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    • Philip: One night a friend and I were coming back from a party. We were on the underground in London and pretty messed up. A girl helped get us on the right train home. She had taken my number, but I didn't really remember meeting her. She called and asked me to meet her for a coffee one night. What I could remember, she was blond and pretty, so I said yes. The reason she wanted to meet me was to invite me to her church. At first I was really mad. I thought she was wasting my time. Finally, I said, okay, let's go. Show me what this God of yours is all about. Well, I was completely struck down. I broke down crying at the service. I couldn't deal with it and left. Periodically, through the next couple of months, I would go to the church. I'd go high, or drunk, letting everyone see how tough I thought I was. But one night the preacher, his name was John Peters, came up to me and said he'd seen what God was doing in my heart. He asked if he could pray for me, and I said, okay. So he laid hands on me and the only way I can describe it, Phil, was -- remember in Lord of the Rings when Frodo puts the ring on and he is washed in blue flames, he's just in the midst of this torrent. I felt like I was being swept away and I felt a peace in my heart. I felt this voice, which I know now was my Heavenly Father, say, 'Listen, Philip, I've never left you and I will always love you no matter what you've done. That night I was set free from my addictions. I was completely healed from a lot of things that were tearing me away from who God wanted me to be. And it's been a pretty epic journey ever since. That was about four years ago. Since then, God has shown me that it's a relationship that is not only powerful, but relevant.