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Screaming in Anger

Remember Juan?

He shared his testimony on Sunday morning.

If you don’t remember, that’s okay, you can watch the video below.

We wanted to tell you a little bit more about his story because it’s so cool and there’s no way we could ever do it justice in only four minutes.

 

Have you ever just screamed in anger? Like, really screamed? Like, screamed at the top of your lungs at a decibel you didn’t even know your vocal chords could make?

Well, whether you have or haven’t, you know what we’re talking about. And that kind of screaming is what brought Juan Romero to Calvary on a random Wednesday evening in January 2015 and ultimately led him down a path that changed his life.

Juan had hit rock-bottom. He had become so frustrated with life and people, but especially with God. He grew up going to Catholic schools and he knew about God, but at this point in his life, he didn’t really know God. And he didn’t know why God would let certain things happen to him.

“God,” Juan screamed in his car, “if you’re real, I’m gonna go to Calvary right now and I’m gonna talk to somebody. And if no one’s there, I’m going to the bar.”

So that’s what Juan did. He turned his car around and drove to Calvary. He had attended a few young adult programs at CF since recently moving to Downingtown, but he hadn’t been there often and really didn’t know much about the church.

He had no idea that Wednesdays are family nights at Calvary and there’s always something going on here. (How awesome is it that this all occurred on a Wednesday night?!)

Juan did end up talking to somebody. He spoke with our Pastor of Students John Lawley. Even though John was in charge of leading the whole Youth Group that night, he took the time to speak with Juan because he knew Juan really needed to talk to someone.

John said something to him that really opened his eyes.

“Juan, we all fall short.”

Hearing those words made Juan realize that he’s not the only person who sins and messes up. He’s not the only person who doesn’t have his life completely together. And that no matter what, there’s always a chance to turn our lives around and give them back to Christ.

That Wednesday night in January, Juan saw that God was real and decided to start attending Calvary on Sunday mornings. And from Sunday mornings he started volunteering at events like Clothes 2 Go, Operation Christmas Child, and at the Reception desk. And by volunteering he met other Christians with whom he built friendships. And from those friendships he gained mentors who challenged his faith and led him to trust Christ as his personal Savior.

Now with the love of Jesus beaming from his heart, Juan seeks out people who seem like they might be where he was that night in January. He strives to encourage people and to love them because he knows firsthand that love and encouragement change people’s lives and brings them to the Lord.

So whether you’re screaming at the top of your lungs in anger, or you can’t even find the words to say, remember that we all fall short. Don’t be discouraged. It’s not too late to find peace in Christ Jesus.

Juan Romero | Testimony of Faith | 07.31.2016 from CFDowningtown on Vimeo.

 

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A Childlike Faith

Last Sunday we dedicated a little 2 1/2 year old girl to the Lord as part of our Parent-Child Dedication.

Her parents wrote a note to Pastor Lee afterwards and shared a story which, with their permission, we thought you'd like to hear. 

This couple began by thanking us for the Jesus Storybook Bible their daughter received at her dedication. They said they had received a Bible like that for their older boys a few years ago, and the boys LOVED it. Last year this family was trying to tell a friend about the Lord, so they brought the Bible to her house to do devotions with her.

The devotions went so well, they ended up leaving the children's Bible for her to read with her elderly mom, because they felt that it really gave a great overall picture of how the entire Bible leads to Jesus. This friend read the entire Jesus Storybook Bible over the course of a few months, and in the end, this couple was able to witness this friend accept Jesus into her heart.

The friend's mom passed away the very next day, so they wanted her to keep this special book, as it brought so many memories back to her.

They always planned to buy another one for their little daughter at some point. This past Sunday when she received her new Bible, the friend who had accepted the Lord was in the audience and was so excited that this little girl had her Bible again!  

When the couple emailed a note to us this past Monday, they included this cute story:

Thank you for providing us with such a special gift! And as a special note... Tonight when I asked our little girl about her new Bible, she said, "It says, 'I love you lots and lots! Love, Jesus.'"

Children truly have a way of putting it all in perspective.

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