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Tuesday, April 25th 2017

4:51 PM

Stories of Faith Hope and Love: God's Amazing Call

        In 1973 it became apparent that it was time for me to move on. It  was difficult. Though I had a job at a local insurance company, my youth ministry at the Stony Brook coffeehouse was my real mission in life. It took a good friend's  heart to heart conversation with me to solidify my conviction that there truly was a new life ahead. I prayed about it and decided to leave it in God's hands - I would take the first affordable apartment anywhere within an hours drive of my place of business.

        In May 1973 that "anywhere" became an unknown town in central Long Island, N.Y. by the name of North Babylon. Bordering to its north was the village of Deer Park. To my amazement the very first Sunday I attended the Deer Park Presbyterian Church a church elder announced that he wanted the church to support a new local coffeehouse. God had called me to leave one coffeehouse ministry behind and immediately gave me a new one in my new home. To this day I still marvel at how God calls us to our missions.

For those of you visiting this blog from the Facebook page: Friends of Mattpaul, you have seen the attached video. You will recognize that this call to youth ministry in Deer Park comes after the discussion of the beginning of the Stony Brook Coffeehouse and the thoughts beginning with "Fast forward 32 years".

Please comment on my story and please, please share your own story of faith, hope and/or love.

4 user comments.

Posted by Linda:

Having the courage to share one’s faith experiences is most appreciated. It makes me feel there are  good things in the world. I am not a talker but I am a good listener. I hope to hear of others’ faith experiences. :):):)
Monday, May 29th 2017 @ 12:04 PM

Posted by Tim Ferguson:

Linda - it does take courage to share one's faith and in this day and age when there is so much intolerance to speak out. Recently an individual was writing a rant against one of our past presidents which was filled with negativity. He asked for comments and I wrote that I felt he was ignoring the facts. His response was that I was ignorant and un-American??

Hard to believe but it is the age we live in since January of this year. Nevertheless, we cannot be fearful because if we do we will be bullied into submitting to so much false information being perpetrated.

So I share news - of a faith experience which is news because, if I had not acted "in faith" so much would be different.

The young people in the Caperstan stories also act in faith. Some paid the price as Dustin did with his life. What is the ultimate outcome? Those that act in faith change the lives of those around them as we find Dustin did. You can learn more by reading the story found at http://christianteensactivities.org/NewstoryMay.php

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Wednesday, May 31st 2017 @ 4:51 AM

Posted by Alex:

Calling someone in-American for differing with their opinion is the anger that I was talking about. Sorry to hear that someone could make such a comment to someone trying to speak out against negativity. We can all do better.
Monday, June 19th 2017 @ 5:54 AM

Posted by Alex:

I meant un-American not in-American in my previous comment above. We need to stop the name calling.:-(
Monday, June 19th 2017 @ 5:57 AM

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