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A Partial Bio

In a world where having issues seems to be a disqualifier to success, especially in ministry, it has been my privilege to share how Jesus has shown grace, mercy and compassion to me. The primary purpose of my blog is to do so with as much transparency as I can. Hello. My name is Kenneth Ide, and I grew up with many serious issues, which adversely affected the lives of others as well as myself. Just as Jesus told the man living in Gadarenes to go home and tell his family and friends the great things the Lord had done for him, and share how He had shown compassion and mercy toward him, Jesus has given me the same to do. I have done that in churches, schools, civic groups and other places where I have been given a place to speak and tell my story. I am as open and transparent as possible in an effort to bring hope to those who struggle with many of life’s seemingly hopeless issues, sharing the amazing compassion the Lord has given me. And just as Jesus leads me by the hand to a freer life where His light drives out the darkness, I have seen Him bring that same light, life and hope to many whom the enemy would swallow up in darkness if he could.

Firmly believing I had no value and my life was less than meaningless, I attempted suicide on three separate occasions between the ages of 18 and 19. Attempted only because God Himself intervened. I had taken enough dangerous drugs to kill me many times over and yet nothing happened. A day after my last attempt, I chose another form of suicide, I committed a brutal senseless crime that harmed several people physically, and more than likely, emotionally scarred them for life.

I was sentenced to 60 years to life when I was 19 years old by a judge who was greatly angered by my crimes. Yelling at me from the bench that I was a sociopath who would only progress to even more heinous crimes, he decided that I deserved no leniency. The judge believed it was impossible for me to change, and he would have gotten no argument from me. But neither that judge nor I knew, nor could we have anticipated that I would have an encounter with The Living God who would begin the process of changing my life through my personal relationship with Jesus Christ. God became a Father to me, literally parenting me as a Father is meant to raise a child. And I have grown, but like most children, I still have some maturing to do. As His Word says, that He who began a good work in me will bring it to full completion until the day of Jesus Christ.

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