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My gambling buddy got religion.

It’s really hard to admit you’re an alcoholic and addict to gambling. It is hard to admit you’re addicted to excess.


It’s really hard to admit you’re an alcoholic and addict to gambling. I’t hard to admit you’re addicted to excess.

I was born in Japan. I was adopted when I was three months old by an American couple in the United States Air Force. Shortly after coming to America my adoptive parents divorced. My mother was an alcoholic. I saw al lot of things kids should never see.

Growing up poor, not having male figures around, it’s hard to put your faith in something you can’t see. I remember as a ten year old kid saying, “I just don’t believe that all the the suffering I see everyday, that a loving God would put you in a situation like this.” 
From that point I just lived my life for me. I didn't care about anybody else; not even my family. I just lived a selfish life.

Bob and I were card players. We played cards all around for years. Then the Lord led him away from that environment. One day after that he called me and said, “Hey, I just want to know if you'd like to go to church with me?” I winced and said, “I don’t know if that’s really what I want to do.” Then I thought, “Well, I see the difference it’s made in him. What’s the difference it can make in me?” I went with him. I didn’t want to be there. I was nauseous. The pastor talked about grace and mercy and it led me in a different direction in my life. I began to realize I couldn’t keep going like I was going because I was on a destructive path.

Knowing that God spared me from the things I deserved and blessed me with the things I didn’t deserve was overwhelming. I began to think, “I’m just not living my life right.” I asked Jesus into my life and said, “If you want me to change, you’re going to have to do this. I can’t do it by myself. I’m just not the kind of person that can do that.” It was instant. Something came over me and I knew from that day I would never be the person I was before. Following Jesus Christ became my new addiction. He replaced all the bad stuff. I became free. I began to live a life of freedom, a life of peace and security with God in my life with unconditional love.

Pete - My gambling buddy got religion.

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