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“Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”
Psalm 94:12  (HCSB)

It is now forty years since I first started to feel unwell. I was just sixteen years old with no idea what the future would hold for me. My dream was to be a professional actor, but this couldn't happen to a shy lad from a fishing community, with very little education. Furthermore, given that I was now losing weight rapidly and feeling extremely tired most of the time, this dream seemed like a distant past. After extensive tests over a period of two years, I was finally diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in the early part of 1975. This resulted in major surgery which due to complications, necessitated a five month stay in hospital. Further major surgery was required in 1983, 1986 and 1993.

These hospital episodes caused massive disruption to my work and family life, and led to some very low moments. In 2003, which coincided with the separation from my first wife, I had a personal experience with the living Christ. This had a profound impact on me, and changed me completely as a person. The exact date of this was 29th October at 4am, which was my late Mum's 77th birthday. I couldn't wait to tell my estranged wife about my incredible experience. I thought this would bring our family back together. However, I was not prepared for the reception I was to receive, not only from my family but from friends and colleagues alike. I was perceived as having had a mental breakdown. This was devastating, and caused me to doubt what had happened. People who cared for me wanted me to be seen by a psychiatrist. Whilst no one could say for certain that this hadn't happened, there was considerable skepticism, given the evident changes in me. With hindsight, I can now fully understand why. But this put me in a very lonely place, and I was confused by the situation. I continued to be aware of His gentle presence up until I was confirmed into membership of St Columba's Church in January 2005. After this, however, I felt and sensed absolutely nothing for approximately two years.

This was a very tough time indeed, and, along with harrowing family circumstances, resulted in me having to take early retirement from work. I was devastated, felt like a failure and was completely perplexed at where God was in all this. Things continued to spiral downwards and resulted in me being admitted to a mental hospital in Aberdeen in the early part of 2007. I just couldn't believe what had happened to me. Why had God completely abandoned me? What had I done wrong? Consequently, the first night in Cornhill Hospital was a time of very deep soul searching. My mind returned to the initial experience in which I had encountered the living Christ, almost three and a half years prior to this. I knew for certain what had happened during that early morning. I therefore affirmed to God, through much fear and loneliness, that no matter what happened in the future, from this point onwards, I was going to completely trust his Word as being: "The true and absolute infallible Word of God". This was a massive battle, and it was won in my mind. This is where all battles against the dark powers that come against us, have to be won.

I have continued to grow in the strength of the Lord, and I now know for certain that, in him, I have love, power and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV). In James 1:2-3 it states: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance". Even with the many challenges that I've faced over the past forty years, through God's grace, I have managed to have a successful career as an actor, director, writer, stage manager, company manager and CEO of an arts agency for 19 years. For the last three years, I have served the Lord as Church Officer at St Columba's Church and been privileged to help people who are dealing with bereavement. In addition, I re-married two years ago to Mary, a gentle and deeply caring woman who has been such a blessing to me. At present, I'm now coping with a new illness (Cervical Myelitis), but I seek to view these symptoms through God, and not God through the symptoms. Having trusted everything to Christ, I now look forward to a dynamic future in Him, no matter what the circumstances or how he seeks to use me.


About 10 years ago, a friend who migrated to Vancouver used to tape your TV broadcasts for us to listen here in Malaysia. We were delighted to benefit from such solid Biblical teaching, with great applications for our daily Christian walk. Today, with the advance in internet technology, I am able to directly access your teaching through your website. Your daily devotionals are one of the best there is and I share them with others in my local church. Your teaching has impacted me on the path to spiritual maturity and Christian lay leadership. Thank you, you are impacting others around the globe. May God bless you and your ministry mightily especially in this age where the Truth is increasingly diluted and manipulated.

Loran Lo
Sabah, Malasia

When I was newly married I was working in a British Columbia logging camp. Even though my wife and I met in a more liberal church, and we were trained in leadership, and believed basic Bible theology, we had never really had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ until we joined an evangelical Bible Study and Prayer group right in the logging camp.

After our first child was born, we moved to my wife's home village on the Queen Charlotte Islands, now Haida Gwaii. I am English, she Haida. Running a Bible camp for Haida boys, we encountered seniors from Prairie Bible Institute who were heading back to Three Hills to finish. We were given an Application Form, mailed it in, were accepted and subsequently started our first year of four years there.

PBI held what was known as Keswick Conference and Major Ian Thomas was speaker for both 1956 and 1957. We first heard what is clearly now Pastor Charles Price’s and Living Truth's prime message: "Christ in me". This is the answer to our fallen natures and enables our dead spirit coming alive through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit procured by the shed blood of the perfect Lamb of God for the remission of sins and His resurrection from the grave for the Saving Life.

I still have all of Major Thomas' 10 messages typed up and printed in a book entitled "BROUGHT OUT TO BE BROUGHT IN". I feel as though I am listening all over again to Major Ian Thomas as your Pastor, Charles Price, teaches and preaches the exact same messages. I met Charles Price three years ago at the same Bible College in Three Hills and expect to meet him again this September, Lord willing, as I am now in my 85th year on this earth. My Haida wife has since passed on to be with her Lord and Saviour, enjoying Eternal Life. Praise God for the good parts of the internet which allow me to listen each week to Living Truth while I continue reading the daily devotional booklet.

Brian Skelton

I just wanted to let you know what a pleasant surprise it was to receive your DVD, "Walking Where Jesus Walked", in the mail today. I have been watching Charles on television for a number of years now and am never disappointed with his messages and his clear, common sense delivery style.

I must confess to feeling rather guilty for not supporting your ministry earlier but I have a history of donating monthly to other programs that I have outgrown and no longer watch. The Living Truth, however, has stood the test of time and I rarely miss watching the program every Saturday evening. I just wanted to say thank you, not only for the DVD, but for the years that I have received encouragement and growth from watching your show. Bless you.

Brian Smith

God has brought me through 17 surgeries in 7 years...the after affects....have been many. The words spoken today are so helpful and excellent...agreeing with God's leading in my life. "In due time" Is what I hear when having difficulty walking there is improvement & patience is a word I hear often along with obedience...when I listen my life is amazing! God bless & I thank God! In Christ!

Susan McLean Woodburn

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