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Grady’s CA Testimony

At the second meeting of the 2012 fall semester, Grady graciously shared with us about how He came to be a Christ follower and his story about getting involved with CA and ministry on campus!  It was an entertaining, humble and beautiful moment for us all, and Grady brought several points of wisdom for anyone listening!  I encourage you to listen for what God wants to say to you through his testimony!

Testimony given 9/4/12.

Grady Testimony at CA

Posted 4 years, 2 months ago.

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Prissilla Issa: Praise Report about a Prayer Request!

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Nadime [left

On the night we discussed one of the aspects of Christ’s love, I noticed that Prissila’s “Family group” took an extra long time to pray before rejoining the rest of us.  I knew something was brewing!  She shared later that they were praying about two very difficult family matters for both her family and her sister Nadime’s boyfriend’s family.  This is the testimony she gave about how those prayers were answered and what God did!

Just a little teaser…God not only answered their prayer, He showed off His perfect timing, and amazing power to move mountains!

Prissilla’s praise report about prayer request

Posted 4 years, 2 months ago.

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Grady on Phileo [Brotherly Love]: “Deigo and the Black Pants.”

Just before the night we were to discuss brotherly love, “Phileo” in the greek, Grady had an experience with a classmate. He rushed to tell me that he just had an experience that was a great example of Phileo and he had to share it!

I’m Glad he did!  It blessed us all and set the tone for a great discussion on what it means to be a brother or sister to each other!

Shared in September 2012

“Diego and the black pants” By Grady Picinich [and Jesus]

Posted 4 years, 2 months ago.

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Kristi’s Testimony

To start off the semester [fall 2012], our Vice President, Kristi Lacetti brought an open, transparent, humble, and powerful piece of her story!  Thank you Kristi for sharing and sending such an encouraging and motivating message of redemption through struggle to us all.  Thanks for motivating those who might not feel comfortable being at a Christian group on UAlbany campus, to feel welcome and to keep coming back, despite the struggles!

Kristi’s Experience with CA

Shared on 8/28/12.

Posted 4 years, 2 months ago.

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Grady’s reflections on the Old Testament

I am going to pick one thing that stood out to me from our E100 study of the Old Testament, it’s something that I absolutely love and have learned so much about in the Fall semester. What I learned, was that the Old Testament is chock full of regular people, literally the same as you and I! They lived in a different time, with different cultures, but they thought the very same thoughts and went through the very same struggles.

The people that make up a lot of the history that we read have awesome, practical characteristics. They persevered, they worked hard, they succeeded, and they failed. Most importantly, they had some of the most admirable examples of faith. The first example that I can think of is the story of David and Goliath, in which David completely busts the skull of Goliath, a giant Philistine soldier who threatened the well-being of his nation.  He was exactly like anyone off the street, in that he was pretty much an average guy. However, his choice to actually believe God and act on it would eventually kick off his very own giant-slaughtering campaign as well as his eventual king-ship.

I feel like every instance of the Old Testament presents a situation that everyone can relate to at one point or another. It’s as applicable and relevant today as it was in the days that it was written, and for that, I thank God. The people that God use so greatly aren’t great without His help, and neither are we! Our choice to be faithful and receive His equipment is what sets us apart.

Posted 5 years, 2 months ago.

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Alyssa’s Story…

I grew up as a regular church attender with my family. My mom especially encouraged me in faith by instilling a belief in Jesus and a set of moral principles to follow. Despite all this, I was not a particularly well behaved child. Although my acts of mischief were relatively small, they were still sinful rebellions as I often acted with the knowledge that I was doing something wrong.

I was very afraid of being “sent to hell” as a kid, partially because of the “fire and brimstone” preacher who taught at our church but mostly, I think, because I was keenly aware that my life lacked a relationship with Jesus as a father and redeemer. I knew he was God’s son, that he was perfect and good and that he died for my sins but he was still a distant figure.

Over the summer before I turned 10, I went to a Christian camp where Continue Reading…

Posted 7 years ago.

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Dennis Zeng’s Story

The first semester of college was a fun semester but a rough one for my spirit. I did things that God would never have approved of, nor would he be proud of. Leaving for college was one of my highest priorities in high school. I wanted to get away from my parents, the drama and even possibly from God.

When I was finally out of high school and on my own, I couldn’t wait to live my own independent life. My parents were out of sight and out of mind. I lived a life like a non-believer. I did go to church occasionally but was up late all night partying. I would wake up and go to church the next day with the same clothes I went to the party with. Looking back at it now, I laugh at what a hypocrite I was. Continue Reading…

Posted 7 years ago.

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Jessica’s Story

During my summer before college I went to my first “party”. I had come to know Christ as my Savior when I was eight years old, but I had entered a temporary period of straying from my faith. When I got to college my friends and I would go dancing or to parties on the weekends. It was a lot of fun, but not necessarily what I wanted to be doing all the time. It was hard to stop, because my friends would always want me to go out with them.

I tried to fill my time with other things so I would have a good, legitimate reason why I could not go out. I started going to other school events; and I joined CA and Impact. I made many new friends with people who had other interests besides drinking. I began to hang out with them more often, so that I would not be tempted to go out. Just like my step-dad said, “If you want to succeed in life, surround yourself with successful people”. Proverbs 13:20 instructs us that “he who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm”.

I wanted to have a stronger relationship with God, and to be better example for others and better representative for Christ. With that in mind, I have been surrounding myself with spiritually strong people with similar values to mine. It was not easy at first, Continue Reading…

Posted 8 years ago.

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