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“I quit going to church. I just walked away. I still believed in God and Jesus, but They were on the back burner. I wasn’t thinking about Them. I wasn’t paying attention to my faith in any way. I was brought up in a Southern Baptist church, went to church and Sunday school every Sunday, sometimes on a Wednesday. That was routine. I got baptized when I was about twelve. I did this until I was eighteen. I was in my early forties before I started going back to church. I realized that I had really poor bible knowledge. I wanted to be more than a Sunday Christian. I really didn’t understand what my faith journey was all about, nor that there even was one. I joined a bible study group twenty years ago that I’m still in today. That group has really meant a lot to my journey. I wouldn’t be where I’m at now if it wasn’t for them – real Brothers in Christ. They came around me as a community and helped me grow and see what a faith journey could entail. Community is so important. I went to a three-day Tony Evans seminar at The Cove and got really convicted to start a men’s bible study. I’m not a bible scholar by any means. My eyes were awoken to the fact that Jesus wasn’t just talking to the twelve apostles, He was talking to all of us. I needed to be a disciple for Jesus. ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’ Matthew 28:19. I started realizing where I had been and thought ‘if this other community helped me, maybe we can build a ‘like’ community at River Hills. This would foster faith engagement and growth in men so we all help each other and I can pay it forward. Three years in, we have over 15 men each week with a membership over 20. My advice to people is to open up, listen, and give Jesus a chance. Trust God and get a bit out of your comfort zone. Investing in your faith gives you a freedom, love and compassion that you haven’t had before. My name is Brian and I surrender.”

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