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Sex Drugs & Rock N’ Roll that’s all I wanted out of life
Peter Byers Personal Story
I would to share with you my personal story of how God changed my life from being a party animal who had lived a life of full of fear, anger, bitterness & pain. To living a fulfilled life full of love, forgiveness, healing, power & purpose.
My story doesn’t start out so nice. I came from a dysfunctional family. As a child I lived in fear of my father, who was mentally ill & involved in hard drugs.
During the day I was afraid of my father’s violent temper & at night there were the nightmares every time I went to sleep. My deepest desire was to have my father spend time with me, but it didn’t happen. When I was 9 my Dad left my Mom, my 3 sisters, my brother & me. After that, my Mom had several boyfriends. One of them beat me almost ever day for 3 years until I left home at the age of 16. Hurt, anger & bitterness consumed me. I grew to hate all figures of authority. I was a rebel.
I began smoking pot when I was 15, but after I left home I got into harder drugs. My heart was hard & cold, yet deep inside I was crying out to be loved & accepted. My deepest need was for the love of a father.
At age 19, I was sharing an apartment with a friend. We both had good jobs & sold drugs on the side. Every day was a party. For several years I had been high every day. I needed to be high to relate to my friends and to have a good time. Sex Drugs & Rock n Roll! That’s all I wanted out of life!
I thought I had it made because I was sleeping with different girls all the time. I always had lots of drugs, friends, parties & music, but something was missing. Deep inside I was really hurting.
Now, I knew about the Bible because I had been to church when I was younger. I knew the way I was living was wrong & that the only way to really live was to give my life to Jesus Christ. Who paid the ultimate price by dying on a cross to demonstrate God’s love for you & me. As well as to satisfy God’s justice against sin, so we could be freely forgiven.
Then just before I turned 20, I was invited to a Christian youth event. When I was there, I heard God speak to me. He said, “Peter, in spite of the fact that you rejected me & ran away from the call of God on your life, I still love you!” At that time I felt God’s love all around me. I broke down & cried. I asked God to forgive me for the wrong things I had done & to come into my heart. I then committed myself to following His Son, Jesus Christ.
When I prayed something amazing happened. I felt all the guilt & heaviness lift. I knew my sins were forgiven. I was also able to forgive everyone who had hurt me. I lost all desires to do drugs & to disobey God. I now loved God & people. It was an instant change. I had become born again.
As I began to read the Bible daily & go to church my relationship with God grew. I was learning to obey Him more & to share with others what the Lord had done for me. I no longer lived in fear, because God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear, but one of sonship. So that we can cry out to Him, calling Him “Daddy or Father.”
God became the loving Father I had always longed for. He healed my hurts & my mind from the effects of drug abuse. As I devoted myself to talk to my Father in prayer, He would speak to me giving me directions & purpose for my life.
God will speak to you in your spirit if you talk to Him, because you were created to have a relationship with Him.
He directed me to go to Bible College & I became a Christian Minister. Since then He has allowed me to preach the gospel all around North America, Europe, Africa & Asia. He has given me a relationship with Himself that has brought the fulfillment I had always longed for.
He has given me a beautiful wife & 3 wonderful children. Together we have an exciting life together getting to know God & making Him known to others.
Let me encourage you? God loves you more than you love yourself. He thinks you are amazing. He wants a to be a Father to you. To guide you & help you in every area of your life.
Will you open your heart to receive God’s love? Will you receive His forgiveness & healing? Will you come to Him today?
If you want to receive God’s love simply pray:
“Father God I am sorry for the things that I have done that are wrong. Please forgive me, heal my heart & come into my life? I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross taking the punishment I deserved, so I can be freely forgiven. I also believe that you raised Jesus from the dead. Today I submit my life to follow your Son & begin my journey in getting to know you.”
Let me also invite you to come to visit us at the Toronto Vineyard Christian Fellowship.
We currently meet as a church on Sunday mornings at Swansea Town Hall at 95 Lavinia Avenue, it’s a community centre in our neighbourhood. We start at 10:30 am with light desserts & great coffee. We are usually finished by 12 noon. This may be our formal Sunday meeting, but we dress informally. Many of us also gather informally in our homes & public settings during the week to open up our lives to God & to encourage each other.
This invitation is not about you joining our church, but it is about us helping each other to grow closer to our Heavenly Father who loves us more than we can imagine.
So, if you do not have a local church where you feel like you belong or would simply like to talk more please call me on my cell at 1-905-719-7771 or email me at email@example.com.
Thank for taking the time to read my personal story & I hope we have an opportunity to meet again.
My purpose printing and giving the brochure away is to give something away that people will read that will communicate how much God loves them and how He can heal and restore us if we come to Him. I give these brochures away as I am led by the Holy Spirit to do so.
I also customize my personal story as a invitation to come to whatever church I am attending or doing outreach with.
The most recent church I assisted was the Toronto Vineyard where I was under contract for 6 months as their outreach pastor to help them become more effective at reaching out to their community. That is why the contact information and map directs the readers there.
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