SAVED AND SET FREE - Crohn's disease healed

This is the testimony of Richard, a sinner saved by the grace of God. Even though I was unworthy, God loved me and called me to be His child.

I graduated from college with a master degree and began my career doing research in the field of immunology. Things went very well and within six years I had published eight articles (five of which I was primary author) in prestigious scientific journals. I was running my own life and ignoring God until I got very sick. The tests revealed I had Crohn's disease, a serious, incurable inflammatory disease of the intestines. I found myself unable to do things using my own abilities and strength.

After two months of being bedridden in severe pain, I cried out to God and promised to try to follow Him and do what He wanted me to do (although I had no idea what that was at the time). Within three months all symptoms of Crohn's disease had disappeared.

I decided to read the entire New Testament, beginning with the gospel of Matthew. What Jesus had to say was unlike any of the messages of the world, but was what I would expect to be God's message. I was suddenly aware that I was guilty in the eyes of God. The Holy Spirit convicted me that Jesus was the Son of God and that He was only way to have peace and communion with a Holy God.

Since that time, I have grown in faith as I have followed the course laid out by the Holy Spirit. The joy and peace found by following Jesus is unlike anything the world has to offer. It is something that I could not have understood as a non-believer. If you are a non-believer, I'm sure you have doubts about the peace Jesus promises. However, through simple faith and a prayer to God, you can experience this peace yourself. You have nothing to lose and eternity to gain.

If you still have some doubts or questions about the Bible, trust that the Lord will answer those questions. The Lord has been faithful in answering my doubts. One of my favorite verses is from Isaiah:

"Come now, and let us reason together," Says the Lord, "Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool." (Isaiah 1:18)