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Mosongo Osong – Catholic Revert

June 7, 2016

Mosongo Osong grew up in a faithful Catholic family in Cameroon, but when he had his first taste of party life at age 13, he started down a chaotic path of drugs, alcohol, and pornography.  The whole time, though, he knew that he was not in the right place, and his family members continued to pray for him.  When he was in the United States as a student, he was impacted ... more
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Kris Sarver, Former Atheist

May 2, 2016

Kris Sarver was raised Catholic, but after asking complicated questions about Hell as a child, she figured that Catholicism, and religion in general, were for simpletons and the uneducated. She pursued a life as a scientist with the military, and after a failed marriage, decided that she should end her life. It was during that suicide attempt that she first felt the presence of a loving God. That relationship culminated ... more
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What Does “Indwelling” Mean? — Calvinism, Prayer, and John 14:23

January 7, 2016

What does “indwelling” mean? What is friendship with God? How does “friendship” help us to know God? ... more
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Tom Grossman: Former Non-denominational Charismatic

April 27, 2015

Tom was raised by awesome parents who loved the Lord Jesus. The family moved around a lot, active in different Non-denominational ministries. While in college Tom began to drift. His father challenged him to come home with him to come home with him to do a year of ministry with him with the All Nations House of Prayer. During this time he began to read about the spiritual life and ... more
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Predestination vs. Human Free Will, Romans 9:14-33

January 22, 2015

As a Calvinist pastor, Marcus Grodi avoided preaching on Romans 9 and the Calvinist doctrine of predestination. Today, Marcus and Dr. Kenneth Howell continue their study of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans and discuss the mystery of God’s omnipotence and human free will. We know that God must be all-knowing, and something cannot not happen if God knows it is going to happen; yet, we know that human beings ... more
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Fr. Greg Paffel: A Catholic Who Returned from the Assemblies of God

November 24, 2014

Father Greg was raised in a Catholic family but, though he believed in God, he only remembers praying with his heart twice when he was young. Sadly, he had next to no catechesis. Even though he attended Mass he did not know the faith. When he was a junior in high school, a friend asked him if he knew Jesus and invited him to his Assembly of God youth group. ... more
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Sin: Who will deliver me from this mortal body? — Romans 7:7-25

November 22, 2014

Christians still struggle with sin. How does a Christian deal with personal failings? How does a Christian view death? How does a Christian progress in the spiritual life? Do we realize how much we really need God? ... more
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Steven Lawson: Former Agnostic; revert

November 11, 2013

Steven Lawson, son of Catholic parents, grew up in Buffalo, NY.  A regular attender of weekly mass and youth group events, Steven began to have questions about his faith.  His goal from age 11 (modeled after Walt Disney) was to build a better world through animation.  While in college, Steven got immersed in philosophy and debate, leading into a secular mindset – and a rather sinful lifestyle.  The story of a divine ... more
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Billie Mobley: Former Baptist

October 28, 2013

Marcus welcomes Catholic revert Billie Mobley to the Journey Home Program.  Billie, a native of Newark, NJ, and a daughter of a Southern Baptist mother and a first-generation Portuguese Catholic father, spent the first part of her life in the Catholic faith (baptized, first holy communion, schooling). However, that all changed when her mother left her father and returned to Virginia.  Sadly, she and her two siblings ended up in ... more
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A Quick Reflection on Making Room for God

July 23, 2013

Mother Teresa once said, “Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God’s gift of Himself.”  This reflects a favorite verse of St. Teresa of Avila: “I will run in the way of your commands for you have enlarged my heart.” (Ps 119:32). Everything in our lives is directed at expanding the hearts of people to make room for God. This “enlargement” or “expansion” is necessary because God ... more
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Maria Romine: Former Presbyterian

February 11, 2013

Maria Romine explains that she was “entrenched” in the Presbyterian church of her childhood; active as a youth elder, deacon, choir member and liturgist.  Her real passion, discovered in the fourth grade, was acting.  Maria pursued theatre studies in college and then continued acting as a career, along with her administrative day job.  What started her on the road to conversion to Catholicism was being invited to work full-time with ... more
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Discernment: Does God have one right choice for me in each decision I make?

October 31, 2011

When we pray for wisdom to discern God’s will when it comes to choosing a mate, a career, a job change, a move, a home, a school, a friend, a vacation, how to spend money, or any other choice, big or little, whenever there are two or more different paths opening up before us and we have to choose, does God always will one of those paths for us? ... more