From death to life, a true life story of hope

If you were to visit CrossPointe Community Church in Westlake, the first person who would greet you is Linda Lucas (permission granted to use full name). Eight years ago on the last Sunday in February, Linda decided she was done with drugs and prayed that God would direct her to a church.

She drove down Columbia and saw the red, white and blue welcome flags flying that "looked like the arms of God." She turned in and drove around to the parking lot and prayed; deciding that this was to be the church to which she would come. I followed up with her that week and shared how God loved her unconditionally. She decided to open her heart to Jesus Christ and become a Jesus follower.

Linda's drug of choice was heroin. March 9 will be her last Sunday with us before retiring to Florida. For the last nearly five years she has been our greeter. Her story reminds me of how Jesus treated the down and out of his day, the marginalized, the ones who religious leaders would have stoned!

I'm grateful to be involved in the process of seeing people literally delivered from the bondage of heroin. The community is invited to come and hear a story of hope and encouragement. Linda will be speaking at CrossPointe Community, 1800 Columbia Road, on Sunday, March 9, during worship at 10:30 a.m. You will not want to miss hearing this real life story of God’s amazing grace and the multi-faceted changes that have occurred in Linda’s life.

Nelson Blount

I pastor CrossPointe Community.

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