Jesus said...I have come that they may have life and have it to the full (John 10;10)

Tony's Story

This is my story....

My name is Tony and I was brought up in a religious family and along with my family I attended mass every Sunday. In my teens I came to the conclusion that this ritual was tedious,boring and above pointless because God was a stranger to me. I knew of Him but yet I didn't know him. My objection was if there was a crucifixion it had happened along time ago and was not relevant to todays modern world. I also couldn't understand why there were so many religions who were strangers to each other yet claimed they worshipped the same God. I had a lot of questions but no answers.

When I left school I did what was considered normal..getting drunk, partying and clubbing all night. Dee jaying at various places. Causing trouble at home. Then I met Mick.At first we were interested in the same type of things but suddenly mick started to talk about this person Jesus Christ, like he knew him and about how he was saved. I thought saved from what?. I finally decided that poor Mick was brainwashed or caught up in some strange cult, so we drifted apart. I continued my life. I had everything a good job, money, friends, a girlfriend but there was something missing, for I was never content.

The impact that Mick had made really bothered me.The years went by. Then I happened to meet some school friends who unknown to me were Christians. For the first time I began seiously to think about Jesus Christ and his love for us , but more, about his love and concern for me. Gradually I allowed his love to seep through my human pride and self- centeredness, and I finally asked Jesus to come into my life as my personal Saviour and Lord. I admitted that I was a lost sinner and that I needed him to take my life of sin. I can tell you as soon as I handed over my life to him I felt as if a great weight were lifted from my shoulders. In addition, Jesus has filled my life with joy and love and has given me direction. Yet the most wonderful thing is that I have been given the key to THE DOOR OF LIFE. That key is our Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins,because he loves us, He paid the penalty for sin and thus reconciles us to God. For Jesus promises us...Ask and you will recieve,seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened (Matthew7;7)

Tony Hanlon, Donabate Co. Dublin Ireland Oct.'98

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