Roger Allen | Facilities Director
When I read Romans 1:19-21, I realize that is how I lived my life for 46 years. I was raised in a non-Christian home, where the only time I heard the name God or Jesus was in a form of a curse. However, from a young age, I knew there was a God, and I felt His presence, yet I blocked Him out and worshipped the world. God put many people in my path to reveal Himself to me. A neighbor, a high school friend, and my future wife, yet I remained unrepentant. Drinking, drugs, playing music in the bars, and self -indulgence was the rule of the day for me. There were many times out of desperation that I would quit drinking and doing drugs. The last time I quit, I managed to stay sober for 10-years. I thought I would never go back, but there was still this unexplainable void in my life. When I decided to go down that road again in my early forties, things quickly spiraled out of control for me. I just kept pushing the limit, but now my marriage of 23-years was in complete collapse by my selfish behavior, and I am not sure I cared.
To appease my wife I agreed to attend church with her. I did not intend to go again. This was a one-and-done kind of thing. A friend recommended a church in Waterford, which was not close or convenient but my wife felt strongly that is where we should go. That was January 16, 2005, the day my life was changed by God’s grace.
As I was walking up the stairs of Faith, something was happening to me. I could not shake the feeling. As the Pastor preached his message on Lazarus, I felt the sin and shame of the way I had lived my life lifted. I could not wait to get to the altar. If it had been an option to jump off the balcony, I would have! It was not until a few days later after reading John 11 that I understood the meaning of the Lazarus sermon. I know without a doubt I was raised from the dead on January 16, 2005.
When I returned to work the next day, those who knew me best were shocked to see a Bible in my hand. I was as bold with the Bible as I had been with my sin. Everything changed for me that day. By God’s grace, the truth was revealed to me, and I began the process through biblical principles and discipleship of rebuilding my marriage and to lengthen my stride each day for God.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).