We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

God Can Redeem Any Life

Growing up with terrorists as her heroes, Elaine was destined to become one of them. But God had a different path for her.

Her earliest playgrounds were abandoned homes within the working class neighborhoods of East Belfast.She remembers streets littered with burnt-out cars and ruined shops that had been in business only days before.British soldiers routinely patrolled the area, alert for trouble.

Like many of her peers, Elaine resented the intrusion, identifying instead with the paramilitary terrorist groups who vied for control of Northern Ireland. “These were the coolest people in our neighborhood,” she admits. “They were the ones with the fast cars and the cool clothes . . . no way did we think of them as a threat; they were our idols.”

This young woman could have easily been swallowed up by a world filled with death threats, bombings, drug and alcohol abuse, and worse. Except that she had a friend named Pamela, who had recently become a Christian.Eventually, because of Pamela’s patience and godly example, Elaine discovered a much safer and happier life, filled with the light of God’s love.

“We used to play pubs as children, selling alcohol and cigarettes to each other,” she recalls. “Now my children play church–one plays the piano, one preaches, and they all sing together.”

God can redeem any life, no matter how dark or dismal.

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