“For the Lord is good...” Reasons for North to Rejoice
“For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.”
Yesterday during our Sunday gatherings we witnessed the Lord's faithfulness and steadfast love for North. Greg Qualls, who has faithfully loved and served North for nearly a decade, was ordained as volunteer elder. We also celebrated God's grace and faithfulness through two baptisms. Below are pictures and the testimonies of Neil and Enrique, who were baptized.
“I grew up in a Christian family and went to church every Sunday. I hated church because it seemed boring. In 8th grade, I became very self-centered, and I started to think more about my reputation.
I began partying and chose to attend Colorado State University, because it had a reputation of being a party school. On my third day of college, a friend asked me to go to a spaghetti dinner that was held by a Christian ministry called the Navigators. I went strictly for the food and ended up feeling guilty, so I signed up for a Bible study. The guys leading the Bible study befriended me and genuinely cared about me.
I was still partying and showing up to Bible study, living a double life. Then one night everything changed. I couldn’t sleep because I couldn’t stop thinking about how empty my life had become. I felt convicted and prayed, “Lord, I am done living for me! I give you my life and I will follow you.” From then on, I stopped partying and began growing in my relationship with Jesus and other Christians. At first, it was hard because I didn’t know how to live apart from drinking and drugs.
Later, God gave me a heart to minister to my old friends, and it was then that I realized I was finally living for something bigger than myself! I knew that I was not only free from my sins, but free from my burdens of bettering my reputation! I stopped living to please me and began living to please the Lord which is way more satisfying! So now, I am continuing on that road and I will fight the good fight until I see God face to face and he tells me, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
“My life before Jesus was a constant search of some deeper meaning, always questioning, always having doubts about God. Then, something changed. I started seeing something different about my nieces. It was their love for Jesus Christ. It challenged me and convicted me. I wanted to know Jesus in a personal way. Jesus began to reveal himself to me through my nieces and their friends who were part of North Church. So, I began attending North with my nieces. I also started running into Pastor Daniel at the gym several times a week. We would always talk. He told me about the Redemption Group Ministry at North and encouraged me to attend. I signed up. During Redemption Groups, Jesus continued to reveal Himself to me through others. Ben Lucero was my leader. He asked me if I had ever asked Jesus to be the Savior of my life. I had not. I decided right there to place my trust in Jesus as my Savior.”
The reason I chose to be baptized today, February 12th, is because this is the 39 year anniversary of my sobriety from alcohol and drugs. Although, I am so grateful for this anniversary date of my sobriety, I want this date to now commemorate my baptism and my personal relationship with Jesus Christ!”