Guest to Discuss Living with HIV/AIDS at Vineyard Church

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Guest to Discuss Living with HIV/AIDS at Vineyard Church


Guest speaker: Christopher Yuan, a former drug dealer and ex-homosexual who teaches all over the world about issues of sexuality and HIV/AIDS, will be the guest speaker on Sunday, July 31, at Vineyard Church of Elgin, 220 Division St.

The service begins at 10 a.m., and anyone who wants to attend is more than welcome.

Yuan was featured in the award-winning documentary "HOPE Positive: Surviving the Sentence of HIV/AIDS." With his mother, Angela Yuan, he co-authored the book "Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God, A Broken Mother's Search for Hope," published in 2011 by WaterBrook Multnomah, a division of Random House.

The memoir is a true account of God's seeking and saving two people who were lost -- a mother who was so distraught she had decided to kill herself, and a son whose pursuit of pleasure, money, and success led him to prison and a life-threatening illness.

Both mother and son hit rock bottom. At different times, they both turned to God, and the changes in their lives are nothing short of miraculous. The parallel narrative weaves together alternating chapters from two different perspectives -- a prodigal son and a prodigal mom.

Yuan is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, where he now teaches, and he has an M.A. in biblical exegesis from Wheaton College Graduate School. He is pursuing a doctorate of ministry at Bethel Seminary.

Both locally and internationally, he has told the story of how God changed his life from a drug dealer and homosexual to that of a sought-out speaker and Bible teacher. Yuan has spoken on college campuses, in churches and in prisons on four continents. He also has ministered at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington and Saddleback Church in Southern California, as well as at the Urbana missions conference, MBI pastors' and men's conferences, and others.

For more information, please contact Vineyard Church of Elgin at (847) 697-8001.

"God's Courtroom": Attorney Bruce Kugler will speak on "You Will One Day Stand Trial in God's Courtroom. Are You Prepared?" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 at the First Baptist Church of Crystal Lake, 6502 S. Route 31. The public is invited to attend.

As Kugler, a lawyer for more than 20 years, read and studied the Bible, many legal terms and concepts began to catch his attention. He noticed the Bible presented God as the Supreme Judge of all humanity, and that everyone will one day appear before him. He discovered the Bible provides extensive information on this event which is an inevitable part of every person's future. He rejects the notion that good people go to heaven and bad people go to hell. According to Kugler, when people are tried in God's courtroom the standard for "not guilty" is absolute perfection. Kugler suggests that the only reason a person can enter heaven after they die is on a legal principle that Jesus Christ paid the death penalty on the person's behalf. Essentially, the person enters a plea agreement with God and accepts a pardon.

Kugler received a juris doctorate from Valparaiso School of Law in Valparaiso, Ind. He is currently a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Kugler has spoken numerous times on the subject of God's courtroom at churches, conferences and on the radio. The presentation was also the basis of a documentary film that was aired nationally by TCT Network on DirecTV and 17 other stations. The film can be viewed in its entirety at www.godscourtroom.org. The public can request a free copy of the DVD by calling the Rev. Tony Stepansky, First Baptist Church of Crystal Lake, at (815) 459-2731.

'Hometown Nazareth': "Hometown Nazareth -- Where Jesus Grew Up" is coming to Country Evangelical Covenant Church, McDonald Road at Route 47, Campton Hills. The vacation Bible school for ages 4 through fifth grade will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, to Friday, Aug. 12. The cost is $5 per student, though no one will be turned away. …

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