Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. —Acts 17:11 (NIV)
Thank you for visiting our website. At Berean, we are hungry for the Word of God and thirsty for more of the presence of God in our lives.
The Bible is more than just a book filled with stories of what the Lord did in previous generations. Because it is God-breathed, applying the Scriptures brings real change and transformation in the lives of ordinary people today. Below is a recent testimony of what took place in an individual’s life through the love of God and the power of the cross of Christ.
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For the Sake of Others,
Pastors Mark and Stephanie Moder
Uganda Mission Trip
I was a theology major devoting my life to studying Scripture. Charleigh was born with her health issues and then I lost my father 4 days after her premature birth. That chain of events kind of left me drifting. I became agnostic. I could no longer feel the presence of God. It was so devastating and heartbreaking to me that I walked away from my faith entirely.
My daughter Charleigh attended VBS here at Berean and asked me to go to the service and ice cream social after the completion of VBS. I went to be a good parent and fully expected to pop in and out. As far as I was concerned, my faith was part of my past. The people I met here at church that night were genuinely nice, caring people. You make it a point to learn my name, embrace me and make me feel welcomed. I saw the connection Char made with Victoria. I saw how much you all completely cared and loved her. Sincerely and completely loved her. Charleigh asked me if she could start attending Sunday school here on a regular basis. She asked me if she could be baptized. I asked her if she knew what that even meant and she told me that Jesus had died to save her life.
Small and subtle changes began to happen to me. I began to look forward to taking her to church here. I was moved completely by her baptism and her complete certainty that there was a God who loved her. I watched her quietly pray. For the first time in years, I felt compelled to pick up a Bible. I began reading and studying again and felt the hollow feeling inside of me for so many years beginning to find peace again. I felt a passion inside of me for studying the Word. I slowly but surely began to feel Him again. It dawned on me that perhaps that great void I had felt was His way of helping me find my inner strength. He was never absent. He was just quietly in the background letting me fight my own battles to prove that I could. He had faith that I would find my way back to Him even if I had none myself.
I still have a long way to go on this journey to reclaiming my tripartite self. I have forged many friendships here and I am grateful. I have not been judged but embraced like the Prodigal Son finding his way home again. But I have her to thank for it. How could I have ever doubted in a God when He gave me such a miracle in her? She had less than a 20% chance to see age 5, she wasn’t expected to make it off of life support, etc., etc. I don’t know what her grand, overall purpose will be in life. However, I do know that she has helped restore my faith and she isn’t even aware of it. The Kingdom truly is the children’s.
—Testimony given by A.C. from Carnegie, PA