Natalie’s relationship with Christ started when she was 8 years old. She has discovered that following the Lord isn’t just something we have to do. She believes that walking with God can be fun also! Natalie has never had a father in her life. That is who God is to her. He is her father and her best friend. Natalie shares that following God has helped her relationships with others. She appreciates that the quality of her relationships is based on happiness. Natalie also expresses her beliefs in repentance. She knows that sometimes she still sins. Yet she also believes that God’s love is enough. She knows that God loves her unconditionally. She even knows that her failures can help others to believe in God and believe in themselves.
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling.”
Joe describes how broken he felt when he came to know the Lord. Feelings of abandonment and being lost caused him to seek Christ. He knew very little about God. All he remembered were things he had heard over the years. His knowledge about God was nothing more than a distant memory. Today Joe can say that through prayer he feels the closeness of a relationship with God. He expresses how when he calls out to God, he feels that God truly hears him. Joe’s personal relationships have also been restored because of God. Once in Joe’s life, his own mother had abandoned him. But today, Joe has repaired the damage from the past. He is now welcome in his mother’s home and even has his own room!
There is very little we can be sure of in our lives. Yet there is one thing we do know. When we call out to Christ, He hears us. It is through the comfort we receive from His presence, that we have strength to persevere.
“The eyes of the Lord are too the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry”
Courtney shares that she was raised in a Christian household. She also shares that the pressures of high school caused her to fall away. One night she realized that she no longer felt she had purpose in her life. After becoming involved with a Christian organization, Christ’s purpose for her life became evident. It was at that moment she learned to serve and to develop her personal relationship with Christ. Courtney learned about the unconditional love of God. This is what motivates her in work, relationships and prayers today. She currently helps with young teenagers and the struggles they go through. Helping these kids have become part of the purpose God has placed in her life. God has a way of turning our struggles into what He uses for us to help others. Courtney is also involved in ministry with her church, one of those ministries is an outreach ministry that travels all over the world to preach the Gospel. Right now she is helping train a group that will be going to Guatemala in the summer of 2014.
“Direct your child on the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”
Joseph is the youngest of Jacob’s sons. He has a dream that one day he would be the head of his brothers. He shares his dream with the ones he loves. Because of that, his brothers are jealous. They resolve to make Joseph fall. Joseph goes through a lot of obstacles to become the man he is. His heart’s desire is to forgive his brothers. He also wants to be in the will of God. As believers we are given two choices with hurtful relationships. We can choose to be angry, bitter and to hold on to the past. Or we can choose to forgive the past and walk in love, towards the future. When we choose to forgive, sometimes we even discover that was the plan for us the whole time. God always intended for Joseph to go through everything he went through. God intended to use what his brothers meant for harm. He used it to make Joseph the man he was always meant to be.
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
We now present to you the trailer for our newest edition in the Present Grace Film Series, Joseph. Stay tuned for behind the scenes pictures coming this week followed by the premiere of the film a week from today right here at bygraceproductionsmedia.com!
Here it is! The day we have all been waiting for. April 20th, 2014 Grace Gospel Fellowship opened the doors to their new home. After years of prayer and many months of construction, the doors were opened to the public. Over 1000 people arrived this Sunday. Over 100 had to be turned away due to lack of room. What a glorious day! On Easter Sunday we praise God because this is the day He rose from the grave. With Him came life!
We just want to say thank you to everyone that helped to make this day what it was. Thank you to the Luther family for their donation. Thank you to every laborer that put it in the countless hours. Thank you to all the people that prayed for this day. Thank you to everyone who believed it could never happen. What a great God we serve! He is the God of this city!
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer”
Kyle was in jail when he first came to know the Lord. He expresses how God was revealed to him in a way he never knew. Kyle came to realize, while in jail, that he was a sinner. He also realizes he will always be a sinner. Yet also that Christ died for him. Christ covers not just the sins of his past. Christ covers him now and in the future. Through his relationship with God, Kyle sees Christ as his king. He sees a king that died for him. He sees his own life as a way to serve God, every day.
Christ is a restorer of relationships. Kyle has also felt restoration in the relationships he has with people close to him. He has people in his life that lead him to Christ. He has friends and family that remind him to pray and to read his bible.
Through meditation and prayer Kyle has felt the peace that surpasses all understanding. It is in these moments that he finds the ability to overcome trials. He is involved in video production and this is one of the purposes God has given him in his life. Through video production he is given the chance to bring glory to God and to show the world who Christ is.
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Esther is a woman who is strong, beautiful and courageous. She had many challenges to overcome to become the woman she is. She was orphaned as a child. Esther was adopted by her cousin, Mordecai. She grows up to become a woman of beauty. It is her beauty that draws Xerxes to Esther to make her his wife. It is through the love that Xerxes has for her, that gives her the strength and courage to fight for her very own people. She wins the victory over Haman and rises to her position as queen and wife. Many of us, as women, are faced with challenges early in life. Yet those tribulations are often the very thing that God uses to make who we are meant to be. The hard times we face in our lives give us strength and character. We also learn what we are fighting for. We learn that love can overcome everything. Most times, we also discover that the pain from the past can be what has brought us to this moment. Now is the time that we can stand up for who we are, for what we have been through and fight for ourselves and those we love the most.
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.”