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I became a Christian in 1977. I clearly understood that I was leading a life that displeased God, although I had been considering myself as doing no harm to anyone up to that time when I began reading the Bible for myself.
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Changing my attitude, ways of thinking, of doing, and of being, required a decision on my part which I was not willing to make at first. I believe today that this refusal was what eventually led me to declare myself an agnostic.
But, as a self-declared agnostic I could not explain how a God that does not exist could have answered one of my «If you exist, then you must...» type of prayers I had made earlier on, when seeking God and asking Him to reveal Himself to me.
That answered prayer nagged me until such a day I realized agnosticism was not a valid world view, and decided to turn away from the life I had been living up to then, and to begin living in ways taught in the Word of God.
This led me to become dynamically involved with sharing my faith all around me, up to a point when I joined a «servant in training» program, preparing for what turned out to be a Church Planting pastoral ministry.
I was devastated when I came to realize – in 1987, after eleven years of training and ministry – that there were issues in my personal life that would not just go away, and that I had to make a choice that involved stepping out of full time Church leadership, and going back to secular work.
I decided to stay in the small Church I had been the founding pastor of, but soon realized people kept coming to me with situations that the new pastor was teaching and leading in ways that were sometimes opposite to what I had done. So within the same year that I had left full time Christian ministry I also felt I needed to move to a different local Church.
From 1988 to 1987 my family and I worshipped and shared about God and His ways in a non-denominational Christian assembly called "La Bonne Nouvelle" (Good News). It was a good Church, and it helped us in our spiritual walk. But a situation came up that led our family to join a start-up local Church involving leaders that were from the same denominational background that we were.
So, since 1988 we have been involved in a second non denominational assembly called "La communauté chrétienne des Deux-Rives". The name has to do with the fact that our members are spread out on the North and South shores of the city we live in within the Province of Quebec, Canada.
It was not until 2008 that came about a life-changing insight, which I am convinced was from the Holy Spirit of God, and which led me to confess my sin in a specific area of my life I had let myself slip into. As a result of this, and of several other factors that were part of God's outworking, I began to experience a deep and permanent joy I had tasted before, but that had not been my daily lot.
My family, and the people who had known me for years, asked me what had happened. But I could not and still cannot explain it really. However, I do know that even when we are convinced that nothing will ever come of our life again, because it did not turn out as we wanted it to, God is there doing His work, and leading us to greater knowledge of Him.
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