“When we started coming to Mercy City Church, our lives were a mess. We were coming as two separate people, yet married. We hardly knew Pastors Matt and Carrie, but there was something about them and the church that we knew would help us get through one of the hardest seasons of our lives.
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“So, we totally dumped our crazy on them.
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“But instead of judging us and making us feel worse, they listened to us, spoke life into us, and most importantly pointed us to Jesus. We wish we could say that was the moment our marriage was restored, but the truth is that just a few months later we nearly got divorced. It was all but over.
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“But Pastors Matt and Carrie didn’t give up on us, nor did a handful people at Mercy City. That’s when we knew it was time to get plugged in and start serving on Mercy City’s Dream Team. And miraculously through that service, God began to speak to us and draw us closer to Him and each other.
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“Along with serving, God then challenged us in other areas, including our finances. Up to this point, we had never faithfully tithed. We gave $20 here and there, but never gave 10 percent or regularly for that matter. We only gave if we had a little extra.
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“However, God put it on our hearts that tithing was truly trusting Him, as mentioned in Malachi 3:10-11: Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe, says the Lord Almighty.
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“Since making that commitment nearly two years ago, we’ve seen God restore our home and our marriage. In fact, our relationship is now stronger than ever, and we’ve seen God work in our two children, as they recently gave their lives to Christ and were baptized.
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“God truly made all things new!
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“To celebrate that renewal, we recently desired to take a romantic vacation together, but we didn’t think we could afford it. Then God stepped in, and seemingly out of the blue, a CEO from another company offered me a job with better benefits and pay. And best of all, he gave us an all-inclusive trip to Cancun! How amazing is our God!
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“Time and time again, God has come through on our behalf, including covering a $12,000 medical bill that previously wasn’t paid out by insurance. And because of God’s faithfulness, we now have a sense of peace and know that no matter what comes our way, we will make it through. We are not saying that God is a genie, who will grant every wish, but we are saying that He honors His promises. He not only provides for you, but He protects what you have.
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“All in all, we wouldn’t be where we are today if we didn’t have Mercy City in our lives, pointing us to Jesus.”
– Seth and Marcelina
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