A. Burnett – July 2018
What is it that Jesus did for or through you (and when)?
I grew up in a mainstream church and learned about Jesus. As a teenager, I had a real experience of the forgiveness of sin, but although I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that I was a Christian, my university years stripped away the closeness I once felt to Him. When Jesus baptized me with the Holy Spirit, I found what I had been seeking. I knew God, but I finally understood Jesus, who became very real. Bible reading became real and exciting. I saw that God really did create the heavens and the earth and all that was in it. “Where does it say in the Bible that God is the Creator?” I would ask, and thought I would make a list. Well, the evidence was everywhere. This time of discovery as a young adult was one of the most exciting times of my life. I have never doubted since I am saved and belong to Him. I went from a structured, formal church experience to a living relationship with Jesus.
Are you a new Christian?
Although I have known Jesus for many years, I count my experience with the forgiveness of sin as the beginning of my Christian life. I prayed with my own minister at a Barry Moore crusade in about 1965. I don’t know what words were used, but something changed. I felt the burden of sin lift and excitedly told my parents at home what had happened. They stared at me in amazement and said they were glad for me, but only one of us truly understood the significance of what had really taken place.
How did you first discover Living Stones Church?
We lived on the Living Faith Bible College campus for 10 years and were involved with life there, so it was an easy transition to LSC when we moved to Red Deer nearly 6 years ago.
Do you have a story of answered prayer or “aha” moments?
One of our most amazing stories of God’s goodness was when we spent 2 years in Slovakia, helping a pastor there to start a Christian school. A major concern was, where would our family of 5 live? A day before we were to leave, I got a phone call from this pastor saying they had found an apartment to rent with everything we needed, including bedding and dishes, for less than what we would rent out our house in Canada! This apartment served us well for the two years we were there.
What’s it like for you to “do life” with us here at LSC?
Although we knew we were in the right place, it was difficult at first to get into doing life at LSC. We were used to small churches where everyone knew everyone. I eventually found the same fellowship at ladies bible study and at our weekly small group.
Do you have any words of encouragement for someone who may be searching for God or is new to our church?
Persevere. Hang in there when you think you are just a small drop in a large bucket. Get involved by volunteering. Ask questions, ask for prayer, both in person and written on the communication cards.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I have every instance written down of how God came through for me, I just have to find each one! Many more stories of His faithfulness!