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Category Archives: Personal Stories

Discovering the Heart of the Father

8 August 2011, 11:00

KylarD

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  I don’t remember too many of the details of when I got saved at three years old. My guess is that my mom had been explaining to me about God and Jesus dying that He wanted to live in my heart. I do remember mom and dad being there, that I had received a […]

The Chosen Few?

4 August 2011, 06:00

Cyndi

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“You are the cream of the crop. The Marines on the front lines…” These were words we heard often working for Bill Gothard at the Institute in Basic Life Principles. Two months ago I made a comment to a friend that while I was sure of my salvation, I felt like I was no longer […]

Communion

2 August 2011, 15:00

Moderator

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Church is always an emotional landmine for me. I enter the sanctuary, wary and on guard. Fearful the smallest, most innocuous phrase will bring tears to my eyes and block my voice. Things most Christians take for granted and don’t give a second thought, send me over the edge. Certain events often bring on inappropriate emotional […]

Finding Relationships, Not Rules

28 July 2011, 15:00

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  I grew up in a family where both parents loved the Lord. They faithfully taught me God’s Word, providing me with every resource to grow spiritually.  At a young age I asked Jesus to come into my heart and take away my sin. I had a heart to serve God, but my desire to […]

My Childhood in ATI, Part 3

15 July 2011, 08:00

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TRANSFORMATION God really began to do a miracle in our family when I was around 18 years old. Somehow through all of this indoctrination, I began to ask questions. Something about what I was experiencing didn’t line up with what I was seeing and reading in God’s Word. Gothard defined grace as “the desire and […]

My Childhood in ATI, part 2

14 July 2011, 08:00

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The Indianapolis Training Center, 2001

THE EFFECTS Within ATI, Bill Gothard was viewed as a sort of demigod. I remember attending the annual conferences where he was lauded with 10 minute standing ovations. We awaited every word that he said with baited breath, and took it all as gospel truth. We didn’t ask questions, we just accepted it. And that […]

My Childhood in ATI, part 1

13 July 2011, 08:00

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What I share in this story is something that I have never shared with anyone in its entirety except my wife. Some of you will know bits and pieces of this story, and some of you will recognize yourselves in it. I am not going to share names of friends and associates in the ATI […]