Jim & Julie Barker

Jim & Julie Barker

They went far from me, and walking after emptiness they became empty.  Jeremiah 2:4

That passage describes the first twenty-nine years of my life. I tried many things to satisfy the eternal need of my soul, but none of those things would satisfy. I was empty, and the emptier I felt the more desperate I became. The more desperate I became the more irrational I became. This pattern went on for many years.

I eventually came to the point where I realized something was dreadfully wrong inside me. I came to the frightening awareness that given the right amount of time and circumstances I was capable of anything. I had become desensitized to what was right and wrong, good and bad, to what was healthy and what was perverse.

Then something happened that would change my life forever. I heard of an offer of a new life and a new beginning in life. The offer was a new life offered by God and the new life was the life of His Son, Jesus Christ. So, out of a sense of personal need, I yielded all that I was, as confused as I was, to God. I accepted His invitation and invited Christ to come into my heart to give me a new life and a new beginning. When Christ came in I found what I had been searching for all along. I found God’s love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. It was as though a Divine hand had erased the blackboard of my life, and I had a new beginning. Since that time I have sought to grow into the man God created me to be, redeemed me to be and indwells me to be. To be like the Son of God who lives in me to make me like Himself—a Son loved by His Father, revealing His Father’s heart to the world around Him.

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