
    Bless you brother. I am so happy for you and your wife. Trying not to cry….

  22. It is a daily journey that you will enjoy … there is a lot to learn, and a lot to understand … at times it won’t make sense (at least to me anyway), then one day it all comes together … it’s hard to explain as I am not a theologian , but believe me, it’s worth the the effort.

  23. That is awesome news! I grew up in Christian home and went to Christian schools and always kind-of followed the herd. About the time I met my wife and recognized she questioned my true faith, I made the commitment to become more than just a “nominal Christian” which is what I think a lot of people truly are . They feel like they are good people and basically believe in the 10 Commandments…no big deal. With some great pre-marriage counseling, I began to truly explore my faith and came to a similar point where I made a real commitment to Christ. It was easier knowing that simply seeking Christ is pleasing to the Lord and that it is a daily struggle to live this way. Perfect living is a goal, but not an achievable reality. We all do what we can but it is easier sharing all the burdens! I’m glad to know you are a fellow seeker/believer! Like so many of your readers have already said–it’s the ultimate prep!

  24. I’m sitting here crying.I’m so happy and I’ve never even met you.But you and your wife are now part of my family. I promise to pray for you every day as I do for all the brethren.Your sister in Christ

  25. Roark, thank you for sharing such a personal decision and experience. It was obvious that your article was straight from the heart. Congratulations. I am thrilled that you can know the comfort and inner peace that comes with your decision. Many blessings.

  26. “Every knee will bow, every tongue shall confess…” (the sooner the better!) Welcome to Satan’s cross hairs… he’s got the venom but you have the ultimate antidote! Faith is like electricity… God is available to everyone, you just have to “get plugged in” or the darkness will overtake you. Sharing your testimony is a powerful way to start a conversation with “lost souls”… Call on His Name often, He NEVER gets tired of listening! (-8

  27. Congratulations to you and your wife. God has truly blessed you both! If you are looking for great bible study content, I would highly recommend “The Truth Project”. Dr. Dell Hacket has put together an awesome DVD bible study that I think you would really enjoy. Let me know if you are interested and I can get you the details.

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