I was born the son of a preacher man. I grew up hearing the Bible and hearing truth spoken to me at just about every turn. I wasn’t a terrible child, I just didn’t care for the Christian scene. Week after week it seemed like fewer and fewer people came to hear the Word of God. Why did my parents do it? What was it about this Jesus character that made them want to waste so much of their time on something no one else seemed to pay attention to.
I was 11 when it happened. It’s not that I didn’t believe the Bible was true, or that God was real, or even that Jesus died for my sins; it’s just that I didn’t care. I figured I’d go live my life and later on down the road I’d get around to giving God his dues. I was outside our home when it hit me. Actually, it had been hitting me for almost a week; that still small voice saying, “Jesus, you need to follow Jesus”. But now it was stronger than ever. My response was always “no” or “maybe later”. But God persisted. I figured if God wouldn’t leave me alone, then maybe I could make Him a deal. We had an AWANA program at our church every Wednesday. My father would sometimes give an invitation at the end of the meeting for kids to learn about Jesus and know how to be saved. So I made my deal: if my father gave the invitation then I would relinquish my obstinacy and follow God, but if he forgot, God had to leave me alone. My father didn't forget. So I kept my word. I talked with an elderly gentleman about sin and Christ’s sacrifice for my sin.
It wasn’t until then that I understood that my “good” wasn’t good enough. When measured against God’s goodness, I was found wanting. Not only that but I had broken God’s laws: I’d lied, stolen, lusted, and God cannot accept anything less than absolute perfection.. Many passages I had learned were now foremost in my mind: “For the payment for sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ” (Rom 6:23); “God made [Jesus] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. “(1 Cor. 5:21); “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; not by works, so that no one can boast. (Eph. 2:8-9). It was all there right in front of me. I had done wrong already, so I I couldn’t be perfect. And there wasn't anything I could do to save myself. I couldn’t work my way to heaven: any good I could do would only be possible because of God; I would therefore just be more indebted to Him. I had only one option, Jesus. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).” This is why my parents devoted themselves to telling others about Christ: because there is only one God; one Savior that gave and could give His life for mine, and everyone’s. To give anything less than complete devotion would be to make a mockery of the life that was given for mine. So here I am, wholly His.
I would tell you that life with Jesus is all sunshine and rainbows, but that would be a lie. I have watched an uncle succumb to the ravages of cancer, another to heart failure, and the only grandfather I ever knew to old age, all within two years. I have seen dear friends destroy their lives on drugs, sex, and hatred. And I myself struggled through years of deep despair. But God has been gracious and has been there through it all, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt 28:20b) Make no mistake, this is not my story, I just happen to make an appearance in it. This is the story of a loving, redeeming God whom I’m proud to know. I have seen His faithfulness, and have been the subject of more miracles and answered prayer than I can count. I hope you know Him, and if not I’m happy to answer any questions you might have. But please don’t adopt the attitude I had and say “maybe later”. “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (Mark 8:36).
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Our goal is to have a community of gamers that builds each other up in skill and in our relationship with God. We are mostly casual but some of us play competitively. We accept all ages and would love to see you join.
Lastly we do ask all members follow a few simple rules to help govern the group
first we ask all members to "keep it clean" keep swearing and raging to a minimum (we know there are some days). Please refrain from coarse joking and talking about mature stuff in the presence of younger players.
second we ask members not to share any sort of pornographic content in the forums or talk about it online.
Lastly have fun, but use wisdom. The rules here are just a formality, use wisdom, good judgement and humility in all your interactions inside and outside the group. Don't be afraid to admit mistakes that may hurt others and forgive each other
Remember we are Christian gamers, come, play, and expect to be encouraged and have a fun time.
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