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Jay and Judy Morris

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     My story is a simple one. I was raised in a Church that was full of good people trying to live a good life.  If you asked about salvation, you would get a theological answer of "yes, at 3pm Good Friday".  No one ever shared with me that it is possible to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, or that the Bible is the living Word of god.  If they did, I certainly wasn't listening.  Somehow, even at age 10, being confirmed in the Church, I felt something was missing ; that something I would later discover was my soul wanting to unite with Father God who gave me life.

     Through my teens and later college years, I was a good young man, but still unhappy and empty.  The harder I worked to remove this reality from my life, the bolder it became.  I had a relationship with Jesus intellectually, but not personally.  To have this relationship became my pilgrimage.

      In 1977 I graduated from Seminary and began preaching for another denomination.  The pivotal point was April 26, 1981.  At home on a Sunday evening, I turned on the television hoping for a distraction.  Rev Dr. Charles Stanley was preaching concerning the steps of salvation.  He was focusing on clergy.  The words that took me to the throne of Grace are : (on his knees pointing to the camera)  "...and you my friend behind the pulpit every Sunday, and you don't know Jesus as Lord and Savior.  You've never made that commitment. You've never asked."  It was meant for me, and I did ask that night.  My life, my preaching, and my ministry have never been the same. I was baptize a few years later.

      Judy's story began growing up in the Southern Baptist Church, influenced heavily by the faith of her grandmother.  Because of family issues, she had not accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord.  At age 8, her family decided to relocate a great distance from her childhood home.  The move was traumatic and lonesome.  It was a searching time, because she felt disconnected from everyone and everything that was familiar.  During this time, God chose to use a girl, whom she met in elementary school, to change her life.  They became best friends.  As was their custom, she attended Church with them each Sunday and witnessed the love of God in that family.  At the age of 12, she accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord and was baptized. 

       Judy and I understand about family issues and the dynamic that changes in your family and with friends when you accept Jesus our Savior.  He has blessed us with a life and ministry together.  We are confident He has a plan for you.  Just admit that sin makes you miserable, ask Him to forgive you and step into your life as Savior and Lord.  Then come celebrate with us at Littleby.

       "Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ". Phillippians 1:6