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April 13, 2014

Diverse beliefs mirror national trends

Young people in the community are the new faces of faith

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He became strong in his belief that Jesus Christ was crucified to save him from his sins. The church taught him to live a good and wholesome life and to love everyone.

He continued at First Christian until his grandparents died, and then he started drifting away. He didn’t feel comfortable there anymore.

For a while, he wasn’t attending church at all, but he knew he needed to get back.

A friend invited him to First Baptist Church one Sunday. He was immediately drawn to the church. He felt welcomed there. He felt like he had come home.

“It was the way Pastor Paul delivered his sermon,” Zimmerman said. “It was new and fresh every Sunday. I felt the urge every Saturday to set my alarm and be there Sunday morning.”

Zimmerman spoke with his pastor recently about prayer and reflection. He said he doesn’t spend much time with his hands folded in prayers. He thinks about God every day, though.

“I find myself flipping through the Bible almost daily,” he said. “It’s a time I spend with just the word and God.”

Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune Life & Style editor, can be reached at 765-454-8585, at lindsey.ziliak@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @LindseyZiliak.

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