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Posted On 02/12/2019

Stephanie's story


I made the decision to be baptized.
This was something I’d considered before, but always decided not to because I had been baptized around 9 years old or so. I figured I had already been baptized, so I didn’t need to do it, although I have come back to my faith.
I was baptized as a kid because that’s what we did.
I saw others do it, so I did it too. I was basically “checking the boxes” to make sure I was a “good, Christian girl.” I tried doing the things I was told were the right things. Except I grew up and did not seek out a life modeled after Christ. Not at all. I had a set of beliefs but I had no real faith in those beliefs.
I had some negative experiences in the church that I grew up in that I didn’t realize weren’t right until I left it. I experienced some things there that didn’t seem Christ-like and frankly, had turned me off to God completely. I was bitter and angry. I wouldn’t step foot in a church for a while. Even when I went back to a couple other churches, I still wasn’t following Christ.
A few years ago, Chris was trying out local churches. I refused to go with him most of the time. Then at night, I drove down 75 and saw the lit up Life Bridge sign when it was in its old location. A few weeks later, passing it again with Chris in the car, I told him, “I want to go there.” So we went a couple weeks later and I feel like my eyes were opened.
I was an adult with the same core beliefs in faith I had since I was a child, but this time I felt I was being guided in the right direction as to what God was wanting me to do here on Earth. The last few years I have had a serious shift in perspective.
My faith was not for me to feel comfortable or “good”.
My faith was for me to recognize that I believe that God created everything on Earth and sent his Son to save me from an eternity without Him. No matter how I think of it, an existence without the love and grace of God is the worst existence I could think of.
That doesn’t mean I am better than anyone, or that I won’t make mistakes, and I sure as heck will still sin because it is human nature. It means I am going to make an honest, conscious effort to do as God would want me to do in all things. It means praying for purpose, not just when I want something to go my way.
It means leaving MY way behind, which is hard for me because I crave control, and seek His way.
So the reason why I finally decided that I should get baptized again, is because I am making a real commitment with my God.
I’m not checking boxes anymore.

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Grant Agler

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Grant is our resident farmboy. He grew up in the cornfields of northwest Nebraska. He spent his early days living far from God. As Grant says, "I gave God the middle finger and didn't really care about faith at all." As a young man, he became convinced that God was real. He gave his life to Jesus and experienced God's amazing grace that previously made no sense to him. After experiencing that grace, Grant felt God calling him to teach the message of the gospel. Over the past 20 years, he has been preaching and teaching. Grant, his wife, Bethany, and their four children moved to Michigan in 2011, and he joined the 2|42 team in 2019. Grant is always good for a laugh, but more importantly, he explains biblical concepts in ways anyone can understand.
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