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I Was Scared…

I Was Scared... Mark TiltonLife for me in the Silicon Valley was very intense, even crazy. I worked in the software industry, and performance was everything. Motivation was based solely on money. The promise was, “The more money you make, the happier you’ll be!” I enjoyed my job; I made a lot of money, but in the end, I was absolutely lost. I was in my mid-forties when I realized it. I had a beautiful wife – I have a beautiful wife – but our marriage was failing! We were a train wreck beginning to happen and it was my wife that had an epiphany one day, saying, “Th...
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You Don’t Know My God

You Don't Know My God Missy McCallI was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. Parents were Catholic and so I was baptized as a baby. When I was 6 years old my parents for someone reason walked away and stopped going to the services but kept me in the Catholic School from Kindergarten through high school. From my earliest recollection I strived to be the best at everything, straight “A” student, a triathlete from the age of 5.  And so, at twelve I was on top of the world, thinking nothing could hurt me.My dad had promised if I made it to the Junior Olympics he would t...
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Do You Believe God Exists?

Do You Believe God Exists? David HarrisonI grew up in Kentucky, in a solid Christian home with very fine parents. They loved me, they lived a good life, but they gave me no compelling evidence that God existed. I was just 17, but I had questions. Is there a god? How do you know there is a god? How do you know that the Bible is really God’s word? How do you know that Jesus really existed? All of these things, I would ask. And their answer was that I should take it on faith. And that didn’t work for me. I became a skeptic. Then a cynic. Then an atheist. And I wasn’t just an atheist. I was an...
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I Just Wanted To Be Loved

I Just Wanted to be Loved Kathlene ProsserWhen Kathlene was just 18, she moved in with her boyfriend to escape from her difficult family situation. She became pregnant. “The first thing that came to me was fear and shame.” She was shy and used to hiding her hurts, pretending that everything was okay. So she kept it all inside and didn’t tell a soul. Then came the day that she just couldn’t hide it any longer. Thinking she was in love and he would be supportive, she finally told her boyfriend that she was about five months along. He told her there was no way they were having this baby. Ther...
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Not a Leg to Stand On

Not a Leg to Stand On Dan Adragna In late 1995, I was a single dad with full custody of my two teenage children, Ryan, 16 and Shelly, 13. We lived in a modest townhouse in Aptos, California, not far from the beach, church and friends. Life as I once knew it was only beginning to feel worth living again. I'd just gone through a marriage separation, job loss, financial ruin, loss of a home, and eventually a divorce after 16 years of marriage. But those trials were just building my resilience for the really big blow.In the week leading to Christmas, I started feeling...
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My Mind, My Torture Chamber

My Mind, My Torture Chamber Raquel Aleman“I was desperate to stop hearing all the torment in my head, the anxiety attacks, and the fear that nobody loves me.”My childhood wasn’t easy. I grew up in Indiana and Alabama in a time when there were no child labor laws. Because my father was really sick, my brothers and sisters and I, even when we were little boys and girls, worked in the fields. We were up by four in the morning and we worked all day. Never went to school, no writing, no reading, no laughing. There were ten of us children and never enough to go around. I had an un...
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Fingerprints of God

The Fingerprints of God Rob DirskeThe call came on an April evening in 1991. I still do not know how my mother was able to reach me; but when I said hello, I knew something was not good. “Rob, dad has been complaining about pain in his thigh and I found a lump”, she said choking back tears. My mom wasn’t an alarmist, but as a registered nurse for over 20 years, this was familiar territory. I was stunned as she uttered the word...Cancer. Cancer was the sort of thing that someone’s grandma, aunt or neighbor had. To this day, I do not know why God would allow a man w...
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