Larkin Avenue Baptist Church
Friday, December 15, 2017

George Heine

George's Story -

BEFORE I COMMITTED TO FOLLOW JESUS MY FAMILY LIFE WAS PRETTY CHAOTIC. I BOUNCED AROUND FROM MY GRANDMOTHER, TO MY AUNT, , AND ANOTHER FAMILY THAT ATTENDED THE SAME CHURCH. THE CHURCH WAS THE ONLY CONSTANT IN MY LIFE AT THAT TIME. WHEN I WENT BACK HOME WITH MY PARENTS I DRIFTED AWAY FROM THE CHURCH BECAUSE MY PARENTS WEREN’T VERY RELIGIOUS.

AS A TEENAGER I STARTED HANGING AROUND WITH THE WRONG TYPE OF PEOPLE AND IN HIGH SCHOOL I STARTED DRINKING AND DOING DRUGS. I THOUGHT I WAS HAVING A LOT OF FUN BUT SOMETHING WAS MISSING. THIS LASTED UNTIL MY MID THIRTIES. A LOT OF MY FRIENDS BACK THEN EITHER DIED OR ENDED UP IN PRISON. I KNEW I HAD TO GET AWAY FROM THEM AND THAT’S WHEN GOD STEPPED IN AND SENT ME TO LIVE WITH MY AUNT AND GRANDMOTHER.

AFTER I QUIT DRINKING I WORKED LONGER HOURS AND MADE A GOOD LIVING. BUT THE MORE I MADE THE MORE I WANTED. I WAS NEVER SATISFIED.

AFTER MY FATHER-IN-LAW PASSED AWAY I REALIZED I NEEDED TO CHANGE MY LIFE.I REMEMBERED THAT THE BIBLE SAYS THAT ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD. I ALSO KNEW THAT THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH.

A COUPLE OF YEARS AFTER MY MOTHER-IN-LAW CAME TO LIVE WITH US SHE TOLD MY WIFE THAT SHE WOULD LIKE TO START GOING TO CHURCH. THAT WAS ALL IT TOOK FOR ME TO START GOING TO CHURCH AGAIN. SO WE LOOKED FOR A CHURCH AND FOUND LARKIN AVE. BAPTIST CHURCH.

 

George Heine

 

 

I DISCOVERED THAT GOD LOVES US DISPITE THE KIND OF LIFE I WAS LIVING. THE BIBLE SAYS “FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT WHO SO EVER BELIVES IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERRISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.”

SO IN SEPTEMBER OF 2007 I COMMITTED MY LIFE TO FOLLOW JESUS. SINCE THEN HE HAS BEEN A SOURCE OF STRENGTH FOR ME AND BRINGS INNER PEACE TO MY LIFE. YOU SEE, JESUS SAID “I HAVE COME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE AND THAT THEY MAY HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY.”  AND I CERTAINLY FOUND THAT TO BE TRUE. I HAVE FOUND THAT NO MATTER WHATS GOING ON AROUND ME I PUT MY FAITH IN GOD AND LET HIM HANDLE IT. IT GIVES ME STRENGTH AND AN INNER PEACE THAT I NEVER HAD BEFORE. FOR ALL WHO READS THIS I URGE YOU TO TRY GIVING JESUS A CHANCE AND I’M SURE YOU WILL FIND PEACE ALSO.