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Cindy Barker, Member Since 2005
Barker Family
"To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'" John 8:31-32 There is One True God. The Alpha and Omega. The Beginning and the End. The only source of life. The truth that I can obey God's beautiful laws, and that I must, has set me free. God is a genius. He knew exactly what He was doing when He made His laws and set His boundaries into place and I praise Him for everyday that He lets me serve Him and His son Jesus Christ. Before I knew the truth about God's sweet laws, there was much evil and much pain in my heart. My sins enslaved me. And there were many...a constant focus on myself before God, greed for food, bulimia, overdrinking, sexual sins, lust, laziness, gossip and slander, unforgiveness, lying, grumbling, complaining, and a generally ungrateful heart. It is disgusting to think that these things accompanied me into any sanctuary in which I claimed to be worshiping and serving the Lord God Almighty and claimed loyalty to His son Jesus Christ who was perfect in obedience to our amazing Father. No one could help me change or get away from my sin because none of them had lain down their own sins. We had all been taught that "we are only human" and "God knows you can't obey."

I praise God for showing me the truth that I can be free from all of these things!!! I hated overeating and slander and lust and all of my sins anyway, and ultimately I hated myself for being too "weak" to change.

My life changed four years ago when I heard for the first time thatGod knows exactly what He is asking you to do and He expects His perfect and unchanging laws to be obeyed. I laid down all deliberate sin, and have been walking a life free from deliberate ever since!! God has taken about 30 pounds off of my body-without excessive exercise or bulimia, but simply by following His lead of hunger and fullness. For the first time in my life, I count the many amazing blessings that God has given me, instead of grumbling and complaining. The people I spend my time with love God and want to obey His laws. They understand that His laws are not burdensome, but give LIFE. God has created in me a pure heart and one that is deeply fulfilled in simply following His lead every moment of every day. I attend a church where the leaders are blameless and above reproach. THEY DO NOT DELIBERATELY SIN and would NEVER tell someone that it is okay with God if you continue to do so. They are completely humble. They look you in the eye. They lay their lives down for the sheep, and follow the example of our beautiful shepherd Jesus Christ. I love God!! I love His laws and His boundaries that He set into place! I can't wait to know Him more every day! I can't wait to serve Him all day long! I'm filled with joy and peace, and have more patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control than I ever knew was possible!! Thank you God for leading me to THE WAY-following the example of Jesus Christ!

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