Matthew 4:19 "And Jesus answered, 'Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.'"
When I was younger, I struggled with sin. I was always angry, proud, selfish, stubborn against God and my parents, and many other sinful things that kept me ensnared in Satan's trap. I couldn't stop doing those things and feeling the feelings of emptiness, depression, and hopelessness that I had because of sin. After eight years of this, I found freedom, love, grace, mercy, and joy. I finally realized that, if I didn't surrender my desires, and repent of my sins, with God's help, I would never be okay. The Bible says that "all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God", and because of that, we should have the penalty of death. But, Romans 1:16 reminds me that God has the power to save everyone from sin and hell, if they put their trust in Him, and give their lives back to Him. Once you've done that, well, Galatians 2:20, and 2 Corinthians 5:17 explain it perfectly. I encourage you to read those verses. By the way, happy Easter. What a selfless gift God gave to us selfish people. Can you imagine what love God has to have for us to let His only Son die for us - the very ones who made Him have to die that shameful, painful death? Doesn't that make you want to give your life fully to Him, since He's the One who gave it to you in the first place?
"...if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?" I've been thinking about this lately. If I am saved, that means that I "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ". Some people say that they "believe in God". "You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder." Do you put your full trust in God, though? Would you do what Abraham did? "Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?" This is what God means when He says, "believe".
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"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." -2 Corinthians 12:9
On November 5, 2006, while driving home from church, the Barrick family was struck head-on by a drunk driver going 80 miles per hour. Andy, Linda, 15 year old Jen and 11 year old Josh sustained life-threatening injuries.
All four were rushed to different hospitals. Jen was not expected to live through the night, but God miraculously intervened. She was in a coma for 5 weeks and had severe traumatic brain injuries and multiple skull fractures.
The process of emerging from the coma took weeks and the doctors warned that Jen would be cursing and screaming in confusion. Instead, she was praying out loud and singing praise songs continuouslyI
Matthew 12:34 declares: "For out of the heart, the mouth speaks."
Jen didn't remember that 2+2=4. She didn't know that she was hurt. She didn't even know she had a brother. However, she knew every word to every praise song and every scripture she had hidden in her heart. It was amazing!
The power of the Holy Spirit was so alive in her.
Although still recovering and still suffering from memory loss and "Cortical Blindness," Jen is an awesome example of God's grace.
This teenager, who was once a quiet, deep-thinker, is now expressing her passion for God out loud to everyone she meets. She is uninhibited in her worship and excitement for the Lord.
Jen says, "I will never doubt my Lord and my Savior. He is the one healing me daily."
Since the tragic wreck the Barrick family's commitment to serve God and proclaim His Faithfulness is stronger than ever!
"To hear your family's testimony just brings chills over my body every time. Amazing!!! Thank you for your inspiration and for helping me gain a deeper walk and reliance on God. I'm speechless when it comes to even describing how much of an impact it had on my life."
- TRBC Bible Study, Lynchburg, VA
"My relationship with the Lord will never be the same after listening to Jen and Linda's testimonies. I was changed forever!"
- Southern Baptist Convention Women's Luncheon
God is using the Barrick family to inspire and give hope to hurting people all over the United States and internationally as they share their miraculous story of God’s faithfulness and healing in the midst of tragedy.
The Barrick family currently lives in Lynchburg, Virginia and ministering together as a family with Hope Out Loud. Their passion is to help people who are broken and hurting find hope and healing inthe truth of God’s Word.
The Hope Out Loud ministry uses every means possible to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through speaking, written materials, TV, radio, DVDs and the internet. God continues to open up doors for the Barrick family to reach out and speak in public and community venues as well as Christian environments.
Andy is the President and CEO of Hope Out Loud, Linda continues to lead a weekly Bible study of 550 women at Thomas Road Baptist Church, Jennifer recently earned a diploma from the Institute of Biblical Studies at Liberty Universit,y and Joshua is still in high school and continues to play varsity football, basketball and baseball.
The book Miracle for Jen, was just released March 2012 and has sold over 40,000 copies internationally and in the U.S.
The prayer of the Barrick’s is that God will be glorified and that many people will come to know Christ as Savior through their testimony.
Story from: http://hopeoutloud.com/our_story.html
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