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Thursday
Oct072010

Joe DiDomizio: Redeemed and Free

Restaurant manager and caterer, Joe DiDomizio (Click to enlarge)Andrew's simple, but radical message of God's unconditional love and grace is nothing more than the truth of the Gospel, and when it is received, it radically transforms lives. Take Joe DiDomizio for example. Joe is a born-again believer, and a happily married father of four. He and his wife Maria were saved in 1993, and Joe's love for the Lord has only increased since he received Jesus. Both were actively serving their church as head ushers and were handling all the catering of special church functions, when Joe began to struggle with the things he was being taught.

Joe's church was entrenched in legalism, and spoke frequently of believers being under Old Testament curses. As Joe spent more and more time in the Word, he found that his favorite book in the Bible was Galatians, and that one of his favorite verses was Galatians 3:13,

Joe struggled with the condemning messages he heard at his former church.
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"Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree."

This verse troubled Joe because it contradicted everything he was being taught in church. For more than a year, as Joe meditated on Galatians, the Lord would bring to mind Jesus words, "It is finished." Because of his lack of understanding, "The struggle became exhausting," said Joe.

Often, because his wife had suffered from a sleep disorder, Joe would spend the night in another room. Hungry for more of God's Word, he would turn on a Christian television network and set the sleep timer to turn the TV off, hoping to glean new revelation before falling asleep. Many times this sleep-aid process would be interrupted by a boisterous preacher shouting from the pulpit.

Joe and his wife, Maria found Andrew's program and freedom in the Gospel Truth. (Click to enlarge)One night, he went to bed later than usual and there on Joe's TV screen sat Andrew on the set of his Gospel Truth program. "There was a man sitting in a chair, no music, no wig, no expensive suit, just his Bible, and to me, a monotone voice." For Joe, who had never seen Andrew before, this was a better sleeping pill than the other ministers he was used to watching. As Joe rolled over to go sleep, Andrew began to teach about the book of Galatians, and he addressed everything that Joe had been struggling with for more than a year. The clarity with which Andrew shared the truths and answers to Joe's questions unlocked his understanding of God's persistent, "It is finished."

This awakening took place a little over four years ago, and the DiDomizios have continued to listen to Andrew. Joe and Maria are now members of a life-giving fellowship in their area, and they have a new revelation and understanding of God's true nature.

The message of God's unconditional love and grace radically changed the DiDomizio's perception of who God is. (Click to enlarge)Since his introduction to AWM, Joe has shared Andrew's teachings and God's message of grace with friends and fellow believers from the DiDomizio's former church. Initially as he shared his revelation, Joe met with resistance, but through gentle perseverance many of those he's shared with have found the same freedom in Christ. Some of the DiDomizio's friends now support AWM, and even have family members attending CBC.

Gaining an understanding of God's grace, mercy and unconditional love has the potential to radically transform lives.