Life was not easy for Eric Christopherson growing up, but he found respite playing sports. And he was good at it. So good that he was a former first-round pick for the San Francisco Giants. But life got messy with selfish living, drinking, and gambling—and he knew something was missing. He called out to Jesus to fill in the empty spaces, and he encourages others to do the same.
The devastation of a miscarriage for Darci and Jay was followed by 9 years of trying to get pregnant again. They went down nearly every path possible, exhausting all their options. Yet through the despair and lost hope, Darci said, “I feel like God is sobbing with me right now. I feel His compassion deeply.” Shortly after they decided enough was enough with pursuing pregnancy options, God…
Whether it’s physical or spiritual, a new heart brings new life. John was a healthy, active person until shortness of breath led to a diagnosis of an extremely rare heart disease that required a transplant. The spiritual insight of Jesus giving all who believe a “new heart” became very real to John as he awaited his physical transplant.
As a professional soccer player, Brian was in top physical condition. But in an instant, a serious injury changed everything forcing him to take a year off. God used His Word to encourage Brian during those dark days, teaching him that Jesus is always interceding on our behalf.
Zeke always loved to create beautiful things with his hands. But frequently in today’s society, as he says, “some people don’t believe that the purpose of art is beauty anymore.” He knows that what God created is beautiful, and although the world is broken, he wants to honor God with re-creating something beautiful from the broken.
Nicklis Stevens lost his sister, Lygon, in an avalanche while they were hiking a mountain peak. He then went through the valley of pain asking the difficult question of “Why?” God answered him in beautiful and unexpected ways.
Dave Dietz was a man who attended church but really didn’t understand the love of Jesus. After reading a book about truly loving God and people, his eyes were opened and he began caring for people and restoring relationships. Other traumatic events—a job layoff and serious car accident—also changed his outlook.
“God does whatever it takes to get your attention.” For Jon, it was a huge collision he thought would take his life. But he was given a second chance. And although he was a pastor who preached and taught, he had been too comfortable. The accident brought about a new clarity—a refocus—to passionately pursue Jesus and make Him known.
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