Welcome to the HillChurch Stories Blog. Here our Church on the Hill community shares our stories. These stories are full of inspiration and examples of how a life seeming lived in random, is actually connected. We are connected by our stories… Your Story, God’s Story, Our Story.
Before Christ I had REPENTANCE after Christ I am REDEEMED
My Special Verse: 1 John 1:9 NIV
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
I came to know Christ about 6 months ago when my Aunt started talking to me about the true meaning of being a Christian. I had been going to church most of my childhood and not really understanding the meaning of Christianity. After having many conversations with my aunt, I thought about becoming closer to God; praying, going to church and asking forgiveness when sinning. That’s when I asked Christ in to my heart! Before I knew Christ my life was very corrupt and I had no idea who to turn to when times were rough. Now that I have accepted Christ into my life, it has been going a lot better than before. My faith in God has grown and realizing that I am ready to be baptized is an amazing feeling!
Before Christ I was INCOMPLETE after Christ I am PURE
My Special Verse: Matthew 22:37 NIV
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
I came to know Christ as a child. My Mom talked about Jesus often and occasionally took us to church. Before I decided to get baptized, I felt I knew God and wanted Him to be in my life. Now that I have decided to be baptized, I feel like I am taking the final leap of faith and giving the rest of me, that I will be complete in His eyes, that I will totally belong to Jesus.
I was MISGUIDED and after Christ I am now REBORN
Special Verse: Galatians 2:20 NIV
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Before I knew Christ, I was miserable. Now that I know Christ, I am hopeful!
My name is Melissa Simpson.
I came to know Christ . . . my family raised me to know Christ
Before I knew Christ . . .I always had a relationship with God it used to be strong. Through 18 years of battling addiction I lost my relationship with God and began to lose faith, which was very selfish. I always knew God never left me.
Now that I know Christ . . .I am in recovery and as soon as I gave my life back over to God and let go of all control and asked Him to take my addiction from me. I have felt at peace and feel love.
My scripture is . . . I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether in plenty ore in want I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-15
Baptized 12/15/13 by Pastor Jerry Moen
My name is Ericka Evelyn Rubio.
I came to know Christ . . .1 0.13.13 during the Billy Graham My Hope America @ Church on the Hill
Before I knew Christ . . . It was hectic. I was LOST,, very sad and angry at the world. My dauter was taken from me by CPS.
Now that I know Christ . . . My life has been turned around for the better. I have my daughter back now!
My scripture is . . . Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Luke 7:48
Baptized 12/15/13 by Pastor Jerry Moen w/Suzanne Brockie
My name is Timothy Alan Radke.
I came to know Christ . . .After service here at Church on the Hill – God spoke to my heart and I knew it was time to surrender
Before I knew Christ . . .I was incomplete – I felt as though something was missing. I was very unhappy.
Now that I know Christ . . .I am complete – I now have the guidance of God and now I know I have a purpose.
My scripture is . . . Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies—make your way straight before me. Psalm 5:8
Baptized 12/15/13 by Pastor Kathy Togstad
My name is Breanna McKinney.
I came to know Christ . . . November 10, 2013
Before I knew Christ . . . I felt alone, lost, and incomplete. I always believed in God but never had a personal relationship with him. My sister would always ask me to attend church with her. My response was always that I was too busy. After struggling with the pain of the miscarriage and going through a break up, I felt more alone and lost than ever. Someone had left a book at my job called, “Never Walk Alone, God is always with you.” I started to read though it. Something in me that day told me that I needed to bring myself closer to God. The following Sunday I made a decision to attend church with my mom. Walking through the church doors I felt overwhelmed in a good way. That Sunday was probably one of the best Sundays for me to attend; there were crosses standing high, and leaders drawing people to the front of the church to accept Christ as their personal Savior. I wasn’t sure if I was ready, but I had this strong urge to go up and talk to someone so I did. November 10th I took the next step and accepted Christ as my Savior. It was the greatest feeling I have felt so far.
Now that I know Christ . . .I no longer feel alone.
My scripture is . . . I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Baptized 12/15/13 by Pastor Tim Elliott