God has blessed my career with senior level positions in various companies supporting some of the largest consumer goods companies in the world. He progressed me from managing a second shift department to divisional operations and ultimately to Head of Business Development NA, entrusted with decision making for people and key domestic and global accounts.
But that’s not where it started.
When I met Rose M. Aluli (Jones at that time) in 1976 it changed my life immediately. When she said, “I’ve heard so much about you, I just love you, honey” it went right through me and with a brief hug I headed out to my car to drive home, fighting back tears. At the time my life was a mess and to feel that love when I had been living such a rotten, sinful life left me sobbing as I left for my car because I knew what I felt was Jesus telling me he forgave me of everything.
As I drove those five miles home all I could do was cry. As I approached the foot of Liberty Hill, I saw out over the hood of my car a large, empty cross. At that point I was transported out over the hood of my car, where I knelt at the cross weeping for all the rotten sin I had committed, and I was able to feel the rough wood grain as I touched the cross. At the trailer court on the edge of Mt. Morris, I was transported back inside my car and my hands went back on the steering wheel.
This was a supernatural experience, that I had never heard of before, that pointed to Jesus Christ and his sacrifice. What I was left with was this. I knew I could not repay the great debt he had forgiven. So how can I thank him? I can give him my will and follow him to be more like him – that would honor him.
Rose taught me to study the Bible (KJV 1611), to know God for myself, of the baptism of the Holy Ghost, to work hard and “God will take you to the top.”
God has blessed me with other supernatural experiences I would like to mention, to encourage you that the miraculous events you read of in the Bible didn’t end with the disciples – He is right here for anyone who truly wants a relationship.
After a heartfelt, difficult decision to take a new position that would require moving south to Florida, I was behind Maxson Manor when geese flew overhead and as I looked up at them they went into a formation that spelled my name, B o b. I rubbed my eyes and thinking I was going crazy, looked back up and they were no longer spelling my name. As I thought to myself, “boy, I’ve been stressing too much on this decision”, they immediately broke into that same B o b formation, held it, and drifted SOUTH over the building. God confirming, I made the right decision to go south. I went inside with a shocked look and when asked what was wrong, I replied, I think I have an idea of how Moses felt when he saw the Red Sea part.
When living in Houston, I was very stressed over the bills with a new house, new baby, extra vehicle and having to work so much overtime just to keep our head above water. While talking to the Lord about all the pressure of the bills and unable to see a way out he said, “sell the house”. I said, well sure, why not? How much should I sell it for? He said, $52,500. Now we had only owned the house 14 months, had paid $43,500, it was the largest floor plan in the development, house prices were bottomed out and new homes were selling for nearly this price.
Every relator said I would never get $52,500, until number 6. He asked me what I wanted to make on the sale of the house, which I hadn’t considered, and felt $6,000. He looked at what we owed, figured in closing costs, etc… and said, you’ll have to list it for $52,500. I said, You’ve got it! And the house sold in 6 weeks for full price.
Without meeting Rose, attending this Church, seeking wise counsel from both Rose and Kale over the years and applying the counsel to my life, I would never have been able to have such a beautiful, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, or to succeed in life, or in business.
The Church of Jesus Christ Forever loves deeply our righteous Father, Jesus blessed Savior/Redeemer, and the wonderful Comforter, the Holy Ghost who are the triune Godhead who first loved us.
We love and thank our founder, Rose, and her husband, Kale, who have allowed the Holy Ghost to have the preeminence in this, His house, that we might learn to follow the Spirit in complete agreement to the Word of God, even as Jesus our blessed Savior taught.
My prayer for you is that this inspires you to seek a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
Rev. Robert A. James