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By the time I had reached the age of 31, I was divorced, lonely, and miserable, living in a pathetic 8 by 35 foot mobile home. I smoked two to three packs of cigarettes a day, drank alcohol and smoked marijuana on a regular basis. I had joint custody of my three children but couldn’t have them over for the night because my home was too small. On weekends we all stayed at my parents’ house. The only thing I had going for me at that time was my job. I poured myself into it and was steadily climbing up the ladder. It was my escape. In fact, I dreaded the weekends because I knew I would be lonely. As Monday morning approached, I was always eager to get back to work.Even though I was making good money, I was always broke because of bills left over from my marriage and divorce. During my 20s I had owned my own business and a nice house in the country with a swimming pool. But just at the point when I should have been really prospering, my life was in shambles.
My Testimony by Dave Huston
In the Spring of 1981, a man at work talked me into letting him teach me a Bible study. He would come over to my house each week and walk me through the Scriptures. I had always been interested in spiritual things, but I must admit, I had never made much effort to read the Bible. I has fascinated with the things I was learning, and I was impressed with his willingness to come over and teach me each week.
In the Fall of that year, my friend invited me to the local assembly he was part of. Since it was a Saturday, I had my children. So that night all four of us walked into Antioch Apostolic Church for the first time. I had been raised in an Episcopal church where everyone was absolutely quiet and the prayers and music were very structured and formal. But this church was different! People were raising their hands and praising God out loud. They were singing from their hearts. People seemed to be genuinely sincere in their love and adoration for Jesus. And the preaching was powerful and right out of the Bible.
I didn’t respond that first night. In fact, I left the service greatly troubled on the inside. The thing I couldn’t get away from was that the people worshiped God as though He was actually there, standing right in front of them. For the first time in my life I felt that I had been confronted with the reality of God.
I returned the next Friday evening, November 13, 1981. That night I did respond. I repented of my self-centered life, I prayed and reached out to God, I was baptized by immersion in water in the name of Jesus Christ, and God filled me with the gift of the Holy Spirit, just like it happened in the Bible (Acts 2:1-4; Acts 10:44-48; Acts 19:1-6).
Since that time God has worked many wonderful things in my life. He has healed my hurting heart; He has delivered me from alcohol and cigarettes; He has given me a beautiful new wife; and He has placed within me a higher purpose for living. Today I live in Carlisle, PA, where I am involved in the oversight of a local assembly called Carlisle Christian Fellowship. My three daughters have grown to adulthood and are all married to ministers of the gospel. They have also given me ten fantastic grandchildren. What a mighty God we serve!
Jesus said that we must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God. He explained that this meant being born of “water and the Spirit” (John 3:3-5). I now realize that this new birth comes by being baptized in water in the name of Jesus and being filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). When I had my new birth experience, my life was changed. Today, the old things have passed away and behold, all things have become new. I thank God for the peace and joy He has given me and for the wonderful church family He has placed me in.