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name is Jim Costigan.
I was born in Boston,
Massachusetts, in 1953, and raised a Roman Catholic.
13 YEARS OLD
By the time I was 13 years old,
I was using drugs, drinking alcohol, and involved in
a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure,
and whether it be right
(Holy Bible, Proverbs 20:11,
is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is
deceived thereby is not wise
(Holy Bible, Proverbs 20:1,
transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness
(Holy Bible, Proverbs 11:6,
17 YEARS OLD
the age of 17, I ended up in jail for one year.
I was released, and then I
became a heroin addict.
answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever
committeth sin is the servant of sin
(Holy Bible, John 8:34,
way of transgressors is hard
(Holy Bible, Proverbs 13:15,
I am ashamed of the life that I
wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion
(Holy Bible, Proverbs 3:35,
I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin
(Holy Bible, Psalm 38:18,
where sin abounded, grace did much more abound
(Holy Bible, Romans 5:20,
God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were
yet sinners, Christ died for us
(Holy Bible, Romans 5:8,
22 YEARS OLD
By the age of 22,
arrested on many charges, and the courts gave me the option
of going into the army, or spending 5 years in prison.
I joined the army, but was
thrown out after basic training because I would not submit
despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth
the commandment shall be rewarded
(Holy Bible, Proverbs 13:13,
integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the
perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them
(Holy Bible, Proverbs 11:3,
Going my own way, I ended up
homeless, living on the streets.
there wasted his substance with riotous living.
And when he had spent all,
there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be
(Holy Bible, Luke 15:13,14,
ended up being run over by a tractor trailer truck.
A motorist found me dying
there in the gutter.
I was admitted to the
hospital, and the Catholic priest administered to me the
that a Catholic receives when dying (which would have done
nothing for my soul).
I am glad that God had
another plan for me, because I would have gone to hell if I
had died that night.
whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast
into the lake of fire
(Holy Bible, Revelation 20:15).
tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise
(Holy Bible, Luke 13:3,
After 5 years in and out of the
hospital, and 30 or so operations, I was then able to walk
again without the aid of crutches or a cast.
In 1981, I met my wife, JoAnn,
and we were married.
One day, our neighbors
invited me to a little Baptist
Church down the street
I realized the great difference in the teaching there
compared to my Catholic upbringing.
ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
(Holy Bible, John 8:32,
dealt with me about my need for Jesus Christ.
One Sunday morning, after
the preaching, I asked the pastor if I could meet with him
in his office.
That same day in July of
1982, I received Jesus Christ as my Savior, because I saw
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
(Holy Bible, John 3:16,
died for our sins according to the scriptures;
And that he was buried,
and that he rose again the third day according to the
(Holy Bible, I Corinthians 15:3,4,
Will you bow your
head right now, repent of your sin
(turn from your sin to Jesus and let Him transform your
and accept the gift of salvation through the blood of the
Lord Jesus Christ?
But as many as received
him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
to them that
believe on his name
(Holy Bible, John 1:12,
Dear Lord Jesus, I do believe
that you are the Son of God; that you are God Almighty in
the flesh, the Creator of heaven and earth.
I do believe that you are
the only Savior; that you died on the cross for me, and gave
your precious blood to pay my sin debt; and then you arose
from the grave the third day.
I do now repent of my
sins, and receive you as my Savior.
Please forgive me, and
save my soul.
Please raise up my life
from sin and shame, and use it now for your glory.
In Jesus name I pray,
I just asked
and I desire to now live for Him.
God wants you to
now openly confess Him by
under the water at a good Bible-preaching church, and to
faithfully attend the services there.
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