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John Larlham Testimony

"I was born into a Family who went to Church and believed in God. I was brought up being told that the Bible was the word of God and that everything in it was true, but I wasn't born a Christian.

My Dad was probably the biggest influence on my life and hearing him talk about God and listening to him pray to God and watching him just live his life for God, not just in front of people but also behind closed doors had a fundamental impact on my believing God to be real.

But that is only the start; because once I had accepted that God was real I had to start answering some more questions.

Where did I stand before God?

What would happen to me when I die?

I had already been told that I was a sinner, and knew that the bible said that anyone who rejected God would be sent to hell for eternity, but now these things that I had heard all my life were all of a sudden very real, I remember being on a church camp and praying for my sins to be forgiven but I was only 12 and to be honest there was no great revelation and my life was still the same. I went to church with my family and read the bible just as always. It wasn't until I was about 16 that one night while lying in bed I had a dream about being left behind on Judgement Day when God sends his angels to gather up all his saints just before he destroys the world. I could see family and friends being gathered up into Heaven but I just remember being left behind. I think I started crying (that was a scary dream).

I then started to think more about what being a Christian was. Its all about having a relationship with God and his son Jesus Christ and I realised that this was something that I didn't have but I wanted it.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

For even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8

I prayed to God again but this time it was different my thoughts were on how amazing it was that God would be interested in me, I acknowledged my sin before God and was humbled at the truth that even though I had broken all of his commandments and rejected him on so many occasions that his love for me was so great that he sent his only son to earth to live as a man and be treated so cruelly and put to death in such a brutal way all so that he could pay the price of my sin.

I owe my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ everything. I have the gift of eternal life and a promise of a place in heaven prepared for me. How incredible is that?

I still let God down and am not always as close to him as I would like to be but this is always due to me putting the world before him.

I now have a relationship with the living God. I have been born again want to live my life to worship and glorify him"