I'm mostly just a lurker, but I thought I would at least post my testimony.
I was raised in a church going, Bible believing home, but like so many who reach their teen years, I rebelled against my parents and quit going to church. I was still spiritually hungry and because of that I fell victim to a number of misleading "religions". Thankfully, Jesus never gave up on me. After I was married and had children, I thought I would then finally fill the void that seemed to be missing in my life. Though I love my family dearly, they never patched that huge gulf in my heart.
When I was around 27 (right after 9/11), my mother and father were undergoing a separation. I had always been close to my mom, but during that time, I drew closer to my dad. He was attending a church not too far from our town. I finally gave into his pleas to go with him to a Sunday church service. I'll never forget the sermon the preacher gave that day: Whose report will you believe? Before that cold Feburary 10, 2002 morning ended, I was filled with the Spirit of God, I commited my life to his only begotten son Jesus Christ, and finally realized my heart was now whole. That evening I was baptised in the name of Jesus and since then I have never looked back.
My dad became so much to me after that day. He was not only my father, he was my brother-in-Christ, my teacher and mentor. We read the Bible with a hunger and watched events happening around the world lead us closer to our glorious rapture. Each day I would call him up and say, "Hey Dad, did you see what's going on in the middle east?" And he would share in my joy that the time was drawing near.
God called my dad home four years ago today. It's been rough without him, but I know 100% with certainity where he is today. The last time I saw him he had his arms raised in the air and he told me, "It's going to be okay. God's got it all under control."
Time is drawing short, my friends. My heart and soul whispers the closeness of the hour. I pray that anyone who reads this who has not accepted Jesus, that they do so immediately. Don't wait. Don't think you have time. We don't know what tomorrow will bring. And for those who have loved ones unsaved, I pray they too quickly find the truth.
God bless you all, and I wait with a joyous heart for the day we all meet together in our heavenly father's kingdom.