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I grew up in a Christian household and attended the family church religiously throughout my childhood. I always considered myself a believer even though I didn’t quite know what it meant to be one. Salvation had been taught to us as a “golden ticket”, where we could live a life of sin and still be accepted into God’s Kingdom of Heaven. It wasn’t until my early 20s that I learned differently.

In Junior High School, my close friend had passed away in an ATV accident. His death was hard to bear, and being a 12-year-old kid, I didn’t fully understand why this was happening. Looking back on it, and seeing how God worked in Josh’s life, and the ministry that Josh left behind, really touched my heart and would come into play later in my life. It wasn’t until my later teens, and after a few years of making wrong and sinful decisions, that I doubted my salvation. I didn’t feel saved and I knew that my life was not an example of a true follower of Christ. I felt my heart calling me to attend a different church than my hometown church. It wasn’t until the very unfortunate passing of a family friend, that I acted upon that calling.

It was November of 2008 when my eyes were really opened to my sinful ways. After the passing of a teenaged lady, Stina, I finally answered God’s call to come back and serve Him. Sadly, it wasn’t until her funeral that I realized how much I needed to have Christ in my life. I felt like I wasted years of my life running and hiding from God, living in fear of sin… Stina lived for Christ and at age 16 was ready to go home. I felt ashamed at that moment, looking in the mirror at my life and seeing the sinner I was. Thankfully, the truth was spoken on that day and my heart listened. My faith was reestablished shortly after the service, with the help of Pastor John and for the first time I felt saved. God really started to work in my life in the days to follow and my business started to become a Christ-centered ministry.

In the years to come, God put the right people in my life to council and to ask more of me. New challenges arose. Memorizing and reading scripture become a new task, and sharing it with others became a task as well. It wasn’t until the summer of 2011 that a friend shared about having a lasting and growing relationship with Christ. His words followed another tragic event, in which my wife’s best friend was killed in a car accident. Kailey’s passing added another heartbreak to the community.

At her funeral, people heard about salvation for the first time, and numerous people came to Christ in the days to follow. One of the most revealing experiences of my life was walking into her parent’s house and seeing her parents sharing the word of God and praying with her friends. Even in their grief they passed their love, and the word of God unto the heartbroken. The words in red stuck with me and I desired to grow in faith and to become more like Christ - 1 Corinthians 11:1. I finally felt an understanding of being a Follower of Christ, that believing is not enough. After spending countless hours studying, sharing, and reading scripture with Kailey’s parents, I realized a calling to stand firm in my faith and a willingness to share it with others. I read and studied scripture. I was consumed by the power and love found in Christ words and in His promises. The words of Paul and Peter also stuck with me, and I took another leap of faith and started to incorporate more and more scripture into my life and business.

In October of 2010, I met the Godly woman that would become my future spouse. Together, Sandra and I have been growing in God’s word and ministry. On Dec. 29,  we were joined in marriage. God has been the center of our relationship and will continue to be the center of our marriage. Today, I am branching out my faith through Facebook and on my company’s website. The verses below are some of the building blocks of my faith and my ministry. 1 Timothy 4:12 - Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity. Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord". John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." Romans 10:9-10, “That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” The following is the mission statement that is shared socially, via my website Jesus is our rock at Speh Custom Knives. We believe that God's word is true (2 Timothy 3:16), and that it is an essential part of our lives. Yet, reading the word is not enough to secure eternal life... Believing that Jesus Christ is God's only son and having a growing relationship with Him is essential as well.

My testimony does not end here. I continue to grow in the things of Christ and pray that my ministry will grow and show the truth of Christ as well – Cory Speh, owner and founder of Speh Custom Knives.

The words in red stuck with Speh

Cory Speh,      Maynard, MN